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Kenneth D. Kinney, 34

Kenneth D. KinneyPartner, Ralston Kinney

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Employment discrimination, wrongful termination, personal injury

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

First in his class throughout his law school years, Kenneth Kinney now is a founding partner and practicing attorney in his firm. He is also a devoted husband and father of three.

“I love trying cases,” Kinney said. “My first court appearance ever was in the Missouri Supreme Court as a Rule 13 student.”

Since then, he has tried at least six jury trials to verdict, and he has secured verdicts in aggregate in excess of $10 million. He has developed the reputation of fighting for clients rejected by other attorneys while providing them with excellent service and working harder than anyone else for them.

“You can learn something from everyone,” Kinney said.

One of his favorite career memories involves a client with a back injury that wasn’t getting better. She didn’t speak English, but when her translator told her the hearing was over and she had received a settlement, she burst into tears and hugged him and the mediator.

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

Personal trainer. When I’m not in the office or courtroom, you will probably find me hiking, jogging, bike riding, kayaking or swimming.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Take every opportunity for experience. Don’t be timid. Ask to take depositions, go to hearings, help in trial. Watch trials. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be focused on being perfect. Always be honest and play by the rules.

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