Catching up with Brandon Vaughn ’01 …
What are you up to now?
I am a Principal at Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a national law firm with more than 220 lawyers with offices in Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Naples, Florida.
I represent individuals and families of individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries or died as a result of someone’s wrongdoing. I primarily represent individuals who have been harmed as a result of healthcare providers’ medical errors, defective products, or serious car crashes. I also provide pro bono (free) legal service to individuals who need assistance with immigration matters, family law matters, and tenants with housing issues.
“MPA gave me the skills to explore and find answers to questions. The opportunity to be curious and learn in an environment that encouraged independence and openness to ask questions has helped me a great deal in my career.”
In my spare time I mentor students and play recreational (but competitive) sports, primarily softball, basketball, golf, and tennis.
How did MPA help you get there?
MPA provided a solid academic foundation for sure. But more important, MPA gave me the skills to explore and find answers to questions. The opportunity to be curious and learn in an environment that encouraged independence and openness to ask questions has helped me a great deal in my career.
Additionally, support from faculty like [Upper School principal] Tom Drahozal — to know that faculty were supporting your academic and personal growth was great. To this day, when I reflect on my time at MPA, Mr. Drahozal is part of some of my happiest moments both as a student and an athlete.