I started practicing Business Law and Estate Planning in Beverly Hills, even before I graduated from law school at UCLA in 1982. I worked with Hollywood types, many of whose names you would know, and developed a specialty in tax law.
In 1983 I moved to New York to work with one of the large law firms on Wall Street. My practice was cutting edge tax and estate planning and it was a lot of fun. There’s nothing better than solving difficult tax and business problems that help your clients to better serve their customers. And I practiced at the high-end of estate planning, working for any number of wealthy clients even including (literally) heirs to the Rockefeller fortune. It was great for the ego, but not for the family. I had a great practice and a wife and five kids I never saw. So, in 1994 we simplified our lives and moved to Champaign, Illinois, a college town much like Fort Collins.
In Champaign I taught for two years as a full time Professor in the University of Illinois College of Law. I loved teaching but my New York clients kept sending me work. So, I decided to leave the full time Professor position but stay in Champaign while working for those clients and building a local practice. It was the best of both worlds. I had a very sophisticated business law and estate planning practice for wealthy clients who could pay for me to keep current with the latest ideas for complex situations. And then I could bring that perspective to local clients, which they greatly appreciated. I was also able to continue teaching. I taught “Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship” for about 15 semesters in the U of I’s Graduate School of Engineering and helped a number of students and professors found and fund businesses to commercialize their research.
Then in 2009 life took a difficult turn when I suffered a spinal cord injury. I had to end my practice while beginning a 10 plus year journey of surgeries, rehab, exercise and rest. I did not expect to ever work again. To make things easier, my wife and I moved to Fort Collins in November, 2017, to be near grandkids and continue my recovery.
And those efforts have paid off. While I still have mobility issues, I am able to practice again. I handled a number of projects from home during 2019 and opened an office in February, 2020.
Give me a call. Let’s see what you need and see if I can give you peace of mind about your family, financial, and business law concerns.