Greg AllenShareholder | Personal Injury and Product Liability
"He logs seven-figure wins like clockwork, including $82 million from GM for a young man left unable to understand danger after the crash of an Olds Delta 88."
— Lawdragon quote, February 2007
Greg has been involved in many product liability cases that have resulted in substantial verdicts and settlements. He was the lead attorney in a claim against General Motors, in which the jury, after two weeks of trial, awarded $122 million for Greg's client, a brain-damaged child. The case later settled for a confidential amount. The National Law Journal featured this case as one of the top ten verdicts for 2002. As a result of that trial, Greg was also profiled as Litigator of the Month by The National Law Journal. Since then Greg has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was named one of America’s “Best Lawyers” by U.S. News & World Report for 2011 and 2012. Greg also was named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Montgomery Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
In addition to his most recent success, Greg has tried cases which have resulted in verdicts of $114.5 million, $26.25 million, $13.5 million, $12 million and $11.75 million. He has had a number of eight-figure settlements and many seven-figure verdicts and settlements. He was featured in Lawyers Weekly USA for obtaining a settlement in the amount of $1 million, in which the damage to the client was an injury to one foot. He proved significant wrongdoing on the part of the defendant. In 2003, Greg was the lead attorney in a $12 million record verdict in Lamar County, Alabama against Pro Tech, involving a defective product. In 2007 Greg settled two cases for severely injured clients where the total of the two settlements exceeded $30 million.
Greg has taught products liability at a number of seminars and at Jones School of Law, who honored Greg by naming their mock trial competition "The J. Greg Allen Trial Competition." Greg was the chairman of the steering committee in Jones School of Law's effort to obtain ABA approval, which has since been accomplished. In October 2010, Jones School of Law announced it would name a new addition to the law school after him - the Allen Law Center. The Center officially opened on November 15, 2011.
Today it is hard to imagine Greg Allen apart from the practice of law, but it was almost by chance that he found his calling. In the late 1970s, Greg was working for the railroad in Atlanta when he got a call that he was being transferred to Montgomery, Ala. He loaded up his pickup truck with all his worldly belongings and made the move. Shortly after arriving in Montgomery, he saw an ad for Jones School of Law that said students could attend classes at night. He applied and was accepted.
In 1979, Greg began working for Jere Beasley as his first law clerk, right after Beasley opened his private practice. In the beginning, he worked at the law office for free, hoping to gain experience while attending law school.
Today, Greg Allen is a shareholder and leader at Beasley Allen Law Firm. In December 2010, he was named one of the firm's Litigators of the Decade.
Greg is a past president of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association and has been on the executive committee for the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association for a number of years. In addition to being a member of the board of directors for the Attorney's Information Exchange Group (AIEG), Greg is currently the chairman of the journal committee of the Alabama Association for Justice. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Greg enjoys taking on the giant corporations on behalf of people who have been seriously injured, especially in difficult and technical cases.
Greg is also involved in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery. He and Jere Beasley have renovated old buildings in Montgomery's entertainment district. The development (AlleyStation.com) includes restaurants, retail and loft apartments.
Greg enjoys SCUBA diving and spends as much time as he can underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. He also has recently completed rebuilding a historic grist mill in Notasulga, Alabama.
He is married to the former Jane Anne Howell of Lafayette, Alabama, and they have two children. Tracy Williford, married to T.J. Williford, resides in Montgomery, Alabama. They have a daughter, Avery, and son John Mills. The Allens' son Evan is also a lawyer, having earned his J.D. from Jones School of Law in 2012. He practices in Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury section. The Allens attend Eastern Hills Baptist Church and Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery.
- Alabama and U.S. District Court, Middle, Southern and Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- Alabama State Bar
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Alabama Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- Super Lawyers
- Best Lawyers
- Best Lawyers - 2012 Montgomery Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
- National Law Journal Litigator of the Month
- Beasley Allen Litigator of the Decade
- Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (J.D. 1983)
- West Georgia College (B.B.A. 1976)
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