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Lindsay Todd Perkins, 39

Lindsay Todd PerkinsOf-counsel, Stueve Siegel Hanson

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Consumer class actions — particularly those focused on data breach and privacy — and universal life insurance cost-of-insurance litigation

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

A desire to understand the rules governing society motivated Lindsay Perkins to choose a career as a lawyer rather than as a psychologist or a competitive slalom water skier.

As a lawyer, Perkins has worked on many precedent-establishing cases and settlements stemming from the largest data breaches in U.S. history. She has helped to establish her firm as an industry leader in data breach and privacy litigation.

Earlier this year, she helped to obtain a ground-breaking opinion and order denying Marriott International’s motion to dismiss consumer claims arising out of a massive data breach affecting millions of hotel guests. She was the lead drafter in opposing the motion.

In addition, Perkins was a member of the team that secured a historic $1.5 billion settlement with Equifax in a nationwide class action lawsuit resulting from its 2017 data breach.

She played a key role in obtaining a $3.25 million settlement in a class action by optometrists following a data breach at the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She’s also the mother of three children.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

In 2018, when the jury’s $34 million verdict was read in favor of a Missouri class of State Farm universal life insurance policy owners alleging cost of insurance overcharges. In 2020, the 8th Circuit affirmed the judgment and denied rehearing.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Credibility takes a long time to achieve and only a moment to lose.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Ask for new challenges that put you out of your comfort zone.