Lexis Practice Advisor® - Contributing Authors

Contributing Authors & Firms

Our contributing authors are leading practictioners in their respective transactional practice area.

 
Marc AbramsWillkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Marc Abrams

Firm: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Marc Abrams is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, New York, and is co-chair of the Business Reorganization and Restructuring department. Chambers USA (2012) and Chambers Global (2011) rank him among the leading individuals specializing in bankruptcy/restructuring law in the United States. He has been instrumental on behalf of debtors, acquirers, bondholders and DIP lenders in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in recent history. Mr. Abrams has chaired the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Marc is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy as well as serving on its board of regents, and a member of the International Insolvency Institute. Named among a selected few as “2009 Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his work in the Delphi Corporation restructuring, he also was named among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America in the fifth annual Lawdragon 500 guide. He received the 2011 Professor Lawrence P. King Award in recognition of his achievements in the field of bankruptcy law as well as his leadership in philanthropy. In addition, Marc serves as a contributing editor for Colliers on Bankruptcy.

He was among the honorees at the 2012 IFLR Americas Awards recognized in the category of “Restructuring Deal of the Year” for his lead role in the cross-border (Canada / U.S.) restructuring of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Marc’s international experience includes issues and matters involving the insolvency laws of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the UK, among other nations.

Education
  • Widener University School of Law, JD
  • Villanova University, BA
Experience
  • Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Associations
  • Delaware Bar Association, member
  • New York Bar Association, member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, member
 

Michael Albano is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Albano’s practice focuses on executive compensation and benefits matters, including disclosure, governance, taxation, design and negotiation of agreements and arrangements, as well as the executive compensation and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions; pension investment and ERISA fiduciary matters; private equity compensation; and employment law and related matters.

Mr. Albano is recognized as a leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton LLP
Associations
  • New York Bar Association
 

Mary E. Alcock is counsel based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Ms. Alcock’s practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including design and regulatory compliance. She regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues as well as on disclosure issues relating to compensation matters. Ms. Alcock also counsels financial institutions on the issues arising under pension and tax laws with respect to their many and varied interactions with pension funds.

Ms. Alcock is recognized as a leading employee benefits lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 U.S. Ms. Alcock is a co-author of “Not Just Financial Reform: Dodd-Frank’s Executive Compensation & Governance Requirements” in The Corporate Governance Advisor (Aspen, September/October 2010).

Education
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton LLP
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Terrence R. AllenGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Terrence R. Allen

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Terrence R. Allen, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Orange County, is a member of the firm's Corporate department. His experience in a broad array of corporate transactions encompasses public and private mergers, stock purchases, asset sales and leveraged recapitalizations.

Terrence’s practice also includes representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings, issuers in private placements and venture capital transactions, and investors in purchases of equity and start-up and other private companies.  He has also advised public companies on corporate governance and disclosure issues.

Terrence is the author of Employee Issues Can Loom Large in Sale-of-Business Transactions.  He has been recognized in multiple years as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine.
Education
  • University of Southern California, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, B.A., B.S.
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
 
James E. AndersonWilmerHale

James E. Anderson

Firm: WilmerHale

James Anderson's practice covers the entire range of securities regulation. He advises a wide variety of clients, including investment advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, banks and broker-dealers. Prior to joining the firm he served as a Staff Attorney in the Office of Investment Company Regulation of the Division of Investment Management in the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Anderson is chair of the Investment Management Practice.

Mr. Anderson has advised investment advisers and investment companies in connection with purchase and sale of investment advisers and funds. In addition, he has advised investment advisers and hedge funds about various compliance matters (e.g., the development and implementation of compliance policies and procedures, mock examinations and other comprehensive reviews of compliance systems and procedures, investment adviser registration requirements). He also has represented investment advisers and hedge funds in various examination and enforcement-related inquiries by self-regulatory organizations and the SEC.

Education
  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D.
  • University of Utah, B.A.
Experience
  • WilmerHale
Associations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
 

Jeffrey Ashendorf

Firm: FordHarrison LLP

Jeffrey Ashendorf is a partner at FordHarrison’s New York office, with nearly 40 years of experience as a benefits attorney. He joined FordHarrison in 2008 following twenty-four years with another law firm in New York. Jeff is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group, and advises clients on all types of benefits and compensation matters. His practice focuses primarily on design, drafting and administration of qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements, including those for tax-exempt and governmental employers, as well as equity-based compensation programs such as stock options, restricted stock and similar programs. Jeff advises clients with respect to fringe benefits and welfare benefit plans, including related programs such as cafeteria plans and VEBAs. He also counsels clients on various plan-related and employment-related tax matters, such as application of the employment tax provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and employee-classification issues.

Recent matters have included correction of qualified plan operational errors under the IRS’ Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System as well as fiduciary violations under the Department of Labor’s voluntary fiduciary correction program; negotiation of service agreements with investment advisors and third party administrators on behalf of client plans; assisting in resolution of multiemployer plan withdrawal liability dispute; preparation of severance agreements for departing executives; advising on tax and benefits treatment of employees transferring overseas.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Rutgers College, B.A.
Experience
  • FordHarrison LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 
  • The Bowery Savings Bank 
  • Internal Revenue Service 
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States Tax Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Associations
  • American Bar Association (Section of Labor & Employment Law – Employee Benefits Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association (Tax Section – Committee on Employee Benefits)
  • Nassau County Bar Association
 
Mary Jane AugustineMcCarter &amp; English&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />

Mary Jane Augustine

Firm: McCarter & English, LLP

Mary Jane Augustine of McCarter & English is a veteran construction law practitioner who has worked in the sector for more than 35 years. She has been recognized by Chambers USA every year since 2008 as a construction “Leader in the Field.” As a full-service construction transactional lawyer, Mary Jane provides strategic advice and assists clients in structuring the design and construction portions of complex building projects.  Her clients include project owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, design professionals and end-users.

