About Allen Willingham

Through his representation of Plaintiffs and Defendants in litigations ultimately resolved by arbitration or mediation, Willingham has had deep and broad experience in successful use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve tough cases.  This experience includes client matters in 25 states.  To read more about Willingham's ADR experience, click here.


His experience includes arbitration resolution of commercial disputes arising from law firm partnership agreements, many of which Willingham  brought to final resolution by presenting  matters to an arbitration panel for final decision and award.  Willingham has also served as an arbitrator on panels convened under the Georgia Bars’ dispute resolution proceedings associated with fee disputes between lawyers and clients. 


In multiple substantial mediations pursued in his litigation practice, Willingham embraced and effectively used mediation yielding agreed upon settlements and successful resolution of often hotly contested claims and defenses.  Such matters in the course of Willingham's career collectively represent mediation settlements of many tens of millions in claims.

To read more about Willingham's substantive expertise, click here.

Georgia mediation and arbitration

Allen Willingham

Registered Neutral

Georgia Office of Dispute


Employment History

     Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Partner (1979-1988). Now Bryan Cave.

     Love & Willingham LLP, Founding/ Managing Partner (1988-2007).




Later Love, Willingham, Peters, Gilleland, & Monyak

     Troutman Sanders LLP, Partner (2007-2012). 

     Taylor English Duma LLP (2013-2016). 

     Willingham Mediation and Arbitration LLC (2017 to present)


Washington & Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 1974;

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (Order of the Coif, 1979), Member, Editorial Board and Notes

Editor of the Georgia Law Review



Georgia State University School of Law, Instructor, Litigation (1984-85)


  • Order of the Coif

  • American and Federal Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia including Sections on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Tort and Insurance,  Products Liability, Labor and Employment, Appellate Practice and General Practice and Trial)

  • Fellow of International Society of Barristers


  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (highest ranking)

  • Selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America (2005-2017) (Commercial Litigation); Selection for 24th Edition (2017-2018) of Best Lawyers in America (Legal Malpractice Law and Reinsurance Law - Defendants). Also selected as Atlanta Lawyer of the Year in the practice area of legal professional malpractice law- Defendants

  • Georgia’s Best Lawyers (Atlanta Journal Constitution/New York Times/Wall Street Journal) 2007 -2017

  • Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Adjunct Scholar (2001-2002)

  • Georgia State Bar: Founding Member of the Product Liability Section