Allen, Jesse A.


Jesse A. Allen is a litigator with a passion for being in the courtroom. He represents clients in a wide range of civil cases, including those arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and other property, business and employment disputes. Prior to joining Gates, Gonter & Guy, Mr. Allen spent five years with another civil litigation firm defending individuals, business and public entities faced with lawsuits. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, teaching oral advocacy and persuasive legal writing skills to student competitors.

Mr. Allen was born in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Central Washington University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Law and Justice and Political Science. He was a member of the football team and was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement. Thereafter, Mr. Allen obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating cum laude in the top 15 percent of his class. During law school, he served as Vice-President of the Moot Court Honor Society and was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. He was one of few students named to the national list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for achievement in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Bar Admissions

  • California, March 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
    • B.A., Law and Justice, 2009
    • B.A., Political Science, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Six-time recipient of the Witkin and CALI Award for Academic Excellence for the highest grade in a law school class
  • Dean’s Scholarship recipient
  • Two-time competitor in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Named Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • Honorable Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court
  • North County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes, 2011-2016