Christopher Liedl: The Pursuit of Business, Law, and Football

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Christopher Liedl did not grow up knowing he wanted to become a lawyer, but his experience after college quickly showed him the intertwined nature of law and business. The Pequot Lakes, Minnesota native worked in finance for a Fortune 150 energy company where he frequently observed the business team slam the brakes on a carefully considered project to seek approval from the lawyers.

This experience sparked an interest in Christopher in pursuing a law degree. “It was a paradigm shift because I always thought of business people and lawyers as being separate. It was interesting to see how dependent any business is on understanding the legal ramifications of its actions, and how legal questions pervade any business decision,” Christopher said.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2014, Christopher joined the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, looking to gain a broad experience. After 7 months on the job, Christopher is still excited about the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of sophisticated clients. “The job is unquestionably demanding, but it’s a great place to be. I love my colleagues, and the work is always interesting and challenging. Every time I don’t know an answer, I remind myself that that’s what’s interesting about this job- that we get to think about issues that are stumping our very intelligent clients.” Christopher said.

Despite the commitments of his nascent legal career, Christopher still manages to carve out time to pursue his passion of officiating college football on the weekends. A ref since age 11 when he first donned stripes and whistle for youth soccer games, Christopher now arbitrates football games in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference. Unlike business, the pairing between law and officiating always struck Christopher as natural. “It’s rules and application, crime and punishment, justice, fairness, impartiality, all the elements that are so crucial to the legal system,” he observed. “Besides, it’s such a privilege to be out there on the field and hear the smack of pads long after my playing days are over.”

As his investment in law school started to pay off, Christopher turned next to tackle the high cost of his degree. To pay his way through law school, Christopher was stuck taking out Grad Plus loans at 7.9% interest . As soon as he started his new job though, he refinanced his loans with DRB, shaving a full 5% off his previous interest rates. “Refinancing my loans through DRB means hundreds of dollars a month staying in my pocket,” he says. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to refinance my loans at such a great rate, and I always recommend DRB to my classmates.” Christopher’s first DRB referral? His wife, Kirsten, a fellow Ropes & Gray attorney, and now DRB customer.

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