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G. Allen Dale - Washington, DC

901 New York Avenue, NWSuite 500 Washington, DC 20001

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Updated: 09/14/2023

Washington Criminal Law Lawyer


"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...

About G. Allen Dale

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner, since 1977

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crimes

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)


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

Past Positions

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


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1977
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 1973
    Major: Political Science/History


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

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

Office Information


901 New York Avenue, NWSuite 500 Washington, DC 20001


  • 202-628-4177


Other Sources of Feedback About G. Allen Dale

Included on the 2023 Washington DC list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

View the profile for G. Allen Dale on Super Lawyers


  • 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, October 13, 1987
  • Profiled by: Washington Times, September 24, 1987
  • Profiled by: Legal Times, 1988
  • Profiled by: Washingtonian Magazine, 1989
  • 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, 1989
  • 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., 2012 - Present
  • "Best Lawyers", 2012 - 2019
  • "Super Lawyer", 2012 - 2019
  • Washingtonian Magazine, 2017, 2018
  • Inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2023

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