Allen focuses his practice on assisting those who own, manage, and invest in real estate and common interest communities. He regularly works with real estate developers and the residential and commercial community associations that they create to handle all manner of issues, including the preparation, amendment, interpretation, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and governing corporate documents, declarant control transition and disputes, community management, insurance claims and disputes, and collections. He also frequently represents Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other commercial landlords in the management of commercial investment properties, including lease negotiation and enforcement, summary ejectment, and collections.
Allen has been a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Section since he joined the firm. He has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. His litigation experience allows him to offer unique insight into risk and liability assessment, insurance coverage, and cost-benefit analyses, and he enjoys working with clients to proactively address these issues to reduce risk and cost. Allen also is a member of the firm’s Land Use and Zoning Practice Group, where he helps clients pursue and challenge special use permits, ordinance changes, and condemnation actions.
As an eastern North Carolina native with family farming roots, Allen has a passion for representing those who work the land. He is the leader of the firm’s Agribusiness Practice Group, where he coordinates the firm’s resources to address the specialized issues facing clients in the agribusiness community, such as industrial hemp operations, farmland leases, corporate organization, restructuring, dissolution, and succession planning, equipment financing and leasing, workouts and debt restructuring, environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, and negotiations and interactions with local, state, and federal government.