Nicholas R. Allis

Nicholas R. Allis focuses his practice in the area of civil litigation with particular emphasis on plaintiffs’ contingency fee litigation including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, other professional malpractice, personal-injury related cases, business fraud, vehicular accidents, premise liabilityslip and fall, product liability, pharmaceutical liability,employment, harassment, elder abuse and other litigation claims. A graduate of Yale university and the Georgetown Law Center, he was the winner of the Beaudry Cup for moot court, and served on the Executive Board and was Case and Notes editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Legal Experience

Mr. Allis of the Law Offices of Nicholas R. Allis has for years been a member of both the California Bar and the Washington D.C. Bar His extensive trial and appellate experience includes serving as lead attorney in numerous jury trials in Federal and California Superior Courts and arguing and presenting cases before federal and state appellate courts. He has personally appeared and argued on behalf of a client in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. After law school, Mr. Allis served as clerk to Judge Francis Van Dusen of the United States Court of Appeals, for the Third Circuit in 1970 and 1971, and was a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1975. Before founding his own practice in 1987, he was a partner with Butler, Dan, Allis and Reback and its predecessor law firms, specializing in plaintiffs’ civil litigation. Mr. Allis is qualified to serve as a Pro-Tem Judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District and an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He served as Assistant Editor of The Advocate (the Magazine of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association) from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Allis is extremely active in all local bar association activities and has been involved in organizing Citizens Law Schools to provide free legal advice to people and worked with the Museum of Tolerance on their speakers programs. Mr. Allis is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the California Trial Lawyers Association, the President’s Award of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (1992), and the Distinguished Service Award of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (1995). A frequent author and lecturer, he has lectured on various topics for the Continuing Education of Bar (CEB) and Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. His articles have been published in various prestigious publications, including the Georgetown Law Journal (e.g. note, vol.57, no.5 pp 992-1056 (1969), the University of Southern California Law Review (vol. 50, no.3 pp 461-511 (1977), and the Advocate, magazine of Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles.


  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, President (2006-2007)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, President (1999-2000), President-Elect (1998-1999), 1st Vice President (1997-1998), 2nd Vice President (1996-1997), Secretary/Treasurer (1995-1996), Board of Governors (1990-1994; 1995-2001), Executive Committee (1995-2001)
  • Public Counsel (the largest public interest law firm in California), Board of Directors (1998-2006).
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Advocacy Services
  • Justice 2000-2002 Committee, Chair
  • Resolutions Committee to State Bar Convention, Chair (1995)
  • Citizens Law School, Chair (1993-1994)
  • Federal Courts Committee, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chair (1990)
  • Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee of the Member of Board Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, Chair (1999- )
  • PAC Board, California Trial Lawyers Association (1988-1991);
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, member
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, member

In previous years Mr. Allis has also been a member of:

  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Superior Court Bench and Bar Committee
  • Superior Court’s West District Coordination Implementation Committee
  • The Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association

Other Experience

Mr. Allis has always shown a deep commitment to the larger community. Prior to attending law school, he served for two years in the United States Peace Corps in Nigeria as a secondary school teacher in an African school and also developed and ran a program teaching literacy to market women. He also worked in Mississippi in the Summer of 1964 helping to  register African American  voters as part of Mississippi Freedom Summer, where three of his co-workers were killed. After his peace corps experience, he  taught junior  high school in Inner City Philadelphia. As comfortable in the out-of-doors as in the courtroom, Mr. Allis worked during the Summers in high school and college for the trail crew of the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter with a Hot Shot Crew based out of Idaho; and  the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park as a fire control aid where he not only manned a secondary fire lookout but also hung telephone line in the woods, and was assigned a horse and a mule and supplied back country snow shoe cabins with supplies  for the use of rangers and their horses in the wintertime. One summer to earn even better money for college,  he hitchhiked and rode  freight trains from the East Coast of the U.S. where he lived at that time  to Alaska, ending up on Kodiak Island. There, he worked in canneries, a restaurant, as a king crab butcher,  and as on the night shift in a  storage facility containing frozen halibut. During law school where he was a scholarship student, he worked for the Community Relations Service  of the U. S. Justice Department and also occasionally worked part time as a bartender and waiter. A father of three, he has also at various times enjoyed the roles of Little League Coach and Soccer Coach, and participated with his children in the YMCA Indian Princess / Indian Guides program. He served on the board of his local church.

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