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Jared Rose, 37

jared-rosePractice areas: Personal injury and investor fraud

Law school: New York University

Jared Rose’s reasons for becoming a lawyer were simple enough. He wanted to help people who’d been hurt and get justice for people who’d been cheated.

The result was Rose’s own law firm, founded in 2013 and focused on personal injury and matters involving investment fraud. Since then, he’s helped obtain millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. It’s only the latest chapter in a career that began a decade ago at Shook, Hardy & Bacon where he represented Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies.

Rose, vice-chair of the securities section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, has created a number of CLE presentations and publications for the KCMBA and The Missouri Bar. One nominator calls him “one of the brightest young lawyers in KC.”

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

I represented the mother of a 17-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver. Along with the father of the decedent, we filed a wrongful death case against the drunk driver. We settled the case for $4 million.

What is the best career advice you have received?

It’s the same advice that I would give to a young lawyer and I got it from my grandpa: Find a job that you would do for free every day, and then it won’t feel like work. Don’t settle for a well-paying job that you hate; life is too short for that. If you love your job and do it well, you’ll make plenty of money and you’ll be happy.

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

I always wanted to be a lawyer and I can’t imagine doing anything else.