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Shay Allen

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  • Adjunct Professor

Attorney Allen was born and raised in Chicago, a third-generation son of the South Side and proud product of Chicago Public Schools who understands the city's people and the intricacies of its sociopolitical landscape. 

A legal powerhouse dedicated to fairness and justice; Attorney Allen's extensive legal experience is unparalleled. A former Cook County prosecutor who handled thousands of complex cases from drug charges to high-profile murder cases. Attorney Allen later served as a litigation specialist at Lee & Fairman, one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the Midwest, where his primary practice areas included criminal defense and civil litigation. His clients prevailed in multimillion dollar lawsuits. He also successfully defended clients facing false murder and attempted murder charges.

Attorney Allen recognized early in his career the need to commit himself to unbundling the usual restraints such as substance abuse problems and mental health issues that often play a role in a defendant's guilt or innocence. His academic training and practical legal experience have borne a unique perspective that yields innovative and unconventional approaches in the courtroom for his clients' benefit. 

Attorney Allen currently leads a thriving law practice, S.T. Allen Law, P.C., which focuses on civil rights, criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal injury.  He is a tireless advocate and legal servant of more than 100 municipalities in the Chicagoland area.  Attorney Allen holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a juris doctorate from Howard University.  As he nears 20 years of legal expertise, Attorney Allen is always learning and looking to provide effective and efficient representation for his clients.  Yet paramount is never forgetting that his clients are coming to him when their life is in peril, and they are looking for him to right a wrong.  He will never forget to treat each client as though they were his own family and always seek justice. ​