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MONDAY PROFILE | SERGIU GHERMAN

Lawyer, Piano Virtuoso From Moldova Loves U.S.

Sergiu Gherman, a native of Maldova, sits at the piano in the Polk Theatre in Lakeland recently. He studied music for years before making a career switch to law.

Rick Runion | The Ledger

Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 7:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 7:06 p.m.

BARTOW | Sergiu Gherman found sunshine in Florida – not merely what radiates from the sky but the radiance of an open society.

Facts

SERGIU GHERMAN

Birthdate: May 10, 1973

Birthplace: Chisinau, formerly Kishinev, Moldova

City of Residence: Lakeland

Education: 2006, juris doctor, University of Florida; 2003, doctor of musical arts, Temple University; 1997, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in musical arts, Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Family: Mother, Lucia Chercashin Gherman, and brother, Adrian Gherman, a Russian businessman

Occupation: Lawyer for the Bartow firm of Frost, Van den Boom & Smith PA since 2006. Specializes in appellate practice, estates and trusts, insurance and commercial disputes.

Hobbies: Jogging and chess

Favorite Beverage: Cider

Favorite Book/Author: “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Currently Reading: “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Movie: “My Cousin Vinny”

Favorite TV Show: “60 Minutes”

Favorite Music/Performer: Grigory Sokolov

Biggest Accomplishment: Keeping my father’s car intact while learning how to drive

Most Memorable Vacation/Trip: Graz, Austria

Pet Peeve: Indifference

Bad Habit: Coffee

“I love this country and its values,” said the native of the small Eastern European country of Moldova. “This is a society of laws – that impresses me continuously. Moldova is much more a nation of people and relationships.”

Gherman, 36, took a circuitous path to his career at the Bartow law firm of Frost, Van den Boom & Smith PA.

A native of Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, he studied classical piano there and on full scholarship at the prestigious Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees while teaching and performing across Europe.

He continued on that track at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received a doctoral degree in 2003.

A year before finishing that degree, however, Gherman decided on a career switch to law. With the help of his brother Adrian, who owns a seafood processing company in eastern Russia, he enrolled at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

Frost, Van den Boom recruited him before he received his law degree in 2006, and he joined the firm immediately.

A COMPLICATED FAMILY HISTORY

Sergiu Gherman (pronounced sair-GAY GAIR-man) was born May 10, 1973, in Chisinau, then a city of about 750,000 people and known as Kishinev as part of the then-Soviet Union. He is the younger son of Marcel and Lucia Chercashin Gherman. Adrian was born six years earlier.

It was a middle-class life by Moldovan standards, less so by U.S. ones, Gherman said.

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