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Michelle Marvel, 35

Attorney, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson, Kansas City

Practice areas: Plaintiff’s civil litigation

Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Whether she is volunteering to help children with schoolwork at Operation Breakthrough or mentoring students at Cristo Rey high school to assist low-income families with college admissions, service to the community is an important part of Michelle Marvel’s life.

So is legal excellence which is why her practice focusing on transportation accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, mass torts, class actions and catastrophic injuries has earned her local and state recognition.

As much as she works with the general community, Marvel is also active with fellow attorneys at Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Greater Kansas City Association for Women Lawyers where she has served on the board of directors, engaged in mentoring, planned CLEs and is currently vice chair of the fundraising committee. At LEAP, she co-chaired the 2017 Back to School breakfast to help more than 500 children obtain needed school supplies.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Conduct yourself with integrity and outwork your opponent, but always look for ways to work smarter.

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

A food critic. I was a journalism major in college, so I like to write. I also love to cook and try new restaurants.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Spend time with my husband and children. With the last name of Marvel and two little boys who are superhero obsessed, it involves a lot of crime fighting and pretending to save the world from evil.

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