Paul Tafelski PC September 2019

Drafting Talent Finding Wins in the Law and the NFL Better Call Paul Your Personal General Counsel 248-451-2200

September 2019

I’ll admit it: As a Lion’s fan, it’s getting hard to even be cautiously optimistic at the start of the season. There have been too many dashed hopes over the years — even diehard supporters get tired of saying “maybe this time” again and again. That’s not to say I’m entirely ungrateful for the team. If anything, the Lions provide a valuable cautionary tale about how important finding good talent really is. When you run a law firm, the importance of building a great team is always on your mind. Just like any good NFL team, you don’t want to get stuck overpaying someone who underdelivers, and you need to have an eye for recognizing future talent. The Lions’bad contracts and poor draft picks over the years have led to many disappointing seasons, but, at the end of the day, it’s only football. When you’re building a legal team, the stakes are far higher. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, filed for divorce, or been accused of a crime, you deserve a lawyer who will fight for you every step of the way. An untalented quarterback can make for a disappointing Sunday night, but an attorney fumbling a case can spell disaster for your future. With the wide range of practice areas we cover, finding the right talent for the right job is critical. That’s why, unlike the Lions, our team has a clear picture of the kind of talent we want to recruit. First and foremost, we want intelligence. These days, it’s not enough to simply graduate from law school — if you aren’t as quick on your feet as your opponents, no hearing or negotiation will go your way. But book smarts are only part of this criteria. A hire needs emotional intelligence as well. While the law is complex to navigate, no lawyer should ever

an assistant prosecutor and clerking for the Oakland County Circuit Court. With his diverse range of skills and experiences, David’s exactly the kind of lawyer we want in our starting lineup. His attention to detail and outstanding communication skills have already helped us achieve good results. With new hires like David and career professionals like Mark Pierce, Eric Wells, and Catherine Farrell, I’m very lucky to work alongside such talented people every day. While I may not have high hopes for the Lions this year, the future of our firm is bright.

lose sight of their real job: helping people out of difficult situations. Our latest draft pick has these talents in spades. It’s my pleasure to introduce our firm’s newest associate attorney, Mr. David Goukassian. The grandson of a highly respected judge in Armenia, David is following in his forefather’s footsteps, graduating magna cum laude fromWestern Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2017. But it’s not just his grades that impressed us. David paid his way through school, working to support himself every step of the way. He knows what it’s like to dig in and work hard. Even while earning his law degree, David took on some challenging internships, serving as

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