Author Archives: Lindsay Griffiths

Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Gratitude as a Business Strategy

Today’s post is a rainmaking recommendation from Jaimie Field, who is bringing us a seasonally appropriate suggestion for using gratitude as a business strategy!


Next week is Thanksgiving and I have been thinking about the things I am most grateful for this year.

If you read the last Rainmaking Recommendation, you will know that it really hasn’t been a great year for me, but I am truly grateful that things are turning around and doing so quicker than I ever thought possible. More importantly, I am thankful for the family, friends, colleagues and clients who have stuck by me this year.

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ILN Firm of the Month – PETERKA & PARTNERS, Czech Republic, Romania & Slovakia!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, PETERKA & PARTNERS, Czech Republic, Romania & Slovakia!

PETERKA & PARTNERS is a leading independent full-service business law practice with a special commitment to Central and Eastern Europe.

Operating 9 wholly owned offices across the region in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Hungary, the firm is seamlessly integrated and provides clients from different industry sectors with a pan regional service and a single point of contact, maintaining a broad vision for all their regional assignments.

A pioneer among Central and Eastern European law firms in expanding abroad, the firm pools its own entrepreneurial experience and authentic business know-how to offer special added value to clients looking to set up and expand in the Region or to develop their operations in several countries.


Full descriptions of PETERKA & PARTNERS’ services, expertise, and lawyer profiles are available on their ILN profile.

PETERKA & PARTNERS – Czech Republic

C.K. Kwong
Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova
Telephone: +420 246 085 300
Practice Groups: Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate; Commercial Law; Bankruptcy; Labour Law; Administrative Law
Ondrej Dusek
Telephone: +420 246 085 300
Practice Groups: Real Estate, Commercial Law, Labour Law and Bankruptcy Law


C.K. Kwong
Cosmina Romelia Aron
Telephone: +40 21 310 48 82
Practice Groups: General Commercial Law, Corporate, Real Estate, Construction and Development, Taxation
Alina Radu
Telephone: +40 21 310 48 82
Practice Groups: Corporate, Mergers and acquisitions, Public procurement, Taxation and Tax disputes


C.K. Kwong
Jan Makara
Telephone: +421 2 544 18 700
Practice Groups: Mergers and Acquisitions, Real estate, Construction and Development, Corporate, Labour Law
Kristina Nankova
Telephone: +421 2 544 18 700
Practice Groups: General Commercial Law, Corporate, Labour Law, Personal Data Protection, Real Estate, construction ad development, Compliance
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ILN-terviews: Andrey Zelenin, Lidings Law Firm

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, Andrey Zelenin of Lidings Law Firm in Moscow, Russia.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Advising business in Russia on all aspects of the Russian law.

Who would be your typical client?
Russian and international companies primarily from such industries as pharmaceuticals and healthcare, IT&Electronics and FMCG.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I’m down-to-earth, responsible, optimistic and go above and beyond to get the results.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
As of now, the most exciting case I had was an international insolvency matter, where we went up to the Supreme Court to recognize (first time ever in Russia!) a Northern Ireland Court Decision.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Passing the Bar exam. The legal profession in Russia currently undergoes a major reform and I had to do that quite recently – in 2014. Apart from taking it as a personal challenge it was important for me that my colleagues at the firm have been encouraged by my example following in my footsteps successfully passing the Bar exam

What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I’m doing homework with my five children.

What would surprise people most about you?
My family background generally. That I was born and spent my childhood in the Middle East, where my father worked as a journalist, and that I have quite remarkable ancestors – famous Russian actress Maria Ermolova and an advocate, member of State Duma (parliament) of the Russian Empire Nikolay Schubinskiy (my 3rd great-grandparents, both lived at the end of the XIX century). And that I am 34 years old and have five kids: two daughters, 12 and 2 years old, and three sons, 10, 8 and 6.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I adore travelling by car. In 2015 we took a car ride to Sicily for the ILN Annual Meeting. Not from Moscow, though, but from Rome. And of course I also couldn’t miss the Trabant tour in Hungary last year. That was really remarkable.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
I planned to take historical studies in University, but never thought of a particular alternative career. A teacher maybe?

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Let it be a cartoon instead.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone taking care of other’s interests first.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: 10 Tips to Avoid Lawyer Burnout

This morning, I’m bringing you another guest post – this one from longtime contributor to Zen, Jaimie Field. She’s taken a little hiatus from writing, and is jumping back into blogging and her work to fill you in and offer you some tips on an important topic in our industry, how to avoid burnout.

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Modern Succession Planning: Sustainability is in the “Heir”

I’m excited to bring you a guest post today from Wendy Merrill, who classifies herself as the Chief Rainmaker, Dot-Connector, and Growth Engineer at StrategyHorse Consulting Group. Wendy reached out to me a couple of months ago on LinkedIn, and when we talked on the phone, we connected right away, so I’m sure you will all find her to be as smart and forward-thinking as I do. In her post, she’s jumping into a sensitive topic that many of us tiptoe around in legal, but should be tackling head-on, that of succession planning.

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Book Review: The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers

For those of you who’ve been regular readers of Zen, you may know that I’m a fan of social media marketing for lawyers. Last year, Anthony Marrone, II, Esq. sent me a copy of his book, The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers, and I really should have gotten around to reading it before now. Whether you consider yourself a social media maven, or you’re still wondering what “the twitter” is, this book will offer you some valuable insights into how to successfully and effectively market your practice using some of the newest tools available. Obviously, since it took me a year to read it, there are a few updates that have come out since then that Marrone hasn’t covered, but for the most part, all of his recommendations and advice still holds true. 

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Driving Collaboration: Beyond the Traditional Referral for Mid-Sized Firms

Most of us are familiar with a typical referral – a lawyer that you’ve built up a relationship with who has need of your practice expertise or a client with work in your jurisdiction will call you up and ask for your assistance. At times, they will pass your name directly to their client to contact you directly. In either scenario, it is a one-to-one relationship from one party to another.

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“Metrics” is Not a Dirty Word

You’ve probably heard a lot of chatter about “big data,” “data,” “metrics,” and other buzzwords, which can sound like a lot of fancy talk about things you can’t be bothered with (Spoiler alert: in general, it’s not).

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Practical Steps for Undertaking Change in Legal

Change can be intimidating.

Whether you find it exciting or not, even those of us who are the most adept at it can find it daunting and exhausting. In the legal industry, where change is historically slow, when it happens at all, it can be even more overwhelming. We hear an awful lot about it, but it can be challenging to know where to start.

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ILN Firm of the Month – A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm, Greece!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm, Greece!
The firm, founded in Athens in 1955 by Agis Metaxopoulos, was known as A. Metaxopoulos Law Offices until 2005 when it took its current form. From the very outset A. Metaxopoulos Law Offices began to grow and soon became established as one of the most highly specialised law firms in Greece in matters of Intellectual and Industrial Property, Entertainment, Advertising and Mass Media law. Since 2000 the firm has grown and is considered (by expert publications in these fields) as one of the leading practices in Greece in the areas of: Litigation & Arbitration, Media & Entertainment law, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Taxation, Civil law, Real property, Competition law. The firm is also active in the fields of White Collar Crime, International Arbitration, Assets Recovery, Civil Law, Public Procurement, Mergers and Acquisitions.
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