Andrew Luczak Glubisz is a principal and a member of Chuhak & Tecson’s Real Estate, Banking and Condo & Common Interest Community Association practice groups. Here are his thoughts in his own words, so eloquently and simply given, on inclusion and diversity at the Firm.
“What resonated with me about Chuhak & Tecson that made me want to accept my position here was, quite simply, the culture and the very apparent respect for work-life balance and inclusion. Even before the management of the Firm made the decision to embrace its "one Firm" structure whereby we all feel like we are on the same team, the people here presented as down to earth and genuine. This is a place of good-hearted people who truly care about others and are so very inclusive of each other.
I have had too many wonderful experiences here at the Firm to tell in a short time, but what stands out is the compassion and generosity of the people here. Given current world events and what has been happening in my ancestral homeland of Ukraine, my personal life has been in tatters. Time and again, regardless of what I may have asked, everyone at Chuhak has been willing to help - emotionally, financially and professionally. People at the Firm have been kind and caring. My well-being and the well-being of my family and friends have taken precedence over deadlines and bottom lines. I know that I am more than just an employee here. More than an origination or billable-hour column. And, that means more to me than I can explain.
How I came to be with the Firm is an interesting story. Adam Moreland, a principal at the Firm, effectively “willed” my employment here into existence. In late 2011, I was in my fourth year of practicing law. At the time, I worked at the same neighborhood firm where I clerked in high school, college and law school. The same place where my aunt worked as a paralegal. The same place where the two partners had known me since I was a little boy. I was therefore, for all intents and purposes, perfectly content and comfortable. Then came a nightmare real estate closing in which I represented a borrower purchasing a piece of investment property. Adam represented the lender. After a couple of days of intense negotiations on both of our parts, he asked me (right in front of my client, mind you) whether I was interested in a career move. My initial reaction was pure shock and amusement. However, I thought it prudent to at least listen to what he had to say. Before long, I was having dinner with Adam and Ed Burke, listening to their sales pitch as to why Chuhak was such a perfect place for me. Fast forward to more than 10 years later, I can say with certainty that they were unequivocally correct in their assessment.
I was asked about the way the Firm attorneys and staff helped me get more acclimated to the Firm when I first started; very simply, they let me be me. There is of course a structure in place and rules to follow, and things need to be done a certain way. But, this can all happen without me sacrificing who I am and how I approach life. I am always amazed at the breadth and scope of assistance available if I need it. I have learned very quickly that help is always here for me – from human resources to IT to staff to colleagues.
What I like most about the Firm is its commitment to work-life balance and such wonderful acceptance and inclusion. I describe the environment here at Chuhak as “down to earth.” Often, lawyers and law firms get a bad rap for being pretentious or stuffy or overbearing. From my vantage point, Chuhak bucks that trend.
If I could say one thing about the Firm, I would say that we defy stereotypes and categories. Today, it seems that neighborhood firms may be struggling; midsized firms may be blinded by the allure of being acquired; and the large firms can be monolithic sweatshops where people tend to lose their identities – but not at Chuhak. We relish being the kind of Firm where you definitely get big law service without the BIG.”