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Jonathan E. Benevides, 36

Jonathan E. BenevidesMember, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Corporate defense in areas of transportation, products liability, premises liability, employment/labor, consumer protection, commercial litigation.

Law School: University of Kansas

Jonathan Benevides once competed in the brisket category of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Unfortunately, his team finished last.

Whatever the merits of his culinary adventures, his legal abilities always have earned top honors. It took just eight years for him to be promoted to member at Baker Sterchi, where he has spent his career. He recently was invited to become a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and this year he achieved a major win for a national transportation company by obtaining a dismissal of 40 charges against a client accused of violations of the National Labor Relations Act.

“Jon is one of our brightest young lawyers,” a nominator wrote. “He is zealous in advocating for his clients, dedicated in his service as a firm leader and mentor, and well-regarded by colleagues and opponents alike.”

What advice do you have for young lawyers? 

Challenge yourself. You improve your skills through practicing, so put yourself out there.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I have always enjoyed helping people navigate challenging issues and problems and wanted to be a part of a profession where I could do that every day.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Put yourself in a position that allows you to make an impact on the life of others.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Spending time with my wife and two young girls, particularly outdoors, and long-distance running.