Before entering Room 709 , Benjamin Robinson
stops a few seconds to admire the sign «Robinson Shapiro» recently placed on the glass door.He
greets the receptionist and walks past her
to meet his
new partner , Joseph Shapiro.
Four or five years younger , also from a large family of eight children , Joseph has travelled a very different route , certainly not one destined to cross that of Benjamin
The son of Benjamin Robinson
has always worked , like his
father , in Commercial matters and in Real Estate Law , and has also developed the fine instricts of a pleader in important litigation files.He
recounts several anecdotes about the firm which he
joined immediately after university in 1953.However , it was as a student that he first worked at Robinson Shapiro
.He was assistant receptionist , delivery boy , accounting clerk and court messenger
.No need to add that he
knows all of the inner workings of the firm.He
also loves to say that his
father was a tough and demanding judge , but eminently fair.The portrait of Benjamin hangs with pride in his
would be very proud to know what has become of Robinson Shapiro.
In the Boeing
that brings him towards Paris where he
will soon meet his
European clients , Charles Flam , Managing Partner of RSS , reviews the latest budgets of the firm remitted to him by the General Manager , Jacques Bisson.To manage a firm of more than forty lawyers and to devote the time required to handle important commercial litigation files necessitates serious planning.Happily , he
can count on a Management Committee comprised of two other partners , Barry Shapiro and Yves Cousineau , as well as on the General Manager.
Quite a transformation since he
joined the firm in the 1960's.This year again , he
says , the firm will continue to invest massively in new technology , not simply because it is fashionable , but to allow the firm to provide high-quality services at a reasonable cost.
and Joe together descend the stairs of 120 St- James West.