Timothy L. Allen, CLS-F, is a Senior Associate at Hargreaves & Taylor LLP, as well as a Certified Family Law Specialist. Tim has worked exclusively in family law since 2010. Tim obtained his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law (CWSL) in 2009 where he graduated with Honors in the Child, Family and Elder Law concentration. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism from Virginia Tech in 2006, graduating magna cum laude, and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, journalism and mass media honor society.
During law school, Tim conducted an internship with the Family Law Facilitator's Office at the South Bay and Central San Diego courthouses. Tim also served as a research assistant to Professor Janet M. Bowermaster (CWSL) where he researched and analyzed the legislative intent and judicial interpretation of child custody statutes that include a presumption of legal custody in favor of the non-aggressor parent in cases involving domestic violence. In law school, Tim was on the Dean's List and earned an Academic Achievement Award for his case note discussing the discord between the California Legislature's constitutional duty to promote the education of its citizens through compulsory education laws and the absence of regulatory oversight of home schooling in California.
Tim is a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association (SDFBLA), and is member of the SDFLBA Diversity Committee and Bar Dinner Committee. Tim serves as the community liaison between the SDFLBA and CWSL’s Family Law Society, where he mentors law students in developing career paths into family law. Tim also serves as a guest lecturer at California Western School of Law on family law litigation. In 2022, Tim received the Michael C. Shea award for his contribution in mentoring newer family law attorneys, and law students interested in pursuing a career in family law.
Tim’s practice is devoted to family law litigation and mediation. Tim is a proponent of candid, kind, and civil discourse between counsel and self-represented parties in family law matters.
When not working, Tim enjoys improv and sketch comedy, and has regularly performed at National Comedy Theatre in San Diego as part of its Main Stage cast, as well as the Groundlings in Los Angeles. Tim believes a healthy sense of humor is a powerful antidote to the innate stress that comes with the career of a family law attorney. Tim is also the father of a French Bulldog, named Taco.