Lawyer Spotlight: Stacy Alexejun
How many states or countries have you lived in?
Three states: Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
What is your favorite drink?
Coke in a glass bottle.
What is your favorite month?
August- not only is it my birthday month, but I love stepping outside at night when the air is still warm.
What inspires you?
My husband and my daughter- they make me want to be better every single day.
If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be?
"Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected- that is essential."
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a mom.
What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B?
I was only a first-year associate when a judge called an emergency, in-person hearing in our case. The partner was on vacation, so he asked me to handle it. Except it was Friday, and I was wearing jeans. I appeared by phone and explained to the judge and opposing counsel that I was wearing jeans as part of a firm-sponsored "jeans day" for charity. Ever since that day, I have had an extra suit hanging in my office . . . and I've never had to use it.
What experience at Q&B has been the most fun?
Matt Splitek and I were sent to D.C. for a large-scale document review. We spent three full days holed up in a conference room with other members of our joint defense group, reviewing boxes upon boxes of documents. But afterward, we would go out to dinner and visit the monuments, which were lit up at night and free from hardly any tourists. It served as a great reminder that when it comes to work, it's the people--not what you're actually doing--that really matters.
What advice would you give to a law student?
This too shall pass. Just work hard, and do you.
What is your greatest professional success?
Obtaining a clerkship amidst the market crash in 2009 and being hired at Q&B, my first choice.
What class should you have taken in law school?
Tax (which pains me to admit).
Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice?
Justice Annette Ziegler, for whom I clerked, told me that mentors are everywhere, be they good or bad: follow the good ones and learn from the bad.
What makes you laugh?
My two sisters.
What is the best thing about Q&B?
Our cross-office collaboration- we're a big firm without feeling like it.
What do you do for fun?
Spend time with my family, travel to warm places, read and write, watch TV, and engage in retail therapy.
What is great about working in Madison?
Madison is the best of both worlds: there's so much to do, without the hustle and bustle of a big city. It sounds like a cliché, but it's true.