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Alexander Tabolsky

Alexander Tabolsky

Novian & Novian, LLP

Attorney at Law

Personal Information

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School: Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona

Major: Business Economics

Years at College Works: 2009 to 2011

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Novian & Novian, LLP

Title: Attorney at Law

Industry: Legal

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I serve as counsel in the litigation, transactional and administrative practice areas and am based in the firm's Century City office. I litigate all aspects of general business, corporate, healthcare, hospitality, intellectual property, and commercial real estate matters, representing the firm's clients in both federal and state courts in California. I have experience with business torts, fraud, negligence, contract, landlord-tenant, partnership, and title disputes.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Winning my first trial in my second year of practicing law.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

College Works is a game-changer.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

After my College Works experience, I worked for Barry's Bootcamp directly under the President and CEO for a few years. During that time, I graduated magna cum laude from The University of Arizona, Eller College of Management with a degree in Business Economics. Upon graduation, I interned at Sony Pictures Television. Three years later, I graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where I interned with the Los Angeles Rams and clerked for Novian & Novian, LLP. The fall after graduation, I passed the California State Bar and became an associate attorney with Novian & Novian, LLP. I attribute most of my success to College Works.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

I would like to tell my clients that I greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded to me. Each and every client gave me a chance to earn their trust by delivering quality customer service and a great product. I learned how to take that chance very seriously. They helped me grow as an entrepreneur and an individual.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

It is all about building relationships.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

My best friends worked in the same division as me. On a daily basis, we still hold each other accountable, listen to each other, advise each other, motivate each other, and trust and enjoy the process of developing ourselves in our respective career fields. Every month or so, we get together for brunches, dinners, LA nightlife, events, or vacations. We are family now.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

The Best Internship in the World

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Try to develop an owner's mentality early. Do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later. Focus on building relationships with your clients and colleagues. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

The skills you gain in College Works are transferable in any career field. College Works teaches you the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Although you may develop industry-specific relationships in an internship specific to your target industry, you will develop skills and core values in College Works you will use and apply every day. I would pick the latter every time.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Before entering the practice of law, learn what it means to have an owner's mentality. College Works helped me understand this critical principle. When you have an owner's mentality, you prepare to win, take responsibility for wins and losses, hold yourself accountable, problem solve, anticipate the next step, and you find a way to deliver elite customer service. As an attorney, the application of these principles in the practice work wonders.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

My favorite memory was running with my best friends on the sand in Cancun and jumping into the turquoise-colored ocean. At that moment, all of our hard work had paid off.

Last words of wisdom

Do not be a quitter.

Alexander Tabolsky