ILN-terviews: Pál Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we're doing a little something different! If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that we've been answering some ILN-terviews questions via video! 

Each of the videos below answers the questions that precede it - Pál Jalsovszky of Jalsovszky Law Firm in Budapest was kind enough to do our first set of videos! 

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?

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ILN-terviews: Johan Sund, Ekenberg & Andersson

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose an ILN member who I had dinner with yesterday evening, Johan Sund of our member firm, Ekenberg & Andersson in Sweden! 

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Solving problems for clients in an international environment.

Who would be your typical client?
A small or mid-sized company looking to expand its business.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That my field of practice is wide and that I work with most of my clients on various issues such as M&A, litigation, employment law and IP law.

What has been your most challenging case?
Hopefully still ahead of me.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
The same day as I graduated from law school, I managed to settle a contractual dispute in court. I had been working on this case for quite some time during my internship at a law firm, and this was the first time I achieved something in court.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Spending time with my family, working on my summer house in northern Sweden.

What would surprise people most about you?
In the '90s, I used to play in a band inspired by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Erasure.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The European meeting in Istanbul in 2007 - Saturday night, our hosts took us to the best club in the city just by the waterline, we closed the place in the morning hours.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Musician with my own band.

If a movie were made about your life, who would you want to play you?
Alexander Skarsgård or Ethan Hawk.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good friend.

 

ILN-terviews: Jan Leo de Hoop, PlasBossinade Advocaten N.V.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose another  of our newest ILN members, Jan Leo de Hoop of our member firm,PlasBossinade Advocaten N.V. in the Netherlands! Many of our attorneys will be meeting Jan Leo for the first time in Chicago in May, so this is a good opportunity to learn a little more about him first!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We have a full service practice with some peculiar specialties, such as the shipbuilding sector, which is mainly regionally-based and at the same time has a substantial international focus, both for our regional clients and for foreign companies searching for legal aid in The Netherlands.

Who would be your typical client?
Larger companies (both with a domestic focus as well as with an international focus), government bodies and not-for-profit institutions (for example in health care) which are established in the northern part of The Netherlands.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
We provide reliable legal services of high quality. We have a client-focused winning mentality and focus on maintaining long term client relationships. We fully concentrate on the client and his branch and always search for solutions that are clear and effective in practice. Our services reach beyond the borders of The Netherlands. Many of our clients are involved in international business and we also provide legal services for foreign clients who are involved in legal matters in The Netherlands. For Chinese clients looking for legal assistance in The Netherlands, we work with a Dutch lawyer originating from China and speaking Mandarin.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
All cases are challenging because we want the best result for the client. I think one of my most challenging cases is the one where we had to negotiate on an acquisition agreement in New York on behalf of a Dutch chemical company being part of a group of companies headquartered in the UK. The mix of legal systems and cultures, as well as the high stakes, formed a special challenge. I was glad that we could reach an agreement that was to the satisfaction of our client and that also that the acquisition proved to be successful.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
The outcome of proceedings which I conducted for a chemical corporation listed on the stock exchange in Amsterdam regarding the forming of prices under a long term contract. We won the proceedings with a positive outcome, which was even higher than what the client had hoped for and which even resulted in the opposite party terminating the engagement of its attorney.

On the other hand I also experienced great satisfaction in a very specific case where I was asked to draft various agreements on collaboration and licensing copyrights regarding a complete new translation of the Bible in Dutch (which was introduced in 2004), involving religious organizations (Catholic and Protestant) who hired writers/translators and owned copyrights, publishers, printers, etc.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I like keeping myself fit with running and cycling and I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters. Also traveling to far countries gives us great pleasure.

What would surprise people most about you?
I am not a person who would quickly surprise people, since I think my main feature is to be thorough and focused at all times without being too noisy. This has proven the best basis for providing my clients what they want: advice and services regarding contracts and disputes which are focused on the benefit for their business and not on legal “tour de forces” for my own pleasure.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
We have recently joined the ILN and to our surprise have already been in contact with colleagues from 7 jurisdictions all over the world. We hope to have many memorable ILN experiences in the future.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I really do not know. In school I did not have a clear picture of my future career. When visiting information meetings at the University I only liked one study, being the study of law, and ever since I started that study I thought of becoming a lawyer.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
In my opinion Dustin Hofmann and Anthony Hopkins are some of the best actors in the world, but they are much older and shorter than me. A more realistic movie could be made with a mixture of Johny Depp and Richard Gere (when they would be thoroughly trimmed by a hairdresser).

How would you like to be remembered?
For me, it is not very important to be remembered by many people. Every life is temporary and few will be remembered after their death. I hope my wife and my two daughters will remember me with warm thoughts. For the rest, I hope that in case I would be remembered at all, it will be as a straight yet fanatic fighter for my clients.

ILN-terviews: Kriton Metaxopoulos, A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose one of our newest ILN members, Kriton Metaxopoulos of our member firm, A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm in Greece! Many of our attorneys will be meeting Kriton for the first time in Chicago in May, so this is a good opportunity to learn a little more about him first!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a traditional full service, but at the same time niche, Greek law firm with an international reputation and presence.

Who would be your typical client?
It is not an easy task, especially during this deep global financial crisis where legal services have been severely affected, to name a typical client. Our firm has maintained its ties with its “traditional” Greek clients, but has also built new relationships with international clients such as Adidas, Abela Group of Companies, Warner, Fromageries Bel, Thomson Reuters, Conde Nast and also distinguished law firms such as Baker McKenzie LLP, CMS, Lewis Silkin, Taylor Wessing and others.

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ILN-terviews: Attilio Ferrari, Corrado, Ferrari, Mainieri Pedeferri e soci Law Firm

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Attilio Ferrari of our member firm, Corrado Ferrari Mainieri Pedeferri e soci Law Firm in Italy!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are an Italian medium size law firm providing clients (mainly companies, but also private clients) with high quality and tailor-made legal assistance.

Who would be your typical client?
Medium size companies, based Italy and abroad, which – also with our legal assistance and co-operation – want to grow.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That they will find a dedicated lawyer and a team who will cooperate with them in a timely manner, are ready to understand their needs and to share their goals and challenges as an effective legal partner.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
One of the most challenging cases was probably when advising a foreign client in the acquisition process as a new main industrial shareholder in one of the Italian privatizations. It was challenging because of the complexity of the transaction and the general context: the seller was a huge public company, there was the internal frontline with other shareholders participating in our NewCo (Italian and foreigners, industrial and investment banks), the external frontline with other bidders, the seller, trade unions, public opinion and political background, etc.  All main Italian law firms were involved and the entire transaction took us almost one year to be successfully completed.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There are many, but anytime I receive a request for legal assistance from someone who was a counterparty in the past, I know we did a good job.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Family, family, family (and some sport, when children sleep…)!

What would surprise people most about you?
My novels drawer!

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The first ILN meeting in Philadelphia, in 2005. I immediately realized that the ILN was something different compared to all other lawyers’ networks or conferences I experienced before. The motto “Where lawyers become friends!” is well deserved and completely true.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
If I wasn't a lawyer, I probably would have become an entrepreneur (looking for legal assistance all around the world through the ILN!).

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
At least a movie should be a daydream, and it can be far away from reality: therefore I would say: Brad Pitt!

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who tried to make a little difference in favor of people around him.

ILN-terviews: Bill Ruskin, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Bill Ruskin of our member firm, Epstein Becker & Green in New York!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
At its core, I defend corporate clients who are alleged to have caused harm to persons or property due to their manufacturing or marketing of products or by their historical waste disposal practices.

Who would be your typical client?
A typical client is someone who makes something.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I am a problem solver. I take pride in knowing that clients can carry on with their business while I work hard addressing their issue.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case was a Superfund cost recovery action in federal court in Pensacola, Florida. My client – a chemical manufacturing facility – had spent millions and millions of dollars cleaning up decades-old contamination. We brought suit against the prior owners of the plant and adjacent industrial owners to pay their fair share of the clean-up costs. We were up against eight adversaries – a case of David and Goliath. It is challenging enough to litigate against one adversary, it is very challenging to litigate against eight. We successfully managed one-on-one mediation with each to achieve a series of successful settlements.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I received a decision on behalf of a client in another environmental cost recovery case, which was the culmination of a 3-month trial against one of the world’s largest mining companies. Through extensive discovery, we were able to undermine the credibility of the adversary’s technical experts – through use of historical aerial photographs and their own client’s production documents, which demonstrated that extensive contamination had taken place on our adversary’s watch. The case was extremely complex and required us to fully understand the impact of six decades of contamination.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I spend time with my family and play tennis (poorly!).

What would surprise people most about you?
I am a huge Cornell ice hockey fan.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My most memorable ILN experience was obtaining a dismissal forum non conveniens for a Spanish-based manufacturing client of ILN counsel in Barcelona. The client was sued in federal court in New York City by a New York-based food conglomerate seeking millions of euros in damages for a massive consumer food product recall in several E.U. countries. After submitting our papers to the court, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the case.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I would be a History Professor, teaching a course about how movies impact political and societal views.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
That’s easy, James Stewart. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence are two of my favorite films.

How would you like to be remembered?
Riding off into the sunset on a white palomino.

ILN-terviews: Jeanne Feltgen, Lutgen & Associes

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Jeanne Feltgen of our member firm, Lutgen & Associes in Luxembourg!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I think that I can accurately describe my practice as a fascinating and most gratifying search for best possible results and solutions.

Who would be your typical client?
My clients are national and foreign companies as well as institutional entities, my daily contacts are company lawyers, managers and representatives of institutional entities. I could add that I’ve been working for a lot of them for quite a number of years.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
Above all, clients and potential clients should know that I’m dedicated to their very best interests. I also would like to mention that I consider mutual trust, complete transparency as to all elements of the situation at stake and, last but not least, good teamwork the keys of a successful working relationship.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case has probably been an action I brought against a huge telecommunication company which had acted unfaithfully towards my client, a much smaller company created and directed by a pioneer in mobile entertainment. What made this case a special challenge was, beside the necessity to describe in our submissions numerous, quite complex technical aspects, thus the necessity to get familiar with those aspects within a short delay, the ’David and Goliath’ situation we found ourselves in.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I find it difficult to compare those special moments and to pick a specific one. Let me say that I live proud moments as a lawyer when happy clients offer me a job in their company…

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I keep my house organized and I do as much exercise as I need to feel good.

What would surprise people most about you?
I think that people would be surprised to learn that I am perfectly able to sit in a deck chair without doing anything for more than five minutes …

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I can honestly say that each ILN meeting I’ve had the opportunity to attend was a very special event and that I’ve spent a lot of memorable moments. However, I would like to mention in particular the warm welcome Lindsay, Alan and quite a few colleagues offered me at my first ILN conference, back in 2006 in Geneva.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
If I were not a lawyer, I today would seek to work for a nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged people. I think that jobs in this domain are mostly very satisfying. Years ago, I would probably have been a judge or a notary public.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
This a quite an amusing question. Cameron Diaz, maybe? On a more serious note: I would probably choose the French actress Sophie Marceau, an actress who, in my view, perfectly expresses strong and delicate character traits. Otherwise, I would choose another French actress, i.e. Carole Bouquet, for no other reason than that I adore her class.

How would you like to be remembered?
I definitely would like to be remembered as an upright person who could be relied on.

ILN-terviews: Blair Bowen, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Blair Bowen of our member firm, Fogler Rubinoff in Toronto!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Engaging, because no two clients, cases, issues, or days are ever the same .

Who would be your typical client?
An entrepreneurial, small to medium size business owner.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I am completely dedicated to their cause and to achieving the best possible resolution to their commercial disputes.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
A case where I acted as trial counsel for a start-up environmental services company, in which the company and its principals were being sued for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence. It was literally a "bet the company" case. We were completely successful after a six week trial.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Winning a pro bono case for a young woman who had been defrauded of her life savings by her lawyer and seeing her being compensated by the Ontario law society's compensation fund.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I spend time with my family. I golf, travel and cycle.

What would surprise people most about you?
I write fictional short stories.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting and forming friendships with lawyers at other ILN member firms, particularly the folks at Clark Wilson.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Cell biologist (really).

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Denzel Washington (ha ha).

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person who tried to make a positive difference in the lives of the people around him.

ILN-terviews: Michael Lasky, Davis & Gilbert LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Michael Lasky of our member firm, Davis & Gilbert in New York!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I feel privileged to be the trusted advisor on various litigation, employment, intellectual property and business law matters to many longtime clients of Davis & Gilbert, a substantial portion of which are in the media communications or financial services industries.

