University of Missouri
Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1996
University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1992
Kansas City, Missouri Employee Retirement System Trustee, 2011-2017
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Advisory Board, 2014-2017
Lathrop and Gage, LLP
Stinson Leonard Street fka
Morrison and Hecker LLP
U.S. Army Jag Corps
U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Allison is the legal architect of notable private and public/private partnerships in real estate and transportation. Her mastery extends to large-scale infrastructure, industrial, port, commercial real estate, intermodal and transload facilities, apartments, hotels, and student housing projects. She is a veteran development attorney in the port, airport, rail and transit sectors. Allison also has a long history acquiring, developing, and managing right-of-ways, and interfacing with utilities and regulators. She brings particular skill and knowledge to project finance and land development. Allison’s currency is creativity, smarts, tenacity, and connections.
Tapped at project inception, Allison structures and develops a financing and implementation framework for each development project, and then drives it to completion. Transactions led by Allison involve conduit bonds, housing tax credits, tax-exempt financing, New Market Tax Credits, Brownfield and historic tax credits, and grants and loans from HUD, DOT, EPA. She also secures incentives for her clients, using tools such as tax increment financing, exempt sale-leasebacks, PACE loans, and tax abatement. With 20 years of legal expertise under her belt, Allison provides seasoned counsel on matters involving property acquisition, sale, development, condominiums, covenants, commercial leasing, land platting, zoning, and taxing district matters.
Allison’s projects typically involve governmental oversight. Her understanding of regulations is documented: for 11 years, she co-authored the Federal Regulations section of the Missouri Bar Association’s Real Estate Practice Handbook. Allison also interprets and monitors Davis-Bacon, M/WBE contractor utilization, public bidding, and procurement mandates. Coupling legal experience with her education in urban planning, Allison also drafts economic development, planning, and transportation studies. She also drafts governance and compliance policies.
Allison represents developers, issuers, and public agencies, and works seamlessly—on national and local projects—with lenders, architects, engineers, and construction contractors, to put ideas to work. She also manages client obligations which continue after project implementation, as well as post-closing corporate compliance. By having a broad client base, Allison understands challenges and opportunities, from many perspectives. For over a decade, Allison served as assistant and then general counsel to one of the nation’s oldest functioning freight terminal railroads. She negotiated rail transport, industrial, and service agreements, some of which required approval of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. Allison has successfully led numerous multimillion dollar rail expansion and infrastructure projects, west of the Mississippi. Allison has also served as legal counsel to transit authorities. For one, she managed its extensive property portfolio, and led park-and-ride and transit center developments.
Allison has practiced as a development and transportation attorney for nearly two decades. A small sampling of what she’s done, just recently:
Recognition. Allison’s expertise is recognized on a national, state and local level:
Engagement. When not providing legal counsel to her clients, Allison enthusiastically applies her skills, to help build a thriving community:
More. Connect with Allison about structuring, elevating, and implementing your real estate or transportation project. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 816.221.5436.