G. Allen Dale

  • Sole Practitioner, 1977


Washington, DC





"Washingtonian's Top Criminal Lawyers 2004"

Mr. Dale, a native North Carolinian, has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1973, first working for the late Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. on the Watergate Committee. He graduated Georgetown University Law School in 1977, and has practiced law since then as a solo practitioner. Dale, one of Washington's best known attorneys, specializes in criminal law.

Dale first gained notoriety in the mid 1980s while representing the then D.C. Mayor, Marton Barry's acquaintance turned accuser Karen Johnson, plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Morgan and her child custody battle and accused spy Randy Miles Jeffries, along with a host of others charged with public corruption.

Dale has been profiled by the Washington Post (Style, October 13, 1987), the Washington Times (Metropolitan, September 24, 1987), the Legal Times (January 1988), and Washingtonian Magazine (August 1989), where he was named as one of the District's best criminal defense attorneys.

Dale has also gained national recognition from his representation of Robert Luongo who was arrested after appearing on the Larry King Live Show. Mr. Luongo was carrying the pistol used by Jack Ruby to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Dale successfully argued for dismissal of all charges and the return of the weapon, recently purchased for $220,000.00.

Dale has also represented Brian Mooar, a Washington Post reporter who sued the District of Columbia government as a result of being assaulted by police officers when he photographed them handcuffing a female motorist to a mail box in freezing weather, and Joanne O'Rourke, an employee of the House of Representatives charged in the same scandal for which Congressman Dan Rostenkowski faced trial.

Dale remains in the local limelight representing various public officials and police officers accused of public corruption, including, until his arrest, the Chief of Police's Lieutenant and confidant. As the Washington Post noted, "his client list looks like the U.S. District Court's celebrity roster." Now retired U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin told a reporter recently that he was "the next Edward Bennett Williams."

Dale also specializes in representation of students who must not only face criminal charges but also answer violations of their Student Code of Conduct.

Dale has appeared on numerous talk shows in the Washington area and has provided commentary for local television and radio stations, covering political corruption trials. Dale has also provided legal commentary for Court T.V.

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Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: Political Science/History

Published Works

  • Civil & Criminal Liability of Police Officers, The Police Advocate, 1977

Representative Cases

  • Negotiated plea and convinced court to sentence an attorney charged in conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine who was facing 10-year mandatory minimum and Guideline range of 135 to 168 months, to a sentence that will have the client released from federal prison in 9 months after credit for time served and other good time credits., 2014
  • Graduate student at local University cleared of charges of hit and run and leaving after colliding after partner G. Allen Dale convinces prosecutors that the client did not leave the scene. Dale also negotiated a return of the client's automobile, which had been impounded., 2014
  • G. Allen Dale obtains not guilty verdict in non-jury trial where local prominent businessman was accused of assault and theft by one of his business partners after Dale convinced the Court that the business partner was actually the aggressor and had brought the charges in an attempt to force the client out of the business., 2014
  • 42 year old charged with Interstate Travel to Engage in Illicit Sexual Contact and Possession of Child Pornography was facing 30 year prison sentence with Guideline range of 97 to 121 months. Partner G. Allen Dale convinced a federal judge to sentence defendant to 28 months incarceration with credit for 8 months pending sentencing after chipping away at guideline enhancements and presenting favorable information about client sufficient to justify a much lower sentence., 2013
  • Named partner, G. Allen Dale, obtains dismissal of narcotics charges against client stopped in her automobile in Georgetown, where police allegedly found marijuana and ecstasy., 2013
  • G. Allen Dale convinced federal prosecutors to decline prosecution of a political figure who was being investigated for assaulting a bartender and bouncer at a D.C. bar. After the alleged assault the client left the scene, but was later identified. Dale and the firm’s investigators interviewed witnesses, met with D.C. police and prosecutors and convinced the government not to arrest the client., 2013
  • After months of negotiation G. Allen Dale convinced federal prosecutors to forgo prosecution of a client and the client's business on charges of tax evasion and structuring of financial transactions. Dale assisted the client and business in putting together proper procedures for future tax and deposits so as to avoid subsequent investigations., 2013
  • G. Allen Dale successfully represented a 34 year old individual in the higher education field in Washington D.C. The client was indicted on 5 felony possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs charges along with other misdemeanor charges after police seized hundreds of pills and a large amount of marijuana. Dale successfully negotiated a plea to marijuana with a sentence of probation and dismissal of all charges in relation to the prescription pills., 2013
  • After nine-months of litigation G. Allen Dale obtained a dismissal of all charges that had been levied against a high ranking government employee who had been arrested after allegedly pulling a knife and putting it to the throat of an employee at a D.C. restaurant. Dale convinced prosecutors that his client had acted , 2012

Honors And Awards

  • American Trial Lawyers Association "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Washington Post "Top Lawyers" 2009
  • Washingtonian Magazine "Top Lawyers" 2004, 2007
  • Profiled by: Washington Post
  • Profiled by: Washington Times
  • Profiled by: Legal Times
  • Profiled by: Washingtonian Magazine
  • Received AV Ratings by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory ("A" in Legal Ability Rating and "V" in General Recommendation Rating - Both the Highest Ratings Possible)
  • Recognized as One of America's Preeminent Lawyers
  • Named "One of the District's Best Criminal Defense Attorneys" by Washington Magazine
  • Named as a 2013 “Super Lawyer” in the area of white collar criminal defense. For the 7th consecutive year he has been recognized by Super Lawyers.
  • G. Allen Dale is again named as a 2012 "Super Lawyer" in the area of white collar criminal defense. For the 6th consecutive year he has been recognized by Super Lawyers.
  • "Best Lawyers"
  • "Super Lawyer"
  • Washingtonian Magazine, 2017, 2018
  • Inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2023

Past Employment Positions

  • Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Watergate Committee