Attorney at Law
Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C.
Allan graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979, and then clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He founded the firm in 1981 and has since acquired a national reputation in the fields of complex litigation, environmental law, and consumer fraud. Many of his cases have become leading precedents or led to legislative and regulatory changes to better protect the public or the environment. He is frequently sought out as a teacher, lecturer, and author. He has taught law courses at Tulane Law School, Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Texas. He has authored/co-authored two books and published over sixty scholarly articles, many of which have been relied upon by courts. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Allan is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics and has testified numerous times before the Louisiana legislature. In addition, he has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding frauds uncovered by K&W during a lawsuit against long-term care insurance providers.
His environmental justice litigation has been recognized by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He authored Environmental Justice Torts and Causation, 34 WASHBURN L. J. 505 (1995); Equity In Toxic Tort Litigation: Unjust Enrichment and the Poor, 26 Law & Policy pp 209-230 (2004); Tort Remedies and Litigation Strategies, Ch. 19 in MICHAEL B. GERRARD, THE LAW OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
Allan represented the State of New Jersey in a major natural resource damages case that recently ended in the largest settlement in New Jersey history for natural resource damages. In addition, Allan represented the State of Louisiana in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, which resulted in the largest settlement on record for natural resource damage claims and economic losses, with Louisianan receiving the largest share of about $8 billion, the single largest state NRD recovery. Allan currently represents the State of New Jersey in a number of natural resource damages cases, the State of New Mexico against the United States Air Force for PFAS contamination, the State of Vermont for PFAS contamination generally, and the Conservation Law Foundation in a landmark case against ExxonMobil for climate change effects. He also serves as Lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in a national MDL class action against Dollar General for the sale of obsolete motor oils, In re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2709 (W.D. Mo.).