A self-defined “word girl,” Beverly Weber wasn’t quite sure where to go after earning an analytical literature degree.
“I just really still enjoyed learning and I don’t think I had the maturity yet to get a real job straight out of college,” said the Philadelphia-area native who grew up in Syracuse, N.Y.
Law school was the answer. After earning her J.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City, the 45-year-old did tobacco litigation work at Shook Hardy and Bacon before moving onto Martin Leigh where she handled general practice matters including everything from creditors’ rights to real estate appeals. When her firm joined Armstrong Teasdale in 2020, she became a partner in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Practice Group.
Identified as a Rising Star by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2014, Weber is also a President’s Award recipient from the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City.
“Despite maintaining a full practice, she devotes her time advocating for others personally and professionally, in the law and her communities,” writes her nominator who mentions Weber’s work as co-founder of Lucy’s Kids for Peace, the local chapter of a non-profit that mentors women in the law. “Bev excels in everything she does while selflessly guiding and promoting others.”
Weber said that she likes connecting people with the right lawyer to help them with a matter.
“Sometimes that means I’m not the right lawyer,” she said. “I love getting in the community, meeting people and being that person they know they can call to get the right answer or get a great referral.”
She said she enjoys her practice area which gives her the flexibility to find answers for her clients.
“You can have that sort of level of creativity within the confines of statutes in good case law,” she noted. “There is an answer to be found but you are not necessarily locked in. You get the benefit of building an area of knowledge but it doesn’t forbid you or prevent you from being creative to find a solution.”
Weber is upbeat on the future of females in the law.
“I think it is a great time to be a woman in a lot of professions right now,” she said. “I think that there are conversations being had that are really positive towards acknowledging the success that a company can have if you just embrace the diversity of your organization.”
“This is a great profession that expects a lot out of you in terms of hard work but it also gives really great rewards,” she added. “When you’re in a moment of working really hard this profession allows you to have equal moments of repose and satisfaction so all sort of balances out at the end.”