John J. Allan

John J. Allan

St. Louis, Missouri

Trial law is the most stressful of legal pursuits. It takes resolve, intellect, nerve, imagination, and a lot of hard work. Allan and Summary has been bringing these virtues to the litigation table for over 45 years. As a civil trial lawyer, John Allan has represented persons and legal entities, usually as a plaintiff, in damage claims stemming from the following:

  • Professional negligence
  • Lawyers negligence
  • Legal malpractice
  • Attorney malpractice
  • Contract disputes
  • Business disputes
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Franchise law
  • Accidents
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical malpractice
  • Real estate matters
  • Eminent domain
  • Condemnation cases
  • Securities Violations
  • Infringement Copyright and patent.

The practice has included divorces, adoption, wills, and real estate transactions.

The practice has included litigation, and real estate transactions. His career has involved him in an average of four or five jury and non jury trials a year for the past 35 or so years. This experience is of significant importance, because trying cases gives a lawyer a wealth of experience in the art and politics of life and by trial one can see how the law works out on the street, essential knowledge for a good lawyer. In 1981, he took the unpopular cause of representing clients with legitimate claims against their former lawyers. He now emphasizes the area of legal malpractice in his practice, i.e. remedies for lawyers' negligence. In 1985, he began to represent people in franchising; buying, selling, developing, and litigating franchise issues. These issues include business formation, shareholder/partnership agreements, financing, capital formation, copyrights and trademarks, sales and acquisitions, valuations, non compete agreements, copyright and patent infringement and litigation, jury and non-jury, trials, arbitrations, and mediations.

Mr. Allan's educational background is traditional. He graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1974 and became qualified to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, all federal courts, the supreme and appellate courts of the state of Missouri, and all courts of general jurisdiction in Missouri. He has practiced through pro hac vice orders in California, Tennessee, Illinois, and even appeared briefly in the court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Teaching experience

Aside from his own academic career as a student, Mr. Allan has lectured on trial civil practice in university and business settings at seminars. From 1976–1984 he was an associate professor of business law at the University of Missouri St. Louis and he is an occasional lecturer at the St. Louis University Center of Entrepreneurial Studies and Washington University.

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Business Law
  • Business Formation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1974
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1974
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1974
  • St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1968


  • Lecturer, Trial Civil Practice

Honors and Awards

  • 1978 Achievement Award, Bar Association Metro St. Louis

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rotary Club St. Louis, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising
  • International Franchise Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Franchisee Association

Past Employment Positions

  • University of Missouri St. Louis, Associate Professor of Business Law, 1976 - 1984