Robert M. Travis started his law-firm career in a coat closet. Granted, it was the coat closet of Elliot Goldstein, son of Powell Goldstein’s name partner Max Goldstein, but it was still a small, dark room where other lawyers came to hang their coats.

“When I first sat down,” Travis, 59, remembers, “I was totally insulted that they cared so little for me.” He had to “go in sideways” to fit behind the desk squeezed in among the coats. But then Travis realized he actually had a golden opportunity.

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