Alex
Milona

“I think it’s very much an art to give busy people the most actionable information possible.”

Law school and the Appalachian Trail are connected for Alex Milona. When Alex completed the hike from Georgia to Maine just before law school, he took away a transformative lesson for the law and life: Shifting focus away from the destination leads to success. “I realized the only thing you really need to be focused on is the next step‚ just that one step,” he says. “Focus on being on the right path, and the reward truly does come.”

 

In his general corporate practice, Alex brings the same emphasis on moving forward to his work. Diligent, competent, and discreet, he handles diverse business and commercial transactions, entity formations, and contractual matters. “I prefer corporate work, mainly because I grew up surrounded by business people and that kindled a legal interest in helping people grow their businesses,” he says. “That’s exciting to me—being able to help build something.”

 

Alex works hard to find the answers his clients need through research and collaboration. He values the experience of the Nyemaster team and the collaborative atmosphere. When Alex dives into a project, he finds even the most mundane question to be an opportunity to solve a problem. “I have this irrepressible enthusiasm for figuring out the answer,” he says.

 

With an undergraduate degree in political science and aspirations to work in the White House, Alex started his career with a research position at a Washington, D.C., think tank. The international policy work didn’t lead to a White House job. It did push him toward law school. It also taught him the value of packaging answers concisely, an asset in his corporate practice. “It’s tempting to craft a very long answer with lots of caveats and lay out the full landscape,” Alex says. “People don’t need that, don’t want it, and don’t have the time for it. They want actionable answers.”

 

Although Alex grew up along the East Coast, studying and practicing law in Iowa allowed him to be close to family in Des Moines. Alex’s family has inspired a deep dedication to helping others succeed. “They taught me the most important thing is that you live for service to others,” Alex says. “You serve family. You serve your community. You work hard. Do the right thing. Try not to talk too much and lead by example.” 

 

Beyond family connections, Alex values the people in Iowa. “I think people are more real here,” he says. “They’re more open and honest with you. People are not putting on airs.”

 

Alex also appreciates the size and amenities of Des Moines. “I love the energy of the place,” he says. “When you take that and take my roots, and the commute, I’m excited to be here.”

 

Journal of Corporation Law

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Oxford College of Emory Student Government Association

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Emory Journal of International Affairs

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OVERVIEW

Law school and the Appalachian Trail are connected for Alex Milona. When Alex completed the hike from Georgia to Maine just before law school, he took away a transformative lesson for the law and life: Shifting focus away from the destination leads to success. “I realized the only thing you really need to be focused on is the next step‚ just that one step,” he says. “Focus on being on the right path, and the reward truly does come.”

 

In his general corporate practice, Alex brings the same emphasis on moving forward to his work. Diligent, competent, and discreet, he handles diverse business and commercial transactions, entity formations, and contractual matters. “I prefer corporate work, mainly because I grew up surrounded by business people and that kindled a legal interest in helping people grow their businesses,” he says. “That’s exciting to me—being able to help build something.”

 

Alex works hard to find the answers his clients need through research and collaboration. He values the experience of the Nyemaster team and the collaborative atmosphere. When Alex dives into a project, he finds even the most mundane question to be an opportunity to solve a problem. “I have this irrepressible enthusiasm for figuring out the answer,” he says.

 

With an undergraduate degree in political science and aspirations to work in the White House, Alex started his career with a research position at a Washington, D.C., think tank. The international policy work didn’t lead to a White House job. It did push him toward law school. It also taught him the value of packaging answers concisely, an asset in his corporate practice. “It’s tempting to craft a very long answer with lots of caveats and lay out the full landscape,” Alex says. “People don’t need that, don’t want it, and don’t have the time for it. They want actionable answers.”

 

Although Alex grew up along the East Coast, studying and practicing law in Iowa allowed him to be close to family in Des Moines. Alex’s family has inspired a deep dedication to helping others succeed. “They taught me the most important thing is that you live for service to others,” Alex says. “You serve family. You serve your community. You work hard. Do the right thing. Try not to talk too much and lead by example.” 

 

Beyond family connections, Alex values the people in Iowa. “I think people are more real here,” he says. “They’re more open and honest with you. People are not putting on airs.”

 

Alex also appreciates the size and amenities of Des Moines. “I love the energy of the place,” he says. “When you take that and take my roots, and the commute, I’m excited to be here.”

 

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Journal of Corporation Law

  • Note and Comment Editor

 

Oxford College of Emory Student Government Association

  • Attorney General

 

Emory Journal of International Affairs

  • Staff Writer