Derek J. Allen - Ward and Smith, P.A.

Derek J. Allen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Mr. Allen is leader of the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use Practice Groups.  He has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals.  He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts.  Mr. Allen has litigated numerous matters concerning land use issues at the trial and appellate levels.  He also has experience litigating corporate and partnership disputes before the North Carolina Business Court.  Mr. Allen has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution.  His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues.  Mr. Allen routinely appears in front of city and county governmental bodies and has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillJ.D. 1997The University of North Carolina at AshevilleBA 1993
Asheville Area Chamber of CommerceAsheville Buncombe Regional Sports CommissionBrewers Association Associate MemberCommunity Associations InstituteDiana Wortham TheatreLEAFNorth Carolina Bar AssociationNorth Carolina Bar AssociationNorth Carolina Creditors Bar AssociationNorth Carolina Economic Developers AssociationThe University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation BoardUnited Way of Asheville and Buncombe CountyWestern North Carolina Green Building Council * Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions:

Office Location

82 Patton Avenue, Suite 300
P.O. Box 2020
Asheville, NC 28802-2020
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Asheville Metro Area
Derek J. Allen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law (Development, Government Relations, Land Use, Litigation, Redevelopment, Zoning)
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Other Information

Gender: Male