Alison Gaffney

Alison Gaffney: Attorney with Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
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  • 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200, Seattle, WA 98101
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Alison Gaffney is a fighter. Once she takes on a client-as a member of Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group or as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU-she commits to doing everything she can to fight for justice for her client.

That tenacity was evident in her pursuit to reunite Somali refugee Joseph Doe with his family after their separation was prolonged because of the Muslim Travel Ban. Alison is a member of the team that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of Doe and other individuals and organizations harmed by the bans in Doe, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al. (W.D. Washington). Recently, she was honored to witness Doe’s joyous reunion with his wife and three sons in Seattle.

Alison is passionate about using litigation to combat complex world problems. At Keller Rohrback, she is representing city and county governments, including King, Pierce, and Skagit counties, in their fight to hold prescription opioid manufacturers accountable for the devastating effects these drugs have had on their communities. Not only is Alison committed to stopping the spread of addiction, but she’s also fighting to make sure that local governments get all the resources they need to provide their citizens recovering from opioid addiction with a meaningful second chance.

Alison is a thorough researcher who leaves no stone unturned when investigating possible outcomes for the employees and consumers she represents in a variety of claims. She litigated both individual and class action claims on behalf of consumers harmed by drug manufacturer Eli Lilly’s failure to accurately represent the risk of severe withdrawal from the drug Cymbalta, and she is currently fighting to help patients who’ve suffered an amputation after taking the prescription drug Invokana. Alison also represents a proposed class of employees alleging ERISA violations in Dolins v. Continental Casualty Company (N.D. Illinois) and a proposed class of consumers with defective smartphones in Kessler v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (E.D. Wisconsin). She connects with her clients as people, not case numbers.

Both before and during law school, Alison’s passion for justice and human rights drew her to immigration law and policy. She completed a master’s degree focused on international migration, and as a law student, she interned with the Seattle Immigration Court and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Tacoma, where she gave “Know Your Rights” presentations at the Northwest Detention Center. She represented clients in deportation proceedings through NWIRP as well as the law school’s Immigration Law Clinic, and she continues to volunteer as a pro bono attorney for NWIRP.

When she is not fighting for her clients, Alison is busy keeping up with her two young sons, scrambling with The Mountaineers, and generally enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Recent Posts

Court Says Government Must Do More to Show It Is Reuniting Refugee Families

Keller Rohrback Files Suits on Behalf of Skagit County, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and Burlington Against Opioid Manufacturers

Joseph Doe Reunites With His Wife and Children

Federal Court Grants Injunction in Suit to Stop Trump Administration from Separating Refugees from Their Families

Keller Rohrback Files Suit Against Manufacturers of Type 2 Diabetes Drug Invokana

ACLU Asks for Injunction to Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban From Separating Refugees From Their Families

Court Upholds Keller Rohrback’s ERISA Claims Against CNA Financial Corporation, Northern Trust Company

Keller Rohrback Continues to Investigate Wells Fargo Auto Loan Insurance Practices

Keller Rohrback Investigates Potential Amputation Risk with Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Drugs Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR

Keller Rohrback Investigates Possible Wage Violations for Farmworkers in California and Washington State

Keller Rohrback Investigates Spontaneously Shattering Camera Lens Covering On Samsung Galaxy S7

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Class Action and Consumer Litigation
  • Consumer and Data Privacy Protection
  • Employee Benefits and Retirement Security

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
206.623.1900  Phone
206.623.3384  Fax
University Attended:
Swarthmore College, B.A., Linguistics and Languages, (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese); McCabe Scholar, 2002; University of California, San Diego, M.A., Latin American Studies, (International Migration), 2007
Law School Attended:
University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2012
Year of First Admission:
2012, Washington; 2013, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 2016, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; 2016, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2015, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Professional and Civic Involvement

Washington State Bar Association, Member

King County Bar Association, Member

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Member

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Pro Bono Attorney

ACLU Cooperating Attorney

Reported Cases:
Current Case: Bakery & Confectionary Union & Industry Int'l Pension Fund Pension Plan; King County Opioid Litigation; Pierce County Opioid Litigation; Skagit County Opioid Litigation
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  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Other

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