Attorney - J. Brent Allen


J. Brent Allen
HBS Jacksonville Office

P: 904-236-4507
F: 904-236-4767
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Brent Allen is the managing partner of Hall Booth Smith's Jacksonville office and co-practice chair of the firm’s Opioid Defence Task Force. Mr. Allen is a civil trial lawyer and specializes in the litigation of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, commercial litigation, transportation, negligent security and premises liability on a national and regional level.
Mr. Allen holds the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service. The Jacksonville Business Journal has on several occasions named Mr. Allen a “Legal Listmaker” a “Person on the Move,” and an “Ultimate Attorney.”
As a Jacksonville native, Mr. Allen is active in the community. Mr. Allen was appointment by the Mayor to serve on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Housing Authority. Additionally, as an Eagle Scout, Mr. Allen serves in leadership capacities and assists in fundraising efforts for The Boy Scouts of America. 
Mr. Allen is also actively involved in a number of professional and civic organizations including The Rotary Club of Jacksonville – Downtown, The Chester Bedell Inn of Court, The Florida Bar and The Jacksonville Bar Association.
In his spare time, Mr. Allen enjoys offshore fishing, hunting, being outdoors and international travel. Mr. Allen lives in Jacksonville with his wife, daughter and son. 

Practice Areas

Aging Services


JD, with honors, Florida Coastal School of Law, May 2010

BBA, with high honors, Auburn University, December 2006 


United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida


AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Jacksonville Business Journal – List Maker Legal Elite
Jacksonville Business Journal – People on the Move
Jacksonville Business Journal – Ultimate Attorney
Eagle Scout


Rotary Club of Jacksonville
The Florida Bar
Jacksonville Bar Association
Chester Bedell Inn of Court
Boy Scouts of America
SAM Capital, LLC, Board Member
Euclid Partners, LLC, Board Member
City of Jacksonville Housing Authority, Board Member

Publications and Presentations

“How the Outcome of Claims Can Be Influenced by Social Media, Wearable Devices and the Internet,” Florida Society for Risk Management and Patient Safety, March 2018
“Reptile Tactics: A Defense Counsel’s Guide,” Markel Corp. Underwriting and Claims Summit, March 2018
“Defending High Exposure Dental Malpractice Claims,” Markel Corp. Underwriting and Claims Summit, March 2018
“Opioid Defense Task Force – Litigating Opioid Overdose Claims,” MedMal Direct, November 2017
“Opioid Defense Task Force – Litigating Opioid Overdose Claims,” Ascension, August 2017
“Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Law,” Chester Bedell Inn of Court, October 2016
“Social Media Discovery,” Ascension, May 2015
“What to do if a Health Care Provider Receives a Notice of Intent to Initiate Medical Malpractice,” MedMal Direct, June 14, 2014
“American Corporate Law: So You Want to Sit on The Board, Huh?,” Hanks-Livingston, Inc., August 1, 2010