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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes: Stephanie Matchett

Office Manager: Office Manager, Avant Law Group

Avant Law GroupThe Avant Law Group opened its doors in Overland Park, Kansas in April 2020, just when the world was shut down due to the pandemic. That made transferring in dozens of clients and getting acquainted with multiple new software applications an even bigger challenge.

“Being successful in getting requirements figured out and in place across various systems, then getting invoices out the door within the first few weeks — all while working from home is something I am very proud of,” she said.

Matchett handles client intake, invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, client transfers, mail and much more, while assisting the small firm’s attorneys and staff with any miscellaneous tasks or projects that need to be completed.

Her nominator said her knowledge of every client and willingness to jump into any task has been crucial to the firm’s first year.

“We would be truly lost without her,” the nominator said.

What led you to choose a career in the legal field? 

I had been working part-time in a job-share position for a telecommunications company and was looking for a full-time position as my youngest child was about to start school. A friend asked if I would be interested in a full-time opening at her firm. It was a new industry for me in a really interesting role, so how could I refuse? Years later, we still work together.

What is the best part of your job? 

I love that my days are rarely the same and there is always a chance to learn something new. And of course, I would be remiss if I did not call out all the AMAZING people I work with who always take the time to help me learn and grow.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

You are human and you will make a mistake. When you do, own your mistake, learn from it and move on.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2021