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Amy Harris, 32

VP/Corporate counsel, UMB Financial Corp., Kansas City

amy-harrisPractice areas: Litigation and subpoena response

Law school: University of Missouri

Becoming an in-house lawyer wasn’t part of Amy Harris’s original career plan but today she feels it is one of the best decisions she ever made.

Harris was a Distinguished Scholars Award winner at the University of Central Missouri where she also earned a Leader on Campus Award and was honored for outstanding academics in both political science and women’s studies. After two years as an associate attorney at a private firm, Harris joined UMB where she manages its litigation and oversees its legal processes. A member of the Sue Shear Women’s Leadership Academy, Harris is a volunteer for various groups including Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

This year I took over the management of UMB’s Judicial Compliance unit, in addition to my regular duties of managing the company’s litigation and subpoena process. It was a huge project, but it has moved forward really well. They are a great team and I am fortunate to get to work with them.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

Probably a performer of some sort, either in theater or music. I sang at events throughout my entire childhood and college, and I started out as a music major.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I am really into backyard farming. I keep chickens and a pretty large garden. I usually start around 200 tomato plants each year and next year I am adding bees to the mix.