Alison E. Zinn

Alison E. Zinn
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  • Experience
  • Media & Presentations
  • Professional & Community
600 17th Street
Suite 1800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
T 303.454.0578
F 303.573.1956
Catherine E. Brunetti
T 303.454.0514
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Alison Zinn is a trial attorney who focuses her litigation practice on trust and estate litigation, particularly wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, probate fiduciaries, beneficiary disputes, removal proceedings, and pursuit of non-probate assets. In addition, Alison accepts guardian ad litem appointments for the elderly, the disabled, and children. Before turning her focus to trust and estate litigation, she represented a variety of commercial clients in areas that include banking, mortgage-backed securities, personal injury, construction defect litigation, and numerous transactional projects.

Alison is well-versed in case management and discovery strategy, particular with respect to intricate litigation cases involving massive amounts of documents and complex discovery problems. Despite her experience with large and complex matters, Alison’s practice includes working closely with families on a much smaller scale.

Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America, Denver Elder Law- "Lawyer of the Year" (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2017-2018)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-2017)
  • Featured in coloradobiz, 5280 Magazine and Denver Business Journal for her significant leadership and service contributions in Colorado.
  • Successfully obtained guardianship and conservatorship appointments for incapacitated elderly and disabled persons.
  • Coordinated protected proceeding litigation involving domestic, criminal, and mental health components and associated practitioners.
  • Trial attorney with frequent courtroom appearances on contested matters throughout the State of Colorado.
  • Serves as court-appointed guardian ad litem for incapacitated elderly and disabled persons.
  • Involved in the development of Colorado Rule of Probate Procedure Rule 37 concerning discovery.
  • Served as counsel for trust and estate fiduciaries in high stakes litigation.
  • Handles estate litigation, including will contests, beneficiary disputes, removal proceedings, surcharge proceedings, and pursuit of non-probate assets.
  • Serves as court-appointed guardian ad litem in cases involving the elderly, disabled, and incapacitated persons.
  • Handles contested and uncontested conservatorship and guardianship protected proceedings for the elderly, incompetent (such as adults suffering from eating disorders), and minor children.
  • Handles trust-related litigation including trust termination and construction questions.
  • Handled a variety of general, commercial and complex litigation including banking litigation, personal injury, trade secret, CCPA claims, CCIOA issues, and various transactional projects.
  • Significant experience with case management and discovery strategy. 
  • Intimate experience with mortgage-backed securities litigation, including complex contractual issues, management of voluminous documents, complex discovery and motions arguments.
  • Successful defense of a California judgment up for domestication in Colorado at trial.
  • Consistent and frequent drafting of successful dispositive motions, discovery requests, and settlement agreements in a variety of civil matters.
  • Handled variety of general, commercial and complex litigation including personal injury, construction defect, insurance defense, product liability, civil RICO, intellectual property and insurance bad faith.
  • Co-authored a 10th Circuit Answer Brief defending civil RICO and Constitutional claims.
  • Handled several Civil Protective Order evidentiary hearings (Petitioner and Respondent).
  • Won a Motion for Summary Judgment for Negligent Entrustment and Civil Conspiracy Claims.
  • Drafted of numerous dispositive motions, discovery requests and briefs.
  • Handle investigation matters, including witness interviews and site-inspections.
  • Conducted depositions (including a Chief of Orthopedic Surgery), court hearings, mediation proceedings and an arbitration.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
Media Mentions
“IS ASSET PROTECTION BECOMING FERTILE GROUND FOR ATTORNEY LIABILITY?” Herbert E. Tucker and Alison E. Zinn, Colorado Bar Association, Counsel Notes
"Planning for Protection"
On Your Terms: Maintaining Control as We Age Panel, First Western Trust Panel of Experts
Panelist, “The Grit Project,” Colorado Women’s Bar Association Program, Denver, Colorado 
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Professional & Community


  • Colorado Bar Association, Member (Trust and Estate Section; Probate Trial and Procedures Subcommittee; and Discovery Subcommittee)
  • Colorado Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Board of Directors (President 2014-2015; Executive Committee 2014-2015; Immediate Past President, 2015-2016) (2009-Present)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation, Board of Directors (2013-2014)
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • GLBT Bar Association, Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member (2012-2014)

Community Involvement

  • Chief Justice Nancy Rice’s Commission on Professional Development, Mid-Career Working Group, Commissioner
  • Breast Cancer Research, 13 years of raising funds through personal efforts and the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Boulder and Denver Safe Houses, Volunteer and fundraise
  • Peak Challenge Benefiting the Griffith Center for Children, Leader (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); top fundraiser (2014)
600 17th Street
Suite 1800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
T 303.454.0578
F 303.573.1956
Catherine E. Brunetti
T 303.454.0514
  • University of Colorado at Boulder

    (B.A., 2001)

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

    (J.D., 2004)

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

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