Our first interview subject was an easy choice – Lowell Lifschultz is the head of the Corporate & Securities department at Epstein, Becker & Green. Twenty-one years ago, he founded the International Lawyers Network, and has since served as its Chairman before recently stepping down at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As Chairman and Founder, Lowell is the backbone and lifeblood of the organization and has molded it to become not only a distinguished group of professionals, but also a close-knit group that feels more like a family.
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
It’s a corporate business practice.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we will always first work to understand the business problem we need to get resolved. And be able to translate the resolution to that problem back to the client.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
It’s my job to focus on my clients’ interests and understand what the other party is trying to accomplish. The most difficult situation arises when the lawyers and/or person across the table doesn’t understand what’s in their own best interest.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Whenever we have successfully represented any company that performs a public good.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Have fun with children and grandchildren, sports, reading, other businesses, and certainly spending time with my wife of 41 years.
What would surprise people most about you?
My wife would say that I’m not quite as easygoing as I sometimes appear.
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There is no single event – it is the relationships and friendships built up over twenty years of contact; family and friends, all knowing each other from different backgrounds, different continents, and different places.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
If I had the talent, professional basketball.
If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Who else but Gregory Peck?
How would you like to be remembered?
For a long time.