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 Conway of our member firm Connolly Gallagher LLP in Delaware, USA.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I close M&A deals, negotiate commercial agreements and provide Delaware law advice for local, national and international companies.

Who would be your typical client? 
My clients are of two main varieties. One being small local companies, to whom I provide soup to nuts services as an outside general counsel. The other being national and international companies who are formed (or have subsidiaries) in Delaware, to whom I provide advice on Delaware law issues and structure corporate transactions such as reorganizations, mergers and sales of assets.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you? 
I was a finance major in school, and am a former in-house general counsel. So I bring a practical business perspective to negotiations that some law firm lawyers are lacking.

What has been your most challenging case? Why? 
A few years back, I negotiated and coordinated a client’s simultaneous purchases of a public company and a separate private company. It was like herding really complicated cats.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer? 
At any given time, my proudest moment is the closing of my then-most-recent M&A deal, and the smile on my client’s face when the long-awaited payday arrives.

What do you do when you’re not practicing law? 
I have a 4 year-old son. So I’ve had to cut back on my past hiking adventures like the Inca Trail. But sometimes keeping up with my son seems harder than I remember the Inca Trail being.

What would surprise people most about you?
My wife is Persian, my son speaks Farsi fluently, and one of my favorite trips was to Iran.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Our firm is new to ILN, so there aren’t a lot of experiences to choose from. I did enjoy contributing to the U.S. chapter of ILN’s publication “Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide”.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
My mom isn’t too fond of lawyers, and encouraged me to be a stand-up comic instead of going to law school. So maybe that.

If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you? 
Idris Elba. He is a really good actor. I think he could pull it off.

How would you like to be remembered? 
Fondly, and with a smile.

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles recruitment, member retention, and a high level of service to members. She is engaged in the legal industry to stay on top of trends, both in law firms and law firm networks.

In her role as Executive Director, she develops and facilitates relationships among ILN member firm lawyers at 90+ law firms in 67 countries, and seeks opportunities for member firms to build business and relationships, while ensuring member participation in Network events and initiatives. These initiatives include facilitating referrals, the management and execution of the marketing and business development strategy for the Network, which encompasses all communications, push-down efforts, and marketing partnerships, providing support and guidance to the chairs and group leaders for the ILN’s thirteen practice and industry specialty groups, the ILN’s women’s initiative, the ILN’s mentorship program, the management and execution of all ILN conferences, and more.

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During her previous tenure as Director of Global Relationship Management, the ILN has been shortlisted as a Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer for 2016 and 2017, and included as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network since 2011. 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 recently included in Clio’s list for “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 for 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.