Overview

Allan represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law and civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout Texas and the United States. In addition to his litigation practice, Allan advises, counsels, and trains employers on strategies and practices to avoid litigation, protect confidential information and trade secrets, guard against unfair competition, and comply with state and federal employment laws.

Allan’s recent successes include:

  • Secured a winning jury verdict for over $10 million in a complex trade secret case
  • Successful FINRA arbitration defense in a matter where the claimant sought several million dollars in damages, as well as an ancillary state court proceeding in Texas where injunctive relief was sought against our clients. The FINRA arbitration resulted in no damages being awarded and the ancillary proceeding in state court was dismissed
  • Secured preliminary and permanent injunctions enforcing non-competition agreements against a group of departing employees who sought to establish a competing logistics business on behalf of a new employer and led teams in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes that resulted in the protection of millions of dollars of intellectual property in three consecutive cases involving quantitative analysts in the high frequency trading industry

Prior to joining Littler almost 20 years ago, Allan served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Mary Lou Robinson, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Texas

Member

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Houston Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2019

Named, Super Lawyer

Texas

Super Lawyers

2018

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2010-2014

Named, Rising Star-Employment and Labor

Texas Monthly Magazine

2010-2014

Speaking Engagements

Non-Competes and Trade Secret Protection: Strategies and Recent Developments

2017 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 10, 2017
2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

Shh! It’s a Trade Secret!

Corporate Counsel Institute, University of Texas School of Law CLE

April-May, 2016
2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015
Noncompetes & Trade Secret Protection: An In-House Counsel’s Guide to a Big Year of Change

Houston, TX

April 8, 2015
New Year, New Hires: Tips and Strategies for Avoiding Litigation Arising from the Hiring Process

Houston, TX

January 29, 2015

Prosecuting Parallel Criminal and Civil Trade Secret Theft Cases: Issues a Civil Attorney Should Consider

27th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law - Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center

October 6, 2011
The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2011
Unfair Competition in the 21st Century: Non-disclosure, Non-solicitation and Non-competition Issues Today

Houston, TX

October 28, 2008

Fair and Unfair Competition by Former Employees

The Executive Council

September 2008

Power Tools for Non-Profits

United Way and Houston Young Lawyers Association

March 2005

Debunking Wage & Hour Myths and Overview of New FLSA Regulations

Association of Builders and Contractors

November 2004

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Texas Tech University, 1997With Honors

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas