Harry Koulos, Esq.
Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present our March 2019 Young Professional of the Month! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves, thereby serving as strong role models to the next generation of young professionals. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a humanitarian (educational, sociological, scientific, etc.) or environmentally-conscious field. Given the gradual expansion of our readership, we currently interview candidates who embrace a specific Hellenic philosophy best described in a word… Philotimo (φιλότιμο). The most important qualifications all our candidates share are the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.
Harry Koulos is a fifth-year Associate in Complex Litigation & Trials at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Harry is a member of both the New York and California Bar Associations and was recently named one of the Hellenic American Leadership Council's Nikos Mouyaris 2030 Leadership Fellows. Prior to joining Skadden, Harry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Tennessee. Harry earned his J.D. (Cum Laude) from Georgetown Law in 2014 and his B.A. in History (Cum Laude with distinction) from Yale in 2011. During law school, Harry interned for the FBI's National Security Law Branch, the Air Force's JAG Corps and the Department of Justice's Torts Branch. At Yale, Harry received several honors and awards, including the Francis Gordon Brown Prize for being a member of Yale's Junior Class “who most approaches standards of intellectual ability, strong character, capacity for leadership, and service." Harry also walked on to the Varsity Baseball Team at Yale and played with the Greek National Baseball Team in the 2012 European Championships.
In a speech he gave at the National Hellenic Students Association's New York City conference in the Fall 2018, Harry said, "It should be automatic for us all to help each other, to support the Greek community, but we let things get in the way of working together. Unity is what we need because when we're divided... that's when we've lost. When people talk about our ancient past, a great thing to remind them is that we're pretty great now...." It's through this level of faith and determination that the future of our Hellenic Young Professional (HYP) community will grow in strength and unity, advancing together to create a brighter future ahead.
CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Harry Koulos for sharing his story with us and to all those who contributed to this feature bio.