Michelle M. St. Pierre

Partner

Denver
T 303.764.4089  |  F 303.861.7805

Michelle St. Pierre’s practice focuses estate planning and assisting high-net-worth families and privately owned companies with their planning and business needs. She has significant experience advising clients regarding entity formation and reorganization in connection with business succession planning, including crafting and negotiating complex buy/sell agreements for closely held companies. Michelle brings a holistic yet practical approach to business succession planning and helps families who appear to have irreconcilable goals attain workable solutions by facilitating difficult discussions. She has counseled her clients in all facets of transactional law, including multimillion-dollar real estate development and leasing transactions.

Michelle serves as the Tax group coordinator for the firm's Denver office. She is a member of the office’s Executive Committee and Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee.

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  • Member of a team of firm lawyers who worked with professional advisors to design and implement a business succession plan which transferred interests in more than 150 family-owned companies to dynastic trusts in South Dakota in order to preserve and protect the companies in perpetuity for the benefit of the employees and family descendants.
  • Member of team serving as general counsel for ultra high-net-worth family advising on complex trust, estate, and business succession matters.
  • Designed and implemented transaction for ultra high-net-worth family in which intergenerational trusts acquired interests in family investment portfolio.
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Experience

  • Member of a team of firm lawyers who worked with professional advisors to design and implement a business succession plan which transferred interests in more than 150 family-owned companies to dynastic trusts in South Dakota in order to preserve and protect the companies in perpetuity for the benefit of the employees and family descendants.
  • Member of team serving as general counsel for ultra high-net-worth family advising on complex trust, estate, and business succession matters.
  • Designed and implemented transaction for ultra high-net-worth family in which intergenerational trusts acquired interests in family investment portfolio.
  • Negotiated with multiple family branches to restructure multi-generational family entity to develop a management structure workable for current and future generations.
  • Played key role in restructuring three separate family businesses: discussed family's goals with family members, prepared materials for and led family meetings, prepared and negotiated all documents relating to the succession plan, including entity restructure, gifting documents, trust agreements, and gift tax returns. Facilitated all aspects of valuation process for businesses in connection with transfers and tax reporting.

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Community

  • Chairperson and volunteer for civic and school fundraisers

Pro Bono

  • Worked with client to form and fund a B corporation whose purpose was to promote global social awareness and facilitate networking.

Services

Admissions

  • Colorado, 1989

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1989
  • B.S., University of Wyoming, 1984