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James Aaron Allen

Litigation Attorney at Ashburn, VA

4.2   10 reviews

also known as Jim Allen

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 20 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 29 years
    Virginia - VA 30 years
    Missouri - MO 29 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements

    29 years

  2. Litigation
    Extensive experience litigating all types of disputes, including contract disputes, personal injury claims, employment disputes, business disputes, and general conflicts of all types

    30 years

  3. Employment and labor
    employment / termination agreements, non-compete restrictions, wrongful discharge, discrimination / retaliation, USERRA, ADEA / OWBPA, ADA, Title VII

    23 years

  4. Personal injury
    slip and falls, brain injury, intentional torts (assault, defamation), workers compensation, FELA

    30 years

  5. Car accident
    car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents

    30 years

  6. Trucking accident

    30 years

  7. Medical malpractice

    30 years

  8. Wrongful death

    30 years

I enjoy serving my clients, and helping them solve their problems using legal tools.


I have been in practice since 1993, and am licensed and admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.  I am an experienced advocate and expert problem solver, and I very much enjoy serving my clients.


I have experience in a variety of legal areas, including contracts, personal injury (motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers compensation, FELA), employment, procurement, business / corporate, compliance, employment, litigation, real estate / construction, and intellectual property.


I have handled matters throughout all of Maryland, Virginia, and DC, as well as the greater Mid-Atlantic region as a whole.  After more than 22 years practicing in the region, I have a wide network of referrals for those matters which I cannot handle.




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P.O. Box 4233
Ashburn, VA, 20148


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Posted by CeCi Sigmund | May 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Provided sound advice/support in a difficult situation!
After my husband was "let go," for bogus reasons, Jim helped us sort through the mire of Virginia's "At Will" issues and make the best decision possible for our situation. He helped us find a balanced position when we were still reeling and unsteady from losing my mother 2 weeks before. When the question arose regarding possible denial of unemployment compensation, he once again came to our aid, and de-mystified the process...and provided excellent counsel. He is very approachable, kind hearted, and understanding. I so very much appreciate all that he did for us and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Theresa | July 20, 2015
Peace of Mind!
That is exactly what he gave me - peace of mind and resolution to a very traumatic situation I was in. I was impressed with his demeanor, knowledge, patience, professionalism and take charge approach. He constantly kept me informed and updated through out the process and went above and beyond what was necessary. I am grateful my Son found him to represent me.
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Posted by Cheryl | June 11, 2015
The best ever!
Jim has always exhibited a high degree of professionalism in every contact I have had with him. If something is out of his area of expertise, his referrals have been of the highest level of expertise. I can't think or consider seeking legal counsel from anyone else.
Posted by TC. | June 9, 2015
Excellent Response in a tight situation
I had recently employed Mr. allen as legal counsel in a rather time-sensitive and high-impact personal legal matter. My personal understanding of the legal implications was cloudy, at best. Mr. Allen took complete control of the situation, outlined all of the immediate options available to me, as well as the possible outcomes of each decision. He assisted with the entire process and ensured that my filings and responses were handled in an extremely compressed time-frame.
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Posted by Carol | May 24, 2015
The World's Best
Mr. Allen was extremely helpful and generous with his legal knowledge and assistance. He took what I thought was a disaster in my son's life, by untangling fines and charges, both erroneous and real to an understandable level. Everything made sense after his knowledge, counsel, and referral was given to us. His reassuring nature gave us hope and peace knowing we would be in good hands before the judge. After the hearing, he continued to offer his assistance if anything surfaced in the future.
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Posted by Steve | June 14, 2012
Excellent Attorney.
James Allen has provided expert legal advice for us, primarily work-related. I highly recommend Mr. Allen for his professionalism, timeliness, and hard work.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2012
Outstanding Attorney
James Allen provided invaluable assistance in my workers compensation case. He was always available to take my calls and his counsel went above and beyond what was expected. James' ability to bring my case to a positive conclusion was only surpassed by his sincere interest in my personal well-being. He's a gifted attorney and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2012
What a lawyer should be!
James provided extremely valuable advice and has helped with several legal matters for us. Highly recommended!!
Posted by Judy | March 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will Not Stay In Contact With Client
Mr. Allen was hired by my sister and myself in 2015 about a negligence case towards Residence Inn in Springfield, Virginia. After faxing to his office the necessary documents in 2016, I have yet to hear from him about my case. Before contacting Avvo, I called several times, left a message, and he still has yet to contact me as of this date (3/24/2018).
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2012
James Aaron Allen or James Allen
In spite of my repeated requests, James Allen hardly returned my calls or replied to my e-mails on time; never finished writing one letter to the other party during the entire period of his representation; and the other party's lawyer wrote that he did not appreciate James Allen's silence. At first, James failed to realize the other party's legal action was real, not threatening; later, he did not understand why the other party filed two complaints for the same matter; and lacked the expertise and knowledge required to handle my case. He failed to investigate into my lease and the other party's deed of appointment, so failed to identify and use legal bases to defend my company with facts and legal documents. When I complained about his handling of my case, he sent me two settlement agreement forms with his offer to return most of his legal fees paid by me. However, it was too small to compare with the judgment amount in hundreds of thousands dollars imposed against my company.
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Response from James Allen June 9, 2015
This client had at least 2 lawyers before me (that I know about) and at least 1 after me (that I know about), and is unhappy with all of them. I fired this client after they inappropriately abused my office staff for not interrupting a Court Hearing to force me to speak with the client instantly. They begged me to continue representing them, but I declined. Their next lawyer came up with a new legal strategy, and they lost at trial - using his strategy, not mine.
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • AIG Insurance Company
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Chair, Litigation Practice Group
  • General Counsel, PC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Clark & Allen, PC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Allen Legal, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2008
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  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Robert Herman v McCarthy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jury Verdict for my client
  • Jeffrey Sharpe v Rodney Scruggs
  • Jury Verdict, setting record in that Court
  • anonymous v anonymous
  • Settled at mediation
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  • Virginia State Bar
  • Certified arbitrator, Attorney-client fee dispute program
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Litigation Section
  • member
  • 2000 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Medical Malpractice Section
  • member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Products Liability Section
  • member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington Executives Association
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • 2013
  • How To Protect Yourself From Online Defamation
  • Defending Against Online Defamation
  • 2012
  • Washington Executives Association
  • Litigation For a Business Owner
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James Allen gives practical and insightful legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their leadership in the community and commitment to clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim Allen is an excellent litigator and highly recommended. He cares about his clients; knows the law; understands local state and federal courts; and, most importantly, is a zealous and intelligent advocate for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"In all my years of practice I have never met a lawyer who is better in his feet in a courtroom or better at forging a real connection with a jury. He is well prepared and articulate. Many litigators are, but Jim excels at reading a jury, understanding what they want to hear, and making them identify and sympathize with his client. Any client who has Jim beside him in court is very fortunate."
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