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.

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the goals of a global professional services network. She manages all major aspects of the Network, including recruitment, member retention, and providing exceptional client service to an international membership base.

In her role as Executive Director, Griffiths manages a mix of international programs, engages a diverse global community, and develops an international membership base. She leads the development and successful implementation of major organizational initiatives, manages interpersonal relationships, and possesses executive presence with audiences of internal and external stakeholders. Griffiths excels at project management, organization, and planning, writes and speaks with influence and authority, and works independently while demonstrating flexibility in thinking, especially in challenging situations. She also adapts to diverse and dynamic environments with constant assessment and recalibration.

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In 2021, the ILN was honored as Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards, and in 2016 and 2017, they were shortlisted as Global Law Firm Network of the Year. Since 2011, the Network has been listed as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network, recently increasing this ranking to be included in the top two percent of law firm networks globally, as well as adding two regional rankings. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry and was included in Clio’s list of “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful, and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.