Brian T. Allen

Brian T. Allen

Equity Partner

480.461.5335
bta@udallshumway.com

1138 North Alma School Road, Suite 101
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Se habla espanol.

Martindale Peer Review Rating
AV Preeminent 5 out of 5

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Brian Allen, a Mesa, Arizona, native, joined Udall Shumway in 1996.  Since joining the firm, Mr. Allen has continued the firm’s 45-year tradition of representing injury victims.  Mr. Allen’s practice focuses on protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured by the fault of others or by the abuses of insurance companies.  His experience in injury and wrongful death litigation has included claims in such diverse areas as automobile, motorcycle, large truck and boat accidents, trip and fall incidents, dog attacks, and a wide variety of defective product cases.  His experience also includes representation of individuals who have suffered injuries or death caused by medical mistakes in various medical specialties including emergency medicine, obstetrics, laboratory, general surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesia, and others.  One of Mr. Allen’s most satisfying areas of practice is insurance bad faith litigation.  He has successfully brought claims on behalf of individuals against their own insurance companies to enforce policy provisions and to assist claimants in receiving the insurance benefits to which they are entitled.  Many of Mr. Allen’s clients are Spanish-speakers.  Having lived in and/or spent significant time in both Puerto Rico and Mexico, he has developed a great interest and proficiency in the Spanish language and a desire to continue his relationship with the Spanish-speaking community.  As a result, Spanish-speaking referrals are encouraged and appreciated.

Call Mr. Allen today for a free initial consultation. Mr. Allen handles all of his cases himself from start to finish and can provide the personal attention your case deserves.

Education

  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1993 (Major: Spanish Language)

Representative Cases

Auto Accident Injury

$500,000 Settlement (2011). Negotiated settlement for burn victim against negligent backhoe operator.

$315,000 Settlement (2010).  Represented family in injury and wrongful death claims arising out of interstate highway trucking accident. Negotiated increased policy limits on both underinsured and medical payments coverage.

$205,000 Settlement (2003).  Represented family members injured in car accident caused by truck driver. Settlement reached after truck driver’s employer had originally denied insurance coverage and liability.

$201,000 Settlement (2005). Represented surviving family of elderly man killed in car/pedestrian accident.

$173,000 Settlement (2010). Represented surviving family in injury and wrongful death case arising out of car accident near Kingman, Arizona. At-fault driver had insufficient insurance coverage. Negotiated with client’s insurance company to find additional underinsured motorist coverage which more than doubled the expected settlement amount.

$150,000 Settlement (2008). Represented woman who suffered low back injury in car accident.

$144,000 Settlement (2009). Represented minors injured in car accident. Case involved claims against two different drivers, including minors’ mother.

$120,000 Settlement (2010). Represented young woman who suffered lumbar spine injury in rear-end car accident. Negotiated favorable settlement despite pre-existing low back problems.

$112,000 Jury Verdict (2005). Served as lead trial attorney representing injured plaintiff in trucking accident case. Case went to trial ending in plaintiff’s verdict. Final judgment against defendant was more than three times best offer of defendant. As part of judgment, plaintiff awarded more than $70,000 in attorney fees.

$100,000 Settlement (2005). Represented surviving family of elderly man killed in car/pedestrian accident.

$65,000 Jury Verdict (2003). Served as lead trial attorney representing injured plaintiffs through trial ending in plaintiff’s verdict in an amount greater than defendant’s best pre-trial offer.

$59,500 Jury Verdict (2007). Served as lead trial attorney representing plaintiff who suffered significant back injury in motor vehicle accident. Jury returned verdict in favor of plaintiff in an amount more than five times defendant’s best pre-trial offer.

Boat Accident Injury

$850,000 Settlement (2001). Represented woman injured in personal watercraft accident. Injuries included multiple leg fractures requiring extensive surgery. Settlement structured to pay out monthly income to woman for remainder of life.

Medical Malpractice

Confidential Settlement (2009).  Represented young woman who suffered significant burns on face and abdomen following negligently-performed laser hair removal procedure. Case settled at mediation following significant litigation and expert depositions.

