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Helen Pfitzner

Law School Admissions Counselor

J.D., Stanford Law School

M.B.A., East Carolina University (summa cum laude)

LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law

B.A., New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Academic Background

Helen Pfitzner attended Stanford Law School, where she served as a research assistant to Professor Ken Scott in banking regulation and articles editor for the Stanford Journal of International Law. An economics major and French minor at NYU, Helen’s interests especially focused on the economic underpinnings of business transactions, and she returned to law school, earning her LL.M. in taxation at NYU School of Law while practicing corporate tax law. To augment her business acumen, she earned an M.B.A. from East Carolina University with a certificate in health care management on academic scholarship.

Work Experience

Following graduation from law school, Helen joined the tax practice at Dewey Ballantine in New York for eight years, where she developed an interest in the taxation of international transactions. After moving to North Carolina to be an at-home mom, she assisted in founding and managing her husband’s medical practice and has more recently focused on teaching and consulting. She is currently a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Technology Committee.

A little more in-depth:

What I like most about being a Stratus Law School Admissions Counselor:

It awes me that I can help clients discover what it is that makes their particular academic and personal journeys so remarkably unique and unleash the source of their life’s joy within every aspect of their applications.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to law school:

After having counseled many clients, I believe more firmly than ever that there is a great school for everyone. The application process can be a fact-finding mission not only in gaining admission to a highly ranked school, but in determining what a client seeks from the law school experience and which schools may work best to meet those expectations and career goals.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus:

It is always heartwarming to help transform clients’ lives by helping them craft their very best applications and gain admission and scholarship offers to fantastic schools. One client had a particularly difficult undergraduate experience due to a parent’s illness, resulting in a 2.4 GPA. After working with him to tell his compelling story and highlight his professional successes, I was delighted that he was accepted to several top 25 schools as well as highly regarded regional schools with several significant merit scholarships, including full tuition offers, eventually settling on the school of his choice with a 40 percent scholarship.

3 Random Facts:

– My first job was selling just about everything at Saks Fifth Avenue, and I still go back to visit and see how each floor is doing on every trip back to New York.
– My family and I have perfected the art of growing bushels of basil and making tubs of fabulous pesto.
– I play absolutely noncompetitive doubles tennis as often as possible.