Judge Allegra was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 22, 1998. He graduated from Borromeo College of Ohio, receiving a B.A. degree in 1978; he then attended Cleveland State University, receiving a J.D. degree in 1981.
Judge Allegra formerly was a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the United States Department Justice from 1994 through 1998, where he worked with the Antitrust and Tax Divisions, as well as with the National Economic and Domestic Policy Councils at the White House. While at Justice, Judge Allegra helped to roll out several major technology projects, including the National Sex Offender Registry. In his fourteen-year career at the Department of Justice, he also served in various positions in the Tax Division, where he was Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General and an appellate litigator.
Judge Allegra serves on several Judicial Conference working groups and was a member of the Information Technology Committee of the United States Judicial Conference from 2004 to 2011. He is also a frequent lecturer at the Federal Judicial Center, particularly on topics involving electronic discovery and the use of technology in judging. Judge Allegra is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2012, he received from Georgetown the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.