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The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Ed. note: This is the latest installment of The ATL Interrogatories, a recurring feature that gives notable law firm partners an opportunity to share insights and experiences about the legal profession and careers in law, as well as information about their firms and themselves.

What do Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Facebook have in common? Orin Snyder is their attorney. Orin is a litigation partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Crisis Management Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment, and Technology Practice Group. He is also a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Appellate, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups.

1. What is the greatest challenge to the legal industry over the next five years?

For lawyers to maintain the highest levels of ethical conduct, client service, and public service — and not turn the profession into just another crass business.

2. What has been the biggest positive change to the legal profession since the start of your career?

The diversification of the legal profession in terms of gender, race, and ethnicity.

3. What has been the biggest negative change to the legal profession since the start of your career?

The increased manipulation of the legal system by some to achieve business goals through the deployment of frivolous claims.

4. What is the greatest satisfaction of practicing law?

Helping clients in their greatest times of need.

5. What is the greatest frustration of practicing law?

Meaningless and vexatious discovery disputes that advance nothing of value other than legal fees.

6. What is your firm’s greatest strength?

Our “one-firm” culture that values client service above all else and relentlessly fosters a community of collaboration, civility, and excellence.

7. What is the single most important personal characteristic for a successful lawyer in your field?

The passion to win.

8. What is your favorite legally themed film or television show?

“To Kill A Mockingbird” (affiliate link), the 1962 film based on the Harper Lee novel of the same name.

9. What is your favorite legally themed book (fiction or non-fiction)?

“Crime and Punishment” (affiliate link), by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

10. What would you be if you weren’t a lawyer?

An entrepreneur.