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Practice Areas

The Allen Law Firm represents Tennessee businesses, families and individuals in litigation, trials, administrative hearings and mediation.  With a variety of types of civil litigation, we can assist you in both state and federal court. 
Employment Law

The bond between an employee and an employer is a strong one. When those ties break, contentious litigation often follows. The Allen Law Firm represents employers and employees in numerous employment claims and both individual and class action suits.


By bringing our extensive employment and labor law experience to bear on each and every client, we analyze each with a personal touch for the complex issues that are often associated with such a dispute, for civil trial and appellate litigation. We focus on employment practice primarily in the following areas:


  • Employment Discrimination: The law protects workers from unlawful discrimination.  Being subjected to an adverse employment action, or treated differently than others in the terms or conditions of employment, because of race or ethnicity, gender or sex, age, disability or health condition, religious beliefs, pregnancy or family responsibilities, or other protected status is illegal.

  • Hostile Work Environment / Harassment: Employees are entitled to be work in an environment free of highly offensive, hostile or abusive working conditions based upon sex, race, or other protected classification.

  • Wage and Hour: Employees are entitled to be paid for the hours and overtime worked. 

  • Family and Medical Leave: Under certain circumstances, employees are entitled to leave for themselves or to care for a sick family member.  Being denied this time off or being fired for taking it could be a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act

  • Retaliation: In some circumstances, if an employee complains of discrimination and is subjected to an adverse employment action -- such as termination or demotion -- he or she may have a claim of retaliation.



James M. Allen is an active Rule 31 Mediator.  Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions amound the disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement amount themselves on all or part of the issues in dispute.  The "mediator" is a neutral person, trained and skilled at facilitating communications, negotiations and dispute resolution.  Mediation is cheaper, faster and less stressful than litigation.  And mediation puts you in control of the outcome of your case.

Family Law


Sometimes marriages falter. If you and your spouse hope to salvage your marriage, we encourage you to seek counselling with a respected marriage counsellor. However, if the marriage is clearly failing, one or both spouses should seek legal counsel. The Allen Law Firm will be there to guide you through all of the issues related to divorce that will satisfy the courts, including division of property, drafting a marital dissolution agreement and a parenting plan. We provide family law representation in the following areas:​

  • Divorce or Legal Separation

  • Adoption

  • Alimony, Child Custody and Support

  • Enforcement of Court Orders

  • Grandparent Visitation Rights

  • Juvenile Court

  • Mediation

  • Orders of Protection

  • Parental Relocation

  • Prenuptial Agreements

Personal Injury

The Allen Law Firm, PLLC handles a wide-range of personal injury accident cases to help people who have been wrongfully injured due to the negligence of others. People injured often incur medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. We help them receive compensations for these losses, usually for no fee unless we are successful.  If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, we will fight for your rights. We provide you representation on a variety of cases:

  • Car Accident

  • Premises Liability

  • Slip and Fall

  • Wrongful Injury

  • Medical Malpractice

  • On-The Job Injury

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