STAFF DIRECTORY

Kimberly Kent RN, JD KB Firm

Phone: 602 337 5722

Fax: 602 264 6601

Email: kkent@klgaz.com

Kimberly Kent is the founding partner of Kent Law Group. In 1977 she graduated from nursing school and became the youngest licensed practical nurse in the State of Arizona. In 1982 she became a registered nurse and subsequently completed her baccalaureate degree in nursing at Arizona State University. Ms. Kent enjoyed an intense and exciting career in nursing for over 15 years in diverse areas such as flight nurse and the emergency room. She was especially blessed by the opportunity to care for critically ill premature and sick infants for most of her career.

 

In 1992 Ms. Kent graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in the upper twenty five percent of her class.
Since that time Ms. Kent has practiced entirely in the areas of medical malpractice, health care law and health related business litigation. As an attorney Ms. Kent practiced in the law firms of Gallagher and Kennedy and Teilborg Sanders and Parks before commencing her own practice in 2004.

 

For Kimberly, the greatest thing about practicing law is being able to counsel people in time of need. Ms. Kent has lived in Arizona all her life, her family settled in this state in the 1800s. Her joy and passion is working with and for health care providers and patients to conquer disease and correct the failings of our current health care system. Ms. Kent has been married for over twenty years and she and her husband have two children. She is a third generation Arizonan whose ancestors fought the Pleasant Valley War. She is an avid long distance runner.

Other Professional Experience

University of Phoenix, College of Nursing, Phoenix, AZ; Faculty Member, 1997 to Present

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ; Registered Nurse, 1986 to 1993

Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ; Staff and Charge Nurse, 1978 to 1986

AirEvac, Phoenix, AZ; Flight Nurse, 1981 to 1983

 

Licenses

Registered Nurse State of Arizona, renewed 2010, 1981-2007

Registered Nurse State of California, 1981 to 1984

Licensed Practical Nurse State of Arizona 1978 to 1981

Licensed Practical Nurse State of California 1979 to 1981

 

Professional Affiliations

Arizona State Board of Nursing, Member, Legal / Legislative Affairs Committee, 1996-1999

United Methodist Outreach Ministries, Director, Housing Program for Homeless/Mentally Ill, 1993-1994

American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Member, Southwest Chapter, 1995-2000

Desert Awakenings, Board Member, 2001-Present

Member of National Association of Nurse Attorneys 2012

Education / Bar Admittance / Medical Training

Juris Doctor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1992

Class Standing: Top 28%; Pedrick Scholar, Fall Semester, 1991

Bar Admission: Arizona State Bar, 1992; District Court for the State of Arizona, 1992

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, Deans List, 1988

 

Teaching Experience

Recent publications linked to our quarterly newsletter i.e. “Affordable Health Care and MSP Enforcement” DRI Voice, 11/2012

Nursing Instructor University of Phoenix 2001-

Instructor; National Business Institute, Nursing Home Malpractice, July, 1997

Instructor; National Business Institute, Nursing Law in Arizona, January, 1997

Instructor; Institute for Paralegal Education, Medical Malpractice for the Paralegal in Arizona, December 1996

Instructor; Institute for Paralegal Education, Analyzing Medical Records for the Arizona Paralegal, July 1996 and July 1997

 

 

 

Brenna Gingrich

Phone: 602-264-5600

Fax: 602 264 6601

Email: bgingrich@klgaz.com

Brenna Gingrich is a recent graduate of Arizona Summit Law School.  She joined Kent Law Group as a law clerk in 2013.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gingrich graduated with honors from Western Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in kinesiology and Exercise Science.  While at Western, she was a part of the Centennial Honors Society and involved in the Learning to Lead program.  

 

During law school, Ms. Gingrich interned as a judicial law clerk for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Illinois Family Law Division and was elected President of the Health and Wellness Club. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Arizona Disabled Sports and is passionate about advocating for AZDS athletes.  She is an Illinois native that loves the year-round outdoor activities Arizona has to offer including running, hiking and yoga.

 

 

 

 

Melissa Gutknecht

Phone: 602-337-5724

Fax: 602-264-6601

Email: mgutknecht@klgaz.com

Melissa Gutknecht began as a paralegal with Kent Law Group in 2008. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1990 with a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in finance. Ms. Gutknecht’s background consists of both accounting and litigation experience. She worked as a paralegal for Fulbright & Jaworski and Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold in Dallas, Texas in the area of products liability and insurance defense including class actions. Melissa is an Arizona native who loves to go on long hikes with her family and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

 

Jami Locke

Phone: 602-337-5723

Fax: 602 264 5600

Email: jlocke@klgaz.com

After a 10 year absence from the work force to be a stay at home mom, Jami Locke joined the firm in March 2008 as a temporary employee to assist with secretarial duties. She remained a temporary employee until June 2011, when she assumed the accounting/bookkeeping role for Kent Law Group. Ms. Locke enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, along with traveling and physical fitness.