Kenneth J. Allen

Kenneth J. Allen

Allen Law Group

Recognized since 2012

Valparaiso, Indiana

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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Kenneth J. Allen graduated cum laude from Indiana University’s Mauer School of Law. Mr. Allen is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana and Illinois Supreme Courts and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His invited lectures and legal publications include: Trying Auto Injury Cases (1991); Crashworthiness and Products Liability (1992); Insurance Bad Faith Law (1994); Tort Reform, Auto Cases and Premises Liability (1995); The ‘New’ Indiana Constitution (1996); Bad Faith Litigation In Indiana (1997); Achieving Success in the Practice of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law (1998); Civil Discovery: Arguing the Tough Issues (2000); You’re On Trial! (2001); Advanced Personal Injury Practice (2002); Personal Injury Settlements (2002); Superior Deposition Strategies (2003); The (Revised) Ten Commandments of Cross Examination (2005); “Chapter 7: Spoliation of Evidence” (co-author) Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Ed. (ABA: 2006); “Chapter 32: The Trial–Developing and Utilizing the Theme” (co-author) Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Ed. (ABA: 2006); Voir Dire: A Primer (2007); Five Keys to Successful Cross-Examination (2008); Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence (2008); Building Your Civil Trial Skills (2009); Presenting Damages & Expert Testimony at Trial (2010); Trial Presentation in Trucking Cases (co-author) (2010); How to Select the Right Jury For Your Case (2010); Masters in the Courtroom (2010); Winning Jury Verdicts (2010); Trial Techniques in Trucking Cases (co-author), Trial Journal, Vol. 13, No.1 (Winter 2011); Trial in Action: What Role Playing Can Reveal, Trial, Vol. 47, No. 12 (December 2011); Powerful Demonstrative Evidence (2012); “Spoliation of Evidence” (co-author) Truck Accident Litigation, 3rd Ed. (ABA: 2012); Theories of Liability in Semi-Truck Crashes (co-author) (2012); Presenting Damages & Life Care Planning Experts in Construction Accident Cases (2012); “Big Screen Strategies,” Trial, Vol. 49, No. 1 (January 2013); Trial, Damages and Obtaining the Excess Verdict (2014); “Thinking Outside the Toolbox: Finding Third-Party Liability in Work Accident Cases“ (co-author), Trial, Vol. 50, No. 4 (April 2014).

His professional association memberships and accolades, past and present, include: the American Association for Justice (Leader’s Forum Patron), the Indiana and Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations (Sustaining Member), Indiana and Illinois State Bar Associations, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association, the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Aviation Trial Lawyers Association. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and named by Law Dragon as one of the Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – The Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in Who’s Who in American Law and on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He was also named among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He is a Life Patron Fellow and Director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, a member of the I.U. Arbutus Society, and has been honored as a Distinguished Barrister for his leadership in the law.

Mr. Allen has appeared as counsel for the plaintiff in over 100 trials and published appellate court decisions. His clients have won over $200 Million in verdicts, without reduction for comparative fault. Mr. Allen’s cases have been listed among the country’s "Top 10 Verdicts," and recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Crane's Chicago Business, Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and the LA Times, among other publications. He has been appointed Class Counsel in several class actions including: In Re South Shore Train Crash at Gary, Indiana on January 18, 1993, In Re: Nurseryland Bus Crash at Gary, Indiana on June 25, 1998; In re Truck/Train Collision at Portage, Indiana on June 18, 1998, and In Re: Hidden Lake Bridge Collapse July 4, 2009; In Re: Indiana State Fair Disaster (VanDam v. State of Indiana). Mr. Allen was also named to Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee in the United Airlines DC-10 airplane crash (In re: Air Crash Disaster at Sioux City, Iowa). He has been interviewed on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN, FOX, Dateline, Inside Edition, and on Oprah.

Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, of which Mr. Allen is a member, represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation, exclusively. The firm maintains several offices in Indiana and Illinois.


  • Allen Law Building
    1109 Glendale Boulevard
    Valparaiso, IN 46383


  • English


  • Indiana University Bloomington, JD
  • Valparaiso University, BA, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana, Indiana State Bar Association


  • American Association for Justice - Leader's Forum Patron
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association - Sustaining Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Indiana Trial Lawyer's Association - Sustaining Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum - Life Member
  • National Asbestosis/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyer's Association - Member
  • National Aviation Trial Lawyer's Association - Member
  • National Brain Injury Trial Lawyer's Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, South Bend (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus:

  • Automobile Collision
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death


  • I.U. Arbutus Society
  • Distinguished Barrister for Service in the Law
  • Director and Life Patron Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Law Dragon Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America
  • United Way Tocqueville Society
  • Boy's & Girl's Club Jeremiah Milbank Society
  • Calumet Council, Boy Scout's of America Distinguished Citizen Award

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

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