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Kelle C. Burmeister Gilmore, 40

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Kelle C. Burmeister GilmoreLocation: Independence

Practice area(s): Family law, juvenile law, probate

Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City

From the time she decided to follow her father into the legal profession, Kelle C. Burmeister Gilmore has been going the extra step to help people, and her dedication has led to her opening her own practice.

Burmeister Gilmore’s nominators sing her praises for her passionate commitment to children who wind up in the court system. One of her nominators said she often can be found meeting with her young clients in her office on the weekends. Another points to the way she navigates effectively through difficult cases involving guardianship, third-party custody and children in need of care.

Burmeister Gilmore also is a member of several professional boards and bar organizations, volunteers time for CLE sessions and devotes many hours of pro bono work to help families and children. One of her nominators mentioned that she models board engagement in a way you read about in articles and books.

As another nominator put it, “Kelle represents the very best of the legal profession, using her experience, knowledge, passion and commitment to help children and families every single day.”

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

Not giving up on this job. That sounds ridiculous, but the burnout is real. I love what I do, but the demands are difficult, so figuring out a work-life balance is challenging. I am proud of myself for not giving up.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I danced for the Arizona State University dance team in college. Go Sun Devils!

What is the best career advice you have received?

Pick your battles and know when enough is enough. There is no need to continue with a witness when the point has been achieved.

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