Greg Allen grew up in Georgia and attended West Georgia College before moving to Montgomery to work for a railroad company. While growing up in Georgia, Greg saw what he believed to be a double standard of justice. It was obvious the wealthy had complete access to justice, while the poor were being virtually left out. Greg always had a desire to go to law school, but believed he couldn’t afford it. When he got to Montgomery, Greg found out there was a night law school in Montgomery. Greg jumped at the opportunity and enrolled in Jones Law School while continuing to work full time for the railroad.
During Greg’s last two years of law school, he started working at my then two-man law firm. I had opened my office in 1979 on South Hull Street and Frank Wilson joined the firm in 1980. Greg came to work with us in 1981 as a law clerk and investigator. In fact, he did anything else that was needed. One of his jobs was to keep my 1954 Ford pickup running. Once Greg came on board, he wouldn’t leave. He passed the bar in 1983 and the rest is history. Greg is still very involved with Jones Law School, which is now fully ABA accredited and attracts students from all over the Southeast.
When Greg graduated from Jones, he stayed on to work as a lawyer with the firm. He started handling difficult cases immediately upon passing the bar. He enjoys taking on large corporations on behalf of persons who have been seriously injured or have lost loved ones. He is most proud of the fact that due to the recoveries he has secured for his clients, some of the clients who were told they would never walk, were able to receive therapy and regained the ability to walk.
Greg’s influence on the community is also evident. Folks visiting downtown Montgomery today can see the impact of his – and the firm’s – commitment to the city’s heart. Greg was instrumental in the development of the new downtown entertainment district, as an early and enthusiastic supporter of returning minor league baseball to the Capital City. The brand new Biscuits stadium was constructed on land owned by our law firm. Construction included renovation and preservation of a large section of the historic building that occupied part of the property
Greg also worked with the City of Montgomery over the past few years to help create the new Alley Entertainment District area, which connects Commerce Street across from the Renaissance Hotel & Spa with Tallapoosa Street. Greg created the Alley Station development as an anchor for the alley. Alley Station houses SaZa’s, a very popular Italian restaurant, a special event venue with a large ballroom, a unique rooftop garden, and 16 loft-style apartments.
Greg is married to the former Jane Anne Howell of Lafayette, Alabama, and they have two children. Their daughter, Tracy, is married to T. J. Williford, and resides in Montgomery. Tracy and T.J. have a daughter, Avery, who I understand already gets whatever she wants from Greg. Tracy and T.J. are actively involved in the development and marketing of the Alley Station project, making it a true family business. Greg’s son Evan is following in his dad’s footsteps and currently attends Jones Law School. The Allens attend Eastern Hills Baptist Church and Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery.
Without any doubt, Greg Allen is the very best product liability lawyer I have ever been around. He is always well-prepared and totally understands the technical issues involved in all product liability cases. Greg has no equal when it comes to dealing with tough discovery issues in tough cases involving companies in the auto industry. I have learned a great deal from Greg over the years and fortunately I am still learning. We are blessed to have Greg in the firm.
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