Christian S Allen

Christian S. Allen

Of Counsel
Mr. Allen focuses his practice exclusively on US immigration law and procedure, and global mobility. He joined the Dickinson Wright Immigration Group in 2013, bringing with him an established practice focusing on all aspects of nonimmigrant and immigrant sponsorship for both individual and corporate clients, in a wide variety of industries. He previously founded and managed his own successful immigration firm for more than a decade, and also directed the immigration department for another one of the largest general practice law firms in Michigan. Mr. Allen advises his clients on the full range of temporary work visa and greencard sponsorships, as well as related issues of immigration compliance (I-9, LCA, PERM, etc.), including developing corporate immigration policies. With a penchant for technology, automation, continuous process improvement, and creative problem solving, he has developed a reputation for practical business immigration law advice, communicated in plain English.

Education & Credentials


University of Detroit Mercy

B.A., Economics, 1989

Tulane University School of Law

J.D., International Law, 1993

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Spoken Languages

  • German


  • Best Lawyers in America (2005-present)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • dBusiness Top Lawyers
  • Crain's Detroit Best Lawyers

Prominent Assignments

Ongoing management of the expansion of a leading European steel manufacturer into the U.S. automotive supplier market, including the parallel expansion of several, separate Renewable Energy Divisions in the U.S.

Architected the transition of the entire immigration function of the largest hospital in Southeast Michigan, from an in-house model to management by outside counsel

Successfully assisted many, small- to medium- sized information technology and engineering firms to establish a presence in the U.S. and expand several-fold during the past two decades

Professional Involvement

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Michigan Chapter
  • State Bar of Michigan International Law Committee
  • Previous Department of Labor Liaison & Chapter Treasurer, Michigan AILA Chapter

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and active leader of the Detroit Society of Human Resource Management since 2014.
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan for more than 10 years.
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