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Cannon F. Allen, Sr.

Partner
Litigation
  • P 901.524.5275
    F 901.524.5419

Cannon F. Allen, Sr., joined the Memphis Office of Adams and Reese in 2006. A commercial litigator with 28 years’ experience, Cannon focuses his practice in the areas of commercial/complex business litigation and trial practice, including multi-district litigation in federal court.

Cannon has represented clients extensively in class actions/mass torts involving business disputes, pharmaceuticals, biomedical implants and insurance coverage disputes. His wide litigation practice includes extensive representation of corporate and individual clients often involving consumer and commercial products, contract claims and breach of fiduciary duty disputes. He has extensive experience litigating claims involving commercial real estate, mortgage financing personal injury and transportation and logistics claims. Most recently, he has represented major biomedical implant and pharmaceuticals manufacturers in personal injury litigation and government investigations.

Cannon has worked on a wide range of disputes:

  • Representing a multinational pharmaceutical company in connection with government investigations by attorney generals in multiple states (2015).
  • Representing a multinational biomedical device manufacturer in products and personal injury litigation (2013).
  • Representing a major drug testing company in anti-competitive and trade practices disputes (2012).
  • Representing an insurance company in class litigation (2010).
  • Representing product manufacturers in personal injury/product liability litigation.
  • Representing insurance companies in class and complex litigation, including coverage disputes (2006 - 2014).
  • Extensive representation of clients in class claims, consumer actions, product liability claims, medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial and fiduciary duty disputes, and multi-district litigation before the Sixth Circuit, various federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas and state courts in Texas, Virginia, Florida, Oklahoma, New York and Utah.

Cannon is AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and listed in Best Lawyers® (Tort Litigation, Government Relations)(since 2008) and Super Lawyers® (Class Action Defense) (since 2006).

Cannon has served in several community and civic roles:

  • Past Board Member and Chairman of Westminster Academy, a Classical Christian school that teaches students using the seven liberal arts to love others, truth, wisdom, and beauty.
  • Founder, Board Member and Past President of the 22-year-old Binghampton Fellowship Foundation which has trained hundreds of teachers and thousands of students in urban and private schools to help improve elementary education.
  • Past President, Board Member/Officer and Board of Advisors of the 66 year old Memphis World Trade Club.

In 2010, Cannon directed the Club’s efforts to serve the strategically important transportation and logistics industries in Memphis and spearheaded to development of the Memphis Multimodal Conference (2010), the Southeast Freight Conference (2011-2014), and the JOC Inland Distribution Conference (2015) in Memphis.

Asked about those he admires, Cannon points to the Apostle Paul, Louis Zamperini (Unbroken) and Joe Rantz (Boys in the Boat).

Cannon and his wife Jill have four adult children and are very involved at their church and Westminster Academy. In his free time, Cannon enjoys reading, biking, water sports, hiking and camping.