Benjamin D. Allen

Lexington, Kentucky

Phone: (859) 252-9000
Fax: (859) 233-4269

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Mr. Allen joined Gess Mattingly & Atchison as an associate in 2009. His practice focuses on criminal defense before federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as complex commercial, environmental, and administrative litigation before state and federal agencies. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Fayette Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Allen is a part of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Lexington and is a member of the advisory board of the International Book Project. He is also recognized as a “Rising Star” by Kentucky Super Lawyers. Mr. Allen received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Kentucky in 1999, and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2002.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005


  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
    J.D., 2002
    Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, 2000-2002
    Editor-in-Chief, 2001-2002
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
    B.A., 1999
    Summa Cum Laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Study Abroad: University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • International Book Project, Advisory Board, 2012-Present

Professional Highlights & Honors:

  • Law Clerk, Justice William S. Cooper, Supreme Court of Kentucky, 2002-2003
  • Legal Writing Instructor, University of Kentucky College of Law, 2008-2009
  • Secretary, Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee, 2007-2009
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2015
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars, Civil Litigation, 2015-2016

Selected Publications & Presentations::

  • “Trash in the Courtroom: The Problem of Solid Waste Control Ordinances
    after Huish Detergents v. Warren County,”
    Vol. 16, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, 2002
  • Speaker, Identifying Environmental Issues for the Non-Environmental Lawyer,
    Kentucky Law Update, 2006
  • Speaker, Annual Practical Compliance with EPA Regulations Conference Kentucky Chamber of Commerce