Monday Profile: Noah Hurwitz

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Noah Hurwitz is an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in Dykema's Ann Arbor office and regularly litigates complex disputes in an array of practice areas. He also acts as outside general counsel to several local companies and advises on a wide range of corporate and employment law issues.

Hurwitz has successfully argued appeals before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He serves on the State Bar of Michigan's Character and Fitness Committee and is co-chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.

Hurwitz graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He served judicial internships with the United States District Courts in the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Louisiana.

He and his wife, Lizzie, their two-year-old son, Asher, and their English Bulldog, Jack, live in Ann Arbor.

By Jo Mathis
Legal News

What is your most treasured material possession? My wedding ring.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Don't go just because you don't know what else to do with your life.

Favorite local hangouts: Ann Arbor Golf & Outing, Kerrytown, Buhr Park.

Favorite websites: Annarbor.com, the State Bar's e-Journal, Wikipedia.org, Rivals.com.

What is your happiest childhood memory? A fourth grade birthday with all of my friends at the Tigers game.

Why did you become a lawyer? Ultimately, to advocate for others and compete against myself. But the origin of my desire to be a lawyer is that after watching the Godfather movies as a 10-year-old and wanting nothing more than to someday be in the mafia, my mom tried to discourage me by saying that I couldn't be in the mafia because I wasn't Italian. I responded that the German-Irish-born lawyer Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) wasn't Italian and thus preserved hope that I could someday be Consigliere. Still working on that one, though.

What would surprise people about your job? It's usually a lot of fun.

What do you wish someone would invent? A less distracting replacement for my cell phone and laptop.

What has been your favorite year so far? This year! I feel like I'm standing right at the middle of the bridge that is my life and I can see both the origin and the destination.

What is your most typical mood? A happy medium between pensive and enthusiastic.

Favorite beverage: Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda.

Who is on your guest list for the ideal dinner party? My great-grandparents.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be? My wife.

What's the most awe-inspiring place you've ever been? The Oval Office would be the politically correct answer, but probably the Pontiac Silverdome on January 5, 1992, when the Lions beat the Cowboys 38-6 in the divisional playoffs.

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer? The moment after I finished arguing before a panel of the Sixth Circuit.

How did you earn your first dollar? Either babysitting, delivering pizzas, or making sandwiches.

Do you have spiritual beliefs? Yes, but usually only when I'm anxious.

What do you do to relax? Fry meatballs (http://www.raos.com/raos-famous-meatballs-recipe).

How would you describe your home? Welcoming and safe.

What word do you overuse? In my writing, "however."

What is one thing you would like to learn to do? Speak another language fluently.

What is something most people don't know about you? I was nearly a video game national champion in college (NCAA Football for PlayStation), having only been defeated at the national semifinals in Las Vegas.

What is the best advice you ever received? Let someone take care of you.

If you can help it, where will you never return? A Demi Lovato concert.

What do you drive? A minivan.

What would you drive if money were no object? The best minivan that money can buy.

Favorite place to spend money: Monahan's Fish Market, Van Boven, Miles of Golf.

What is your motto? Cling to the ones who are good to you; Simplify everything.

Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

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