The boys had been friends since high school, attending a Jesuit college-prep school in Milwaukee. They also both participated on their high school debate team traveling the country on weekends attending debate tournaments. They went to the same college and both studied accounting, each passing the CPA exam after graduation. Then they both attend Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and were roommates for all three years in an apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland.
They studied hard and went out with friends on weekends, often for dinner and drinks. They had many friends in law school, some of whom were acentric. But that was typical for law school. One friend was Jim Hailey who had a big personality and big gut which was best explained by his beer-guzzling habit. He was boisterous and fun. One of their favorite nightspots was The Tombs, a restaurant in Georgetown just a few blocks off the main college campus. It was an underground pub and restaurant and well known in the city. It serves red delicious pizza, steak and fish dishes and with its large bar many fine beers and wines, many of which the lads sampled.
One of the men, after graduation, went to Boston and joined a large law firm specializing in
corporate and securities law. He married a lawyer and they had two sets of twins, three boys and one
girl. The other fella practiced law in Washington, D.C., first for a small boutique firm and next with a
firm that he co-founded only two years after graduating from law school. The demands of the practice
were intense, requiring him to travel throughout the United States. But, it was financially rewarding and
the experience, especially developing business was exceptional and valuable. He left that firm because
of a falling out with his partner who had a temper and was greedy. He went next to a large law firm in
There he started out as a limited partner and progressed after a few years to equity partner.
The other lawyers in the firm, some 400, were competent and friendly. It was an ideal working
environment. His friend (as mentioned above) had joined a large law firm in Boston and advanced to
equity partner, focusing on corporate and securities law. He married, and he and his wife (also a lawyer)
had four children, two sets of twins, three boys and one girl. A wonderful and boisterous handful.
The men remain good friends to this day and stay in touch. Their families get together in July of
every year as the Chicago fella goes with his family to Maine every July for a week of vacation, drinking
wine and beer, dining on fresh fish and watching the children swim in the pool and Atlantic Ocean. It is
a wonderful, relaxing time and an excellent opportunity to renew relationships.
By Synapse House Member, Chris Z.
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