Associate General Counsel, HOK Group, St. Louis
Practice Area(s): Construction, In-house
Law School: Vanderbilt University
Kate Maxson discovered law while participating in high school mock trial. Her coach, Peter Stragand had a profound impact on her career choice, and today he is one of her peers.
“I now coach that program with Peter,” Maxson writes. “Our team has won the Missouri High School competition the past two years.
Maxson’s college mock trial coach John W. Winkle was also inspiring. She switched her major from business to political science and sped up her graduation timeline so she could get to law school faster.
“The skills I learned in mock trial are invaluable as a practicing attorney today,” she writes.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I’m an introvert. However, going to a college where I knew almost no one and then moving to several new cities taught me how to feel more comfortable with my more limited extroverted side.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?
I am destined for a career as an attorney but would love to write fantasy or a murder mystery in a cabin by a lake someday.
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
I only got to take one case to trial before I went in-house, and that resulted in an unexpectedly expedited bench trial and ultimately a full defense verdict. It was a complicated make-or-break case for our client’s company, and when the judge read the ruling, the first chair attorney wrote “good for us!” on a legal pad and slid it over to the client so he would know what was happening. Seeing his reaction to that note was the most rewarding moment I have had so far as an attorney.