McKenzie E. Tibbetts is an attorney that serves in Meissner Tierney’s transactional practice group. She advises clients in the areas of business and corporate transactions and taxation.

Where are you from?
Lake Crystal, Minnesota

What was your first job?
I was a lifeguard at my local rec center.

Do you have any hobbies?
When I am not at work, I enjoy working out at F45, working my ‘to-be-read’ stack of books, or exploring the various breweries in Milwaukee.

What is something on your bucket list?
I would love to travel to Egypt.

Why did you become an attorney?
Around the time I was in middle school, I started getting the question of what I wanted to be when I grew up and I found myself really intrigued by the legal field despite not knowing a single lawyer or knowing really anything about the field. Once I was in college, I had the opportunity to take a few law-related classes and was able to volunteer at a non-profit working with attorneys and I really enjoyed it so I decided to go to law school.

What does a typical workday look like for you?
One of the nice things about my job is that there really isn’t a “typical workday.” My practice includes many different areas so aside from my morning yogurt and catching up on the latest tax developments, my days can vary. Depending on the day, I might be working on an acquisition, putting together an estate plan, working with my clients on general corporate governance, doing tax research or whatever else might come up.

Why did you choose your areas of practice?
Interestingly, I started law school with an interest in family law. During my first year of law school, I had gone to a networking event specifically for family law and met an attorney who suggested I take income tax. I signed up the next semester and absolutely loved it. From there, I took all the tax classes, and they ended up being my favorite. Based on that, I knew I wanted to practice tax law, but I also found myself interested in the other transactional areas as they all seem to overlap with tax.

What is your biggest achievement, professional or personal?
I would have to say not only being a first-generation college graduate but also becoming a first-generation lawyer. I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive family that helped me get to where I am today.

What is your favorite thing about MTFN?
Hands down, the people. I work with individuals who are not only extremely intelligent and experts in their respective areas of practice, but who are also just generally good people.

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