August 26, 2013
Ever since he was a kid, Daniel D. Rubino, Esq. ’79NDC,
’82L knew he wanted to become a lawyer, but his ambitions didn’t
end there. And, as this outstanding alumnus is quick to point out,
it was at St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus
that he found his motivation.
“I realized early on that I wanted to use Law as a platform to do
other things,” said Rubino. “Really, all the things I’ve done are
on a parallel path, dovetailing nicely with what I learned at St.
John’s – especially the Vincentian mission and spirit of
Rubino worked for 26 years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher,
LLP, an international law firm that focuses on investment funds,
bankruptcy and intellectual property. Today, however, he has
shifted his career firmly towards Business, as he currently serves
as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GCA Capital Group, LLC, which
provides clients with private equity and investment
“I consider myself very lucky to have been able to work in both Law
and Business,” he explained. “The courses at St. John’s melded
together nicely. Students truly obtain a rich education that
prepares them for any number of industries and professions.”
But Rubino believes that the University’s Vincentian mission
ultimately had the biggest impact on his life. He has consistently
made service an important part of his life, particularly as a
founding board member of Cabrini Mission
Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates around the
world to provide philanthropic support through national
fundraising, endowment and donor programs.
“The Cabrini Mission Foundation has been very important to me for a
long time,” explained Rubino, who today serves as the
organization’s Board Chairperson. “In many ways, I’ve grown with it
since its inception. You simply need experiences like that to
balance out your life. It’s the right thing to do, and St. John’s
only helped to reinforce that back when I was a student.”
Originally from Brooklyn, Rubino and his family moved to Staten
Island when he was young. He wanted to stay close to home when he
was looking into colleges and ultimately found that St. John’s
Staten Island campus was the perfect fit.
“Great academics and great sense of community – what better place
to spend your formative years?” he noted. “And at St. John’s School
of Law on the Queens campus, I had an equally incredible
experience. I was lucky enough to serve as Editor-in-Chief of St. John’s Law Review, which was an amazing
opportunity that taught me so much.”
Outside of the academics, Rubino cites the University’s community
atmosphere, and the people who make up its student body, as St.
John’s most unique characteristics.
“Students here aren’t spoonfed,” he said. “We have always had kids
from blue-collar, immigrant families. We worked our way through
college, and that brings us even closer together. Between the
faculty, the guest lecturers and the incredible students, the
campus was truly a nucleus for me where I learned and grew so
In recognition of Rubino’s outstanding career and generosity, St.
John’s honored him at the
34th Annual Staten Island Golf Outing.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be recognized alongside such
exceptional alumni,” he said. “I’m glad to say that many of my
friends from the Staten Island campus have remained close with me
over the years, so it’s amazing to be back here with so many of