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.
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 represented William Cordoba in a prison civil rights case brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Mr. Cordoba was the victim of a series of coerced sexual acts taking place in San Quentin State Prison. Following a six-day federal jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Cordoba and awarded him $15,414 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages. Rarely do inmate plaintiffs even get to trial on civil-rights cases, and rarer still do juries not only find in an inmate plaintiff’s favor but award significant punitive damages.
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.
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
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