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Anne Stephenson (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)
Title: Associate general counsel and vice president, Sherman Associates Inc.
Education: B.A., psychology, Miami University of Ohio; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Family: Husband, Andrew Moratzka; daughter, Eloise; son, Everett
The more complex the transaction, the harder Anne Stephenson, associate general counsel and vice president at Sherman Associates, pushes to get it across the finish line.
What’s the biggest turning point in your career and how did that lead you to where you are today?
Leaving the law firm to join the in-house department at Sherman. I always knew I probably would go in-house, but I never imagined it would lead to such a diverse body of work. Sherman engages in a wide variety and often extremely complex financing transactions when closing real estate deals. We basically never do the same deal twice. From a career development standpoint, I don’t think that can be beat.
Who mentored you and what was the biggest takeaway?
My father, father-in-law and husband are all attorneys and have been great mentors with respect to the general practice of law. But our general counsel – Sue Fauver – has been my greatest mentor from a more substantive standpoint. She’s one of the best real estate and transactional attorneys out there. She has given me the confidence required to do this job.
What’s your proudest community achievement?
The Riverside Plaza refinancing and renovation. Our objective was to provide a better quality of life for the complex’s 5,000 residents. It was a $135 million project that utilized 15 different financing sources and took us over two years to put together. It also was one of the first projects to utilize Minnesota State Historic Tax Credits.
Best advice to women entering your field:
Take advantage of every opportunity to diversify your knowledge base. Work hard. Be persistent. Have confidence in each transaction.
By: Liz Wolf November 20, 2015 1:02 am