In 1987, I read an article in the New York Times about Eugene Lang, a millionaire who told sixth-grade students in East Harlem that he would fund their college education if they stayed in school. Immediately, I wrote Mr. Lang to see how I might support his mission. A year and a half later – somewhat to my surprise – Eugene landed in Las Vegas and contacted me. As a result of that meeting and other preliminary work, I and Julie Murray established a local chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation in Las Vegas and sponsored 65 kids in an area housing project and pursued my duties as President of the Foundation. . The I Have A Dream Foundation helped connect the “Dreamers” with mentors and after school programs, and provided them scholarships to UNLV or a college of their choice. That one letter to Mr. Lang changed my life and the lives of many others in the region. To me, it was proof that investing in others gives you higher purpose – it is, in part, an investment in yourself.
As a local native of 35 years and managing attorney of Armstrong Teasdale in Las Vegas, I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to invest in our great city and the people who call it home.
I’ve seen our firm grow alongside the city, from just a handful of offices when I joined, to 13 offices throughout the U.S. and U.K. today. I’ve seen us grow from a couple dozen practice areas, to more than 70 domestic and international practices, adding esteemed lawyers with significant books of business. I’ve been here long enough to know that investment in people is core to this firm’s character, and it pays dividends.
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