At an age when most aspiring attorneys are cramming for their 1L exams, Mark Avsec, now a 51-year-old associate at Cleveland’s Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, was part of a one-hit wonder.

Avsec played keyboards for Wild Cherry, a rock band best known for the 1976 hit “Play That Funky Music.” The song launched Avsec’s music career — he went on to win an American Music Award and received two Grammy nominations for other work. It also made headlines in 1990, when Avsec’s former band filed a copyright suit against rapper Vanilla Ice for sampling the chorus.

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