Kimberly Jones has garnered a reputation as one of Missouri’s top attorneys to represent employers in civil matters, but she’s happiest when she doesn’t have to. Jones, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, provides education to her clients to ensure that they are compliant with employment law and don’t need her services in the courtroom. She has also displayed her ability to succeed at Seyferth Blumenthal and Harris, where she is the firm’s first female managing partner.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
They are twofold: for my clients, I have strived to provide excellent, thoughtful and practical counsel. I like to believe the longevity of many of my client relationships means I succeeded more often than not. Within the profession, I have been committed to mentoring less experienced lawyers throughout my career. Seeing their successes over the years has made me incredibly proud.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
I like helping people solve challenging problems. I have found most individuals want to do the right thing, but in the context of the law, they need help understanding both their rights and their obligations.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
A friend told me once, “what other people think about you is none of your business.” It is simple but really good advice. I have hearkened back to that many times over the years, particularly when dealing with a difficult opposing counsel or facing a complex problem, and used it to focus on the one thing I can control: me.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I played on a women’s softball team until I was 45.
What is your favorite part of your job?
That is tough – I actually love it all: guiding a client through a thorny employee relations issue; training an organization on their obligations so they can avoid claims; and, if that all fails (or if they failed to call me) convincing a jury that my client has done nothing wrong.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
A lawyer. Seriously.