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Jennifer Sharrow
Associate Attorney, Bacon Wilson, P.C.: Age 39
      Bacon Wilson congratulates
Jennifer Sharrow,
Associate Attorney,
for being named as one of BusinessWest’s 2024 40 Under Forty Honorees!
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       Jennifer Sharrow can’t remember the name of the book she read back in middle school. But she does recall it was about a judge, that it made a deep impact on her, and that it inspired her to want to be a judge herself.
She would later adjust that career goal slightly — with a focus on becoming a lawyer — while maintaining a strong desire to enter the legal profession because she saw it as way to help people and positively impact lives.
And she’s essentially proven herself right during a wide-ranging career to date, one that started at the height of the Great Recession — when most law firms stopped hiring — with a job at AmeriCorps, a semi-volunteer position doing organizational development for a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
She then went on to be a civil-rights investigator with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, commuting from New Hampshire to Boston on Amtrak, and then something she described as “more holistic that got me more involved in the community” — a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and then the Small Business Administration in the broad realm of community development, assisting small businesses with everything from loans to recovery after natural disasters.
Sharrow continues to work with small businesses in her current role as an associate attorney with Springfield-based Bacon Wilson, handling everything from initial business
formation to employment agreements; from leasing of commercial properties to sales of business assets.
She is her department’s authority on women-owned businesses, helping clients work with the state Supplier Diversity Office to give marginalized business owners access to additional opportunities. And recently, she spearheaded Bacon Wilson’s response to the new federal requirements for businesses under the Corporate Transparency Act.
“I like working with the business owners,” she said. “It’s the variety of businesses I enjoy, even
when they’re starting out. Entrepreneurs amaze me; their spirit and enthusiasm in starting these businesses is inspiring.
And it’s the same with the people
who have been working in these businesses, building them up and putting in their time and sweat and stress. I’m just so impressed by them.”
Active in the community, Sharrow
is chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals
in Belchertown and a member of Springfield Women with a Purpose, the Hampden County Bar Assoc., and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Assoc. An avid runner, she participates in many area 5Ks, especially those supporting shelter animals. BW
—George O’Brien
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