Alyssa M. Carlson


Alyssa M. Carlson is originally from Spencer, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music. Before attending law school, Alyssa worked at Fieldwork Minneapolis, a national market research firm, coordinating jury studies and focus groups. A Hawkeye at heart, Alyssa returned to Iowa City and received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2018. While at Iowa Law, Alyssa served as the Executive Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Her Note, The Need for Transparency in the Age of Predictive Sentencing Algorithms, was published in Volume 103 of the Iowa Law Review. During law school, Alyssa competed for the trial advocacy team and was also a member of the Organization for Women Law Students and Staff. She received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research. Alyssa is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Dubuque County Bar Association, and the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Dubuque non-profit the Fountain of Youth. Alyssa’s general practice includes, but is not limited to: civil litigation, criminal defense, employment law, and appellate law.


University of Iowa College of Law, 2018
Juris Doctorate

University of Iowa, 2013
Bachelor of Arts
English and Music


Iowa, 2018


American Bar Association
Member, 2018 – Present

Iowa State Bar Association
Member, 2018 – Present

Dubuque County Bar Association
Member, 2018 – Present

Young Lawyer’s Division
Member, 2018 – Present
Secretary, 2019 – Present

The Foundation of Youth Program
Board of Directors, 2019 – Present

Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Member, 2020 – Present


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