Mikalen concentrates her practice on domestic relations law and provides thoughtful and strategic counsel to clients in a variety of family law matters, including drafting and negotiating prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements, divorce actions, paternity or same sex parenting issues, and modification actions for alimony and child support. Mikalen strives to find amicable resolutions for matters whenever possible; but is accomplished in handling matters at the trial court and appellate court level. In 2018, Mikalen successfully represented a defendant in the Massachusetts Appeals Court against a former spouse’s claims for damages based on a fraudulent inducement to marry. That case, Shea v. Cameron, 92 Mass. App. Ct. 731 (2018) was selected by the editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as the most notable decision in the field of family law between January – June 2018. In her divorce practice, Mikalen has handled a wide range of cases with many involving the valuation and division of business interests, stock options, and pension plans.
Mikalen also represents clients in contested probate matters, including will contests, trust disputes, guardianships, and conservatorships. Mikalen recently obtained judgment permitting the modification of an existing marital trust due to unanticipated circumstances under M.G.L. c.203E, §412.
Prior to law school, Mikalen worked as the Development Coordinator for an Academy Award nominated documentary film company. During law school, Mikalen had the opportunity to serve as an intern in the United States Attorney’s Office (Boston) and to serve as a student law clerk for the Hon. Walter Jay Skinner (United States District Court, D. Mass) in the Federal District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. After law school, Mikalen served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Probate and Family Court in Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties. She was in private practice at a firm in Boston for 14 years and was a Partner in its Family Law and Litigation practices for 7 years until leaving to co-found Walsh & Howe.
Mikalen actively volunteers to promote access to legal services and continuing legal education. She is a volunteer attorney in the Attorneys Representing Children program and has served as a volunteer in the Lawyer for the Day programs. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association, where she is a member of the Amicus Committee. Mikalen frequently lectures on legal education topics and has served as a faculty member of the annual Continuing Legal Education Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop since 2014.
Mikalen lives on the South Shore with her family, including a spoiled rescue dog, where they are restoring an antique home.
Sarah Lawrence College, BA (concentration in Literature)
Northeastern University School of Law, JD
Mikalen is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, in federal court (District of Massachusetts), and the United States Tax Court.
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“As divorce is an emotional roller coaster, it was nice to have Allison as an attorney to walk me through the process. She is thorough, hardworking, and efficient. She always responds to questions and concerns in a timely manner and that was very important to me. She was able to exhibit professionalism and care in my case.
“Allison had my best interests in mind throughout the entire process. She was also not afraid to say what I didn’t want to hear. On a lighter note, she talks really fast and has a great sense of humor! I would recommend Allison to any one of my friends who needs help with any aspect of family law. It’s incredibly personal, and she was fantastic.
- Karen Luther