Name: Rory Holland
Company: Russell & DuMoulin
Has held title for: 2 years
Previous title: Cochairman of InterTrans Logistics Solutions Ltd.
Degree: BA in Recreation Administration, University of British Columbia
What kind of people work at the law firm of Russell & DuMoulin? Lawyers, of course — plus Rory Holland, who is Not-a-Lawyer. (It says so on his business card.) Previously, Holland spent four years at a nonprofit, and then started (and sold) his own software company. Now he helps the clients of this 110-year-old Vancouver-based firm to figure out what role lawyers should play in their companies.
How are you different from the 133 lawyers whom you work with?
I don't dress like a lawyer, talk like a lawyer, or keep lawyers' hours.
What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be a lawyer! I believed in truth and justice, but I also figured that I could get rich that way.
How do people react to your card?
They say, great, now I know what you're not! The businesspeople I work with appreciate knowing that I've been in their shoes. They see that they're talking to a like-minded person.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2000 issue of Fast Company magazine.