Diane Hook has been able to do all of the above while also forging a reputation as a provider of exceptional service for her clients.
“I really do enjoy solving problems for my clients, whether I’m providing a good estate plan, solving a real estate or contractual problem, or making their business better,” said Hook, who has served residents of St. Joseph and surrounding areas since 2003 and formed her firm more than three years ago.
“Sometimes it’s just showing kindness and listening to them because that’s what they need. At the end of the day, I get a kick out of knowing I did improve somebody else’s circumstances.”
Hook started out studying psychology at Wichita State, but a criminal-law class quickly proved more interesting. She graduated with a degree in criminal justice and legal studies from Missouri Western State University.
She worked as a paralegal for 10 years until she reached a point in her career when she was training young associates and realized they were making more money than she was. It was time to go to law school.
Hook graduated from University of Missouri–Kansas City and worked with Morton, Reed, Counts & Briggs for seven years. She was a founding partner of Tieman, Spencer, Hook and Hicks before forming Hook McKinley in 2014.
She has been a member of several community organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Second Harvest Community Food Bank, the YWCA in St. Joseph and the Midland Empire Homebuilders Association. She also served as president of the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association and on the executive board of the MWSU Foundation.
She is a member of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and served as the St. Joseph Bar Association secretary and president.
Hook said she believes the key to any success is hard work, and despite experiencing many professional and personal high points already, she believes the best is still to come.
“My hope is [that] the future holds the greatest success for me,” she said.