Allison was born and raised in Auburn, Washington. Allison graduated from Pepperdine University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Sociology, Magna Cum Laude. She obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 2000. While in law school, she served on the staff of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal.
Allison began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in 2000. From 2000 to 2007, her primary work was representation of the Department of Social and Health Services and in federal court civil rights lawsuits and in actions involving claims of abuse, personal injury, and wrongful death. Allison also represented the Department of Corrections in civil rights claims, public records actions, and personal restraint petitions. She was on the team representing the Washington State Special Commitment Center for Sexually Violent Predators in a decade-long lawsuit seeking an injunction against the Center.
In 2008, Allison spent one year with the Auburn City Attorney’s Office. She represented the City pursuing traffic and civil infractions and, in administrative drug forfeiture proceedings.
Allison returned to the Attorney General’s Office in 2009 and worked in the Torts Division until 2020. As the primary Risk Management Legal Advisor to the Governor and Secretaries of the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Allison is respected as one of the most skilled litigators in defending the work of the Departments. Allison consistently focuses on high-value, high-exposure matters, ensuring the diligent protection of the State in large personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights claims against these and other state agencies. For the last eighteen months of her AGO career, Allison was the statewide coordinator for DCYF, managing approximately 100 tort lawsuits against the Departments.
Allison joined Freimund Tardif PLLC in 2020 and continues to practice as a Special Assistant Attorney General, focusing primarily on defending tort cases against DCYF.
Throughout her career, Allison has been a skilled trainer at DSHS and DCYF working at the agency level to improve the social work performed by these agencies. Allison regularly presents CLEs on both litigation and tort risk management topics.