Who would be your typical client?
An entrepreneurial and fast growing company that is looking for legal counsel to guide them through new regulations, changes in the law and trends to help them grow and stay highly profitable.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I try to approach their legal and business problems from their perspective, not mine.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Here are two that kept me awake at night. Defending the business model of a well-known worldwide transportation company in a lawsuit seeking to claim that the workers of the transportation company were improperly classified as independent contractors, instead of employees. Establishing that my client’s quantitative program for stock selection was a trade secret which he owned, and which was not unlawfully derivative from the quantitative model used by his former joint venture partner.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Perhaps my first oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals which was a case I handled pro bono for the families of four nuns killed in El Salvador in the mid-1980s. The purpose of the case was to obtain records held by the U.S. government concerning the circumstances surrounding the tragic killings of the four nuns. I left the federal courthouse that day feeling as if I could conquer the world.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Serving on the boards of non-profits, including the National Center for Learning Disabilities; singing in my synagogue choir; bicycling with my wife, Peggi; gardening; going to the theatre; reading; planning my next “off the beaten trail” vacation (in excruciating detail); and enjoying being with my 27 year old son and 30 year old daughter.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I manage to do many things when I am not practicing law.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
As I begin my third year as an ILN member, I hope and expect my most memorable ILN experience is yet to come. And I look forward to sharing it with fellow members.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
To be the next great American novelist….. or a Broadway theatre critic…… or a university president.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
I don’t have a clue. But in my acting days, I had a series of roles as character actors: Loneson PoleCat in Li’l Abner, Donald in You Can’t Take it With You and Dr. Chumley in Harvey. It’s amazing what can be done with good makeup!

How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who made a difference to his family, service to his friends, clients and in the community.

ILN-terviews: Bill Milani, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Bill Milani of our member firm, Epstein Becker & Green in New York!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Management side labor and employment law with a particular concentration representing foreign-owned and financial services companies.

Who would be your typical client? 
A foreign-owned bank.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
I will partner with them to achieve the best possible business results within the law.

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
My very first case upon joining EBG involved representing a foreign-owned company doing business in the U.S. accused of sex discrimination. I had to learn about the culture and business practices of the Company in order to defend the case. It was a wonderful learning experience.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
Having my son tell me that he would like to pursue a career as an international lawyer.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
Reading, sports, travel.

What would surprise people most about you? 
Sadly, nothing.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience? 
My first meeting-I was in awe of the many countries and firms represented and the close friendships among the attendees.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
Centerfield for the N.Y. Yankees

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
Any of the James Bonds (except for Roger Moore)

How would you like to be remembered? 
For my professionalism and integrity.

ILN-terviews: Joe Guarino, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Joe Guarino of our member firm, Epstein Becker & Green in New Jersey!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I have a busy and diverse practice representing U.S. and multi-national clients from many different industries.

Who would be your typical client?
My typical client is in-house counsel for a mid to large sized business.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
My practice emphasizes the representation of management and employers in labor & employment matters, including both preventive counseling & litigation. I also regularly litigate commercial matters in which I represent companies in securities fraud cases, false advertising claims, shareholder disputes, non-compete matters, broker dealer litigation, provider claims, third-party administrator suits, hospital/network disputes & ERISA class actions. My client base has a national & international presence and primarily conduct business in the healthcare, dietary supplement, transportation, retail and financial services industries. I have been fortunate to have been named as one of the state’s top litigators by the New Jersey Law Journal for the past several years. The goals of my practice are to provide world-class legal representation at an affordable price and to be available to serve my clients on a 24/7 basis. I never bill my clients to speak with me about anything that is on their mind. I only expect to be fairly compensated when I add value. My team and I know that our clients represent business units with budgets and other constraints. Thus, we strive to obtain optimal results by proactive counseling, alternative resolution or, as a last resort, litigation.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
The next one that comes in the door!

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
My proudest moments are when a client shakes my hand or gives me a hug and says “thank you.” That’s what it is all about.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
My wife and I are the proud parents of a seven year old daughter (Ava) and an “active” two year old son (Riley). Since we both have busy careers, we enjoy our time as a family doing simple things such as cooking family dinners, playing sports, watching movies, reading books and visiting with family and friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I subscribe to a paleolithic (caveman) diet and practice daily meditation. I was also an All-State outfielder at St. Peter’s Prep and at the University of Scranton.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting Lindsay Griffiths!

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I would have been a carpenter.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Gerard Butler. Someone once said that I looked like him and I took it as a compliment!

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to think that the script is still being written. But, if people thought of me as an ordinary person who did extraordinary things, I would be happy.

 

ILN-terviews: Tom Carsten Troberg, Okland & Co.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Tom Carsten Troberg of our member firm, Okland & Co in Norway!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I work in a mid-size law firm, focusing on all aspects of Norwegian business law.

Who would be your typical client?
Small and mid-sized companies with a minimum of intellectual property basis, like IT-firms, private investors etc.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am really good at finding good solutions, not always based on a strict interpretation of the applicable legislation.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
That was back in the 90’s, when the US decided that all fishing vessels had to be US owned, throwing a lot of Norwegian ship owners into great trouble. Selling, restructuring and negotiating internationally for two years, travelling around the world. Great fun.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I really do hope that is yet to come.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I try to keep in good shape, cycling, running and skiing when I can. I spend a lot of time with my daughter and her horse, and the rest of the time I spend with family and friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
Probably that I am pure working class – the first in my family (both sides) to go to college.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
No doubt, that was the kitchen escape in Madrid, when we had to go through the internal corridors of the Westin in order to avoid the demonstrations.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Actually, law was my third choice. I always wanted to be a naval officer, but my colour sight did not meet the Navy’s requirements. Then I wanted to become an archaeologist, but that did not seem to offer a very well paid future.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
John Travolta. Remember, I was young when the 70’s hit the 80’s

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person who could be trusted.
 

ILN-terviews: Andreas Kaeser, wehinger kaelin ferrari ag

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Andreas Kaeser of our member firm, wehinger kaelin ferrari ag in Switzerland!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our firm represents both corporate and private clients with a strong focus on international commercial and corporate law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical clients are predominantly high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, a large number of which are from abroad, as well as domestic and foreign middle-sized companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That due to our lean structures and our professional and language skills, as well as due to our very broad network of partners in the legal and financial field worldwide, we are in a position to meet our clients’ needs in Switzerland and abroad in a cost effective manner.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I represented a major football club domiciled in Honduras against an Italian Serie A-club in a transfer related matter. This was and still is challenging, as it deals with an unusual subject matter and went through three different instances, two of them having arbitral character (FIFA and the International Court for Sport). On the other hand, for me as an enthusiastic football fan, this case is also fascinating.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When a long-time client sold his company to a multinational for an astonishing price with the help of a small team of our firm - the multinational was represented by a huge delegation of a big law firm together with Deloitte.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I am a father of seven and half years old twins, which sometimes can be quite a challenge; besides that I do a lot of sports such as football, swimming and bicycling.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I sometimes take myself not too seriously, despite being a lawyer….

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There have been a lot of really good experiences, however, if I had to point out one single event, I would choose the speech of old German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the famous hotel Adlon in Berlin at the occasion of the ILN meeting 2006, which was the first meeting I attended. Helmut Kohl’s presence was tremendous, and all of a sudden, history became presence. I still have his signed biography from that day in my office.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Probably I would have entered in Switzerland’s Foreign Service as I always was and still am interested in international affairs and all issues related thereto.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Charlie Sheen.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good father to my children and as a loyal friend.

ILN-terviews: Tor Erlend Framstad, Okland & Co DA

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Tor Erlend Framstad of our member firm, Okland & Co DA in Norway!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My practice is related to real estate and companies, but Lawfirm Økland & Co DA provides service in almost all private and commercial areas of law.

Who would be your typical client?
My typical client is a small or medium sized company, often within the real estate business, but some of the companies I work closest with are large multinational trade companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I'm always giving 100%, and I don´t practice in areas outside my competences.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
It's hard to say. Is a new type of case more challenging than types you have done plenty of – even though the "regular" case is more complex?

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When winning a case of great importance for the client – against all odds!

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
When not working, I'm a father to a little girl, and a husband, and I ride mountain bikes in the summer and ski in the winter.

What would surprise people most about you?
I'm a farmer and can drive any kind of construction machines.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
It amazes me how fast you can make friends within the ILN, and how nice it is to meet them again.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Everybody expected me to become an engineer, but I chose law instead.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Daniel Craig (for now…)

How would you like to be remembered?
I´d like to be remembered as an honest guy.

ILN-terviews: Frank Cialone, Shartsis Friese LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Frank Cialone of our member firm, Shartsis Friese LLP in San Francisco!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I represent businesses and business owners in matters involving the company control, management, and restructuring (or "business divorce"). I also represent lawyers in disputes with clients and other proceedings, and fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate disputes.

Who would be your typical client?
A joint venture or a closely-owned business (a partnership, private corporation, limited liability company, law firm, etc.) -- or one of the owners of such an entity -- that has a dispute with some of the owners or managers about the management and control of the business.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I get intensely and personally involved with my cases, and always look for ways to improve the outcome for my clients, whether it's through litigation or a business resolution. I'm proud that many clients have said that I approach litigation like a businessperson, and many have thanked me for getting so personally committed to their cases.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I represented several investment partnerships in a series of cases that arose from pattern of fraud and misappropriation of assets by the manager of several of the partnerships. This was potentially devastating to my clients, not only because the misconduct and the disputes that arose from it threatened the survival of the businesses but because there were intense feelings of personal betrayal to manage. In the end, we reached a settlement with the manager that pushed him out of the partnerships entirely, and had good results in litigation against one of the investors (including a six-week trial and two appeals) that we could use to negotiate a business settlement that brought more value to my client than any litigation result could have provided.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I represented a start-up company and its founders, who had successfully landed a huge project. They were immediately sued by the company for which the founders had previously worked, which had bid on the same project. The plaintiff company claimed unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, misuse of confidential information, and the like. There were several bad emails in the file about my clients' plans to leave and start a competing business. They faced a serious risk that the costs and disruption of the litigation would ruin their company, because of that bad evidence and because the plaintiff company was much bigger and better-funded.

After interviewing all of the key witnesses, we figured out the "weak spot" of the case -- a very efficient way to demonstrate, conclusively, that our clients did not use any trade secrets or confidential information to win the key project. We revealed that evidence in a very careful and strategic way, and the plaintiff company responded by voluntarily dismissing the entire lawsuit. It was incredibly satisfying to call my clients and say "it's over - they surrendered and we won."

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I love to cook, I read a lot of fiction and some history, and I spend time with my wife and our three kids.

What would surprise people most about you?
I have black belts in two martial arts, Taekwondo and Jiu-jitsu, which I studied for about 20 years. (I am sadly out-of-shape now.)

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I've only been to two meetings so far, and I've most enjoyed the personal interactions I had with the many lawyers who have welcomed me as a new member. I particularly enjoyed the salsa-dancing outing after the Gala Dinner at last week's meeting in Panama City!

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I would have gone to a graduate program in public affairs and pursued a career in government.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Robert Duvall. His role in A Civil Action is a model for me of how a lawyer should behave (leaving aside that he was on the side of the bad guys in that movie). He's smart and intensely focused on getting the best result for his client, and he has no patience for showiness and silly tactics.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who loved his life, was thankful for everything good that he had, and who tried to bring some joy and happiness to the people around him.

ILN-terviews: Sam Mawn-Mahlau, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Sam Mawn-Mahlau of our member firm, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine in Boston, who I will be visiting tomorrow morning for a presentation!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I serve as General Counsel to companies in the technology, healthcare, and finance industries.

Who would be your typical client?
No client is typical, but I do seem to represent many high-tech companies founded by serial entrepreneurs. The full range of my clients includes everything from public charities to family businesses involved in M&A transactions to large insurance companies insuring tax or IP representations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I am eager to understand their business. I want to add value. Please, let’s not just talk about the legal issue that is right in front of you, but let’s look at how it fits in with your business strategy and goals.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
The most challenging thing I do is not a single case or matter but the whole process of developing a company from formation through its many incarnations to exit. Everything must be put in context, and every journey is different.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I once had a David & Goliath battle in which I represented David and success or failure depended on our ability to obtain a key regulatory approval for a spin-out from a public charity. The approval process usually takes months, but I quietly convinced a secretary at the agency involved to move my file to the top of the pile for her boss. He found my arguments compelling, saw no substantive issues with the transaction, and granted the approval in three days without a single decision maker being lobbied. The other side, represented by a former mentor of mine, was still preparing fancy arguments for a big fight focused on the top of the regulatory food chain, where his client had great friends. There was something very Zen about that victory.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Well, there is reading. I read voraciously – when I travel, I try to read classics from the country I am visiting. I have a family with three busy children: they are involved in theatre, dance, glass working, the visual arts, you name it. I am on the board of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, or “BMOP,” which has become one of the leading voices for current classical music. We have our own label, BMOP Sound, with three grammy nominations, and have performed in places as far afield as Beijing and Monaco.

