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Up & Coming Honorees: Alyse Zadalis, 33

Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City

zadalis-alysePractice Areas: Pharmaceutical and medical-device products liability, FDA regulatory counseling

Law School: University of Kansas

As part of her training for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Alyse Zadalis learned that the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines require each wheelchair ramp to be built at a 1:12 slope.

“That the law would specify something like that had never occurred to me, and I realized then just what a far-reaching and important role it plays in our day-to-day lives,” she said. “It piqued my interest in learning more about how our legal system works, and two years later I enrolled in law school.”

Zadalis graduated in 2015 from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was the publications editor for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. While attending law school, Zadalis served as an intern for U.S. District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in Kansas, and she was the program manager for the university’s Institute for Policy & Social Research.

Following graduation, Zadalis went to work with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where she has a split practice specializing in regulatory counseling for companies on FDA-regulatory framework and defending pharmaceutical and medical-device companies in federal products-liability litigation. This summer she wrapped up a year-long secondment with Pfizer in New York.

“Being able to successfully wrap my time up in-house and transition back to the firm was a great accomplishment for me both professionally and personally,” she said.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

I like to think I would have been a park ranger, but who knows.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Two years ago, I bought a century-old “fixer upper,” so most of my spare time is spent on one of the various ongoing projects I have at the house. Working with my hands is a nice shift from lawyering.

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