Alison E. Zinn

Alison Zinn is a trial attorney focused on trust and estate litigation and elder law. She is committed to helping families work through and resolve intricate situations that involve inherited property when a loved one dies as well as situations where a loved one is disabled or incapacitated. More specifically, she handles disputes concerning wills, trusts, probate fiduciaries, beneficiaries, guardianships, and conservatorships. Alison also accepts appointments to serve as guardian ad litem.

Alison is well-versed in all areas of trial strategy.  Despite her experience with large and complex matters, Alison also enjoys working closely with families on a much smaller scale.

Before turning her focus to trust and estate litigation, Alison represented a variety of commercial clients in areas that include banking, mortgage-backed securities, insurance, and construction defect litigation. 

Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 


  • Best Lawyers in America, Denver Elder Law - "Lawyer of the Year," 2018-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2020
  • 5280 Top Lawyer, Probate Litigation, 2016-2020
  • Law Week Colorado, Top Women for 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013-2019
  • ColoradoBiz Magazine, Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals, 2015
    • Top Five, "The Builder"
  • Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
    • Nominee, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chief Justice Nancy Rice's Commission on Professional Development, Commissioner; Mid-Career Working Group, 2014-2017
  • Colorado Attorney Regulation Committee, 2016 – Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Executive Counsel, 2016-2018
    • Board of Governors, 2016-2018
    • Elder Law Section, Trust and Estate Section, Probate Trial and Procedures Subcommittee, 2005 – Present
    • Leadership Training, Class of 2016; 2017 Sessions Committee
    • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Colorado Judicial Nominating Commission, 1st Judicial District, 2018 – Present
  • Colorado Office of Public Guardianship Commission
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
    • Nominating Committee, 2017
    • Board of Directors, Executive Committee Vice President, 2016-2019; Immediate Past President, 2015-2016; President, 2014-2015; President-Elect, 2013-2014
    • Board of Directors, Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2013; Professional Advancement Committee Co-Chair, 2011-2012; Legal Services Committee Co-Chair, 2009-2011
  • Colorado Women's Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2013-2014; Circle of Minerva
  • Denver Bar Association
  • GLBT Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2012-2015

Community Involvement

  • Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA), Board of Directors, 2019-2021)
  • Denver Probate Court, Probate Pro Se Clinic, Volunteer, 2015 – Present
  • Northeast Kansas City YMCA, Advisory Board
  • Griffith Centers for Children, Peaks Challenge, Leader, 2010-2014


  • Featured, Top Women 2019, Law Week Colorado, May 6, 2019
  • Co-Author, "Is Asset Protection Becoming Fertile Ground For Attorney Liability?" Colorado Bar Association, Counsel Notes, Fall 2010
  • Featured, "Women's Bar Association Chief Alison Zinn Wants More Female Law Grads to Stay in Field," Denver Business Journal, August 15, 2014
  • Featured, "The Colorado Women," 5280 Magazine, December 2013


  • Co-Presenter, If You Wrestle with a Pig, You Both Get Dirty!, Rocky Mountain Area Conference for Finance and Accounting Professionals, September 26, 2019
  • Co-Lecturer, Back to Basics for the Courtroom, CBA Annual Estate Planning Retreat, June 2019
  • Co-Lecturer, You Can’t Handle the Truth! A Few Good Ways to Obtain Information from a POA, Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Elder Law Retreat, August 25, 2018.
  • Lecturer, Back to Basics for the Courtroom, Sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Section, Denver, CO, May 17, 2018
  • Lecturer, Working with GALs: Inside the World of a Problem Solver, CBA Trust and Estate Section, Denver, CO, April 3, 2018
  • Lecturer, Mental Capacity, El Paso Bar Association Trust & Estate Section, Colorado Springs, CO, April 12, 2017
  • Lecturer, When Guardianship Will Only Make Things Worse, Spring Update, CBA Trust and Estate Section, Denver, CO, March 17, 2017
  • Lecturer, Attorney-Client Privilege, Trusts and Estates Lunch & Learn Series Complimentary Seminar, Sioux Falls, SD, May 4, 2016
  • Lecturer, Divorce, Dementia, and Disability…Not So Happily Ever After, Family Law Institute, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., Denver, CO, August 8, 2015
  • Panelist, "The Grit Project," Colorado Women's Bar Association Program, Denver, Colorado, March 15, 2015
  • Panelist, "Presidential Pathways: Navigating the Leadership Pipeline in CBA, DBA, and CWBA," Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Women's Bar Association Program, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2014
  • Panelist, "Asserting Your Worth: Communicating with Confidence and Power," Colorado Women's Bar Association Program, Denver, Colorado, November 8, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Ethics and Advising the Fiduciary," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Denver, Colorado, February 22, 2013
  • Panelist, " Bias and Discrimination Within the Legal Profession," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Denver, Colorado, January 10, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Trial of a Will Contest," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Denver, Colorado, September 21, 2012
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  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
  • Boulder

    2440 Junction Place
    Suite 300
    Boulder, CO 80301
F: 720.931.3201


Catherine Brunetti 


University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2004

University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 2001