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Todd Jason Allen

Family Attorney at Bellingham, WA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Todd

Learn Todd’s areas of practice.

Without getting overly philosophical, the law is the foundation for a civil society. But it can be a complicated beast. Unfortunately, people often find themselves entwined in our labyrinthine legal system for a variety of reasons: injuries; domestic disputes; liability issues; contract and business disagreements; and criminal charges, to name a few.  In such situations, the assistance of a knowledgeable, empathetic, and committed lawyer is invaluable.

I have dedicated my career to representing people in their times of need. I know that being involved in any legal matter can be scary, but it doesn't have to be. You need guidance; you need advice; and you need competent and tenatious representation. Understanding this, I am devoted to my clients' causes and strive to achieve the best possible results in any given circumstance. 

Simply put, I help people with their legal problems. I can help you with yours.

Location

The Law Office of Todd J. Allen, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St.
Suite 460
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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Reviews

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Posted by Tara | January 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felt very confident with Mr. Allen representing me
Todd Allen helped me legally through a relocation case and is continuing to help finalize my divorce. He is knowledgeable and made sure I understood everything I was going through, and helped me confidently step into court.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Todd was compassionate and thorough in his handling of my case - diligent in the details, responsive and committed. I could not have received better representation or outcome in my situation.
Posted by Misti | November 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Protection Order Representation
Todd represented me for both my divorce and protection order hearings. He was always very professional and honest with me through the entire process. I always felt he genuinely had my best interests in mind and I never felt blind sided during any proceedings. He was also aware of my budget concerns and worked with me to keep the costs of my representation manageable. I would absolutely recommend him to a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2011
TOP WINNER
FROM DAY ONE TODD ALLEN GAVE ME THE CONFIDENSE THAT HE WOULD GIVE ME THE OUTCOME THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. HE WAS VERY WELL KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT WHAT HE WAS CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING. FOR YOU OTHERS SEEKING A REAL GOOD LAWYER I HIGHLEY RECOMMEND TODD J ALLEN TO GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE BEST OF YOUR OUTCOME. HEAR ME WHEN I SAY THIS!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Did not advocate or defend my interests and now I’m screwed because of his inexperience
Edited 1/23 to Update: The lawyers I have consulted since Todd's disastrous parenting plan have told me the one he prepared looks like it was written by opposing counsel. I wish I had hired an attorney with the experience and knowledge to provide better counsel. My experience in the family court system has been mostly a nightmare. But I'm grateful to have found more capable lawyers who have provided better advice, and have helped me to create and maintain boundaries against my abuser's continuing attempts to punish and control us. I want to clarify that I did receive a brief period (less than a year) of support from my ex, who made vastly more than I did when I finally got away. But I needed more help, especially with setting boundaries and standing up for myself. I was traumatized and terrified. I didn't have support, I was alone and scared. I had just spent almost 2 decades under intense coercive control, I was overmedicated for a condition I didn't have and I had never been allowed to say no to him. I needed help standing up for myself. I needed someone to help empower me with the knowledge I needed to legally protect myself and my daughter from him. Todd was not that person. And I will regret hiring him for the rest of my life. I came to Todd from an abusive marriage. I hired Todd to represent me. He took my ex husband’s demands and wrote them all into the decree. I was suffering from acute PTSD and severe gaslighting. I wrote up a long description of the history of abuse but it was ignored. My ex pays no child support or spousal maintenance while I am unable to work because of the disabling effects of diagnosed PTSD caused by my ex. After I began to suspect abuse of my daughter and returned to ask Todd for help in adjusting the parenting plan that he had written that favored my ex over me, he blew me off. I have a new lawyer who is attempting to fix the disaster that Todd left me with. I ended up paying 3500 for a lawyer (Todd) that benefitted my ex at my expense on top of another retainer for a new lawyer to fix this. Do yourself a favor and hire an experienced lawyer who will fight for their client.
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Response from Todd Allen November 11, 2019
I am deeply saddened to read this review. It is incredibly disheartening to hear that a client was unhappy with my representation. In this situation, I do feel compelled to comment briefly. However, due to my duty of confidentiality, I cannot comment on the facts of this review. What I can say is that the characterization above is not an accurate portrayal of the situation. And without divulging client confidences, the public court records reveal that an agreed settlement was reached as a resolution to the matter. Regrettably, I cannot predict or control whether or when a client might have a change of heart after an agreed resolution has been reached and finalized. However, I am always available to meet with former clients to address any concerns that they may have, to the extent that I am able. I truly empathize with anyone who is upset with the way their case develops, either during or after it has been finalized. But unfortunately, there are many things that are beyond any lawyer's control. And this review does not reflect the dedication and commitment I have toward ensuring that my clients are well represented and feel pleased with that representation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • The Law Office of Todd J. Allen, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Roger Ellingson, P.S.
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Reed McClure
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Trial Attorney
  • Allstate
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Todd Allen
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • 2006 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Washington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Montana-Missoula
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, First Degree
  • Reduced to a Misdemeanor
  • Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Dismissed
  • Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Hung Jury
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Associations

