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Allen Allred


St. Louis
314 552 6001 direct

Allen is a nationally recognized litigator with an outstanding record of success for clients.

He serves as the primary litigator for one of the country's largest Catholic health care systems, Mercy, which serves millions of patients each year across the Midwest. Allen is also lead litigation counsel for Missouri's two largest public pension systems — Public Schools Retirement System (PSRS), with $41 billion in assets, and Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS), with $10 billion in assets — and has represented those pension funds in touchstone litigation over investments and benefits-related matters.  Allen recently filed suit and secured a $123 million dollar settlement for PSRS against PSRS' former custodial bank State Street Bank and Trust.

As the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Health Care practice, Allen has spent his 40-year career helping health systems achieve success in state and federal courts across the country on a range of issues, from antitrust to managed care litigation. Allen has successfully pursued third-party payors to expeditiously recover millions of dollars owed to health care provider clients. He has also represented health care systems facing class actions filed by uninsured and underinsured patients.

Allen is the former chair of the American Health Lawyers Association's Health Care Liability and Litigation Committee, and was appointed by the American Hospital Association to serve on a special task force on liability and health care reform.

Allen is the founder of the Bob Costas Cancer Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and initiated the annual Bob Costas Gala to raise funds for the center. Allen is also the founder of Missouri Friends of Injured Marines, which supports injured Marines and Navy Corpsmen suffering from severe combat injuries.

Class Action

Alice Roberts, Kevin Hales, Christy Millsap and Tim Millsap, et al. v. BJC Health System, d/b/a BJC Healthcare, Sisters of Mercy Health System, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. John's Mercy Health System and Reconstructive and Microsurgery Associates, Inc. St. Louis City Cause No: 042-08506-01; Missouri Supreme Court No: SC92700; Cite: 391 S.W.3d 433 (Mo. banc 2013)

Melissa Bennett, Richard Kevin Harrison and Anthony Marston v. St. Mary-Rogers Memorial Hospital, Inc. Benton County, Arkansas Cause No: CV-2005-94-5 (Dismissed with Prejudice)

Gregory D. Polsgrove and Anna Polsgrove v. St. John's Regional Health Center, Greene County Cause No: 31107CC2451

Donna M. Meierer, a Guardian and Conservator of the Estate of Matthew A. Meierer, on behalf of Matthew A. Meier and All Others Similarly Situated v. St. John's Regional Health Center, Greene County Cause No: 104CC4384


Woman's Clinic, Inc., Elizabeth Campbell, M.D., Donald P. Kratz, M.D., Darren Lehnert, M.D., David L. Redfern, M.D., J. Christopher Stein, M.D., Thomas D. McClain, M.D. and Thomas D. McClain, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery, L.L.C. v. St. John's Health System, Inc., St. John's Physicians and Clinics, Inc. f/k/a St. John's Health Systems, Inc., USDC, Western District of Missouri Case No: 01-3245-CV-S-GAF. Cite: 252 F.Supp.2d 857

Managed Care

Mercy Hospitals East Communities v. Alliance for Community Health, L.L.C. and Molina Healthcare, Inc. USDC, Eastern District of Missouri Case No: 4:13-cv-02216

Mercy Hospitals East Communities and Mercy Health Springfield Communities v. Missouri Care, Incorporated, Aetna, Inc. and Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. St. Louis County Circuit Court Case No: 15SL-CC00802


George Schoedinger and Signature Health v. United Healthcare of the Midwest, Inc. United States Court of Appeals, Eighth District No: 07- 3317 Cite: 557 F.3d 872


"Hospital Liability";
Missouri Hospital Association and Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys, Hospital Law Handbook, Chapter 5, 2007

"Upon Further Review: Rush Prudential HMO, Inc. v. Moran and a New Era of Managed Care Liability";
St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 47:2, 2003

"Enterprise Liability Puts MCOs at Risk";
National Law Journal, September 8, 1997


"Beyond the ERISA Shield: The Liability of Managed Care Organizations";
St. Louis University School of Law Annual Healthcare Symposium, April 2002

"Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence for Missouri Practitioners";
St. Louis and Kansas City, 2001

"Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice";
National Business Institute, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, 2000

"Ethical and Conflict Dilemmas for the Heath Care Counsel";
Annual Meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association, San Diego, California, 1998

"Legal Ethics for the Health Care Attorney";
Annual Meeting of American Health Lawyers Association, Toronto, Canada, July 1997

"New Discovery Issues";
Annual Joint Symposium of American Society of Hospital Risk Managers and Healthcare Liability and Litigation Committee of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, Dallas, Texas, February 1997

"Liability and Risk Issues for Integrated Delivery Systems: Resolving Potentially Conflicting Operational and Defense Objectives";
Annual meeting of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, San Diego, California, June 1996