Nicole Allen is a litigator who focuses her practice on securities litigation and enforcement actions and white collar criminal defense matters. She has represented clients in a range of matters, including criminal cases initiated by the Department of Justice, SEC enforcement actions, FINRA arbitrations, and civil litigation matters involving alleged insider trading, commercial bribery, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract claims. Ms. Allen has also represented clients in investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, FBI, IRS Criminal Division, and Department of Treasury, and has handled internal investigations on behalf of clients in areas such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bank Secrecy Act compliance. She is a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Bankruptcy Litigation, and Markets and Trading Practice Groups.
Ms. Allen is a member of the Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois and has tried cases in both federal and state court. Ms. Allen was part of the team that won a new trial for a tax lawyer accused of criminal tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy in what was described as the largest tax shelter fraud prosecution in U.S. history. Ms. Allen also devotes a substantial number of hours each year to pro bono clients, and has tried several cases on behalf of those clients. She recently briefed and successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a pro bono client before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which resulted in the court vacating an adverse judgment against the client.
Ms. Allen has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in white collar criminal defense every year since 2012. She was selected as “Professional Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Women in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Allen worked for DaimlerChrysler AG in their Human Resources and Corporate Union Relations Departments. During that time, she participated in labor contract negotiations between DaimlerChrysler and the UAW, and was responsible for investigating and responding to charges filed against DaimlerChrysler with the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.