Mary Jane, who has worked as a contracts consultant to an international project management firm and as corporate counsel to a “signature” architectural firm, in addition to being an attorney in private practice, has acquired a great deal of business and practical  knowledge over the years that has led her to be  recognized as a leading and influential voice among her peers. She is particularly knowledgeable about every aspect of the design and construction process, and she brings that breadth of experience to her clients at every step of the process.

Mary Jane explains alternative project delivery methods and contractual configurations, and how they might be used on a particular project. She also guides her clients through the decision-making process as they determine which contracting strategies will be most advantageous for their projects. Mary Jane then drafts and negotiates design, construction and related contracts reflecting those strategic decisions that both protect the client’s rights and provide a clear roadmap for management of the project.

Mary Jane has formerly served as Managing Partner of McCarter’s New York Office and  Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Construction Practice Group.

Education
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • Emory University, M.B.A.
  • Harvard University, Graduate courses in sustainability
Experience
  • McCarter & English, LLP
Associations
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American Arbitration Association National Panel of Construction Arbitrators
  • LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
 
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Michael Evan Avidon

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Michael Avidon, a partner at Moses & Singer LLP, co-chairs the Banking and Finance Group and the International Trade group. Mike’s practice emphasizes secured and unsecured lending transactions, letter of credit transactions, letter of credit litigation, supply chain finance, and workouts. His clients include money-center banks that often act as administrative agent for a syndicate of lenders, as well as other financial institutions.

Widely recognized for his knowledge of letters of credit and secured transactions, Mike has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as well as Law & Politics' New York Super Lawyers®, and was a leading participant in the revision of UCC Article 5 on Letters of Credit and the preparation of the International Standby Practices (ISP98). He is a charter member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Documentary Credit World, and previously of Letter of Credit Update, and was a member of the Council on International Standby Practices. Mike also participated in drafting Rules of Arbitration for the International Center for Letter of Credit Arbitration, Inc., and he served on the American Bar Association/U.S.C.I.B. Task Force, whose 1990 report led to the UCC Article 5 revision.

Mike writes and speaks frequently on finance and letter of credit-related topics, and actively participates in bar associations and trade groups. Additionally, he’s a past Chair of the Subcommittee on Letters of Credit of the New York State Bar Association's Banking Law Committee.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Brooklyn College, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Moses & Singer, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
 
Vidhya BabuFox, Shjeflo, Hartley &amp; Babu LLP

Vidhya Babu is a partner in Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP. Her practice emphasis includes estate planning, probate, trust administration, trust and probate litigation, business and real estate matters.

Vidhya graduated from Boston University (B.A., cum laude) and Temple University (J.D.). Prior to joining Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu, she was a summer associate at the United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs, in New York City. Vidhya is a member of the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section (formerly known as the Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Section); San Francisco County Bar Association; San Mateo County Bar Association; Silicon Valley Bar Association; and the American Bar Association.

An active member of the community, Vidhya is on the Foster City Lions Board of Directors, a board member of the San Carlos Belmont Mother’s Club, and a regular contributor of articles to various parent club newsletters. In addition to these activities, her pro bono work includes the formation of non-profit corporations and counseling non-profit entities.

In her spare time, Vidhya enjoys participating in book clubs, traveling and spending time with her family.

Education
  • Temple University, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section, member
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Foster City Lions, board of directors
  • San Carlos Belmont Mother’s Club, board member
 

Julie Badel

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Julie Badel is in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Chicago office of Epstein Becker Green. She represents employers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, education, banking, transportation, advertising, insurance, search, and not-for-profit organizations.

Education
  • DePaul University College of Law J.D., 1977
  • Columbia College B.A., 1967
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Finnish American Lawyers Association
 
Oliver S. BajracharyaChristie, Parker &amp; Hale, LLP

Oliver S. Bajracharya

Firm: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

Oliver S. Bajracharya, a partner at Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP, counsels clients with respect to their intellectual property assets―particularly patents―and helps them manage and grow their portfolio. He has worked extensively with domestic and international companies specializing in various areas of technology, including medical devices, consumer electronics, sporting equipment and apparel.

Education
  • Tulane Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Christie, Parker & Hale LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in California and before U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Associations
  • Pasadena Bar Association, president-elect
  • Equitas Academy Charter School, board chair
  • ProVisors
  • American Bar Association
 
Matthew S. BarrMilbank, Tweed, Hadley &amp; McCloy LLP

Matthew S. Barr

Firm: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Matthew Barr, a partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s New York office since 2004, is a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring group.

Matthew has extensive experience in representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases and out-of-court restructurings in the U.S. and internationally. His practice includes representing acquirers and sellers of assets of Chapter 11 debtors and financially distressed companies; representing hedge funds and other financial institutions acquiring controlling positions in financially distressed companies, both in and out of court; and negotiating debtor-in-possession financing and exiting financing facilities.

