Kendra is the firm's chief attorney development officer. She focuses on the holistic development of the firm's lawyers at all levels.
Kendra earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, and obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Kendra brings a depth of professional experience in lawyer recruiting, diversity, and business and professional development.
Prior to the combination between Taft and Briggs and Morgan, Kendra was Briggs' director of lawyer talent and co-chair of the recruiting and associate evaluation committees. Before joining Briggs, Kendra was the client development manager at a leading intellectual property law firm. She also founded and ran a successful coaching and consulting practice for more than nine years, providing coaching and consulting services focusing on professional achievement, personal development, and diversity in the legal profession. Kendra served as executive director of the Minneapolis branch of a top national recruiting and staffing firm and director of career and professional development at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Kendra also practiced law as a litigation attorney.
She is a former president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, the chairperson of the Law Firm Leadership program of the Hennepin County Bar Association, and has held a variety of leadership positions with the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Excellence Award, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2019
President's Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
- University of Minnesota Law School
- University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work)
- Augustana College
summa cum laude
- State - Minnesota
Speeches and Publications
Make the Most of Your Student Legal Position: Building Relationships, Submitting Great Work, and Learning on the Job, University of Minnesota School of Law, April 2020
Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management: Leading a Multi-Generational Culture that Engages and Retains Employees, November 2019
Business of Law, Finding and Retaining Lawyer Talent: People that Make Your Law Practice Better, Minnesota CLE, November 2019
Emcee, 2019 MSP Women's Leadership Summit, June 2019
Law Firm Associate Performance Reviews: Restructuring Feedback Programs for Max Performance and Productivity, November 2019
- Minnesota Women Lawyers
Past-President, Advisory Board
- Hennepin County Bar Association
Board of Directors, Former Member
HCBA Law Firm Leadership Program, Chairperson
- National Association of Legal Career Professionals (NALP)
Local Chapter Chairperson
- American Bar Association
Well-Being Committee Member
- Minnesota State Bar Association