Ph: (816) 912-0081  Cell: (678) 575-2939

Allison is passionate about helping families, and engaging in complex civil and appellate litigation.  She has 20 years’ experience as an attorney, with an extensive background in federal and state trial work and appellate practice. 

Allison began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith M. Barzilay on the United States Court of International Trade, and then worked in white collar criminal defense as an associate in the New York office of Holland & Knight, LLP. Beginning in 2006, Allison worked in the law school setting, and taught lawyering skills, writing for federal litigation, appellate advocacy, and First Amendment law as a law professor at Duke University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. As a lawyering skills professor, she focused much of her research on issues of equal protection, education, and civil rights.

Allison currently practices in complex trial and appellate litigation in Kansas and Missouri. As a freelance appellate attorney, she is frequently employed by trial lawyers requiring an experienced appellate attorney. She writes appellate briefs and argues before various courts of appeal. She also represents individuals in family law cases, including divorce and child custody proceedings.

Allison lives with her 11-year old daughter and two large rescue dogs in vibrant Westwood, Kansas. Her academic writing on free speech rights of public school students was published in the Dartmouth Law Journal, and she volunteers for the ACLU of Kansas and the ACLU of Missouri by conducting research on Constitutional issues and writing amicus briefs. She is also the provisional chapter leader of Lawyers for Good Government-Kansas, and speaks at community events, helping to educate the public on individual freedoms. She speaks nearly-fluent Hebrew, has traveled throughout Europe and Israel, teaches indoor cycling classes, and enjoys cooking gourmet meals whenever she can.

The American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association; the Johnson County Bar Association; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Family law
Education Law
Constitutional Law/First Amendment
Complex litigation including summary judgment motions
Civil appeals

BA University of Wisconsin, Madison 1995
JD University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas 1999

Kansas (2015)
North Carolina (2006)
California (2004)
New York (2000)
Missouri (2017)



Ph: (816) 912-0081

Stephen has 34 years of experience providing a full line of labor and employment legal services, and representing clients before the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and local and state-wide fair employment practices agencies. He also provides complete legal services to institutions of higher education, including employment and Title IX work. Stephen has represented clients before the federal and state courts of Kansas, Missouri, New York and Colorado. He is an approved arbitrator hearing cases in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He is also a certified mediator for the State of Missouri.

Prior to law school, Stephen had a career in music education.  He held faculty appointments at the University of Kansas and Duke University where he taught piano, piano pedagogy and music history.

Stephen is active in his community where he has served on Boards and held officer positions at the Youth Symphony of Kansas City (President), the Kansas City Camerata (officer), Village Shalom (officer), and Congregation Beth Shalom (officer). Over the years he has given piano recitals at local Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Stephen is an avid hiker, having trekked many trails in Kansas and Missouri with excursions to the mountains of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Alberta, and British Columbia. Stephen is a committed gardener and canine aficionado. Stephen is also a dabbler in Spanish language and culture, and enjoys traveling to Europe, the Middle East and South America.

The American Bar Association, Sections of Labor and Employment, Litigation and Public Contract Law;, the Kansas Bar Association; the Johnson County Bar Association; the Missouri Bar and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Labor and Employment
High Education including Title IX
Federal Contracts

AB (Russian Studies) Syracuse University (1969)
MM (Piano) University of North Carolina (1972)
DMA University of Colorado (1978)
JD University of Kansas (1983)

Kansas (1983)
Missouri (1984)