Meet the Barrister – Kaya Grace Porter
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Kaya Grace Porter: Being granted summary judgment on my first attempt at arguing a substantive, dispositive motion.
Lewis Thomason: What book is on your bedside table (or on your e-reader)?
Kaya Grace Porter: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite drink and why?
Kaya Grace Porter: The Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte. If it wasn’t a seasonal menu item and full of sugar, I might have one every morning.
Lewis Thomason: If you had time for a new hobby or to learn a new skill, what would you choose and why?
Kaya Grace Porter: I’d learn to play the piano. My grandmother believed that every southern lady should know how to play piano and made my mother and aunts learn. My mother was not quite as restrictive and simply thought I should learn to play a musical instrument. After choosing clarinet and studying music for years, I think taking up piano would be fun, relaxing, and would honor a family tradition.
Lewis Thomason: If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Kaya Grace Porter: For sure the power to fly. The ability to be in two places at once might be nice.
Lewis Thomason: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?
Kaya Grace Porter: I worked as a “gatekeeper” at my subdivision’s pool. My only responsibility was to greet my neighbors as they entered and exited the pool area. It was hardly work, but I learned that kindness is easy and goes a long way.
Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
Kaya Grace Porter: I equally enjoy watching professional basketball and college football. Go Cavs and go Dawgs!
Lewis Thomason: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Kaya Grace Porter: Most immediately, I would retire my parents and send them on a long and luxurious vacation.
Lewis Thomason: What is the most interesting thing you can see out of your office?
Kaya Grace Porter: Love Circle. Locals sometimes refer to it as Nashville’s “Lover’s Lane.” Located near Vanderbilt between Natchez Trace and West End, the residential street winds its way up a steep hill to a small park overlooking the city. A popular vantage point, the park is also a preferred spot for romance.
Lewis Thomason: What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Kaya Grace Porter: Beyoncé’s The Formation World Tour.
Kaya Grace Porter is an associate in the firm’s Nashville office. She practices in the areas of education law, employment law, and general civil litigation. Kaya joined the firm in September 2016.
Ms. Porter graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2016. During law school, she completed the concentration in advocacy and dispute resolution. Kaya was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta, Sanford Chapter Mock Trial Team and the Moot Court program. Kaya was also elected Representative At Large for the Student Bar Association. Ms. Porter worked as a Research Editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy, and was a member of the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, & Social Justice as well.