Kristen V. Elmore
Attorney Kristen Elmore is a Buffalo, New York native who, wanted to become an injury attorney after suffering a personal loss when her mother was struck and killed by a drunk driver. She knows more than anyone that even though a settlement or a lawsuit cannot bring back what you lost, it can help to rebuild your life and future. This suffering and loss was always in the back of her mind as a motivator to study hard and pass the bar exam to help anyone who suffered a similar loss.
Kristen loves this community, and has been lucky to experience all different parts of it, including attending both Buffalo Public schools and Williamsville Schools. She also got to experience some of the rights of passage of growing up in WNY such as, bagging groceries at Wegmans. Kristen was a student activities coordinator at Erie Community College, welcoming new students to their first year orientation. During law school, she continued to support the college every summer working for the Erie County Department of Law, and helping draft policies and assist in resolving legal issues for the college.
Kristen attended the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri. While there, she co-taught undergraduate level classes in the Missouri School of Journalism in topics of media law and cross cultural communication. Being able to communicate with people whose lives are not similar to her own is a key life skill that can take you anywhere. She also worked in the general counsel’s office for the University of Missouri education system, focusing on research around traumatic brain injury safety standards in South Eastern Conference football. Kristen used this knowledge every day for the many victims of crashes who also suffer from traumatic brain injuries. It was exciting for her to live in a different part of the country, and experience the heartland of America. But she made sure to return to Buffalo because nothing compares to the community and culture here.
Currently she serves on the board of directors for the William-Emslie Family YMCA on William Street in the city of Buffalo. Kristen went to those same programs and summer camps at William Emslie as a kid, and wanted to make sure that today’s children have the same fun and nurturing experiences. She also serves as a board member for the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, helping to preserve the history of Western New York for future generations.
When asked what she likes most about her job, Kristen said “The best thing about this law firm is the reach we have, and the ability to help so many people. The range of clients we serve, and the lives they live touch my heart daily.”
When not at work she enjoys exercising at the boxing gym, reading, and blogging. Kristen has a website where she shares personal and community stories. She also really enjoys re-creating recipes at home that she has tried out at restaurants.
- SUNY Brockport (B.A.), 2013
- University of Missouri School of Law (J.D.), 2017
- New York State, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2018