Patrick Neuman already had been a general contractor and a rock-climbing gym operator when he decided there was a lot to learn at law school that would translate to the business world.
“This is the third go-around for me,” Neuman said. “What attracted me to the practice of law is that I’m a business-oriented guy. I was interested in working on the transactional side of business.”
Since 2010, Neuman has been an associate at Boardman & Clark LLP in Madison, where he focuses on bank mergers and acquisitions. He also helps banks and corporations with private stock and debt offerings.
He worked at the firm for two years before graduating from law school and did some securities work for the banking group. He said he found the world of mergers and acquisitions challenging and exciting.
“The documents are complex, and the issues can be really complex,” Neuman said. “There’s a lot of negotiation involved, which I really enjoy.”
Neuman now satisfies his business interests by volunteering with entrepreneurial groups. He is an advisory attorney for the UW Law School’s Entrepreneurial Clinic, and he works with Capital Entrepreneurs in Madison.
“It helps me in my own practice because I get referrals from them sometimes,” Neuman said. “I also find that very rewarding.”
What is the single best part about being an attorney?
It’s being able to help clients attain their goals
What was your most useful law school course?
Business Organizations II. No question
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what do you think you would have chosen as a career path?
What song is in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Right now I am listening to Ben Folds’ rendition of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”
Do you have any tattoos?
I have two tattoos – a turtle on my back and a big “Mom” tattoo on my arm
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is a happy, healthy family
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
It’s microbeers for sure
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What trait do you most like in others?
What is your favorite thing to do in Wisconsin?
Fish for trout
What is the first concert you went to?
It was Better Than Ezra