Allen concentrates his practice on complex family law issues, including divorce, equitable distribution of business and financial assets, spousal and child support, contested child custody cases, paternity proceedings, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and same-sex family law matters.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, Allen served as law clerk to the Honorable A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He went on to practice general commercial litigation at Simpson Thacher LLP, and then, in 2003, joined Cohen Lans LLP, a highly-regarded matrimonial boutique. Immediately prior to forming Drexel LLC, Allen practiced family law at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he represented individuals in matters involving substantial estates and novel legal issues.
Allen has delivered CLE presentations and written on matrimonial law issues. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Marriage Equality Committee, and is also a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. From 2005-08, Allen co-chaired the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and he has been cited in the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Above the Law, and other publications regarding family law issues.Admissions
New York State
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkEducation
Stanford Law School, J.D. 2000
University of Sussex, M.A. 1992
Dartmouth College, A.B. 1991, magna cum laude, Phi Beta KappaAssociations & Memberships
New York State Bar Association (Member, Executive Committee of the New York State Bar’s Family Law Section, 2012-present; Co-Chair, Marriage Equality Committee, 2012-present; Member, Family Law Section, 2006-present; Member, Family Law Section, Legislation Committee, 2008-present; Empire State Counsel Honoree for pro bono service, 2007, 2009).
New York City Bar Association, 2001-present (Co-Chair, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Committee, 2005-2008; Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, 2010-2013)
American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section, 2005-present)Select Publications
Report: 1,324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State, project co-coordinator and lead drafter, with Ross Levi, Esq., for New York City Bar Association and Empire State Pride Agenda, June 8, 2007.
Children’s Best Interests: Divorce Law, Same-Sex Marriage Debate, N.Y.L.J., Mar. 23, 2006 (with Robert Stephan Cohen).
Before Paris Burned: Race, Class, and Male Homosexuality on the Chicago South Side, 1935–1960, in CREATING A PLACE FOR OURSELVES: LESBIAN, GAY & BISEXUAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES 119 (Brett Beemyn ed., Routledge 1997).Professional Presentations
Life After Windsor: Where Are We Now?, Presentation to New York County Lawyers’ Association, Matrimonial Law Section (September 10, 2013).
Marriage Equality – The Paper Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (June 25, 2012).
Advancing Equality Through Financial & Legal Planning, Panel Discussion, hosted by Bernstein Global Wealth Management (May 2, 2012)
Marriage Equality in New York: The New Legal Landscape for Same-Sex Couples, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (November 9, 2011).
What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (October 4, 2011).
Same-Sex Marriage in New York – What Every Practitioner Needs to Know, CLE Presentation, New York State Bar Association (September 9, 2011).
Presentation regarding (i) impact on same-sex spouses of federal Defense of Marriage Act and inconsistent recognition of same-sex marriages outside New York state, and (ii) related planning issues, New York City Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee (September 8, 2011).
Planning for Same-Sex & Unmarried Couples: Probate, Property & Family Law, CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (April 28, 2009).
Beyond Ozzie & Harriet: Representing Non-Traditional Couples in the Paterson Era, CLE Presentation, New York Law School (November 21, 2008).
Culturally Competent Lawyering for At-Risk LGBTQ Youth: Advocating Effectively in Foster Care & Juvenile Detention Systems; Chair, CLE Program, New York City Bar Association (May 15, 2008).
Love Among the DOMAs: Conflict of Law Issues Affecting New York LGBT Families & Domestic Partners; CLE Presentation, New York City Bar Association (May 22, 2007).Honors and Awards
Selected for New York Super Lawyers 2015
Selected for New York Super Lawyers 2014
Selected for New York Super Lawyers 2013
Selected as a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2011
Prior to joining Drexel LLC, Justin was an attorney with Blankingship & Keith P.C., one of Northern Virginia’s premier litigation firms, where he represented clients in complex matrimonial matters and commercial litigation. Justin’s matrimonial practice focused on the representation of high-net-worth individuals, including partners at major law firms, tech industry and finance executives, and high-profile political appointees.
Justin began his legal career in Brooklyn Family Court as a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, where he was respected for his exceptional trial skills and devotion to his clients. While with the Juvenile Rights Practice, Justin was elected by his peers to the position of Vice-President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, a testament to his tireless advocacy.
Following three years with the Juvenile Rights Practice, Justin transferred to the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Manhattan. Justin represented clients charged with all manner of crimes, from minor infractions to serious felony offenses in Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Courts. Always a fierce advocate for his clients, Justin conducted both bench and jury trials as sole and lead counsel.
Justin received his B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.Admissions
Washington University School of Law, J.D. 2007
University of Minnesota, B.A. 2003Associations and Memberships
New York State Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Fairfax County Bar Association
Sarah’s practice includes all aspects of family law, including divorce, equitable distribution of business and financial assets, spousal and child support, contested child custody cases, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Prior to joining Drexel LLC in November 2011, Sarah was a post-graduate legal intern at The Trust for Public Land in New York. While at Fordham Law, Sarah was Symposium Co-Editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal.Admissions
New York StateEducation
Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 2011
Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. 2005, summa cum laude, Phi Beta KappaAssociations and Memberships
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Park Slope Civic Council, Trustee and Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee
The Berkeley Carroll School, Alumni Council Member