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 I represent people charged with criminal and juvenile offenses in North Alabama, and I handle appeals statewide.  I formerly clerked for a federal judge and then practiced law at major law firms representing huge corporations.  I now use those skills I gained clerking and representing corporations to help regular people who are in a bind.


After law school, I clerked for United States District Judge Paul Brown for two years. Working hand in hand with a federal judge, I gained practical insight into how judges make decisions and how to make effective arguments before the court.  I also helped the court by researching legal issues and writing numerous draft opinions, which greatly honed my research and writing skills. These skills and this knowledge have been invaluable in my trial and appellate practice.


After completing my clerkship, I worked for two of the premier law firms in the country, Baker Botts in Dallas Texas, working on high-end commercial litigation, and Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama, practicing corporate law.  During this time representing major corporations, I learned the importance of attention to detail and of leaving no stone unturned in advocating for your client.


In 2010, I started my own law firm in my wife's hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.  I now employ the same skills I gained in my clerkship and in representing major corporations to help regular people who are in difficult circumstances.  I primarily handle criminal defense and juvenile matters in North Alabama and I work on appeals statewide.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Appeals: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%


Payment types:

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    John is a well respected member of the legal community, and a highly competent Criminal Defense attorney who vigorously represents his clients. I recommend him without hesitation.


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Contact info

John Allen PC

221 Eastside Square
Suite 3B
Huntsville, AL, 35801-8821


ALAuthorized to practice law200807/19/2016
TXInactive 200207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJohn Allen PC2010 - Present
AssociateBalch & Bingham2008 - 2010
AssociateBaker Botts, LLP2004 - 2006
Law Clerk for Senior United States District Judge Paul N. BrownUnited States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama State Bar, Appellate Practice SectionMember2014 - Present
Huntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Alabama State BarMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lightfoot v. State, 2012 WL 3641413 (Ala. Crim. App. Aug. 24, 2012)Court of Criminal Appeals ordered trial court to strike $25,000 fine after holding trial court harmfully erred in imposing firearm enhancement.
Ex parte Lightfoot, 1120200, 2013 WL 3481945 (Ala. July 12, 2013)Alabama Supreme Court remanded for a new sentencing hearing after holding that an Apprendi error is not automatically harmless simply because the sentence the defendant ultimately receives falls within the statutory maximum for the underlying crime.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Louisiana State UniversityPublic RelationsMass Communication1999