The Kansas City Business Journal recently included insight from Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris (SBH) Managing Member Kimberly Jones in a cover story highlighting the increase in women earning leadership roles in Kansas City law firms.
Titled “Evening the Scales,” the article looks at the factors for increased diversity, especially among influential law firms in the metro area like SBH. Jones pointed out that law firms historically haven’t made the best decisions about leadership, typically assigning those roles to high-earning attorneys.
Jones added that firms have put more thought into composition of client relationship teams, giving consideration to the diversity clients want to see in their outside counsel.
“Historically, not much thought was taken to ensure some of those significant opportunities were going to women or people of color,” Jones told the KCBJ. “If you want to develop more diversity in leadership, you need to make sure they’re getting opportunities to develop those kinds of client relationships.”
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Jones has served as SBH’s managing member since 2016. An accomplished trial lawyer in a career spanning more than two decades, she focuses her practice on labor and employment law representing companies, not-for-profits, and higher education institutions in federal and state courts and before AAA and labor arbitration panels. She also counsels clients through complicated labor and employment issues, including harassment, effective supervision, and managing the absent employee.