Hunter S. Allen Jr.

Of Counsel

Hunter S. Allen, Jr. is of counsel with Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner and has specialized in the defense of medical malpractice actions for physicians and hospitals for his entire 45-year legal career. He has represented The Emory Clinic, the 800-plus member physician practice group of The Emory University School of Medicine, since 1977, and has earned an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his commitment to excellence in the practice of law.

Mr. Allen was one of the first lawyers in Georgia to specialize in health care defense, and has successfully tried hundreds of medical malpractice actions throughout the state of Georgia. Over the years. he has earned a reputation among healthcare clients, lawyers and judges as an exceptional trial lawyer, talented and tenacious in his cross-examination and litigation skills. Mr. Allen has been appellate counsel in numerous ground-breaking cases for healthcare providers on issues such as: Informed Consent; the “Right to Die”; “Good Samaritan” laws; Medical Peer Review; Voluntary and Involuntary Commitment; and Reporting Child Abuse. He has authored many articles and is frequently invited to lecture at legal and medical seminars.  In addition, Mr. Allen has served on the Emory Hospitals’ Visiting Committee and other boards and committees, and donates his time to civic and charitable work in the Atlanta community.

Practice Groups

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care Licensing
  • Staff Credentials and Privileging
  • Medical Entity Formation
  • Drafting Employment/Non-Compete Agreements
  • Health Care Provider Insurance Issues


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • University of South Carolina, B.S., 1967


  • Georgia, 1970
  • South Carolina, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981


  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Member
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Georgia Association of Hospital Attorneys, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • American Society of Law and Medicine, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member