Geoffrey Cone, the co-founder of a successful legal practice in New Zealand, is a man of many talents. He is nationally known as an attorney who specializes in the development of trust funds, but many people are unaware of the rich and noble history that led Geoffrey Cone to develop the Cone Marshall law firm. During a recent interview with Business Insider magazine, Geoffrey Cone discussed ways in which he was influenced by his upbringing, education, and early days in a legal practice. Although the executive admitted that his past was imperfect, he also stated that he gained invaluable wisdom and insight during the more challenging stages of his life. Cone stated that he would not trade his hardships if he had the ability to do so.
Geoffrey Cone’s Upbringing
During his sit down with the Business Insider, Cone admitted that he had the desire to enter the legal profession from a very early age. As a boy growing up in New Zealand, Cone recalls being told by relatives that he should enter the legal profession. After completing primary school, Cone decided to place a great emphasis on his academic studies in order to be accepted into a prestigious University. After completing high school with excellent marks, the future businessman was admitted to the University of Otago in New Zealand where he studied University writing and pre-law. Soon, Cone graduated from the University of Otago with honors and set out to complete law school.
Upon his acceptance to law school, Cone began to gain an interest in the field of tax law. The brilliant student had always been interested in discovering important facts regarding legal codes and statutes and he saw the tax law industry as a perfect field to enter to further develop these interests. Cone recalled, during his interview, that law school presented a greater challenge to him than those he had faced in high school and during his undergraduate education. Although he found his educational pursuits to be extremely challenging, Cone persisted until he received his diploma in the late 1970s. After graduation, Cone was presented with a challenge of finding valuable and fulfilling work as a tax attorney. The businessman recalled that he was extremely grateful when he was offered a position in Aukland, New Zealand in 1980.
Early Days In Legal Practice
After landing his first job as an attorney in a New Zealand law firm in the early 1980s, Cone quickly discovered that his keen interest in the New Zealand tax code would not be enough to consistently sustain his career. The attorney recalls many times where he worked for days on end to complete tasks for his firm. His hard work paid off, however, and he is now one of the most sought after tax attorneys in New Zealand.