R. Brent Hankins
After exploring my site, you’ve probably noticed how much I enjoy cycling! It’s an amazing physical activity, and in some cases it can bring people together to fight for a cause. This is similar to why I was drawn to practicing law in the first place. I wanted to be proactive in working with others to bring about some good — and if I could raise awareness for cyclists on the street, or for general safety in the larger community, then I will have accomplished my goals and then some. I believe we all have a responsibility to keep others safe, and it was important to me to uphold this basic tenet not only of the law but also of human decency.
After graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where I was inspired by the challenge of law studies, I attended the University of Missouri School of Law for my J.D. As soon I was ready to practice law, I was determined to serve my home of Kansas City — on both the Missouri and Kansas sides. Fighting for KC residents who at some point have felt wronged or injured by other people has been my passion for a while. When insurance companies or employers wrongfully make demands and lose sight of their responsibility to be mindful of others’ well being, I am there to hold them accountable.
"Determination keeps my pedals spinning and my practice going as much as anything. That, and a need to help out."
For the past 15 years, it has been a priority for me to be involved and invested in my community. From 2001-2009, I had the privilege to serve as board member for Sunflowers to Roses, a Kansas City-based cancer charity cycling event that aims to raise money for cancer research and awareness through an annual bike race. Since 2010, I’ve volunteered every year during Ride for the Roses Weekend. I also served on the board for the inaugural Tour de BBQ bike tour, the proceeds from which support the KU Cancer Center.
What matters most to me is people’s well being. When you get taken advantage of, it’s my responsibility to defend your rights. Whether it’s in the courtroom, in my office, or out there on the bike paths and streets, I am constantly driven by a need to make sure people do their part in creating a safe community for us and our families. For me, justice is the guiding principle around which everyone should act. Help yourself, and help me to defend it.