Growing up the oldest of eight children, I learned two foundational principles: work hard and cherish people. Today, these values govern both my personal life and my legal practice.
I was born to a wonderful Kansas City family that worked hard to make ends meet. I navigated two jobs each year of high school so I could pay my way through college and law school. I graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University in 2006. And in 2009, I graduated first in my class from KU Law. I achieved these goals because I learned that tenacity and grit were the only roads to success. And I bring that same tenacity to litigation.
After graduation, I joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., where some of the nation’s preeminent litigators mentored me to become national counsel for several Fortune 500 companies. I represented many clients on creative and alternative fee schedules. I earned my clients’ trust, and at a young stage of my career, I second-chaired significant trials in Oregon and New York state courts. My team won both trials in venues that did not appear to be favorable to our clients. In the last nine years, I have represented clients in high-stakes litigation involving contract and indemnity battles, consumer fraud claims, personal injury and wrongful death allegations, insurance bad faith claims, and environmental injury allegations.
I have also developed a substantial appellate practice and have regularly directed appellate litigation in both state and federal courts around the country. I leveraged my love of writing to craft strong appellate briefs and then carried that strength through oral argument. For example, I argued before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division in a multi-million-dollar case and persuaded the court to rule for my client on a critical issue.
Throughout my career and adult life, I have learned to treasure my relationships most of all. I am blessed to be the wife to the best man I know and the mother of three beautiful souls. I remain close to my parents and siblings, most of whom live nearby. My family fuels me with the zest I bring to the office.
And in the same way that I am dedicated to my family, I am fiercely devoted my clients. I believe zealous advocacy, alone, is insufficient. A truly unified front is only possible when I immerse myself in my clients’ interests, businesses, values, and priorities and understand them fully. I know my clients’ litigation concerns and business interests frequently intersect, and I advocate accordingly. I am likewise responsive and accessible, because I know my clients’ legal matters involve real people and impact their families and communities.
I love the law, the legal process, and my job. But above all, I enjoy the people I encounter and with whom I partner. I would love to talk with you further about how you and I might partner in your legal needs.