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Andrew Alexander, 38

Andrew AlexanderAssociate, Graves Garrett

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, constitutional law, antitrust and competition

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

To say Andrew Alexander’s path to law was nontraditional is an understatement. Before law school, he first imagined himself being a physician or an engineer.

Through the years, he would be a biology/pre-med student, switch to studying airway sciences and earn his private and instrument pilot ratings, work on motorcycles, study theology, try web programming and work as a luthier. Ultimately, he said, an attorney friend suggested he look into a legal career.

“I had never really thought of it before then,” he said. “I didn’t attend law school until age 29, and I view my previous work and experience as leading me to and contributing to my legal career.”

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Develop habits that support methodical improvement in your practice. For example, study legal writing methods and develop a consistent approach that works for you and is also effective. Diligently “debrief” your projects — whether it [is] brief writing, a hearing, a deposition or otherwise; take notes about what went well, what didn’t and what to improve — then revisit those notes the next time that type of project arises.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Years ago, I translated Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” from their performance with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra into a concert score for our high school concert band.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

Celebrating my 17th wedding anniversary. My wife is incredible.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

I’ll pick two: Building things in the shop and racing cars. I don’t get to race often, but I love it; there are few things quite like wheel-to-wheel racing.