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Betsy Lynch, 37

betsy-lynchPractice areas: Business, bankruptcy and estate planning
Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Betsy Lynch says that she wanted to be a lawyer since childhood, a fact that every teacher, coach and family member knew from the beginning because of her self-professed ability to “argue with a brick wall about pretty much anything.”
Since graduating from law school in 2005, Lynch’s list of awards has grown almost as long as her list of volunteer work. She was honored as a Rising Star by non-profit Connect. The Junior League of Kansas City, where she oversaw as many as 80 members and half a million dollars a year in fundraising, recognized her with their Going the Extra Mile Award.
Other community involvement includes everything from the Volunteer Attorney Project and Court Appointed Special Advocates to Catholic Charities of Kansas City and Amethyst Place. A graduate of both the FBI Citizens Academy and the Show Me Series on Excellence in Public Service, she is heavily involved in both state and local bar associations.
In 2011, she founded her own firm where her estate planning practice has tripled in the past year alone.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?
You don’t choose your specialty. Your specialty chooses you.

What is the best career advice you have received?
If you work for someone else, you will have income security but not job security. If you work for yourself, you will have job security but not income security. Understand the difference.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?
I’ve always thought I’ll be a writer when I retire.

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