David Rader

Manager - Transaction Advisory Services at EY

2016 | Washington, DC

University of Arizona | Political Science

“Good classmates and even better professors make every day in class interesting and challenging.”

While working at a public policy think tank in Arizona, David Rader met a few MSU Law grads. “They were considered consummate professionals by everyone I encountered,” he said. “I realized that if the MSU Law brand was highly respected and valued in Arizona, it would be respected and valued almost everywhere else I went. The school's growing reputation and commitment to a diverse legal education made MSU Law my first choice – hands down.”

David said he loved law school, even though he wasn't always a big fan of the traditional classroom. “I find law school to be both fun and engaging. Good classmates and even better professors make every day in class interesting and challenging,” he said. “The work load is very tolerable with good time management skills.”

David found that most professors at MSU Law are friendly and funny people. “I was afraid of them my first few weeks before it clicked that they're actually here to help and enjoy working with students,” he said.

His favorite professors are Professor Anne Lawton and Professor Philip Pucillo. “Both are incredibly bright and have invaluable work experience that they bring to each lecture,” he said. “They're just as approachable during class as they are outside of it and that makes it easy to truly understand the material. I love watching them kick into high gear and tackle complex legal issues each day.”

When he wasn't at law school, David enjoyed coaching the men's rugby team, traveling around the Midwest, and watching any Michigan NCAA or professional sports teams. “There is a good work/play balance at MSU Law and I enjoyed the quality of life I've experienced here,” David said.  

Today, David uses his legal skills as Vice President of Treasury Services at the Corporate & Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in Washington, DC. The primary focus of his work is serving the Department of Defense and its various financial service needs. "The most rewarding part of my job is working with bright, talented, and dedicated individuals at J.P. Morgan while trying to bring advanced solutions the Department of Defense," he said.