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Kathryn T. Allen, 35

Kathryn T. AllenShareholder, Polsinelli

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Security and privacy, technology licensing and use, intellectual property protection and monetization.

Law School: Texas A&M

Whether she is negotiating information security agreements for a health care network or counselling a university on student and employee-created copyrighted works, Kathryn T. Allen gives those she represents a unique level of dedication and knowledge in the ever-changing fields of information security, technology transactions and intellectual property.

“She works with some of the firm’s largest clients and manages some of their most complex technology and privacy work,” her nominator wrote.

A founder of Polsinelli’s Insurtech practice, Allen was elevated to a shareholder role last year and assists the firm’s recruitment efforts as part of its associate hiring committee. She also has been a notable champion for female-led tech startups and an advocate for women in STEM work.

Allen is involved with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program, and she is a mentor for Amethyst Place and provides pro bono work for the Ronald McDonald House and Kansas City Campus for Animal Care.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I am an artist and creator; I wanted to assist others in protecting their creations and helping them to monetize their creativity.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have chosen?

Museum curator. I love the fine arts, and my undergraduate degree is in art history and museum administration.

What is the best career advice you have received?

If you follow the crowd, you will go no further than everyone else. If you strike out on your own path, you will find yourself where no one else has ever been.