Alison's practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and estate and gift taxation. She enjoys representing a broad range of clients, including young families embarking on their first estate plans, artists and musicians planning for their unique assets, individual and corporate fiduciaries in estate and probate disputes, and multigenerational families in need of comprehensive business succession and estate tax planning. Alison also represents clients in the preparation and negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.  

Alison was born and raised in Oklahoma and is proud to be an enrolled member of the Osage Nation.


  • Washington, 2002
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2013


  • University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2013
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2002, magna cum laude
  • Oklahoma State University, B.A., 1999

Publications & Presentations

  • “The Intersection of Decedent’s Estates and Consumer Law,” panelist, National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference (November 2022)
  • “The latest death care option is also the greenest,” author, article in the Puget Sound Business Journal (March 2021)
  • “Tortious Interference with an Expected Inheritance: Should Washington Resort to the Tort?” co-author with Saul Tilden, WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section newsletter (Summer 2020)
  • Estate Planning in the Time of COVID-19,” co-author, blog post, Stokes Law Brief (March 2020)
  • WSBA Tax Section's Annual Conference, chair (June 2019)
  • "To Lie Down in Greener Pastures: Washington State's Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Traditional Burial," author, blog post, Stokes Law Briefs (May 2019)
  • "What Washington Snowbirds Should Know About Taxes," co-author with Jenna Ichikawa, blog post, Stokes Law Briefs (March 2019)
  • "Drafting Wills for Families," panelist, Personal Estate Planning for the 99%, King County Bar Association CLE (April 2018)
  • "Tax Impacts of Divorce," presenter, Eastside Legal Assistance Project CE Series (August 2015)
  • "Self-Directed IRAs and Other Interesting Retirement Plan Developments," presenter, University of Washington Federal Tax Clinic Annual CLE (September 2014)
  • "Tax Issues Faced by Same-Sex Couples After Windsor Decision," presenter, University of Washington Federal Tax Clinic Annual CLE (August 2013) 
  • "Estate Planning Disasters of the Rich and Famous," guest speaker, Business Law Class, Charter College (July 2013)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Co-Chair, Washington State Bar Association 19th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation CLE (April 22, 2022)
  • Newsletter Editorial Board Member, Washington State Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust Section
  • WSBA Tax Section Executive Council, CLE Committee Chair
  • Member, Board of Directors, QLaw Association of Washington
  • Past-President, Board of Directors, QLaw Association of Washington (LGBTQ Bar Association)
  • Member, WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section 
  • Member, Northwest Indian Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association Real Property, Property and Trust Law Section 

Background & Interests

In her free time, Alison enjoys listening to news commentaries, cheering on her spouse in triathlons, and doting on her five nephews.