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 industry, but it’s a great feeling to wake up every day and defend the constitutions of the state and federal governments in order to help your clients,” Bibikos says. “It’s a very noble calling and there’s nothing else I’d rather do.”
Now an associate at the 1,400-attorney international law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates), Bibikos has a successful career in government law concentrating his practice on appellate, constitutional, and government litigation. 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 matter for laying the foundation for his success.
“At Widener I took a lot of government courses through the Law and Government Institute
,” Bibikos says. “It trained me to deal with the very complex government issues that arise in day-to-day life. 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.”
Four plus years of hard work and love have led Bibikos to a successful career and happy family. Perhaps someday his two- and three-year-old sons will follow in their parents’ footsteps and find happiness as the next generation of Widener Law graduates.