Q&A: Meet Rick Kathuria, Class of 2016

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Rick KathuriaRick Kathuria is an engineer who has turned his experience in the art and science of project management to the service of the legal profession. Rick, and a determined few professionals like him, introduced the legal world to the type of project management now generally referred to as legal project management — yes, he wrote the book on LPM. Rick’s particular insight was to apply his deep understanding of project management to the law business in a way that suited lawyers and their firms. Rick devised a program that brought his firm to the forefront of those firms offering predictable, structured legal services. He shares this knowledge with hundreds of other change makers around the world.

Rick Kathuria
Director, PMO and Legal Logistics
Gowling WLG
Toronto, Canada

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in a hospital. I was raised in the Toronto area by an Agricultural Engineer and an English teacher. However, I still can’t keep a plant alive or understand Mark Tamminga’s (College Fellow and Gowling WLG partner) big words without the use of a dictionary.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

I love to do things that rhyme with like. Ride a bike. Go on a hike. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to make tennis rhyme, but I like that, too!

What achievement outside of work makes you most proud?

I always wanted to either write a book or run a marathon. My wife is still laughing at the idea of me running a marathon, so I am pretty proud of the book.

Did you choose your career, or did it choose you?

Law chose me. I am an electrical engineer that specialized in telecommunications. I used to design telephones. I ended up in legal quite by accident. But I enjoy what I do, so I keep doing it!

Who was your mentor and what made him or her so influential?

I have had many mentors that made me who I am. My parents always taught me to do my best and be proud of my accomplishments. A previous boss I had in consulting taught me to always prioritize what is important in life and an early mentor told me to remember to look at people through the eyes of someone who cares about them, their father, mother, son or daughter. When you do that, you always will be a kinder person. All these people made me who I am today.

Of the law-related projects or initiatives you’ve worked on in the past year or so, what is the most exciting or shows the most promise?

It is a toss up between artificial intelligence and document automation. Document automation has been around for a while, but I think the market is ripe with opportunities there. We are just scratching the surface of AI and there will be far greater uses for it than we can see right now (and I can see a lot!). I also have to speak fondly of the machines so they will treat me well when they control the world.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your career with the Fellows?

Just that I am proud to be welcomed into a group of such other great people who are changing the legal profession for the better. And I love cheese (really, I do!).

Get to know the rest of the Fellows by visiting the Recent Inductees page and by browsing the Fellows Directory.

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