Derek J. Allen

P: 828.348.6012
F: 828.348.6077

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 2020
Asheville, NC 28802-2020

Professional Experience

Mr. Allen is leader of the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use Practice Groups.  He has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals.  He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts.  Mr. Allen has litigated numerous matters concerning land use issues at the trial and appellate levels.  He also has experience litigating corporate and partnership disputes before the North Carolina Business Court.  Mr. Allen has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution.  His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues.  Mr. Allen routinely appears in front of city and county governmental bodies and has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1997 
  • All state courts in North Carolina 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2016
  • The Business Journal of the Triad, 40 Leaders Under Forty Award
  • "Lawyer of the Year," ​Best Lawyers​, 2015
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2007-2008, 2010-2013
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2011
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-2011


  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Political Science and History, magna cum laude, with distinction, The University of North Carolina Asheville, 1993. Tennis Scholarship.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Sections: Litigation; State and Local Government Law
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Asheville Alumnus, Class XXIX)
  • Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission (board member)
  • Brewers Association Associate Member
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Diana Wortham Theatre (member, board of directors)
  • LEAF (member, board of directors)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Committee: Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Committee (past chair)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Litigation; Zoning, Planning and Land Use (former council member)
  • North Carolina Creditors Bar Association
  • North Carolina Economic Developers Association
  • The University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation Board (member, executive committee)
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (member, board of directors)
  • Western North Carolina Green Building Council (board member)

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