Biography

Allen, a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office, joined Hedrick Gardner in 1992 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law.   He is chair of the firm’s Trucking and Transportation Practice Group and co-chair of the Civil Litigation Practice and devotes much of his time to defending serious personal injury and wrongful death claims associated with truck accidents and other motor vehicle negligence.  Allen also defends products liability, construction defect, and premises liability claims.  His client list includes insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, motor carriers, retailers, contractors, and manufacturers.

Allen has tried more than 80 jury trials, serving as lead counsel in over 65.  His trial experience includes cases involving motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, products liability, and business disputes.  He has tried and arbitrated first-party claims on behalf of insurers.  Allen has also argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit).

Allen has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants from 2013 through 2018.  He has also been selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers® list (Personal Injury – General: Defense), published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines, from 2012 – 2018.

Allen is an officer (treasurer) of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Transportation Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute (DRI).

While attending UNC School of Law, Allen qualified for the Dean’s List all six semesters and served as a staff member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.  He was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Outside of work, Allen enjoys playing golf, reading thrillers, running, studying history, and live music.

Experience and Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Member, Construction Law Committee
    • Member, Products Liability Committee
    • Member, Transportation Law Committee
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Treasurer (2017-present)
    • Secretary (2016-2017)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2013-2016)
    • Chair, General Liability Practice Group (2011-2013)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Member, Construction Law Committee
    • Member, Products Liability Committee
    • Member, Trucking Law Committee
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Previously served 2 three-year terms on Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Dowd YMCA
    • Coach, Youth Basketball Camp (2007-2014)
  • Myers Park Presbyterian Church
    • Usher Captain (2008-present)
    • High School Sunday School Teacher (2010-2014)
    • Previously taught youth Sunday school classes for nine years and coached youth basketball for two seasons
  • Wells Fargo Championship (PGA Tour event)
    • Volunteer (2003-2012)
  • Charlotte Museum of History
    • Member, Board of Trustees (2008-2011)
Representative Matters

Cases or matters referenced are for illustrative purposes only, and do not represent the lawyer’s or law firm’s entire record.  Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicted based upon a lawyer’s or law firm’s past results. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. 

Trucking

  • Lead counsel for motor carrier and tractor trailer driver in wrongful death lawsuit that arose after defendant driver without a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate allegedly ran a stop sign.
  • Lead counsel for motor carrier and tractor trailer driver in wrongful death lawsuit that arose after defendant driver collided with disabled tractor-trailer blocking both lanes of travel at night for defendant driver’s direction on a highway divided by a grass median.

Products

  • Co-lead counsel for manufacturer of mobile (manufactured) home in lawsuit that arose after a fire.  Home had 12 occupants.  Case included 7 claims for wrongful death and 3 claims for traumatic brain injury and smoke inhalation injuries by minors.
  • Lead counsel for distributor of light bulbs for use with aquariums in lawsuit following home fire.
  • Lead counsel for distributor of plastic pipe in lawsuit by homeowner for water damage after pipe failure.
  • Lead counsel for distributor of valves for fire sprinkler system for water damage following leak in a gymnasium.
  • Lead counsel for manufacturer of service saddles (or taps) for water lines in lawsuit filed by residential real estate developer after parts of service saddles corroded, allowing leaks to develop in the water line.

Construction

  • Lead counsel for distributor of windows in lawsuit filed by beachfront condominium owners association and individual owners for water damage.
  • Lead counsel for distributor of valves for fire sprinkler system for water damage following leak in a gymnasium.
  • Lead counsel for electrical contractor in lawsuits filed following utility cables being cut during underground installations of electrical lines.
  • Lead counsel for utility company in lawsuit filed by employee of electrical contractor shocked during repair of transformer and underground cable.
  • Lead counsel for distributor of plastic pipe in lawsuit by homeowner for water damage after pipe failure.
  • Lead counsel for manufacturer of service saddles (or taps) for water lines in lawsuit filed by residential real estate developer after parts of service saddles corroded, allowing leaks to develop in the water line.

Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality

  • Obtained summary judgment for a national retailer in a slip and fall case by proving to court that the plaintiff could not establish the existence of a dangerous condition.
  • Represented national restaurant chain in claims involving adulterated food.
Honors

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