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Career Journey

A conversation with Jared Dodd.

What made you decide to come to Husch Blackwell? 

Before I came to the firm, I was an associate at another firm doing corporate work for large corporations, ranging from M&A transactions and securities work to general commercial contracts. This was fun, but I was not getting to develop a real relationship with the business owner, and this made it more difficult for me to see the actual impact of the work I was doing. 

As a Private Wealth attorney at Husch Blackwell, every day I work directly with the owner of the business or a family, and I get to directly see the impact of what I am doing for the client. Because Husch has such a strong set of partners working in Private Wealth, I still get the opportunity to work on sophisticated legal transactions and business matters, but I also get the chance to build a more personal relationship with the client, which I really enjoy.

What does a Private Wealth attorney do? 

Private Wealth attorneys are trusted advisors to individuals, families, and business owners. We help our clients structure their lives in a way to reduce administrative burdens, minimize income, estate, gift and other transfer taxes, and accomplish their goals, both personal and professional. Often this includes preparing estate planning documents like revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, wills, and prenuptial agreements, and preparing business documents like shareholders agreements and buy-sell agreements. 

What type of work do you do with business owners? 

Many of our clients are business owners and high-net worth investors. That means we also work closely with their other advisors, such as accountants, financial advisors and other professionals, to structure their holdings to implement a succession plan for a future generation of the business, or to implement exit strategies for retirement or divestment of the business. We also work with many business owners to draft and negotiate company documents to ensure their interests are protected when unanticipated events occur, like a death, disability, divorce, or creditor issue of a co-owner. 

What other types of work do you do? 

Other times our work can seem more like a corporate attorney, as we are often asked to provide advice on commercial contracts, business relationships or internal corporate governance matters. Given our in-depth knowledge of the client’s personal and business endeavors, we are well-suited to advise on many projects touching both the personal and business side.

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