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Bean Kinney & Korman P.C.

Standing (left to right): Juanita Ferguson, Taylor Klauza, Emily Nerino, Jill Seiferth, Andrea Davison, Maureen Carr, Kandis Koustenis, Michelle Bieber, Jennifer McCammon; Seated (left to right): Jennifer Schiffer, Jennifer Brust, Lynn Hawkins, Kathleen Kelley
2311 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500
Arlington Virginia 22201
Attorneys at Law
703-525-4000

The attorneys at Bean, Kinney & Korman (BKK) specialize in business transactions, bankruptcy/creditors rights, employment, real estate, family law and estate planning. Our attorneys understand the importance of putting clients first and adapting to challenges inside and outside of the workplace. Kathleen Kelley shares her thoughts on being a successful lawyer and woman in business.

Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

A: Have a good moral compass and asses any situation against that compass. Figure out for yourself what is right and what is wrong. It’s immeasurably helpful when you need to tell your client not to do something or give clients advice they don’t want to hear.

Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

A: It depends on the day, but I look forward to work that involves transitions. Sometimes my work moves a business to new owners, sometimes I draft a more effective contract and sometimes I revise organizational documents to fold in new business partners. In each case, the goal is for the company to flourish because of the changes.

Q: What was a major turning point in your life and/or career?

A: The biggest change in my career came recently. I worked in Delaware for the first 10 years after law school. Then my husband got a job in Virginia, and we needed to move. Needing to rebuild my client base really made me a better lawyer. I moved around a little, learning a lot from each opportunity, and then landed at BKK, which is a great fit for me because I can provide the best service to my clients.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during your career?

A: Not to be afraid of saying “I don’t know.” I can’t know everything! How would you ever trust someone that would bluff through an answer?