What would surprise people most about you?
As a teenager, I worked as a grave-digger.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The demonstrations in front of the hotel in Spain were certainly an interesting welcome. They were all chanting about how happy they were to see us, right?

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I had a career in politics before becoming a lawyer, but, like many people, lost patience for the lack of rationality in the process. I probably would have become an academic, and immersed myself in dusty books and teaching.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Alfred Hitchcock. The master of random cameos and unexpected appearances.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person of honesty and integrity, a smart and creative lawyer, a great father and husband, and a little bit of a trouble-maker.

ILN-terviews: Ken Kelly, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Ken Kelly of our member firm, Epstein Becker & Green in New York. 

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Litigation of business and employment-related disputes, particularly in the financial services and healthcare industries. 

Who would be your typical client?
Regulated - industry corporation which engages in sophisticated business transactions. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I used to be a client of our firm and know what clients expect from their counsel; and that I have actual, hands-on trial experience and therefore can focus pretrial discovery on how to win at trial instead of merely requesting or gathering information. 

What has been your most challenging case?
The Dresdner-Commerzbank bonus cases, arising from the bank's board's decision not to pay bonuses out of a "guaranteed" bonus pool for 2008 as a result of massive losses arising from the global financial meltdown. Case is challenging because our four arbitrations in New York required coordination with bank counsel in similar litigation in the U.K., Germany, and elsewhere due to concurrent litigations, different applicable law, varied results in other countries, and (of course) unpredictable arbitrators. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
(a) When a client says, "I'm glad you're on my side." (b) When a junior lawyer whom I have been mentoring for a couple of years brings me a brief in a complex case and I don't have to change anything -- mission accomplished! 

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Golf, bicycle, bridge and root for the N.Y. Giants (American football). 

What would surprise people most about you?
That when I lived in Paris in college with a family of "French-style" Communists, I had shoulder-length hair. 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Bad: breaking my foot at the Hotel du Louvre at the September 2005 meeting. Good: Strolling around the Acropolis in September 2009 with [my wife] Joan and our good friends, Susie and Andrew Kaufman. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Classical guitarist. 

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Cary Grant. 

How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who taught you how to be a lawyer. 

ILN-terviews: Charles Wander, Fladgate LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Charles Wander of our member firm Fladgate LLP in London, England.  

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Advising businesses and their management on strategic and governance issues, as well as their day to day concerns.

Who would be your typical client?
I've enjoyed 35 years of not having a typical client. My clients have ranged from institutions such as insurance companies, to entrepreneurs setting up new ventures.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I will work quickly and relentlessly to assist them and to help them achieve their aims.

What has been your most challenging case?
I wouldn't want to choose one in particular! The challenge is always to achieve what my client wants and needs.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There may be an element of the recency effect, but I am proud to have been chosen to lead the firm where I started my law training 35 years ago.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I read voraciously, fiction and non-fiction, and am a news junkie. A little tennis (it gets worse) and even less golf (ditto).

What would surprise people most about you?
Choose from two: I have a (lapsed) pilot's licence. Before I started my law studies I worked for a bookmakers (as in horses) and trained as a "settler" (the person who calculates the winnings).

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Early days, but the Irish band in Lisbon was pretty memorable.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Probably advertising. I interned at an ad agency one summer, and was tempted.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
James Caan (the hair used to be the same).

How would you like to be remembered?
Fondly.

ILN-terviews: Jonas Forsman, Hellstrom

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Jonas Forsman of our member firm Hellstrom in Stockholm, Sweden.  

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My practice is within company law with focus on M&A, structural and managerial issues.

Who would be your typical client?
My clients range from listed companies to one-man-holding companies. In essence the typical client is a mid size shareholder-driven Swedish limited liability company with an international business, market and/or ownership.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I strive to add value, not only invoices! I put the legal issue into context with the clients' business for a legal and business-oriented way forward.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Probably the first court case when I joined the law firm. I came fresh from working at the local court and a couple of law suits waited on my desk to be handled. I had to do well with the cases to prove my worth.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
At the crash of the IT-boom I was defending a managing director, on a multimillion law suit from a shareholder claiming for his personal liability. It was a demanding case with unreliable documentation and many witnesses against us stating obvious lies. It was difficult to foresee the outcome of it all but my client never hesitated to rely on our strategy. When we received the verdict from the arbitration committee my client looked at me and said slowly that I had saved his and his family´s life.  I was unable to get any work done for two days just babbling around feeling good.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I carry stuff home, mostly milk and groceries. The best days I spend time with my wife and family and/or do sports. I love to go to hockey and soccer practice with my son and to go swimming with my daughter. I very much enjoy water and alpine sports.

What would surprise people most about you?
Probably that I hold a silver medal from a national snowboarding championship (well, from a hundred years ago). And that I take a jump into the ocean just about every morning. Right now it is about four degrees Celsius, so you can see that my wife thinks I am losing it.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The Singapore Conference: Me and my wife and a couple of ILN delegates were sitting outside the hotel in the warm evening having cocktails getting to know each other. Simon Ekins from London, Anad Krishnan, from Kuala Lumpur and Michael Samuel and Marie Macdonald from Glasgow struck us to be some of the funniest guys we had ever met.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Alpine off-piste guide would not be too bad for a couple of years. Or an industrial designer.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Arnold of course… But I would settle for a skinny Chandler in Friends, as they say I resemble him. But I don’t.

How would you like to be remembered?
With a laugh and a tear, and as a caring and active father, that at least tried his best to come home from work in time, with all the stuff.

 

ILN-terviews: Dale Van Demark, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Dale Van Demark of our member firm Epstein Becker & Green in Washington, DC.  Dale will be one of our hosts for next week's 24th Annual Meeting in Washington!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My practice focuses on hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions and the innovation of healthcare delivery domestically and abroad – such as new coordinated care models supported by private and government programs, telemedicine and cross-border provider and education programs.

Who would be your typical client?
In my transactional practice, my clients are hospitals and health systems of various types – independent community hospitals, academic medical systems and regional health systems. In my healthcare innovation practice, my clients are entrepreneurs, business lines of insurers, hospitals and health systems and technology companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
The nature of my practice has given me a lot of exposure both in the board room and C suite and with entrepreneurs. This experience has honed my ability to understand and help advise my clients on the strategic implications and goals of their efforts, whether in an affiliation transaction or the development of telemedicine technology.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging representation was of a health system going through a merger transaction. The matter was challenging because my client was in very bad condition – financially, organizationally and competitively. In addition, my client continually withheld information from us, which made representation of the client before government bodies and in negotiations very difficult.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Closing the above referenced transaction! Despite the many challenges, posed by the client and the client’s situation we were able to successfully obtain required government approvals, negotiate a good deal and close on an aggressive time-table.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I enjoy music, painting and reading – fiction and nonfiction. (I listen to music in my office all day.) I also enjoy working on my car when I get a chance. Mostly, however, I spend time with my family.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I am remarkably susceptible to cheesy, emotional stories or story lines in movies.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Getting bitten by a monkey in KL. That one is going to be hard to top!

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Too many interesting choices to choose from! ALMS race car driver (GT class), park ranger or journalist.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
I would want a George Clooney, or some other heart-throb; but I think a younger Jon Voight could do a great job.

How would you like to be remembered?
With a smile.

 

ILN-terviews: Krrishan Singhania, Singhania & Company

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Krrishan Singhania of our member firm Singhania & Company in Mumbai, India.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My practice has been dynamic and looking into laws which are new in the country. 

Who would be your typical client?
My typical clients would be foreign corporations doing business in India or planning to start a business in India. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I am a practical solution-oriented lawyer, aiming to meet the specific legal needs of clients/potential clients, within the framework of Indian laws. 

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case was the enforcement of an Arbitration Award when India was facing a foreign exchange crisis, and the principle defence taken by the other side was Foreign Exchange Control law. But the Supreme Court of India upheld the Foreign Award in favour of our client. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I was able to procure an order from a Judge's residence on holiday to allow my client company to take its aircraft out of India. 

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Listen to music and attend theatre.

What would surprise people most about you?
That there are still professional and ethical lawyers who have interests other than the law. 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My most memorable experience about the ILN is that the ILN members make instant friendships, even when you meet them for the first time. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Not possible for me to image that. 

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Aamir Khan of the Indian film industry. 

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as a friendly, loving, society-oriented person.

ILN-terviews: Dimpy Mohanty, LexCounsel Law Offices

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Dimpy Mohanty of our member firm LexCounsel Law Offices in New Delhi, India.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Responsive and business-oriented.

Who would be your typical client?
One looking for advice which is well-rounded and covers diverse practice areas. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we at LexCounsel offer practical solutions based on, but not bogged down by a narrow reading of, law. 

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
A transaction involving the transfer of an educational institution to a client. Other than the complexity of the matter stemming from the education sector being a highly regulated sector, the matter required bringing in the skills of a UN diplomat! The older generation of the transferring family was (i) sentimentally attached to the institution which they had founded and hence prone to heart stopping frequent doubts, and (ii) being ignorant of the due diligence process, regarded every request for information and documents as an act of distrust and invasion of privacy.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There has been so much joy, but the proudest I believe it is still to come.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Read, travel, watch the world.

What would surprise people most about you?
Initially, that I am a woman - since my name is not suggestive of my gender. Later, that I have an inordinate capacity for and store of trivia.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
It’s the fellowship which ensures that you seek out fellow ILN members even at non-ILN events – the most recent being chasing down a fellow member through five days, multiple venues and over 3000 delegates at the IBA conference to meet finally on the last day.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Public Relations, Writing, Mystery Shopping or a combination of all three.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Sandra Bullock.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who could be counted on.

 

ILN-terviews: Thomas Büchli, Schmidt, Jaton & Associés

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Thomas Büchli of our member firm Schmidt, Jaton & Associés in Geneva, Switzerland.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our firm offers tailor-made and comprehensive solutions that also work in practice. 

Who would be your typical client? 
Life is so varied, that there is no typical client. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
Everything they may consider important for them to work with me. 

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
The one I am working on now, and in the past, when I worked for a princess in trouble. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
When a former adverse party engaged me as its new lawyer. 

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
I listen to Mahlers' and Bruckners' wonderful musical landscapes.

What would surprise people most about you? 
That I am terribly scared of lightning, but always look at it. 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
A lunch in Vienna in 2010 with very funny ILN colleagues. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
A choreographer or music-director, since I am a conductor of wind bands. 

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
I think that Woody Allen could probably show perfectly the complexity of my life...

How would you like to be remembered? 
I hope this question comes much too early...Today, I would say as somebody who did it "his way." 

ILN-terviews: Bill Holder, Clark Wilson

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Bill Holder of our member firm Clark Wilson in Vancouver, Canada.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I am engaged in the practice of business litigation with about 50% of my files involving real estate/commercial tenancy disputes and the other 50% being larger collection matters. 

Who would be your typical client? 
Real estate developers, commercial landlords/shopping centers, and international creditors.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
I've been with my firm for just over 30 years - this experience allows me to offer efficient and practical advice.   

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
For the past 8 years, I've been representing an elderly couple who are trying to obtain judicial recognition of a 999 year lease of a waterfront property in my Province's lake district.  The legal issues are complex, but my clients are, in my opinion, in the right. It's just one of those cases I personally feel we have to win. The law must find a way to help them. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
I mentored a junior associate in taking her first case to trial. She was nervous, but only because she didn't recognize the talent she possessed. I'll always remember the look on her face when she was successful. An advocate was born, and I don't think she ever looked back. 

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
I spend most of my free time enjoying life with my wife and three children.  During a rare pause in the action, I'll hide in the modest wine cellar in the basement of our home. 

What would surprise people most about you? 
I am a sandan (third degree) black belt in the Shito-Ryu style of traditional Japanese karate. I teach at a local dojo each week where one of my sons is an advanced student. 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I wouldn't point to a single ILN experience as being the most memorable - I am very grateful to have participated in a number of wonderful conferences. The most singular idea that strikes me at every ILN get together is the common bond we all share as lawyers.  I leave each conference impressed by the wonderful individuals who make up our organization. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
It's a toss up between being a chef or a winery owner. 

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
Brad Pitt and Daniel Craig have already offered their services. 

How would you like to be remembered? 
What, I'm going somewhere?

ILN-terviews: Marc Udink, Udink & De Jong

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose longtime ILN member and Director, Marc Udink of our member firm Udink & De Jong in the Hague, the Netherlands.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Banking & Restructuring. All turn around issues in almost every industry. 

