Kenneth J. Allen


Practice Areas

Serious Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Crash cases, and Work Related Injuries


Valparaiso University with a B.A. in English

Studied at Cambridge (England) where he was a member of the Cambridge University Boxing Team (C.U.A.B.C.)

Indiana University - Bloomington, where he was a Stephenson Fellow and received his J.D., cum laude (with honors).


Mr. Allen is a principal in the law firm of Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, LLC. The firm limits its practice to the representation of plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation and maintains three offices in Indiana and Illinois.

He has been appointed as Class Counsel in several important cases including, In Re: South Shore Train Crash at Gary, Indiana on January 18, 1993, In Re: Nurseryland Bus Crash at Gary, Indiana on June 25, 1998; In re: Truck/Train Collision at Portage, Indiana on June 18, 1998, In Re: Hidden Lake Bridge Collapse July 4, 2009 and In Re: Indiana State Fair Disaster (VanDam v. State of Indiana) (2012). He was appointed to Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee In re: Air Crash Disaster at Sioux City, Iowa (United Airlines Flight 232).

Mr. Allen is a former Judge, pro tempore.  He also is a 30-year member of the Carpenter’s Union and worked as a Piledriver and Millright (UBC), Teamster (IBT) and RR Trackman (BMWE).


Mr. Allen is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana and Illinois Supreme Courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Service / Community Activities / Awards

Mr. Allen and his wife are Leadership Donors and members of the national philanthropic group of United Way supporters known as the Tocqueville Society.  This is the highest level of support among Leadership Donors of the United Way.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen are also benefactors of numerous other charities, see Giving Back page.

Mr. Allen received the Fifth Annual Child Safety Advocate Award from the I.U. School of Medicine - Automotive Safety Program for outstanding dedication in forwarding the issues of child safety.  He has been interviewed by CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN, FOX, Dateline, Inside Edition, on Oprah and has been recognized in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.

Mr. Allen's cases have been listed in the VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts in 2006" and USA Lawyer’s “Top 10 Verdicts in 2008,” recognized in Crain's Chicago Business, The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  He has been named as one of the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, The Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association and named a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum -- The Top Trial Lawyers in America.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for legal damages as well as the right for justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland personal injury lawyers at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.


Kenneth J. Allen is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana and Illinois Supreme Courts and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His lectures and legal publications include:

  • Trying Auto Injury Cases (1991)
  • Crashworthiness and Products Liability (1992)
  • Insurance Bad Faith Law (1994)
  • Tort Reform, Auto Cases and Premises Liability (1995)
  • The ‘New’ Indiana Constitution (1996)
  • Bad Faith Litigation In Indiana (1997)
  • Achieving Success in the Practice of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law (1998)

Civil Discovery:

  • Arguing the Tough Issues (2000)
  • You’re On Trial! (2001)
  • Advanced Personal Injury Practice (2002)
  • Personal Injury Settlements (2002)
  • Superior Deposition Strategies (2003)
  • The (Revised) Ten Commandments of Cross Examination (2005)
  • “Chapter 7: Spoliation of Evidence” (co-author) TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION, 2nd Ed. (ABA: 2006)
  • “Chapter 32: The Trial–Developing and Utilizing the Theme” (co-author) TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION, 2nd Ed. (ABA: 2006)

Voir Dire:

  • A Primer (2007)
  • Five Keys to Successful Cross-Examination (2008)
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence (2008)
  • Building Your Civil Trial Skills (2009)
  • Presenting Damages & Expert Testimony at Trial (2010)
  • Trial Presentation in Trucking Cases (2010)
  • How to Select the Right Jury For Your Case (2010)
  • Masters in the Courtroom (2010)
  • Winning Jury Verdicts (2010)
  • Trial Techniques in Trucking Cases, TRIAL JOURNAL, Vol. 13, No.1 (Winter 2011)

Trial in Action:

  • What Role Playing Can Reveal, TRIAL, Vol. 47, No. 12 (December 2011)
  • Powerful Demonstrative Evidence (2012)
  • “Spoliation of Evidence” (co-author) TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION, 3rd Ed. (ABA: 2012)
  • Theories of Liability in Semi-Truck Crashes (2012)
  • Presenting Damages & Life Care Planning Experts in Construction Accident Cases (2012)
  • “Big Screen Strategies,” TRIAL, Vol. 49, No. 1 (January 2013)
  • Trial, Damages and Obtaining the Excess Verdict (2014);
  • “Thinking Outside the Toolbox: Finding Third-Party Liability in Work Accident Cases” (co-author), Trial, Vol. 50, No. 4 (April 2014).

Professional Association Memberships

His professional association memberships, past and present, include:

  • The American Association for Justice (Leader’s Forum Patron), the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member) and Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations (Sustaining Member), the Indiana and Illinois State Bar Associations, the National Trial Lawyers Association, National, Chicago Bar Association and Lake County (IN) Bar Association, National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, National Aviation Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.
  • He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and named by Law Dragon as one of the Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – The Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in Who’s Who in American Law and on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.
  • He was also named among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
  • He is a Life Patron Fellow and Director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, a member of the I.U. Arbutus Society, and has been honored as a Distinguished Barrister for his leadership in the law.