Name: Andrew Armstrong Rothschild
Family: Single; no children; yellow lab (Simon) who comes to work with me every day and goes with me pretty much everywhere I go.
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Current Town: Columbus, Ga.
What Years at UGA: 1988-1994
School/Degree: Franklin College of Arts & Sciences: BA in History (’93), BA in Religion (’94); J.d., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia (2000)
Profession: Attorney at Law at Rothschild & Rothschild, P.C. in Columbus, Ga.
What life lessons did you learn while at UGA? I think you inevitably learn a lot of life lessons in your late teens and early 20s. I was no exception. I played rugby for Georgia and there were lots of players on our team from other countries (Australia, New Zealand, England, and Japan to name a few). It was a great experience to become close friends and comrades with folks from all over the world who weren’t necessarily cut from exactly the same cloth as I. My decision to diversify my college social experience to some degree was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It didn’t matter too much to me what Greek letters you wore on your t-shirt, if any.
What professor did you most admire? I had two professors at UGA with whom I was close. One was Dr. James Alexander in the history department. I took several classes from him and wound up being close friends with him. He was a good man and imparted some good advice to me while I was in Athens. He died of cancer near the end of my UGA career. I had a religion professor, Thomas Slater, who I also took several classes from that I really enjoyed. As I recall, he was a Methodist minister, in addition to being a professor. He was African-American and had a great perspective on life. I enjoyed getting to know him.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I don’t know that you would call it an achievement as much as being blessed and having the good fortune to overcome Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 and did chemotherapy and radiation and, thank the Lord, I have been in remission for more than five years. It was a very scary and humbling experience.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? That’s a tough question and one that I have never really thought about. I don’t know that I necessarily identify with him, but I have always liked and admired Winston Churchill. I’ve been to his grave in England. One of his parents was an American and one was British. I identify with him some in that respect because my dad is American and my mother is from Australia.
Who are your heros in real life? Herschel Walker and my dad. I grew up as a child idolizing Herschel and actually was present in Knoxville for his first game at Georgia. I just love everything that Herschel stands for, particularly that he thinks for himself, and he is also the greatest college football player of all time. Herschel called me when I was sick with cancer and it absolutely helped me get well. Regarding my dad, with whom I practice law, he has always set a very good example for me and my brother. He is a brilliant man and has always been highly ethical. He was a successful lawyer who always played by the rules and conducted himself as a gentleman. There’s a lot to be said for that and I have always admired him for that.
Quote to live by: Matthew 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest until your souls.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A Georgia football Saturday in Athens with good friends and a great Georgia victory over a worthy opponent (I don’t approve of these games against sisters of the poor), and preferably not in 90 degree heat. Or, in the alternative, a great weekend in New Orleans with good friends, good food, and good music.
What is your most marked characteristic? I would have to say my sense of humor. I am known for my impersonations of people and I know that people really enjoy them. I believe that I was blessed with the ability to make people laugh and to put them at ease.
What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, I would say. I am fortunate to have a lot of friends and I enjoy all of them. I consider myself to be a loyal person and I tend to have friends, at least the close ones, who share that same quality.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? There are a lot of qualities that I would improve on. One of them is that I could be a better listener. I tend to interrupt too much. I could also certainly stand to be more patient, I get impatient when things don’t run smoothly or efficiently.
Who are your favorite writers? Honestly, I read so much at work every day as a lawyer that the last thing I want to do in my spare time is read novels. If I had to pick one, it would be by Thomas Carlyle.
Fave social media and who to follow? Facebook. I spend too much time on Facebook, admittedly, but I do enjoy it. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends, old and new, and to keep up with what’s going on in their lives. A lot of these folks you would never hear from or be able to keep up with otherwise.
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