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John W. Allen Counsel

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Sara Burr, 269/553-3512

Business Litigation Experience

John focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. With over 40 years experience handling legal problems, John has written and co-written dozens of articles and books, and speaks frequently to business and law groups. On a regular basis, he teaches courses in law and trial practice to other lawyers, and often serves as an expert witness. He is a certified arbitrator and mediator.


  • Named as a 2012 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly©
  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2005
  • Elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite, invitation-only recognition of jury trial lawyers in the United States
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® Top 100 since 2011
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®, Top 50, Consumer Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (Certified Civil Trial Advocate)
  • American Arbitration Association (Certified Arbitrator)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Ethics Committee, Chair 1998 - 2001)
  • American Bar Association (Ethics 2000 Advisory Committee, Member ABA Ethics And Professionalism Committee (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section- TIPS), Chair, Advisory Group Robert  McKay  Fund for Justice and Equality (FJE))

Bar Admissions

  • All State, Federal and Circuit Courts in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Chair of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce, and on many charitable and community boards
  • Serves on the Board of the Golf Association of Michigan and the USGA Senior Amateur Committee
  • Serves as a golf tournament rules official for the USGA and the PGA


  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    J.D., 1972
  • University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.A., 1969
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