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Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    40 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 5%
    27 years, 25 cases
  3. Appeals: 5%
    44 years, 75 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I have known Allen for 22 years and have co-counseled cases with him on a number of occasions. He is thorough, well spoken in trial and court presentations, and his writing is excellent.I endorse this lawyer.


    Paula Deutsch Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jesse Cantor

    I have known Allen for several years as a top tier defense attorney in Federal Court. He has a record of winning very tough and complex cases and when he speaks, everyone listens. I highly endorse Mr. Bentley


    Jesse Cantor Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1111 3rd Ave Ste 2220
Seattle, WA, 98101-3213


NYCurrently registered 197103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rated Among Top Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Met Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2000
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Federal Public DefenderOffice of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Washington1981 - 1998
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney, Southern District of New York1975 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Member2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. OlsenHung jury, 10-2 for acquittal. No retrial.
United States v. JeffreysClient sentenced to three years probation; no restitution imposed
State v. CarsonClient sentenced to probation with brief period of home confinement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Criminal DefenseWandering in Faretta Land: A guide to serving as standby counsel2015
Washington Bar News"Deciphering Booker: The Saga of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines"2005
Washington Bar News"Monitoring Attorney-Client Conversations: A Morality Play in Two Acts"2002
Washington Criminal Defense"The New Federal Restitution Law"1996
Washington Criminal Defense"Restitution in Washington"1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1970
Oberlin CollegeGovernmentA.B.1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Noontime Continuing Legal Education Program"Daubert: A Criminal Defense Perspective"2013
Faculty Development Program"Terrorism and Civil Liberties"2002