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Sara Hofeditz Christensen, 35

Associate, The Hastings Law Firm

Sara Hofeditz ChristensenLocation: Kansas City

Practice Area(s): Criminal defense

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

A lawyer who knows Sara Hofeditz Christensen said “she might be the busiest person on Earth.”

Christensen, a former assistant public defender, is now in private practice at The Hastings Law Firm, where she manages a full caseload of serious felony offenses, including homicides and sex crimes.

One of her most memorable cases, though, unfolded in municipal court in Kansas City, where she defended a couple who owned a shower house that provides meals, toiletries, clean clothes and a place to take a shower to Kansas City’s most needy. They were charged with some municipal infractions, but more than 100 people showed up to support the defendants, and Christensen won an acquittal for them.

Outside of her legal practice, Christensen volunteers in both the community and in legal associations. In October 2018, she and her husband had a son named Stanley, with whom she loves spending time.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Growing up, I performed in plays [and] was a ballet dancer, baton twirler and singer.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Be true to yourself — especially in the courtroom. Juries can tell when you are being disingenuous.  Go for it, whatever it is, and believe in it 100 percent, or don’t do it at all.  Don’t try and mimic another attorney’s style or performance.  Your voice and your story are the most powerful tools you have.

Anything else you want people to know about you?

I taught my dog how to high-five while studying for the bar exam.

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