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Dione C. Greene, 39

Dione C. GreeneOwner, DCG Law Firm

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Employment and business litigation

Law School: Indiana University-Bloomington

If he hadn’t become an attorney, Dione C. Greene said he might have become a teacher or a pastor.

“I enjoy learning and sharing what I learn to help others,” he said.

Thinking about his purpose in life, however, ultimately led him to the legal profession.

“I believe that the legal profession can be used to make the world a better place by providing excellent client service and serving the community,” he said.

One of Greene’s nominators called him “a bright and shining star.”

“As a former law clerk to 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge [Duane] Benton, Dione brings a sharp academic mind to every case, along with his outstanding writing skills,” the nominator wrote. “When you combine that with his excellent oral advocacy skills, he is a fierce litigator.”

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I was a football star in high school and received scholarship letters from places like Harvard University to play football. However, I knew I didn’t want to pursue football as a career in the long run and ultimately went on to pursue an economics degree from UMKC and law degree from Indiana University.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

I like chasing my 7- and 5-year-old around the house and playing hide and seek. I also like going on vacation to the beach.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Winning a significant jury trial within the first three months of starting my own law firm.

Anything else you want people to know about you?

My favorite thing about practicing law is trying cases. It’s fun to me.