Allen regularly represents clients on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and finance matters.

  • Representation of boards of directors and board committees in special situations.
  • Experience with a variety of merger, acquisition and financing transactions involving publicly held corporations.
  • Advising publicly held corporations regarding corporate governance.


Honors & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a Leader in Corporate/M&A, Southern Virginia, Chambers USA, 2010-2024
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer for Business & Corporate, The Washington Post Magazine and Virginia & West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006-2024
  • Legislative Advocacy Award, Virginia Bar Association
  • Recommended for M&A: Middle Market, Legal 500 United States, 2019-2020
  • Member, American College of Governance Counsel
  • Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2019
  • Named among the Legal Elite for Business Law, Virginia Business magazine, 2016-2022
  • Named The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2010-2019
  • Named Who’s Who Legal: M&A Governance 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law (2014-2022, 2024), Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2024)



  • Chair, American Bar Association Pension Plan Administration Committee
  • Board of Governors, St. Catherine’s School
  • Member, American Bar Association Committees on Corporate Governance and Federal Regulation of Securities
  • Past President, Virginia Bar Association
  • Former Member, American Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Former Chair, American Bar Association Pension Plan Committee
  • Former Chair, Virginia State Bar Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice
  • Former Member, Judicial Council of Virginia
  • Former Trustee, University of Virginia Law School Foundation
  • Former Junior Warden, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
  • Former Member, American Bar Association Committee on Corporate Laws
  • Former Chairman, St. Christopher’s School Board of Governors
  • Former Chairman, Church Schools in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Board of Directors


Events & Speaking Engagements




LLB, University of Virginia School of Law, 1968

BA, History, Yale University, cum laude, 1961



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