Five Questions with DGS Senior Associate, Business Transactions Attorney Tariq Adawi

five questions with Tariq Adawi

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This week, we heard from Tariq Adawi, senior associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs. Adawi “advises clients through each stage of the business lifecycle, from formation to exit, with a particular emphasis on start-ups and emerging companies, entity formations, mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, syndicated real estate acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate restructurings and divestitures, and soft intellectual property licensing opportunities.” Read more about his practice and experience in his online biography.

Question 1

Q: If you could choose to master a musical instrument that you don’t already know how to play, which one would it be and why?

A: The harmonica. It was one of the first instruments I picked up as a kid, though I never learned how to properly play it. Small instrument with a big sound, and can be used to complement a lot of different genres.

Question 2

Q: Which celebrity was on the posters you had hanging on your teenage bedroom wall?

A: Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, and Al MacInnis.

Question 3

Q: What is your favorite restaurant and what’s your favorite thing to order there?

A: Café Berlin in Columbia, Missouri. The Compost Pile, which is basically a breakfast sandwich deconstructed into biscuits and gravy. A rare treat that I’ll go (far) out of my way to get.

Question 4

Q: If you could travel back in time and talk to any historical figure about the law, who would you talk to and what would you say to them?

A: Theodore Roosevelt. Politics and personalities aside, I’d voice my appreciation for his conservation efforts and preservation of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands through signing bills into law and executive orders. His approach was not without criticism, which would make picking his brain fun.

Question 5

Q: What’s your favorite weekend activity?

A: Spending time by a river or lake with good company and, ideally, a fly rod.

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