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Kathryn C. Bascom, 32

Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Kathryn C. BascomLocation: Kansas City

Practice Area(s): Litigation — fire, explosion and electrical liability, insurance coverage and defense, business litigation, product liability

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kathryn Bascom, a litigator at Armstrong Teasdale, has impressed her colleagues with several of her attributes and skills.

She has a calm demeanor in the courtroom. Her writing is strong. She hits deadlines. She’s also easy to communicate with. Perhaps most importantly, she’s getting results: Just this year, she has won a number of summary judgments for clients in both state and federal court.

When not at the firm, she’s volunteering, playing with her rescue dogs or with her husband caring for their infant daughter.

“I had a two-week-long jury trial almost immediately upon returning to work,” recalled Bascom. “Having a very small baby at home while second-chairing a trial was a unique challenge that taught me I am tougher than I thought — and that I can get by on very little sleep.”

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

The best way to learn is by doing. I have spent a lot of time in my career worrying that I wouldn’t be able to do things I’d never done before, like arguing a big motion or learning a new area of the law, before even trying.  I wish I had been a little gentler on myself and just jumped right in.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I am a certified yoga teacher.  I have been practicing yoga since high school and completed teacher training in 2017. Yoga has been an integral part of my legal practice because it helps me keep a level head and declutters my mind.

What is the best career advice you have received?

You have to take responsibility for your career path. You can’t sit and wait for opportunities to fall into your lap.  It’s up to you to take initiative to find what interests you and to seek out good mentors and teachers.

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