Allison Downey-Damato earned early admission to the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law in 1996 after completing three years of a Bachelor of Arts program (Political Science - Honours). She graduated in 1999, articled and practiced civil litigation with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons).
In 2002, she joined the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in Edmonton where she has prosecuted intimate partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse almost exclusively for over 13 years. From 2004 to 2007, she was the lead sex assault prosecutor and media spokesperson for the Edmonton office. From 2007 to 2008, she was in the Homicide Unit prosecuting familial homicides. In 2009, Allison became the Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in charge of the Family Protection Section. She was also the office Education Coordinator during this time.
Allison has supervised dozens of prosecutors while overseeing files relating to intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse and high risk offenders. Allison continued to carry a caseload and lecture province-wide on intimate partner and sexual violence to police, prosecutors, medical professionals, victim advocates and other community groups. She has built strong relationships with stakeholders who work in domestic violence, sex assault and child abuse as well as high risk offenders.
In June 2015, she was seconded to the Policy and Planning Branch of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General as the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator.