Allen's practice centers on litigation involving contractual disputes, shareholder and securities cases and business torts, as well as First Amendment and defamation cases.
In the 2007 case York Group v. Yorktowne Caskets, Allen obtained a preliminary injunction from the state Superior Court on behalf of a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer barring a competitor's $58 million acquisition of the manufacturer's distributor.
"The addition of Kevin Allen to our litigation group expands the firm's ability to serve our clients in the full range of complex commercial litigation matters," Timothy P. Ryan, CEO of Eckert Seamans, said in a press release. "He is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience handling high-stakes matters for some of the world's largest corporations. As we continue to deepen the firm's national litigation bench, his reputation, capabilities and relationships fit naturally with our talented team in Pittsburgh."
Allen had been an attorney with Thorp Reed for more than 17 years when he left to join Eckert Seamans in November.
Rachel Allen left Jones Day in Pittsburgh, where she had been a partner in the firm's corporate practice, to join ALung Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based company that makes respiratory support devices.
Allen's practice at Jones Day had centered largely on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and transactional and securities law for clients in the health care, medical device and energy industries, among others.
While at Jones Day, Allen worked on Ospraie Management's $2.8 billion acquisition of Conagra Foods Group and Renal Solutions' $210 million sale to Fresenius Medical Care Holdings.
Before joining Jones Day in 2001, Allen had served as vice president, general counsel and new business development officer for DQE Enterprises, a subsidiary of DQE Inc., which manufacturers equipment for first responders, emergency workers and health care professionals.
SCOTT A. COFFINA
Drinker Biddle & Reath continued the rebuilding of its white-collar criminal defense and corporate investigations team with the addition of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner Scott A. Coffina.
Coffina, a former assistant U.S. attorney and a former associate counsel to President George W. Bush, has offices in the firm's Philadelphia and Washington locations.