May 8, 2020

Megan Jerabek: Shareholder Attorney at von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

What do you do? (title and company)

Shareholder Attorney at von Briesen & Roper, s.c.


What was your first job?

I worked at the Buckle selling clothes. I loved when people would try to make it through the store without a sales person talking to them (remember that game).  I would always let them get just about out and then tell them to have a great day and watch their friends laugh at them because they lost.  It’s the little joys in life.  


What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

A teacher once told me I would make a good lawyer, so I figured why not.  I was probably arguing with him at the time!

What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Surround yourself with the smartest people you can find as quickly as possible and learn from them.


If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career? Why or why not?

Yes, I have amazing clients and love the work that I do.  My work provides people piece of mind and that is something we are all in need of on some level.  I love being able to provide that.


Favorite Hoan/Nolen event?  

Milwaukee trip from Madison.


Song you'd sing at Karaoke?  

Shallow or Proud Mary.  


Favorite/least favorite part of your job?  

Helping families plan – favorite.  Billable hours – least favorite.


Book/podcast you’re listening to right now?

Not sure what it’s called.  It just started when the safer-at-home order was issued and stars 3 young children who basically just ask for food, yell “mom”, and run around like crazy people all day.  I think I am the only subscriber.  It is a 24-hour a day podcast.


Biggest pet peeve?

When people say “I am just talking out loud here”.  The saying is thinking out loud.  Talking out loud is just talking!  And automatic bathroom sinks and soap dispensers.  They never work.  They are going to be the downfall of our recovery efforts once we all go back into public.


What skill would you like to master?  

Playing the guitar and speaking a foreign language.  My mind just doesn’t seem set up for it.  I took years of Portuguese in college and my step-mom is a Portuguese translator and I cannot remember how to say anything.  Just didn’t stick!

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What’s the best way to start the day?

Coffee.


What is the most annoying question that people ask you?

If my sister and I are identical twins, even though we do not look alike.  Or if we can feel each other’s pain.


Tell me where you would like to see the city in five years (as far as policies or culture, etc)?  That’s so hard to say right now since everything has been turned on its head of late.  I think technology will rule the day in every part of our life.


What drew you to join Nolen?

The idea of connecting the two cities I live and work in.


What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Estate planning.


Don't worry friends, we'll reschedule this.


What do you wish your brain was better at doing?  

Remembering anything you learn in school – history, geography, anything like that.

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What are your hobbies, and how did you get into them?

Cooking and music.  My parents are great at both and both have always been a big part of my life.  My parents met at UW-Madison and both performed in a group called the Wisconsin Singers, which my mom went on to direct for the past 30 years and I performed in during college.  I LOVE live music of any kind.   They also had a gourmet cooking club with their friends when I was growing up that was all about food and friends and it always looked like the best time.  We had one going for a while, but schedules just got in the way.  I hope we can pick it back up.  For now, I am getting lots of practice cooking for a house full of boys.


What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Best – Don’t look backwards, it’s not the direction you are going.  Worst – Perm your hair.


What was the last show you binge-watched?  

Schitts Creek


What’s your "Death Row Meal?"  

Steak, potatoes, salad and red wine.


If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?  

Right now a dinner party with just about anyone sounds amazing, but probably John F. Kennedy, James Taylor (provided he agrees to sing through dinner),  the Obamas (they count as one), and Justin Timberlake.


What do you regret not doing in the last year?  

Traveling.


How are you handling COVID/how has it affected you?

It has made the days much longer, which I didn’t think possible.  It has also made me appreciate sunshine so much more – Turns out, I am a much better parent when the sun is shining!


Thanks for everything Megan! Say hello to her at: mjerabek@vonbriesen.com

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