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Francis Marion Allegra (October 14,1957 – August 27, 2015) was an American federal judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Early life and education
Judge Allegra grew up in Cleveland and graduated from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. He graduated from Borromeo College of Ohio in 1978, with a degree in philosophy, and then, in 1981, received his juris doctor (magna cum laude) from Cleveland-Marshall Law School at Cleveland State University. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to Chief Trial Judge Philip R. Miller of the U.S. Court of Claims from 1981 to 1982.
From 1982 to 1984, Judge Allegra was an associate at the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, where he specialized in tax and bond work. In 1984, he joined the Appellate Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1984 through 1994, he was an appellate litigator, handling many of the Tax Division’s most complex cases in Federal courts of appeals throughout the country. During this period, Judge Allegra steadily rose through the ranks of the Tax Division ranks, becoming first a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division and then Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division.
In 1994, Allegra was appointed Counselor to the Associate Attorney General (the third-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department). Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Deputy Associate Attorney General. In the latter role, Judge Allegra worked with the Tax and Antitrust Divisions, as well as with the National Economic and Domestic Policy Councils at the White House.
On October 22, 1998, at the age of forty-one, Judge Allegra was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be a judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Over his judicial career, he has issued more than 250 published opinions, on topics including tax, government contracts, intellectual property, takings, and military and civilian employment. From 2003 through 2010, Judge Allegra was a member of the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Judge Allegra was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Litigation with the Federal Government and a seminar on sovereign immunity. In 2012, Georgetown awarded him the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award, which is given annually to an adjunct professor who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Law Center. Judge Allegra was also frequent lecturer at Federal Judicial Center programs and at other programs involving intellectual property, tax, government contracts and the use of technology in judging. He was considered an expert on issues involving electronic discovery.
In the Fall of 2013, Judge Allegra co-authored (with Daniel B Garrie), "Plugged in: Guidebook to Software and the Law" (Thomson Reuters) (available at legalsolutions.com).
Judge Allegra was married in 1996 and had two children. He was an avid mineral collector, who wrote a column—Legal Nuggets—for the Mineralogical Record. He was also active in Italian-American affairs, particularly with the Sons of Italy. He was a former President of the Sons of Italy International Lodge #2522. He was a co-founder of the Friends of Charles Bonaparte.