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Leslie Barron ( Class of 2014)

Hometown: La Grange Park, IL

Undergraduate school and major: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana: Political Science & Spanish

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Visiting the Supreme Court and watching oral arguments as part of the Supreme Court Seminar course.

Current employer:

McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC

Location:

Seattle, Washington

Job title:

Associate

Previous positions:

Litigation Associate at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Costa Mesa, California.

Description of what you do:

I practice general commercial litigation. I get to work on a wide variety of litigation and pre-litigation matters including employment litigation, breach of contract disputes, business disputes, real estate litigation and administrative proceedings. I also serve as an outside general counsel for a local business, providing advice and counsel on a range of matters.

Your interests outside of work:

Hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest

Yoga

Reading

Spending time with friends and family

What is your favorite movie:

Shawshank Redemption

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I wish I knew how beneficial it would be to do a clerkship. I also wish I looked more broadly at smaller firms and didn't focus so heavily on OCI. It worked out well for me but since I started at a big firm and transferred to a much smaller firm, it has opened my eyes to the fact that big law really isn't for everyone.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

1. Don't be afraid to ask questions

2. Always turn in your best work product and proofread all emails

3. Get to know all of your co-workers, including those with whom you don't work directly.