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Up & Coming Honorees: James A. Breckenridge, 37

Attorney, Levy Craig Law Firm, Kansas City

james-a-breckenridgePractice Areas: Commercial and bond litigation, immigration

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

For James Breckenridge, gratitude is the key to success as a lawyer.

“Make reflecting on gratitude part of each day you live,” he advises young attorneys. “Always be grateful to support staff, mentors, friends, family, colleagues, opposing counsel and clients. Each and every person who crosses our paths holds within them a lesson waiting to be discovered.”

Breckenridge has a lot for which to be grateful, both in his personal life and in his practice. He said his biggest accomplishment this year was “marrying the love of my life after 13 wonderful years together.”

At work, he’s also scored a key victory for a client facing deportation — he was able to secure protection for his client under the United Nations Convention against Torture for a client, a rare form of relief granted to less than 3 percent of applicants.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Remember to work in a relaxed manner, and do the best you can.
What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Late mornings in bed with my coffee, my Chihuahuas and my Kindle.

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