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Allen works closely with clients to plan and carry out business-oriented commercial real estate projects, transactions and strategies. He is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including purchases and sales, development, financing, leasing and environmental. In addition, Allen advises clients on the real estate and environmental implications involved in mergers and acquisitions.
Allen has represented clients ranging from some of the largest international developers and landlords in the country to emerging local companies and banks in a host of national real estate-related activities.

Past Experience

Prior to entering legal practice, Allen was the property manager of U.S. Bank Plaza (formerly Pillsbury Center), a 1.3 million square-foot Class A building, where he cultivated skills in finance, operations and construction management, and commercial leasing. In addition, Allen received the 2003 Business Journal Best in Real Estate Award for best new lease when he completed one of the largest lease transactions in recent downtown Minneapolis history.

Allen is a former military and commercial pilot. During law school, Allen received the Best Oral Advocate Award in the American Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, Region XIV.

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Property Management and the Law
    Minneapolis BOMA, 2009-14
  • Environmental Issues in Commercial Real Estate Transactions
    Minnesota CLE, 2010

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Hennepin County Housing Court Clinic

Professional Associations

  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • International Council of Shopping Centers


  • Chambers USA — Real Estate, 2019
  • Best Lawyers® — Real Estate Law, 2023-24
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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