Knights of Columbus Council 10031 at 8201 Main Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 US - Meet Our Brother Knight Paul Haik
Meet Our Brother Knight
Born in Minneapolis in 1958, Brother Paul Haik has been a Knight since around 1989, when he joined the Hopkins Council at St. Joseph’s in Hopkins. Being friends with Terry Holmes and Jim Flaherty, all it took was an invitation. Paul enjoyed the company and went for the camaraderie.
Brother Paul enjoys being a Knight, especially serving the community. Whether it’s at one of our pancake breakfasts, volunteering at the Marathon for Non-Public Education, or any of the many other Knights of Columbus events, being with other Knights and discussing common concerns are among his favorite things. Brother Paul feels that the best thing about our Council is the quality and number of tremendous men. We share a great many talents and a very deep pool of wisdom.
Brother Paul was married to his wife Michelle in 1990. Their daughter, Sarah, was born in 1992, and is now in her first year at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she is studying languages, including French, Arabic, and Chinese. Their son John Paul is a junior at the International School of Minnesota, and he loves to play MAGIC and go snowboarding in the winter.
Brother Paul has enjoyed a career as an attorney, and founded his own firm in 1988. He works in several states and is licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Utah. He has quite a diverse practice, ranging from breach of fiduciary duty (partners and employees mistreating each other), to a specialty in water law, a useful practice area here in Minnesota. Brother Paul has been privileged to assist many people with difficult problems; a perfect trait for a Brother Knight. His career has given Brother Paul the opportunity to meet many tremendous personalities along the way, something he loves. He is a great listener, and when unable to help clients with their concerns, doesn’t hesitate to refer them to highly competent friends.
For personal pleasure, Brother Paul’s activities center around the seasons, and no weather keeps him from enjoying the outdoors. From cycling in spring and fall, to golf and tennis in summer, to skate-skiing in winter, he maintains a very active lifestyle. The best thing Brother Paul finds about these activities is the opportunity to visit with others. For example, when asked why he cycles, his answer is, “To get to the coffee.” He also previously played piano, but with the busyness of everyday life, has found it a struggle to keep up his practice. Brother Paul is also an avid reader of history, whether biographies or otherwise.
Family is very important to Brother Paul. When asked about his most important accomplishments, he lists ten years of father-daughter travel, and the important influence it has had on his daughter, Sarah. They have enjoyed camping adventures on the St. Croix, and then expanded that to the Lake Superior shorelines, both North and South. They have also enjoyed three kayaking trips together, to Picture Rocks, Rossport, and Wawa. They have bicycled to the Black Hills and spent a month touring and cycling in Europe. Not to be left out, Brother Paul has also had father-son trips with his son, Paul, though not quite as extensive. Another area of success is supporting his wife, Michelle, in going back to school for her bachelor and masters degrees, which have led to her current job as an Operations Director for Evercare, a United Healthcare subsidiary.
Also listed among Brother Paul’s most important accomplishments is his volunteering with faith formation and children’s liturgy over the years. But then, what else would you expect from a Brother Knight!