About Duncan & Allen

Duncan & Allen is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm whose roots go back to the early 1930's. In our current configuration, we have provided legal services to the U.S. domestic energy and international natural resource communities since 1970.

Approximately 80% of our work involves representing consumer-owned electric utilities and other public power entities throughout the United States, its possessions and territories.

We work primarily with municipally owned and cooperatively owned electric systems, both established and in their formative stages, on matters ranging from everyday interconnected utility operations to long-range strategic counseling. Typically, every week of the year, at least one Duncan & Allen lawyer is 500 miles or more from home providing on-site legal services to clients.

About 10% of our work involves assistance to foreign governments, the World Bank, other international institutions and private companies on natural resource-related matters, primarily in the fields of mining and petroleum development.

For nearly 20 years, we maintained branch offices in sub-Saharan Africa. They included offices fully staffed by U.S. and local lawyers in Kinshasa, Zaire, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 1990, we have continued our international practice in the English, Spanish and French languages from our Washington, D.C. office.

In a typical year, the partner in charge of our international practice spends between three and four months abroad providing legal services in Asia, South America, the Middle East and/or Africa.

Nearly 10% of our work involves matters of general civil litigation (such as breach of contract disputes, employment issues, and construction litigation), which covers a diverse range of cases in courts and dispute resolution proceedings throughout the U.S.