Consumer & Class Actions,
Contract & Commercial,
White Collar Criminal
Julia Allen has a broad range of experience representing companies, individuals, and nonprofits in complex civil litigation and criminal proceedings in state and federal courts. Julia has defended technology companies in class and collective actions, law firms in malpractice cases, and individuals charged with fraud and other crimes. Having served both as plaintiff and defense counsel throughout her career, Julia has won numerous jury trials and arbitrations. Julia has also helped clients resolve disputes early and avoid litigation altogether. Capitalizing on the breadth of her experience, Julia enjoys working with clients to achieve their litigation goals as efficiently as possible.
Julia also maintains a robust pro bono practice. Recently, she won a landmark verdict in a federal jury trial, where she represented an inmate at San Quentin State Prison who had been coerced into sexual acts by a prison staff member. The jury awarded both compensatory and punitive damages.
On behalf of Instacart, we have successfully defended against numerous class and collective actions across the country alleging that that shoppers who use Instacart’s technology platform should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. We have won a number of early dispositive motions in these cases, including motions to compel individual arbitration and to enforce class and collective action bars.
We defended a mobile gaming company and its founders in a dispute with former investors who complained that they were denied their equity stake in the company. The plaintiffs brought claims for breach of contract, fraudulent concealment, conversion, libel, intentional interference with contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. On the eve of trial, we obtained summary judgment on all claims.
We represent non-profit Wetlands Preservation Foundation, based in Stockton, California, in litigation against the California Department of Water Resources and The Nature Conservancy concerning gross mismanagement of Staten Island—an island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that is a critical wildlife habitat for migratory birds as well as an important agricultural resource. Following a ten-day bench trial, the Court issued a writ of mandate against the Department of Water Resources and held that it had failed to comply with its public trust obligations on Staten Island.
We won a complete defense verdict for our multinational law firm client, and three individual law firm partners, in a malpractice claim arising out of patent litigation in the ITC and Delaware. The plaintiffs had alleged more than a dozen individual acts of malpractice and sought $60+ million in damages. After a hard-fought two-week arbitration before a retired federal judge in New York, the arbitrator issued an award in our clients’ favor.
We represented a prisoner who was the victim of a series of coerced sexual acts taking place in San Quentin State Prison in a civil rights case brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Following a six-day federal jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor and awarded him $15,414 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages.
Keker, Van Nest & Peters is pleased to announce that the firm elevated Julia Allen and Sophie Hood to its partnership effective January 1, 2021. Read more
On January 31, 2018, a federal jury returned a verdict in favor of William Cordoba who was the victim of a series of coerced sexual acts taking place in San Quentin State Prison. Read more
"Derivatives Clearinghouses and Systemic Risk: A Bankruptcy and Dodd-Frank Analysis," Stanford Law Review, April 2012