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John Gilbert Horn

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Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Years in current role:15

What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?

While I’m certainly better at negotiating new technology platforms to argue motions, conduct hearings, and attend conferences, the most gratifying thing for me has been collaborating under unprecedented pressures with colleagues, clients, courts, and even opposing counsel to solve problems and keep the litigation trains on track.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?

Bringing aboard new colleagues. We have all worked together apart with such unexpected success that I fully expect remote work arrangements to be a widespread fixture of the legal profession henceforth. But there are times when being in the same room is essential, and that is never more true than when we are building relationships with, and teaching, new colleagues. So while figuring out how, when, and why we gather together will be a challenge for our entire profession in the months and years to come, priority must be given to connecting with and supporting those newest to our ranks.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to serve on the boards of numerous community organizations, including Lawyers for Learning, Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, and more recently, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and the Minority Bar Foundation. While they have different missions, what draws me to each of them is their common commitment to challenging the members of our community to lift one another up.