is a successful entrepreneur and the youngest attorney to present a case before
the Canadian Supreme Court. This criminal law expert spends his time working at
his partnership firm Deslauriers and Lemieux, manages the recording artist Diana Roze, has
a bar and a restaurant, and works as a partner for an online payment platform
Furthermore, if all of the aforementioned is not enough, he has spent the last four years working with software developers to create a state-of-the-art payment platform called LUBI. This project allowed him to work with his wife and he compliments her incredible talents for all of the ideas that led to the final product. Christian Deslauriers is additionally a Juris Doctor who finalized his education at the Ottawa University in 2003.
How long have you been in business?
I have been involved with various businesses since the early 2000s. I graduated from law school in Ottawa in 2003 and immediately got involved in some local projects. This, however, was nowhere near the level of complexity that some of my current ventures come with. At first, I was mostly focused on passive income from ventures where I could be a silent partner or just an investor.
After a while, I transitioned into a more active type of participation because I wanted to have the ability to impact important decisions and maximize the likelihood of long-term success. Overall, however, I think that my entire business history is nearing its 20th anniversary. When it comes to the entrepreneurial endeavors where I was taking charge, however, I would only count the last ten years or so.
Are there any unique challenges in your industry?
Absolutely. I doubt that there are industries in the world that do not come with unique challenges. In law, however, the main challenge tends to revolve around long hours that are sometimes necessary. For instance, when someone takes on a big case, their law firm will probably have to employ all of their resources and use maximum effort to represent their client in a positive manner.
Additionally, sometimes the case can be so complex that long hours are needed even when the overall outcome will not be revolutionary. Due to this, a lot of lawyers eventually move into the private sector and start their own law firms. Doing so allows them to set their own hours most of the time and decline work that they do not want to spend innumerable months on.
Do you have any particular challenges that you personally address?
Presently, my main challenge is going through all the cases that come to my desk and only selecting a few that I have time to work on. Although I am incredibly grateful to have such a high level of demand for my services, I sometimes truly wish I had more time for cases that I cannot get to.
Have you ever been to Miami?
Absolutely. It is one of my favorite cities in the United States and I tend to visit at least once a year. Sometimes, I stay for a couple of days and just use the time to relax with my friends. Then again, there were occasions where my wife and I dedicated an entire month to our summer holiday there. It mostly depends on my schedule and the current caseload that I am carrying as well as my wife’s work schedule and any upcoming trips that she might have on our to-do list.
Would you come back?
Of course. To be honest, I will probably make another trip there before this year is over. Generally, I like to save that for the end of the summer because the weather in Florida will still allow for some incredible adventures and swimming in the warm ocean. More importantly, my wife is a huge fan of Miami and enjoys it even more than I do. So, I really have no excuse to not visit as much as possible.
Where do you see yourself or your business in 5 years?
Well, I see a few different scenarios. The first one involves a lot of law work as I will continue to grow my practice and potentially add some more partners. This, of course, is just a forecast that would have to be discussed with my current partner. Another outcome is that I will start spending even more time on my outside ventures and potentially make a shift to the field of entrepreneurship.
This, however, would only happen if the projects that I am working on took off and became mainstream. The reason why is that I would then need my full-time schedule to keep up with all the demands.