When Kevin Connor describes what made him want to become a lawyer, he doesn’t talk about money, ambition or even the glory of winning cases. Instead, the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of AMC Entertainment Inc. reflects on the inspiration he gets from his two role models—the stalwart and honorable Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Catholic saint and noted challenger of King Henry VIII, Thomas More. Connor recalls a quote related to Thomas More that has resonated with him throughout his career: “Help me that I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.”
After graduating from Vanderbilt University as an English and philosophy major, Connor attended the University of Kansas School of Law. He says he considered his stint at law school to be a continuation of his liberal arts education. After graduating, he earned an LLM in taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He stayed in Kansas City and brought his varied experience to the law firm world first, working at Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee doing corporate, tax and real estate law for 15 years before joining AMC in 2002.
Q: Do you prefer working in-house to law firm work?
A: If I had a career change, I’d probably go back to private practice because I love that as well. I did not have my sights set on corporate—being in-house counsel—and I would love to go back to private practice.