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Up & Coming Honorees: Catherine D. Singer, 32

Associate, German May, Kansas City

singer-catherinePractice Area: Commercial litigation

Law School: Duke University

For many people, jury duty is an inconvenience to be avoided. For Catherine Singer, serving on a jury in college inspired her to become an attorney. She had considered a legal career before, but she wasn’t certain it was the path for her.

“Serving on a jury really caused me to want to know what was behind the curtain and understand what all of the facts were and why the instructions given to the jury were what they were,” Singer said.

Singer had been leaning towards pursuing an advanced degree in history or political science. If not for her positive experience as a juror, she said she likely would be in a different career today.

“Probably something very frustrating involving my degree in political science,” she said.

Singer graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2010.

She began her career as a law clerk in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, assisting with felony fraud cases, before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Irvine, California. As an associate there, she worked on complex civil litigation and coordinated document review and e-discovery-related strategic decisions for the firm.

Singer then relocated to Kansas City, where as an associate with German May, she has won millions of dollars for her clients. One such highlight: a $6.1 million verdict after a 13-day trial.

“I feel very fortunate to get to practice in such a great city with exceptional attorneys and as part of a collegial bar,” she said.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

Successfully balancing life as a new mother with a full-time legal practice.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Hearing the jury announce a large verdict in my client’s favor after contentious litigation.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I’m credited as “Spastic Cheerleader #2” in the straight-to-DVD Amy Poehler movie “Spring Breakdown.”

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