Generations Law Group - January 2019

The Business Brief

January 2019

My Journey to Generations Law Started With a Leap of Faith

My journey into law is far from what you might expect to see in a Hollywood feature film, but I believe it gives me a unique perspective on many aspects of life. Right out of high school, I joined the New Jersey National Guard and shipped off to basic training. After training, I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After my deployment was up, I began working as a contractor. After about 10 years of doing the same thing over and over, I looked at my life and realized I wanted more. It didn’t take me long to see that my analytical approach to life matched well with the systematic and creative processes of law. deadline for many law schools. I knew I wanted to go to law school immediately rather than wait a year. After searching for the right program, I made a leap of faith that took me to Concordia School of Law in Boise, Idaho. The first time I stepped foot into the Treasure Valley, I had already committed to Concordia. From the moment I arrived, I couldn’t help but love the area. As I learned more about the different aspects of law, it wasn’t long before I realized I had great interest and aptitude for tax law and the complexity (and risk) it can create for businesses. I knew I had found my area of focus and interest. This interest in tax law took me to Boston University, where I received my Master of Law degree in taxation (LLM). By the time I decided to become an attorney, I had missed the application

I knew Boise would be my future home since I met a beautiful woman (my wife) while I was in school who loves it here as much as I do. After finishing my tax LLM, I started actively seeking opportunities back in Idaho, which ultimately connected me to Tom. It was an instant fit since we both share a common approach to and passion for the field of law. Many areas of law are reactive; something happens that causes people to need an attorney and time is of the essence. In business planning, we have a very proactive and risk-avoidance focus. Everything we do centers on preparing for the future and lowering business risk rather than trying to remedy the past. But the most important (and best) part of working with businesses is what Tom and I love the most: building relationships.

and lower their risk, you can find my wife and me raising our kids. We have a toddler and a set of twins. While I always assumed having twins was a rarity, I meet a lot of people who have twins. When I’m not with my family, I am actively involved in and very passionate about the Idaho Military Legal Alliance (IMLA). Their program offers free legal services to local veterans through quarterly clinics and other programs. I started helping this organization when I was in law school and currently function as their co-chair. Idaho has a high percentage of veterans, and it’s essential to both Tom and me to continue supporting this incredibly valuable (and helpful) organization. It’s very rewarding to help fellow veterans and guide them through some of the legal challenges they face in civilian life.

When I’m not focused on helping a business leader build future success

-Matt Wolfe

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