Meet Appellate Attorney Allen Bonner
Allen Bonner practiced law for ten years as criminal defense and civil trial and appellate lawyer before joining Colson Hicks Eidson’s appellate practice group in 2016. A versatile practitioner, Allen has tried cases in both state and federal court and has handled appeals in the appellate courts of Florida, Georgia, and the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. His specialties include commercial contracts, insurance, and Constitutional and criminal law.
Allen graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he double majored in history and philosophy and received honors distinction for his senior thesis. He later lived and worked in London, UK, and Montpellier, France, before enrolling in Columbia University’s School of Law, where he was distinguished as a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar, Jacob Berger Fellow, and Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and as an editorial board member for the Human Rights Law Review. While at Columbia, Allen interned at a number of leading national public interest organizations, including the Human Rights Watch, the Southern Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the California Appellate Project, and the Bronx Defenders.
Allen’s representative work includes the successful defense of a multi-million dollar insurance coverage and rescission suit by Lloyd’s of London; dismissal of a six-figure claim for retroactive premiums against the St. John Community Development Center; summary judgments (affirmed on appeal) against Essex Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company for breach of their respective insurance contracts; trial verdicts against Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual for insurance bad faith; and numerous confidential five, six, and seven figure settlements reached in insurance disputes of all types (including residential and commercial property, commercial general liability, auto liability, errors and omissions, negligent procurement, and insurer bad faith). Allen has also represented criminal defendants in all stages of criminal proceedings, including on appeal.
Allen’s past and present pro-bono work includes serving as a volunteer appellate lawyer for the Mercer Law School’s Habeas Corpus Project and the Georgia Public Defender’s Standards Council, as a volunteer lawyer for the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Miami-Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back Program,” and as a bar exam tutor through the Dade County Bar Association’s Bar Passage Program. Allen is also a member of the American Bar Association and served as a panelist for the Juvenile Justice Committee at the ABA’s annual meeting. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, and the District of Columbia.