Allison Dudley is a family law attorney at The Harris Law Firm in Colorado. She brings fresh perspectives to a variety of divorce and family law cases, each with a focus on making such stressful matters more manageable for clients.
Originally, Allison studied anthropology and international affairs due to her interest in the human experience. When she realized that family law was an intriguing intersection of this interest and a hands-on career that could help people in her community in a meaningful way, she set her sights on a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. She found work at Denver Human Services as a Child Support Technician and fell in love with the work there, too, so starting a legal career made even more sense.
As she was completing her law degree, Allison enjoyed expanding her knowledge through legal writing. She is proud to have authored The Legal Stranger: Colorado’s Two-Legal-Limit Leaves Nontraditional Families Behind, 94 U. Colo. L. Rev. 315 (2023), while serving on the Law Review Board. Much of her writings focused on how the law can hinder “nontraditional” families in unexpected ways. She is hopeful that her career as a family lawyer with The Harris Law Firm will allow her to help families through times made difficult due to outdated or narrow laws, such as legal issues that many LGBTQIA+ families face.
Attorney Dudley recognizes that every family law case is unique because every family is unique and diverse. She keeps this truth in center focus when starting a new case for a client. Her goal is to help families navigate the legal system by making their unique needs and expectations her priorities. Perhaps most importantly of all, she knows that family law cases can be emotionally taxing, so she offers her clients a safe space to talk to someone who will genuinely understand and listen to them.
Other members of The Harris Law Firm have learned quickly that Attorney Allison Dudley is a great researcher who loves to dive into the finest details of case law and relevant facts. Her love of research and reading proves invaluable for detail-rich cases that could tip the results one way or the other, depending on how those details are interpreted. She is also a cheerful collaborator who knows the importance of cooperation, especially in a mediation setting; she picked up her appreciation for solid teamwork when she was a snowboard cross racer.
In her spare time, Allison volunteers with “Law School… Yes We Can!” This program lets her mentor college students from underrepresented communities who want legal careers; she also plans to start mentoring with Metro Volunteer Lawyers. While she was part of the Civil Practice Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School, she represented a pro bono client in a wage theft claim against their employer in an appellate case with the Colorado Department of Labor, so her interest in pro bono work is longstanding.
Allison grew up in Denver but lived in Summit County, Colorado, for part of high school to become a full-time snowboard cross racer. Although her competitive racing days are over, she still does it for fun, as well as other outdoor activities like camping and hiking with her partner and their two dogs. She can also be found enjoying a quiet day at home while reading, cooking, and playing board games.