KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the October #ProBonoSpotlight on Gabriel T. Hinkebein, of Pittenger Law Group, LLC!
Gabe has been a volunteer with Military Matters since the program began in 2016. He learned about the program and its purpose at a KCMBA event just after the program launched and felt it was a worthwhile endeavor working to support the Kansas City community. He signed up immediately!
In his experience, Military Matters works particularly well as it ensures attorneys understand they are working with a past or present service member. “It is sometimes beneficial to approach opposing parties or courts from the standpoint that you are trying to help someone with a military background.” This allows a more tailored approach for these veterans and service members seeking assistance. “Everyone I’ve worked with has been a fantastic referral; helpful, appreciative, and very respectful.”
Gabe has personal connections to the military: his father was drafted to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War and his grandfather served in the Army during World War II. Gabe is a veteran himself, as he served two tours in the Army as an active duty JAG officer (Judge Advocate General). He attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for his undergraduate degree and after playing baseball for a bit for the university he joined the Army ROTC program.
Gabe moved to Kansas City under the Army’s Educational Delay Program to attend UMKC School of Law, where he met his wife (who is also an Attorney and UMKC graduate). After his time in the Army, Gabe moved back to Kansas City and opened his own firm in the Westport area. He later joined his good friend, Brandon Pittenger’s law firm, The Pittenger Law Group, LLC. He has been with the firm for seven years now. The Pittenger Law Group has always supported Gabe in giving back through programs like Military Matters, and the firm allows all of its attorneys the opportunity to explore pro bono matters even if they are not within the firm’s main practice areas.
Gabe and his wife have two children together, one a junior in high school at St. Teresa’s and another in 7th grade this year at Academie Lafayette, and happily live in the Roanoke neighborhood of KC. When asked what he likes to do with his free time, he laughed and said, “What free time?” In his “spare” time he is often drafted to be the “Uber” driver for the family, shuttling the kids to their various sports activities.
“I would encourage everyone to give [Military Matters] a shot.” Gabe believes this program is unique to the region as there are not a lot of military/veteran specific programs for legal matters. “The vast majority of the legal issues don’t have anything to do with the military; these individuals are simply looking for assistance with issues many attorneys have the knowledge to assist with.” He wants to assure any attorney that it is not a program to be scared of, and it doesn’t matter if you have military experience yourself. It provides an opportunity for attorneys to learn, and if they run into something they aren’t comfortable with there are volunteers like Gabe willing step in and help.
“You would be surprised how much good you can do by just taking 1-2 referrals per year!”
Thank you, Gabe, for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters!
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