GETTING TO KNOW ... Andrew A. Ayar

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Clark Hill attorney Andrew Ayar grew up in southeast Michigan and graduated from Bloomfield Hills Andover High School in 1997. After attending the University of Michigan in three years, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. In September 2000, he began law school at Wayne State University Law School. After graduating in May of 2003, he went to the University of Miami Law School and obtained an LL.M. in taxation, graduating in May 2004.
 
Ayar began his legal career as an associate with Evans and Luptak PLC in 2004 and then joined the law firm of Strobl and Sharp PC in 2008. He has been a member at Clark Hill PLC since 2017 and specializes in Banking and Finance, Corporate law, and Mergers and Acquisitions with an emphasis on Employee Stock Ownership Plans.

The West Bloomfield resident is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Florida and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section and the Florida Bar.

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Why did you become a lawyer?
My parents did not have the opportunity to go to college so education was a big priority in my family – actually my grandmother emphasized education so much, she always told me and my siblings that we only had three career choices: lawyer, doctor or engineer.

What’s your favorite law-related movie?
“My Cousin Vinny.”

Who are your law role models – real and/or fictional?
Denny Crain, from the TV show Boston Legal (and portrayed by William Shatner).

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?
My son Emmanuel, because I would love to see the world through his eyes.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
Plot your career path and, if possible, work in a legal related field such as a law firm before attending law school.

What’s your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I passed the bar.

What would surprise people about your job?
The volume of emails I receive each day is incredible.

What do you do to relax?
Cigars and whiskey.

What other career path might you have chosen?
Per my grandmother, a doctor or an engineer.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
Stop goofing off.

Favorite local hangouts?
Churchill’s in Birmingham, Shenandoah Country Club, Target Sports.

Favorite websites?
CBS Sportsline.com

Favorite app?
Instagram – I just downloaded the app and it really helps me keep up with family and friends.

Favorite music?
Any good music.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
First family trip to Mexico.

What is your most treasured material possession?
My wedding ring because I don’t think my wife would ever forgive me if I lost it.

What do you wish someone would invent?
A cheap and safe water de-salinator to benefit humanity. For selfish reasons, my second choice would be a youth pill.

What has been your favorite year so far and why?
2009, the year my oldest child was born.

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been?
Maui.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Ability to read minds.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?
Fly a plane.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have 85 first cousins.

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. (fun group and dinner would probably be just a starting point with those guys).

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don’t make any important decisions before sleeping on it (if possible).

Favorite place to spend money?
Las Vegas.

What is your motto?
Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Which living person do you most admire?
My mother.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Being happily married to my beautiful wife for over 11 years and being the father of four wonderful children.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done?
That’s a tough one to answer, but I recently had the opportunity to shoot a real machine gun.

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