John P. Desmond: Gordon Silver

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What do you like most and least about your industry?

My favorite part of our industry is being creative in trying to help solve problems for businesses that find themselves in a dispute. Litigation is very stressful and time consuming for businesses and getting problems resolved quickly is almost always in everyone’s best interest. My least favorite thing about our industry is that we are unable to meet the critical needs of many people who cannot afford legal services.

Where is the greatest demand for legal services?

Intellectual property and health care.

What is the most overlooked legal issue for businesses?

Many businesses do not consult a lawyer until they are faced with a lawsuit. Many problems could be avoided if businesses consulted with an attorney and sought advice before the dispute turns into a lawsuit.

What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry?

Be dogged, determined and persistent and do not forget that integrity is paramount.