With a wide range of engagements, including retail, telecommunication, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, energy, automotive, apparel, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, project finance and shipping, Matthew has played a leadership role in these matters, frequently as counsel to the company or official and unofficial committees and large debt or equity holders. He draws upon his broad experience to develop and advise clients on practical solutions and build the consensus required to implement these solutions.

Matthew was recognized in 2007 as one of the Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers by Turnarounds & Workouts, is currently listed in Chambers USA, Lawdragon, Legal 500, and Guide to World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers (Legal Media Group), and has co-authored a chapter in the “Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy: A Collier Monograph,” LexisNexis (2011), a treatise on valuation topics in bankruptcy disputes.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.
Experience
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern & Southern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
Sidley Austin LLP

Kenneth K. Bellaire

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Ken Bellaire is a partner in the Global Finance group in Sidley’s Chicago office. Mr. Bellaire’s practice covers a broad range of commercial finance transactions. He has represented clients as agents, lenders, borrowers and sponsors in structuring, negotiating and administering syndicated credit facilities for companies across a broad range of industries, including senior, second-lien and mezzanine financings, acquisition financings and cross-border financings. Ken has advised clients on structured financings, financings for investment funds, securitizations and financings for high net worth individuals. He also has substantial experience assisting lenders and borrowers in all stages of work-outs and debt restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings and bankruptcy exit financings.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, B.S.
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
 

Eric E. Bensen

Firm: Eric E. Bensen, Attorney at Law

As an independent consultant, Eric Bensen advises clients ranging from Fortune 500® companies to individual inventors regarding intellectual property issues arising in litigation, licensing and transactional matters. He has assisted clients in the United States and abroad with patent litigations, trade secret protection programs, intellectual property license disputes and a variety of other intellectual property matters. In 2013, he became of counsel to Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP in New York City.

Eric coauthors Milgrim on Trade Secrets (Matthew Bender®), Milgrim on Licensing (Matthew Bender), Patent Licensing Transactions (Matthew Bender) and, since late 2013, Patent Law Perspectives (Matthew Bender)―four leading intellectual property treatises. He also is the author of Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy (LexisNexis 2012), which is reproduced as Chapter 10 of the Collier Guide to Chapter 11 Practice (Matthew Bender), and a coauthor of Bensen & Myers on Litigation Management (LexisNexis® 2009), which sets forth a sophisticated, but easy-to-implement methodology for effective and efficient litigation management.

Earlier in his career, Eric taught patent law, copyright law and intellectual property licensing classes as a visiting assistant professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law. He also was in practice for more than 12 years with Dewey Ballantine LLP and, later, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. During that time, he led attorney teams in successful litigations of highly complex patent and trade secret disputes before the International Trade Commission and a wide range of intellectual property cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. He also negotiated sophisticated copyright, patent and trademark licenses in the United States and abroad.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review
Experience
  • Independent Consultant
  • Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, of counsel
  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP
  • Dewey Ballantine, LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to Practice in New York, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York

Associations
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee
 
Paul Hastings

Marc E. Bernstein

Firm: Paul Hastings

Marc Bernstein is a partner in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Bernstein has a broad-based employment practice, with a focus on trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, and related business tort claims. Mr. Bernstein also represents companies in a wide range of employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and ERISA litigation.

Mr. Bernstein has extensive experience counseling multinational insurance and financial services corporations. His experience includes over 14 years as Associate General Counsel at American International Group, Inc., where he headed the company’s Labor and Employment legal group and was the senior employment lawyer advising management regarding employment issues.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
  • State University of New York Buffalo, B.A., 1986
Experience
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Jacob Mishler, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member of the State Bar of New York and the American Bar Association
  • Trustee of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
 
Bradley BermanMorrison  Foster

Bradley Berman

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bradley Berman is of counsel in the Capital Markets group at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. He advises domestic and non-U.S. issuers on domestic and international securities offerings of structured products linked to equities, commodities and currencies. Previously, his work involved capital-raising debt and equity transactions for large bank holding companies, including several common stock issuances.

Bradley has extensive experience with exchange traded notes and advised a non-U.S. frequent issuer on all of its exchange traded notes over the last three years. He also advises issuers and underwriters on shelf registration statements, medium term note programs and exempt transactions, and has worked on many bank note issuances by state and national banks.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, JD
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA
Experience
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, of counsel
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, of counsel
  • Sidley Austin LLP, associate
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut
 
Jaime BodifordFox, Shjeflo, Hartley &amp; Babu LLP

Jaime Bodiford

Firm: Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP

Jaime Bodiford is an associate at Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP, with her practice focus on corporate transactions, business law and real estate. In addition, she advises clients on a variety of civil litigation matters and trust and estate law. 

Prior to joining Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu, Jaime was an associate with the Mitzel Group.  She also worked for four years as a market manager with BNSF Railway Company, where she managed the business strategy and marketing activities for the company's petroleum and building products market groups.

In law school, Jaime was an articles editor for the University of San Francisco Law Review, Volume 44, and she received the Arthur C. Zief Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Contributions to the University of San Francisco School of Law.

