“Fairness and equality are values that I hold and honor. Adhering to these values allows me to serve my clients to the best of my ability.”
Brandi Spates collaborates with businesses and individuals to help them resolve legal issues. She brings a unique perspective to her practice in employment and school law, drawing from her previous experiences as an intern in the legal department of the Kansas City School District. While at the Kansas City School District, Brandi researched and drafted legal memoranda and litigation filings. Additionally, Brandi assisted in conducting investigations, witness interviews, trial preparation, and mediations.
While attending the University of Kansas School of Law, Brandi interned in the legal department of Sporting Kansas City, where she drafted legal documents, contracts, letters and other agreements. Additionally, Brandi served as a research assistant for Professor Stephen J. Ware where she conducted research in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Lastly, Brandi worked for the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies Clinic where she assisted in all aspects of litigation, including fact development and analysis, legal research, investigations and drafting motions for post-conviction relief. This background gave her an understanding of the legal industry that enables her to serve her clients effectively and knowledgeably.
Prior to attending law school, Brandi worked in various student support roles in higher education. This experience helps her advise and guide schools and universities with legal issues. In addition, Brandi has always strived to be the voice of the underdog. Whether it is through legal work, or in volunteering for programs working with underrepresented students, Brandi works to help wherever she can.
- Conducted legal research and drafted legal memoranda and litigation filings as a law clerk
- Researched and drafted an appellate brief to the Court of Appeals of the State of Kansas
- Researched, analyzed and drafted pre-trial documents including a third-party petition, motions for summary judgment, proposed jury instructions, discovery and findings of fact and conclusions of law
- Jackson County Bar Association
- Association of Women Lawyers of Kansas City
- Black Female Attorneys Group
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Lawyers Association of Kansas City
- University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., Trial Advocacy Certificate 2019
- University of Missouri Kansas City, M.A., 2011
- University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2009
- Recipient – 2017 Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Award
- Recipient – 2017 Dorothy Alene Bates Kirk Scholarship Award
SEMINARS / PUBLICATIONS
“Changes to Discovery Rules Offer Clarity to Litigators,” co-author, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, December 2019