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Mr. Allen was born and raised in the Seattle area.  He attended Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle where he played on the varsity Baseball and Football teams.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Santa Clara University in 1988, and earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1992.  He was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1992.  


Beginning in 1991, he served as a legal intern for the City of Kent, prosecuting criminal cases.  He had already tried fifteen jury trials bythe time he sat for the Bar Examination.  After passing the Washington State Bar Exam, he was hired as an Assistant City Attorney, and was promoted to the position of Chief Prosecutor in 1994.  In that position, he was responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases initiated by the City of Kent.  He also represented the City of Kent Police Department in several capacities, including civil asset forfeiture proceedings, and various legal advisements. He also represented the South King County Narcotics Task Force, advising them with respect to legal issues surrounding drug investigations, search warrants, and evidence gathering. 


In 1995, he accepted a Position as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for KingCounty.  He served as a King County Prosecuting Attorney under Mr. Norm Melang for nearly eight years.


During his eleven year career as a prosecuting attorney, Mr. Allen handled nearly all types of criminal cases, including violent crimes, robberies, assaults, thefts, DUI and felony traffic matters, domestic violence cases, and drug offenses.  As a prosecuting attorney, he tried nearly 150 cases to a jury.  Many of those were felonies in King County Superior Court.  The balance were misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, a significant portion of which were DUI cases. He has tried countless cases to the Court, and has extensively litigated virtually every type of legal issue surrounding these cases, including arguing before the Washington State Court of Appeals.  He has worked with the King County Sherriff’s Office in their fingerprint evidence training program, and has instructed at the state police academy regarding courtroom testimony of police officers.   


Mr. Allen entered private practice in January 2003.  Since that time he has successfully represented hundreds individuals accused of criminal offenses in various counties across the state and in Federal Court.  He holds an extensive knowledge of the local criminal justice system, and has an outstanding professional repoire with prosecuting attorneys and judges.  Given his extensive experience with local police and criminal investigation techniques, he has been exceptionally effective in his representation of individuals during the investigation process. His years of trial and courtroom experience have gained him significant respect among judges, prosecuting attorneys, and local police departments.


In his free time, Mr. Allen enjoys running, biking, skiing, boating, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.   


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott Merrill Donaldson

    I am very impressed by Ed Allen's work ethic and knowledge about criminal defense, especially DUI. I have recommended Ed to former clients of mine and friends that need help with criminal matters of all kinds. Ed has always shown his compassion for understanding the details of any given situation and can be trusted to keep matters confidential. I have watched Ed in court and seen his expertise in blending legal arguments with getting the most from judges he obviously knows well.


    Scott Donaldson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Terry Ann Zundel

    I have known Mr. Allen for 25 years and have the utmost respect for him. I routinely refer criminal matters to Mr. Allen with confidence. The people I have referred him to always express their sincerest thanks for the referral. In fact, he is the only criminal attorney I refer my clients to. I have also worked with Mr. Allen on cases involving domestic violence. He is easy to work with and instrumental in getting cases resolved. I highly recommend Mr. Allen to anyone needing a criminal attorney.


    Terry Zundel Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

705 2nd Ave Suite 910
Seattle, WA, 98104-1716


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Premier 100 Trial Attorneys in WashingtonAmerican Academy of Trial Lawyers2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2015
Best of Business AwardSmall Business Community Association2015
Top Lawyers in WashingtonThe Legal Network2013
Best Business People for 2013National Association of Business Professionals2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Attorney/OwnerLaw Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr., PLLC2004 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1995 - 2003
Chief Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Kent Office of the City Attorney1991 - 1995
Legal InternRobertson, Phillips and Knight1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Student Defend (National Association of Lawyers defending college students)member2013 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember/contributor/mentor2003 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember2003 - Present
King County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Associationmember1995 - 2003
United States District Court - Western District of Washingtonmember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar Associasionmember1992 - Present
South King County Bar AssociationMember1992 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUINot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Confederation of Motorcycle ClubsDealing with Law Enforcement and How to Handle Helmet Tickets2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1992
Santa Clara UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelor of Science (Cum Laude)1988
American UniversityPolitical Science/Pre-LawBachelor of Science (Cum Laude)1986
Blanchet High SchoolHigh SchoolN/A1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Law Enforcement Training AcademyCourtroom Testimony on DUI cases2003
Washington Law Enforcement Training AcademyTaking and Documenting Confessions2002
Washington Law Enforcement Training AcademyPolice Report Writing2002
King County Sheriff's Office Forensic Evidence SeminarHow to Present Fingerprint Evidence2000
Insurance Fraud Training SeminarFighting Back - How to Prosecute Insurance Fraud Cases1998