Dr. Adrienne B. Haynes is an award winning attorney and business woman who specializes in helping entrepreneurs develop sustainable infrastructure and business practices. She is the managing partner of SEED Law, a boutique business law firm, and owner of SEED Collective, a consultancy. Adrienne uses over ten years of business and leadership experience to create legal and strategic planning solutions for her clients and to speak and write on topics relating to law and economic development. Find her list of awards, speaking engagements, and articles here.
Through SEED Law, Adrienne represents business clients exclusively and has participated over a million dollars worth of transactions. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and participates on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Missouri Bar. Her legal expertise includes a wide range of transactional and corporate matters, including business foundations, contract drafting and negotiation, tax and intellectual property, employment law, and other practice areas that growing businesses encounter. As Founder and Managing Partner, Adrienne is responsible for the day to day operations, strategic business and financial operations, compliance with professional obligations, client development, lawyering, and attorney supervision.
Through SEED Collective, Adrienne works with clients on business strategies and community wide strategies to help foster an inclusive and innovative environment. She has consulted with clients such as the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Blue Hills Community Services, the Midwest Women’s Business Enterprise Council, Elevate Energy, and others. She was named as one of seven Innovator in Residence fellows by the Kauffman Foundation, and developed a process for community leaders to deepen relationships, strategize around regional wealth and innovation opportunities, and creatively engage resource partners.
Adrienne prioritizes community service through nonprofit representation and leadership, and she has participated in the founding of several nonprofits, and serves as president of the Construction Business Institute, Multicultural Business Coalition and Black Female Attorneys Network Board of Directors. In addition, she is a proud member of the Buena Vista University National Alumni Association Board of Directors, the UMKC Women’s Council Board of Directors, the advisory council for the Lewis White Real Estate Center, and participates on the KC Rising Ideas Committee.
Adrienne is a graduate of Buena Vista University, where she studied Entrepreneurship and Spanish, and of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she graduated with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Law. In October 2021, Adrienne was awarded a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Buena Vista University.
We are always looking to grow our team of SEED Law entrepreneurial attorneys. Learn what it takes to be a SEED Law entrepreneurial attorney on our open positions page and reach out to us if this sounds like a good fit. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only complete applications will be reviewed and responded to.
EducationUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law, J.D. Entrepreneurial Law Emphasis
Buena Vista University, B.A., Entrepreneurship and Spanish