Meet Appellate Attorney Allen Bonner

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Picture of Litigation and Appellate Lawyer Allen BonnerAllen Bonner is a member of Colson Hicks Eidson’s appellate practice group and is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, having tried both state and federal cases and handled appeals in Florida, Georgia, and the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. His specialties include complex litigation, insurance, civil procedure, evidence and appeals. He has been a member of the firm since 2016, after previously working at the firm of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Miami.

Allen’s representative work includes the successful defense of a multi-million dollar insurance coverage and rescission suit by Lloyd’s of London; the defeat of a sovereign immunity claim by the City of Sunrise (affirmed on appeal);  the  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 contract; trial verdicts against Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual for insurance bad faith; and numerous five, six, and seven figure settlements in cases of all kinds that involve questions of insurance coverage or insurer bad faith.   Notable published opinions, orders, and articles include:

  • Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company v. MI Windows & Doors, 131 So. 3d 15 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
  • Benson v. QBE Insurance Company, 61 F. Supp. 3d 1277 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 21, 2014)
  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Coastal States Mortgage Corp., 598 Fed. Appx. 735 (11th Cir. 2015) & 2014 WL 11380937 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 18, 2014)
  • MI Windows & Doors v. Liberty Mutual Company, 123 F. Supp. 3d 1332 (M.D. Fla. 2015) & 2016 WL 3883268 (M.D. Fla. Jul. 18, 2016)
  • Frank Lopez v. Allstate Fire & Casualty Company, 710 Fed. Appx. 861 (11th Cir. 2018) & 2015 WL 5584898 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 23, 2015)
  • “The Economic Loss Rule: Is a Building a ‘Product’? – Another View,” 71 U. Miami L. Rev. 1065, (Summer 2017).

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 law school at Columbia University, 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 Columbia’s Human Rights Law Review.   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,” as a bar exam tutor through the Dade County Bar Association’s Bar Passage Program, and as a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, and the District of Columbia and has been recognized as one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers by the CFF.