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TALG Celebrates Its 11th Anniversary: Moves to New Offices at 4101 McEwen Road

It is hard to believe that it was eleven years ago when we embarked on this small firm practice thinking it would be just a matter of time before we hooked up with firms or maybe start something with a couple of friends. It has been a very gratifying ride so far; full of interesting

Bob Allen Earns Board Certification in Texas Insurance Law. 

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization announced that Bob Allen passed the certification examination and is now Board Certified in Insurance Law effective December 31, 2023. The process of becoming board certified includes a background check, references, specialty verification and passing a six-hour exam. 2023 is the inaugural year for the Texas Insurance Law board

BEST LAWYERS Names The Allen Law Group a Tier 1 Firm for Commercial Litigation In Dallas

In its 14th Edition for 2024 the publication Best Lawyers named the Allen Law Group a Tier 1 law firm for commercial litigation in Dallas. “Since we don’t purchase anything from these organizations, we appreciate their recognition of our good work. It is a nice acknowledgment for a small firm like ours.”


The Dallas Insurance Law American Inn of Court is the first American Inn of Court in the nation to focus on insurance law. An American Inn of Court is loosely based on the traditional English Inns of Court and is an amalgam of judges, law professors, and both experienced and less experienced lawyers who come

Bob Allen Co-Chairs Successful Insurance Coverage Law Symposium at SMU Dedman School of Law for the American College of Coverage Counsel.

On November 11, 2022, the American College of Coverage Counsel hosted its 8th Annual Law School Insurance Coverage Law Symposium at SMU Dedman School of Law. The ACCC is an honorary, invitation-only organization of insurance coverage specialists made up of experienced practitioners of policyholders’ counsel and counsel for insurers. Prior Law School Symposiums have been

Bob Allen Re-Elected to Three-Year Term to the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage Counsel and Receives the Thomas F. Segalla Award

At the 2022 Annual Meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, the Fellows of the American College of Coverage Counsel reelected Bob Allen to their Board of Regents. Bob will serve the organization as a Regent through 2025. At the same meeting, Bob also a received the Thomas F. Segalla Award in recognition of dedication

Paige Pace Allen Obtains a Dismissal of a Multi-Jurisdictional Collection Action Through a Successful Special Appearance Based on the Best Evidence Rule

A Dallas-based company sued a TALG client, a London doctor, in Dallas state court for collection on an alleged promissory note to pay significant medical expenses incurred in connection with a scuba diving incident in Cozumel in which the diver, the London doctor’s son, was in a coma for two days. The alleged note called

Bob Allen Comments on Important Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Case and is Quoted in Claims Journal

On May 21, 2021, the Texas Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in Allstate Ins. Co. v. Irwin, 2021 WL 2021446 (Tex. 2021) in which the Court officially adopted Declaratory Judgment as the procedural method by which insureds can seek recovery from their insurers for uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. It has very interesting implications in terms

Fifth Circuit Certifies 8-Corner Duty to Defend Questions to the Texas Supreme Court

On March 12, 2021, the Fifth Circuit in Bitco General Ins. Co. v. Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co., 2021 WL 955155 (5th Cir. 2021) certified two questions on the 8-Corner rule on an insurer’s duty to defend to the Texas Supreme Court. Here, the Texas Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on potential exceptions to the

Bob Allen Prepares Casenotes on Important Stowers and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Cases and is Quoted in Law360

In the past month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important decision on the Texas Stowers Doctrine in American Guarantee and Liability Ins. Co. v. ACE American Ins. Co., ___ F.3d ___; 2020 WL 7487067 (5th Cir. 2020). Bob Allen’s take on the decision is contained in the attached casenote he authored