Attorney Rafi Stern has packed in a lot of work and experience in the relatively short time since his law school graduation. A product of New York City, Rafi has found his passion in the form of non-profit legal work. He is currently a legal fellow with the Lawyers Alliance for New York. Ivy league educated with his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his law degree from Cornell Law School, Rafi worked for the large law firm of Paul Weiss and then as a law clerk for the Honorable Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York before moving on to do his non-profit work. I found Rafi to be very engaging with an up-tempo personality and I think you will enjoy hearing his story on this episode.
Tom Malicki is a long-time senior partner at Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP in Omaha, Nebraska. He practices in the areas of corporate law, business law, energy law and estate planning. This podcast, however, is really a trip down memory lane for me as I first met Tom when he pitched against me as a 6th grader. We both attended Wheeling High School and, where a lot of our friends played one or two sports, Tom played three; baseball, basketball and football. Tom played all three of these sports very well, in addition to being an excellent student. When I look back at that time, I don’t know how he was able to do it all. A mutual friend (shout out to Paul “Hypo” Digoia!) told me that Tom was selected to the Wheeling High School Athletics Hall of Fame a couple of years back. Hypo and a bunch of guys from that era went and gave Tom a proper reception. In any event, the last memory I have of Tom is our senior year football season and the ups and downs that came during the year, high school football being what it is. After graduation from Wheeling, Tom left for Omaha, Nebraska and played baseball for Creighton University while getting an accounting degree. He then stuck around at Creighton and got a joint JD/MBA degree from Creighton and stayed in Omaha after that. As I think about Tom from our youth, he was the type of guy that excelled at whatever he did, yet always in a humble manner, and it was great to catch up with him after all of these years.