UCLA School of Law
I represent RAD Lab, the designers behind The Quartyard, a temporary urban real estate project designed entirely out of shipping containers. The 28,000 square feet of community space includes a beer garden, a coffee shop, and a sausage eatery, where people can bring their dogs to the park and attend live concerts. The project required both real estate expertise and creativity. The highlight of the innovative concept is that when the lease with the city expires, the shipping containers are simply picked up and removed from the site, leaving an empty lot ready for permanent affordable housing development.
Allen’s practice focuses on real estate and business transactions and litigation. She represents a broad range of clients including individuals, small business owners, property owners, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs reaching for big dreams. Allen has also developed a niche, working with craft breweries in real estate, business and regulatory matters. She has received awards including the Lawyers Club of San Diego 2013 Hugh C. Friedman New Lawyer Award and the San Diego Business Journal 2014 finalist for “Women Who Mean Business" and was recently named by Super Lawyers as a 2015 Rising Star in the area of Real Estate law.
Allen serves on the Lawyers Club of San Diego, Board of Directors (2014-17). She was the co-chairwoman of the 2015 Lawyers Club Annual Dinner featuring keynote speaker Sen. Olympia Snow. Allen is currently co-chairwoman of the Lawyers Club Equality and Action Committee. Allen served on the board of directors of the San Diego Building Industry Association, YGEN (2011-14). Allen is also a member of the, UCLA Alumni Association, the California Craft Beer Association, the San Diego Brewers Guild and the Vista Brewers Guild.
Allen is a native San Diegan and enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and daughter. She also participates in local CrossFit competitions to keep her competitive edge sharp in and out of the courtroom.
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