With a practice encompassing corporate, M&A and securities matters and a diverse array of clients ranging from banks to manufacturers, Jim efficiently handles corporate issues facing his clients.


Serving as outside general counsel to publicly traded and privately-held businesses, Jim is sought by sophisticated business clients to structure a wide range of transactions including merger, acquisition, divestiture and joint venture transactions, and to advise on securities law compliance and corporate governance.

Recognized for his prowess in M&A and securities transactions, Jim blends industry-based understanding with comprehensive experience. Some of the key industries in which Jim advises clients are propane, cement, professional sports, engineering, consumer products, food service and manufacturing.


Adept at M&A, Jim continually negotiates the acquisition and disposition of businesses in a variety of industries, which have included:

  • The acquisition of a minority ownership interest in the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball franchise
  • The sale of the general partner of a publicly traded master limited partnership;
  • The merger of publicly traded consumer appliance companies
  • The acquisition and disposition of over 50 retail propane sale and service companies
  • The acquisition of over 30 engineering companies
  • The disposition of a registered investment advisor of several publicly traded funds
  • The acquisition and disposition of several publicly traded and privately held bank holding companies
  • Numerous acquisitions of ready-mix concrete, aggregates and cement products companies, consumer products distribution, vending and food service companies

He has represented clients in private and public offerings of equity and debt securities, including common and preferred stock, trust preferred securities, and mortgage-backed securities, and assists publicly traded companies with compliance, reporting and proxy solicitation under the Securities Act of 1934.

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Selected as "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America©, Kansas City, Mo., Securities / Capital Markets, 2012-2014, 2021

Recognized in Chambers USA for Corporate M&A. Jim Allen's "practice encompasses corporate, M&A and securities matters. His broad stable of clients ranges from banks to manufacturers"

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law

Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Missouri Bar


  • Missouri, 1985


University of Virginia, J.D., 1985

University of Nebraska, B.A., with high distinction, 1982

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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