Guillermo Zorogastua '04 has heard all the jokes about his age. But that's all right, he says, he's getting used to it.
Besides, he laughs, he’s aging. “I’m 23. Why, I’m an old man now!” Zorogastua is the youngest attorney at the Kansas City, Mo., firm of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy PC.
He got a jumpstart on his career by starting college at 16 and entering law school at 19. A native of Lima, Peru, Zorogastua began his schooling a year ahead of his age group and, after moving to the United States, advanced a grade.
At WSU, he zipped through a four-year program in three years and continued on to study at the University of Kansas law school.
He landed his position with the firm through a campus interview and, after six months on the job, is having a great time learning the law ropes. “It’s a very fast-paced environment,” Zorogastua says. “There are great people here.”
He explains that his workload includes several class action lawsuits. He has also taken on a number of pro bono cases, which include helping several homeless veterans with their legal needs. “I’m doing a little bit of everything,” he says. Zorogastua, known as “Gabe” around the firm, says he’s getting “pretty settled” into his new job.
He stays in touch with college friends and Wichita State faculty, and looks forward to honing his legal skills and building his career. And, as he says, in just a few years now, he won’t be the youngest guy in the office anymore.