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Getting more than expected out of law school

George Bibikos ’03 was excited about the career potential law school would bring, especially given Widener’s great location in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg. He never expected to fall in love—twice—the first week of school.

“I was at orientation the first week of school and there she was sitting in the row in front of me. The moment I saw her I knew it’d be trouble,” Bibikos says with a laugh. “We’ve been together ever since.”

His future wife, Kristen (Opdenhoff) Bibikos ’03, wasn’t the only love he found that first week at Widener Law. He also found a profession that was perfect for him.

“It’s a demanding profession, but it’s a great feeling to wake up every day and know that what you’re doing is helping your clients with their most difficult and profound issues, ” Bibikos says. “It’s a very noble calling and there’s nothing else I’d rather do.”

Now a member of the firm Cozen O'Connor, Bibikos has a successful litigation, regulatory, and transactional practice that focuses on oil and gas law, energy and natural resource development, environmental litigation and regulatory counseling, public utility law, and administrative law. He has represented and counseled a broad range of clients in the energy sector and has litigated major cases resulting in precedent-setting decisions for the oil and gas industry.  He’s also penned a number of oil and gas publications that have been cited and relied upon by state and federal courts, other practitioners, and various authors of law reviews and legal treatises.  At his firm, he’s surrounded by great minds that contribute to his professional development, including several fellow Widener Law grads. He gives credit to his alma mater for laying the foundation for his success.

“At Widener, for example, I took a lot of government courses through the Law and Government Institute that might not be available at other schools,” Bibikos says. “It trained me to deal with the very complex government issues that arise in my day-to-day practice representing clients that interface with local, state, and federal governments on a regular basis. The programs and professors are phenomenal and offer such a wide range of experiences that you can’t help but learn so many things on a regular basis.”

Fourteen plus years of hard work and love have led Bibikos to a successful career and a happy family. Perhaps someday his sons will follow in their parents’ footsteps and find happiness as the next generation of Widener Law graduates.