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Matthew Sperry

Partner  |  Katten Muchin Rosenman

United States (NY, IL, FL)


Personal and estate planning
Family office


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The privilege to have represented some of the preeminent trust companies in the world and connection with some of their most complex US-related tax and private client issues. But my personal practice and professional highlight was my law partners' appointment of me to lead McGuireWoods' Global Private Client practice. This was particularly fulfilling professionally given the quality of the private client lawyers in my firm and the firm's overall ranking in the US for private wealth law.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

I suspect the normal advice, like working hard, building a thoughtful network and being a subject matter expert/ thought leader. But I think that it is critical to listen, especially when working with private clients with global interests well beyond your home jurisdiction. And do not let ego take over your practice and professional relationships with colleagues.

What is your favourite quote?

As it relates to my career:
“Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.” Max Ehrmann, Desiderata