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.  

Admissions

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

Education

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

Alison was born and raised in Oklahoma and is a proud member of the Osage tribe. In her free time she enjoys listening to news commentaries, cheering on her spouse in triathlons, and doting on her five nephews.