Varnum trial attorney and senior counsel John Allen has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Committee on Professionalism and Civility.
The SBM committee serves as a resource to lawyers, judges and those involved in the administration of justice to help promote the highest standards of personal conduct of lawyers and judges in the practice of law, as articulated in “Principles of Civility” and in Orders by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Allen, a business litigation attorney and certified arbitrator and mediator, was also recently re-appointed to the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, which he has served for many years, including as chair. He formerly served as co-chair and liaison for the SBM and ABA Special Task Forces on Attorney-Client Privilege, and he currently serves as an Expert Witness in Ethics, Privilege, and Legal Office Practice.
Allen is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has over 50 years’ experience handling legal problems and has written and co-written dozens of articles and books. A frequent speaker to business and law groups, Allen also teaches courses in law and trial practice to other lawyers on a regular basis, and often serves as an expert witness.
Allen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005, and Michigan Super Lawyers since 2011. He was also named in the Michigan Super Lawyers Top 100 in 2011. He was selected as one of 20 Michigan “Leaders in the Law” in 2012. Allen is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite, invitation-only recognition of jury trial lawyers in the United States.