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. Alyssa developed an interest in law while competing for the University of Iowa Mock Trial Team. Before attending law school, Alyssa worked at Fieldwork Minneapolis, a national market research firm, coordinating jury studies and focus groups. Alyssa returned to Iowa and received her Juris Doctorate 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. Alyssa qualified for the University of Iowa’s Trial Advocacy Team and argued in front of the North Dakota Supreme Court in the regional championship round. During law school, Alyssa was also a member of the Organization for Women Law Students and Staff and received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research. Prior to joining O’Connor & Thomas in 2018, Alyssa worked at the firm as a summer law clerk. Alyssa’s general practice includes, but is not limited to: litigation, criminal law, employment law, copyright law, property law, and business 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


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