  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • High Honors Graduate
  • University of Montana
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Reed McClure Insurance Law Seminar
  • Strategies for Defending Right of Way Disputes in Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • 2016
  • Misdemeanor Orientation
  • Issue Spotting - Developing a checklist for your case
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (16)
Endorse Todd
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I previously recruited and hired Todd to work at my firm, and while we no longer work together, I believe he is of the highest caliber of attorney and I continue to confidently refer cases to him. I do this because I know that Todd is not only incredibly intelligent and perceptive, but empathetic and truly concerned with his client's best interests. He is also ethical and principled, and consequently well respected by the judges and commissioners in our court system. His experience as both a criminal and civil litigator gives him a good eye as to the risks and unthought of angles involved in litigation. I would confidently refer my own family and friends to him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is a fantastic trial lawyer and litigator. He's exceptionally knowledgeable, professional, honest, and a passionate advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him!"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Todd Allen for several years, and I am quite confident in his ability as a criminal defense attorney. I met Todd when he was still representing criminal defendants at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association, which has an excellent reputation in the legal community for the dedication, expertise, and professionalism of its attorneys. I believe that Todd brought these qualities with him into his private law practice. I have referred several criminal law matters to Todd because I am confident that he provides great value to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd, has always impressed me how he's able to effortlessly reach a resolution in a tough case. Most lawyers are obvious about their abilities, Todd, is like a Stealth Fighter plane, sharp, aggressive, and you never see it coming because he does it all with a smile. Tough, tough advocate!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Allen is an excellent attorney. He is smart, and he really cares about his clients. Whenever I am asked about a criminal defense attorney in King County or the greater Seattle metro area, I refer people to Mr. Allen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Todd and I worked together at the Public Defenders Office in Snohomish County. He is a skilled lawyer, a strong advocate and true defender ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is an experienced criminal defense attorney who gives excellent legal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is a well-respected legal professional who advocates passionately for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After reviewing attorney Allen's history as well as insightful answers to questions on Avvo, I believe he is a trustworthy source of legal information."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Todd is effective, professional, and a wonderful guy to work with. He would represent you well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is an outstanding attorney. In addition to being extremely intelligent and tenacious, he has a kind, professional demeanor that puts his clients' minds immediately at ease. I recently referred Todd a client for a serious felony. Todd's excellent advocacy led to an outstanding case result. Clients who hire Todd will get an attorney who cares about them, who will scrutinize their case thoroughly, advocate strenuously for them, and show them compassion through the entire process. Hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is knowledgeable, talented and well respected in the criminal defense community for his dedication to and excellent work on behalf of his clients. I happily endorse Todd."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is a talented and dedicated attorney who works hard for his clients. I have tried cases against Todd and Todd was a diligent and worthy adversary. I'd recommend Todd to anyone who needs strong, competent, criminal defense representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd Allen is a highly talented attorney dedicated to superior representation of his clients. He has a great pedigree and a proven track record of success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd has been devoted to criminal defense for as long as I have known him. He is committed to defending his clients' rights and is not afraid to challenge the State at every stage of the proceedings."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Todd and I worked together on a homicide case several years ago and I have followed his career closely since then. I endorse him without qualification. Todd has a keenly sharp legal mind which, when coupled with his natural instincts as a fighter and his commitment to true justice, provides his clients with a skilled advocate who can spot legal issues and garner results far beyond what an average attorney could achieve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is an outstanding and experienced criminal defense attorney who puts his clients first. Todd got into criminal defense because he is passionate about defending the rights of the accused and never shies away from a tough fight."
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Bellingham Family Lawyer Todd Jason Allen
Todd Jason Allen
Family Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 17 years