Athena M. Dickson


Athena Dickson joined the firm as an associate in 2003 and currently practices in the areas of Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas state courts as well as federal courts in the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. “Taking the time to listen to a person’s needs” is the foundation of Ms. Dickson’s personal philosophy in practicing law. Ms. Dickson recognizes that litigation can be intimidating for her clients, and she makes every effort to help make it easier and less stressful.

Ms. Dickson is active in the community by serving as vice president of The Missouri Bar. She also serves as vice president on the Association for Women Lawyers Foundation’s board. Athena serves as a board member for The Bar Plan on the Mutual Insurance Company Board. Athena believes in mentoring and helping younger individuals consider a legal career. She serves on the Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) board and Student Law Academy (SLA) Committee and is a current board member for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF). Ms. Dickson has served as a mentor as part of AWLF’s Denise Hennings Connections Program since 2014 and is currently the board liaison to the program. She has also served as a past president of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL) in 2014 and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) President in 2020.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Women’s Justice Awards “Mentor” (2024)
  • KCMBA’s “Distinguished Counselor Award” (2024)
  • Super Lawyer’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers for Missouri and Kansas” (2023)
  • The Missouri Bar “President’s Award” (2021)
  • Missouri Lawyers Media “Legal Champion” (2021)
  • KCMBA’s “Finest Hour Award” (2020)
  • Women’s Justice Awards “Litigation Practitioner” (2020)
  • Missouri Lawyers Media’s Up and Coming Lawyer “Mentor Honoree” (2019)
  • Association for Women Lawyer’s (AWL) “Woman of the Year” (2015)
  • Kansas City Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2009-2019)
  • University of Kansas City’s School of Law “Decade Award” (2013)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s “President’s Award” (2013)
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyer” (2012)
  • Super Lawyer “Rising Stars” (2010-2012)


  • 2003 University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D.
  • 2000 Missouri Western University, B.S.

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