In her spare time Jaime volunteers for animal rescue organizations, and competes in equestrian events.
Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
  • Texas A&M University, M.S., Marketing
  • Texas A&M University, cum laude, B.B.A., Finance
Experience
  • Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP
  • Mitzel Group
  • BNSF Railway Company
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and in the United States District Court, Northern District of California
Associations
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Barristers of San Mateo County
 
Kristen M. BoikeJenner &amp; Block

Kristen M. Boike

Firm: Jenner & Block

Kristen Boike practices transactional real estate law at Jenner & Block, and is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Real Estate Securities, and Climate and Clean Technology Law Practice Groups. She has had significant experience with leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, private placement memorandums, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and real estate finance. She is also well versed in issues relating to green and sustainable buildings and has written on numerous topics related to this area.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Boike worked at Access Living as a PILI fellow, assisting with the legal needs of individuals with disabilities. During law school, she was a research director for the Voting Rights Initiative of the Election Law Project, and participated in the Urban Communities Clinic.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, article editor
  • Harvard College, A.B.
Experience
  • Jenner & Block
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Abigail Pickering Bomba is a corporate partner in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the Firm in 2003.

Ms. Bomba concentrates her practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions, representing both private equity firms and public and private companies. She also advises clients in connection with corporate governance issues, defensive strategy, securities laws compliance and other general corporate matters, and frequently represents investment banking firms who are serving in a financial advisory role.

Ms. Bomba has written articles addressing a range of legal topics including ways for buyers to mitigate conflict and other risks inherent in a competitive bid and sales process, market standards for financing-related provisions in acquisition agreements and takeover defensive measures used by US companies. Her articles have appeared in Corporate Board Member magazine and The Daily Deal, among others.

Ms. Bomba is a member of the American Bar Association and a contributing member of the M&A Market Trends Subcommittee of the ABA’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, which publishes the M&A Deal Points Study. She has been recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals. Ms. Bomba was named a 2013 “Rising Star” by Superlawyers and most recently selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 2014 “40 Under 40,” an honor that recognizes the emerging leaders of the M&A, financing and turnaround industries.

Education
  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D.
  • Lafayette College, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association
 
Casey BradfordJones Day

Casey Bradford

Firm: Jones Day

Casey Bradford, an associate at Jones Day in Atlanta, focuses her practice on environmental law, including environmental litigation and due diligence in support of business transactions. She has represented clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings involving Clean Air Act issues, and has counseled clients on managing potential liability under RCRA and CERCLA for solid and hazardous wastes. In addition, she has assisted clients in responding to agency requests for information and notices of violation issued under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and equivalent state states.

Casey’s due diligence experience includes large and small-scale business transactions encompassing a range of environmental issues, including the emission of air pollutants, groundwater contamination, and waste disposal practices. She also has experience with regulatory compliance counseling, advising clients on how to comply with storm water management requirements and other provisions of the Clean Water Act and equivalent state laws, as well as community-right-to-know obligations under EPCRA. Additionally, she has assisted clients in voluntarily disclosing areas of potential noncompliance under EPA's Self-Audit Policy and routinely advises clients on changes in environmental laws and regulations at the state and federal levels.

Casey is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section and is active in Jones Day's Special Education Project.

Education
  • University of Virginia, J.D.
  • Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, editor
  • Lile Moot Court Competition, quarterfinalist
  • University of Florida, B.S., Forest Resources and Conservation, high honors
Experience
Jones Day
Accreditations
Licensed to practice in Georgia
Associations
  • State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law section, member
  • Special Education Project, Jones Day
 
Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Arnold N. Bressler

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Arnold N. Bressler has more than 35 years of experience in corporate and securities law. Arnie works closely with clients to understand their goals and how the legal services he provides can meet their objectives. He counsels clients on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private offerings. Arnie's clients include middle-market public companies and closely-held corporations from a wide range of industries, including technology and publishing. He also represents equipment finance leasing companies, as well as lenders who finance such companies. Before joining Moses & Singer, Arnie was chair of the Business Law practice group at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., and prior to that was head of the Corporate Department at Milberg LLP for more than 20 years.

In addition to his corporate practice, Arnie co-chairs the firm's Legal Ethics & Law Firm Practice Group and is knowledgeable about the ever-changing laws and regulations in his practice areas. He is an author and lecturer on topics related to U.S. securities and corporate law issues facing lawyers in corporate legal departments and lawyers in private practice.

In his spare time, he is involved in a number of philanthropic organizations and serves on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. For more than a decade, he served as a director and officer of an organization that supports social service programs in Israel. Arnie also served on the Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University from 1996 to 2000.

Education
  • University of Columbia, J.D.
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
  • Milberg LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York
Associations

Outside Activities:

  • Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York
  • Board of Directors of the Association of Reform Zionists of America
  • Formerly served on the Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University
 
Winston &amp; Strawn LLP

Julie M. Capell

Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP

Julie Capell partners with companies across the country to meet their labor and employment needs. She provides strategic guidance by crafting policies and procedures that protect employers and minimize the risk of litigation. In addition, she is well versed in the unique body of employment laws and regulations that continually evolve in the state of California, as well as federal laws.

When litigation needs arise, Ms. Capell has extensive experience defending employers in disputes involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour class actions.

Ms. Capell has also represented lawyers and accountants in professional liability matters, and a non-profit organization accused of failing to reasonably accommodate test takers with alleged disabilities.

Ms. Capell regularly counsels clients and presents trainings and seminars on personnel policies, wage and hour compliance, federal and state disability laws, sexual harassment, retaliation, and reasonable accommodation of disabilities.

