Drawing on over 50 years of experience as a lawyer, businessman and entrepreneur, Mr. Sobieski will provide students with indispensable keys to success about identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas they will face in life and while working in industries including — but not limited to — Finance, Auditing and Investing.
This free and interactive workshop will help you gain valuable insight about the real world and provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Through Mr. Sobieski’s eclectic background, earn practical knowledge that will not only strengthen your professional skill-set, but also improve your resume in ways that companies love to see from their candidates. We hope to see you all there!
*All majors AND alumni are welcome!*
Mark Your Calendars!
- Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
- In the Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room
Mr. Sobieski graduated from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1958 and spent 6 months immediately after graduation on active duty in the U.S. Army as a tank company commander. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School in June 1960.
Mr. Sobieski practiced law as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, California from 1960-1966, and then:
- 1966-1968: served as securities counsel in charge of acquisitions from a legal standpoint for Litton Industries and in addition, he was responsible for all relations with and filings by Litton Industries with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and State Securities Regulators and participated in drafting all of its quarterly and annual reports to stockholders, press releases to the financial press and proxy statements,
- 1968-1971: he was one of three founders and partners in John Connolly & Associates, a venture capital firm,
- 1971-1973: he was vice president and general counsel of Denny’s Inc, a NASDAQ-listed restaurant company and chairman of Omnus Computer Corporation, a privately-owned computer company; thereafter he was
- founder and president of Wm Flagg’s, Inc., a privately-owned restaurant company,
- founder and chairman of Quadtek, Inc., a privately-owned industrial imaging equipment company,
- senior vice president and general counsel of a Emett & Chandler Companies, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed insurance brokerage company,
- senior vice president and director of Jardine, Emett & Chandler Companies after Emett & Chandler Companies was acquired by Jardine, and since 1994,
- sole-practitioner lawyer and business consultant.
Mr Sobieski spent his 1964 summer vacation in Mississippi as a lawyer representing African-Americans and others arrested desegregating public facilities or trying to register to vote in federal elections. Mr. Sobieski rescued two civil rights workers arrested in Anguilla, Miss. for distributing literature without a permit, by filing the first civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Vicksburg, Miss. since the civil war, getting it served on the sheriff in Anguilla and getting him to release the two civil rights workers.
Mr. Sobieski was instrumental in breaking restrictions limiting hiring of women as lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1963.
Mr. Sobieski has been an active member of the California Bar Association for more than 50 years, has been investing in stocks and bonds since high school, is married, has three adult children and five grandchildren.