Allen & Hodgman Review


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 Allen & Hodgman

Allen & Hodgman history and partners

Allen & Hodgman was founded in 1983 as a general practice law firm and for the first 15 years they concentrated on civil litigation, employment law, civil rights, criminal defense and family law. Their focus now is on business and family immigration for both the U.S. and Canada.

allenBruce Allen graduated cum laude from Harvard University and magna cum laude graduate from Boston University School of Law. He is a member and in good standing with the bars of U.S. states and the Supreme Court. Upon doing a lawyer search for Mr Allen, he does check out as a legitimate lawyer in the U.S..

Blair Hodgman graduated cum laude from Tufts University and cum laude from Boston University School of Law and she is recognised by the Nova Scotia Bar in Canada.blair

According to the website both lawyers can practice law in the U.S. and Canada.

The website

The website provides you with all the correct information about the different visa applications as well as Canada Immigration Waivers for Criminal Convictions and a way for people to enter Canada if they have previous convictions under certain practices known as Rehabilitation or Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). The reason for this is that some crimes are not recognised as crimes in Canada, like sexual relations with the same sex.

There are no social media links on their website, no privacy policy, no terms and conditions or refund policy. There are no client testimonials on their website and we struggled to find anything anywhere online. The website for Allen & Hodgman was only created in April 2014. This is very worrying if they have been a law firm since 1983.

They provide images for their office in the U.S. and Canada but the information is very vague and does not really tell you much else. The U.S. office is situated in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Canadian office is situated in Atlantic Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The office is run by Blair Hodgman.

What we think

Finding any substantial information about Allen & Hodgman was quite difficult. Their social media presence is non-existent as are their client testimonials. It makes us worry that we cannot find a single client review online. They do claim to be part of the 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association. Both Bruce Allen and Blair Hodgman check out as lawyers in both the U.S. and in Canada but for a law firm that has been going since 1983, it is quite strange that they have such a poor company identity.

We would advise you to proceed with extreme caution and be extremely careful. The only photo of Bruce Allen on the website is an extremely old and outdated one. We would not feel comfortable using this firm for our immigration process.

You can visit their website here:

The Review

4.6 Score


The Good

  • They seem to be quite knowledgeable about the various Canadian visa options

The Bad

  • There is no privacy policy, refund policy or a terms and conditions
  • There are also no testimonials available anywhere


  • Company Identity 60%
  • Legitimacy 60%
  • Service Feedback 50%
  • Features 30%
  • Published Content 30%
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2 Discussion to this review

  1. TD says:

    Hi, I have e mailed this company on two occasions to make an appointment but no reply. Just out of courtesy I would have thought they could let me know if they were interested in what I would have had them pursue. As nothing in any form has been received I take it they out of business or don’t even exist.

  2. Hello,
    I do not agree with the above comment and reviews about this firm. Me and my organization have been helped and assisted a LOT by Bruce and his team over the past 2 years. Their commitment and dedication to find the right answers (when it comes to responding to an RFE) for any question asked by the USCIS, the due diligence in preparing the application, and just the sheer dedication of their entire team is unmatched and cannot be described in words. Bruce and his team have helped us respond to TWO RFEs (that could be regarded as one of the most challenging RFEs put forward by USCIS) and the cases were approved.

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