The study of humans has always spoken to Chris Slack. As an anthropology major, she thrived on investigating human relationships. In her practice of law, she uses the deductive reasoning tools she learned to find solutions to clients’ questions. “Anthropology is a lot about investigating and deciphering the clues that history has left you, and the law does that as well,” Chris says.
With a practice that focuses primarily on labor and employment, product and premises liability, and personal injury, Chris delves into the investigative side of law. Finding innovative solutions to dilemmas in a case is a guiding force in her work. To identify a solution to a problem, “you have to be creative in finding information in places you wouldn’t normally look,” she says. Chris applies those techniques to behind-the-scenes work that is vital to achieving resolutions that meet the client’s goals.
She particularly enjoys nuanced labor and employment and personal injury matters. “Those cases tend to lead you toward diving into things and finding a needle in a haystack,” she says.
Clear communication, thorough research, and timely response are key skills Chris embraces. Chris knows dealing with legal issues can be complicated and stressful for clients, especially for those who may not be as familiar with the legal field. “When I communicate with clients, I try to help them understand the legal issue,” she says.
Seeing situations from the perspective of people who are different from you is an insight Chris gained during a nine-month backpacking trek. In exploring Asia, Europe, and parts of North America, Chris was exposed to drastically different people and ideas. She brought back to her law practice an understanding of new ways to interact. “Being willing to understand all sides can help in the legal field in the long run with winning a case or getting a fair outcome,” she says.
Now back in Iowa, Chris continues to seek out chances to learn. In addition to her casework, Chris is a key contributor to On Brief, Iowa’s appellate blog. Detail-oriented and analytical, Chris tracks Iowa Supreme Court sessions and cases. She also curates statistics related to the court’s opinions.
“My law practice allows me to still use my anthropology degree in that I get to study humans and human interactions,” Chris says, “but it’s the law that is interesting because it’s how the law interacts with humans.”
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Des Moines Arts Festival, Event Management Team
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
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