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Lenzen takes inside track on business matters

By: Justin Kern//September 19, 2012//

Lenzen takes inside track on business matters

By: Justin Kern//September 19, 2012//

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Eric Lenzen had planned a career path that would take him to a seat on a board of directors, making decisions for a business.

He is doing that, but not from the position he initially anticipated.

A business law course that was part of his degree track to become an accounting consultant caught his attention. So Lenzen shifted his studies to become a business-focused attorney.

Now, the northern Illinois native has parlayed his position with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek into seats on a handful of boards of directors, for which his mix of business interests and legal acumen let him do “consulting at the highest level.”

“Going over the goals and direction of the company is every bit as rewarding as part of my legal life,” he said. “And I think it makes me a better lawyer because I see things from my client’s perspective, that of a business owner and operator, that flavors all the legal advice you give.”

Whether he’s on the legal side of the boardroom or crunching contracts with a Kenosha data center vendor CEO, Lenzen said, the collaborative element leading up to business decisions has been greatly gratifying and aided by other experts at the firm.

“For me,” he said, “the ability to represent any client comprehensively is based solely on the fact that I have great colleagues around me that are the forefront of their specialty areas.”

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