Occupation: Shareholder/Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Residence: Williamston Family: Husband, Jay Rising; son, Andrew; daughter, Caroline Hobbies: International travel, cooking and gardening As an Economics and Philosophy major at the University of Michigan, Jean Schtokal was drawn to tax issues and thought she would like to be a tax attorney. After spending a year working for the Tax Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives, she attended law school. This laid the foundation for a successful career; climbing the ranks of the legal world. If you wish to contact her, visit www.fosterswift.com and click on the ‘Lansing’ office. Q: Why Law? What motivated you to become a lawyer? A. My interests are pretty diverse. As a business lawyer, you learn a lot about your client’s business in order to assist them and help them grow. That really appealed to me. I like the ability to think outside the box to achieve a client’s business goal. Q: What kind of cases do you normally take? A. I practice in the area of business law including specifically international business transactions. This means, for example, advising a large company as to the export control laws and regulations that would impact its sale of certain products or services overseas, or helping a small company prepare a contract to engage a foreign distributor to assist it in growing an international market for its products or services. We also represent non US companies wishing to do business in the US. Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? A. One of my proudest moments recently was getting a letter from the Chairman of the Board of one of our publicly traded clients. He was writing to say that their recent joint venture with a foreign partner would not have happened without our guidance. It was an important international relationship for the corporate client to establish at a critical time. That is really my greatest pleasure, to see an international transaction move from an idea in a boardroom strategy meeting to a successful reality with a positive effect on the bottom line. And of course, it is always a pleasant surprise to have your expertise and effort recognized!