Since September 2016, I have had the opportunity to serve as the District 1 Governor following Mira Mdivani’s election as Secretary-Treasurer. I was able to see firsthand the contributions the Board of Governors (“BOG”) makes to our legal community and the value my diverse legal, professional and personal experiences could bring to the BOG. I have very much enjoyed my service over the last several months and believe that I can build upon my initial contributions to the BOG and our legal community as your District 1 Governor. I humbly ask for your support of my candidacy for the position of District 1 Governor to continue the great work of the Kansas Bar Association in furtherance of our legal community.
Since November 2015, I have served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Compass Minerals, a publicly traded essential minerals company. Beyond leading the legal function, I am also the executive sponsor for the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and Sustainability Initiative. Prior to joining Compass Minerals, I held several senior level legal management positions at General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 global wire and cable manufacturing company, most recently as Vice President, Strategy and General Counsel, Asia Pacific and Africa, based in Thailand. My experience also includes multiple legal management roles, including corporate counsel and corporate secretary positions at Gardner Denver, Inc. and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. I began my career as an attorney with the law firm of Levy & Craig, P.C.
I am a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law with a Master of Business Arts and Bachelor of Arts in political science and English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
I am a member of the Kansas, Missouri, Johnson County and American Bar Associations; the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; the Association of Corporate Counsel; Association of Women Lawyers of Kansas City; The Central Exchange; National Association of Corporate Directors; and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. I have also been involved in the local community, including the Kansas City Repertory Theater’s Gala Committee (2016-present); Aubrey Bend Middle School PTO (Secretary, 2016-present); The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati (Board Member: 2012-2016); and Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (Company Representative: 2011-2014), among others. In the last year, I have also had several speaking engagements, including continuing legal education events hosted by the Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, and ALM (Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference). In 2017, I have agreed to speak at events hosted by the Johnson County Bar Association and Georgetown Law School.
Michael T. Crabb
I have lived most of my life in Johnson County. I am an alumnus of Blue Valley High School, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas School of Law. I lived for short stints in Seattle, WA, Kansas City, MO, and Washington, DC, but always called Kansas home.
I am now a civil litigator with Kuckelman Torline Kirkland in Overland Park. I began my law practice in the general litigation department at Husch Blackwell. I focus on plaintiffs’ litigation, including commercial cases, catastrophic injuries, and insurance coverage / bad faith disputes. What I enjoy most is the personal connection with our clients, from the first meeting to discuss their worrisome legal challenge, all the way through to the celebration of a positive resolution.
My wife and I live in Overland Park with our three children, ages 11, 8, and 6, and a hamster called Nibbles. Our kids attend Blue Valley public schools. In my free time, I enjoy doing projects around the house and working on my vintage motorcycle.
My first interaction with the Kansas Bar Association was during law school as the inaugural recipient of the Case, Moses & Zimmerman scholarship by the Kansas Bar Foundation. Part of the criteria for that scholarship was demonstration of a bona fide intent to practice law in the state of Kansas. I was and I remain steadfastly committed to serve our state and its residents.
I am interested in serving on the Board of Governors because I want to help strengthen the public perception of our profession in a time when it appears to be in decline. As an example, for the first time in Kansas history, there is not one single licensed attorney serving in the Kansas Senate. This follows a national trend where the proportion of lawyer-lawmakers in state legislatures is at historic lows. One interpretation of this phenomenon is that lawyers are increasingly disinterested in serving as legislators. Another interpretation is that voters are increasingly distrustful of lawyers.
Regardless, perhaps now more than ever, our legal community needs strong advocates. There are sure to be many proposals in the coming legislative sessions that will directly impact the interests of the legal profession and its clients. Because we have fewer advocates inside the Statehouse, the KBA’s role will be especially important.
It would be an honor to serve you on the Board of Governors and I ask for your vote.