March 29, 2021
Associate Kathryn Alsobrook, a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law, joined Dysart Taylor in 2020. With more than 40 jury trials, many of them serving as first chair, Katy is a skilled litigator who knows how to secure a win for her clients in front of judges and juries.
In her practice, Katy defends personal injury and discrimination claims, focusing in the areas of transportation, labor and employment, and insurance defense.
Read on to learn more about Katy in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“If I’m being 100% honest, I went to law school because I didn’t know what else to do with my history and political science degrees.”
What is your most significant memory or case (so far) in your career?
“Every case is significant so it’s hard to single out just one. But, I will always feel a sense of pride for the work I’ve done advocating on behalf of children and adult survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse.
Early in my civil litigation career, I had a particular case where opposing counsel seemed very adversarial and combative at every turn. When I took a step back and acknowledged that opposing counsel was just advocating on behalf of their client, it was easier not to take things personally, and to comfortably navigate the adversarial roles that are central to our legal system.”
What is the best thing about being an attorney?
“Being able to help people and learning something new every day.”
What is the best advice you can give an up-and-coming attorney?
“Be nice to everyone.”
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a fellow attorney?
“I once had a senior attorney tell me that he didn’t expect me to do things exactly the way he did. I’ve learned from watching many attorneys over the years that every attorney has their own style and way of doing things. You can learn a lot from observing the way other attorneys practice law, but at the end of the day, you have to be yourself.”
What Kansas City experience would you recommend to everyone?
“I think the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park are can’t-miss KC experiences. And Joe’s BBQ!”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“I’m an avid collector of houseplants and enjoy working in my yard. During quarantine I acquired backyard chickens and a duck. I spend a lot of time trying to keep them in my yard. I enjoy camping and hiking with my family and socializing with my friends and neighbors. In non-pandemic times I like to travel.”