He loved the rules — so much so that he had a tough time getting his family to play with him. At the same time, he was captivated by a piece of litigation in which his family was involved. He wanted to be a lawyer, but he loved numbers and finance, too.
He studied them both.
McVay focused on business administration, then attended law school at Regent University in Virginia. In 2012, he earned a master’s degree in tax law from Denver University. It’s the best of both worlds, he says.
Today, at 28, McVay is an associate at the Colorado Springs firm Alpern Myers Stuart where he practices tax law. He also co-chairs the El Paso County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.
What is the thing you most love about the law?
The pursuit of justice is what I enjoy the most about law. Justice is defined as establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law. My job is to champion the cause of my clients in the pursuit of justice. On a daily basis I advocate for my clients in the pursuit of establishing and determining their rights according to the rules of law. At the end of the day it is rewarding to help clients realize just and fair results each day.
You also love business and finance. What attracted you to tax law?
When I was a child, I took the game very seriously — and diligently made sure everyone followed the rules. It actually turned into a family joke, and I had a hard time getting people to play with me. I also like to learn new games and reading the directions. This aptitude for money and rules is really part of my genes. My grandmother was a paralegal and tax preparer, my dad was economics professor with an interest in law, and my mother is an accountant and tax preparer. It is only natural that I became a tax lawyer; it is in my blood.
You are co-chairman of the Young Lawyers Section for the El Paso County Bar Association. What is its goal?
The goal of the El Paso County Bar Association New Lawyers Section is to equip, educate and support new lawyers in our community. The New Lawyers Section, among other things, hosts continuing legal education meetings each month to educate new lawyers on changes in the law and to equip them with practical skills they need to be successful. Most importantly, the section serves as a community where new lawyers can network with each other. Additionally, experienced lawyers come for the continuing legal education meetings and for the opportunity to mentor the new lawyers.
What should every new lawyer know?
Passing the bar does not guarantee a job, or a life of luxury and fame. It is not like on television where lawyers are seen as all-powerful, all-knowing and wealthy. It takes a lot of work to make it as a lawyer. A lawyer needs to keep current with ever-changing laws and be able to work with all types of people when they are facing a crisis. Despite all this, it is very rewarding to champion a client’s cause and know you have made a positive impact on the client’s life.
Colorado Springs is intent on attracting and retaining young professionals. What advice would you give city leaders on how to do this?
The best thing Colorado Springs can do to attract young professionals is to promote our great city to students and aspiring young professionals around the nation. Colorado Springs is a great place to live, study and work. We have a large city with a small-town feel, mild climate, plenty of hiking paths, ski slopes nearby, tourist attractions, a low cost of living, an excellent university, and short commutes. Simply put, Colorado Springs is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. As a Colorado Springs native, I returned after studying on the East Coast because I knew all our city had to offer. If students and aspiring young professionals knew what our city had to offer, then surely they would consider Colorado Springs.
You must hear a lot of lawyer/tax jokes. Do you have a favorite?
There are so many lawyer jokes on the Internet that make me laugh. It is hard to pick a favorite. But I do like this one: “Why do they bury lawyers under 20 feet of dirt? Because, deep down, they are really good people.” However, real life is even funnier. This really happened to me the other day: A friend asked me, “What does the IRS do with all the money it collects?”