Alison Gaffney is a fighter. Once she takes on a client—as a member of Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group or as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU—she commits to doing everything she can to fight for justice for her client.
That tenacity was evident in her pursuit to reunite Somali refugee Joseph Doe with his family after their separation was prolonged because of the Muslim Travel Ban. Alison is a member of the team that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of Doe and other individuals and organizations harmed by the bans in Doe, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al. (W.D. Washington). Recently, she was honored to witness Doe’s joyous reunion with his wife and three sons in Seattle.
Alison is passionate about using litigation to combat complex world problems. At Keller Rohrback, she is representing city and county governments, including King, Pierce, and Skagit counties, in their fight to hold prescription opioid manufacturers accountable for the devastating effects these drugs have had on their communities. Not only is Alison committed to stopping the spread of addiction, but she’s also fighting to make sure that local governments get all the resources they need to provide their citizens recovering from opioid addiction a meaningful second chance.
Alison is a thorough researcher who leaves no stone unturned when investigating possible outcomes for the employees and consumers she represents in a variety of claims. She litigated both individual and class action claims on behalf of consumers harmed by drug manufacturer Eli Lilly’s failure to accurately represent the risk of severe withdrawal from the drug Cymbalta, and she is currently fighting to help patients who’ve suffered an amputation after taking the prescription drug Invokana. Alison also represents a proposed class of employees alleging ERISA violations in Dolins v. Continental Casualty Company (N.D. Illinois) and a proposed class of consumers with defective smartphones in Kessler v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (E.D. Wisconsin). She connects with her clients as people, not case numbers.
Both before and during law school, Alison’s passion for justice and human rights drew her to immigration law and policy. She completed a master’s degree focused on international migration, and as a law student, she interned with the Seattle Immigration Court and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Tacoma, where she gave “Know Your Rights” presentations at the Northwest Detention Center. She represented clients in deportation proceedings through NWIRP as well as the law school’s Immigration Law Clinic, and she continues to volunteer as a pro bono attorney for NWIRP.
When she is not fighting for her clients, Alison is busy keeping up with her two young sons, scrambling with The Mountaineers, and generally enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Bar and Court Admissions
2013, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
2015, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
2016, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2016, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Swarthmore College – B.A., 2002, Linguistics and Languages (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese); McCabe Scholar
University of California, San Diego – M.A., 2007, Latin American Studies (International Migration)
University of Washington School of Law – J.D., 2012
Professional and Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
King County Bar Association, Member
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Member
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Pro Bono Attorney
ACLU Cooperating Attorney