Location: Kansas City
Practice Areas: Estate planning, probate family law
Law School: University of Missouri
As the co-founder of a nonprofit law firm that assists those in need with low-cost legal services, Kelisen Binder is no stranger to helping others. But her work at Legal Services for Families in Missouri, which she helped to create last year, is only part of the story. She also has established a successful career in her own solo practice, which maintains a list of more than 50 clients.
Her resume includes law office clerkships that brought her in contact with criminal defense, family law and toxic tort matters. In addition to a clerkship for a Jackson County judge, she worked as a junior associate at Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, where she dealt with fraudulent insurance claims. She also ran her own freelance legal research and writing service for several years, and she interned at U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s office in Washington, D.C. and as a legislative analyst for the Missouri House of Representatives.
Binder’s community involvements include volunteer work for CASA for Children and a stint on the board of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She is a member of the 2020 class of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions leadership development program.
“Kelisen is a gifted lawyer and an amazing person,” one nominator wrote. “The creation of her own law firm to provide low-cost legal services to families in need should be an inspiration to every attorney.”
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I have my motorcycle license.
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
Working with an elderly gentleman who became a close friend. We recently hosted an 83rd birthday party for him at our home.