ILN-terviews: Philip Dimitriou, D. & F. Dimitriou 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, Philip Dimitriou of D. & F. Dimitriou Law Firm in Athens, Greece. Philip and his colleagues at the firm recently hosted the 2009 European Regional Meeting in Athens, but his ILN-terview still gives undiscovered insights into who he is.
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Who would be your typical client?
Small and medium sized businesses.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That no matter the issue to be resolved, they are dealing with a highly trustworthy, flexible and efficient law firm.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My very first case as an attorney - which is still the biggest case I have ever handled! It started as a complex inheritance issue and ended up being an all-inclusive tough litigation issue, involving four countries, over 25 different lawsuits with even more trials, all types of law, a few deaths in between...and some parts still go on.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I solved, in an amazing way, a complex corporate case in two months, when a previous (bigger) law firm couldn't do it for five years.
What do you do when you're not practicing law?
What would surprise people most about you?
The fact that, using imagination and a non-ordinary way of approaching the case, you can end up "getting the job done" efficiently.
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Our gala dinner in the Madame Tussauds' waxworks attraction in 2004. I have a great photo of the ILN team in my office since, only to discover a few months ago...a very funny scene in the background (no more comments)!
What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Can't remember anymore!
If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Robert De Niro maybe?
How would you like to be remembered?
As a guy that did something good for this world.
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