My Christian faith informs everything about me. I believe that we are all flawed creatures, but that grace is there for everyone; I believe that we aren't defined by our mistakes, but by our potential; I believe that everyone going through difficult times deserves an advocate. My calling in life is helping people like you.
ATTORNEY DARREN C. ALLEN
Darren is a Randolph County native. He has local roots tracing back before the founding of America. He descended from George Michael York, a founding member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church established in 1755.
Darren believes in giving back to the community. He has given talks at local schools about the justice system. He teaches trial skills at summer camps. But much of his free time goes to his volunteer work coaching high school mock trial. Darren's teams have been among the strongest in the country, winning four state champions and placing top ten in six different national and international competitions. In 2017, his team won the National High School Mock Trial Championship, a feat recognized in the official Congressional Record of the United States House of Representatives.
- Western Carolina University, B.S.B.A., cum laude, 2002
- Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2005
- Campbell Law Review, Author, "The Constitutional Floor Doctrine and the Right to a Speedy Trial," 26 Campbell L. Rev. 101 (2004), Executive Editor, 2004-2005
- North Carolina State Bar, Admitted to Practice in 2005
- District 19B Bar, Member and Past President
- Randolph County Board of Elections, Member, 2006-2008, 2011-2015, Chairman, 2013-2015
- From 2008 to 2010, Darren served as the County Attorney for Randolph County, representing the Board of Commissioners in land use disputes at the administrative, trial, and appellate stages.
- From 2010 to 2016, Darren worked as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, practicing primarily to Montgomery County. During that time, he "lived" in the courtroom. He tried dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials, in matters ranging from DWI to first degree murder. In an op-ed column, the local paper commended Darren for "being dedicated to the community and seeing justice through."
- Appellate cases: Pugh v. Williams, 2009 N.C. App. LEXIS 67, September 22, 2008, Heard in the Court of Appeals, January 20, 2009; McDowell v. Randolph County, 186 N.C. App. 17; 649 S.E.2d 920; 2007 N.C. App. LEXIS 1980, June 6, 2007, Heard in the Court of Appeals, September 18, 2007; McDowell v. Randolph County, 2010 N.C. App. LEXIS 1275, February 10, 2010, Heard in the Court of Appeals, July 20, 2010.