Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020

Employee Spotlight: Alysia Yi

Alysia Yi joined the Firm in January 2019 as an associate in the Arlington office. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as an Associate for Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP where she represented condominium associations and homeowners associations throughout Northern Virginia with the preparation of amendments to governing documents and policy resolutions, contract review, association collections, and foreclosures. Alysia is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She primarily works in the Firm’s real estate and commercial transactions group. Alysia focuses on drafting and negotiating contracts, leases, and complicated development agreements, as well as the preparation of homeowner and condominium association documents.

In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we will learn a lot more about real estate transactions associate Alysia Yi.

Tell us a little about yourself Alysia — where did you grow up?

I grew up in southern California, but moved to Seoul, South Korea the summer before my last year of middle school.  After that, I came back to the United States for college and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for seven years before attending law school in North Carolina.  I’ve lived in Falls Church since 2017, moving here after finishing law school.

What did you think you wanted to be when you were younger?

When I was young, I used to say I wanted to be a teacher.  I had great teachers growing up and I think I wanted to be like them.  In high school, I enjoyed teaching children English at the local community center, but by the time I was in college, I grew more interested in law.

What interested you about the legal field, specifically real estate law?

In college, I found myself drawn to courses that made me think critically about new issues and emerging challenges in the legal field and society.  After trying my hand at multiple majors, I discovered Legal Studies, which was a great fit for me.  In law school, contracts and property law were among my favorite classes, so this was something I thought I might enjoy in practice.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I love that we are helping people create vibrant communities.  Additionally, no two deals are ever the same, and I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues to come up with creative and practical solutions to help our clients address their unique set of issues.

Who would you consider your role model at the Firm?

I am lucky enough to have worked with almost all of the partners at the Arlington office now, and I consider all of them to be role models.  Everyone is truly excellent at what they do, and it is inspiring.  I do hold special gratitude for the guidance of Antonia Miller and Cathy Puskar, who are my mentors at the Firm.

Aside from a very busy schedule, what do you like to do for fun outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, and trying new food and wine.  Also someday, I’d like to visit all the national parks.

What is the one thing about you few people know?

Sometimes, when I say or do something, my boyfriend jokes, “Must be that Berkeley hippie in you.”  I have no idea what he’s talking about, but I did leave Berkeley with crystals in my pocket, a tattoo, and a couple extra piercings…

Favorite place(s) to travel to?

I regularly travel to South Korea to visit my family.  I also spent a wonderful month studying abroad in Austria, so Vienna has a special place in my heart.  Among the national parks I’ve visited so far, my favorite is Sequoia National Park in California.  The giant sequoias are breathtakingly majestic, and just brings into perspective how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things.

What is your favorite show at the moment?

My favorite shows of all time would have to include Friends, Parenthood, and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.  But at the moment, I’ve been really enjoying Killing Eve.

What is your favorite book?

It’s too hard to choose a favorite book.  Right now, I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers and Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow.

Why do you think Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh is a great place to work?

A combination of the work and the people!

Thank you, Alysia!