David S. Allen

Senior Counsel

David provides coverage advice for insurance companies for general liability, directors and officers, and business risks. His clients have come to him with some of their most difficult insurance coverage issues, and he navigates them to successful results.
David serves as lead counsel representing insurers in declaratory judgment litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He also represents insurers in extra-contractual insurance litigation, including alleged bad-faith failure to settle within policy limits. David is an accomplished appellate lawyer who represents insurers in state and federal appellate courts.


  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1977
  • University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second, Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and Eastern District of Wisconsin Illinois Supreme Court


Our lawyers provide strategic advice and representation with intelligence, dedication, and enthusiasm. Our firm governance and culture are informed by a commitment to community, diversity, sustainability, and public service. +


Our mission is to contribute to the bottom line. Whether we are taking a position on coverage wordings, safeguarding policy layer exposure, or defending against extra-contractual damages, our legal strategy serves immediate and long-term goals. +


 Litigation is not a profit center. It is a problem to be solved effectively in the energy, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation spaces we know. We provide representation with finesse and know how. +