October 19, 2020
Associate Taylor Arri, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, recently joined White, Graham, Buckley & Carr. In her practice, she handles general commercial litigation, employment law, personal injury and medical malpractice, with the precision and care of someone twice her age. She previously worked for the firm as a law clerk during law school.
Read on to learn more about Taylor in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“I started off as a social worker – an advocate for domestic and sexual abuse survivors. My day-to-day with them included attending many court hearings, so I was exposed to the courtroom almost daily. However, during proceedings, victim advocates are not allowed to speak; they are only allowed to stand silently and give moral support to their clients. My clients were also constantly looking for legal advice without the means to pay for an attorney. I became saddened and frustrated at my inability to help in this way. I decided I would go to law school so I would never have to say ‘I’m sorry, I can’t give you legal advice’ when someone was in need.”
What do you enjoy most about working at WGB&C?
“The best thing about working for WGB&C is our team. Every staff member is dedicated to providing the best service possible, with compassion and excellence. I am thrilled and beyond lucky to be learning from some of the very best plaintiffs’ attorneys in our field. It is inspiring to work in an environment that is committed to working toward equity every day, and supporting each other along the way.”
What is the best thing about being a plaintiff’s attorney?
“I think the best thing about being a plaintiff’s attorney is the opportunity to help folks as they are going through a very difficult time in their life. It’s a privilege to be able to offer that guiding hand as they walk through the legal process. Carrying people’s stories is a great responsibility, but one I welcome.”
What is the best advice you’ve received as an up-and-coming attorney?
“The best advice I’ve received is to never stop learning. Be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things and connecting with those who have come before you. Even when I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years I hope that I will be dedicated to learning and growing as an attorney.”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“Outside of work, I am involved in Summit Theatre Group (STG) as a board member and have also been in several musical productions of theirs. My favorite role was being able to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast last summer. STG is a great outlet for my creative side and we are looking forward to growing with our brand new space in Lee’s Summit! I also enjoy spending time outside with my husband Bryan, and our two Australian shepherd pups, Ellie and Nigel. We love living in the River Market and getting to experience the city right outside our door.”