David Allen

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David Allen

David Allen

A sample of trials handled by David Allen

Recent dismissals of pending cases

Recent cases

Older trials of note

Significant appeals handled by David Allen

Ethics cases for lawyers and judges


David Allen, a member of the Washington and Massachusetts bars, is a partner at Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, P.S.  Allen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc. since 1990, Seattle Magazine's list of top lawyers since 1997, and Washington Law and Politics magazine “Super Lawyers” since 1999.  In January 2005, he was listed as one of Seattle’s “Top” 152 lawyers, in all fields.  In December 2006 and again in 2008 he was listed as one of the top eight criminal lawyers by the Seattle Magazine. 

Allen graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1966 and Boston University School of Law in 1969. After graduation, Allen began working for Seattle Legal Services as a staff attorney in September of 1969.  While at legal services he handled a variety of cases, including class action prisoner civil rights cases (see: Workman v. Mitchell, infra), and civil Indian treaty fishing cases.  In his spare time he also defended flag desecration cases as an ACLU cooperating attorney and volunteered his time representing Puyallup and Nisqually tribal members charged with crimes resulting from the exercise of their treaty fishing rights.

In 1974, Allen joined the Seattle/King County Public Defender's Office as a staff attorney and assistant felony division supervisor.  During his four years with the office, Allen handled serious felonies and appeals.

Allen entered private practice in 1979, and was soon joined by Richard Hansen, with whom he had worked at the Public Defender's Office. In over forty years of practice, Allen has tried more than 300 criminal jury trials in both state and federal courts, as well as handled serious criminal appeals.  Besides criminal defense and appellate practice, Allen also represents attorneys and judges in disciplinary and ethics matters.

In addition to his commitment to private practice, Allen has in the past served as a chairperson of the Seattle/King County Bar’s Criminal Law Section, as well as the Bar’s Prison Reform Section, and is a founding and patron member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Allen has lectured at over 100 continuing legal education seminars (list of representative seminars available on request), and has been a lecturer in criminal procedure at the Seattle University Law School. 

In 1973 Allen served as a volunteer attorney in South Dakota for Native Americans charged in the Wounded Knee demonstrations.  He has done volunteer legal work for Native American tribes.  Allen has volunteered his services to Project Innocence, a committee of concerned attorneys.

Allen has been continually rated "av" (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected by his peers in 2010 as the Single Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in the State of Washington. (Best Lawyers in America Annual Survey, Seattle Business, January 2010 issue). He was the recipient of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' William O. Douglas Award in 1995, for "extraordinary courage and dedication to the field of criminal law," and is a charter member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers.

Listed below are samples of recent cases (and some notable older ones), he has tried.  Complete names of clients are used only where case was prominently reported in the news and therefore is in the public domain. In addition, recent court cases that have been dismissed are included.

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