Power of Attorney Updates for SD, IA NE and Federal
Breadan Donahue BIO:
Breandan assists individuals and families in planning their legacy, aiming to protect client wealth, support business succession, reduce taxes and fees, and, ultimately, ensure there is someone to listen to their wishes and implement them. Breandan was interested in becoming an estate planning attorney because he has always gravitated to the cooperative aspects of law. “Estate planning in particular reaches out to me because I can feel the practical, day-to-day benefit the process has on those I assist; it is measurable in a way beyond just helping families cope with the rules and laws out there. Through the planning process, I regularly work with new and diverse people, each individual and family bringing their own circumstances, values, and goals to the process.”
In Breandan’s free time he enjoys running, taekwondo, and spending time with family. He is also a habitual consumer of fantasy literature, horror movies, and college football. Breandan is a wannabe lexicologist. A lexicologist is someone who studies the formation, meaning, and use of words.
LICENSED IN: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
Hillsdale College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2005
Melissa Grant Bio:
Melissa Grant is an attorney at the Goosmann Law Firm who focuses on corporate, health, and real estate law as well as estate planning. Melissa helps companies grow and succeed by leveraging her extensive business operations background and legal experience to provide comprehensive legal advice, create strategic business plans, and execute key transactions, for companies of all sizes. Her experience analyzing and executing a broad range of health care transactions within a large health care system has given Melissa high quality and complex hands-on knowledge of how to succeed in this ever changing industry.
Melissa demonstrates her passion for combining law and business by creating strategic plans for companies that address their current needs and future vision. She is dedicated to taking clients step-by-step through their business plan. From outlining to implementation, her priority is helping her clients grow their business. And as their business grows, this carries over to keeping their estate plan updated.
Melissa says “I decided to become an attorney while assessing my career goals previously as an information technology and business operations manager. I concluded that attorneys stand out as people with the power to substantially impact the businesses of others. Because of this, I wanted a stronger role in business. Becoming an attorney has given me a more influential role to positively impact numerous companies and business owners.”
Melissa’s diverse professional background makes her stand out. Her past experience includes information technology, business operations, financial risk management, process improvement, and more. Her talents and drive to succeed have allowed her to assume greater freedom in each role that she has performed throughout the last fourteen years. Melissa says she values these experiences because, “Solid business skills are transferable across all industries and are a competitive advantage as a lawyer. It allows me to help position a client for their future encompassing their business, health care, real estate and estate planning goals.”
Most of Melissa’s free time is spent keeping up with her three year old son, Maddox. Melissa also has a passion for outdoor activities, even running long distances while pushing her three year old in a stroller and tripping over their dog, Trigger, not to be confused with “Tripper.” A fun fact about Melissa is that her friends say she has more black in her wardrobe than “The Man in Black” himself, Johnny Cash.
Drake University Law School, Juris Doctor, 2011
Buena Vista University, Bachelor of Arts, Management Information Systems, 2001
Iowa Physicians Clinic Medical Foundation dba UnityPoint Clinic, Johnston, IA
Contracts Department Manager April 2012 – Present
Polk County Attorney’s Office, Des Moines, IA
Prosecuting Intern, Drug and Gang Bureau August 2010 – May 2011
Drake University Legal Clinic, Des Moines, IA
Mediator, Mediation Clinic January 2010 – May 2010
Mid-State Distributing Co., Des Moines, IA
Manager of IT Solutions May 2003 – April 2012
McGladrey, LLP Des Moines, IA
Senior Associate, Information Systems Consultant May 2001 – May 2003