Five questions for Michael Sopko '08

January 30, 2008Duke Law News

1. Where are you from? Is your hometown famous/known for anything?

I was born in Pittsburgh in 1980. In 1988, my family relocated to Springfield, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. and we have resided there ever since.

2. What is your undergraduate degree? Other degrees?

I graduated magna cum laude from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2002, having majored in accounting and minored in economics.

3. What do you like most about Duke Law or what is your favorite memory of law school?

While I will look back fondly on my time at Duke Law, my favorite memory is working for Perry Rogers, business manager to Andre Agassi and Shaquille O’Neal, in Las Vegas the summer after my first year. I spent the majority of time analyzing and refining the branding strategy of one of Andre’s endorsements. It was a wild summer and was life-altering on many levels. Most importantly, Perry continues to inspire and mentor me.

4. What do you ultimately want to do with your law degree?

I would love to develop an athlete representation practice that achieves the sustained success as those of Arn Tellem, President of WMG Managment, and Drew Rosenhaus, President of Rosenhaus Sports Representation and Duke Law Class of 1990.

5. What’s the best advice you have been given?

Your word means everything.
No one has a monopoly on knowledge.
Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate.
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