Alison Werner Smith
general law practice with a focus on:
family law and domestic relations | probate | appellate practice | guardianship and conservatorship | general litigation
Alison's paralegal is Rosie Starr
Alison Werner Smith was born in Grinnell, Iowa in 1974. She received a B.A.in Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 1996 and a J.D., with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998. She clerked for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa from 1998 to 2000, and at the Iowa Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2003. Alison became an associate at our firm in 2003 and a partner in 2008. Alison is also a mediator and collaborative professional in family law matters. Alison is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Alison presently sits on the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission for judicial appointments. Alison is a master of the Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court, a member of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, and a member of the Johnson County and Iowa State Bar Associations. Since 2000, she has been an active participant in numerous Iowa State Bar Association committees. She was also appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve two terms on the Iowa Lawyer Trust Account Commission (IOLTA) (2007-2013). In 2007, Alison received the Iowa State Bar Association's Pro Bono Award in recognition of her donation of 300 hours of pro bono time while handling twenty-one cases. She is also a member of the Southern District of Iowa Historical Society.
Alison is a lifetime member of the National Debate Coaches Association. She is also a member of the Johnson County League of Women Voters and the Iowa Women's Foundation. From 2003 to 2015, she served on the North Liberty Planning and Zoning Commission and the North Liberty Board of Adjustment. Alison is a member of the American Mock Trial Hall of Fame and enjoys volunteering to judge collegiate mock trial competitions and participating in events at the University of Iowa College of Law, including trial and appellate advocacy competitions.
Alison Smith has been admitted to practice before the following courts:
- State of Iowa Bar (1999)
- United States District Court - Southern District of Iowa (1999)
- United States District Court - Northern District of Iowa (2003)
- United States Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit (2007)
- " U.S. Tax Court (2009)
Alison's notable cases include: State v. Seals, (2015 WL 5278984); State v. Cox, 856 N.W.2d 3 (Iowa 2014); In re Detention of Swanson, 847 N.W.2d 237 (Iowa 2014); In re Marriage of Negro, 851 N.W.2d 854 (Iowa 2014); In re Marriage of Ellis, 705 N.W.2d 96 (IA, 2005); In re Marriage of Sawvel, 826 N.W.2d 515 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012); Quad City Bank and Trust Co. v. JDHP Development, L.L.C., 808 N.W.2d 756 (Iowa Ct. App. 2011); In re Marriage of Applegate, 801 N.W.2d 627 (Iowa Ct. App. 2011); In re Marriage Of Ranard, 781 N.W.2d 101 (Iowa Ct. App. 2010); In re Marriage of Reed, 772 N.W.2d 15 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009); Tuttle v. Keystone Nursing Care Center, Inc., 767 N.W.2d 420 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009); In re Marriage of Miller, 755 N.W.2d 144 (Iowa Ct. App. 2008); Young v. State, 734 N.W.2d 488 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007); Brick Haus v. Board of Adjustment, 723 N.W.2d 452 (Iowa 2006); In re Marriage of Soloski, 715 N.W.2d 768 (Iowa Ct. App. 2006); Jacobs v. City of Iowa City, 682 N.W.2d 81 (Iowa Ct. App. 2004).