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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Mira Mdivani

Business Immigration Attorney

Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Though it’s been more than two decades since Mira Mdivani moved from the former Soviet Union to the Midwest, the struggles of those early days remain fundamental for the successful, suburban Kansas City business immigration lawyer.

mdivaniFrom advising on corporate compliance to providing pro bono service for immigrant women and children who have survived domestic abuse, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law graduate has made it her mission to help those who follow in her path.

“She paves the way for immigrants to be included in the Missouri workforce,” says Mdivani’s nominator. “She hosts countless meetings with dinners in her home where she cooks dinner for women lawyers while they toil away on endeavors to better the community.

“She freely gives her time to lawyers looking to work on immigration cases, build a law firm and join the practice of law. She is tireless in her devotion to better the legal profession for all underrepresented groups of lawyers, and [she] teaches without any compensation at UMKC as an adjunct professor of immigration law.”

A recent Kansas Bar Association president, Mdivani remains a member of The Missouri Bar’s Board of Governors, a position she’s held since 2011.

What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice?

We have built a cutting-edge, deep-expertise business immigration practice where lawyers practice our craft with dignity and imagination for our corporate clients — and we are just as dedicated to serving our pro bono clients, including immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes, with the same depth of expertise and excellent service.

How do you give back to your community?

I am fortunate to know a lot of passionate and caring people. So they got me involved not just in bar volunteering and leadership, but in working for the betterment of my community. For example, my friend Zach Bickel [of The Robertson Law Group] pulled me into serving on the board of Jackson County CASA, where we serve 1,250 abused and neglected children.

What goal remains unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

Inclusion of my fellow humans because they want to be treated equally by other humans, and who are mistreated because [others] are in some respect responding based on stereotypes.

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards