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Exploring the World of Corporate Law with Attorney Kurt Spurgeon

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In this episode of A Real Piece of Work, hosts Matt and Joy sit down with Kurt Spurgeon, a general business and corporate lawyer, to discuss his role and its impact on people's day-to-day lives. Kurt shares his expertise in working with small, medium, and large businesses on various legal matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, general corporate counsel, and specific areas like brewery and distillery law.

Kurt opens up about his journey into the legal field, revealing that his initial focus was on basketball in high school and college. However, after being encouraged by his attorney uncle, he decided to take the LSAT and pursue a career in law. This highlights the importance of mentors and unexpected opportunities in shaping one's career path.

For students interested in law, Kurt suggests exploring internships or paralegal roles to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day work of an attorney. He also emphasizes that a law degree opens up various career paths beyond just practicing law.

Kurt delves into the challenges and rewards of his job, including managing client expectations and the fast-paced nature of the work. He finds great satisfaction in helping clients, particularly entrepreneurs and small business owners, navigate complex transactions and achieve significant financial outcomes.

Listeners get a glimpse into a typical day in Kurt's role, which involves critical thinking, contract review, analyzing legal documents, and constant communication with clients. He highlights the importance of effective communication and the benefits of collaborating with colleagues.

In terms of the financial aspect of being an attorney, Kurt acknowledges the potential for a good earning, but notes that it can vary depending on the area of law and employment type. He also explains the distinctions between associate, partner, and "of counsel" roles within a law firm.

In the Stop Doing, Continue Doing, and Start Doing segment, Kurt provides valuable advice for the 16-year-old version of himself, encouraging resilience, effort despite failures, and early career exploration. This advice aims to inspire listeners, especially young students, to approach personal and professional development with self-awareness and a long-term perspective.

As a Vice President with Russell, a construction and development firm based in Davenport, IA, Matt Rebro brings 20+ years of industry experience and relationships to the team. He is a key contributing member to Russell’s Business Development outreach efforts. Matt’s focus is to help grow the Russell brand with targeted individuals and firms and to support his Russell team members to ensure existing client relationships are maximized to their fullest potential. As a native eastern-Iowan, Matt has demonstrated a commitment to supporting communities over the last two decades via personal and firm support of organizations such as Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Iowa Association of Business & Industry and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Workforce Coalition.
Joy Dodson, Vice President of Community Relations at JA of the Heartland, is a Quad Cities native who graduated from United Township High School and Western Illinois University QC campus. Her career journey allowed her to expand her wings in North Carolina and Kansas before moving back to Bettendorf, IA where she has called home for the past 10 years. Joy embraced 10 years of growth and experiences in various roles under the Human Resources and Leadership Development umbrellas spanning multiple industries. She will forever be passionate about elevating and inspiring leaders through a people first proactive mindset!