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Overview

Kirstin’s personal connection with the manufacturing and healthcare industries began long before representing clients in these fields.

Her family owned a manufacturing company that made accessories for tractor trailers servicing the food industry and for fire trucks. During her high school and college years, Kirstin worked in the company’s office and manufacturing plant. In addition, her family has been involved in the healthcare industry for several generations. She currently is on the Board of Directors of the Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation and a member of the CV Advisory Committee for Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute.

In her law practice, Kirstin provides transactional legal guidance and strategic advice to a wide range of clients in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. She counsels these clients in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, governance issues, private equity and venture capital investments, employment agreements, outsourcing transactions and other complex contractual arrangements. Her practice is national in scope, and she has represented Fortune 500 public companies, midsized and smaller private companies, and large nonprofit hospital systems. In addition, she regularly advises private equity and mezzanine funds in portfolio investments.

Since 2012, she has been lead counsel in representing clients in a variety of transactions, including:

  • Not-for-profit hospitals in connection with a variety of transactions, including long-term operating leases, joint ventures and transfers of control.
  • A mezzanine lender in connection with an investment in an industrial chain manufacturer.
  • A large hospital system in connection with a $200 million financing transaction.
  • One of North America’s largest less-than-truckload shippers in the sale of a division.
  • A cement manufacturer in connection with its buyout of a joint-venture partner and the lease of a shipping dock.

Kirstin is a founding member of the firm’s True North initiative, designed to promote professional networking and development for the firm’s female clients and attorneys.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, International Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Business Practitioner Award, 2013
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2013-2015

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
    • cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
      • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Note and Comment Editor
  • A.B., Duke University
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Indiana
  • Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Securities Law Section
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Society of Corporate Securities & Governance Professionals
Experience
  • Represented mezzanine lenders with investments in industrial chain manufacturer, food ingredient manufacturer and student-authored book publisher.
  • Counseled hospital systems in connection with numerous financing transactions.
  • Represented seller in $100 million sale of its online business to a public company.
  • Advised one of North America’s largest less-than-truckload shippers in the sale of a division.
  • Represented cement company in the formation of a $60 million importing joint venture.
  • Counsel for a hospital system in connection with financing for the construction of several ambulatory surgery centers.
  • General representation of plastic injection molding company, including counseling on various contracting and employment matters, a buyout of an investor and refinancing of working capital loans.
  • Advised angel investors in connection with an investment in a biotech company developing cancer immunotherapy treatments.
  • Representation of low-voltage wire and cable company with various corporate transactions, including supplier issues and buyout of investor.
  • Advised early-stage companies in obtaining angel and venture capital investments.
Community Leadership
  • DeLaSalle Education Center, Board of Directors, 2003-2008
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2009-present
  • Saint Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute, CV Advisory Committee, 2008-present
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, member of the vestry, 2003-2006
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, Board of Directors, 2007-present