Who would be your typical client? 
Upper middle market CEO's and CFO's and non-executive board members. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
We really care and advise on a high level, taking every aspect into consideration in finding the solution. The law is not leading; finding the right solution is leading.  

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
I was appointed by the Minister as the CEO of a large healthcare company, employing almost 30,000 employees. The whole country was worried and we needed to find a solution within a week. Unions, political parties, TV networks and an overstressed Corporate Governance atmosphere made it a testing affair. The company was saved and more than 2 million clients were happy. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
Becoming one. 

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
When not practicing, I am lobbying within political circles and having a good time at home, reading, watching TV.

What would surprise people most about you? 
If I left the ILN. All members know by now I feel the ILN is indeed a family of true friends. I have been privileged to be a part of this for 20 years or so. I miss all the guys that retired and some of them have even passed away. I think of all of them regularly. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
I would be a CEO somewhere and a politician. I am often contemplating this. 

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
Robert Redford. There has been a lot of history in my life. Partly public, some of it tragic, and most of it as a leader of people and friends. Redford has the right combination of New England elegance and Southern heroism. 

How would you like to be remembered? 
As somebody who cares about people and at times, can bring insights into their lives.

ILN-terviews: Emre Özcan, Özcan & Natan

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Emre Özcan of our member firm Özcan & Natan in Istanbul, Turkey.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our practice is working to expand in the corporate-commercial, finance and real estate fields of law without losing its boutique nature.

Who would be your typical client? 
Foreign or local entities who have business with an international nature.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
I would like them to know me as a solution-provider and problem/dispute preventative.

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
A case to strike a decision issued by the Turkish Treasury, for the cancellation of the Free Zone license of a factory.  We had to file an action for the cancellation of the complete communiqué issued by the Prime Ministry, but in the end succeeded and forced the administration to amend the communiqué and re-issue the license.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
The day I took the attorneys' oath at the Istanbul Bar Association.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
I like to follow local and foreign politics as well as football. Politics is sometimes more fun!

What would surprise people most about you? 
I was almost entering auditions of state acting school instead of the university exams.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The fun we had when we hosted the European Meeting in Istanbul in 2007, especially when I saw how good lawyers could party at the club we went to after the gala dinner!!!

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
I would either choose to be an actor or a diplomat.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
Bruce Willis

How would you like to be remembered? 
Knew how to enjoy life to the fullest!

 

ILN-terviews: Paul Feldman, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Paul Feldman of our newest member firm, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine in Boston.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I have a business practice specializing in real estate, environmental, and contract disputes.

Who would be your typical client?
Large publically traded companies and mid-sized closely held companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
My style of practice is to get the job done effectively and efficiently.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
A multi-million dollar contract dispute, that involved calculating damages by analyzing some 80,000 transactions.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
The US First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial judge’s jury instruction in a copyright infringement case I tried resulting in a new trial and a favorable outcome for the client.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I spend time with my family, attempt to play golf and frequently attend music concerts.

What would surprise people most about you?
Despite my Type A personality and aggressive advocacy for my clients, I am a softie.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The Saturday evening dinner at the Palace in Lisbon.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I love seeing things built- a real estate developer or architect.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Harrison Ford.

How would you like to be remembered?
Great dad and husband.

ILN-terviews: Anders Lundberg, Hellström

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Anders Lundberg of Hellström in Stockholm, Sweden.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
It’s a business law practice with a focus on mergers & acquisitions, but also specialized advice to the finance and energy sectors and to businesses in general. Hellström, where I am a partner, is a 30 lawyers business practice located in Stockholm.

Who would be your typical client?
Swedish and foreign corporations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am an experienced and skilled lawyer who is dedicated to my clients' success!

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Probably some litigations early on in my career that kept me up at night worrying about the outcome. Some were eventually won, others lost. I can think of a few major transactions as well that were challenging because of the complexity and values at stake. My latest transaction was in the food wholesale business, a merger between two large Swedish corporate.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Again, winning in the court room early on in my career. Nothing compares to that as far as professional satisfaction goes.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I am married and a father of two daughters. Much time is spent with the family. In the summer we go boat riding in the archipelago outside Stockholm. I also enjoy hunting a couple of times each year and pictorial art and art history.

What would surprise people most about you?
No surprises I’m afraid – or perhaps that I actually managed to quit smoking some time ago! A lot of people had given up on me in that regard.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The ILN-events in New York and Houston were both great. I have always enjoyed the U.S. and all the friendly people over there. In terms of referrals, I had the opportunity to work with Epstein Becker a few years ago and they did great work.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Good question, when younger, I saw myself as potentially a great writer of fiction!

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Bill Murray..? Only I’m not that funny so he would have to hold back.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who grew wiser with age but managed to keep a youthful mind.

 

ILN-terviews: Mark Weintraub, Clark Wilson

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Mark Weintraub of Clark Wilson in Vancouver, Canada.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My British Columbia practice is estate and trust litigation and adult guardianship. My practice consists of challenging Wills based upon incapacity and undue influence and dealing with negligently or fraudulently administered estates.

Who would be your typical client?
We have two types of typical clients- individuals and institutions. Individuals can find themselves embroiled in any number of different types of disputes:

Adult children, not infrequently challenge a Will based upon undue influence; incapacity or some technical defect in a Will and in our jurisdiction, may seek to vary a will if it does not provide adequate support which may under circumstances include the judicial imposition of moral obligations.

Spouses, particularly spouses of second marriages, also seek our counsel for similar types of challenges. Of course there are numerous other issues related to estate litigation including negligent or fraudulent adminstration of an estate; estate and power of attorney accountings; and adult guardianship applications all of which involve individuals.

Our institutional clients, if they are trust companies, are often engaged in adminstration disputes while our non- profit or charitable clients who are named in wills as beneficiaries, endure "collateral damage" in the event that a spouse or child challenges a will.

I am of course simplifying matters and there are a myriad of other situations that involve both our individual and institutional clients.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I would like our clients to know that we have one of the largest group of estate litigators in Canada such that we are able to provide an appropriate skill and billing level for every circumstance. We endeavour to run a file like a business file. And finally the watchword of our firm is "service" and we use our best efforts to provide the highest level of service to our clients.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
There is no one challenging case; but the most challenging cases are typically a second wife who has been left out of a Will and has attracted the emnity of the children from the first marriage. Typically she is not sophisticated and foresees herself as cast out on the street. The emotion permeating such a case makes resolution very difficult.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There is no one proudest moment; of course when you receive a winning judgment or you negotiate what you know is an excellent settlement there is a sense of pride. But most lawyers try to invest in each file- irrespective of the amount involved- a committment to excellence so that when an excellent result is achieved, one naturally feels a sense of pride.

More specifically I think it would be fair to say that those cases that involve the most creative arguments; those cases that don't have precedent and you are charting new ground; and those cases where there is a lot at stake for the individual- those are the cases that engender that special sense of satisfaction.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
When I am not practicing law I am thinking about how to develop the practice of law; spend time with my family including two wonderful daughters and their husbands and great friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
I don't know- none of us are one -dimensional and nothing should ever surprise us about another person- but if I had to choose- that I put myself through University of Toronto Law School while working for the Toronto Parks Board.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
A file I received acting for the State of Israel in an estate matter. It was a great honour to provide this service since much of my volunteer work has been centred on charitable causes for Israel.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Hands Down: Bridge Engineer.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
I actually was in a movie and I played a Rabbi; if a movie was made of me, I would have wanted Norman Mailer to play me.

How would you like to be remembered?
Sounds like writing my own obituary- but it is actually an important question; I think I would like to be remembered the way many of us would be: that I lived life to my potential- to the best of my abilities; that I have brought more healing than harm into the world; that I was a good friend; loyal business partner; devoted family member and caring of those parts of the natural world such as gardens or animals that have come into my charge.

ILN-terviews: Carole Barrett, Howard Rice

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Carole Barrett of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco, California.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice? 
Everything branding.

Who would be your typical client?
My clients come in all shapes and sizes and are at various stages of the business cycle, from start-ups to well-established global companies - all of whom are concerned about protecting and enforcing their intellectual property.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I have been both in-house and in private practice, so my advice is practical, business-focused and tailored to clients' long-term goals.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Strategic planning and coordination of a massive global trademark filing where all of the marks had to be filed on the same day. Amazingly, it went off without a hitch.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
My proudest moments as a lawyer have been seeing young lawyers I have mentored succeed.

What do you do when you‚re not practicing law?
My husband Ned and I are avid boaters and members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. So we are either out on the Bay on our boat or getting ready to welcome everyone to San Francisco for the America's Cup.

What would surprise people most about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn that I studied ballet because my parents were worried about my being shy.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
ILN has been an wonderful global resource for locating attorneys who are experts in their field. I have enjoyed meeting with various ILN members at INTA and acting as a referral source.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Ballerina!

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Meryl Streep.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a mentor. 

ILN-terviews: Margie Bodas, Lommen Abdo

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Margie Bodas of Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I help creditors who find themselves at odds with a bankruptcy trustee work through the bankruptcy system.

Who would be your typical client?
A mortgage lender, a title insurance company, businesses who receive preference claims.  

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
My knowledge and experience make me very effective and efficient in handling client matters.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
The most challenging -- or maybe most frustrating -- was a couple decades ago when I was doing a lot of workers' compensation work. A man was injured while working as a millright and could not go back to the heavy work and the bending and twisting. He wanted to be retrained in turf management to work at a golf course. Turf management is also very heavy work with lots of bending and twisting. We litigated the case and I lost. The guy got a job with an Arnold Palmer golf course and the employer had to pay him wage loss benefits because, even after being retrained, he was not making as much as he did as a millright. The outcome did not seem to serve either party in the long run.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
A great moment for me -- and our firm -- was obtaining a very large settlement in a RICO claim against a rent-to-own business on claims of usury. We were able to refund a lot of money to people who really couldn't afford the interest rates charged.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Travel, photography, garden, home renovation, read.

What would surprise people most about you?
I was a journalist before becoming a lawyer. I interviewed President Carter once.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The webinars have been a great resource -- not only for the information they provide but for their ability to bring the lawyers here together with other ILN lawyers across the world.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I was a journalist before becoming a lawyer and loved it. I choose law school over the seminary, but would also like to explore that avenue. And I'd like to work in a garden shop when I retire.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Kathy Bates.

How would you like to be remembered?
She sought out ways to serve others . She shared her joys (and hardships) of life with her friends and family.

ILN-terviews: Stuart Gerson, EpsteinBeckerGreen

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Washington, D.C.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Representing corporations, many of them in health care and finance, in federal civil and criminal litigations and investigations, at both the trial and appellate levels, in areas including the defense of fraud, securities and antitrust matters, and where the United States government is often the opposing party.

Who would be your typical client?
A corporation, its management or board of directors, often involved in the business of health care, insurance or finance, and subject to a government investigation or private fraud suit.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I believe the law is a service business and that the client's interests must be served, and that we win for our clients.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I once tried a criminal antitrust case in which there were originally 24 defendants. 23 of them pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, and many of them testified against my client, who insisted upon his and his company's innocence. Notwithstanding the mass of the government's case, the jury returned a verdict of acquittal.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Serving first as Assistant and then Acting Attorney General of the United States, working directly with Presidents of both parties.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Active sports including running, tennis and fly fishing, and reading history and science.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I am a Lay Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Clearly it has been forming close personal, family and professional relationships with excellent lawyers, particularly, in my case, in Europe and Scandanavia.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Cosmology.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
My son; it would be a suitable revenge.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who did his best to contribute to society and his profession.

ILN-terviews: Gary Kaplan, Howard Rice

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Gary Kaplan of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco, California.  

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I advise individuals and families on international business and tax matters.

Who would be your typical client?
In addition to individuals and families, I represent family-owned cross-border businesses and family offices.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I'm sincere and soft-spoken, but highly competitive when pursuing clients' interests.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Working with a wide variety of clients, from nervous to brazen, in connection with the Internal Revenue Service's initiatives to combat U.S. persons' undisclosed offshore bank accounts.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Being asked to participate in an ILN-terview.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Sports and films.

What would surprise people most about you?
I held the world record for marathon golf (73 hours without a break) or perhaps that I stowed away on a cruise ship.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The ILN has given me opportunities to visit countries throughout the world and amaze my clients by knowing top legal talents globally. The single most memorable experience was playing softball in New York's Central Park with players from 15 countries, many of whom, while athletic, had never hit or fielded a softball.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would have liked professional golf (but couldn't and still can't putt) and probably would have been a stock picker, as the capital markets are a favorite hobby.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
I'd choose a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Woody Allen.

How would you like to be remembered?
Kind, honest and funny.

ILN-terviews: Plamen Peev, PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Plamen Peev of PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s. in Sofia, Bulgaria.  

