Julia L. Allen

Tel. (415) 676-2265


Stanford Law School, J.D., 2012

Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009

Prior Experience

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Bar Admissions


Julia L. Allen

Ms. Allen joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the winter of 2016 after volunteering at the San Francisco District Attorney's office for six months. While at the District Attorney’s office, she served as sole trial counsel in six jury trials and simultaneously managed a significant caseload. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Allen was a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of a large firm where she litigated cases in both state and federal court, including a consumer class action and restructuring and bankruptcy-related disputes.

A native Texan, Ms. Allen graduated from Stanford Law School where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review and Co-President of the Women of Stanford Law. Ms. Allen graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Cases of Note

Former Client v. Law Firm: 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.


"Derivatives Clearinghouses and Systemic Risk: A Bankruptcy and Dodd-Frank Analysis," Stanford Law Review, April 2012

Honors and Awards

Stanford Law School

  • Notes Committee Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Kirkwood Moot Court Competition
  • Co-President, Women of Stanford Law

Duke University

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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