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 and Fayette County Bar Association.

Apart from his legal practice, Mr. Allen is involved in several charitable organizations. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Lexington, and he currently serves as a board member for the Fayette County Bar Foundation and the Friends of Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, Inc. He is also the current president of the Alumni Board for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for the University of Kentucky.

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, 2000-2002
    Editor-in-Chief, 2001-2002
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
    B.A., 1999
    Summa Cum Laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • International Book Project, Advisory Board, Former Member
  • Board Member Fayette County Bar Foundation, 2017- Present
  • President, MCLLC Alumni Board, University of Kentucky, 2017 – 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

Articles by Benjamin D. Allen

Kentucky Broadens Expungement Even Further

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