Practice Areas: Estate planning, business
Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Within his first year at Parman & Easterday, Joseph Esry’s business development efforts led to noticeable growth at the firm.
Promoted to managing attorney in 2018, he made his dedication to his practice and firm so well-known that he now oversees employee hiring and retention at the firm’s Overland Park office as well as his own full caseload, according to one of his nominators.
“Joseph Esry is the definition of a leader,” another nominator writes. He also regularly presents on estate-planning matters and serves two nonprofit organizations as pro bono general counsel while providing pro bono services to others. He volunteers with multiple organizations, and he’s been a Boy Scout leader for years.
Esry said he was inspired as a child to become a lawyer after witnessing an attorney help his mother to obtain child support from his father. While he didn’t know exactly what was going on at that time, he said, he saw how happy the lawyer made his mother.
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
There are lots of different areas of the law. Do not just pick one and resign yourself to doing something that you can survive. Look around and work hard until you find what makes you love what you do.
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?
Restarting the habit of reading for pleasure.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Do not network to get clients. Get involved with organizations and communities you love. Be passionate, genuine and helpful in those groups, and it will pay off professionally.