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A former cybercrime prosecutor who helps clients affected by data breaches and cyber-attacks
Drawing upon years of experience prosecuting cybercrime, Allen comes to the aid of clients affected by data breaches and cyber-attacks. He works with clients’ legal and information security teams to investigate cybersecurity incidents, coordinate the remediation of any breach, interface with law enforcement as appropriate, and ensure compliance with applicable data breach laws and regulations. In addition to incident response, Allen defends clients facing government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, consumer class actions, and other litigation arising from data breaches. He also provides counsel to clients regarding cybersecurity preparedness, active network defense, and any related legal issues, including guidance about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).
Prior to joining Womble Carlyle, Allen was a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) prosecutor with Top Secret security clearance at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He conducted numerous investigations into corporate data breaches, business email compromise schemes, “dark web” criminal forums, money laundering using Bitcoin, terrorist use of the Internet, and other cybercrime. Allen worked closely with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, and various other law enforcement agencies. He also partnered with National Security Division (NSD) and Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, Allen provided training to prosecutors and law enforcement agents about electronic evidence gathering, cybercrime investigation, digital cryptocurrencies, and web technology. He received two Special Achievement Awards from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for his work to combat cybercrime.
Added to his cyber expertise, Allen is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who represents clients in a broad range of civil and criminal matters. He handled over 50 trials in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia as well as numerous appeals, motion hearings, and grand jury investigations in state and federal court. His jury trial experience includes an armed robbery and kidnapping trial involving complex historical cell site location evidence, several emotionally charged domestic violence trials, and multiple narcotics distribution and violent crime trials involving expert testimony and complex forensic evidence. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Allen clerked for the Honorable Anita Brody on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Honorable Allyson Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
Cyber and Privacy Law