Allan graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979, and then clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He founded the firm in 1981 and has since acquired a national reputation in the fields of complex litigation, environmental law, and consumer fraud. Many of his cases have become leading precedents or led to legislative and regulatory changes to better protect the public or the environment. He is frequently sought out as a teacher, lecturer, and author. He has taught law courses at Tulane Law School, Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Texas. He has authored/co-authored two books and published over sixty scholarly articles, many of which have been relied upon by courts. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Allan is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics, and has testified numerous times before the Louisiana legislature. In addition, he has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding frauds uncovered by K&W during a lawsuit against long-term care insurance providers.
Allan represented the State of New Jersey in a major natural resource damages case that recently ended in the largest settlement in New Jersey history for natural resource damages. In addition, Allan represented the State of Louisiana in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, which resulted in the largest settlement on record for natural resource damage claims, with Louisianan receiving the largest share. Allan currently represents the State of New Jersey in a number of natural resource damages cases, the State of New Mexico against the United States Air Force for PFAS contamination, and the Conservation Law Foundation in a landmark case against ExxonMobil for climate change effects. He also serves as Lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in a national MDL class action against Dollar General for the sale of obsolete motor oils, In re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2709 (W.D. Mo.).
Allan is a member of the bars of California, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico (Federal), and Texas.
- 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
- 2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
- 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
- 2016 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Pharmaceuticals)
- 2016 Top Rated Litigator, The American Lawyer
- 2015 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental)
- Distinguished Practitioner Lecturers, Mississippi College School of Law, 2015
- Profiled as “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar”, Law360, Oct. 15, 2014
- First Tier Environmental Law, Chambers and Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009-Present
- Leadership In Law, City Business, 2014
- American Law Institute, 2012-present
- Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2010
- Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
- President’s Award, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
- “AV” Martindale Hubble rating since 1981
Recent Activities & Associations
- Board of Governors, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2008-2011
- Chair, Environmental Litigation Trial Practice Sub-Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), 2006-Present
- Member, TIPS-ABA Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force Committee, 2011
- Board of Directors, First Bank & Trust, 2006-2012
- Member, Ad Hoc Supreme Court Committee To Study Perceptions of The Legal System, 2009-2011
- President, Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), 2008-2009
- Founding Trustee, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Foundation Board, 2002-2009
- Member, Sedona Conference Steering Committee on Mass Torts and Punitive Damages, 2006-2008
- Chair, Sedona Conference Advisory Board, 2007
- Member, Property Insurance Task Force, Louisiana Legislature, 2006-2007
- Founder and Chair of Insurance Law Section, LAJ, 2005-2007
Some Publications & Presentations
- NRD Trials, Natural Resource Damages Conference, Law Seminar International, Washington, D.C. (March 14 & 15, 2019)
- Natural Resource Damage Claims, New Jersey State Bar Association and the Environmental Law Section, Central Jersey (February 20, 2019)
- Like A Phoenix Rising From the Ashes: Melding Wildfire Law Into A Comprehensive Statute, 33 Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 47 (2018)
- Environmental and Toxic Tort Trials, Master of Mass Torts Program, New Jersey State Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ (May 16-18, 2018)
- Practical Tips From Top Environmental Litigators For Preparing For An NRD Trial, Natural Resource Damages Conference, Law Seminar International, Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2018)
- More Than Seals and Sea Otters: OPA Causation and Moratorium Damages, 28 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F. 31 (Fall 2017)
- Trial Strategies LSI’s 6th Annual NRD Litigation conference in Washington, DC (March 24, 2017)
- Creating an NRD Narrative – How to Really Bring an NRD Case to Trial, The Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages (March 11, 2015)
- Common Misconceptions About Federal Jurisdiction Over Class Actions, AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Newsletter (Summer 2015)
- National Resource Restoration, Vol. 28, Tul. Envt. L.J., No. 1 (May 2015)
- Trial of a NRD Case, Law Seminars International (March 13th, 2015)
- CAFA Removal and Remand Webinar: Key Developments for Plaintiffs and Defense Counsel, Strafford Publications, Inc. (February 24, 2015)
- Environmental Whistleblower’s Rights, ABA (February 18. 2015)
- Social Science Research Network’s List of Scholarly Papers
- Perspectives On the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, Ch. 19,
The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Work Product Doctrine (5th Ed. 2010).
- Communications Between Attorneys And Putative Class Members, Ch. 7, The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Work Product Doctrine (5th Ed. 2010).
- Chinese Drywall – Environmental Forensic Opportunities, Vol. 11 Environmental Forensics pp. 6-16, Issues 1 &2 (March 2010).
- The Evolving Crisis Over Defective Chinese Drywall: An Overview of Legal Claims and Legislative Efforts, BNA Toxic Torts Litigation Reporter (November 2009) p. 1337.
- What We Learned From Katrina, Trial Magazine (October 2009), p.39.
- Consumer Class Actions After CAFA, 56 Drake L. Rev. 303 (2008).
- Daubert and the Disappearing Jury Trial, 60 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 2 (2008).
- Tort Remedies and Litigation Strategies, Ch. 19, Michael B. Gerrard, The Law of Environmental Justice (2nd ed.).
- Class Action Practice in the Wake of CAFA, ABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions Today: Jurisdiction to Resolution (2008).
- Strategy and Storytelling In Environmental Litigation, ABA Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2007), p.9.
- Meeting the Burden for Admissibility of Environmental Forensic Testimony, Vol. 8, No. 1, Environmental Forensics (Mar. 2007).
- Understanding and Protecting Natural Resources, 17 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 119 (2006).
- Legal Strategy, Storytelling and Complex Litigation, 30 Am. J. of Trial Advocacy 1 (2006).
- Interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act in a Truly Fair Manner, 80 Tulane L. Rev. 1645 (2006).
- Environmental and Toxic Tort Trials, 2nd Edition, Lexis-Nexis (2004, 2005).
- The Public Trust Doctrine, Parens Patriae, and the Attorney General as the Guardian of the State’s Natural Resources, 16 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 57 (2005).
- Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. of Envtl. Law & Litig. 111 (2005).
- Exploding the Blackmail Myth: A New Perspective on Class Action Settlements, 57 Baylor L. Rev. 681 (2005).
- Measuring Loss of Use Damages in Natural Resource Damage Actions, 30 Columbia J. of Envtl. Law 417 (2005).
- Equity in Toxic Tort Litigation: Unjust Enrichment and the Poor, 26 Law & Policy 209 (2004).
- Toxic Tort Litigation in a Regulatory World, 41 Washburn L. Rev. 535 (2002).
- The Politics of Toxic Tort Law, 2 Widener Law Symp. J. 163 (1997).
- Public and Private Laws, 10 Tulane Envtl. L. Journal 235 (1997).
- Environmental Justice, Torts and Causation, 34 Washburn L. Journal 505 (1995).
- Future Trends in Toxic Tort Litigation, 20 Rutgers L. Journal 669 (1989).
- Trying the Toxic Tort Case, Trial (Oct. 1987), pp. 32-38
- Emerging Conception of Latent Personal Injuries in Toxic Tort Litigation, 18 Rutgers L. Journal 343 (1986).