Warren Allen conducts internal investigations and reviews for companies and their boards in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and other statutory and regulatory regimes. He also represents companies and their officers, directors and employees in government enforcement actions and civil litigation.
A selection of Mr. Allen’s cases includes the following representations:
conducted internal investigations on behalf of multinational firms in the health care and technology sectors in connection with FCPA investigations, including investigations involving Angola, Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and several other jurisdictions;
conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a bank in connection with an inquiry by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission into derivative benchmark rate manipulation and represented the bank in related class action litigation;
conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a bank in connection with an insider trading inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC declined to bring an enforcement action against the firm or its traders;
conducted an investigation on behalf of the Council of the District of Columbia of then-D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry’s contract and grant award practices;
represented a former president of a foreign state before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in connection with an immunity claim. After prevailing before the District Court and D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari;
obtained summary judgment for a real estate investment trust in a $22 million fraud and fiduciary duty suit against a broker; and
obtained summary judgment for a class of real estate investors in a wrongful-takings case against the state of Maryland.
In addition to representing clients in investigations and litigation matters, Mr. Allen also conducts reviews of corporate compliance programs to advise on improvements.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Allen served six years as a police officer, including an assignment to the detective bureau.
Mr. Allen also participates in a number of community service activities and pro bono representations. He successfully represented a member of the “Norfolk Four” in habeas corpus proceedings, served on the board of directors for the Washington Literacy Center, and served as a trustee for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2013, Mr. Allen received the “Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence” from the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia for pro bono work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2006 (cum laude; Senior Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy)
M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
Law Clerk, Hon. Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2006-2007)