Allan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978 after receiving his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Cornell, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Lambda Phi. In more than 35 years as an attorney, Allan has had extensive trial experience, including successfully trying to conclusion some of the largest equitable distribution cases in New York.
Allan is a past President of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and presently serves as counsel to the AAML. He is also a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee of the Family Law Section and the American Bar Association). He also sits on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation and will act as counsel to the Foundation as of November 2017. From June 2004 through February 2006, Allan served as a member of the Matrimonial Commission that was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to study matrimonial law reform. The Commission’s findings were reported in February 2006 and were the basis for improving litigation in both Family Court and the Supreme Court. Allan has lectured and written on numerous topics in the area of family law.
Allan has also been appointed on several occasions by the New York State Supreme Court to conduct neutral evaluations of cases in an effort to reach settlement and he has conducted mediations for that purpose at the request of litigants.