We had the good fortune of connecting with D. Mathew Blackburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D. Mathew, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve never liked the idea of working for someone else. I have worked a lot of jobs. The bar exam application requires that the applicant list all jobs held in the previous ten years. I believe my list came in at 23 positions. It’s clear that I’ve always enjoyed working. I started my first business at 12. I’ve continued to operate businesses and work some W-2 jobs as well. I always felt way more passionate and committed to my businesses than to someone else’s. When you add in the economic landscape of 2011 it made the choice very simple. I watched my classmates send out so many applications for positions that were going to much senior attorneys. Law is great as it’s very easy to just open a shop and start taking on clients; that’s exactly what I did. I started small and spent about four or five hours reading the law for every one I billed. As I became more knowledgeable and experienced I took on larger matters and continued to push myself. Over my career I have had business partners and I was employed at a firm. I am very certain working in my own firm is the best way to make myself happy and provide the best service possible to my clients.
What should our readers know about your business?
I specialize in tax and business planning for closely held businesses and individuals. My work mainly consists of setting up systems and plans to avoid problems, reduce liability, and reduce tax. I’ve been operating since May of 2012. I’ve worked divorce matters, bankruptcies, criminal matters, various civil disagreements, taken on accounting clients, and filed tax returns. What sets me apart is I know how to explain complex things to people in a clear, concise, manner. Instead of drowning them in technical jargon I speak in their terms and I give actual examples and recommendations they can apply to their situation. I’m able to do that because I have an incredibly diverse work history. Many of my clients run businesses in industries I’ve worked in previously.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would dedicate this to my family who tolerates the long hours and many interruptions that come with this profession.