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Allen is a member of the firm’s Business practice and focuses on corporate, business, real estate and contract law.

Allen's practice includes representation of a variety of investment, technology, sports teams, sports facilities, real estate, yachts and other businesses; non-profits such as museums and foundations; and a diversified personal holding and management company.

Allen was previously featured in the highly-regarded Chambers USA legal directory. In the directory, clients commented that “his real strength is his practical application of the law to the current issue at hand to reach an equitable decision. He is an excellent negotiator.

Professional Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association 
    • Business Law Section
    • Committee on Conflicts of Interest in Business Transactions; co-author, WSBA Deskbook
    • Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Advising Washington Businesses,” Chairman
    • Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Best of CLE,” Chairman
    • First annual Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Advising Washington Businesses,” Chairman and program developer

Community Activities

  • Current
    • Director Emeritus: The University of Washington Foundation
  • Past
    • University of Washington Law School
      • Washington Law School Foundation: Board of Directors
      • Dean’s Advisory Committee
      • Law Firm Alumni Challenge
      • University of Washington Law Review, Associate Editor, 1977-1978
    • The University of Washington
      • 2017 Graduation Speaker, University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering
      • UW College of Engineering Visiting Committee
      • Department of Mechanical Engineering Department 60s Decade Reunion, Host
      • Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Burke Museum Governance, Chairman
    • JTNews (formerly The Jewish Transcript)
      • Board of Directors
    • United States Civil Rights Commission
      • Washington State Advisory Committee
    • Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith
      • Pacific Northwest Region, Chairman
      • Executive Committee
    •  Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
      • Board of Directors
    • ELC Development
      • Board of Directors
    • The Allen Institute
      • Board of Directors

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances


  • Washington, 1978


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1978
  • M.B.A., University of Washington, Foster School of Business, 1971
  • B.S., University of Washington, Mechanical Engineering, 1968

Honors & Recognition

  • 2020 University of Washington College of Engineering Diamond Awards Dean’s Award
  • Chambers USA (Washington) Leading Individual, Corporate/Commercial Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2006-present
    • Best Lawyers® 2013 M&A "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle
  • Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Washington CEO, League of Justice top lawyer ranking
  • Seattle Business Monthly, Top Business Lawyers
  • Seattle Magazine, Business Transaction - Acquisition/Merger/Formation, Top 155 Lawyers Designation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
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