Don Paul Cochran, JD, CPA, has practiced law in both Iowa and Minnesota for over 40 years. He is currently in solo practice of law in Apple Valley, Minnesota, focusing on tax, estate planning, and small business organization and management. He was a CPA with the Small and Emerging Business practice of then-Big 8 accounting firm Touche Ross in Bloomington, Minnesota, and has served as the Vice President of Tax and CFO with various privately and publicly held companies. He also served as an advanced sales consultant with Securian Financial, Nationwide Financial, and Pacific Life Insurance Company's Annuity and Mutual Fund division, providing advanced planning support for financial advisors on topics of financial and estate planning for small to medium-size businesses and wealthy individuals.
Don is actively involved in continuing education and other seminars for financial professionals and accountants, on topics related to tax issues for individuals and small businesses; current financial planning and asset transfer; and preparing for and living through retirement. Don is much sought after as a presenter of CPE for seminars sponsored by state societies of CPAs, CPA firms, and other providers of continuing education for financial professionals, and is a featured speaker at several national tax conferences.
Don earned a Bachelor of Science in general science from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with his Juris Doctorate. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Minnesota and Iowa, he maintains his license as a certified public accountant. He also attained the designations of Certified Financial Planner and Certified Retirement Consultant.