June 3, 2021
Director Carol Smith, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, joined Dysart Taylor in 2018. More than 30 years into practice, Carol is an experienced litigator, committed to obtaining great results for her clients. She is well-known across the country in matters involving surety, fidelity and construction claims and has worked with some of the largest surety and fidelity underwriters in the country.
Read on to learn more about Carol in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“I have no idea. When I was 10 years old, I wanted to be a lawyer, a Supreme Court Justice, coach the Boston Celtics and take Howard Cosell’s place on Monday Night Football. I settled for the one that was the most achievable. Although I would give a lot to be able to ghostwrite a couple Supreme Court decisions.”
What is your most significant memory or case in your career (so far)?
“My most significant case (so far) is a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirming the performing bond surety’s subrogation rights, a very important principle in our industry.”
What is the best advice you can give an up-and-coming attorney?
“I have two pieces of advice. First, it is so important to understand and be able to explain why your argument should carry the day – why it is fair and the right result.
Second, get involved in a professional organization. I have been a member of the ABA-TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee for most of my career. Through my participation in that committee, I have learned so much about my practice area and made lifelong friends across the country.”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“Reimagining, redesigning and decorating our home – and anyone else’s who will let me.”
What Kansas City experience would you recommend to everyone?
“The smaller art fairs – in Brookside, Prairie Village and Westport. The weather is usually good and you might find the perfect thing (and be able to afford it).”