 In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a growing practice providing legal services in all main fields of business law – a young and ambitious team of professionals, which is the Bulgarian branch of the larger family of PETERKA & PARTNERS, operative in five countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Who would be your typical client?
A foreign investor expanding its activities to Bulgaria and often looking for the quality services already known or recommended from previous experience with PETERKA & PARTNERS in other countries. Recently, we’ve also had more work in dispute resolution and litigation both for international and local companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That good work means more to us than being good with the law. We try to hear what clients say and use our creativity to support clients’ ideas or solve a particular problem.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
It’s a case which seemed to be in the beginning a more or less simple contractual dispute but gradually, it turned out to be a complex issue involving insolvency as well as criminal law aspects. We are still working on this case, trying to reach a happy end.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Being 32, I am sure it is still ahead of me, but I feel proud each time when some problem has been forgotten because of my work.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Mostly enjoy the time with my wife and little daughter. I am also happy if there is time for a book, to meet friends or play tennis.

What would surprise people most about you?
Perhaps that would be the fact that I am not an awful singer.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Our office has joined ILN only last year, so it’s quite a new experience to me, but the 2009 regional meeting in Athens showed me that the Network brings a wonderful opportunity to be part of a community of excellent professionals and also to find good friends.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Probably something related to art – writing, acting or singing.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Al Pacino. Nothing to do with the Devil’s Advocate. It’s just the fact that his acting is a piece of magic.

How would you like to be remembered?
As an open person who deserves to be remembered.

ILN-terviews: Andreas Bauer, Brauneis Klauser Praendl Rechtsanwaelte GmbH

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Andreas Bauer of Brauneis Klauser Praendl Rechtsanwaelte GmbH in Vienna, Austria.  Andreas and his firm are hosting the 2010 European Regional Meeting in Vienna at the end of September.

In one sentence how would you describe your practice?
We are a midsized Austrian law firm, serving our clients in all fields of Austrian and EU Commercial Law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client is a midsized or larger Austrian company, either family-owned or a subsidiary of an international company. We are also working for large consumer protection organisations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
We are not one of the big “law factories,” but have the same professional approach as these big firms. The personal connection to our clients is much closer than in these “factories” and we care about our clients.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I helped one of my clients to sell his family-owned business to a big US Company. My client was 74 years old at the time and had trouble adopting the “style” with which the American company tried to purchase his lifetime achievement. We finally sold the company for about 15 Million Euros.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Working for my parents to sell their farm.

What do you do when you are not practicing law?
I try to dedicate most of my free time to my family, especially to my kids. I love to play soccer and to listen to classical music.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I have to mention two things here.

First, my very first ILN experience more than fifteen years ago in Jerusalem where I met with other ILN lawyers in a more than impressive surrounding. Israel was, at that time, just signing the peace treaty with Jordan.

Second, the friendships that developed over the years within the Network. I don’t want to miss any of these experiences.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I probably would have become some sort of manager, but luckily I decided to become a lawyer.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Tom Hanks.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person having a “back bone,” meaning a person that is straightforward, kind and honest.

ILN-terviews: Maxim Avrashkov, Maxima Consulting & Law

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Maxim Avrashkov of Maxima Consulting & Law in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a mid-sized firm, practicing in all fields of Russian and international private law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client is a mid-sized or larger Russian company leading an International activity or a nonresidential corporation making investments in Russia.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
The professional level of our team, the internal standards we set upon ourselves, and the spirit of our team.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
That was a serious financial transaction between our Russian client and one of the Bahamian banks, which required me to stay for three weeks in the Bahamas. I wish I had more such deals.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I provided my first consultation to my grandma during my last year in college.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I travel a lot with my family and play my favorite sports: tennis, football, boxing, and car racing.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I am going to be a champion in rally race next year.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My most memorable ILN experience was my first ILN European meeting in Rome, especially the Gala Dinner in Castel Sant`Angelo.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I would have been dealing with some kind of finances or maybe become a race driver.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Al Pacino.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a professional and respectable businessman, and a charity activist.

ILN-terviews: Erik Bettin, Michel LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Erik Bettin of Michel LLP in Berlin, Germany.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a Berlin based mid-size law firm offering high quality services for companies, especially in the real-estate-business or in real-estate related matters.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client is a national or international company or individual investing in the German real-estate-market and asking for advice in such transactions.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we try to make a difference by being creative, knowing about our clients' business and offering a very personal approach.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Several years ago a big commercial German bank was sued for a very large amount and the in-house counsel gave me the case, remarking that he saw no chance of avoiding payment for his bank. I disagreed and in the end, the German federal court dismissed all claims. It was my first case for this bank and surely it wasn’t the last one.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Every time clients realize that it was the right decision to take our advice.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Enjoying time with my wife and kids and practicing all sorts of sports.

What would surprise people most about you?
That as a kid, I lived in Peru for five years.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience)?
Dining in Castel Sant´Angelo on a very lovely night at our meeting in Rome.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I was always dreaming about being a professional in sports, but I wasn´t talented enough.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Daniel Craig

How would you like to be remembered?
I hope life gives me some more time to think about that.

ILN-terviews: David Russell, Harrison & Moberly

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, David Williams Russell of Harrison & Moberly LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I am a transactions and securities lawyer handling complex matters (including dispute resolution) in the U.S. and abroad.

Who would be your typical client?
Principally technology and manufacturing companies and financial institutions.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
In addition to my comprehensive grasp of business law, I hold an M.B.A. from Dartmouth (Tuck), and once managed a college; so I afford practical business savvy and experience with solid legal services.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I once took on an appeal from the worst possible result in a trial in bankruptcy court and made such a persuasive argument for reversal that my client wound up settling for more money than he had been sued for.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
As a pro bono volunteer, I helped a disabled Vietnam veteran suffering post-traumatic shock syndrome and his wife avoid obligations under a home purchase contract they had been swindled into signing. They had been absolutely distraught, and their tears of joy and delight at being relieved of this burden remain with me still.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I am Vice Chairman of a foundation dedicated to establishing a new university in Cameroon. I write the annual updates to the four volume West Publishing Indiana business law treatises. I serve on the advisory board of the Supply Chain & Global Management Academy of the Kelley M.B.A. program at Indiana University. I hold a federal appointment as Chairman of the Indiana District Export Counsel.

What would surprise people most about you?
I am a published poet.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to have had the opportunity to establish close, personal relationships with so many outstanding lawyers throughout the world during the time I have been privileged to participate in ILN. I am very grateful for the many courtesies and kindnesses of which I, and my law firm, have been the recipients as a result of our connection with ILN.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would have been an educator (in a way, I have been).

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Steve McQueen (if he were alive).

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who helped others reach solutions to their problems.

ILN-terviews: Ivars Grunte, Grunte & Cers

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Ivars Grunte of Grunte & Cers in Latvia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a mid-sized, full service business and litigation firm, established in 1992.

Who would be your typical client?
I would say - full spectrum. Our clients range from multinational companies and banks to local entrepreneurs; we have advised the Latvian State and foreign individuals, represented beginners in professional sports and Stanley Cup champions as well.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are a law firm with a solid reputation and our lawyers are flexible and open-minded, innovative and passionate for their work.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
The merger of two large Finnish and Swedish retail business chains, due to the huge volume, complexity and common teamwork of three Baltic law firms. By the way, the clients were referred to us by the ILN's Finnish member!

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I am still very proud to represent the lawyers of my country as a Head of the Latvian Delegation in CCBE. And personally, when my eldest daughter finally switched from mass media to law and started to practice as a trainee in the largest Danish law firm in Copenhagen.  

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Golf with friends takes some time, but I am still managing to take skiing holidays with my family, to organize barbecue parties in my garden, and to have long walks with my dogs. A little hunting as well.

What would surprise people most about you?
That after playing football quite professionally, I was a pretty good goalie for 4 consecutive years on a team that played in the Latvian premiere handball league.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Hmm...I will never forget the first ILN meeting we attended - it was in Rome a long time ago (1993?) and of course, the 20th anniversary meeting in NYC. Just unforgettable!

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
A career of a professional football or hockey player. I realized that after playing well, or even not so well, you could improve as a coach later on! I still have a feeling that many teams do not have the best coaches!

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Shia LaBeouf and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" is the reason.

How would you like to be remembered?
As fair and honest as a lawyer could be and with a wide smile.

ILN-terviews: Andrew Kaufman, Fladgate LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Andrew Kaufman of Fladgate LLP in England.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
My practice comprises advising German (and other foreign) companies on their business interests in the UK.

Who would be your typical client?
My typical client is a substantial German family-owned business (Mittelstand).

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I would like clients and potential clients to know that I am an excellent communicator, have a great deal of common sense and experience, and try not to bother them with the technical aspects of the law.  

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case was to prove that a Greek-Cypriot restaurant owner in London used undue influence to steal valuable jewelry and fur coats from an old lady who was dying of cancer. I was acting for her stepdaughter and beneficiary under her will.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
My proudest moment was when the Greek restaurateur effectively collapsed in court and ten minutes later, the case was won!

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
When I don't practice law, I watch football and opera (not at the same time) and play with Ella, my two-year-old granddaughter.

What would surprise people most about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn that I stood in the same part of the stadium (if it can be called such) at Watford FC as did Sir Elton John in the 1960s (and have continued to do so, although I now have a posh seat!). 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I think my most memorable ILN experience was dancing to the Beatles tribute band at Madame Tussaud's during the London conference.  

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
If I had not been a lawyer, I would have been a (bad) football reporter.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
I would like Jean-Louis Trintignant (but when he was young!) to play me (the male lead in Un homme et une femme). He got to kiss Anouk Aimée! 

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as a good husband, father, grandfather and trusted adviser.

ILN-terviews: Pavla Prikrylova, PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Pavla Prikrylova of PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s. in the Czech Republic.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our law firm, PETERKA & PARTNERS, operating in five countries (Czech and Slovak Republics, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Russia), is a full service firm advising clients in all main areas of commercial law (mainly in M&A, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, banking and finance and litigation). Myself, I specialize in real estate and M&A transactions.

Who would be your typical client?
Mid-size to large foreign corporation seeking advice with its investment in one or more countries in the CEE region or a local company seeking a lawyer with personalized and business approach, rendering a results-oriented service, very often involving cross-border and tax issues.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we always try to be flexible in finding business-driven legal solutions, we strive for maximum efficiency and high quality service and we work for being a real business partner and sometimes also a lead to our clients.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
An acquisition of a group of real estate assets for development of a commercial building comprising offices and shops, where in the middle of the rather complicated acquisition process, the 100 years flood came to Prague and the acquisition of the land had to be completely restructured due to the consequences of the flooding and the new requirements imposed by the city authorities.  Very challenging both from legal and personal perspectives.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I could call our client and say, the contract was finally concluded after almost a year of tough negotiating and a year later, the client invited me to a celebration of completing the carcassing of a shopping mall.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I enjoy skiing in winter, cycling in summer, travelling and reading - but all these activities are now a little bit at the back stage while all other activities I can do with my 1,5 year old son have priority.

What would surprise people most about you?
Probably that I am a great dance fan and can dance the majority of ballroom dances, Argentinean tango and salsa.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My first ILN meeting in Seattle, where all the people gave me a very friendly and warm welcome and the Gala evening in Paul Allen's music hall. It surpassed my expectations.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
A ballet dancer.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Meryl Streep.

How would you like to be remembered?
As honest, fair-minded and sensible towards others.

ILN-terviews: Henning von Lillienskjold, DAHL Law Firm

dahl25%20copylarge.jpgWelcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. 

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Henning von Lillienskjold of DAHL Law Firm in Denmark.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Dahl is a full service, business law firm with specialists in all areas of business law.

Who would be your typical client?
Mid-sized and large companies from Denmark and northern Europe.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am commercial in my approach to giving advice and deliver on time.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case was a large transaction involving 140 entities and where the buyer backed off on the day of signing.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Every time a deal is closed and my advice has added value to the client - other than just drafting documents.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I like skiing and sailing (I have competed in many of the major sailboat classes) and otherwise, I relax in my summer cottage with my family.

What would surprise people most about you?
Probably that I can play the trumpet or that I know how to repair a car engine.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My most memorable ILN experience is my first meeting in N.Y. and the dinner we had at Ellis Island.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I think it would have been some kind of engineering.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Jim Carrey :)

How would you like to be remembered?
Honest and trustworthy.

ILN-terviews: Michael Samuel, Miller Samuel LLP

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Michael Samuel of Miller Samuel LLP in Scotland.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
A bespoke niche practice offering quality and specific services to clients at competitive rates.

