Megan McCurdy, who joined the bar in 2007 and recently made partner at one of Kansas City’s top firms, represents individuals and business in complex lawsuits and arbitrations. She also serves on the firm’s associate development and recruiting committees, where she helps groom the next generation
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? At this point in my life and career, it would have to be my recent election as a partner at Stinson Leonard Street. I feel exceptionally fortunate to join such an accomplished group of attorneys, many of whom spent countless hours mentoring me. My first pro bono case also comes to mind. On behalf of my client, I filed suit against a financing company for improper automobile repossession and fraudulent collection practices. Keep in mind that I was still quite young and fresh out of law school, and the finance company had years of experience in auto financing and been successful in similar situations before. In the end, I was able to negotiate an agreement with terms exceptionally favorable to my client. I will always remember the moment my client was relieved the stressful situation and the pride I felt at being able to help.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? When I was a junior in high school, I job-shadowed a county attorney and watched my mother, a social worker, take the stand and tell a judge that an adult’s parental rights should be terminated. I knew this would clear a path for a child to be adopted by her loving foster parents, yet watching a family be dismantled with a gavel strike seemed almost incomprehensible to me at the time. While I don’t practice family law, that experience serves as a powerful reminder of our great responsibility as participants within a powerful legal system.
What has been your favorite part of the job? My favorite part is the moment I am able to relieve a client from the stress presented by a legal challenge. It’s a very rewarding feeling, and one I enjoy every single time.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I’ll say this loud and proud — I am an avid scrapbooker. I started scrapbooking three years ago when my first daughter was born. Let’s just say that it has mushroomed to the point that — contrary to the universal law which holds that the second child always has fewer photos than the firstborn — my second daughter has a larger album than her older sister.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? When I was finishing my undergraduate degree, a close friend told me to call 10 people I thought had “made it” and ask them how they got there. I follow this advice every three to five years.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? A librarian, a lawyer or president of the United States. I’ve achieved one. Who knows, maybe I’ll achieve all three.