HCCN Friday Feature: J. Leslie LaReau
In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series. In this week’s edition, we would like to introduce you to a HCCN Partner, J. Leslie LaReau.
(Photo: Campisi’s in Dallas - OU Texas weekend 2013. Leslie, Tyler, Emma and Claire)
Name: J. Leslie LaReau
Area of Practice: Wealth Transfer Planning, Trusts and Estates; Tax Planning and Tax Controversies,
How long have you been at HCCN: I started at HCCN in 1994.
Undergraduate University: University of Oklahoma
Law School: University of Oklahoma
Hometown: Shawnee, Oklahoma
Tell us about your family: I met my husband, Tyler, during my junior year of high school. We have been married 28 years and have two teenage daughters.
What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? Some of my favorite memories of college involve OU basketball games. I became an OU football fan in the mid-1970’s, but didn’t become an avid OU basketball fan until I started at OU in the fall of 1983, which was Wayman Tisdale’s first year of college. I remember rushing to seats when they opened the LNC doors to the students and sitting as close to floor as possible. I also have vivid memories of Top Daug - he was my favorite OU mascot.
What was your go to study food in law school? I took a pb&j sandwich with me almost every day during law school and during finals I survived on redhots.
What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City? I started with Arthur Andersen after graduating from OU and worked downtown OKC for five years before attending law school. The transformation of downtown OKC still amazes me.
What’s the last book that you read? I am currently reading Divergent.
What’s your favorite movie? E.T., Animal House, and Christmas Vacation
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would like to take a family trip to Washington DC
What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? Snowmass, Colorado
On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? If there is a game in Norman, then our entire family is there. If we don’t have a sporting event, then my afternoons involve running errands, doing household chores, or taking my girls to their various activities.
If you could give advice to any law student today, what would it be? To work hard and enjoy the experience.
What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? Overall, my favorite memories involve the friendships I’ve built with the attorneys with whom I practice. I’ve enjoyed watching their kids grow up and taking an interest in their professional and personal accomplishments. At the end of the day, it is important to like and respect your colleagues, and I feel very fortunate to work with such good people.
Tell us something about you that most people at HCCN probably don’t know: My assistant, Dana Johnson, worked as an administrative assistant for my twin sister, Judge Lynne McGuire, when Lynne was the Chief of the Criminal Division under OK County District Attorney Wes Lane. So, Dana knows my family well.
J. Leslie LaReau’s complete attorney profile here.
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