Allison J. Cornwell practices in the areas of estate and gift taxation as well as corporate and real estate planning and transactions. She also counsels private clients on estate and trust matters, including probate administration. Allison is a former lecturer on estate and gift taxation at the University of Little Rock Bowman School of Law. 

Allison was recently elected as a Fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  This appointment demonstrates her high level of experience in estate and trust law and the degree to which her peers view her work in the profession.

Allison is recognized by Chambers and Partners in its 2021 High Net Worth Guide for her work in Private Wealth Law. The Best Lawyers in America also recognized Allison for her work it Trust and Estate Planning and in Litigation - Trust and Estate and she was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Little Rock in 2022 and 2017. Allison has also been selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in 2014 and 2019.



  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1996
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., with High Honors, 1995
  • Hendrix College, B.A., cum laude, 1992


  • Adjunct Professor, Estate and Gift Taxation, University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 2010
    • Trusts and Estates
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Little Rock, 2017 & 2022
  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, Arkansas
  • Rated AV Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, 2014, 2019, 2020
  • Voted by the readers of AY Magazine for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in Arkansas,” Trusts and Estates, 2018, 2019

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Associations and Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Little Rock, Board of Directors
  • Florence Crittenden Services, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Professional Advisory Council of Arkansas Children's Hospital, Member
  • Pulaski County Bar Association


  • Arkansas, 1995