Matt advises clients in all aspects of tax and estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related real estate and business transactions. Prior to joining Montgomery Purdue, Matt worked in the tax group of a big four public accounting firm, where he assisted clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to multinational corporations.
What do you like about your work?
My work is interesting and challenging, because every day I get the opportunity to craft unique legal solutions to complex legal issues. But what I truly enjoy is the teaching aspect of my work--being able to communicate those complex issues to my clients in simple terms, empowering them to make the best decision for themselves, their family, or their business.
Is it more important to maximize revenue or minimize risk?
Maximize revenue. That is not to say that minimizing risk is not similarly important. However, as attorneys we are conditioned to say, "no" or "you can't do that." Focusing on maximizing revenue allows us to see the big picture and think, "how can we do that?"
Can you name any skills or personality traits that you think are needed in your kind of practice that might differ from other practices?
Empathy. When a loved one dies, we cannot begin to understand what that particular family is going through. However, we can use our own experience to offer support and guidance through what is often the worst time in our clients' lives.