Chairman/Partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP
Years in current role: 30-plus
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working with great colleagues, with clients who often become close friends, on projects that make our World a better place to live, whether through the development of new therapeutics, green energy solutions, etc.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Our evolutionary heritage and modern technology don’t always mesh smoothly. We communicate better in person than over a computer screen. Working to stay connected in meaningful ways has been challenging. In addition, social isolation has reduced the occasion of serendipitous conversations that lead to unexpected opportunities.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
I think lawyers, in general, have focused on keeping up with legal developments and less time keeping up with technology developments. Clients increasingly expect service providers to be technologically savvy and efficient. So I expect lawyers will be challenged to increasingly integrate technology into their service offerings.
What advice would you give law students who are graduating this year?
Spend time learning from everyone they can, whether from books (old and new), local continuing educational programs (legal and non-legal in content), etc. Integrating ideas and developments from other disciplines will create unexpected opportunities over time.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
Reconnecting with family and friends — in person!