Budding Time-Machine Builders: Your Efforts will be Wasted on Rakesh Gopalan
Discovery with Rakesh Gopalan
Published in 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine
on January 22, 2020
Updated on January 23, 2020
I can’t go a day without … playing my guitar. My go-to song to doodle on is “Fade to Black” by Metallica.
If you were in my office, you’d … be surprised how paperless it is.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … practicality and a measure of emotional detachment. While it is good to advocate passionately for your client, it becomes draining to deal with lawyers who take things too personally.
When I started, I wish I knew … how important it is to recognize that there are many different work styles and habits that are successful.
On weekends I … focus on my wife and two kids, as quality time on weekdays is rare.
The talent I wish I had is … to play piano.
On my best day I … land a new client, keep existing clients happy, workout, see my family, and pick at my guitar for at least 5 minutes.
On my worst day I … feel way too behind, do not get any exercise, and come home after my kids are asleep.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Succession on HBO.
If I had a time machine I’d … completely waste it. The idea of having to re-establish relationships and knowledge sounds horrifying.
The most annoying thing about my job is … when our instant-response culture takes precedence over meaningful and more fulsome reactions.
The most misunderstood part of my practice area is … how creative you have to be—not all clients are the same, and what they want out of a particular transaction may be something entirely new.
I am inspired by … meaningful diversity initiatives, particularly those that are less theoretical and more business-oriented.
I’d most like to clink glasses with … James Hetfield, lead singer/songwriter of Metallica, my favorite band. It’d probably have to be a lime LaCroix, though, because he’s mostly sober.
My favorite podcast is … Pod Save America.