Mike Moran ’80

Mike Moran ’80 gives back to Fisher in honor of lifelong relationships.

Mike Moran ’80

When Mike Moran graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1980, he had a political science degree, a dream of earning his juris doctor, and $500 to his name. He packed up his Pontiac Astra and headed to California to pursue a law degree at Western State University, listening to “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey as he drove across the country.

Moran followed through on that dream. After graduating from law school, he became a practicing trial attorney in California, married his high school sweetheart, Karen, and built a family. In 1999, he started his own boutique law firm focusing on elder abuse.

The Syracuse native believes strongly in the power of personal relationships. His Fisher friends remain part of his life today and he has never forgotten the lessons taught by professors like Fr. Joe Mitrano and Lou Buttino.

Despite the four decades and thousands of miles between him and Fisher, Moran maintains a close connection. Several of the couple’s nieces and nephews have become Fisher alumni as well. Moran made a gift in support of scholarships helping students as they make the foundational relationships that will support them through their lives as a way to honor the impact the College had on his own life.