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Theresa L.F. Levings, 64

Owner and partner, Badger & Levings, Kansas City

theresa-levingsPractice area: Litigation

Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Theresa Levings says she’s grateful to still be considered “Up and Coming” in her 60s.

But a lot of others are grateful to have met Levings when they were coming up. “For me, she is a rock – a calm, steady, solid presence who can build you up, support you, and keep you grounded,” writes one of her mentees. “Theresa is also a joy to be around – she’s thoughtful, funny, and incredibly smart.”

Levings began her career at Morrison & Hecker where she became one of the first female partners. For more than two decades, she’s been at the firm she and her partner Elizabeth Badger founded. She’s a former president of both The Missouri Bar and the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. She has been recognized by numerous organizations including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and her alma mater.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Mentoring young attorneys has provided me with many favorite moments. To be in a position to help young attorneys, particularly young women attorneys, figure out how to meet the challenges of their practice, professional engagement, community engagement and their deep commitment to their families is a great privilege but one I embrace for these individuals and for the profession.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Approach your work and everyone you encounter along the way with an open mind and an open heart, and work as hard as you must to be the lawyer your clients need and your opposing counsel and judges respect.