Education
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law J.D.
  • University of California – Los Angeles B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
 
Natasha ChalmersGordon &amp; Rees LLP

Natasha Chalmers

Firm: Gordon & Rees LLP

Natasha Chalmers, senior counsel with Gordon & Rees LLP, is a member of the Real Estate practice group in the firm’s San Francisco office. Natasha has considerable experience with all aspects of commercial real estate leasing, purchase and sale, and real estate financing, including the review of title documents and title insurance and residential purchase and sale. She also provides general property advice in relation to a wide variety of real property related documents, such as settlement and release agreements and easements agreements.

Natasha has represented both landlords and tenants for office buildings, industrial properties and retail outlets, and has reviewed, drafted, negotiated and advised on leases, subleases, consents to sublease, terminations, assignments, amendments, tenant estoppels and SNDAs, as well as analyzed and enforced rights and obligations under existing leases. She has acted for both purchasers and sellers in the purchase and sale of commercial buildings, and has drafted, reviewed and negotiated purchase agreements and related closing documents. In addition, Natasha has represented large institutional lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions including drafting and reviewing deeds of trust, secured loan agreements, promissory notes, UCC financing statements and guaranties.

Her clients have included Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, local developers, asset managers, furniture outlets, small businesses, internet companies, biotechs and banking institutions, and she negotiated one of the largest distribution center leases in Silicon Valley.

Natasha practiced as a UK solicitor (attorney), working in the real estate department of an international law firm on general property matters and real estate issues in support of the corporate group. Natasha relocated to California in 2000 where she re-qualified and commenced her practice as a U.S. attorney.
Education
  • College of Law, England
  • University of Exeter, England, B.A., Economics and Law
Experience
  • Gordon & Rees LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Clifford Chance, UK
  • Shoosmiths, UK
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales
Associations
  • San Francisco Commercial Real Estate Women
  • The British Benevolent Society, board member
  • American Red Cross
 
&nbsp;Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Wai Y. Chan

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Wai Y. Chan is a partner at Moses & Singer in the firm’s Corporate/Mergers & Acquisition and Securities and Capital Markets practices. Prior to joining the firm, Wai was an associate at Espstein, Becker & Green P.C. in their Business Law Practice.

Wai advises and represents clients on finance transactions, private and public debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Wai has represented borrowers in asset-based financing transactions; a publishing and licensing company in a $48 million private placement of debt and equity securities; a purchaser in the acquisitions of equipment leasing company operating assets for $34 million and $30 million, respectively; and an Internet solutions provider in a $600 million Rule 144A debt financing, a $170 million secondary offering of common stock, and an $80 million private placement of convertible preferred stock.

Wai’s experience also includes assisting secured creditors in the acquisition and Chapter 11 reorganization of a publishing and licensing company, and assisting a security systems integrator in a $10.5 million initial public offering of common stock and a $3.3 million private placement of equity securities.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • Duke University, B.A.
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
  • Espstein, Becker & Green P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York
 
Candice ChohGibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Candice Choh

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Candice Choh is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles. She is in the firm's Corporate Transactions practice group and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity and general corporate matters.

Candice has represented both public and private companies as well as private equity funds in various business combination transactions, and has also represented both issuers and underwriters in several debt and equity offerings. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Authority and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Education
  • University of Southern California Law School, JD
  • Southern California Law Review, Senior Editor
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, partner; Professional Development Committee, member; and Diversity Committee, member
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California 
 
Scott P. CeresiaCowan, Liebowitz &amp; Latman, P.C.

Scott P. Ceresia

Firm: Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Scott Ceresia is an associate at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and false advertising. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including music, fashion, restaurants, telecommunications, cosmetics, hair and personal care and apparel.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States District Court―Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
&nbsp;Squire Sanders

Scott Coffey

Firm: Squire Sanders

Scott Coffey guides publicly and privately held entities in a wide range of business transactions. He has extensive experience in commercial lending, the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, and mergers and acquisitions.

Scott has served as borrower's and lender's counsel in a variety of US and cross- border loan transactions. Additionally, Scott has handled private equity investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, leveraged buyouts, bridge financings, private mergers and acquisitions, workouts and restructurings.

In the energy sector, Scott has represented borrowers and sponsors in financing the development, construction, acquisition and operation of renewable energy projects including wind-powered, solar, geothermal and wood-burning generating facilities, as well as simple- and combined-cycle natural gas-fired and oil-fired electric energy generating facilities.

Scott has been named an up-and-coming lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2008. Since 2009 he has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers-Rising Stars. He was also listed in Who's Who Legal: Florida 2008 for his project finance practice.

Education
  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors
  • University of Florida, B.A.
Experience
  • Partner, Squire Sanders
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida
Associations
  • Environment, Energy and Resources Section, American Bar Association
  • Energy Industry Restructuring Section, American Bar Association
  • Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, American Bar Association
  • Electric and Natural Gas Committee, American Bar Association
  • Business Law Section, Broward and Palm Beach County Bar Associations
 
George ColindresPerkins Coie LLP

George Colindres

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

George Colindres, of counsel with Perkins Coie LLP, is with the Business and Emerging Companies practices in the firm's San Diego and Los Angeles offices. He acts as outside general counsel for clients in a diverse array of industries, including social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software, hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and real estate. His work for these clients includes corporate governance, commercial and licensing agreements; employment and compensation matters; preferred stock and other equity financings; convertible promissory note financings; venture debt financings and other secured transactions; and, mergers and acquisitions transactions and preparation for going public.

