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Dale L. Allen, Jr.



Dale Allen is a partner and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has a diverse litigation practice, including work for public entities with an emphasis in police liability and public transit, as well as private sector litigation in wrongful death and catastrophic injury. Representative clients include the City of Antioch Police Department; Bay Area Rapid Transit District Police Department; Clearlake City Police Department; City of Emeryville Police Department; City of Livermore Police Department; City of Martinez Police Department; City of Merced Police Department; City of Piedmont Police Department; City of Tracy Police Department; Union City Police Department; Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transit; Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers; San Mateo County Transit; Pepsi Bottling Group; Coach America; Sedgwick Claims Management Services; Frito-Lay; Gallagher Bassett Claims Management Services; Bickmore Risk Services; George Hills Claims and JPA Management Services; York Claims Services; Municipal Powers Authority; PARSAC; and Tower Insurance Company.

Mr. Allen is a 4th generation San Franciscan. He was a San Francisco Police Officer from 1977 to 1989, working in patrol, as a training officer, and in the K-9 unit.  In 1985 he started law school while working in a special plainclothes unit targeting  high profile street crimes and narcotics, and obtained his J.D. degree at Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1989.  He began working as an associate at Low, Ball & Lynch in 1989 and became a full partner in 1996 where he worked through 2013, when AGHW was formed.  He is admitted to practice in the State of California, before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the Northern and Eastern Districts of the United States Federal Courts.  He has argued cases before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.  He has become a frequent speaker on 4th Amendment issues relating to police use of force and arrests, most recently at the California State University Risk Managers Association on the topic of use of force and the mentally ill, as well as at the PARMA and CAJPA annual conventions and numerous joint powers pools.

Mr. Allen was elected to ABOTA in 2004 with the rank of “Associate.” He is a member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Allen has earned an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and has served on the settlement panel for the San Francisco County Superior Court.  He has been lead or co-counsel in 38 jury trials.