Allison Smith Newsome

Associate Cleveland


Allison focuses her practice on the representation of hospitals, physician groups, and other health care organizations regarding the regulatory, transactional, and business aspects of health care law. She assists in the sale, purchase, and leasing of health care assets, facilities, and services, including nursing homes, senior housing facilities, and physician practices.

Prior to joining Taft, Allison served as a summer associate in 2018 and 2019. Allison received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2019 and was the commencement speaker for her graduating class. She was also honored as the 2019 Student of the Year.

Allison was honored with awards for her law school academic achievements including:

  • William K. Thomas American Inn of Court, Student Member
  • Dean’s Honors List
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Criminal Law
  • E. Bernsteen Award
  • Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition winner for Best Oralist and a Top Ten Advocate
  • The Order of the Barristers
  • Civic Engagement Scholar
  • Pro Bono Recognition Award
  • Clinton and Margaret DeWitt Scholar
  • Invited speaker, 2018 Law Faculty-Alumni Gala

Allison was also recognized for her competitive achievements at CWRU College of Law:

  • Student Bar Association Senator (three-year term)
  • Wurzburger Health Scholar (scholarship throughout law school)
  • William E. Davis National Mock Trial Team Prize
  • BLSA National Mock Trial Competition, third place team
  • Graduate Student Council President

All Service Areas


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2019)

    Concentration in health law

  • Vanderbilt University (2016)

    Bachelor’s degree in medicine, health and society
    Concentration in health policy and economics, minor in communications studies


  • State - Supreme Court of Ohio

Speeches and Publications


Host and Moderator of “The Solution: Community Conversation Series” June 2020


Author, “Don’t Take A Shot In The Dark: Legal Implications & Considerations of A Mandatory Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Journal, Feb. 23, 2021

Co-Author, “Losing LIBOR: LIBOR Receives Official End Date,” Taft Law Bulletin, March 5, 2021

Co-Author, “New HHS Rules Loosen the Stark and Anti-Kickback Reins on Health Care Providers and Suppliers,” Taft Law Bulletin, Jan. 11, 2021

Co-Author, “Department of Agriculture Issued Nationwide Waivers for Summer Nutrition Program,” June 30, 2020

Co-Author, “Requirements and Considerations for Educational Institutions Serving Children with Special Needs Under IDEA, Rehabilitation Act and ADA,” May 8, 2020

Co-Author, “House Bill 197 Provisions Regarding School Leadership Evaluations, Education Metrics and Distance Learning,” April 28, 2020

Co-Author, “Department of Education’s DeVos Announces $3 Billion Relief Grant for Governors,” March 28, 2020

Author, “Preserving the Possibility of a Future Biological Family: State-Mandated Insurance Coverage of Fertility Preservation for Youth Patients When Primary Treatment Causes Sterility” Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Journal, UCLA and the Williams Institute (2019)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association


  • American Association for Justice


  • American Health Lawyers Association

    Leadership Development Program Participant

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    Board of Directors

  • Federal Bar Association


  • Norman S. Minor Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


  • Bail Reform


  • Street Law


  • Shaker Heights Youth Center

    Juvenile Justice event coordinator and moderator

  • OhioGuidestone

    Junior Board Member

  • Rocky River Juvenile Diversion Program

    Volunteer Magistrate