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Kyra H. Short is an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office practicing in the area of personal injury defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Kyra was a criminal prosecutor in the City of St. Louis, where she gained valuable first-chair jury trial experience representing the State of Missouri.

Kyra graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2016. During law school, Kyra interned in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. During her internship, she successfully assisted in winning a favorable verdict for the United States as second-chair to an Assistant United States Attorney in an employment discrimination suit against the U.S. Army.

Kyra earned her Master of Arts in Legal Studies, Honors, from Webster University in 2011. Kyra earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University in 2009. 




  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. Criminal Litigation Skills, 2016
  • Webster University, M.A. Legal Studies, Honors, 2011
  • Saint Louis University, B.S. Business Administration/ Finance, magna cum laude, 2009

Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL)

Awards & Recognition

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2020-present
  • Law School Honors
    • Everett Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy (2016)
    • Samuel I. Sievers Writing Excellence Award (2016)
    • Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition National Quarterfinalist (2016)
    • Academic Excellence Award for 3rd Place – 2016 Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (2016)
    • Academic Excellence Award for Seminar: Critical Race Theory (2015)
    • Academic Excellence Award for Legal Research and Writing I (2013)

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes Ashtyn Kean and Kyra Short in St. Louis

10.29.19 | Ashtyn Kean and Kyra Short join Baker Sterchi's St. Louis office as associates. Kean's practice is devoted to the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, extended care facilities and other healthcare professionals in...

Blog Posts

Back to Basics: Missouri Court of Appeals Highlights Importance of "Plain-Meaning" Rule in Contract Interpretation

09.08.21 | Go back to basics when drafting business contracts in Missouri. Using the plain language meaning of contractual terms may avoid disputes down the road.

Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Action for COVID-19 Related Losses under an All-Risk Policy

09.14.20 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri denies Defendant insurer's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' breach of contract claims based the insurer's denial of coverage for COVID-19 related business income losses.

Personal Jurisdiction in Missouri: Just One Touch May be Enough

12.04.19 | Missouri courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation when the corporation has made at least one contact with Missouri and Plaintiff's tort cause of action arises out of that contact.

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