Alison is of counsel with Kaufman & Canoles.  Her practice includes estate planning and administration, tax planning and compliance, and counseling small businesses, associations and non-profits.  Alison works regularly with clients to address international issues, including income from foreign sources and overseas assets.

Representative Matters

  • Counseled high net-worth individuals in estate and tax planning matters involving assets located outside the U.S.
  • Represented individuals holding off-shore accounts and other foreign assets in compliance with U.S. disclosure requirements
  • Counseled personal representatives of estates and trusts having complex administration issues, such as the partition of real estate interests shared with over 40 title-holders, special use valuations, minor trusts, and assets outside the U.S.
  • Represented purchasers and sellers of small and medium-sized businesses in negotiation and settlement of asset and stock acquisitions and sales
  • Represented taxpayers in IRC section 1031 exchanges
  • Counseled non-profit entities in formation, tax, compliance, and related matters
  • Represented sellers and purchasers in commercial, residential, and undeveloped real estate transactions
  • Advised boards of directors of homeowners’ associations and condominium unit owners’ associations on matters pertaining to governance, compliance with laws and regulations, and developer issues

Recognition & Honors

  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2019-2020
  • College of William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law; Adjunct Professor, 2004–2007
  • Christopher Newport University Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business; Adjunct Professor, 2017
  • College of William & Mary Mason School of Business; Adjunct Professor, 2019–Present


  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Virginia Real Estate Planning Council

Community Service

  • Williamsburg Community Foundation; Current Trustee
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula; Past Chair of Board of Directors
  • Bruton Parish Church Foundation, Inc.; Past Chair of Board of Directors
  • Stove Point Improvement Association; Past President of Board of Directors
  • Fishing Bay Yacht Club; Past Junior Division Commander
  • Hampton Roads Academy; Past Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Windsor Forest Association; Past President of Board of Directors


  • University of Virginia; B.A., 1989
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), 1994
  • University of Richmond School of Law; J.D., 1998