ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Alissa Neufeld '09
Alissa Neufeld '09 is Associate General Counsel for 1-800 Contacts, Inc., the largest U.S. retailer of contact lenses. Alissa works on a wide range of legal issues, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, supplier relations, business development, commercial agreements, intellectual property, and advertising. Alissa's legal career has followed a winding road, but she is grateful for every turn.
Alissa received a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University (GWU), focusing on International Economics with a minor in Spanish. She backpacked throughout more than 25 countries and studied abroad twice. An internship with now Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta steered Alissa's career path toward the legal profession. Upon graduating from GWU, Alissa worked as a paralegal for Commins & Knudsen, PC, in San Francisco.
Her time at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law provided yet another significant turn in the road. Alissa's interactions with her classmates and professors taught her to think more critically and negotiate more effectively. After graduating from Boyd Alissa clerked for Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She then joined Ballard Spahr, LLP, as a mergers and acquisitions associate.
The next curve in Alissa's road led to her move in-house with 1-800 Contacts. Her husband, twin boys, parents, and two King Charles Cavalier spaniels relocated with her to Utah.
Alissa is extremely grateful for her outstanding Boyd education she received, as well as her mentoring provided by David Commins and Robert Kim. She cannot wait to see where the road leads her next.