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Allen W. Nelson

Allen W. Nelson

Crawford & Co
EVP, GC, Corp Secretary, Chief Admin. Officer
Atlanta, GA, USA


Allen W. Nelson is responsible for handling legal matters for Crawford & Company, overseeing the Company's Legal Department and performing the duties of corporate secretary. As chief administrative officer, he directs the Quality and Compliance, Corporate Communications, Corporate Real Estate, Ethics and Compliance and Internal Audit functions. Immediately before joining Crawford, Allen served as chief compliance counsel for BellSouth Corporation. He also previously practiced law with the Atlanta-based firms of Hawkins & Parnell and Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman & Ashmore. Allen earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duke University School of Law, where he was recognized as a J. R. Parkinson Memorial Scholar. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He was recently selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and admitted to the International Association of Defense Counsel. Allen is chairman of the board of Atlanta Ballet, a position he has held since 2009, and former chairman of the board of The Preschool (Peachtree Road United Methodist Church).  He is a recipient of a 2011-2012 Charles R. Yates Award (Woodruff Arts Center) and the 2008 Camille Yow Award (Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation), both in recognition of his outstanding work as a volunteer for those organizations.  He received the 2013 Revolutions Award from the Georgia Center for Non-Profits as the Board Leader of the Year.  He was also recognized in 2013 as a “Point of Light” by Former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Foundation.  He co-chairs Duke Atlanta, serves on the boards of the Duke Law Alumni Association, the Atlanta Duke Law Alumni Club, the Woodruff Arts Center, the local chapter of the American Heart Association, and the Perimeter Business Alliance. Allen also is active in the Peachtree Paddle League, Tophat Soccer Club, Northside Church's youth soccer and basketball programs, and Ansley Golf Club.
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