Title: (Retired) Attorney, Partner
Company: Ruddy, Bradley, & Kolkhorst
Location: Missoula, Montana, United States
Kathryn Kolkhorst, Retired Attorney and Partner at Ruddy, Bradley, & Kolkhorst, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal profession.
As a student, Ms. Kolkhorst attended Wellsley College from 1966 to 1968, then transitioned to Southern Connecticut State College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1969, and started as a reporter for the New Haven Journal Courier. After three years, she and her female coworkers became aware of a gendered pay deficit, and brought a lawsuit against the New Haven Register Corporation. They won the case, and Ms. Kolkhorst was drawn to the legal profession as a result. From 1975 to 1977, she completed postgraduate coursework at Yale University, before transitioning to the University of Connecticut, where she earned a JD in 1977. Following her graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the presiding justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and in 1979, she started as assistant attorney general of the state of Alaska. In 1986, Ms. Kolkhorst left her post as assistant attorney general, starting to work as a partner at Ruddy, Bradley, & Kolkhorst. She served for 28 years at her law practice before her retirement, and in 2019, she was awarded a Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Ms. Kolkhorst is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and authored “A Dangerous Idea: The Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights” in 2014. Living in Juneau, Alaska for 40 years, she has been a member of the Juneau Arts Council, Juneau Symphony, and served as president and chairperson of Juneau Jazz & Classics for 30 years. She was the founder and board president of the Juneau Whale Project, which created a bronze humpback whale statue for the waterfront. She is most proud of the six Native American women she has mentored—she supports their education by paying their college expenses. Her most recent book, “We Live Until We Die,” is set to be published in 2019. As a testament to her service, experience, and success, Ms. Kolkhorst has been including in the fourth edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the 17th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, the 11th edition of Who’s Who in American Law, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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