Amber Simon

Amber Simon

Attorney, Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, MO
Political Science, Spanish, International Studies, 2012

"Be authentic and compassionate. My profession is often combative and frankly, ruthless. Remembering your South Dakota roots and that every human being needs someone to be genuinely compassionate in high-stress situations will always be remembered in the long term."

Q&A with Amber:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I graduated with my J.D. from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in 2015. After law school, I became an insurance coverage litigator at Polsinelli PC, an AmLaw 100 firm based in Kansas City. While in law school, I was the managing editor of the UMKC Law Review, a member of the National Moot Court Team, winner of the UMKC 1L Mock Trial Competition and winner of the Robert D. DeWitt Best Appellate Brief Award. I graduated magna cum laude. I currently serve on the Board of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City and have dedicated hundreds of hours to pro bono work, most specifically related to representing indigent clients on guardianship matters. I currently live with my husband and USD graduate Brett Simon and our three boys.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

The mentorship that I received through the professors in the political science and criminal justice department taught me to approach every single task, both professional and personal, with integrity. I often have shareholders and clients comment that my Midwestern values are evident in my work product and work ethic. I learned that from the professionals at USD.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement has nothing to do with the titles lawyer, president, scholar or volunteer. My proudest achievement by far is the title mommy. 30 Under 30 is an honor, but three boys before 30 is my proudest achievement.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

While at USD, I was an active member of the Mock Trial team, a representative at Model UN and a community adviser. I was a recipient of the Nelson Shield Award for highest GPA, Blair Tremere Scholarship for public service, and Gene Kimmel Scholarship for outstanding performance in a second language. I was also an honors college graduate and Thesis Scholar and awarded Thesis with Distinction. Finally, I was a recipient of the Farber Fund Writing Award.

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