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.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 

That we are a team of reliable, hardworking professionals offering high-quality specialised services focusing on the particular needs of each client. We always work in groups, thus making sure that there is always someone having knowledge of the case ready to serve the client. In all cases, one of the firm’s partners is involved personally and is responsible for the file.

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
In recent years that would be a case widely known in the UK as “Abela – v- Hammonds Suddards et al” where I was the coordinator and head of the legal strategy on behalf of my client, A. Abela. This case was most challenging because for almost ten years, I was leading an international legal team and was responsible for the coordination and legal strategy on a 150 million Euro international corporate litigation matter, involving legal work in Italy, Lebanon, Romania, UK, France, former Soviet Union countries and Greece, which included representation before Civil and Penal Courts not only in Greece, but also in France, Italy, UK and Romania in cooperation with local practitioners.

The outcome of those proceedings was, to say the least, satisfactory. Among other things, the client had filed a claim against Hammonds for serious breaches and whilst the case was being heard in Court, a settlement has been reached on the basis of a proposal made by Hammonds.

Before that, back in the ‘90s, I had represented in all proceedings in Greece, but also before the ICC Arbitral Tribunal in Geneva, an International Catering Group in a multimillion USD arbitration (ICC), which resulted in an award against the Greek State (19 million USD) over the privatisation of Olympic Airways’ catering subsidiary in 1989.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
The moment I felt most happy in my professional life was back in the ‘90s when I represented a personal friend in a medical malpractice case (sudden death of a 19th year old girl), where, as a defence lawyer, I managed to have my friend acquitted by the Appeals Court (the only doctor acquitted amongst the accused), after she had been convicted to a 3 year imprisonment by the First Instance Court.

In 2006 I was very much involved with the dairy cartel case and the “neighbouring to it” corruption of the General Secretary of the Greek Competition Committee in 2006, which despite various obstacles personal attacks etc, resulted to the imposition by the Competition Committee of fines exceeding 50 million Euro to those Greek dairy companies that were found involved in the Cartel. Penal Courts have also convicted to jail sentences those accused for state corruption.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
Mainly dealing with my kids, spending time with friends, reading literature and travelling, when possible!

What would surprise people most about you? 
Nothing I guess. My involvement with some major international cases has offered me the chance to be able to easily adapt my self in other jurisdictions and to have a fair understanding of the legal culture of many countries such as Italy, France, Germany and Romania and this has in some occasions, surprised people, but I guess it is mainly because I come from a country with a small legal market. 

What has been your most memorable ILN experience? 
Since our firm has just joined the ILN network, I am certain that the forthcoming ILN Annual conference in Chicago will be my first memorable ILN experience.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer? 
When I was 18 years old, I was hesitating between acting and journalism. I guess journalism would be my second choice, although many of my friends insist that I could have been a good teacher too.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
I guess Monica Bellucci would not be very convincing, so I would go for Al Pacino.

How would you like to be remembered? 
Primarily as a good father to my kids and the leader of a firm that is a point of reference in Greece for its quality and ethics, just like my late father and founder of the firm, a pioneer of Intellectual Property Law in Greece, would have wished. 

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: 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: 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: 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.