Allyson joined Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville office in 2022 as a member and is a part of the firm’s Arbitration & Mediation, Business Litigation, Tort, Trial & Insurance Services, Trust & Estate Litigation, Family Law Services, Healthcare, and Education practice groups.
An experienced attorney within multiple industries, she represents individuals, businesses, healthcare organizations, municipalities, and schools in a variety of legal matters in front of administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts. In addition, she advises and defends public schools in matters involving premises liability, negligence, student records, student discipline, and special education and related services.
Allyson is especially passionate about children and the adoption process. Over her career, she has facilitated the finalization of hundreds of adoptions by representing adopting parent(s) in contested and uncontested adoption matters. Allyson currently represents Vanderburgh County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a non-profit organization that secures volunteer advocates to speak for abused and neglected children in the court system to ensure they are in a safe living environment. In addition, she is also a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator with extensive experience in guardianship, divorce, and other family law matters.
Allyson has been a presenter at seminars conducted by the Indiana School Board Association and the Indiana Counsel of Administrators of Special Education. She authored Policies, Procedures, and Litigation over Service Animals in Schools, Indiana School Board Association, Special Education Seminar (2014), Transition Planning Under IDEA and Article 7, Indiana School Board Association, Special Education Seminar (2010); A School’s Duty to Open its Doors and Databases to Outside organizations and to Distribute their Flyers, Indiana School Board Association, School Law Seminar (2007) (co-author with Patrick A. Shoulders); Federal Removal Jurisdiction and its Effect on Plaintiff Win-Rates, Res Gestae, Volume 46, Number 2 (September 2002); The Pitfalls of Relying on the Indiana Trade Secrets Act for Protection of Trade Secrets, The Workplace Lawyer (Fall 2022).
Prior to joining SKO, Allyson most recently served as a Partner at Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders where she practiced for the past 18 years. She also was an Associate Attorney at Campbell Kyle Proffit.
Arbitration and Mediation: As a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, Allyson possesses the skills needed to assist parties to problem solve situations and work out conflict without coercive court intervention in a compassionate, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
Family Law Services: As an expert and advocate for adoptive services, Allyson is diligent in making sure the rights of children and their families are upheld.
Healthcare: Allyson has represented a local hospital system in malpractice and bodily injury litigation. She and her team will work hard to ensure her clients are well versed and protected should disputes arise.