Outstanding Young Professional

MSchwerin-web portrait
Michelle Schwerin
, J.D.
Associate | Capes Sokol

This award honors and supports CPAs 35 and under who serve as emerging and dynamic leaders in the profession.  Candidates are evaluated based on their active involvement in the profession, support of the CPA credential, and professional volunteerism.

What sets Michelle Schwerin apart is not only her credentials, but also her commitment to helping others and serving as an emerging leader in both the legal and accounting professions. 

She embraces the concept of lifelong learning and supports her colleagues by providing frequent educational training. Michelle plans and leads the firm’s annual Federal Tax Controversy Symposium and serves as an adjunct professor in Webster University’s Masters of Forensic Accounting program.

Although she has a demanding work schedule and a young family, Michelle makes time for leadership roles in community and professional organizations. She is active on MOCPA’s Young Professionals Committee and the St. Louis Chapter’s Professional Learning and Networking Task Force. She serves on the finance committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and volunteers by offering free representation to pro se taxpayers with litigation pending before the U.S. Tax Court.  She is involved in the ABA Tax Section’s Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee, having chaired the membership sub-committee. She mentors students at both Washington and Webster Universities, participates on the Camper Life Subcommittee for Camp Sabra, and sits on the board of the Henry and Gladys Crown Center for Senior Living.

While her dedication and drive inspire those around her, colleagues say, above all else, Michelle is always thoughtful, kind and compassionate.