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2011 Forty Under 40: Rafael Sanchez

February 5, 2011
Sanchez

 
About me...
Rafael Sanchez
Partner
Bingham McHale
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
iPhone
Most-used apps:
Facebook
ESPN Scorecenter
El Nuevo Dia
Angry Birds
Cut the Rope
Favorite stuff:
Books, including "The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America" by Phillip K. Howard, and "Freakonomics;" movies, including "My Cousin Vinny," "Gladiator," "300" and "The Money Pit;" TV shows, including "24," "Lost," "The Apprentice" and "Three's Company;" commentators, including Jon Stewart and Bill Maher.
 

In addition to being a partner at Bingham McHale LLP, attorney Rafael Sanchez’s resume includes chairing the Hispanic Business Council; co-chairing the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee’s Emerging Business Subcommittee, serving on the board of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; and membership on the Indiana Sports Corp.’s President’s Council and the Mayor’s Public Safety Personnel Diversity Task Force. Oh, and he coaches youth soccer for his children.

Asked if he ever goes home, Sanchez laughed. “I think at the end of the day, what I sacrifice is sleep,” he said.

Sanchez has been involved in the community going back to law school at Indiana University, from which he graduated in 2002. He and his wife, Marisol (a Forty Under 40 honoree last year), took a circuitous route to get there—and here. They started in their homeland of Puerto Rico and moved to Fort Wayne in 1996, where they both worked for National City Bank, and then ventured to Bloomington three years later.

“I didn’t wait until I graduated from school to get involved in Indianapolis,” said Sanchez, whose work at IU was the first time since fourth grade he’d used English in his studies. “Even as a law student down in Bloomington, if there was any bar association event, I would try to get involved so I could hit the ground running when I started my career as an attorney.”

At work, Sanchez deals mostly in business litigation, but a portion of his practice includes providing general business advice for minority- and women-owned businesses.

He does much the same as part of the Super Bowl Emerging Business Subcommittee, getting local minority- and women-owned businesses involved in procurement opportunities and enabling them to be “part of the experience and move to the next level, even if it’s just general know-how of the bidding process.”

He credits his success, not surprisingly, to “hard work and involvement.”•

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