Confidential Settlement (2009).  Represented woman who was forced to undergo unnecessary surgery following failure to diagnose heart condition. Case settled prior to litigation.

Confidential Settlement (2007).  Represented young man who suffered disabling sciatic nerve injury caused by negligently-administered Demerol injection in emergency room. Client developed RSD as a result of the injury and was unable to return to work. Case settled at mediation following significant litigation.

Confidential Settlement (2000).  Served as trial attorney in three-week medical malpractice trial involving negligently-performed thyroid surgery. Case settled during jury deliberations.

Confidential Settlement (1996).  Served as trial attorney in wrongful death claim against hospital, radiologist, and OB/GYN. Matter settled against some defendants and tried to jury verdict against others. Medical issues involved failure to diagnose and treat placental abruption of pregnant female.

Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith

$170,000 Settlement (2000).  Represented surviving parents of minor daughter who died in accident caused by uninsured drunk driver. Clients brought claims against group of minors at party who brought and served alcohol to underage driver. Case settled during appeal of federal court ruling in favor of the plaintiff. Insurance coverage issues involved residency of minors.

Product Liability

$300,000 Settlement (1999).  Represented man injured in car accident caused by defective tire. Case settled after expert witness depositions.

$240,000 Settlement (2003).  Represented man injured in accident caused by defective brakes on electric scooter.

$67,000 Settlement (2005).  Represented woman who suffered personal and property damage in house fire caused by defective gas-line coupler.

Slip/Trip and Fall

$450,000 Jury Verdict (2007).  Served as lead trial attorney in trip and fall case against large hotel/resort. Client suffered leg fracture following trip and fall caused by hidden step-off hazard in parking lot. Case settled during appeal by defendant.

$125,000 Settlement (2009).  Represented woman who suffered broken leg following trip and fall incident at major hotel chain. Case settled following significant litigation and expert depositions.

$125,000 Settlement (2000).  Represented elderly woman injured in trip in fall at convenience store parking lot. Fall caused by uneven asphalt that had been left in disrepair.

$100,000 Settlement (2002).  Represented surviving family of elderly man who died as a result of a trip and fall on a wet floor in a fitness club sauna.

$41,000 Jury Verdict (2006).  Served as lead trial attorney representing injured man who tripped in erosion crevice on golf course and suffered torn rotator cuff. Case litigated through jury verdict awarding plaintiff damages in an amount greater than defendant’s best pre-trial offer.

$40,000 Jury Verdict (1999).  Served as lead trial attorney representing injured plaintiff who fell on wet floor in grocery store. Handled case through trial ending in plaintiff’s verdict in an amount greater than defendant’s best pre-trial offer.

Dram Shop (Alcohol Liability)

$95,000 Settlement (2003).  Represented young woman who suffered leg and pelvic fractures in one-car accident caused after she had been over-served at local bar. At time of accident, client’s BAC was over .32.

Dog Bite/Attack

$55,000 Settlement (2010).  Represented elderly woman in dog attack case that resulted in fractured pelvis. Obtained insurance policy limits of dog owners despite the fact that insurer originally denied claim because a “bite” did not take place.

Sexual Assault/Molestation

Confidential Settlement (2008).  Represented minor girl and her parents in case against school, school administrator, and school teacher for repeated molestation of girl by male teacher. Case settled at mediation following significant litigation.

Professional Associations and Community Involvement

  • Arizona Trial Lawyers, 2004 – present
  • Mesa Historical Society, Board of Directors, 2006 – present
  • Mesa United Way, Board of Directors, 2007 – present
  • Boy Scouts of America, 1996 – present
  • Mesa Eastern Little League, Board of Directors, Coach, 2001 – 2013
  • State Bar of Arizona Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure, 1998 – 2008
  • Mesa Arts Center Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003 – 2009
  • Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, 2002-2004
  • Mesa Leadership Training and Development Program, 2000
  • Arizona House of Representatives, House Majority Law Intern, 1996