The Law Office of John T. Allen

Legal musings about small-businesses


John Trevett Allen, Jr. graduated in 1961 from Williams College, cum laude, with highest honors in English, and with a double major in Spanish. An Alfred P. Sloan Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member, he also captained the swimming team. He earned his LL.B. in 1964 at the Law School of Harvard Univer­sity, participating in Voluntary Defenders, Choate Moot Court Club, and Lincoln’s Inn. A Ful­bright Scholarship permitted post-graduate legal studies at the University of Ecuador in Quito.

Admitted to practice law in Illinois since 1964, he is admitted to practice before the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the North­ern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Cir­cuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He ­chaired the Interna­tion­al and Foreign Law and Agri-Business Commit­tees of the Chicago Bar Asso­cia­tion, and is a member of the Lawyers Club of Chicago.

Public service includes alderman in the City of Evanston, director of the Union League Club of Chicago, and presi­dent and director of the Inter­na­tional Trade Club of Chicago. As Vice-Chair­man of the Illinois Export Coun­cil he helped ­­Lieu­tenant Gov­ernor George Ryan create the Illinois spon­sored Shared For­eign Sales Corpo­ration and the Illinois World Trade Center (of which he was a found­ing director). He served as President and Trustee of the Li­brary of Interna­tional Re­lations, as a Governing Mem­ber of The Orches­tral As­sociation of Chi­cago, as a member of the Board of Overseers of IIT Chica­go-Kent College of Law. He founded the Evans­ton Technology Founda­tion and the weekly free legal clinic at the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston, Illinois. He served on the Illinois Board of Higher Education International Education Act Policy Study Committee and the Illinois International Career Academy Advisory Council.

He founded the Law Office of John T. Allen in November, 2000, where he engages in general corporate and civil litigation practice. ­­­­As General Attorney of the United States Gypsum Compa­ny, he helped establish its le­gal department. He has repre­sented transnational business clients for many years, principally in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, extending to the diplomatic level for the Kingdom of Spain. Devoting substan­tial time to entrepreneurial start-up technology companies, he established free week­ly legal clinics at the Northwestern/ Evanston Tech­nology Innovation Center and at the Chicago Technology Center. These clinics identify and address legal issues which may determine entrepreneurial business success. In part, the clinics led to a new entrepreneurial law course at the Law School of North­western University, which he helped establish.

He publishes occasional articles, on topics interesting mainly to lawyers. Presently he suffers from writer’s block, but has in progress a primer on legal and business issue-spotting for Illinois technology entrepreneurs.

He married Marguerite DeHuszar and has two very adult children, John T. Allen, III, and Samuel DeH. Allen. He resides in Evanston, Illinois, and enjoys harvesting corn and testing computerized, real-time, polarized-light-assisted, vegetation analyzers on the family farm near Danville, Illinois, where he grew up and attended high school.