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. 

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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.