Mike Fayhee - McDermott Will & Emery

Mike Fayhee

"It was also especially gratifying to contribute to the growth of the Tax Practice Group and to help maintain its stellar reputation, along with many noted leaders in the tax field, while I was practice group leader."

If someone had said to you, back in 1972, that you would spend your entire career at McDermott, would you have believed them?

Actually, I would, as it was not unusual in those days to stay at the same place for one’s entire career. I recall that when I joined, a majority of senior partners had all come to McDermott directly from law school or military service.

You are about to embark on a new journey. Can you tell us more about what’s next for you?

I am going to continue in my counsel role, primarily advising four clients, but that will not require my full-time attention, so I applied to and was accepted into the LLM program at the University of Michigan Law School, where I will study the philosophy of law. I will take courses in the law school and the university’s philosophy department. I think it’s a good bet that I will be older than all of my fellow students and all of my professors. After I receive my LLM degree, I will decide whether to continue and pursue a doctorate. I’d love to teach a class in the philosophy of law someday.

What will your commute be like?

The daily commute from Ann Arbor to northern Michigan is too long, so I will be living in the Law Quadrangle, the dormitory for law students.

Your oldest granddaughter will be a freshman in college this fall, so you both will be moving into dorms at the same time. What does she think about this?

She knows me well, so she’s not entirely surprised.