ATTORNEY BRIANNE THOMAS

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
University of Arizona

Juris Doctor
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
American Bar Association
Missouri Association for Trial Attorneys
Kansas Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee

AWARDS/HONORS

Rising Star Award 2015
KC Business Magazine

David J. Dixon Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy 2012
The Missouri Bar Foundation

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009-2014
Law & Politics Magazine and KC Business Journal

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 2012-2014
The National Trial Lawyers Association

Best of the Bar 2013, 2014, 2016
Kansas City Business Journal

President’s Award 2011
The Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

President’s Award
The Missouri Bar YLS Section Council 2011

BAR ADMISSIONS

Missouri
Kansas
United States District Court – Western District of Missouri
United States District Court – District of Kansas
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

LEADERSHIP

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Board of Governors 2010-present
Disaster Relief Committee Co-Chair 2010-2011

Association for Woman Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
President
Executive Committee – Secretary 2014-2015
Assistant Secretary 2012-2013
Appointed Board Member since 2009

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Young Lawyers Section CLE Committee 2012-2013
Young Lawyers Section Inn of Court Committee 2009-2012

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council
Council Member (elected position) 2008-2012

Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program
Chair 2011-2012
Co-Vice Chair 2009-2010
Barrister 2007-2009

Rainbow Center
Board of Directors 2015-Present

INDEPENDENCE OFFICE
221 W. LEXINGTON AVE.
Suite 200 – INDEPENDENCE, MO 64050
SEDALIA OFFICE
512 S. OHIO AVE.
SEDALIA, MO 65301
LEE’s SUMMIT OFFICE
229 SE DOUGLAS ST, SUITE 210
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64063

David J. Dixon award winner, Brianne Thomas, focuses her practice on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. She is a seasoned litigator and civic leader. Practicing law since 2006 she is now Managing Partner at Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish and is fulfilling the dream she envisioned at age eight when she told her parents she wanted to be a lawyer.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She began her legal career as a clerk with Boyd & Kenter P.C., which led to an associate position. Having always been given the autonomy she desired and support she needed, Brianne, a self-described “ambitious, hard-working, loyal problem-solver,” grew into her current role as managing partner at Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, LLC.

Brianne is currently the President of the Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) of Greater Kansas City and serves on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She volunteers for Jackson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) which represents abused and neglected children in courts throughout Jackson County. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Center, a non-profit organization that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities.  From 2008-2012, she was elected by her peers to serve two terms on the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council. She also chaired Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy committee in 2011-2012.

Brianne has been recognized as a 2015 Rising Star by KC Business Magazine and a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Law and Politics Magazine for the past six years. She was voted “Best of the Bar” in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as the “Top 40 Under 40.” In 2012, she won the President’s Award for achievement as a board member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL). In 2012, she was honored with the David J. Dixon award by the Missouri Bar Foundation which recognizes outstanding work in appellate advocacy.

When she is not at the office or in the courtroom, Brianne enjoys spending time with her family. She has two children, Xavier (8) and Alexandra (“Alex” 2).

 

Q&A

Why is your job rewarding to you personally?

This profession challenges me emotionally and intellectually every day. Each day is different from the next. I love helping others who have been wronged, and being their voice when they otherwise wouldn’t have one.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by people who find their purpose in life and then share their journey with the world. Maya Angelou is an example of someone who came from adversity, but discovered her true purpose and lived to inspire people all over the world. Those that can overcome in the face of tragedy inspire me to live my life to the fullest.