Q&A with Allyse Wirkkala, associate
Why did you become an attorney?
In 2008 as an accountant, I was preparing footnotes to financial statements and realized that I wanted to take my career in a different direction. I recall telling my co-worker that I was applying to law school because I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. At that time, I was not exactly sure of what that meant in terms of my legal career, but over the years, I have learned that everyone has a story to tell and I want to help my client tell their story.
Where are you originally from? What brought you to KGR?
I am a Hoosier native and was born and raised in Indianapolis. While I always thought as a child that I would move miles away, I have come to love the Circle City and I am proud to call it home.
Prior to practicing law, I started my career as an accountant and later budget analyst with the federal government. I served several years as a deputy prosecutor and public defender before transitioning into commercial litigation.
I joined KGR because of its strong reputation for providing exceptional legal work while also have a supportive culture that encourages your growth within the firm and legal community.
What do you enjoy about your job/the law?
One of things that I have always enjoyed about the practice of law – regardless of the practice area – is developing and cultivating a relationship with my client. As customer service is key to every attorney-client relationship, these relationships have allowed me to identify my client’s true questions and concerns, which in turn, allows me to solve their problems. I also enjoy the challenge of developing creative legal strategies or arguments for my clients.
Practice areas at KGR:
My primary practice area at KGR is Commercial Litigation.
Favorite activity outside of work:
My favorite activity outside of work is enjoying the city with my 2 ½-year-old son Alyxander and roaring like a dinosaur with him. While I am not quite sure I have mastered their roars, I am sure that he will let me know over the next few years.