Of Counsel


100 South Ashley Drive
Suite 1740
Tampa, FL 33602

813.221.5012 (direct)
813.361.0744 (mobile)
813.221.6206 (fax)

Lisa A. Allen

Overview

In August 2017, Lisa welcomed the opportunity to join Ansa Assuncao as Of Counsel.  Lisa is a civil litigator representing clients in a wide variety of matters including commercial and business disputes, employment-related disputes, insurance coverage disputes, business tort claims, contract litigation and real estate litigation.  Over the past 16 years, Lisa has routinely represented clients such as corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, partnerships, developers, transportation companies, landlords, creditors, estates and individuals.  Lisa also has experience helping clients with their transactional legal needs in the areas of commercial real estate and leasing, corporate formation and contract negotiation, employment agreements, loan and security documents, as well as buying and selling small businesses.

From 2006 through 2009, Lisa served as a Federal Law Clerk for the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida.  Prior to working as a federal law clerk, Lisa practiced for five years as a commercial litigator with a focus on banking and insurance defense.

A fifth-generation Floridian, Lisa was born and raised in the Jacksonville area and currently resides in Tampa with her husband and three children.

Education and Admissions

Admissions

Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

J.D., University of Florida College of Law (2000)
B.S. in Business Administration, University of Florida (1996), with High Honors

Clerkship

Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr., U.S. Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (2006-2009)

Work Highlights

  • Lisa’s business litigation experience includes contract litigation, business tort claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, breach of employee’s duty of loyalty, good faith and fair dealing relating to the theft of client lists, confidential and proprietary information pursuant to the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Florida’s Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act and Florida’s Computer Crimes Act, director and officer liability litigation, minority and derivative shareholder disputes, and insurance coverage disputes.
  • Lisa’s business transactional experience includes commercial real estate, leasing, employment, lending and corporate transactions.  Lisa has experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, employment agreements, partnership agreements, commercial contracts, loan documents, security agreements, loan work-out agreements, title reports, leases, banking policies and procedures, bank service agreements, mortgage life and disability insurance documents.
  • As a former career federal law clerk, Lisa’s federal court experience includes reviewing relevant pleadings, researching issues of law, drafting opinions and bench briefs, attending trials and other court proceedings as well as acting as an advisor and making recommendations based on applicable law and the pertinent facts of each case to the Court.  This position required administrative tasks related to case management, the Court’s hearing and trial calendar, and constant monitoring of the pending motions docket and 180 day reports.  The types of cases presented were complex and varied (e.g. labor and employment matters, employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, confidential and non-disclosure agreements, qui tam and whistleblower actions, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, copyright, trademark, intellectual property and patent cases, maritime disputes, multi-state jurisdictional actions, class actions, civil rights, constitutional rights and similar federal issues).
  • Lisa’s real estate, banking and insurance litigation experience includes defending businesses, insurance companies, and financial institutions pursuant to contractual defenses or UCC defenses, relating to consumer protection laws under the FDCPA, TILA, FDUTPA, ECOA, TCPA, and FCRA, banking compliance issues, mortgage insurance claims, unauthorized transactions, fraud, white collar crime, securities litigation, the recovery of special assets, commercial and residential foreclosures, reformation of deeds, lost notes, clouds on title, restrictive covenants, land use and zoning disputes, commercial evictions, leases, landlord tenant disputes, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial collections.
  • Lisa was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 Young Professionals in the Tampa Bay Area by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2004.
  • Prior to attending law school, Lisa obtained a Florida Real Estate Salesperson License and worked as a Leasing Manager for Paradigm Properties responsible for leasing over 1,000 units and managing several Leasing Agents.

Prior Affiliations

  • Allen Law & Mediation, P.A.
  • GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Cohn, Cohn & Hendrix, P.A.

Select Decisions

  • Environmental Protection Commission v. CC Entertainment Music Tampa LLC, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Co., Florida, Case No. 04-CA-011404
  • National Cinema Supply Corp v. Cincinnati Film, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Co., Florida, Case No. 04-CA-7669
  • Sterling Asset & Equity Corp., et al v. Preferred Capital, Inc., S.D. Fla., Miami Div., Case No. 1:04-22399-ASG
  • Schmidt, et al v. Multimedia Holding Corp., M.D., Fla., Orlando Div., Case No. 6:04-CV-186-ORL-31KR
  • In Re: Gulf Coast Lift Truck Company, Inc., M.D. Fla. Bankruptcy Court, Tampa Div., Case No. 03-25228-TEB
  • Peeples v. Ugly Duckling Credit Co., 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Co., Florida, Case No. 02-CA-1528
  • Firelli v. Louderback and Helinger, PA, Bank of America, et al, 6th Judicial Circuit, Pinellas Co., Florida, Case No. 00-3839-CI
  • Cheval Tennis Village Condo Assn v. Bank of America, NA, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Co., Florida, Case No. 00-CA-3828
  • Synod of South Atlantic Presbyterian Church v. Magpusao, Bank of America, et al., 4th Judicial Circuit, Duval Co., Florida, Case No. 2000-CA-4605