ATTORNEY DARREN ALLEN
Darren is a Randolph County native. He has local roots tracing back before the founding of America. His ancestor, George Michael York, participated in the founding of Sandy Creek Baptist Church established in Staley in 1755. Darren grew up in Randolph, Chatham, and Wake Counties.
Darren's focus is litigation. He loves being in the courtroom. He has tried hundreds of cases to completion, including dozens of jury trials in matters ranging from DWI to first degree murder.
Darren believes in giving back to the community. He has given talks at local schools about the judicial system. He taught direct examination and cross examination at summer camps. But much of his free time goes to his volunteer work coaching communication and trial skills to high school mock trial students. Darren's teams have been among the strongest in the country, six times winning state championships and five times finishing the the year ranked top ten in the nation. In 2017, his team won the national championship at the National High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament , a accomplishment recognized in the official Congressional Record of the United States House of Representatives. In 2019, his program received the Larry Bakko Professionalism and Civility Award at the national high school mock trial championship.
Faith in Jesus Christ is central to Darren's calling in life. "My faith informs everything about me. I believe that we are all flawed creatures, but I believe in grace. I believe that we should be judged not just by our mistakes, but also our potential. I believe that everyone going through tough times deserves an advocate."
- 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 2005 to 2010, Darren was in private practice, representing people like you in criminal charges, family matters, civil litigation, and appeals.
- 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.