Allen is of counsel in the real estate department. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate development and lending. Allen has represented developers and lenders in managing, negotiating, and closing a variety of commercial real estate development transactions, including numerous retail, office, apartment, and mixed-use developments. He is also involved with assisting clients in connection with federal and state land sales regulation. Prior to joining the firm, Allen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard D. Reilly, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1974-1975.
Represented purchaser in acquisition and financing of an 80-property portfolio of office and industrial buildings and unimproved parcels.
Assisted owner in negotiating a 150,000 square foot office lease in connection with the relocation of three divisions of a national company from California to North Carolina.
Represented a retail developer in a series of single and multi-tenant retail "power centers" located in North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arizona.
Assisted in preparing, submitting and maintaining over fifty (50) Statements of Record (Property Reports) filed with the Office of Interstate Land Sales of HUD and applicable State filings and exemptions.
Assisted owners/developers in the division of existing and prospective multi-use projects into separate condominium components (high-rise office, hotel, parking garage, retail).
Publications, Presentations and Awards
North Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2007-2008
Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 1997-2008
Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2005
Charlotte Magazine, The Best Lawyers in Charlotte 1999, 2002
Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2003-2007
"Selected Issues in Commercial Real Estate Opinions," CLE presentation, Mecklenburg County Bar Real Estate Section, January 2005
"Million Dollar Decisions with Million Dollar IMPACT," The Carolinas' Real Estate Executive Forum 2004, Sponsored by Dixon Hughes, Kennedy Covington and Cameron M. Harris & Co., October 27, 2004
"Traps for the Unwary in Interstate Land Sales Exceptions," Co-author, North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section Newsletter, January 1991.
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Professional: Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1982-1985; Lawyers Teaching Justice; Young Lawyers Section Third Grade Education Project
North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section Council: Chair, 1996-1997; Vice-chair, 1995-1996; Treasurer, 1994-1995; Real Property Continuing Education Committee, 1988-1991
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Center for Real Estate: Board Member, 2005-present, Board Chair, 2005-2006; M.B.A. (Real Estate) Advisory Board, 2000-present, Guest Lecturer, 2002-present
Urban Land Institute, Charlotte District, Executive Committee, 2005-present; Assistant Chair, 2007-2008
Civic/Community: Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education: Board Member, 2007-present
Charlotte Advocates for Education: Board Member, 2003-2006; Chair, 2006, Vice Chair, 2005
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Aviation Committee, Member, 1999-present
Charlotte Sports Commission, Member, 1999-present
Johnston Memorial YMCA, Board of Directors, Former Member
Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association, Board of Directors, Former Member.