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rifkin-alan-mAlan M. Rifkin

Managing Partner
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC

Over three decades ago, when Alan M. Rifkin first began practicing law, the concept of a practice area devoted principally to sports was fairly foreign. The field has evolved since then and Rifkin, managing partner of Rifkin Weiner Livingston in Annapolis, said he’s pleased to be considered one of the legal niche’s early advocates.

In recent years, Rifkin helped develop the sports law curriculum at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he’s also on the faculty as an adjunct professor of Sports and the Law.

Rifkin has served as the chairman of SCG Legal, one of the largest international networks of law firms. Law firms in every state and in 80 countries around the world regularly exchange information about developments in the law through SCG Legal.

In his view, the practice of law serves to preserve and protect our institutions and society for the greater good.

“The most important advice I could give any young lawyer would be to consider themselves a steward of those fundamental objectives and to always keep that in mind when counseling clients,” he said.

Rifkin has also had a great interest in mentoring others, and he’s done so in different ways. He coached youth sports at a variety of different levels. Through his experiences, he learned that coaching a particular sport was significantly less important to him than helping mentor young athletes who came from all walks of life. Through sports, these young folks were taught the values of discipline, hard work and the reality that not every game is perfect and everyone has to deal with both failure and success, he said.

In recent years, Rifkin served as a member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation board, which helps assist and mentor young athletes in at-risk communities throughout the country by developing youth athletic facilities in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

The most important advice I could give any young lawyer would be to consider themselves a steward of those fundamental objectives and to always keep that in mind when counseling clients”

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