Allyson Cunningham

Allyson Cunningham focuses her practice on representing clients in administrative negotiations with federal and state agencies, advising clients regarding their regulatory requirements and assisting with litigation of environmental claims.

She offers a full range of services to clients with a focus on unparalleled customer service and exhaustive attention to detail. In addition to traditional legal counseling, she brings experience in the strategy and creation of public relations and the management of political issues related to pending litigation or compliance issues, with a particular emphasis in environmental and agribusiness matters.

Her work on large, complex environmental civil litigation, especially those involving class action components, has been highly commended. She plays a key role on national trial teams, where her focus on pre-trial discovery and motion practice is instrumental. Allyson has led teams in extensive e-discovery exchanges, and assists with witness preparation and depositions. She also advises clients on compliance and permitting under federal environmental laws and regulations. Her practice ranges from large corporate clients to small family farmers.

Allyson has experience interacting with a variety of government agencies and actors. She has worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Missouri State Capitol. She also worked in the governmental affairs unit of the Missouri Attorney General while in college, working with various state agencies and licensing boards on pending litigation issues. Throughout law school, she worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri on a variety of federal enforcement actions. She also spent five years as a registered lobbyist for the students of the University of Missouri in the Missouri State Capitol.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 


  • Order of the Coif
  • Parrish Scholarship
  • Covington Scholarship
  • CALI Excellence in Contracts Award
  • CALI Excellence in Land Use Award
  • Judge’s Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
  • Senninger Powers Excellence in Copyright Law Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Women in Agribusiness
  • Associate Member, The Missouri Law Review

Community Involvement

  • Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (MOCASA), Statewide Board of Directors
  • Mizzou Alumni Association, Boone County Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (MOCASA), Board of Directors
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association



  • Legal Perspective Panel, Missouri Waste Control Coalition Conference, 2014
  • Illinois Agri-Woman Changing the Face of Agriculture conference, 2014
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Donna Tanking


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009