Science and technology attorney Kristin A. Kenney has joined national law firm Polsinelli as an associate. Drawing on her experience with companies creating and utilizing today’s technology, she intends to focus her practice on a variety of startup formation matters including venture financing, copyright/trademark protection and intellectual property matters, software development and licensing.
“I have a particular affinity for startups because my dad has always been an entrepreneur. It’s in my blood,” Kenney said. “Entrepreneurs need a legal partner with a clear understanding of the day-to-day tests they face, along with the experience to provide the necessary guidance and imaginative solutions that such a challenging business journey requires.”
Kenney’s background enables her to understand the needs and goals of her clients. Prior to becoming an attorney, she acquired 10 years of experience in business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Kenney created an award-winning business plan and prototype for an efficient technology tool – RE:CiteTM – that provides increased productivity and collaboration to legal professionals.
Kenney remains an active member of the Midwest startup community. This year she was awarded the University of Missouri-System President’s Award as Student Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also a finalist in the first annual 2012 Gigabit Challenge, a worldwide business plan competition to find disruptive ideas that are enabled by Google Fiber.
“Kristin is unique in that she is an entrepreneur and a lawyer,” Davyeon Ross, a Kansas City technology entrepreneur. “She is a committed member of the growing and exciting startup community in the Midwest and has received a number of awards for entrepreneurial endeavors. Polsinelli’s impact in the Kansas City community, especially the entrepreneurial community, will only be enhanced by Kristin’s passion and experience in entrepreneurship.”
Polsinelli’s technology law attorneys are able to access a full-service law firm, with experience across a number of national practice areas, including real estate, tax, securities, health care, patent prosecution and litigation, copyright and trademark registration and litigation in addition to numerous other specialty fields of practice.
“Kristin is very well connected in the entrepreneur and technology space in Kansas City and the Midwest,” said Jason Grill, an attorney and co-host of a Kansas City area entrepreneur radio show. “She understands how important it is that strategy, clear objectives and the law are integrated for an entrepreneur or business from the start.”
Kenney said she chose Polsinelli because “it is a dynamic, exciting place to be with unusually high energy, a commitment to excellence and generating innovative, creative solutions for clients. The firm also supports my passion for entrepreneurs and startup innovators and will provide me the perfect platform to grow my practice.”
Kenney earned her law degree from UMKC’s School of Law this year with an emphasis in Business and Entrepreneurial Law. She earned a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and a psychology degree equivalent from UMKC in 2006. Kenney also graduated from the Regnier Institute’s Entrepreneurial Scholars Program at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management, completing that program and her final year at the UMKC School of Law simultaneously.