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Hill Allen is a partner in the firm and handles a broad range of civil and criminal litigation. His practice areas and recent cases include: white collar criminal defense; healthcare fraud; False Claims Act and qui tam, or whistleblower, litigation; wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury; antitrust litigation; administrative law; aviation and workplace accidents; class actions and other commercial litigation; campaign finance and political corruption matters; environmental crimes; intellectual property litigation; mortgage fraud; securities fraud; trade secret and non-compete litigation; and criminal tax investigations.


Mr. Allen's clients have included a former Olympic Gold medalist; a former North Carolina Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives; a former North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture; multinational manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical concerns; major airlines; companies and individuals charged or under investigation in federal and state court; and families of those killed in aviation, automobile and workplace accidents. Among other matters, Mr. Allen defended well-known track-and-field athlete Marion Jones in a multi-jurisdiction federal prosecution that drew international attention.


Mr. Allen has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America®’s Criminal Defense, White Collar Section since 2012, in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite” Criminal Section since 2004,  and in North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2009. He became a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer in 2004. Past professional activities include serving on the faculty of NITA's Southeast Regional Trial Skills program.


Mr. Allen is a North Carolina native. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Allen practiced with Hunton & Williams before joining Tharrington Smith in 1997. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    24 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    24 years
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    24 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Tharrington Smith LLP

150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC, 27602-1151


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2016
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2015
Best Lawyer - White Collar Criminal Defense SectionBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Best Lawyer - White Collar Criminal Defense SectionBest Lawyers in America2014
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best Lawyer - White Collar Criminal Defense SectionBest Lawyers in America2013
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyer, White Collar Criminal Defense SectionBest Lawyers in America2012
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2011
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2009
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2008
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2007
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2006
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2005
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTharrington Smith1997 - Present
AssociateHunton & Williams1992 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember1998 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1989