Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: AMANDA KIEFER
Photo by Nathan Ham
Education: Kansas State University, BA // Washburn University School of Law, JD
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Spouse: Curt Von Lintel
Children: Kiefer (9), Ava (6) and Elena (4)
Best Advice Ever Received:
My dad has always said: “Make them tell you no.”
Accomplishment Most Proud Of:
I am most proud of becoming a runner. I was a college athlete (a rower), but never a runner. Running was the thing we were required to do when we couldn’t get on the water. After my second baby, who is 6 years old, I started running. When I started, I couldn’t run a mile. Now, I’ve finished more half marathons than I can remember and two full marathons. Running centers me. I can work through almost any stress by running and often I find solutions to problems during my early morning runs.
Favorite Thing About Humanity:
My favorite thing about humanity is our amazing ability to be considerate of others. It’s sometimes a small gesture, like giving up a seat or holding a door, and sometimes, it’s huge, like the folks who rushed in to help at the Boston Marathon bombing. No matter the size, consideration of others is a recognition that we are all in this together. I love that.
• President of the Topeka Bar Association.
• Chair of the Kansas Bar Association.
• Founder & Chair of FHL Bank Diversity Council.
• Leadership Greater Topeka Class of 2014.
• Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Topeka Bar Association 2006.
• Woman of Achievement from EMBD's Women's Initiative 2014.
“Not only has Ms. Kiefer established herself as a leading member of the Topeka Bar, she is known throughout the state for her community service and professionalism. Ms. Kiefer has demonstrated excellence in her legal profession and has paved the way for many young women attorneys.”
- Jennifer Bazine
Legal Services Bureau
Kansas Department of Revenue