Jennifer Villier, JD | Business Law Faculty

Jenny Villier is a member of the Legal Education faculty at WealthCounsel. Prior to joining WealthCounsel, Jenny practiced tax and corporate law at firms in Chicago and Denver. In addition, Jenny has taught business law and transactional drafting courses at DePaul College of Law and Temple University School of Law. Jenny received her JD, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2004, where she served as an editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Jenny and her husband and their three children reside in Denver.

Recent Posts

Game of Trusts: Establishing Proper State Taxation of Non-Resident Trusts

By Jennifer Villier, JD | Business Law Faculty on May 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The United States Supreme Court rarely addresses trusts and estates issues. The purview of the states, issues arising in intergenerational wealth transfers, are generally outside federal jurisdiction. To reach the U.S. Supreme Court, trusts and estates cases typically involve federal preemption or the constitutionality of a state’s law; the latter has brought the most recent trusts and estates case before the Court.

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Basis Basics: A Lesson From the 8th Circuit

By Jennifer Villier, JD | Business Law Faculty on Apr 19, 2019 10:02:00 AM

In an article by Professor Douglas A. Kahn published by the American Bar Association, Mr. Kahn contends that the increase in experiential learning in law schools is leading to a decrease in law student enrollment in core doctrinal classes, such as tax courses. According to Professor Kahn, only one-third of the students who recently graduated from Michigan Law School took a tax class, and less than 10% of those students took either partnership or corporate taxation.  Sadly, the situation at Michigan Law School is not unique.

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Distribution Waterfalls

By Jennifer Villier, JD | Business Law Faculty on Jan 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When most people think of waterfalls, the first thing that comes to mind is likely Niagara or Victoria. Waterfalls in the legal sense are not nearly as breathtaking or awe-inspiring as these natural curtains of water. Nonetheless, when properly drafted, a distribution waterfall in an operating agreement is a fairly impressive provision.

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