Who would be your typical client?
Not easy to categorise, but we like to act for successful business entrepreneurs, medium to high net worth individuals, and for quoted and unquoted companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
We would like clients, potential and otherwise, to know that we care primarily about their needs and requirements, and that this is a fundamental part of our philosophy.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I deal with private clients. My most challenging case some years ago was when I was able to achieve a result favourable to my clients, in a question of succession to an Estate, contrary to the opinion of the foremost legal authority. Simply put, he said, "you can't do it!" Well, we did it!!!!!

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I was appointed Dean of our local Faculty for three years in 2005 - the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow (its proper Title). It has 2,000 members. What was important is you can't apply for the job - you are asked by your peers. I looked upon this as kind of a legal Oscar.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I read as much as I can, play tennis as much as the weather permits, watch soccer, and of course, there are many family commitments.

What would surprise people most about you?
I am as old as I am.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I have wonderful memories, but hosting the European Meeting some years ago at Loch Lomond has to be the best of these. The stunned faces of the delegates and companions that cold grey misty Friday night at Stirling Castle when the pipers and dancers emerged from the swirling mist to put on their display was unforgettable.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I think my father earmarked me as a lawyer from birth.  He was a dentist. I qualified at 21, so there wasn't much time to think about anything else. I've not really come across another career in that time which I think I might have preferred.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Billy Connolly (joking perhaps, but at least he has a sense of humour).

How would you like to be remembered?
Not for a long time!!!!!

ILN-terviews: Tore Hjelseth, Hjelseth, Kilstad & Borgen DA

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Tore Hjelseth of Hjelseth, Kilstad & Borgen DA in Norway.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our law firm, Advokatfirmaet Hjelseth, Kilstad & Borgen DA ("HKB") is a small firm having its specialisation in corporate law, particularly Mergers & Acquisitions (including cross-border transactions), stock exchange/securities law, tax, and general contract law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client is a Norwegian mid-sized corporation acting in Norway and internationally, being owned either directly or ultimately by a larger foreign company and thus forms part in an international group. Our work will consist both of counselling for the Norwegian entity and for the owner (or ultimate parent), then relating to doing business in Norway through the Norwegian subsidiary.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we, as a small and expedient law firm, are known for providing efficient services with top quality, that the internal communication within HKB leads to quick deliveries not involving a number of lawyers pulverizing the responsibility to respond or enhancing of the legal fees.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Dealing with all legal aspects on behalf of a listed restructured company with an overseas management, carrying with it complicated inherited pre-restructuring issues, particularly related to erroneous accounts (in need of restating) dubious actions taken by the previous board of directors, hidden control mechanisms, loss making contracts and possible disloyalty.  The challenges in respect of clarifying historical facts from a regime under a management no longer in place, were numerous.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Every time I can call a client late a night (when the client has gone to bed "knowing" that the deal was off), and say the following "we have solved it - they agreed."

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Tennis, long cooking sessions accompanied with great wine, skiing/playing monopoly with my daughters, Wilma (8) and Andrea (6) in the mountains of "Norefjell" where I have a cottage.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I am an Ayn Rand libertarian, and the compatibility I feel this has with philanthropy and social consciousness (yes, actually!).

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I will never forget the first visit with ILN in San Francisco and the exceptionally friendly way in which we were met, and the positive energy this created.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Teacher - love to teach and the feeling of hitting the right string with pupils/students/audiences.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
James Dean (alive!)

How would you like to be remembered?
Fair, friendly, helpful and with integrity to take on the burden to go against the majority and political correctness.

ILN-terviews: Ricardo Cordero, Cordero & Cordero Abogados

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Ricardo Cordero of Cordero & Cordero Abogados in Costa Rica.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our law firm is a general practice law firm specializing in corporate and business law.

Who would be your typical client?
International corporate clients and individuals doing business or investing in Costa Rica who require general assessment in areas such as corporate law, financial law, and insurance law, as well as real estate and development law.  In addition, our firm also deals with issues related to civil litigation, labor and immigration law, competition and regulation, intellectual property, and telecom law.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That our law firm has the sufficient experience and we are professionals with strong legal backgrounds and a set of standards that will help them to achieve their goals in Costa Rica, whether for a particular investment, transaction, or a long-term business.  In addition, we work closely with all of our clients in order to make sure there is a sense of teamwork and co-participation.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Our most challenging cases have been a couple of international project finance facility projects that we have worked on during the past year.  Due to the economic crisis, both lenders and borrowers are more cautious and the sources of funding have been very limited.  Thus, we have had to go the extra mile and use a lot of legal creativity, long work hours, and careful strategy to be able to secure such transactions.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I think I am living my proudest moment as a lawyer. Together with my firm's partners, we have managed to continue the expansion of our firm's practices, international clientele and exposure as one of the most renowned law firms in Costa Rica. I have also been able to achieve my personal goals as a professional and as co-managing partner of the firm.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
During my spare time, I try to have a balance between my family, traveling and playing golf.

What would surprise people most about you?
My age.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Since we recently joined the ILN, I would have to say that the most memorable ILN experience has been the Annual ILN Meeting held in San Francisco this past June. On a personal level, I was surprised by the good environment, which seems to be the common denominator for all ILN meetings.  We were greeted very kindly by existing members. On a professional level, I was very impressed by the professionalism and reputation held by all ILN members.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. However, if I had to choose another career, I probably would have chosen Business Administration/Entrepreneurship.  I have always enjoyed the business side associated with the practice of law.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Tom Hanks. I think he is a great actor who has always chosen the parts he plays very well.  In addition, he seems to be a down to earth, personable guy who lives his life working hard and close to his family.

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who enjoyed life, his family and work; as someone who always tried to do things the right way in the pursuit of excellence. I would like to be remembered as someone affable, who passed on good moral values and the sense of hard work to my next generations.

ILN-terviews: Sebastian Laboga, Kübler GbR

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Sebastian Laboga of Kübler GbR in Germany.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
With more than 230 employees and 27 locations, KÜBLER is one of the leading German law firms concerning insolvency and reorganization law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical clients are companies of all sizes or private individuals that are either insolvent, afraid of becoming insolvent or have business with any of these groups.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are one of the largest and most effectively organized law firms in Germany dealing with financial crises, restructuring and insolvency. We have the staff and know-how to literally run even very large companies in times of trouble or insolvency. In addition we are very hands on - good at producing words and paper of course, but even better at actually providing help and taking action.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Running a mine sweeping company as insolvency administrator. Etiquette was very military and the management scheduled their meetings at 6 o clock in the morning. Attending on time was a true challenge.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I guess helping companies to a successful restart after a crisis or insolvency makes me a little proud every time. My proudest moment though was definitely managing to attend the mine-sweepers' meetings at 6 o' clock a.m. AND understanding what they were talking about!

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I have five kids - what do you think?

What would surprise people most about you?
My broad knowledge regarding movies and TV shows.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Standing in Rome on the top of the Castel St` Angelo, looking at the illuminated Vatican by night with a glass of Champagne in my hand.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
 I would almost have ended up as a Tax Adviser. But I am very happy that I didn't.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Jeff Bridges, aka "the Dude."

How would you like to be remembered?
Too early to think about it, really - the Dude still abides, doesn't he. But people shouldn't think they could get away with peeing on my rug easily...

ILN-terviews: John Verrall, Verralls Barristers and Solicitors

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, John Verrall of Verralls Barristers and Solicitors in Gibraltar.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I would describe my practice as progressive, motivated, contemporary and inspired.

Who would be your typical client?
Typical client - probably either a young married couple purchasing a property or a commercial client.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am the fresh face of a new generation of talented lawyers who are responsive to client's needs and committed to the timely delivery of the highest standards of legal work based on ethical principles.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case involved a widow and a trust fund left by her husband.  It was challenging because of the legal principles and issues it threw up, mixed with the vulnerability of her position as a mere potential beneficiary under the trust along with other beneficiaries from the husband's first marriage.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Opening my own law firm 10 years ago.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Sail, snow ski, gardening, gym, read, travel and dine out with friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
Not sure. You'd probably have to ask them!

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting the members. I particularly enjoyed the ILN conference in Prague.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Something to do with geography and environment.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
George Clooney!

How would you like to be remembered?
As a fun, relaxed and easygoing, but caring person, who prided himself on the quality of his work and his problem-solving skills.

ILN-terviews: Lorna Patajo-Kapunan, Kapunan Lotilla Garcia & Castillo Law Offices

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Lorna Patajo-Kapunan of Kapunan Lotilla Garcia & Castillo Law Offices in Manila, the Philippines.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our firm is a medium-sized law firm with 17 lawyers and support staff totaling 20, all committed to our vision of "quality legal service with competence, integrity and courage."

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client would be the good guys -- good corporate citizens who aspire for a level playing field, aggrieved individuals who still have faith in the justice system.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I want my clients/potential clients to know that I eat my enemies for breakfast, that I will fight even against overwhelming odds, that I can and do walk the extra mile.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
As an advocate for women's rights, my most challenging and high profile case was defending a male against a female for allegedly taping a sex video of the sex act and purportedly distributing it to the public. My legal position (to the horror of the women NGOs) was that the male was the victim.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
My proudest moment as a lawyer was when our firm was judged by the Bishop/Businessmen's Council of the Philippines as the only law firm in the country deserving of the ISQ (Institutional Spirituality Quotient) award - this is equivalent to a "good housekeeping seal" at the workplace.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I have many "hats" -- dedicated father/mother (I was widowed 9 years ago) to my 5 boys, 2 grandsons, 9 dogs; volunteer Trustee on the Boards of several foundations/socio/civic groups, such as the Philippine National Red Cross, World Wildlife Fund, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Rotary International, Zonta Foundation, UNIFEM, National Heritage Society; devoted daughter to my father (94-year-old retired justice of the Supreme Court) and mother (87-year-old retired dean of one of the biggest nursing schools in the country); confessed shopaholic -- my "cure-all" remedy for my stress is shopping.

What would surprise people most about you?
People are surprised that I can be a softie -- that despite the Dracula fangs, I have a heart that beats/bleeds.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My most memorable ILN experience was when our former Firm hosted the ILN Regional Conference in Cebu in a distant past.  It gave us the opportunity to showcase the typical Filipino hospitality.  Looking forward to hosting another soon.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
If I weren't a lawyer, I'd like to be a CNN/BBC Anchorperson -- reporting news when and where it happens, or a professional tennis player, earning some 6-7 digit figures while having FUN.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
My favorite movie is Casablanca -- but I identified more with Humphrey Bogart rather than Ingrid Bergman. I need to sort out my fantasies first.

How would you like to be remembered?
I'd like my epitaph to read "She lived, laughed and loved!"

ILN-terviews: Ioana Racoti, Zamfirescu Racoti Predoiu

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Ioana Racoti of Zamfirescu Racoti Predoiu in Romania.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I am a business lawyer assisting a broad spectrum of clients, particularly in the corporate and financial sectors, in M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy, and Capital Markets matters. 

Who would be your typical client?
Local companies and multinationals with business interests and business activities in Romania, no matter the industry area they focus on.  We offer a full business law service and this enables us to support our clients in all areas of operation.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
ZRP always meets and exceeds a client's expectations, by delivering flawless and outstanding legal services.  We are always one move ahead and know how to play the winning game.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Every project has its own particularities and characteristics, involves and develops different skills. Starting with approach, vision, innovation, legal work, team structure, capabilities, client relationship, set objectives all the way to how these objectives are achieved, make a project unique and challenging.

Still, there is one project I would like to share with you: the IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange of one of our clients - it was the first project of its kind on the Romanian market, involving a multidisciplinary team of over 10 lawyers. We worked with prestigious law firms and financial companies, and it was a great opportunity to share experience and knowledge.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
The set up of my law firm in 1996, at the age of 26, in partnership with my colleague Catalin Predoiu, at present Minister of Justice in Romania.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Travelling around the world. And wandering through the streets of New York at least once a year.

What would surprise people most about you?
I usually deliver bluntly my ideas and opinions, my likes and dislikes. This could sometimes take other people by surprise.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The Annual 2007 ILN Conference in New York, where I had the chance to meet extraordinary people and outstanding professionals.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would have probably been a biochemist.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Definitely Uma Thurman.

How would you like to be remembered?
Professionally, as an outstanding lawyer. Personally, as a reliable friend and travel companion.

ILN-terviews: Andrey Zelenin, Lidings Law Firm

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Andrey Zelenin of Lidings Law Firm in Moscow, Russia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Protecting foriegn business in Russia.

Who would be your typical client?
Foreign legal entities (from SME's to multinationals) investing in Russia or otherwise affected by Russian legal regulations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I'm easy to deal with, ready to react, and always willing to protect their interests.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
There have been some of them, and I'm sure there will be more.  One of the recent ones was representing a client in an investigation by the antimonopoly authority.  The hearings lasted for 12 hours (with a lunch break though!).  It was quite challenging to get out of the FAS building at 1AM.  But the client was happy, as all charges have been dismissed!

