Mark Burish, Law Partner, Investing in Senior Living, Restaurants, and People – Episode 80

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Mark Burish is a partner at the law firm, Hurley Burish. Mark graduated from Marquette University and the UW Madison Law School. In addition to his law practice, Mark is a real estate investor, an entrepreneur – he’s owned and sold two assisted living community companies –a philanthropist – he is one of the founding members of Brightstar Wisconsin and a restauranteur – Mark owns 3 Rare Steakhouse restaurants in Milwaukee, WI, Madison, WI, and Washington D.C.

Mark initially pursued a theater major in college before deciding to pivot into communication arts. He eventually developed an interest in law and upon earning his law degree was faced with the option of joining a large firm that would require giving up most of his free time or joining a small firm that paid a lot less but, he was promised by his partner, would pay off bigger down the road. He took that chance, received a ½ ownership share in an apartment building as a signing bonus, which stoked his real estate investing interest and never looked back. Mark was a trial lawyer first but shifted away from it because that practice felt to him like there always needed to be a loser and his preference was to create win-win outcomes.

Mike and Mark cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including why he focuses on his strengths and not his weaknesses, the 4 major things he does in his life today, how demographics aren’t in the favor of assisted living facilities today, what it’s like to have 2 kids who have both been professional athletes and why he thinks that lawyers who always tell you what you can’t do aren’t serving their clients well. He’s a Renaissance man who loves to learn new things and help people succeed.

And now, here’s Mark Burish.

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