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WJA 2021: Megan R. Stumph-Turner

She was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Today, Megan Stumph-Turner is a partner in a law firm that represents some of the most recognized business names in important cases across the country.

stumph-turnerStumph-Turner earned an undergraduate degree in political science from William Jewell College. She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. While in law school, she competed in Board of Advocates events for trial advocacy and volunteered at the Family Violence Clinic by providing services to victims of domestic violence.

Whether her client is an individual pro bono client or a large corporation, Stumph-Turner is committed to treating all clients the way she would want to be treated as a client. She enjoys the rewarding feeling of reaching a favorable settlement for her clients.

“I prepare each case as if we’re going to trial,” she says. “I use that preparation to leverage a favorable settlement.”

Stumph-Turner will always remember her first jury trial. Before, she had bench trial experience only before they placed her on an automobile accident case.

“We put in so much time, preparation and hard work on it,” she says. “Going into the closing argument, I felt very prepared. That was an amazing feeling. I still remember the adrenaline rush of trying the case and the successful outcome.”

Currently, her practice areas include civil litigation, creditors’ rights, financial services, real estate, construction and commercial litigation. A popular panelist speaker at financial services legal conferences, she also provides onsite training services concerning both state-specific and nationwide legal trends affecting the financial services industry.

Stumph-Turner is the editor and lead contributor for her firm’s Financial Services Law Blog, providing guidance and breaking news to banks and other financial institutions across the country. She also mentors female associates and is involved with recruiting efforts in Kansas City.

“I enjoy helping young attorneys in our firm learn new litigation skills, networking and how to build their own relationships,” she says. “I like being someone the associates trust to come to with an issue or a problem.”

Stumph-Turner is active in the Volunteer Attorney Project (VAP), providing pro bono services in civil cases to those with little or no income. She also volunteers with Lead to Read KC, mentoring young students through one-on-one reading sessions. She serves as a mentor in the William Jewell Alumni Career Mentoring Program. She also co-chairs the 2021 and 2022 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.

For the past four years, she has served as co-chair of the Inn of Court Outreach Committee, helping to organize a special prom for special needs students in Wyandotte County.

An avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, Stumph-Turner was one of the team’s cheerleaders while she was in college.

“I’m always there to cheer them on,” she says.

She added that she was there in Miami when the Chiefs won the 2020 NFL championship.

Women's Justice Awards 2021