Alison’s law practice focuses on assisting clients with corporate and individual tax planning, business entity formation, contracts and negotiations, business sales and acquisitions, and estate and succession planning. She also assists clients with issues relating to executive compensation and obtaining/maintaining tax-exempt status.

In addition to her experience as an attorney, Alison has also worked in public accounting, where she assisted clients – ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups – in negotiating federal, state and local tax credits and incentives. She also reviewed returns for large business clients operating in multiple states to identify additional federal, state and local credits for which they were already eligible, and consulted with the client’s compliance team on proper preparation of amended returns to claim those credits.

Alison is the past Chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Taxation Section, the current Chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Section Leaders Council, and a frequent speaker on tax and business topics at local, state, and national conferences. 

In addition to her leadership roles with professional and community organizations, Alison also chairs Boardman & Clark LLP’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Group.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • Illinois State Courts
  • United States Tax Court

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2020)
  • Women 2 Watch, Brava Magazine (2019)
  • Women in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal (2018)
  • “40 Under 40” recipient, In Business Magazine (2017)
  • Up and Coming Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal (2016)

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

Representative Speeches/Presentations

  • Presenter, “How to Partner: Choosing Partners and Merging Firms” (State Bar of Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference – October 30, 2020)
  • Moderator, “Current Developments in S Corporation Taxation” (ABA Taxation Section Virtual Meeting – June 24, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Financial Relief for Law Firm Owners” (State Bar of Wisconsin Town Hall Meeting – April 9, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Taxation Section Town Hall” (State Bar of Wisconsin Town Hall Meeting – April 3, 2020)
  • Presenter, “What am I Buying Into? – Business Entity Structures and Their Impact on You” (Presentation to AIA Wisconsin Architect Mentor Program Participants – November 8, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, “Advising Small Businesses Regarding Tax Liability” (State Bar of Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference - October 26, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Current Developments in S Corporation Taxation” (ABA Taxation Section Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA – October 3, 2019)
  • Featured guest, “People in Tax” Podcast (ABA Taxation Section - September 13, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Real Estate Transactions and Taxes” (State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Conference – June 13, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Current Developments in S Corporation Taxation” (ABA Taxation Section Mid-Year Meeting in Washington, DC – May 10, 2019)
  • Presenter, “Impuestos para los pequeños negocios” (Taxes for Small Businesses) (Presentation as part of WWBIC’s “Comienzos” program for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs – February 9, 2019)
  • Presenter, “Cómo mantener los libros de contabilidad” (Basic Bookkeeping) (Presentation as part of WWBIC’s “Comienzos” program for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs – January 19, 2019)
  • Presenter, “Tax and Estate Planning Considerations in Drafting Buy-Sell Provisions” (State Bar of Wisconsin Taxation Section 69th Annual Tax School – November 30, 2018)
  • Presenter, “Estate Administration of Business Interests” (NBI Estate Administration Boot Camp – June 8, 2018)

Contributions

  • A fluent Spanish speaker and writer, Alison has been featured multiple times as a guest on Spanish-language radio  to discuss a variety of topics, including legal considerations in starting, operating, and selling a business; the pros/cons of franchising a business; tax credits and financing programs available to businesses; and business and individual tax planning issues. 

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Board Member, Downtown Madison, Inc.
  • Member, Madison Public Market Advisory Council
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Joint Committee on Budget/Operations
  • Member, American Bar Association S Corporations Committee
  • Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin Section Leaders Council


Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Taxation Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Education

  • LL.M. (Taxation), Northwestern University School of Law, 2006
  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2005
  • B.B.A. in International Business, Management and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001


Alison’s Select Writing & Presentations

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