Practice Area(s): Legal compliance, employment law
Law School: The University of Kansas
Very recently, Alex Aguilera accepted an in-house position at Leggett & Platt, but before he left, his former colleagues at Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris nominated him for this award — and they stand by their nomination today.
At that firm, he represented companies across the country in all stages of litigation. He worked on cases involving everything from workplace discrimination and harassment matters to non-compete agreements and trade-secret issues.
He counseled clients on best practices for contracts and workplace guidelines, while also providing supervisor and manager training on legal compliance issues.
Before leaving, he even made partner at a relatively young age. Said Aguilera: “I have immense respect for the firm, and I consider the attorneys there giants in the profession. I was honored that they called me their partner.”
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
Young lawyers should seek out great mentors and take time out of their day to watch how successful lawyers do things, whether it’s advising clients, witness-interviewing, depositions, courtroom practice or thinking about cases. The practice of law cannot be learned solely through statutes and case law, so take advantage of all the great lawyers out there to get better.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I meditate every morning. It keeps me grounded, focused and calm. I still feel a little embarrassed telling people that, but it’s become a part of my daily life.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?
I probably would have been a psychologist. I’ve always loved learning about the human mind and why people act the way they do.