George also represents venture capital firms, strategic investors, angel groups and other investors in connection with their participation in preferred stock and convertible promissory note (bridge) financings, as well as with fund formation and governance matters. In addition, George represents real estate funds and related companies in connection with fund formation and governance matters, investments, divestitures, secured transactions and other transactions.
Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S.
Experience
  • Perkins Coie LLP
Accreditations
  • California State Bar
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • CONNECT (San Diego), member
  • Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), member
  • Los Angeles Chapter of MABA, member
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Michael J. Collins

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Michael Collins is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Mr. Collins graduated summa cum laude and second in his class from Notre Dame Law School in 1995.  While at Notre Dame, he received six American Jurisprudence awards for best performance in a class, was an editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, and received the Dean O'Meara Award for distinctive academic performance. Mr. Collins has been ranked by Chambers & Partners USA 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in the District of Columbia. He is also listed in 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® under the category of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

Mr. Collins's practice focuses on all aspects employee benefits and executive compensation. His practice runs the full gamut of tax, ERISA, accounting, corporate, and securities law aspects of stock option, SAR, restricted stock, and employee stock purchase plans; tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation; SERPs; executive employment agreements, golden parachutes and other change in control arrangements; severance, confidentiality, and noncompete contracts; performance bonus and incentive plans; director's pay; rabbi trusts; split dollar life insurance; excess benefit and top hat plans; and the like. He represents both executives and companies in drafting and negotiating employment arrangements.

Education
  • University of Notre Dame, J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Ernst & Young
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia
 
Bingham McCutchen

Jenny K. Cooper

Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP

Jenny Cooper represents employers in litigation alleging claims of disability, age, race, sex, and sexual orientation discrimination; retaliation; harassment; breach of contract; defamation; unpaid wages; and unfair competition. She has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. Jenny advises clients on a wide range of employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations, employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, employee benefits, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, and the drafting of employee handbooks.

Jenny is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Massachusetts labor and employment area.

Jenny has done a considerable amount of pro bono work, including successful representation of women and children in U.S. and international matters involving domestic violence and child abuse.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.
Experience
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Clerk for the Honorable James G. Carr, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Associate and Executive Editor of the Journal of Race and Law, University of Michigan Law School
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association
 
&nbsp;Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Martin S. Cooper

Firm: Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Martin S. Cooper is of counsel in the corporate department of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP , and focuses his practice on securities, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate representation. He has experience with a wide variety of transactions, including venture capital investments, securities offerings, secured and unsecured corporate financings and corporate acquisitions and divestitures. Martin's practice includes representation of investors and issuers in connection with venture capital transactions, shareholder and other equity holder agreements, private placements and public offerings of equity and debt securities, and secured and unsecured loan transactions. He also has experience advising not-for-profit entities in connection with governance, financial and other corporate issues.

Martin has served as counsel to the following:

  • Several New York-based private equity and hedge fund managers with respect to the organization and initial placement of interests in their funds.
  • Several New York-based venture capital funds in multiple rounds of financing for start-up and development stage companies in various industries and locations.
  • A publicly-held company with respect to ongoing securities law compliance, including periodic Securities Exchange Act filings and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
  • Executives in connection with ongoing employment and equity arrangements in an acquiring company.
  • A bank client in connection with factoring business, including negotiation and preparation of contracts for the conduct and disposition of the business.
  • A publicly held company with respect to its issuance of high-yield debt, including negotiation with placement agent and its counsel, preparation of offering materials, and registration with and response to comments of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Borrowers in out-of-state real estate and mezzanine loan transactions with respect to the application of New York law and the rendering of opinions in connection therewith.

Martin earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B., cum laude, from Brown University.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Brown University, A.B., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Olshan Frome Wolosky, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Jesse A. Cripps

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jesse A. Cripps is a partner in Gibson Dunn's Los Angeles office and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment, Litigation and Class Action Practice Groups.

Mr. Cripps has handled the full range of labor and employment matters under both federal and state law, specializing in the defense of high-risk, complex and class action litigation. His recent successes include defeating collective action certification of a nationwide class under the Fair Labor Standards Act, securing the dismissal of state law class action claims on the pleadings, and securing the dismissal of class-wide state and federal wage claims before the commencement of discovery.

Mr. Cripps has a wide-range of courtroom experience, including several months of experience in various state and federal jury trials. He has successfully argued high-stakes motions in both federal and state courts, has first chair success before the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has authored multiple winning briefs before the Ninth Circuit resulting in both favorable published opinions for his clients and the recovery of attorneys' fees and costs. He has successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and investigations, and secured a favorable defense judgment in a federal employment bench trial–a judgment which he, in turn, successfully defended before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.</

Education
  • Pepperdine University, J.D.
  • Pepperdine University, B.A.
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
Associations
  • Member of the District of California Bar
 
Linda L. CurtisGibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Linda L. Curtis

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Linda Curtis is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, and a member of the firm's Global Finance, Business Restructuring and Reorganization and Corporate Transactions practice groups. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including leveraged financings, with a specific focus in recent years on acquisition financings. Linda also represents clients in debt capital markets transactions and other secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated financings, and has experience in securitization transactions, debt restructurings and workouts. Her clients include private equity firms, commercial lending institutions and public and private companies in a variety of industries.

In October 2011, Linda was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ top corporate attorneys on its annual list of Who’s Who in Law. For a number of years, Linda has been selected by Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance for its Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business directories, and as one of Southern California's “Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics and Los Angeles magazines. Most recently, she was recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Banking and Finance Law.

