As Managing Partner, Allison leads the firm in a strategy focused on delivering excellent client service shaped by collaboration and innovation.

Overview

Allison serves as the Managing Partner of the firm with ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the firm's operations and performance including development and implementation of the firm's strategic initiatives. Her focus is on leading and growing a client-focused and community-engaged firm. In addition to serving as the firm's Managing Partner, Allison is a member of its executive committee and board of directors.

Allison previously served as the firm's Deputy Managing Partner for 11 years. As Deputy Managing Partner, Allison was directly responsible for the overall management of the firm's practice divisions and served as the leadership liaison for of the firm's professional development, recruiting, diversity and inclusion and pro bono committees. She has served on the firm's Board of Directors since 2003. Allison is a strong, supportive leader to colleagues at the firm and in her community. She has been recognized for her legal prowess and leadership many times, most recently being awarded Corporate Counsel's 2018 National Women in Law Honorees for Innovative Leadership.

Experience

Before committing to serve as Managing Partner and Deputy Managing Partner, Allison was a leading trial attorney in trust and estate matters, focused on defending corporate fiduciaries against claims of fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty arising from the creation and administration of trusts. She also defended trust termination and reformation actions, and litigated adversary proceedings.

Allison's clients included a major brokerage firm and several national and regional banks and trust companies.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Named one of Corporate Counsel's 2018 National Women in Law Honorees for Innovative Leadership

Named a 2018 Women's Justice Award recipient by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Named Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012-2015

Ranked in Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star in 2012-2018, and as a Future Local Star in 2009-2011

Recognized for General Litigation in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2012-2014

Named one of Kansas City Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business, 2011

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

The Missouri Bar

Kansas Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Lawyers Association of Kansas City

Association of Women Lawyers

Downtown Council of Kansas City, Board and Executive Committee Member

The Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundations, Board Member

UMKC Board of Trustees, Board Member

Allison is a past board member and officer for Marillac, which provides psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment and education for children up to age seventeen

Allison is a past board member of Cornerstones of Care, Inc., the parent organization for Gillis, Ozanam, Spofford, and Marillac

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1988
  • Kansas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 1988

  • The Urban Lawyer, Research Editor
  • UMKC Law Review
  • National Moot Court Team

University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A., 1983

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