Sara Stock of Stock Legal
Fun Fact: If Sara Stock didn’t pass the bar exam the first time she took it, she made a promise to herself that she’d take a year off from pursuing law to be a snowboard instructor in Colorado. Unfortunately to all those who took lessons in Colorado that year, they didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Sara, because she passed! Having started her own firm, Stock Legal, Sara chose to conduct business differently than most firms. Their office is located in a gorgeous golden-bricked mansion in the Central West End. On the inside, the building has preserved its elegance while feeling up-to-date and modern. Butterfly wallpaper, an STL marquee sign, and comfy modern furniture make the place inviting and intriguing. Stock Legal is a modern digital firm specializing in business law, and in 2018 they started their Estate Planning Department (shout out to Ann’s husband)! Reach out to the incredible team if you need help with operating agreements, mergers and acquisitions, copyright infringement, trusts and wills, and more — they’re a great firm for all you small to medium sized businesses and Doyennes out there!
What services does Stock Legal offer?
Stock Legal provides Legal Services for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses.
What made you decide to start your own law firm?
I grew up in a family business. I watched my family struggle with the challenges that come with a small business, and I wanted to help other business owners during those challenging times, or better yet, prevent those challenging times.
What about Stock Legal are you most proud of?
The manner in which we care for our clients – We do so with integrity, putting their best interests first always, and that informs our internal culture as well, caring for those individuals who have chosen to work at Stock Legal.
Pick one thing you do really well in relation to your work.
I solve problems for a living. Often, those problems are legal in nature, but not always. Problem solving takes many forms in my business – building a deal or contracting infrastructure, mitigating a dispute amongst members, building out a contracting platform, or navigating a pivot in your business model.
Have you overcome any business flops?
My business took a turn in 2016 from having two other partners to owning 100% of the firm. Those pre-existing relationships are hard to walk away from, but growth often means change. Embracing change, and all of the uncertainty that comes with it, has been one of the best personal growth developments that has come from this journey.
Have you faced any adversity being a woman in your field?
I have, and still do. There are times where we are passed over for firms that are more expensive, and the person making the selection is obviously more comfortable with a man. That said, times are changing. Many of our male clients state that they prefer working with women because we are great problem solvers, think outside of the box, and execute with efficiency. There are also more and more women led businesses each day.
Is there anything else about being a bad-ass business babe that you’d like to share?
Almost every day I do something “outside of my comfort zone”. It’s a challenge, because I come from a family where safety and security are important values. Initially, it was incredibly uncomfortable to “lean into” that ambiguity and uncertainty. Today, it is liberating, and I clearly understand that it is the only way to continue to grow, both as a professional, but more importantly, as a human being.
Reach out to the Stock Legal Team if you need legal help in the following areas: Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Lending, Intellectual Property, Aviation, and Estate Planning.
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