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Robert J. Allan

Malibu, California


Phone: (310) 456-3024

Fax: (310) 317-0484


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ROBERT J. ALLAN is the founder of the Allan Law Group.

Robert J. Allan is an AV-rated attorney in California, a Barrister and Solicitor in Canada, and an admitted Solicitor in England and Wales, with over 30 years of international legal experience representing the interests of existing and emerging domestic and international businesses, corporations, partnerships and trusts. He provides insightful legal counsel on matters in corporate law, corporate compliance, corporate structures, complex commercial litigation, corporate governance and transactions, international law, bankruptcy, copyright, music law and entertainment law litigation.

Mr. Allan also represents many clients in the entertainment and music industry, with a focus on assisting songwriters and their heirs with terminations of their copyright grants.  He also assists in negotiations for the sale and purchase of copyright termination interests, and the sale and or licensing of songs, publishing, and music catalogs.  

In addition to helping his clients monetize their music catalogues, Mr. Allan negotiates agreements for name, image, and likeness rights, and life story rights for documentary and film projects.


He also advises clients with negotiations for the sale and purchase of artwork for collectors and investors. 


He serves as general counsel for many of his clients, providing both litigation and transactional advice. Mr. Allan's experience as the President and CEO of public and private corporations, provides him with a unique insight into the complexities of running a global business and the ability to forecast the challenges many businesses face.

Mr. Allan previously founded the USA China Law Group, an organization that provided legal and strategic business advice to US individuals and entities looking to establish and grow a business presence in China, or from China to establish and grow a business presence in the US. The Group advised clients on litigation matters, commercial collections, intellectual property issues and consulted with international institutional investors on ways to invest in the Non-Performing Loan and Distressed Debt Market in China.  

Mr. Allan authored an article titled "The Conflicted Duty of Chinese Lawyers", which was published in the National Law Journal and co-authored an article titled "Forensic Sourcing in China," which outlines strategies for successful compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in China. Mr. Allan is a frequent speaker and he has made presentations at the Director's College at Stanford Law School, the CEO roundtable in Beijing, UCLA Law School, USC Law School and the Santa Monica Bar Association.

Mr. Allan is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the International Bar Association.   

Mr. Allan began his law career at the firm of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, With Distinction. He is admitted to practice in California, England, and Wales and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. 

Areas of Practice:

Business Law

Copyright Law

Corporate Law

Commercial Litigation

Entertainment Law litigation

International Law

Music Law

Trial law, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediations


Certified Trial Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987

Bar Admissions:

British Columbia, 1975

California, 1985

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993

England and Wales, Admitted to practice as a Solicitor


University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1975 L.L.B.

Honors: With Distinction

University of Calgary, 1972
Honors: With Distinction

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with a focus on China, Panelist at the 2010 Director's College at Stanford Law School.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Globalization, Panelist at the 2009 Director's College at Stanford Law School.

"Western and Chinese Perspectives of Corporate Social Responsibility", Global CEO Forum in Beijing, 2008.

Importing Problem Goods from China, Institute for Corporate Counsel at USC, 2007.

Panelist on Structuring asset investments in China, The U.S.-China Business Law Conference at UCLA, 2008.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of California, Attorney at Law, Active Member, 1985 - Present 

Law Society of England and Wales, Barrister and Solicitor, Active Member, 2014 - Present

Law Society of British Columbia, Barrister and Solicitor, Inactive Member, 1975 - Present 

American Bar Association

State Bar of California, Commercial Litigation Sub-Section

International Bar Association

Pacific Council on International Policy

Allan Law Group represents clients with domestic and international business interests in the United States, China, Russia, India, and the southern California cities of Los Angeles, Universal City, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Woodland Hills, Encino, Century City, Simi Valley, Los Angeles, Malibu, Ventura, Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, and Malibu.

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