Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lawyer Referees!

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

I'm watching the Colts-Titans game, and I have now seen two lawyers with whom I've worked in the past.  The buff referee Ed Hochuli is a Phoenix, Arizona lawyer who did some products liability litigation for us when I was the general counsel of Great Lakes Chemical.  Either the field judge or the side judge is my long-time friend, Ron Torbert, a Harvard Law School educated lawyer, my former associate at Dykema Gossett in Detroit, the general counsel of our safety restraint business at AlliedSignal, and now the general counsel of Barton-Malow, a big construction company in Michigan.  Ron has spent the last twenty or more years working his way up the referee chain, from high school to Division II to the MAC to the Big Ten, and now he's an NFL official.  Very cool.  Congrats, Ron.

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