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

Articles by Benjamin D. Allen

Compassionate Release in the Age of COVID-19

Compassionate Release in the Age of COVID-19

What is Compassionate Release? Federal law recognizes that, in certain circumstances, an inmate's terminal illness, age, sickness, debilitation, or extreme family circumstances outweigh the need for further imprisonment. The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 allows incarcerated individuals to seek re...
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Kentucky Broadens Expungement Even Further

In April 2020, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 327 to make it easier for defendants to expunge acquitted conduct. The bill amends KRS 431.076 to provide that any Court entering an order of acquittal or dismissing any charges with prejudice after on or after July 15, 2020 (the Act's e...
United States Supreme Court


After his father died, Tyson Timbs used proceeds from an insurance policy to purchase a Land Rover SUV for $42,000.  Sometime after he purchased the vehicle, police arrested Timbs for dealing in a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit theft.  After pleading guilty to these offenses...