Ben’s practice focuses on litigation and appellate advocacy, with a particular emphasis on state and federal criminal defense and first amendment litigation. Ben’s previous legal experience includes serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice William S. Cooper of the Kentucky Supreme Court and as an intern for the Honorable James Todd, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Over his almost-twenty years of practice, Ben has successfully tried several cases to jury and bench trials across the Commonwealth. He has also participated in numerous hearings before several Kentucky administrative agencies. Ben lives in Lexington with his wife and two boys. He also remains active in his community and serves on the boards of several charitable organizations. On January 31, 2020, Governor Beshear appointed Ben to serve on the board of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council.

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
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018


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

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • International Book Project, Advisory Board, Former Member
  • Board Member, Fayette County Bar Foundation, 2017- Present
  • President, MCLLC Alumni Board, University of Kentucky, 2017 – Present
  • Board Member, Kentucky Environmental Education Council, 2020-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
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2015
  • Super Lawyers®Rising Stars, Civil Litigation, 2015-2016

BENJAMIN D. ALLEN - State and Federal Criminal Defense and First Amendment Litigation

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