Family Law Attorney Derek Allen

Attorney Derek Allen

Practice Areas:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal Maintenance

Primary Location:
Madison, WI
Licensed Since 2011

Average Client Rating for Derek Allen
Based on 8 client reviews
4.9 out of 5 stars

Love the fixed price model, great communication

Thank you for reaching out! So far, I am extremely happy with my decision to leave the firm I was with and go with Sterling! My attorney through Sterling is Derek Allen, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service he is providing. He stays in great communication, and is completely on the same page as far as how I want to approach my very messing and contested divorce. I also really love the fixed price model! It's really nice that there are no surprises! I really like that, whether I can afford all the stages or not, at least I know what they will cost and won't be constantly blind-sided with addition cost the way I was with my previous attorney. At least with Sterling, I know what could be coming and can try to prepare for additional costs the best I can. I really love the way your firm does business, and will absolutely recommend Sterling to anyone looking for an excellent divorce attorney!

Nathan A
October 19, 2017
Attorney Hired:Derek Allen
Ariel A
October 14, 2017
Attorney Hired:Derek Allen

Attentive and knowledgeable

Derek is very attentive and knowledgeable.

Krista K
September 29, 2017
Attorney Hired:Derek Allen

Great communication

Derek listened to my situation closely and was very generous with his time when something needed explained. Also, he always back to me in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of help. A pleasure to work with.

Abigail V
September 15, 2017
Attorney Hired:Derek Allen
Anastasia K
September 14, 2017
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Kristin E
September 6, 2017
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Eric L
August 24, 2017
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Sarah V
August 24, 2017
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About Derek Allen

Though he can't quite pinpoint when, probably sometime between watching Perry Mason reruns and reading about famous figures in history who happened to be lawyers, Attorney Derek Allen caught the law bug.

Always passionate solving problems and arguing his point, he figured out pretty quickly that being a lawyer was what he was born to do.

Derek loves the job and he goes to great lengths to help people. One time that meant coming back to his office covered in claw marks from trying to help a client get her cats.

He's bled for the job. Literally.

While he doesn't offer cat-wrangling services anymore, his dedication to supporting the people in his care is unchanged.

Derek's professional goal is simple: make the confusing, stressful, and often emotional process of family law as simple and painless as possible. When you work with him you're guaranteed to know what's happening next and how you're going to get there.

Family law cases can be tough, and he's there to walk you through the process. Without the constant worry of what's coming next, you're free to get back to the important aspects of your life again.

People who work with Derek know exactly what to expect from the legal system. When things get difficult, he knows it's his job to be his clients' legal counselor, not their cheerleader, because he believes giving his clients realistic expectations is the best way for them to make informed decisions.

As a matter of principle, he tries to respond to his client's calls or e-mails promptly. Clients are already dealing with one of the most stressful times of their lives and they shouldn't have to worry for days or weeks on end about when they'll hear from their attorney.

Derek got his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, one of the top law schools in the country. While there, he worked to help pass a food cart ordinance in the city, allowing many low-income residents to start their own businesses.

After graduating law school in 2011, he started his law career in commercial and business litigation in Minneapolis. While in Minnesota, he received the North Star Lawyer award for his pro bono work two years running, primarily helping foster children through the adoption process.

Once he moved back home to Wisconsin, he shifted gears to family law and has never looked back.

Derek is a passionate member of the community and a lover of everything Wisconsin, using his free time to coach the Albany High School boys' basketball team, enjoy a good beer, and watch the Badgers and Packers.

Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney Derek Allen


University of Chicago

Doctor of Jurisprudence (2011)

Beloit College

Bachelor of Arts (2006)

Bar Memberships

State Bar of Wisconsin

Admitted in 2015

State Bar of Minnesota

Admitted in 2011

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