Kyle Luebke

Kyle Luebke

Finance and Restructuring Associate


Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


It wasn't until I got out into the "real world" and found new sources of support that I realized that it was completely fine for me to be who I am.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I came out as gay and my parents sent me to residential therapy to try to "fix" me and my lifestyle.
For a long time, I couldn't accept myself; when I finally did, it was a huge turning point for me.
My parents wouldn't sign my FAFSA papers and for a while I didn't know if I could go to college.
I decided to take on multiple jobs and work my way through school so I could pursue my dream.
Put myself through the University of Memphis, then through the University of Michigan's Law School.
I'm currently working at one of the largest, most reputable law firms in the United States.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of Memphis
Graduate
Law
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Bachelor
Canadian Government and Politics
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Bachelor
Canadian Government and Politics
Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Career

Finance and Restructuring Associate

I assist banks and tribal clients with front-end commercial lending.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Action Sports
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Each day, I get to work, check my email and voicemail, and get my day started. On a daily basis, I'm usually drafting documents for transactions between my clients, my firm, and any partners we're working with. I'll hop on conference calls with various clients to see if they've found any problems with the deals that we've proposed. I'll also spend time on the phone with opposing counsel who have found issues with the deals that we've drafted and need to speak attorney-to-attorney.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The biggest thing I had to learn was how to listen and understand. I don't just mean listening and understanding the way that you would in a classroom; you need to listen to your clients' needs and be proactive in accomplishing what they need you to do. You also need to learn how to think ahead and start foreseeing what your clients will need in the future. This is a skill that you might inherently have, but if not, it helps to have someone who can mentor you until you pick it up on your own.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

You have to really start challenging yourself as early as high school and keep challenging yourself throughout your undergraduate schooling. When prospective employers and prospective law school admissions counselors are looking back at your transcripts, you need to prove that you're a valuable candidate and that you're someone people will want in their community or their workplace. Take your education seriously, and you'll show everyone that you have the drive to be a successful attorney.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
graduate
Graduate
Law
undergrad
Bachelor
Canadian Government and Politics
undergrad
Bachelor
Canadian Government and Politics

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"If you continue to be who you are, no one will ever love you, you'll never find a spouse, and you'll never be happy."

Challenges I Overcame

LGBT