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, estate planning, and business and entrepreneurial law.
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 and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. Kate lives in Overland Park with her husband and four young children. She spends an inordinate amount of time at the local soccer and baseball 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.
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.
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.
Drawing from her experience as the owner of a marketing agency, Kate also assists clients with advertising and marketing law needs, helping them find legal solutions to help protect and market their brands. These services include reviewing advertising and promotional materials at all stages in the creative process, assisting in compliance with advertising requirements and restrictions set forth by various regulatory agencies (FTC, FDA, FCC, FINRA and others), handling all legal issues related to sweepstakes and contests, counseling clients about their online and offline privacy obligations, advising on digital privacy matters, and preparing social media policies. (For three years, Kate authored bi-weekly social media columns for the Kansas City Business Journal, all of which can still be read online.)