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Well, again, it's difficult to pick one.  Most encouraging, I think, is when you see your team of lawyers gain expertise and succeed in very complicated cases.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I'm telling fairytales to my children.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I'm 27 and I have three kids: a daughter, 4.5 years old, and two sons, 3 and 1.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Fantastically warm and friendly welcome to the world of ILN - at every ILN meeting!  And of course, the after Gala Dinner Istanbul night club party.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I'd better not think about it. Do not want to disappoint myself.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
It's a tough one. I'd let my wife choose.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone taking care of other's interests first.

ILN-terviews: Toomas Taube, Tark & Co.

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Toomas Taube of Tark & Co. in Estonia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
As the head of the corporate & commercial practice group at Tark & Co, my work involves a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. I am also active in litigation.

Who would be your typical client?
Most of my clients are companies and a large part of them are multinational corporations that plan to have, or already have, a subsidiary or investments in Estonia. I have assisted many foreign clients from the very beginning of their business in Estonia, and in many cases, the relationships have developed into a long-term, full range cooperation.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I really value my clients, and I want to be of value to them. If a client is happy, I am happy.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
There have been many challenging cases during my practice. One of them was a major and complex litigation matter that has lasted for six years, and the case has been heard and reviewed in different court instances a total of nine times. I expect that this "court marathon" is close to its end soon, and the result is so far, and expected to remain, positive for my client.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Positive results make me feel good and proud of myself.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Live my private life, which includes some sports, some shorter and longer trips, some friends, some books, one girlfriend, many thoughts, lots of feelings...

What would surprise people most about you?
Other people should be the ones to say that.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
All of the ILN events that I have participated in have been memorable for me - well-organized, nice places, and friendly people. Maybe one of the more memorable ILN experiences was my first ILN meeting (in Stockholm in 2001). I was a young lawyer and did not know any of the other participants, but I was impressed at the close friendships most participants had with each other. Such friendships are one of the real values of the ILN network.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I have never considered an alternative career. Probably a good sign concerning my almost 15-year career as a lawyer.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
I think my life is yet too short to make a movie of it. Let's wait at least some 25 years, then it would be easier to pick the right characters and actors to play me. Meanwhile, I will try to live so that it would be a really interesting and exciting role for that actor!

How would you like to be remembered?
As a very good friend to all my close ones, and as a good person to all who know me.

ILN-terviews: Dato'Anad Krishnan, Anad & Noraini

DSCN2076.jpeg Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.
For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Dato' Anad Krishnan of Anad & Noraini in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
A full-service firm with special emphasis on banking, insurance, and property transactions.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical clients are institutions - mainly banking, insurance, and property developers.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are efficient and continually strive to provide quality legal services at competitive prices.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
It was a case involving an ex-banker who was sued in civil proceedings in Malaysia and was involved in extradition proceedings in the United Kingdom and criminal proceedings in Hong Kong.  Being involved in this multi-jurisdictional case was most challenging as it involved Appeals to the House of Lords in the UK, the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong and the Supreme Court in Malaysia.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Advising our client to do a particular deal against the advice of a Queen's Counsel and 7 other lawyers and subsequently discovering that when the client took the deal, the outcome was in his best interest.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Playing golf, traveling, and developing my business interests in commodity trading.

What would surprise people most about you?
The extent of my general knowledge, with particular emphasis on financial markets and a very practical approach to the practice of law.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting different people from different countries and cultivating strong personal relationships with a number of them.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would have been very happy as an investment banker, particularly involved in commodity trading.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Ben Kingsley.

How would you like to be remembered?
A very successful person, who is also kind, considerate and generous.

ILN-terviews: Can Natan, Ozcan & Natan

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Can Natan of Ozcan & Natan in Istanbul, Turkey.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Mainly working on corporate commercial matters.

Who would be your typical client?
Medium-sized and large foreign invested corporations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are a team of legal consultants with a strong, solid background to "make things happen."

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I think it's impossible to pick one.  Each case/transaction is more challenging than the previous one.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When we set up Ozcan & Natan Law Firm with my partner.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I enjoy traveling, reading, watching any kind of sports, playing football and going to the movies.

What would surprise people most about you?
I guess nothing!

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My first ILN meeting in Paris that I attended as a guest.  I was amazed by the warm welcome of the members and by the friendly atmosphere of the meeting.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I'd loved to be a football manager.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
I think it's too early to think about that.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good lawyer.

ILN-terviews: Anita Lovell, Nigel Harris & Partners

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Anita Lovell of Nigel Harris & Partners in the Channel Islands.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I'm a private client lawyer, in private practice, running a full service Family Office staffed by solicitors, accountants and investment advisers supporting members of a HNW family at a personal level and advising their international companies in complex, cross border transactions.

Who would be your typical client?
A high net worth family, probably based in Europe or the Middle East, but with business interests just about anywhere, looking to preserve and enhance the family wealth.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That my legal firm is embedded in the largest, independent trust company in the Channel Islands (Hawksford International) and is uniquely placed, outside the UK but within a well-regulated and sophisticated jurisdiction, to suit the demands of international families.  And I bet not many would know that Jersey has signed an exchange of information agreement with the USA (and lots of other countries too) and is firmly on the OECD "white list." 

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case was defending the legitimacy and governance of a very big family trust against a disappointed widow who claimed it was a "sham."  We won the day, she settled and remained disappointed!

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Representing all the English Solicitors practicing in Jersey as President of our Association.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
You need to ask a woman what she does with her time when she's not at work?  Running my home and my family takes up most of it!  But as I am trying to work part time now, I can indulge my love of travel and taste for good food and wine.  They say the former broadens the mind, but, sadly, the latter does the same for the waistline.

What would surprise people most about you?
Probably that my office has a lovely garden with rabbits, squirrels and pheasants running around it.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
That's a tough question because all the ILN meetings have been memorable - Christopher and I have seen some amazing places and met some brilliant people.  If I have to choose...it would be taking a (slightly shaky) helicopter ride around the Iguacu Falls in Brazil with Robert and Adrienne Bijloos.  I still can't quite believe I did that.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Well, a lady of leisure sounds good.  Failing that, I would have liked to be a garden designer.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Someone terribly glamourous please! But with a talent for comedy too - a young Kathryn Hepburn would have been wonderful.

How would you like to be remembered?
Preferably as the world's oldest woman.

ILN-terviews: Sueli Avellar Fonseca, Nehring e Associados, Advocacia

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For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Sueli Avellar Fonseca of Nehring e Associados, Advocacia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Presently, I work basically on Commercial Agreements, National and International Agreements. In the past, I was essentially a litigator and then worked on Corporate matters.

Who would be your typical client?
Companies are my typical clients.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I would like clients to know that I have very good experience in litigation, which makes me a strong negotiator. Moreover, I have a great deal of experience in wording various kinds of agreements and it is easy for me to build relationships.  I am a perfectionist at what I do.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I cannot say one case is more challenging than others. The challenge is always to achieve the objectives of the client.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
 I have had many good moments in my career, which make me proud, but one I remember most was when I was a very young litigator and during a hearing, a Judge stopped and asked me how long ago I had graduated.  He complimented me in front of the lawyers of the other party, for the questions argued to more than 5 or 6 witnesses.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
 I love to read, to go to the movies, to listen to music, to travel.

What would surprise people most about you?
It is very difficult for me to surprise people. I easily show who I am, what I like or dislike.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
ILN brings me many friends, all around the world.  This is fantastic.  But the most memorable is that some friends have become a family!

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would be a lawyer! As a secondary career, if I had time, Decoration could be a choice.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Meryl Streep.

How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who was able to achieve her teenager's dreams for life, with her own work and studies; a good professional; a good daughter; a special mother and a good companion.

ILN-terviews: Gustavo de Jesus, Richards, Cardinal, Tutzer, Zabala & Zaefferer

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Gustavo de Jesus of Richards, Cardinal, Tutzer, Zabala & Zaefferer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Mainly assisting clients in their day-to-day operations in commercial matters (corporate, contracts, etc.) and working on mergers & acquisitions of companies.

Who would be your typical client?
Big and mid-size multinational companies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I always do my best to render first class service at a reasonable price.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
There have been many challenging cases. It is difficult to pick one.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I always feel proud when I see that the client's interests have been protected and when the client recognizes my work.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Playing sports and spending time with my family.

What would surprise people most about you?
Perhaps that I am not as serious as I look.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I could not pick one isolated experience.  I have always enjoyed the friendship and warm treatment that I receive at all the ILN meetings.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
I would have probably chosen architecture.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
I really cannot imagine somebody playing my life in a movie!! But if I have to say a name, I would pick Robert De Niro.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good husband and father and basically as a good man.

ILN-terviews: Jeff Shapiro, Arnstein & Lehr LLP

JeffShapiro1.jpegWelcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Jeff Shapiro of Arnstein & Lehr in Miami, Florida.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Multifaceted, with court litigation and arbitration involving diverse areas encompassing commercial disputes, IP and product liability with a focus on medical device and drugs.

Who would be your typical client?
Largely institutional, ranging in size from local companies to Fortune 100.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
The pursuit of excellence, responsiveness, with a mindset to think outside of the box in conjunction with the control of litigation expenses.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Impossible to pick one.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There have been many, but if I had to choose one, it would have been a product liability case that was tried, and after my cross examination of the opposing expert was completed, the other side essentially "gave up." Why? Because it happens too rarely.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Family time and sports.

What would surprise people most about you?
That I'm not nearly as "conservative" as I sometimes seem, including a long history of playing the drums in a rock 'n roll band.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The ongoing interaction with friends and colleagues from the ILN is what sets it apart.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Educator, sports coach.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Meryl Streep, she can play any role.  If not her, Clark Gable.

How would you like to be remembered?
Loving husband and father.

ILN-terviews: Johan Vanden Eynde, Vanden Eynde - Legal

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For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Johan Vanden Eynde of Vanden Eynde - Legal in Brussels, Belgium

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
That we are a group of lawyers who are proud to assist you when we take your case.

Who would be your typical client?
Essentially, we are acting for private (SME and larger companies) and public (ministries and public commercial companies) clients in the fields of business litigation and consultancy.  We also act for clients in administrative law, such as urban planning, public procurement and competition law. 

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we take interest and care in their cases and that we will stand with them through difficulties.  Also, that their case is our challenge. 

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Some years ago, we assisted a company in a very difficult situation with several procedures before the civil and administrative courts.  There were very important contestations in several fields of law.  Financially, it was a huge business contract for the client.  The firm stood with them during all of the processes, losing four cases in the first instance, but winning on appeal.  You can feel the trust that you build up and the tenacity needed in this profession. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Certainly when I won my first case before the Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Taking care of my family, trying to fish, reading the philosophers and writing articles and books about law!

What would surprise people most about you?
I don't know. Probably a lot of things of the common life, like cooking or doing sport.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The repeated warm welcome at each meeting. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Astronomer.
If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Somebody like Cary Grant.

How would you like to be remembered?
Will there be a remembering?

ILN-terviews: Bruce Feuchter, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

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For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Bruce Feuchter of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Newport Beach, California.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
A flourishing emerging growth corporate securities practice, consisting of start-up to public companies, both medical device and technology companies.

Who would be your typical client?
Venture Capital-backed medical device companies with exciting technologies.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I know their market, I understand their needs, and how to solve their problems.  I enjoy working with entrepreneurs.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
The most challenging transaction that I have ever been the lead attorney for was the acquisition of an aerospace company back in 1991.  The company was into many defense programs, some of which were highly classified. Since they were classified, we could do no due diligence on those programs or even know about them.  An example of such a program was the exhaust system for the Stealth Fighter. The transaction required a layer of venture capital for equity, and three different levels of debt with four different lenders.  It was undertaken during the time of the great downsizing of the aerospace industry in Southern California.  Eleven years later, the business was sold, again a difficult transaction.  The result for the owners was a good return, not a great return. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
On January 1, 1985, I became a shareholder in my law firm and on January 21, 1985, I became a father for the first time. What a change in life that time was.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I am only now learning golf, the children are now gone.  I ski a little each year, and I seem to go to a great number of charitable events.

What would surprise people most about you?
That after 30 years in Southern California, my passion is still skiing, not surfing.  I do not do it often, but a little snow cat skiing or a little helicopter skiing can make my year.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I travel and visit members of the ILN in different places in the world; getting to know them fills me with wonder, finding how similar we are and how much we think alike on a number of topics.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
A CEO of an energy efficiency company or an alternate energy company.
If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
No idea today. Thirty years ago, I would have said Robert Redford and recently, I would have said Harrison Ford.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a person who was interested in so many different things. I like to think of myself as an interested and trusted advisor to many entrepreneurs.

