Frank D. Allen

Frank specializes in the jury trials of civil cases and is considered by his peers to be a master at his craft. His practice has been focused for several decades on representing individuals who have suffered death or life-changing injuries from medical or drug errors, defective products  or crashes of trucks, boats, cars and aircraft. His experience and success at jury trials has led him to represent and try cases for defendants in death and property damage matters from environmental causes, as well as property damage from alleged toxic substance exposure arising from contamination.

Frank has also represented defense clients in products liability and legal malpractice where a trial involves claims of such significance that they amount to a bet the company on the outcome of the  litigation.  In these potentially catastrophic situations for businesses, Frank is the go-to guy when the case actually needs to be tried before a jury and the alternatives to success at trial are dire for the company involved.

Frank was inducted as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004 and has served as the Chairman for the New Jersey Chapter of the College. Admission to The College, a national organization is by invitation only.  Membership is limited to 1% of the lawyers in any state. Invitation to membership is extended only to those lawyers recognized as outstanding by their peers in the actual trial of jury cases.

Frank brings not only legal skills, but the empathy, compassion and wisdom required to help families and/or companies in dealing with catastrophic situations. Frank volunteered for no fee to represent the families of two of the pilots who perished in the 9-11 terror attack. Frank always places his clients best interests first and foremost as he focuses on achieving results that will be best for the individual needs of the client or company.

Frank is a recognized advocate. He was lead counsel for the defense in multiple deaths of a New Jersey Turnpike trucking accident catastrophe in Cherry Hill.  Frank was appointed by the court as lead counsel for all plaintiffs in the truck/crash worthiness case of the bus tragedy.

Frank has represented individuals injured or wrongfully killed in a wide variety of circumstances, including as  examples:

  • Confidential seven-figure settlement for survivors of a man whose cancer death Mr. Allen was able to trace back to a doctor’s failure to diagnose a predecessor disease, Hepatitis C, years earlier
  • Confidential seven-figure settlement for survivors of a man fatally injured when his UTV/ATV utility vehicle ran him over without witnesses, where Mr. Allen was able to identify and demonstrate design defect in throttle cable system
  • Legal malpractice from one car accident ($360,000)
  • Drug cases against a Japanese manufacturer involving tainted L-tryptophane ($2 million)
  • A utility worker injured due to a defective bracket ($3.5 million)
  • 20 year old who at age 18 months choked on a toy and as an adult became schizophrenic ($3.9 million)
  • A welder injured by a defective storage box ($5.5 million)
  • General aviation (small plane) and jet crashes (multiple million dollar recoveries)
  • Nursing home/assisted living facility resident scalded from burns ($4.1 million)
  • Jogger who was struck and killed by passing truck, where there were no witnesses ($2.9 million)
  • Refinery worker suffocates in confined space ($6.5 million)
  • Auto/truck collision, father killed/mother brain injury ($7.2 million)
  • Automobile and truck collisions involving complex reconstruction accident investigations with successful recoveries in the millions of dollars
  • Medical malpractice for a botched face lift ($20 million)
  • Represented, as a volunteer, the families of two United Airline pilots, one on Flight 93 and the other on Flight 175, in litigation following 9/11

Frank has tried cases in the Federal and State courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While his practice focuses on representing families in tragic situations, he continues to do defense work for select corporate clients. In addition to multiple million dollar plaintiffs’ verdicts, he has tried to successful verdicts defense of commercial and environmental cases.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Past Chair of The American College of Trial Lawyers, New Jersey Committee

Awards and Recognition

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2019-2022)
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Named to New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Personal Injury General Plaintiff Litigation (2005-2022)
  • Named as “Awesome Attorney” by SJ Magazine (2004-2014)
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Named as “Top Attorney” for Trial Law by SJ Magazine (2014, 2019-2021)
  • Named “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers (2014)

NEWS & EVENTS

New Jersey 2022 Super Lawyers Recognizes Archer Attorneys

Important Changes in the New Jersey Auto Insurance Laws

Frank Allen to Speak at Civial Trial Advocacy Summer Institute