Education
  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Stanford Law Review, articles editor
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
  • Oxford University, Balliol College, B.A.
  • Princeton University, A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Professional Development Committee, member
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • President-Elect, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
 
Nicole A. DavidsonLaw Office of Nicole A. Davidson

Nicole A. Davidson

Firm: Law Office of Nicole A. Davidson

Nicole A. Davidson is a solo practitioner and owner of the Law Office of Nicole A. Davidson. She has a decade of experience in estate planning, trust administration, and estate administration.

Prior to hanging a shingle, Nicole gained litigation experience at two environmental law boutiques: Envision Law Group and The Arnold Law Practice.

Nicole graduated from Eckerd College (B.S., high honors, 1999) and the University of San Diego, School of Law (J.D., 2001). She was a member of the San Diego Law Review, which published her comment, “Internet Gambling: Should Fantasy Sport Leagues Be Prohibited?”, 39 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 281-347 (2002). She externed for the Honorable Thomas Whelan (U.S. District Ct. for the Southern District of California), interned for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, and represented clients through the University of San Diego Tax Clinic. Additionally, Nicole received the Alec L. Cory Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and the American Jurisprudence award in Biotechnology Law.

Nicole is a member of the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section (formerly known as the Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Section); State Bar of Florida; and the American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section. She is a past president of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, Solo Section (2005-2007). In addition, she served on the board of the Diablo Valley College Foundation and assisted with planned giving (2007-2008).

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys leading an active lifestyle, spending quality time with her family, cooking international cuisine, reading crime thrillers, and playing the piano.

Education
  • University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D.
  • San Diego Law Review, member
  • Honorable Thomas Whelan (U.S. District Ct. for the Southern District of California), Extern
  • San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Intern
  • Alex L. Cory Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Recipient
  • University of San Diego Tax Clinic, Client representative
  • American Jurisprudence award, Biotechnology Law
  • Eckerd College, B.S., high honors
Experience
  • Law Office of Nicole A. Davidson
  • The Arnold Law Practice
  • Envision Law Group LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and Florida
Associations
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section member
  • State Bar of Florida, member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Solo Section, past president (2005-2007)
 
&nbsp;Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Jeffrey M. Davis

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Jeffrey M. Davis is a partner at Moses & Singer in the firm’s Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions practice and is co-chair of the Hotel and Hospitality practice. Jeff represents large hotels and leisure companies as well as private investors, using his particular knowledge of the hotel and hospitality industry to assist hotel owners, developers and operators in the negotiation of management, technical services and trademark licensing agreements.

In addition to the hotel and hospitality industry, Jeff has broad experience representing advertising and public relations firms. With his extensive knowledge of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financing and general corporate law, he works with clients in the advertising industry to help them avoid potential risks.

Clients from diverse industries such as healthcare, media, consumer products, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, and financial services seek Jeff’s counsel in negotiating financing transactions such as equity, venture capital, and public and private debt, the creation of new business entities, and contractual relationships. He also advises clients on matters involving general corporate and securities law, drawing on his substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions, employment and compensation arrangements, licensing agreements and the formation and operation of partnerships and limited liability companies.

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude.
  • Columbia University, M.I.A.
  • Columbia University, B.A.
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
 
Scott B. DavisGrant Thornton LLP

Scott B. Davis

Firm: Grant Thornton LLP

Scott Davis, a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, Charlotte, North Carolina, is with the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Services group. He has over 30 years of consulting experience in assisting underperforming businesses and in the areas of strategic change, restructuring, litigation and forensics. His consulting experience includes turnaround, workout and restructuring, strategic positioning and alignment, mergers and acquisitions and performance improvement. Scott’s operational and consulting experience includes interim management, developing and implementing strategic business plans, establishing budgeting and forecasting tools, improving cash management and liquidity, financing negotiations, revenue enhancement, cost reduction, identifying and disposing non-core business segments, and negotiating acquisitions and dispositions.

Scott recently served as the Director of Operations and Dispositions on the interim management team at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a major New York-based healthcare system that, on April 14, 2012, filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. He currently is handling the planned affiliation of a significant, distressed hospital system with the largest health insurance company in Pennsylvania as a major component of its development of an integrated delivery network in southwestern Pennsylvania. He has also provided forensic and litigation assistance and has served as an expert on a wide variety of matters.

In addition, Scott has spoken on a broad range of topics, including healthcare restructuring, improving business performance, expert witness testimony, financial reporting, and the effect of the economy on various industries, at conferences sponsored by the Healthcare Management Financial Association, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Transportation Association. He has also published a variety of articles focusing on the effects of financial stress on healthcare providers, distressed healthcare restructuring, and avoidance actions.

Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS and Morehead Scholar
Experience
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Mesirow Financial Consulting
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Accreditations
  • Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor
  • Certified Public Accountant, Connecticut and North Carolina
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and ABI Healthcare Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
  • Turnaround Management Association
 

Peter J. Dekom

Firm: Peter J. Dekom, a Law Corporation

Peter J. Dekom practices law in Los Angeles and represents a wide range of clients—Hollywood notables and corporate entities as well as media investment funds. He is involved with setting up a “next generation” film studio and currently serves as a senior mediator with the Entertainment Mediation Institute in Beverly Hills.

