Ryan Junck and refreshing the soul

ryanI learned more than I can ever describe from my mentors Judge Ross and, his brother-in-law, Ed Cook, my former law partner. One of the most important things I learned from each of them was this: Help young people when you can, it costs you nothing and it refreshes your soul.

Ryan Junck began as an intern in my chambers roughly 15 years ago when he attended college at the University of Nebraska. He was a country boy, with a brilliant mind, who wanted to play Nebraska baseball. Alas, his arm failed him, but not his mind.

Ryan and I became close friends. I watched as he took his Phi Beta Kappa key to Michigan to get his law degree. I marvelled at his uncomplaining country worth ethic while he was at Cravath in New York. I hoped big things for him when he pursued his white-collar crime interests at Skadden. And, yesterday, I glowed as Ryan told me about the announcement. The skinny, tall, farm boy, with a gentle soul, and a mind and character of steel, has grown into a lawyer who will do good and important things on the world’s stage. For you see, Ryan D. Junck, the self-described Nebraska “hick,” will serve as a Skadden partner for Cross-Border Investigations and Litigation in London.

And, my soul was refreshed.



9 responses

  1. When someone who works at Skaden or Cravath (a place where they teach a ritual walk) proclaims to be a hick, I double button my pocket. Good for you for leaving behind footsteps for others to step in. Now, stop thinking about the past and the good deeds you have done and concentrate on good health.

  2. I don’t know whether everyone will appreciate what it takes to get a gig like that at Skadden, but I’m very impressed by the achievement. He must be some special kinda hick.

  3. Wish you all the Best! I have a funny story to tell you, Ryan. I worked with a Nurse who was raised in England. She had the accent and she was always a delight to work beside. Rachel was her name, she always put a Smile on my face and we knew how to make each other Laugh! She called us the Dynamic Nurse Team! Truly we worked wonders together! Oh, how I miss working beside Rachel!

    When you go to London, hope Ryan, you experience your new Team in a Magnificent way!!!

    For you Judge Kopf, hope you are doing well with your Health!

  4. After learning of Ryan’s promotion, I searched the web to see if there was an article on it. Yours made my heart swell with pride. You see, this nebraska “hick” with a gentle soul is my younger brother. He makes me proud every day, but especially when I watch who he is becoming as he grows older. I see much of my father, and even more of my grandfather in him. It is those things that make Ryan who he is. He will continue to go far in life. We have all know that since he was young. Thank you to those of you who continue to Impact who he is today. Love you always, Ryan – Misty

  5. Just realized how many typos/errors there were in my post. I claim the late night and horrible iPad keyboard for excuses. I’m an educator, so I’m extra horrified. 🙂
    Thank you again for your kindness.

  6. Misty,

    “No worries” as my kid in Australia says. The folks at my office–including, by the way, your brother once upon a time–have always laughed at my inability to proof what I write. So, you are in good, well, good is relative, company.

    All the best.


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