November 18, 2020
Associate Benjamin Stringer, a graduate of University of Kansas School of Law, joined Dysart Taylor as a law clerk in 2016 and became an associate attorney in 2018 after graduating from law school. His practice focuses primarily on transportation and construction law, including subrogation, surety and workers’ compensation matters.
A civil defense litigator, Benjamin has a keen ability to understand a business and create strategies to solve legal problems.
Read on to learn more about Benjamin in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“I guess the easy answer would be my father was an attorney and I was intrigued by the practice of law from a young age. However, the two main reasons are I love people and I love solving problems. Being an attorney allows me to interact and work with different people from all walks of life every day. Whether I am helping an individual with a ‘small’ matter or assisting a large corporation with a multimillion-dollar case, I get the opportunity to be there when people feel like there are no solutions left and they need help the most.”
What is your most significant memory or case (so far) in your career?
“At Dysart Taylor, we have the privilege of helping a wide range of clients with a wide range of issues. At times this can be stressful as you try to get up to speed on an area of the law that isn’t necessarily your expertise but often those cases are the most rewarding. It would be easy for me to say my most significant memory was winning on some motion or getting a favorable verdict, but for me it would have to be a family law case the firm was appointed before I was even licensed. Without giving too much detail, our client’s children came under the jurisdiction of the state, which generally ends with a termination of parental rights. However, my client refused to give up and after over two years of ups and downs, a ton of meetings and even more court dates, my client and his children have been reunified and the court has relinquished jurisdiction. Money makes the world go round but when the stakes involve someone’s children it is hard not give it your absolute best.”
What is your biggest goal for your legal career?
“For me personally, I want to argue in front of the Supreme Court of the United States one day. I understand this is a lofty goal and arguing in front of SCOTUS is a rarity but with the opportunities and tutelage I receive at Dysart Taylor I am confident I am on the right path.”
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a fellow attorney?
“Attorneys love giving advice so I have received plenty of it! Probably the best advice I have received is to treat every client like they are your most important client. Being an attorney is often stressful and sometimes it is easy to get fixated on what is right in front of you. Grounding yourself and remembering that each client has come to you in their time of need, regardless of how small the issue may seem to be, helps make the job a whole lot easier. Probably the second best piece of advice is to treat everyone with respect, especially your adversaries. On TV we’re used to seeing attorneys go at each other and most laypeople would assume attorneys hate their peers but really, it is the opposite. Problems get resolved a lot quicker when you work together versus constantly being at odds and, almost more importantly, you never know when your adversary on one case will be your teammate on the next.”
What Kansas City experience would you recommend to everyone?
“Well if we were living in a non-COVID world I would say getting out to a Chiefs or Royals game is my number one recommendation. Since that is not a real possibility at this time, I would recommend a picnic at Liberty Memorial or the Scout – the views of the city are wonderful from both.”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, Jordan, who is also an attorney, and my dog. I also coach the University of Kansas Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and play what Jordan would probably describe as an “excessive” amount of disc golf. Kansas City is one of the top five disc golf cities in America with almost 50 different courses in the metro.”