Nicole Allen is a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. She has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters with a particular focus on CFTC and SEC enforcement actions, commodities and securities class actions, and financial fraud litigation.
In particular, Ms. Allen has defended several clients in high-stakes commodities manipulation and anti trust actions, including defending a multi-national food and beverage company against claims by the CFTC and civil class plaintiffs of manipulation of CBOT wheat futures and option prices, manipulation of cash market prices and anti-trust violations.
Ms. Allen’s clients include grain merchants, industrial supply companies, investment advisors, broker dealers, food and beverage companies, Fortune 500 companies and individual clients. She has represented those clients in a range of matters, including criminal cases initiated by the Department of Justice, CFTC and SEC enforcement actions, FINRA arbitrations and civil litigation matters involving alleged manipulation, anti-trust violations, insider trading, commercial bribery, aiding and abetting, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims.
Ms. Allen works closely with the firm’s Investigation, Compliance and Defense Practice, and has significant experience with government investigations, including preparing submissions, presentations and witnesses for the Department of Justice, CFTC, SEC, FBI, IRS Criminal Division and Department of Treasury. Ms. Allen also has internal investigation experience and has counseled clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bank Secrecy Act compliance matters.
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. She 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 US history.
Ms. Allen devotes a substantial number of hours to pro bono clients and has tried several cases on their behalf. In particular, Ms. Allen briefed and successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a pro bono client before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which resulted in the court vacating an adverse judgment and ordering a new trial for the client.
Ms. Allen has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers each year since 2012, and was selected as “Professional Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Women.
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.