René Morency

General Corporate, M&A, Tax, and Estate Planning

René’s practice focuses on general corporate work for small-to-medium-sized businesses, M&A, estate planning, and tax, counseling business owners throughout all phases of the business lifecycle.  He advises clients on day-to-day business matters such as contract drafting and negotiation, purchases, and sales.  René keenly understands the intersection of closely-held business and estate planning.  Prior to law school, René was the principal of a boutique consulting company, where most of his clients were private foundations, charitable trusts, and Fortune 500 corporate giving programs.  Two of his key clients included a multi-billion-dollar private equity company and a family foundation made possible by the wealth of the private equity company.  There, René’s passion for successful mergers & acquisitions and strategic philanthropy grew.  This led him to seek degrees in law, business, finance, and tax. 

René believes that you can only provide effective counsel if you understand your client’s interests, why those interests are valuable, and what circumstances may change your client’s value proposition.  This is of great importance to René because he understands first-hand what it is like to have grown a business, through two major recessions, while he counseled others.  René understands that our clients’ successes are the measure of Stock Legal’s success.

René earned his J.D. degree, M.B.A. with a Finance concentration, and LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has learned from the legal teams of three Fortune 500 corporations, across multiple vertical industries.  He continues to keep his perspective fresh through active involvement in multiple bar associations.

  • Washington University School of Law - LL.M., (Taxation), 2018
  • Washington University Olin School of Business - M.B.A., (Finance Platform), 2018
  • Washington University School of Law - J.D., 2018
  • Washington University School of Arts & Sciences - B.A., 1991

 

  • Judicial Intern for Hon. Raymond Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2018-2019)
  • Judicial Intern for Hon. John Ross, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (fall 2018)
  • Summer Legal and Acquisitions Intern, Emerson Electric  (2017)
  • Summer Legal Intern, Centene Corporation (2015)
  • Semester Legal Extern, SSM Health–System, Contracts Division (2015)
  • ACC Summer Legal Intern, Bunge North America (2014)
  • Foreclosure Intervention Clinical Extern, Beyond Housing (2014)
  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section; Section of Taxation; Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Health Law Section; Young Lawyers Division
    • Delegate, House of Delegates 2016-2018
    • Executive Board, Center for Human Rights 2018-2020
    • Fellow, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 2019-2021
    • Board of Governors, Law Student Division 2016-2017
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis: Board of Governors (Young Lawyers Division Board Chair-Elect 2019-20)
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Mound City Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis
  • National Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Missouri (2018)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2019)
  • U.S. District for the Eastern District of Missouri (2018)

René lives with his wife, three children, and one tough goldfish.  They love the arts and philanthropy.  René likes to swim, bike, and run and is passionate about the legal profession and business.  He is also active in Washington University alumni activities, having recently completed his third term on its Alumni Board of Governors.

  

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