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General Practitioner: Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir

Laura Krebs Al-Shathir credits much of her career trajectory to the many influential people she’s encountered along the way.

There’s Michelle Cecil, the University of Missouri School of Law professor whose basic federal income-tax and corporate-tax classes helped her “see the beauty and fun in tax.” There are her former colleagues in the international tax-services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers who helped her gain a “phenomenal foundation” working on complex projects.

Laura Krebs Al-Shathir

Laura Krebs Al-Shathir

She calls Jay Nathanson, who worked with her at Blumenfeld, Kaplan & Sandweiss, then Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, an “extremely talented, smart and well-respected tax attorney.” She credits Sara Neill for encouraging her to join Capes Sokol in 2011 when the firm was looking to grow its civil tax-controversy practice.

Now, Al-Shathir, who recently became a shareholder, focuses on business-tax and transactional matters representing large and mid-size companies as well as small-business owners. Her responsibilities include selection and formation of business entities, acquisitions, executive compensation, redemptions of ownership interests, and dissolutions and terminations of businesses. In her tax-controversy practice, she represents clients’ interests in resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and various state Departments of Revenue.

“I love being able to solve problems in a way that’s like putting together pieces of a puzzle with the end result that I’m directly helping either companies or individuals,” said Martin, who also serves as a frequent speaker at national American Bar Association Tax Section conferences.

Martin said she finds her current role most satisfying when she has the opportunity to help a client secure majority ownership of a closely held business.

“That’s always extremely gratifying because I’m working with someone to achieve a goal that’s important and meaningful for their lives and families,” she said.

The mother of two young daughters also is committed to serving entities focused on families. She’s on the advisory board of Downtown Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the early-childhood needs of parents who live and/or work in downtown St. Louis. Al-Shathir’s own daughter attended the program.

In January, Al-Shathir became board secretary for Girls in the Know, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering young girls and giving them a strong sense of self.

“Their target right now is pre-teen girls,” she said. “I am the mother of two girls who are not yet pre-teens but who will be some day, so I’m thankful this organization exists and I know we will use it as a resource.”