Dickerson Oxton - December 2019

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DEC 2019

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The Difference A Decade Makes

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SAYING GOODBYE TO THE 2010S

Sometimes I can’t believe how 2010 went for Tom and me. From April to September alone, we got married, graduated from law school, moved to Kansas City, took the bar, passed the bar, and started our law firm — all positive milestones — but looking back, I don’t know how we handled it all at once! Even more unbelievable is the fact that those events were almost a decade ago. but the closing of a decade feels special. As you move from one year to the next, it can be hard to notice much of a difference in your life. But looking back over the entirety of the 2010s, you really get a sense of how far you’ve come. It’s certainly that way for me. The approach of the new year always invites a certain amount of reflection, When Tom and I first came to Kansas City, we were fortunate enough to be offered a place to stay by my husband’s mentor, Nancy Wilson. Longtime readers will recognize Nancy as the attorney who gave Tom his first legal internship; she’s one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met. She opened up her home to us when we were freshly graduated newlyweds, giving us the foundation we needed to find a foothold in this wonderful city.

around studying. The bar exam is as intimidating as it sounds, and Tom and I wanted to be completely prepared. He’d take his books down to a desk in the utility room while I set up at a tiny wooden desk in our bedroom. I’d spend hours poring over logic puzzles while listening to Metric and the other indie rock favorites from my youth — at least my taste in music hasn’t changed. “Gold, Guns, Girls” still gets me fired up. It’s hard to believe that those days spent buried in books got us where we are today, but they did. Tom and I passed the bar and launched our own firm, wanting to do business our way. Had I known as much as I do about the industry today and just how risky a move this was for two lawyers fresh out of law school, I might have hesitated. But ignorance is bliss, so we charged headlong into this new adventure. I’m so glad we did. We set up shop at the old Strip Center in Overland Park and set out to make a name for ourselves. We committed to a client-first approach, and slowly but surely, our caseload grew — along "But ignorance is bliss, so we charged headlong into this newadventure. I'mso gladwe did."

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with our family. By 2015, we’d moved our offices and had two kids, and it was up and up from there. And, of course, I grew as well. Going from law school to law partner was definitely like being thrown in the deep end, and there were times I felt overwhelmed. But there’s a certain confidence that comes with confronting those sink-or-swim moments; I wouldn’t be the attorney I am today without them. piece of advice, it would just be to not sweat the small stuff. It can be easy to get caught up in the day to day setbacks and challenges but remember the big picture. Keep doing all you can to help people; that’s what will make the difference in the long run. If I could go back to when this journey started and give 2010 Chelsea one

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Here’s to the next 10 years,

–Chelsea Dickerson

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Most of my memories of the time we spent in Nancy’s house revolve

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