Koriambanya (Kori) leads all efforts related to the firm’s primary diversity and inclusion drivers of excellence, education and equity across all of Shook's offices. Focusing on the recruitment, development, engagement and advancement of attorneys from diverse backgrounds and inclusive leadership development, she works closely with the Executive, Diversity, Search, Professional Development and Associates committees as well as the Women’s Management Council and Mentoring and Inclusion Task Force. She is a nationally sought-after speaker on diversity and inclusion, change management, inclusive leadership, cultural fluency, and talent engagement and development topics.
Under Kori's leadership, Shook continues to receive national recognition for its diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition to scoring a perfect 100 percent on the Human Rights Council Corporate Equality Index seven years in a row, the firm has consistently ranked among Vault/MCCA’s top 10 firms for overall diversity, Working Mother magazine’s 50 best law firms for women and been recognized with the WILEF Gold Standard by meeting all six criteria for five years in a row. The firm has also received the Living the Values Award from the Coca-Cola Company for its recent diversity and inclusion initiatives and focus. Shook is the only firm to have received this award three times including in 2015.
Kori’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been clearly demonstrated by her dedicated service to professional and community organizations, such as currently serving as chair of the Defense Research Institute's Diversity Subcommittee of the Women in the Law Committee. Kori is an active member of the Jackson County Bar Association Foundation, which has provided diversity scholarships since 1998 to minority students attending the four area law schools and provides support and sponsorship to a variety of education programs consistent with promoting diversity and inclusion and the interests of the African-American legal community. She serves on the board of NewHouse Women's Shelter, SHB Foundation and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. As a member of the Missouri Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, she has delivered and facilitated ground-breaking training.
A graduate of Drake University Law School, Kori previously practiced law at a litigation boutique firm, where she was a partner and served as the relationship partner for a Fortune 100 client, and successfully and efficiently litigated, mediated and tried several multi-million dollar exposure cases. Kori's practice focused on general civil litigation, torts, product liability and employment law. Serving as the lead attorney on the majority of her cases, she successfully defended her clients in motion practice and in trial, efficiently resolved matters in mediation and other alternate dispute resolution, and managed teams of attorneys, staff and medical analysts. Kori's complex litigation experience includes working on national pharmaceutical litigation in the MDL and state courts as part of a national trial team, and managing teams.
Prior to that, Kori litigated labor and employment law cases on behalf of employers and a metropolitan school district with a Kansas City firm. Her work on tort and products liability and labor and employment matters has led to recognition as a “Rising Star” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and one of the “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal.
Panelist, Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices, KC Chamber's POWER of Diversity Breakfast (July 27, 2016).
Presenter, Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: Barriers, Challenges, and the Future – What the Employment Litigation Bar Can Do to Build on Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Missouri Bar Employment Litigation Seminar (June 23, 2016).
Presenter, Using Flexibility to Recruit Your Next Generation of Superstars, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance (June 21, 2016).
Panelist, The Role of Diversity Professionals, DRI Diversity for Success (June 9, 2016).
Panelist, How to Advance Diversity in Your Workplace, Washburn University Corporate and Law Firm Diversity Symposium (March 9, 2016).
Interview, Diversity Directions, Ingram's Magazine (March 4, 2016).
Panelist, Relationship Recovery and Other 'Moments of Truth,' Charting Your Own Course Conference (February 7, 2016).
Presenter, Cultural Competency and Leadership, NewHouse Board of Directors Retreat (January 23, 2016).
Panelist, Diversity and Inclusion and the Impact of Cultural Competency, Education Policy Fellowship (January 20, 2016).
Presenter, Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency: Why It Must Be Addressed to Have Effective Diversity Successes, Association of Legal Administrators Greater Kansas City Chapter (November 19, 2015).
Presenter, Cultural Intelligence & The Prodigal Son – Effectively Working Together and With Clients, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (October 2, 2015).
Panelist, Building A Diversity Initiative That Works, Center for Legal Inclusiveness Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit (May 4, 2015).
Presenter, Diversity in Law Firms/ In-House Counsel, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Statewide Diversity Symposium (April 17, 2015).
Presenter, Cultural Awareness and Serving Clients, NewHouse Women's Shelter (March 5, 2015).
Presenter, Cultural Intelligence and Humility: Effective Teams, NewHouse Women’s Shelter (March 3, 2015).
Panelist, Growing in Place, DRI Women in the Law – Partnering with Our Clients for Success Conference (February 25, 2015).
Panelist, Committed to Becoming Indispensable: The Career Resilient Associate, Charting Your Own Course Conference (February 5, 2015).
Presenter, Breaking Barriers in Diversity: the 21st Century Leader's Competitive Edge, National Council of Women Bar Association's 2014 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit (August 8, 2014).
Presenter, Dollars and Sense: The business case for gender equity and work/life balance in law firms, The Missouri Bar Master Series Telephone Seminar (August 5, 2014).
Panelist, Cultural Awareness and Generation X, Y, and Me!, National Association for Law Placement/Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals’ 9th Annual 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit (June 6, 2014).
Presenter, It's A Big World! Working Well Across the Globe, Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference (May 22, 2014).
Presenter, Diversity and Inclusion in Practice and Profession, Missouri Bar Master Series CLE (February 4, 2014).
Panelist, The Role of Diversity Professionals in Business Development, Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 14th Annual Creating Pathways for Diversity Conference (September 16, 2013).
Panelist, Crossing the Generational Divide: Bridging the Gap Between Women Lawyers of All Ages, National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting (July 25, 2013).
Panelist, Law Firm and In-House Counsel Diversity Practices: What's Working, American Bar Association's 25th Anniversary Minority Counsel Program (May 16, 2013).
Presenter, Advanced Trial Tactics—Effective Exhibits and Courtroom Technology, National Business Institute (June 17, 2011).
Presenter, Advanced Trial Tactics—Summations and Jury Instructions, National Business Institute (June 17, 2011).
Panelist, Navigating the Minefields of Law Firm Politics, National Bar Association Region VIII Conference & CLE (May 21, 2011).
Facilitator, Confronting Diversity-Challenging the Old Norm, ALFA International/ACC Atlanta Diversity Program: Diversity in the Ever-Changing Legal Marketplace (October 21, 2010).
Presenter, Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy—Putting Together a Powerful Closing Argument, National Business Institute (June 25, 2010).
Presenter, Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy—Using Demonstrative Evidence to Enhance Juror Understanding, National Business Institute (June 25, 2010).
Facilitator, Beyond Getting in the Door: Tips for Success for the Diverse Attorney, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in partnership with the Jackson County Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City, Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, and KCLegal (June 11, 2010).
Presenter, The Finer Points of Trial Practice—The Unique Perspectives of the Minority and/or Female Attorney, National Bar Association Region VIII CLE Conference (April 16, 2010).
Presenter, Premises Liability Case Preparation and Trial—Defending the Premises Liability Case, National Business Institute (June 10, 2009).
Presenter, Premises Liability Case Preparation and Trial—Proof Problems and Practice Pointers in Slip, Trip and Fall Cases, National Business Institute (June 10, 2009).
Presenter, Contempt of Court: A Lesson from Legal History, Missouri Bar CLE (February 1, 2008).
Presenter, Deposition Practice Essentials, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice L.L.C. CLE (December 14, 2007).
Presenter: Diversity in Litigation, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice L.L.C. CLE (May 25, 2006).
Presenter, Preparation and Defense of Your Witness in Deposition, National Bar Association Region VIII Conference & CLE (May 20, 2006).