ILN-terviews: Santiago Mejia Ortiz, Mejia-Armenteros & Abreu

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Santiago Mejia Ortiz of Mejia-Armenteros & Abreu in the Dominican Republic.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
As a small "family comprised" law firm trying to position itself internationally without losing the small firm approach.

Who would be your typical client?
Individuals and medium sized companies doing business in the Dominican Republic, although we've served big companies as well.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That despite being a young lawyer in a young firm, clients can be sure they'll be getting top class legal services from me and my firm.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I think it was representing a big client in a substantial concession contract with a multinational company in a cross border transaction, because I was the counterpart for very experienced and well-known old lawyers, looking down to me because I was younger than all of them.  It was challenging and rewarding at the same time.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Every time I make my client feel satisfied with the result of my work.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Mostly, I love spending time with my family and especially with my soon-to-be 5 year old son.  Also, I am an Amateur Radio Operator as well.  Ah, I've opened a coffee shop business too!

What would surprise people most about you?
That although I can seem shy sometimes, I tend to have a great sense of humor...(everyone reading this must be thinking "What?! Really?? Wouldn't think so!").

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Without any doubt, my first meeting in the Bahamas presenting our firm!  And the immediate acceptance and friendship I've received from everybody, making me feel welcome right away. Regional and Annual Meetings are such a great experience - in each of them I've been given the chance to know great people and really initiate friendships that hopefully will remain. 

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Maybe an entrepreneur or an industrial engineer.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
If it was my call...Al Pacino. But probably the casting crew will pick Jim Carrey.

How would you like to be remembered?
By everybody: as an honest man with a good heart and a good sense of humor. By my family: as a worthy role model.

ILN-terviews: Scott Guan, Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Scott Guan of Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers in Shanghai.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
An international practice with a focus on cross-border business transactions.

Who would be your typical client?
International companies and entrepreneurs doing business in China and/or with Chinese partners, and Chinese companies and entrepreneurs doing business outside of China and/or with foreign partners.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am a devoted transactional lawyer, who is a bi-lingual, bi-legal, and bi-cultural deal maker.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
To assist foreign clients in understanding and navigating through the legal system and business environment in China.  The fundamentals of business transactions are all similar in different places around the world, but the ways that they are presented and understood can be very different.  A truly effective and efficient legal advisor must be able to thoroughly understand the needs and challenges of their clients and act not only as their legal advisor, but also as their business partner and cultural consultant. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When a deal is closed and a sustainable win-win situation is created.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Playing soccer with friends and now with my 5-year-old son as well.

What would surprise people most about you?
My personal experience of growing up with China in a rather dramatic way...China has changed so rapidly over the past 30 years and so have been our lives.  When I was in high school 20 years ago, I was on a boarding program.  All my expenses at the time paid by my parents were RMB70 (US$11 approximately) per month. Now, an ILN conference can easily cost much more for just 3 or 4 days.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Visiting ILN member firms and making friends around the world.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Part-time professor & freelance literature translator & part-time government think-tank consultant.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
This person has not been born or made known to me yet.

How would you like to be remembered?
A proud Chinese, where the East meets the West.

ILN-terviews: Philip Dimitriou, D. & F. Dimitriou Law Firm

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Philip Dimitriou of D. & F. Dimitriou Law Firm in Athens, Greece. Philip and his colleagues at the firm recently hosted the 2009 European Regional Meeting in Athens, but his ILN-terview still gives undiscovered insights into who he is.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Versatile and...addictive!

Who would be your typical client?
Small and medium sized businesses.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That no matter the issue to be resolved, they are dealing with a highly trustworthy, flexible and efficient law firm.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My very first case as an attorney - which is still the biggest case I have ever handled!  It started as a complex inheritance issue and ended up being an all-inclusive tough litigation issue, involving four countries, over 25 different lawsuits with even more trials, all types of law, a few deaths in between...and some parts still go on.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I solved, in an amazing way, a complex corporate case in two months, when a previous (bigger) law firm couldn't do it for five years.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Studying law!

What would surprise people most about you?
 The fact that, using imagination and a non-ordinary way of approaching the case, you can end up "getting the job done" efficiently.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Our gala dinner in the Madame Tussauds' waxworks attraction in 2004. I have a great photo of the ILN team in my office since, only to discover a few months ago...a very funny scene in the background (no more comments)!

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Can't remember anymore!

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Robert De Niro maybe?

How would you like to be remembered?
As a guy that did something good for this world.

ILN-terviews: Antonello Corrado, Corrado Ferrari Mainieri Pedeferri e soci Law Firm

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Antonello Corrado of Corrado Ferrari Mainieri Pedeferri e soci Law Firm in Italy.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Thirty years of practice and few boring days.

Who would be your typical client?
Medium and large corporations, 50% Italian and 50% international.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That with me, they will always find a dedicated team of lawyers and staff sharing friendship and mutual understanding, and having a pleasure working together.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Many years ago, my first assistance as the client partner for a US multinational company in the acquisition of an Italian company.  It makes a lot of difference to be the first or second pilot, especially if you want to have a safe flight, a soft landing, and be retained as the Italian pilot for the client in the future. 

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When we incorporated our new law firm in 2005, in partnership with colleagues with whom we had been sharing 10-15 years of practice in other law firms.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Often sailing and rowing, for fun and for competitions.

What would surprise people most about you?
My teaching activity for the education of lawyers and judges, in under-developed and developing countries. In 1992, I was one of the first Italian instructors in Albania after the fall of the communist regime in 1990.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The contribution given by our firm to the European Meeting in Rome in 2008.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Explorer/teacher

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Marcello Mastroianni

How would you like to be remembered?
For my capability to contribute to the growth of the team spirit of lawyers and staff that form a law firm.

ILN-terviews: Luis Lavalle Moreno, Martínez, Algaba, De Haro, Curiel & Galván-Duque, S.C.

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Luis Lavalle Moreno of Martínez, Algaba, De Haro, Curiel & Galván-Duque, S.C. in Mexico. Luis has been a valuable member of the ILN for many years, and embodies not only the excellence that the ILN requires of its members, but also the spirit of friendship that bonds the Network together.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are a medium size law firm (in terms of Mexican size), providing litigation and corporate services for our clients.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical client ranges from a major bank or insurance company or a high tier company to an individual or medium size company searching for high quality legal services for ordinary or complex transactions.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are one of the few law firms in Mexico combining litigation and consultation services, giving our clients a unique service in terms of quality and attention.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
One of the most challenging cases probably was advising Citibank (together with several other members of the firm) in the acquisition of Banamex.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There isn't a particular one, but my proudest moments as a lawyer are when clients and counterparts publicly acknowledge and recognize our job in closing dinners or parties of closed transactions.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I try to spend time with my family or also I try to play golf with friends or do exercise.

What would surprise people most about you?
I have no idea what would surprise people about me...

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There is not one memorable ILN experience, but a conjunction of several moments.  For me, it is the particular group that has been formed and the relationship you have with each and all the members, which is particularly enriched through the meetings organized (trips).  This relationship goes beyond referrals or meeting colleagues - it is a true friendship.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
If I wasn't a lawyer, I probably would have become an oceanographer or a doctor.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Robert De Niro

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone trying to do good on each and all of the activities performed.

ILN-terviews: Jack Pruellage, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.

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Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.


For our latest interview, we chose longtime ILN member, Jack Pruellage of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. Jack is a tireless proponent of the ILN, an excellent lawyer, and valuable member of our Network, so he was a natural choice for our next ILN-terview.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Never dull.

Who would be your typical client?
Large corporations.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I try to provide the best legal services in an efficient and economical manner.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My first and only trial for four days representing a habitual criminal (I was appointed by the court) who was caught at a liquor store by police in response to an alarm with a pistol, a bag with all the money from the cash registers and another bag with 40 cartons of cigarettes. He was charged as a habitual criminal with armed robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon. After three hours of deliberation, the jury found the defendant "not guilty."

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
My first and only trial for four days representing a habitual criminal (I was appointed by the court) who was caught at a liquor store by police in response to an alarm with a pistol, a bag with all the money from the cash registers and another bag with 40 cartons of cigarettes. He was charged as a habitual criminal with armed robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon. After three hours of deliberation, the jury found the defendant "not guilty."

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I play golf, hunt, cook and travel.

What would surprise people most about you?
My extensive knowledge of and passion for collecting wine and cooking food.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Australian and Eastern European Conferences and related travel.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Investment banker.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
George Clooney.

How would you like to be remembered?
As an excellent lawyer.

ILN-terviews: Staffan Michelson, Hellstrom

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

Staffan%20Michelson.jpegStaffan Michelson of Hellström in Stockholm, Sweden. Staffan has been a part of the ILN since 1994, and is certainly one of the reasons we're able to say that the ILN is a place "where lawyers become friends."

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Property, Environmental Law and Intellectual Property.

Who would be your typical client?
This question is too difficult; none of my clients or potential clients are typical. They are public companies, medium market companies, small companies, private persons, municipalities, organisations...

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am a senior partner of an excellent firm, Hellström, with lots of excellent lawyers.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My first "real" litigation many years ago. Thrilling and very successful.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I won my first case - just because it made my client so extremely happy.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Reading. Or writing my next book - the recent one was about Water in History of Civilization. Or I play the violin, or the trombone or the banjo with my best friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
Sometimes people become quite surprised to find me in my wife's art gallery close to our summer house, far away from Stockholm City, marketing her paintings, photos and ceramic sculptures. But in fact, there are secrets much more surprising...


What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
My very first ILN conference in Copenhagen discovering, in a few days, the ILN spirit of lawyers making friends.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
May I dream without limits? I think I would have loved to become an author, an architect, a journalist, or a world famous film director.


How would you like to be remembered?
As a good father for my children, as a loved husband, as a lawyer my clients wanted on their side and as somebody who believed in the importance of justice, humor and fellow-feeling.

ILN-terviews: Peter Altieri, Epstein, Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

PA1.jpeg For our second interview, we chose the ILN's new Chairman, Peter Altieri, of Epstein Becker & Green. Peter is a member of the firm's litigation and labor and employment practices, representing clients in a myriad of services. The ILN is very excited to welcome him as our new Chairman and Peter's active participation in the Network over the past eighteen years, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors, has made him uniquely qualified for the role.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Commercial litigation and employment law practice.

Who would be your typical client?
Any firm with significant human capital and sophisticated commercial litigation issues.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I have the ability to quickly understand their business and cost-effectively advise and advocate on their behalf.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Representing an insurance company in a denial of benefits case to a dying woman seeking experimental cancer treatment coverage. Facing her family in court was very difficult.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
No single moment. My career has fortunately been filled with many accomplishments.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Family and sports activities fill my limited spare time.

What would surprise people most about you?
If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise. I like to keep people guessing!

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There have been so many over the 18 years I have been involved. Arriving in La Paz, Bolivia and the Gala Dinner at the Presidential Palace in Prague are certainly among them.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Engineer. It would have been wonderful to try to follow in my father's footsteps and work with him in his highly successful practice.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Kevin Spacey. Talented and somewhat looks the part.

How would you like to be remembered?
As well liked by many. Fortunately, the final chapter of the book hasn't been written yet.

ILN-terviews: Lowell Lifschultz, Epstein Becker & Green

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

LSL1.jpeg Our first interview subject was an easy choice - Lowell Lifschultz is the head of the Corporate & Securities department at Epstein, Becker & Green. Twenty-one years ago, he founded the International Lawyers Network, and has since served as its Chairman before recently stepping down at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As Chairman and Founder, Lowell is the backbone and lifeblood of the organization and has molded it to become not only a distinguished group of professionals, but also a close-knit group that feels more like a family.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
It's a corporate business practice.


Who would be your typical client?
There is no typical client, but mostly middle market companies, venture capital firms, or a small public company.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we will always first work to understand the business problem we need to get resolved. And be able to translate the resolution to that problem back to the client.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
It's my job to focus on my clients' interests and understand what the other party is trying to accomplish. The most difficult situation arises when the lawyers and/or person across the table doesn't understand what's in their own best interest.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Whenever we have successfully represented any company that performs a public good.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Have fun with children and grandchildren, sports, reading, other businesses, and certainly spending time with my wife of 41 years.

What would surprise people most about you?
My wife would say that I'm not quite as easygoing as I sometimes appear.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There is no single event - it is the relationships and friendships built up over twenty years of contact; family and friends, all knowing each other from different backgrounds, different continents, and different places.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
If I had the talent, professional basketball.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Who else but Gregory Peck?

How would you like to be remembered?
For a long time.