With a background in social work and victim advocacy, Taylor Arri understands the hardships her clients face. 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. Taylor previously worked for the firm as a law clerk during law school.
“Being an attorney allows me to use my social work skills; everyone who walks in our doors is going through a hard time. Whether they’ve faced discrimination at work or have been badly injured, I have the ability to easily connect with our clients and understand their perspective. This is the perfect fit for me.”
Taylor gained valuable experience during an eight-month internship with the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office in Olathe, Kansas. While there, she was responsible for her own caseload, averaging 80 criminal cases at one time. Taylor tried various types of misdemeanors – with domestic violence and low-level drug cases being the most common – on her own in front of a judge under Kansas Rule 719 (Kansas Legal Intern Permit), allowing her to become familiar with trial proceedings and the court staff. She was also able to try a jury trial from jury selection all the way to closing arguments, before graduating from law school.
During her time on the mock trial team, she was selected to compete at Top Gun, an invitation only competition for the top 16 advocates in the country, hosted by Baylor Law School. She was also a regional champion in the TYLA National Trial Competition and was placed in the top eight as the number one seed in the national finals.
In addition, Taylor has also held roles at as an intern for the Honorable Judge Roseann Ketchmark, a U.S. District judge for the Western District of Missouri, and at two Kansas City-based law firms: Dollar, Burns & Becker and Dickerson Oxton, LLC.
Prior to attending law school, Taylor worked as a nonresidential and sexual violence Victim Advocate and as a Volunteer Coordinator at True North of Columbia, a nonprofit agency providing emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy service for victims and survivors of partner and sexual violence. This role allowed Taylor to appear in court weekly on behalf of her clients, but she was unable to defend them in court. She now uses this experience to give a voice to clients who feel voiceless.
- Employment Litigation
- General Commercial Litigation
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Western District Court of Missouri
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
- Order of the Barristers
- Terry L. Thomas Trial Practice Achievement
- Summit Theatre Group, Board of Directors
Taylor graduated with a J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2020, where she served as Vice-President of Board of Barristers, a member of the Mock Trial Team, a National Trial Competition Finalist and an Oliver Club Board Member. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2015.