Nancy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (cum laude) from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She also attended law school at UMC, receiving a Juris Doctorate (cum laude). While in law school, she was the Lead Articles Editor of the Missouri Law Review. Upon graduation, Nancy began a federal clerkship with the Honorable Howard F. Sachs, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Missouri, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Nancy joined Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi after her clerkship. She practiced in litigation, primarily in the personal injury area with an emphasis on medical malpractice and products liability.
In 1993 Nancy and fellow Blackwell Sanders partner Sly James left to form Kenner & James, P.C. in order to represent injury victims. The original firm founded by Nancy and Sly is now Kenner Nygaard DeMarea Kendall, LLC. From the beginning to today, Nancy continues her focus on plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice cases. She also does mediations and arbitrations, with an emphasis on employment matters.
Nancy is a past President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA). She is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Bar and the Association of Missouri Mediators. She is a member of the Association for Women Lawyers and was President of that organization in 2000. She was previously a Disciplinary Hearing Officer appointed by Supreme Court of Missouri and she is on the Board of the Missouri Institute for Justice, Inc. Nancy is also a CASA Volunteer for Jackson County.
Nancy has received the following rewards: Up and Coming Lawyer (Missouri Lawyers Weekly 1998); Association of Women Lawyers Woman of the Year (2002); Order of the Coif University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law; KCMBA Congenial Counselor Award (2004); Daily Record Legal Leader (2005); KCMBA’s President’s Award (2008). She has been named for many years as the Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal and has been listed as a Super Lawyer for several years. Nancy was also the recipient of awards for Women Who Mean Business (2011) and Women’s Justice Awards-Litigation Practitioner (2012).