H. William Allen has been a business litigation practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas since 1971. He was born in Nevada, Missouri. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College (Memphis) and his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law (St. Louis). Shortly after law school, he was licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, but continues active membership only in Arkansas. Upon graduation from law school, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for post-graduate study in the Prosecution and Defense Program of Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) which led to a year’s service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago.
Upon the election of President Bill Clinton, he served in Washington, D.C. as part of the Clinton-Gore Transition Team assigned to the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Allen has been active in the Pulaski County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations, serving as Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of both the state and national organizations. He served as President of the American Bar Foundation and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Finance Committee. He was the Arkansas State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for twelve years.
In Arkansas, he served as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association and was awarded Attorney of the Year by the Central Arkansas Legal Services program. He was awarded the Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Pulaski County Bar Association and the C.E. Ransick Award of Excellence by the Arkansas Bar Association. He is ranked by U.S. Chambers for Business Litigation and listed in Best Lawyers in America in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Securities Litigation.