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Feb. 16, 2023

Rising Stars: Tracy Kambobe

Senior associate Tracy Kambobe practices in Dallas, defending automobile, heavy equipment, and consumer product manufacturers in complex products liability litigation. In doing so, Tracy handles large exposure matters around the country. She works hard to drive matters brought against her clients toward favorable resolutions. Tracy previously worked as a law clerk for both the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Third District for the Illinois Appellate Court. She has been recognized on the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list and is a member of the NAACP. Tracy is also involved in Denton County Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Black Lawyers, and American Bar Association.

What do you like the most about your work?

There is so much I enjoy about my work as a litigator. Aside from successfully arguing dispositive motions or assisting with trial victories, the ability to work with, learn from, and share my knowledge with others is truly the pinnacle. And here at Nelson Mullins, I’ve been able to collaborate with others on various cases and projects, absorbing their experience on specific topics and having my unique perspective valued and used. Many of those collaborations have yielded advantageous outcomes for our cases and clients.

What advice would you give to someone in pursuit of a law degree?

Never doubt what you bring to the table. You are clearly intelligent and intuitive because you have made it to this juncture. You only need to keep going, and always trust that your ideas, perspective, and reasoning skills honed through your life experiences matter. So, while studying hard and learning how to speak and write this new language called law, don’t lose sight of who you are and the diverse skills that have gotten you this far. They are invaluable.

What do you attribute to your success in your career so far?

My diverse legal experience has truly aided my career success thus far. Early in my career, I was fortunate to work and appreciate the other side of the bench as a law clerk in both state court and federal court. During those experiences, I refined my analytical and research skills working on a broad spectrum of civil cases and criminal cases; I gained an understanding of the differences and similarities between both court systems; and I garnered a significant appreciation for the fact that judges are just people with lives on top of their heavy caseloads. Armed with my refined skills, understanding, and appreciation, I was able to hit the ground running. And I have steadily advanced in my litigation defense practice spanning from consumer finance to surety to manufacturer product liability litigation.

How do you celebrate your heritage?

I celebrate my heritage by reaching back to help the next generation. At each juncture of my life, I’ve ensured that I made myself available as a mentor for at least one student. I provided them with an outlet to resources and experiences that were either not readily accessible to them or that they just didn’t know about. All of my mentees have gone on to be very successful in their own way. For some, that success was being the first person in their family to complete college. Others have become dentists, nurses, personal trainers, actors, and so much more. I’m most proud that the majority of them have taken up the torch of also reaching back to help the next generation.