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WJA 2019

Elaine A. Pudlowski- Frankel, Rubin, Klein, Dubin, Siegel & Payne

Elaine A. Pudlowski says her practice is about helping families cut through the “BS” and come to practical solutions outside the courtroom. “I think I like seeing people use common sense to solve their problems . . . and I ...

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Kara D. Larson-Kansas City Power & Light

By her own admission, Kara D. Larson is “a terrible backseat driver.” As assistant general counsel at Kansas City Power & Light, she spends most of her time managing people and processes, but sometimes she can’t help delving into the ...

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Lisa O. Stump- Lashly & Baer

About five years ago, Lashly & Baer’s longtime President Kenneth C. Brostron began talking with other firm leaders about a transition plan for the future. They turned to fellow board member Lisa O. Stump. Her first response: President? Me? “I ...

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Randee Stemmons- Stemmons Law Firm

When Randee Stemmons was 10 years old, she read Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” At the same time, her father was appointed to defend a young man accused of murder. “He kind of became my Atticus Finch, ...

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Katie Killen- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Maybe it was in her DNA, maybe it came from her environment, but Katie Killen comes to public service naturally. Her father was a town manager in Colorado before moving to Kansas, where he was finance director in Merriam before ...

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Kersten Holzhueter- Spencer Fane

Kersten Holzhueter was an accounting major at the University of Wisconsin before a significant career shift, caused by a fourth-year business law class borne from the ashes of the Enron and Arthur Anderson collapses. “They wanted to train this whole ...

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Kara T. Stubbs- Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice

When Kara T. Stubbs found products-liability law as a young lawyer, she knew she met her match. “I found the science fascinating — why a device was designed the way it was, why a child car seat was designed in ...

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Amy E. Garrett- Simmons Hanly Conroy

On Amy Garrett’s wall is a framed copy of a message from the son-in-law of a Pearl Harbor veteran whom she represented in a mesothelioma case. “This thank-you note that I got from his family said this was the first ...

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Shannon K. Gordon- Gordon Law Firm

Shannon K. Gordon is quick with a joke when asked why she went to law school. “Growing up, my mother told me I either needed to be an actress or a lawyer because apparently, I had a flair for the ...

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Elizabeth S. Lenivy- The Simon Law Firm

It was a tough case, and Elizabeth S. Lenivy knew it would take a lot of digging. But eventually she got her client, who was facing five felony charges, a plea arrangement for only seven years in jail. He could ...

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Robin Ransom- Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District

Judge Robin Ransom admits she didn’t like law school. “The people were nice. But I thought, ‘I’m not doing this for a living,’” she chuckled. Yet today the St. Louis native sits on the state’s appellate court, and she’s learned ...

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