Allan has devoted his distinguished career to becoming one of the most skilled civil litigators in New England, focusing his practice particularly in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. Allan is a nationally recognized expert in insurance, litigating an extensive number of insurance and reinsurance disputes across the country, and regularly serving as an arbitrator of insurance disputes. The matters in which he has played a prominent role have often involved hundreds of millions of dollars. He also provides extensive advice to insurers in the drafting of policy language and coordinating large insurance and reinsurance programs.
Like many of the attorneys at Peabody & Arnold, Allan has extensive civil trial experience in state and federal courts across a wide range of areas, including personal injury, professional liability, business disputes and environmental law.
Allan has appeared in federal courts in California, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island. In addition, he has appeared before state courts in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1973 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
Williams College, B.A., with honors, 1967
- American Bar Association, Litigation, Tort, and Insurance Practice Sections, and Litigation Section Subcommittee on Professional Liability
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Past Vice President, Family Service of Greater Boston
- Project Family Independence
- Volunteer, Veterans Legal Services
- Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Public Garden
- Access to Justice Fellow (2014-2015)
- Handled a major reinsurance arbitration in New York that resulted in a favorable $77.5 million settlement for the client.
- Defended a $200 million court action for insurance coverage by one of the nation’s largest corporations.
Allan was a U.S. Army Officer from 1969-1971, serving in Vietnam in 1970-1971 where he was awarded the Air Medal and the Bronze Star.
Helped create Project Family Independence, which provides housing to single parents in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston