William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000, Magna Cum Laude
University of Wisconsin, B.A.
- Dean's List
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- Judge Harriet Lansing
Minnesota Court of Appeals
Alison Midden is the firm's Estate Planning and Administration section leader. She focuses her practice in the areas of:
- Estate planning
- Estate and trust administration
- Guardianships and conservatorships
Alison advises clients on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, charitable planning, asset-protection planning, and disability planning. She is a trusted adviser to clients in estate and trust court proceedings as well, including will contest litigation and tax controversies.
Alison also works with a variety of tax-exempt corporations and charitable trusts, helping organizations obtain and keep tax-exempt status, and advising on governance, structure, and compliance with federal and state tax law.
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Trust and Estates
- Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
- Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
Alison's experience includes:
- Represents clients in formulating estate plans by drafting Wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, and antenuptial agreements.
- Represents Wisconsin residents in creating Marital Property Agreements to best take advantage of Wisconsin’s Marital Property law.
- Assists families with wealth-transfer strategies, including sales to grantor trusts, creating grantor-retained annuity trusts, generation-skipping transfer tax trusts, charitable trusts, and other estate-planning techniques.
- Aids families in estate and trust administration, representing clients in probate court and fiduciary litigation.
- Represents corporate and individual trustees of variety of irrevocable trusts, assisting trustees in Minnesota and federal tax strategy and compliance.
- Forms new private family foundations and public charities and counsels tax-exempt organizations on governance and administration.
- Courtroom experience includes representing:
- personal representatives fending off Will challenges;
- corporate trustees asking for court instruction and construction of trust terms;
- trustees of court-supervised charitable trusts and non-charitable trusts; and
- guardians and conservators.
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Ordway Circle of Stars, Board of Directors
- August 15, 2019
- October 1, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- July 5, 2018
- May 15, 2018
- August 16, 2017
- May 13, 2015
- November 24, 2009
- December 15, 2008
- December 11, 2007
- August 16, 2007
- "Navigating Legal Issues," Presenter, Minnesota Council on FoundationsSeptember 27, 2016
- "Maximizing the Estate Through Administration," Presenter, Minnesota CLEJuly 28, 2016
- January 27, 2015
- July 22, 2014
- September 24, 2018
- September 24, 2018
- February 26, 2018
- November 18, 2016
- January 2016
- “Taking of Access: Minnesota Supreme Court Declines to Allow Admission of Evidence of Access Due to Installation of a Median in a Takings Case−County of Anoka v. Blaine Building Corporation, 556 N.W.2d 331 (Minn. 1997)," AuthorWilliam Mitchell Law Review
- March 27, 2014
- May 29, 2013
- August 9, 2012
- March 1, 2010
- October 30, 2009