Kenneth J. Allen

Kenneth J. Allen: Attorney with Kenneth J. Allen Law Group


Studied at Cambridge (England) where he was a member of the Cambridge University Boxing Team (C.U.A.B.C.). United Way Leadership Donor and Member, The Tocqueville Society. Named, Distinguished Barrister for Leadership in the Law, 2008. Recipient, Fifth Annual Child Safety Advocate Award, Indiana University School of Medicine - Automotive Safety Program. Appointed Class Counsel in several important class actions, including the South Shore Train Crash at Gary, Indiana, on January 18, 1993; the Nurseryland Bus Crash at Gary, Indiana, on June 25, 1998; the Truck/Train Collision at Portage, Indiana, on June 18, 1998. Also appointed to Plaintiffs' Discovery Committee for the Air Crash Disaster at Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, 1989. Clients have been featured on DATELINE and he has also been interviewed on INSIDE EDITION, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN, FOX, listed in Who's Who in American Law and on OPRAH. Former Superior Court Judge, pro tempore. Member, Carpenter's Union (UBC). Former Member, Teamster's Union (IBT). Former railroad Track Laborer (UTU).

Legal Publications/Presentations:

Trying Auto Injury Cases (1991); Crashworthiness and Products Liability (1992); Insurance Bad Faith Law (1994); Tort Reform, Auto Cases and Premises Liability (1995); The 'New' Indiana Constitution (1996); Bad Faith Litigation In Indiana (1997); Achieving Success in the Practice of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law (1998); Civil Discovery: Arguing the Tough Issues (2000); You're On Trial! (2001); Advanced Personal Injury Practice (2002); Personal Injury Settlements (2002); Superior Deposition Strategies (2003); The (Revised) Ten Commandments of Cross Examination (2005); "Chapter 7: Spoliation of Evidence" (co-author); "Chapter 32: The Trial-Developing and Utilizing the Theme" (co-author) TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION, 2nd Ed. (ABA: 2006); Voir Dire: A Primer (2007); Five Keys to Successful Cross-Examination (2008); Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence (2008); Building Your Civil Trial Skills (2009); Presenting Damages & Expert Testimony at Trial (2010); Trial Presentation in Trucking Cases (2010); How to Select the Right Jury For Your Case (2010); Masters in the Courtroom (2010); Winning Jury Verdicts (2010); Trial Techniques in Trucking Cases, TRIAL JOURNAL, Vol. 13, No.1 (Winter 2011); Trial in Action: What Role Playing Can Reveal, TRIAL, Vol. 47, No. 12 (December 2011); and "Spoliation of Evidence" (co-author); TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION, 3rdEd. (ABA: 2012).

Indiana Bar Foundation (Life Patron Fellow).

(Also at Valparaiso and Merrillville, Indiana, Chicago, Joliet and Tinley Park, Illinois Offices)

Areas of Practice (30)

  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • Brain Injury
  • Severe Burns
  • Construction Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Railroad Accidents and Injuries
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Products Liability
  • Airplane Crash Litigation
  • Trucking Liability
  • Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Boating Accidents
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Head Injury
  • Electrical Injury
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Mass Torts
  • Tort Liability
  • Class Actions
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Valparaiso University, B.A., English, 1979
Law School Attended:
Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1986, Illinois; 1981, Indiana; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
Chicago, Lake County, Porter County, Illinois State, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member).
Reported Cases:
Van Swol v. ISG Burns Harbor, LLC, 491 F. Supp. 2d 80 (2008); Florio v. Tilley and CalArk International, Inc., 875 N.E. 2d 253 (Ind. Ct. App., 2007); Bond v. Walsh & Kelly, Inc., 869 N.E. 2d 1264 (2007); Recio v. GR-MHA Corp., 366 Ill. App. 3d 48; 851 N.E. 2d 106 (2006); Allstate v. Fields, 842 N.E. 2d 804 (Ind. 2006); R & D Transp., Inc. v. A.H., 855 N.E. 2d 996 (2006); Reliable Dev. Corp. v. Berrier, 851 N.E. 2d 983 (2006); Walker v. Emplrs Ins. of Wausau, 846 N.E. 2d 1098 (2006); Parks v. Guidant Corp., 402 F. Supp. 2d 964 (N.D. Ind. 2005); Anderson v Griffin, 397 F.3d 515 (7th Cir. 2005); Madden v. INDOT, 832 N.E. 2d 1122 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005); Bechard v. CSX Corp., 415 F.3d 205 (7th Cir. 2005); In re Estate of Hammar, 832 N.E. 2d 1065 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005); Mesman v. Crane Pro Services, 409 F.3d 846 (7th Cir. 2005); Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Berrier, 827 N.E. 2d 158 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005); Funston v. School Town of Munster, 822 N.E. 2d 985 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004), transfer granted 831 N.E. 2d 748 (Ind. 2005); Csicsko v. Hill, 808 N.E. 2d 80 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004); Woodley v. Fields, 819 N.E. 2d 123 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004), transfer granted, 831 N.E. 2d 750 (Ind. 2005); Messer v. Cerestar USA, Inc., 803 N.E. 2d 1240 (Ind. App. 2004); Fifth Third Bank v. CSX Corp., 306 F. Supp. 2d 841 (N.D. Ind. 2004); Strack and Van Til, Inc. v. Carter, 803 N.E. 2d 666 (Ind. App. 2004); Fifth Third Bank v. CSX Corp. 306 F. Supp. 2d 841 (N.D. Ind. 2004); Evans v. Buffington Harbor River Boats, LLC, 799 N.E. 2d 1103 (Ind. App. 2003); Wright v. American States Ins. Co., 765 N.E. 2d 690 (Ind. App. 2002); Indian Trucking v. Harber, 752 N.E. 2d 168 (Ind. App. 2001); Kleen v. Homak Mfg. Co., Inc., 749 N.E. 2d 26 (Ill. App. 1 Dist. 2001); Schmidt v. American Trailer Court, Inc., 721 N.E. 2d 1251 (Ind. App. 1999); Pluard ex rel. Pluard v. Patients Compensation Fund, 705 N.E. 2d 1035 (Ind. App. 1999); Barclay v. Universal Underwriters Group, 703 N.E. 2d 169 (Ind. App. 1998); Grand Trunk Western R. Co. v. Kapitan, 698 N.E. 2d 363 (Ind. App. 1998); Thiele v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 973 F. Supp. 1091 (N.D. Ind. 1997); In re Train Collision at Gary, Ind. on Jan. 18, 1993, 670 N.E. 2d 902 (Ind. App. 1996); In re Train Collision at Gary, Ind. on Jan. 18, 1993, 654 N.E. 2d 1137 (Ind. App. 1995); Osmulski v. Becze, 638 N.E. 2d 828, (Ind. App. 1994); Precision Erecting, Inc. v. Wokurka, 638 N.E. 2d 472 (Ind. App. 1994); Voight v. Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., 141 F.R.D. 99 (N.D. Ind. 1992); Laporte Cmty. Sch. Corp. v. Rosales, 963 N.E.2d 520 (2012); Estate of Vandam v. Daniels, 278 F.R.D. 415 (2011); A.S. v. LaPorte Reg'l Health Sys., 921 N.E.2d 853 (2010); Storey v. Leonas, 904 N.E.2d 229 (2009); Funston v. Sch. Town of Munster, 849 N.E.2d 595 (2006); Appointed class counsel: In Re: Hidden Lake Bridge Collapse July 4, 2009; In Re: Indiana State Fair Disaster (VanDam v. State of Indiana) (2012).
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