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ILN-terviews: Carole Barrett, Howard Rice

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.