Secret Lawyer

Vol. 42 No. 6


Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years.

In her first career, Anna Gil was an academic research scientist specializing in molecular biology. She later decided to apply her science background to the legal profession, graduating from George Washington University Law School and practicing patent law for a Washington, D.C., law firm. A few years later, she moved to California, serving as a patent attorney at several prominent law firms. Eventually, Gil moved in-house at pharmaceutical and biotech companies, finally joining biotech powerhouse Genentech.

While working at Genentech, Gil struggled to find care for her basset hound, Truman, for those times when she worked late or was out of town. Specifically, she wanted dog care with a human on site at night to ensure dogs would be rescued during a fire, earthquake, or medical problem. She also wanted a place where dogs could roam in an open play area rather than being kept in crates. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, Gil contemplated opening her own doggie day care business.

“I’ve never been one to stay in one career,” Gil explained. “I like traveling, experiencing different cultures, learning new skills.” That said, she wasn’t quite ready to leave Genentech; yet a perfect property became available and she realized she couldn’t pass it up. “I enjoyed my work and my colleagues were sharp. Leaving law was a little premature, but the opportunity was there.”

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