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Craig R. Allen


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Tallan Building 200 W. ML King Blvd., Suite 500 Chattanooga Tennessee 37402-2566


423-424-3936 (direct)
423-308-0929 (direct fax)

423-265-0214 (local)
423-266-5490 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation
General Liability
Product Liability
Transportation Law
Professional Liability / Errors & Omissions
Real Estate


Georgia; Tennessee


Bowling Green State University, 1976, B.S.

University of Tennessee College of Law, 1980, J.D.

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed as a Prolific Trial Attorney, Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter, 2007-2008
  • Named Super Lawyer
  • Named Best Lawyer - Construction Law
  • Fellow of Chattanooga Bar Foundation

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Mr. Allen is a member of the firm working out of the Chattanooga office, having joined the firm in January 2004, when he merged his practice from his prior firm where he had been a partner for over 20 years.

Mr. Allen's practice emphasizes the defense of civil litigation with concentration in construction, premises liability, products liability and railroad litigation. He represents one of the largest homebuilders throughout the states of Georgia and Tennessee, has represented numerous other residential and commercial contractors and engineering firms, represents a major railroad company, and the world's largest fast food company.

Representative Client Work

Mr. Allen has tried approximately 135 jury trials in 34 years, including:

  • Successfully defending a major bank in a $100 Million fraud case in a (3) week jury trial
  • Successfully defending a major railroad in a $15 Million property damage and lost profits case relating to flood damage;
  • Obtained a zero verdict for a commercial contractor in an arbitration case involving  failed concrete in a new parking garage and condominium project;
  • Has successfully represented numerous large commercial contractors and engineering firms in various construction defect and construction accident site cases;
  • Obtained defense verdicts in (2) major railroad cases (wrongful death & career ending injury) where mid-six figure offers were rejected;
  • Successfully defending a major fast food company in a claim of permanent loss of taste from an allergic reaction;
  • Represented a national homebuilder in numerous construction defect cases throughout Tennessee and Georgia;
  • Represented various insurance carriers in cases involving product liability claims, premises liability, food liability, trucking claims, etc.

Client Feedback

"When I assign a file to Craig Allen and his team at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, I know that regardless the size of the case, our insured is in capable hands that will work hard to achieve optimal results at a fair price.  Craig does not back down from the tough case.  In fact, Craig and his team have obtained more defense verdicts and positive results in dispositive motions than practically any attorney on our panel counsel.  If we have a case that is going to trial in the state of Tennessee, Craig Allen and his team are going to get that case." - K. Gillespie, Litigation Specialist , Builders Mutual Insurance Company

Court Admissions

Tennessee and Georgia Federal and State Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; and United States Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Georgia Bar Associations
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Community Involvement

  • Youth baseball and basketball coach
  • Board member of residential community and condominium Homeowners Associations

Publications and Lectures

Mr. Allen has lectured on construction law, premises liability and trial techniques. He has also authored the Tennessee Section of the American Law Firm Association Construction Law Compendium.