When Sara Stock and her partners created KWS Law, they didn’t want to work with large, established corporations. Instead, they opened their office in the heart of St. Louis’ thriving start-up community to serve clients with businesses in their infancies.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
Starting KWS Law along with my partners, Jim Wyrsch and Javad Khazaeli. We have put together a business model that is an alternative to the large firm model. A flatter pyramid that has a place for part-time attorneys and independent contractor attorneys. In our case some of them are amazing women who are brilliant, big firm trained lawyers that found big firm life incompatible with having a family. We are now working on a “disruptive” compensation model that will be an algorithm that we will share with our lawyers to incentivize them to work as hard as they desire.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I almost became a snowboard instructor. I am an avid snowboarder, and back when I started working at Lewis Rice, you did not find out the results of the bar exam until a few months after you started working. I had decided that if I did not pass the bar, I would take a year and work as a snowboard instructor in Colorado. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I passed the bar . . .
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
Always a lawyer. Growing up, I watched my mom and dad successfully grow our family trucking company. It was hard work, and at that time I decided that I wanted to become a lawyer in an effort to help other family-owned businesses achieve success. Then in 2008, I helped my husband open his long-term care pharmacy. I stood with him shoulder to shoulder while we struggled with the trials and tribulations of growing a small business. That solidified for me that I had chosen the correct profession.
What has been your favorite part of your job?
Being a trusted adviser. I love acting as that central point of contact for my clients and helping them to solve their strategic problems. I often help my clients assemble a team of trusted advisers, including their accountant, banker, financial planner, estate planner, etc.