Judge Lisa Allen has been in the courtroom, either as a trial attorney or judge, for nearly 30 years. She began her legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the City of Cincinnati in 1989. During her time as an assistant prosecutor, she was recognized by the Hamilton County Police Association, the F.O.P. Queen City Lodge 69, and the F.O.P. Queen City Lodge 4 with an award for her outstanding prosecution.
Then she served as a magistrate in the Hamilton County Municipal Court from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, she became a judge on the Municipal Court, where she served until she ran for Common Pleas Court in 2016.
From 2010 to 2011, Judge Allen was the Administrative and Presiding Judge for the Municipal Court.
For the past 10 years, she has presided over the Mental Health Court docket and has been recognized with the Award in Excellence in Mental Health and Criminal Justice by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental Health Court is an alternative sentencing program for non-violent defendants who suffer from mental illness. Judge Allen works with a team of social workers, intervention specialists, and other professionals to help people in the program put their lives back together. The program is a success, and had a 90% success rate in Municipal Court.
Judge Allen lives in Loveland, Ohio with her husband. She has two children: a son who recently began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in Cincinnati, and a daughter who is a lawyer and currently serving as an Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer.
This year, Judge Allen was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge 69 and Equality Cincinnati PAC.