A litigation boutique representing clients in Federal and State courts throughout West Virginia...

Robert B. Allen


As a partner of Allen Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC, since 1982, Bob’s practice includes representation of individuals and entities in civil, criminal and administrative matters in federal, state and local courts. Historically, a substantial portion of Bob’s practice has involved the representation of individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. In civil litigation, Bob has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a large variety of matters. Bob also has a mediation practice. Since 1987, the number of cases Bob has mediated annually has steadily increased to approximately 100 per year.


West Virginia University
BS, Agriculture Business & Economics, 1963

West Virginia University
MBA, Management and Industrial Relations, 1965

West Virginia University
JD, 1974

United States Navy: 1966 - 1992
Active Due: 1966 - 1972 Naval Aviator
Reserves: 1972 - 1992 Retired Commander
Blue and Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy: 1979-1994


  • 1982 - Present PARTNER, Allen Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC, Charleston, WV
  • 1978 - 1981 ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY, Southern District, Charleston, WV
  • 1977 ASSOCIATE, Haynes, Ford and Guills, Lewisburg, WV
  • 1975 - 1977 ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY, Southern District, Charleston, WV
    • Chief, Coal Fraud Project Prosecuting Illegal Coal Tax Shelters
    • Recipient, Director's Award for Superior Performance, 1981


  • Supreme Court of the United States - 9/7/90
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 3/6/75
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of WV - 1/17/75
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of WV - 11/29/83
  • United States Tax Court - 9/27/91
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia - 1/17/75
  • The West Virginia State Bar - 1/17/75


  • The West Virginia State Bar (1975-Present)
  • The West Virginia State Bar Committee on Criminal Law (1984-Present)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (1975-Present)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (1982-1992)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1985-Present)
  • West Virginia Association for Justice (formerly The West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (1992-Present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1987-Present)
  • The West Virginia Law School Alumni Association (Life Member)


  • Named a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation and the West Virginia Bar Foundation 
  • Named as one of the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Virginia since 2001 by Woodward/White, publisher of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Named as one of the Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers in West Virginia by Woodward/White, publisher of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc., since 2007
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Litigation Section, for several years
  • Featured in 2006 and 2007 Lawdragon Magazine “The Lawdragon 3000, Leading Lawyers in America”
  • United States Department of Justice - Special Achievement Award (1981)
  • Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance (1981)
  • Appreciation Plaque for services as a mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (1987-1999)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award from American Medical Facilities Management (1993)
  • Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division Certificate of Appreciation (1993)
  • West Virginia Troopers Association - Appreciation Award (1995)
  • Numerous military decorations based on service as a United States Navy Pilot with service in Vietnam

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Robert B. Allen

Allen Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC
P.O. Box 3394
Charleston, WV 25333

304-345-9941 (fax)

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