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Thomas G. Allen

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Thomas Allen, a Pillsbury Litigation partner, focuses on international arbitration and cross- border disputes and has broad experience appearing before state and federal trial courts.

Based in Washington, DC, Thomas represents U.S. and global corporations in a wide array of disputes. His clients include Fortune 100 manufacturers, electric utilities, nuclear component and fuel manufacturers, and aircraft and aircraft component makers, among others. Highly skilled in litigating complex contractual and licensing disputes and design/manufacturing-defect claims, Thomas also represents clients in investigations, enforcement proceedings and environmental-related claims.

Thomas appears before U.S. courts and arbitration panels and has significant experience in high-value international arbitrations.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Represented a major nuclear component vendor in multiple International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations involving design defect, intellectual property and breach of contract claims regarding the provision of nuclear power plant components.

Represented a Japan-based aircraft component manufacturer in National Transportation Safety Board proceedings and ICC arbitration related to two highly publicized safety events on a newly designed long-haul aircraft fleet.

Defended iconic U.S. guitar manufacturer in a high-profile Department of Justice and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service criminal investigation alleging Lacey Act violations regarding exotic hardwood importation.

Environmental

  • Represented U.S. shipbuilder in criminal investigation into alleged wetlands and Rivers and Harbors Act violations.
  • Ongoing representation of Fortune 100 manufacturer in multiple CERCLA-related proceedings, state and federal environmental enforcement actions, and lawsuits by private landowners.  

Nuclear Energy

  • Conducted a foreign government-commissioned study of applicable U.S. and California law related to liability and procedure for nuclear accident claims.  
  • Represented U.S. nuclear utility in multi-jurisdictional matters related to the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Representation included breach-of-contract claims as between plant owner-operators and former minority owners.
  • Lead counsel in arbitration for breach-of-contract claims brought against U.S. based nuclear technology and consulting company.  

Aviation  

  • Represented aircraft manufacturer in U.S. Department of Labor whistleblower litigation under the AIR21 Act.  
  • Represented Japanese airline parts manufacturer for all U.S. based contract and tort claims related to the alleged falsification of safety paperwork required for regulatory approval of their products.
  • Represented airport owner and operator in dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the provision of disaster relief funds.

Securities Litigation and Enforcement

  • Represented Chinese manufacturers and technology companies in SEC enforcement proceedings regarding revenue recognition and disclosure issues. 
  • Represented foreign bank in FINRA investigation and broker/dealer arbitration.
  • Represented CFO of Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company in SEC enforcement proceedings and private securities litigation related to stock options backdating.

Speaking Engagements 

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Annual MCLE Marathon, Virginia, “Arbitration in the Global Economy,” September 27, 2016
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Annual MCLE Marathon, Virginia, “Arbitration: Pros and Cons and How to Draft Effective Arbitration Clauses,” September 17, 2014

PROFESSIONAL  HIGHLIGHTS

Recognized by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where he serves as a trustee, for outstanding achievement in the field of EEO litigation.

Served for 10 years as co-chair of the annual fundraising campaign for the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC.

Serves on Pillsbury’s committees for Attorney Development and Attorney Recruiting. Member of Pillsbury’s Japan Practice and Unmanned Aircraft Systems focus team.

EDUCATION

J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2002
magna cum laude

B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1997

ADMISSIONS

District of Columbia Virginia

COURTS

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Thomas G. Allen is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Doing Business in China: The Likelihood of Enforcing Agreements to Arbitrate and Arbitration Awards, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Doing Business in China: The Likelihood of Enforcing Agreements to Arbitrate and Arbitration Awards - Doing Business in China: The Likelihood of Enforcing Agreements to Arbitrate and Arbitration Awards, Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare - Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Friday, October 20, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Doing Business in China: The Likelihood of Enforcing Agreements to Arbitrate and Arbitration Awards - Doing Business in China: The Likelihood of Enforcing Agreements to Arbitrate and Arbitration Awards, Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare - Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Friday, October 20, 2017
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