Monday Profile: Kym London


Kym London earned her degree in political science from the University of Michigan and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, was a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, an intern for the Washtenaw County Public Defender Clinic, and an intern for the Cooley Innocence Project. London continued to work for the Cooley Innocence Project under a federal grant then went into private practice. London now practices family law and estate planning at Hamilton, Judge, Schroer, & Steingold.  

London is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and Membership Chair for the Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan, Washtenaw Region.     



By Jo Mathis

Legal News
Residence: Ann Arbor.
Currently reading …“Sycamore Row” by John Grisham. 
My mother always told me … to be kind to others and true to myself. 
What is your most treasured material possession? My family photo albums and wedding ring.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school?  
Take advantage of internships and any clinical opportunities your school offers so that you have as much practical experience as possible when you graduate.  
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? A teacher. 
Favorite local hangouts: The Ark, Tea Haus, the U-M Art Museum, and Gallup Park.   
Favorite websites: New York Times, MSNBC, & ICLE.
Your proudest moment as a lawyer? I was able to negotiate a settlement in a very difficult custody case—which is exactly what my client wanted.   
What is your happiest childhood memory? Cutting out paper dolls while sitting on the porch swing with my grandmother. 
What would surprise people about your job? The amount of paperwork involved.  
 What do you wish you had invented? The iPhone.
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? Without a question, Rome.  Every building, sidewalk, fountain, and plaza is filled with art, history, and beauty.   The food is delicious, the scenery is amazing, and the language is lyrical—when’s the next flight?
What’s your greatest achievement? Raising four wonderful and wonderfully unique children.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Mind-reading—although my kids are convinced that I already have this skill (much to their dismay). 
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? “Trust yourself and be confident.”   
Favorite joke: A child approaches Einstein with his favorite joke and asks, “Mr. Einstein, why did the chicken cross the road?” Einstein replies, “The question does not have a definite answer.  Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends on your frame of reference.”
Must-see TV: “The Big Bang Theory.”  
What’s your biggest regret? That I wasn’t able to spend more time with my grandmother before she died.  
What word do you overuse? “No.” 
First gig: I was a union representative for Flight Attendants at Republic and Northwest Airlines.  (Now Delta.)
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Play the piano.  
What is something most people don't know about you? I was a Girl Scout leader for five years and had a great time.
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Both of my grandmothers and my aunt—the food would be good and the company great.  
Can’t-live-without technology: My iPhone. 
Favorite song: It depends on the day.  Today my favorite song is Etta James’ version of “At Last.”   
Favorite law-related movie: “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham.  
What’s the best advice you ever received? “Don’t worry about what other people think.”  
What place won’t you return if you can help it?
Fargo, North Dakota in the winter.    
What do you drive? 
2012 Chrysler 200.
What would you drive if money were no object?
2012 Chrysler 200.
Favorite place to spend money:   
The Tea Haus or anywhere in Kerrytown.
What is your motto?
“Never give up.”  
Where would you like to be when you're 90?   
On a sunny beach, holding hands with my husband.