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Weigand Scholars

"As a descendent of generations of Kansans, I am truly blessed and honored to join the Weigand Trust family. I thank J.L. Weigand, Jr. for his magnanimity in forming a legal legacy, which will benefit our home state of Kansas for years to come."

 

Matt Schippers graduated Order of the Coif from University of Kansas School of Law in 2016.  After graduation, Matt relocated to New York City to complete the LL.M. in Taxation program at New York University School of Law, where he served as a Graduate Staff Editor for the Tax Law Review. In May 2017, Matt returned to his roots to become an associate attorney at Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC in Wichita.

While at KU School of Law, Matt served as an Articles Editor for Kansas Law Review, where his Comment was published in Volume 64.  As a Shook, Hardy & Bacon Scholar, he led a weekly study group for 1L students in Contracts and Constitutional Law.  Outside the classroom, Matt was a Research Assistant to Dean Stephen Mazza, President of the St. Thomas More Society, and Treasurer of KU’s Green Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. In addition, Matt led KU Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program during his 3L year. 

In 2015, Matt received the Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award for academic merit from the Kansas Bar Foundation. During his final semester in law school, he was awarded the UMB Bank Excellence in Estate Planning Award and the Robert E. Edmunds Prize in Corporate and Securities Law.  Matt also completed KU Law’s Certificates in Tax Law and Business and Commercial Law. 

For employment, Matt was a 2014 summer intern with the Tax department of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC in Wichita. In 2015, he was a summer clerk for Wichita firms Triplett, Woolf & Garretson LLC and Hinkle Law Firm LLC.   

Before law school, Matt was a corporate accountant with Koch Industries, Inc. During his five years at Koch, Matt completed projects in financial, derivative, and tax accounting roles. Matt completed the CPA exam in 2011 and is a member of the AICPA and KSCPA.  During his time in Wichita, Matt also served as a liturgical musician and piano accompanist for youth ensembles at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

In 2008, Matt earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, where he graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa recognition. He was also awarded a Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for earning a 4.0 GPA in Business Administration. While at KU, Matt was involved as President of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Organization and a liturgical organist at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.   

  


"Over and above its financial assistance, the J.L. Weigand Trust offers unparalleled professional benefits for its scholars, who share a passion for the study of law and for the state of Kansas."

Matthew Schippers

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2014, 2016

mtschippers@twgfirm.com

Hometown:
Wichita, KS

Education:
B.S., Accounting and Business Administration, University of Kansas, 2008

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, University Honors Program
  • Concentration in Psychology
  • Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award, Honor Roll, Summerfield Scholar
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2016

  • Order of the Coif
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Highest Grade: Business Planning Seminar, Contract Drafting, Estate Planning Principles, Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic, Advanced Legal Research, Corporate Finance, Lawyering Skills II (top brief in small section)
  • Kansas Law Review, Articles Editor, Volume 64; Staff Member, Volume 63
  • Kansas Bar Foundation Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Tax Law Certificate, Business and Commercial Law Certificate

LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2017

  • Tax Law Review, Graduate Editor

Employer:
Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC

Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Business and Corporate Law

Professional Associations:

  • Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association
  • Certified Public Accountant (active Kansas license)
  • American Institute of CPAs, Kansas Society of CPAs

Publications:

  • Tax Court Determines Value of Remainder Interest of a NIMCRUT, J. of Accountancy, Dec. 2015, Journal of Accountancy, Dec 2015. 
  • The Debt versus Equity Debacle:  A Proposal for Federal Tax Treatment of Corporate Cash Advances, Thin Capitalization, & the Debt-to-Equity Ratio, 64 U. Kan. L. Rev. 527 (2015).
  • Goodwill Not Distributed to Sole Shareholder, J. of Accountancy, Oct. 2014, Journal of Accountancy, Oct 2014