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James D. Allen is a Litigation Attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury Contract Disputes, Criminal Law and all aspects of Real Estate Litigation.

Before becoming an attorney in 2012, James, a native Floridian from Jacksonville, was a noncommissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where he received honorable discharge with a Good Conduct Medal and an Achievement Medal for exceptional work and team leadership in the field. After working as a regional  manager for a $10+ million dollar company, he received his Bachelor of Science in business, with a minor in finance, from Jacksonville University, and his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2001. As a law student, he interned in the Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic and at the Domestic Violence Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court.

Making use of his law degree and his business acumen, James was a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University School of Law, a paralegal at the Miami insurance defense firm Hightower & Rudd, P.A., and a legal administrator at the Ft. Lauderdale law firm Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller, P.A., where he spent ten years as CFO. Following his position as both an associate and legal administrator/CFO at that firm, James joined Cooke Law Group in Miami in 2012. Until recently, James was a Kaplan University adjunct professor of legal studies, teaching products liability litigation, civil litigation, and torts.James left Cooke Law Group in March 2015 and formed the Law Offices of James D. Allen, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida where he specializes in Complex Commercial Litigation, Contract Disputes, Condominium/Homeowner’s Association Law, Employment Law, and all aspects of Real Estate Litigation.  


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
    3 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    3 years
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    3 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-250/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Emily May Bradfute

    James is a pleasure to work with. He is professional, well prepared, and willing to think outside of the box to reach a fair and amicable settlement which is in his client's best interests. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Offices of James D. Allen, P.A.

731 Duval Station Road
Suite 107-412
Jacksonville, FL, 32226

Law Offices of James D. Allen, P.A.

731 Duval Station Road
Suite 107-412
Jacksonville, FL, 32226



FLMember in Good Standing201209/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dean's ListJacksonville University1998
Dean's ListJacksonville University1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of James D. Allen, P.A.2015 - Present
AssociateCooke Law Group, LLC2012 - 2015
AssociatePresent: Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller, P.A.2012 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorKaplan University2009 - 2014
CFORice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller, P.A.2002 - 2012
Research Reference LibrarianNova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center2001 - 2009
Legal InternBankruptcy Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bar Clinic2000 - 2001
Legal InternDomestic Violence Division, Eleventh Judicial Circuit1999 - 1999
ParalegalHightower, Rudd, Weiser & Acosta, P.A.1999 - 2002
Sales ManagerScott Security Systems1992 - 1995
E-4 Non-Commissioned OfficerUnited States Air Force1987 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2015 - Present
Jacksonville Chamber of CommerceCounsel Member2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMember2012 - Present
Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of FloridaMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Association of Legal AdministratorsAdvisory Board2009 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Modification of VisitationVisitation was successfully modified and boyfriend was denied access to child
Mortgage Foreclosure DefenseCase against my client was dismissed and their mortgage was successfully modified.
Tortuous Conversion of Personal PropertyProperty was returned with minimum cost to Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
South Florida Business JournalThe Manager Minute2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Jacksonville UniversityBusiness & FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BNI Networking BreakfastThe Litigation Process2015
South Florida HOA/Condo ExpoHOA/CONDO Litigation2014