David C. Allen

California Managing Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

David C. Allen

David C. Allen

California Managing Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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Managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, David Allen is an experienced trial attorney who advises clients on product liability cases, consumer class actions, commercial claims, toxic torts and partnership disputes. Throughout the dispute resolution process, David is aligned with the client’s goals for resolving matters in a cost effective manner.

David has proven time and again that he is able to navigate the most difficult disputes and litigation claims. In fact, the more complicated the problem, the more dedicated David is to resolving it. With more than 30 years of experience trying complex claims across the country in state and federal courts and arbitral venues, David has resolved federal multidistrict litigation, state coordinated proceedings, multi-party claims and nationwide class actions. He has represented companies in cases involving commercial contracts, real estate development, occupational and environmental chemical exposure, letters of credit and unfair competition.

Clients and colleagues alike appreciate that David is able to effectively and efficiently manage large-scale, high-stakes and protracted litigation. An outstanding team player, David has performed lead and supporting roles, including on multi-firm teams assembled to manage numerous related claims. David is the ultimate problem-solver. He understands how to assess sophisticated legal issues in light of the client’s business challenges and expectations. He works with clients to develop a strategy designed to lead to the desired result, while incorporating their bigger picture goals.

Although David offers a track record of helping clients devise successful strategies at trial, the reality is that most cases settle. He is equally valued for his ability to favorably settle difficult claims, saving his clients time, resources and money. Known for his skill in establishing credibility, opposing counsel knows that David can and will try a case if necessary. A straightforward and persuasive communicator, David designs litigation and settlement tactics that are both reasonable and balanced in light of the client’s business objectives.

David’s analytical abilities are honed and acute. He knows how, from practical experience, to best present his client’s position – both in writing and oral argument. Moreover, David’s industry experience is particularly broad, ranging from petrochemicals to logistics to marketing and sales of consumer products and from real estate development to product design, manufacturing and quality assurance, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining the firm, David served as managing partner of the Los Angeles office of another major commercial law firm, as well as on its Management Committee.

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David C. Allen
California Managing Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
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JD
Class of 1984

Since enrolling its first class in 1865, The George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship. That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times.

BA, cum laude
Class of 1981

Providence College (also known as Providence or "PC") is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.

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The George Washington Law Review is a law review edited and published by students at the George Washington University Law School that examines legal issues of national significance. The review was established in 1932 and publishes six issues each year, containing scholarly articles, essays, and student notes.

Career History
California Managing Partner
Current

Barnes & Thornberg LLP is a private company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. The firm provides Legal services.

Managing Partner
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides legal services. It represents individuals and corporations in civil and criminal fraud investigations in which they face the potential loss of freedom and damage to their reputations. The company's areas of practice includes appellate, litigation, business & commercial litigation, dispute resolution, government contracts, internal investigations, labor and employment, oil and gas patent, trademark and copyright infringement, product liability and toxic tort securities litigation. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides legal services. It represents individuals and corporations in civil and criminal fraud investigations in which they face the potential loss of freedom and damage to their reputations. The company's areas of practice includes appellate, litigation, business & commercial litigation, dispute resolution, government contracts, internal investigations, labor and employment, oil and gas patent, trademark and copyright infringement, product liability and toxic tort securities litigation. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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