Author Archives: Lindsay Griffiths

Happy 7th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

photo-1451653500993-04a9a6368221Although it’s officially tomorrow, I thought I’d use today to mark Zen & the Art of Legal Networking’s SEVENTH “blogiversary.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I started blogging, and even more, that I’m still enjoying it. Here’s a roundup of the anniversary posts that I’ve done:

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Stay Open & Enjoy the Moments: How High School Lessons Apply to Lawyers


After eighteen years, tomorrow marks the first time I’m going back to high school.

Sure, I was in the gym for my sisters’ graduations, but other than that I haven’t actually been back in the building since the day I graduated and headed out into the world, a fresh-faced eighteen-year-old, excited for the next phase in my life. A friend of mine who is now a guidance counselor at the school asked me to sit on a panel of graduates to talk about my life since graduation, and how attending IHA (Immaculate Heart Academy) prepared me for college and the workforce.  We’re speaking to a group of sophomores who are in a special program because of their top scores on the high school entrance exams, and although we’ve each been given five minutes to cram our entire post-graduate lives into a snapshot, all I keep thinking about is “What do I really want to communicate to these girls?”

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Week of February 15, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’ve got a big roundup for you this week, covering everything from Monkey selfies to the Zika virus. See what our lawyers around the world have to say in this week’s top posts from ILNToday:

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Superbowl Commercials – The Ugly of 2016

What good would looking at commercials from Super Bowl 50 be without looking at the worst of the worst? That’s right, today’s post is all about the UGLY commercials of 2016. And boy, did we have some ugly ones.

While this ad still managed to get some good press and actually (if you can believe it) immediately started trending when it aired during the game, for me, this commercial was the WORST of this year’s crop: 

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Lifeblood of Your Rainmaking

We’re back with another Rainmaking Recommendation from rainmaking expert and coach, Jaimie Field, who is talking about something that’s near and dear to the hearts of everyone in my Network – referrals.


Did you know there is one sure-fire, really easy, totally free way to grow your book of business?


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Two Places to Find Inspiration for Your Blog Content

photo-1417024321782-1375735f8987It’s not always easy to find content inspiration.

We’ve talked about a few different ways you can stay up to date on the hot topics of the day, and find inspiration for your next post, but some days, it will be a struggle and you know that you need to find something to get your creative juices flowing. Earlier today, I was reading a piece on 5 Unexpected Places to Find Inspiration for Your Blog Content. These were pretty far out of the box, and I could just picture the faces of my own lawyers if I tried to suggest any of them find inspiration in a stock photo site for their next post.

But it did get me thinking about two places lawyers CAN find inspiration for their next post – they’re not unexpected, but you will find them legitimate, I promise. 

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ILN Firm of the Month – Robinson Sheppard Shapiro – Montreal, Canada!


February/March 2016

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Robinson Sheppard Shapiro (RSS) – Montreal, Canada!

Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, a mid-size firm steeped in tradition, is located in Montreal, a city rooted in a rich cultural heritage with a unique civil law system. Founded in 1921, their firm has a long history of providing global and in depth legal advice and services in transactions and judicial proceedings alike.

Their firm’s 80 bilingual attorneys offer comprehensive multidisciplinary expertise to their diverse local, national and international clientele. The attorneys in their Insurance Law practice group and Business Law practice group (including their mergers and acquisitions, tax, finance, real estate, transportation, employment, IP and commercial litigation groups) are recognized leaders in their fields. They bring extensive knowledge, skill sets and high level strategic thinking to all legal and business matters. RSS is also home to one of Montreal’s largest and most respected Family Law practice groups. Their attorneys have been consistently recognized by peer – rating publications as being amongst Canada’s best. Their approach across all practice groups is rooted in a strong belief that valued and valuable legal counsel demands a disciplined practice of uncompromising integrity, high efficiency, practical counsel and superior expertise.

Their firm offers a blend of 21st century amenities such as a dedicated conference centre with multifunctional boardrooms and state of the art technology, uniquely balanced with a strong commitment to and sensibility towards maintaining cost-effective services, where personal relationships, a deep appreciation of and interest in their clients’ needs and global business trends, is a cornerstone of their philosophy. Being large enough to generate economies of scale, and small enough to be able to easily adapt to the ever changing business and economic needs of their clients and to deliver efficient personal services, RSS continues to deliver on its century old tradition of high quality service in all respects.

