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Kelly A. Allen

Kelly A. Allen

Kelly Allen is a partner in the law firm of Adkison, Need, Allen & Rentrop, PLLC, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  She specializes in all facets of liquor licensing.  Ms. Allen and her team handle business formation, lease and land purchase negotiations, liquor license acquisition and transfers, and violations.  She is known for representing clients in complex and challenging situations before many municipalities and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

The oldest of ten children, she became involved in this area of the law when two of her brothers opened their first restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1984.  Five of her brothers went on to open 9 more establishments.  Representing her family in liquor licensing matters led Ms. Allen to develop a passion for this area of the law.  Many years and hundreds of clients later, she has acquired a high level of expertise.

Ms. Allen is an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association, having previously served as President (1998-1999) and Chair of its Legislative Committee.  She also served on the State Bar of Michigan’s standing Committee on Character and Fitness and the Representative Assembly.  Currently, Ms. Allen is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section’s Alcohol Beverage Practice Group.

Ms. Allen is an active member of the Michigan Restaurant Association, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and has been a speaker for the International Council of Shopping Centers and The Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  She is also active in the Michigan Lupus Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation.

Phone: (248)-540-7400
Fax: (248)-540-7401

Practice Areas:

Michigan Liquor Licenses


Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1983 - J.D.
Michigan State University, 1980 - B.A.

Alumni Associations

Michigan State University
Wayne State Law School

Professional Activities

Oakland County Bar Association
President, Board of Directors

State Bar of Michigan, Administrative Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section

Michigan Restaurant Association

Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Notre Dame/Marist Academy
Board of Trustees


Peer-Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers since 2008

Authored Articles Publication

Ask the Experts - How Will I Benefit From Attending The Michigan Restaurant Show?
Ask the Experts - What's New At The MLCC?
Ask the Experts - Am I Responsible For My Employee's MLCC Violations?
Ask the Experts - What's New In The Law for 2014
Ask the Experts - Decoy Encounters
Ask the Experts - Technology for Compliance
Ask the Experts - Tastings and "Cork and Go"
Ask the Experts - Changing License Ownership

Professional Awards/Honors


The Spirit Moves Her

Michigan Municipal Law Liquor Licenses Chapter 16 (Contributing Co-Author) 
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2018.