Kate McKinney joined Martin Pringle in 2014. Kate began her career in 1996 as an assistant prosecuting attorney in suburban Kansas City and then transitioned into private practice. Kate took a brief hiatus from her legal practice to start her own company, focusing on social media and digital marketing. After building a successful small business and gaining perspective on the needs of business owners, she felt called back to the practice of law. Her experience as a business owner gives Kate a unique perspective when managing clients’ needs. Kate’s law practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, insurance defense, business and entrepreneurial law, and estate planning.
A Kansas City native, Kate earned her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and her law degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is active in the Kansas City community, was a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions leadership program, and recently chaired the Board of Directors at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. Kate lives in Overland Park with her husband and four children. She spends an inordinate amount of time at the local soccer fields on evenings and weekends.
Kate is an accomplished commercial and civil litigator with experience in contract cases, commercial foreclosures and other loan-related litigation, stockholder disputes, employment claims, will and trust disputes and business torts such as non-competition and trade secrets litigation. She has successfully represented clients in administrative proceedings and in mediations, as well as in state and federal courts in Kansas and Missouri.
Kate has represented regional and national carriers on a wide variety of insurance matters. She has successfully handled hundreds of insurance defense claims, including products liability matters, professional negligence claims, commercial general liablity, transportation litigation, homeowners and premises liability. She also regularly consults with insurance carriers on coverage matters.
As a former entrepreneur and business owner, Kate is uniquely situated to understand the needs and concerns of clients who own and operate businesses. Her involvement in Kansas City’s social media, marketing and tech communities fostered an excitement and interest in helping entrepreneurial minds achieve their goals. Kate works with Martin Pringle’s business practice and entrepreneurial law groups to help businesses with the drafting, review and negotiation of employment and vendor contracts and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements. Her background and knowledge of marketing law also allows her to work with clients on a variety of branding and consumer-focused regulatory issues.
Additionally, Kate provides guidance to clients in estate planning. She works with clients to reach their asset protection goals, and assists them with their estate planning needs by drafting documents, such as wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives. Kate also has experience in administering decedents' probate estates and litigating probate and trust conflicts.