Recent Developments
Herb Pinchuk, Chair of the Business Law Practice Group, points out the steady and focused growth of the firm. “Over the past 12 months, we have engaged 15 new attorneys”. Those include:

  • Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., one of the country’s leading estates and trusts practitioners;
  • Julie Forest, labour and employment law, with expertise in entertainment law, litigation and arbitration;
  • Pierre Brossoit, construction and real estate litigation;
  • Benoît G. Bourgon, with over 35 years’ experience in litigation, with special emphasis on insurance defense matters.

Recent Matters in which the Firm was Involved
A small sample of the firm’s recent legal representation includes:

  • Counsel to a major Canadian fast food chain seeking to obtain an order of mandamus against a municipality;
  • Completion of a large number of leasing transactions involving facilities for food, restaurant, jewellery and clothing establishments and large commercial premises;
  • Continued representation of the interests of a Quebec-based real estate developer named as Master Developer of a large multi-use development project in New Haven, Connecticut;
  • Counsel to an insurer in a tobacco litigation class action suit that resulted in a $15-billion award;
  • Counsel in the $450M class action suit that followed the Lac Mégantic train derailment;
  •  Representation of the self-insured law societies (attorneys and notaries in Quebec) in the defense of malpractice cases;
  • Counsel in one of the most significant local investor fraud cases of the past decades;
  • Represented a large Quebec-based soft goods manufacturer and importer in its acquisition and restructuring of several manufacturing entities under receivership;
  • Represented the principal defendants in a province-wide product liability case;
  • Represented a beneficiary in a multi-jurisdictional international estate dispute;
  • Performed a major reorganization of an international manufacturer and distributor of health care products;
  • Represented various buyers in their acquisition and financing of large mixed use commercial complexes and industrial properties.

Herb points out that while the firm’s national and international client base continues to grow, it is deeply entrenched in the local Quebec economy, where its reputation as a first-rate, mid sized law firm is impeccable.

He is also quick to acknowledge the firm’s very beneficial, long-standing relationship with the ILN. The Network has allowed RSS attorneys to work with ILN members on many of challenging matters with a Quebec/Canadian connection and in the process, to develop some very meaningful global relationships and friendships. “The firm’s link with the ILN has been very rewarding and mutually beneficial with both inbound and outbound referrals.”

Main Contacts at Robinson Sheppard Shapiro and More…

Learn More…

Full descriptions of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro’s services, expertise, and lawyer profiles
are available on their ILN profile.

Barry Shapiro

Barry Shapiro


Telephone: +1 (514) 393-4021

Practice Groups: Trusts, Estates

Herb Pinchuk

Herbert Pinchuk


Telephone: +1 (514) 393-4023

Practice Groups: Business

Alan Griffiths ILN Executive Director, Alan Griffiths says…

“Robinson Sheppard Shapiro values professional excellence, high quality service, and solutions-oriented advocacy, and those values come through clearly in their work and commitment as ILN members.”

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Week of February 8, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s been a full week of posts here at Zen, with our look back at the Super Bowl commercials from 2016. We’ve got one more commercials post next week – The Ugly – and while we’ve been busy looking at what advertising can teach us about legal marketing, our lawyers have been busy bringing us great substantive legal content on ILNToday. Here’s a look back at this week’s top posts in your roundup: 

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Superbowl Commercials – The Bad of 2016

We’ve seen the great commercials from 2016, and we’ve seen the pretty good ones, but now it’s time to get into the fun stuff – the bad commercials from Super Bowl 2016.

There are five strong candidates for “bad” commercials this year, because we had such strong contenders for the “ugly” category – but we’ll get to those next week. I’m sure you can guess what they are. With so many mediocre commercials this year, the biggest issue is that many of the spots were just flat out forgettable. I took notes on every commercials, and for the most part, it was the name of the spot, followed by “eh.” As I said on Monday, if you’re spending Super Bowl-sized money on your advertising spots, you should be spending Super Bowl sized money on the advertising itself – and that means at least evoking *some* reaction from the viewing public.

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Super Bowl Commercials – The Good of 2016

On Monday, we discussed what I saw as the “best” of this year’s crop of Super Bowl commercials (which my sister tells me is two words – “Super Bowl”), and although the general consensus seemed to be that most of the commercials this year were mediocre, we did find some to love. A few people even privately asked me why other commercials weren’t included on that list (and they’re included on today’s), so there were more than those eight mentioned that hit as favorites.

Today, we’ll look at the ones that made my “good” list for 2016; surprisingly, there were more on here than I thought. I worked to narrow it down to five, with a few honorable mentions, and I had trouble knocking some off the list. So see what you ultimately think of this list, and whether there are some that you were fond of that I missed altogether.

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