Allen York focuses his practice on a wide range of real estate transactions, including representation of developers in connection with all phases of acquisition, ownership, operation and disposition of real property, such as title related matters, preparation of easements, restrictions and covenants for commercial developments, purchase and sale contracts, retail and office space leases and ground leases, property management and leasing agreements, real estate financing and disposition/acquisition closings.  Allen has worked extensively on all aspects of retail developments, including mixed use developments, enclosed malls and power centers.

Allen is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. In Chambers USA, clients say Allen “provides excellent advice and counsel” and he is “easy to work with and provides timely responses."

Areas of Focus



  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business LawyersReal Estate (2016-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2016-2024)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Real Estate (2016, 2018, 2020)
    • Hall of Fame since 2020
  • Super Lawyers
    • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2018-2024)
    • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2012-2016)


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School, J.D., with honors, 2004
    • North Carolina Law Review, Staff Member (2002-2003)
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 1998

Bar & Court Admissions


  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Real Property Section, Member


  • Represented a hotel management company regarding the disposition of a portfolio of twenty hotels valued over $350 million.
  • Represented a developer in the disposition of a portfolio containing over forty office and retail properties valued over $550 million.
  • Represents publicly-traded retail REITs in space and ground leasing matters, as well as acquisition and disposition of shopping centers and outparcels.
  • Represented a developer regarding real estate matters related to the acquisition of an eighteen parcel, fifty acre assemblage.



Publications & Alerts

“Considerations for Festival Events at Shopping Centers”, Retail Law Strategist; Winter 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 4

Events & Programming

“The Basics of Shopping Center Leasing”, The Real Property Reality Show:  Fear Factor or Survivor, November 6-7, 2008.

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