Peter’s extensive experience includes management/marketing consulting; entertainment, Internet and telecommunications entrepreneurialism; creating, writing and implementing legislation to encourage film and television production in New Mexico, and supervising a film loan program; advising the governor on film and television-related matters; and providing off-balance sheet, insurance-backed financing for major motion picture studios.

The many professional accomplishments and recognitions achieved by Peter include a listing in Forbes among the top 100 lawyers in the United States; one of the 50 most powerful people in Hollywood, Premiere Magazine; the  American Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Forum - Ed Rubin Award for leadership and service  (October 2012); Entertainment Lawyer of the Year, 1994, The Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Century City Bar Association; Man of the Year for work with the homeless, 1992, Family Assistance Program; the author of dozens of scholarly articles and the co-author of the book Not on My Watch; Hollywood vs. the Future; adjunct professorship with the UCLA Film School; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business; and a featured speaker worldwide at film festivals, corporations, universities and bar associations.
Education
  • University of California Los Angeles, UCLA School of Law, first in class
  • Yale, B.A.
Experience
  • Peter J. Dekom, a Law Corporation
  • Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall
  • Bloom, Dekom, Hergott and Cook
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Entertainment Mediation Institute, Senior Mediator
  • American Cinematheque, Board of Directors, Chairman Emeritus
 

Stephen Del Percio

Firm: URS Corporation
Stephen Del Percio is an in-house attorney for one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies and a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to construction, real estate, and green building. He is a 2000 graduate of Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and spent two years with Morse Diesel/AMEC as a construction project manager on a high-rise office building in Times Square prior to attending William & Mary Law School, where he earned his J.D. in 2005 and served as the Managing Editor of the Environmental Law & Policy Review.
Education
  • William & Mary, J.D.
  • Columbia University, B.S.
Experience
  • URS Corporation
  • Morse Diesel/AMEC
 
Tyler B. DempseyTroutman Sanders

Tyler B. Dempsey

Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP

Tyler Dempsey is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. With over 12 years of experience, he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies, and his clients include Domtar Corporation; Swank, Inc.; Mangrove Equity Partners, L.P.; and PRGX Global, Inc.

Tyler has significant experience with private equity financings and joint venture transactions, as well as  experience representing payment processing companies in general corporate and commercial matters. He was selected as a Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine and named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite in Business Law.  

Tyler serves on the board of directors for CURE Childhood Cancer and on the finance committee for The Center for the Visually Impaired.

Education
  • University of North Carolina, JD with honors
  • North Carolina Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Tennessee, BS, magna cum laude
Experience
  • Troutman Sanders LLP, partner
  • King & Spalding LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia
Associations
  • CURE Childhood Cancer, board of directors
  • The Center for the Visually Impaired, finance committee
 
Melissa M. DimitriGrant Thornton LLP

Melissa M. Dimitri

Firm: Grant Thornton LLP

Melissa Dimitri is a senior manager in the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Services group at Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago. For more than ten years she has provided financial advisory and management consulting services to companies and their stakeholders, lenders, debtors, unsecured creditors’ committees, and other constituencies. Her extensive experience has addressed a broad range of issues relating to liquidity and working capital management; strategic and operational analysis and/or restructuring; financial forecasting and evaluation; contingency planning and crisis management; corporate accounting and valuation; and due diligence and other considerations in connection with mergers, acquisitions, refinancings, and sale transactions, among many others.

In addition, Melissa’s industry experience includes health care (CCRCs and senior living), manufacturing, aviation, steel, commercial real estate, retail, and high technology. Her clients have included UAL Corporation, Mesaba Airlines, Bethlehem Steel, Budget Group, Enesco, Rubicon U.S. REIT, and Enron.

Melissa’s credentials and professional activities are, respectively, Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and Certification for Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) parts I & II certified; member of Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (AIRA); steering committee member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA); and member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

Education
  • University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, BS, high honors
Experience
  • Grant Thornton LLP, senior manager
  • Badon Hill, LLC
  • Mesirow Financial
  • KPMG
  • Arthur Andersen
Accreditations
  • Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)
  • Certification for Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) parts I & II certified
Associations
  • Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, member
  • Turnaround Management Association, steering committee member
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, member
 
Shawn DomzalskiGibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Shawn Domzalski

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Shawn Domzalski, an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, is a member of the firm’s Corporate department and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters.

Shawn has represented both public and private companies as well as private equity funds in business transactions, fund formation and fund management work.  He currently serves on the board of directors of The Soldiers Project.

Education
  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, JD, magna cum laude
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions
  • Washington University, BS
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California  
 
Thomas M. DonnellyJones Day

Thomas M. Donnelly

Firm: Jones Day

Thomas M. Donnelly is a partner at Jones Day, practicing in the firm’s San Francisco office. Tom heads Jones Day’s California environmental, health and safety practice. He represents clients in environmental litigation, toxic tort, and administrative proceedings; provides environmental compliance counseling and due diligence/transactional support; and assists clients in securing defense and indemnity from their liability insurers.

Tom’s most significant current engagement is on behalf of Chevron in defense of various legal and administrative proceedings arising out of oil seeps that occurred off the coast of Brazil in November 2011 and March 2012. Along with private class-action lawsuits, there are federal and state civil actions seeking billions of dollars for alleged environmental damages, and related criminal charges against Chevron Brazil and several of its employees. Tom’s environmental and insurance coverage clients have included high-tech companies, auto manufacturers, aerospace, energy, oil and gas, and metals and mining companies, utilities, equipment manufacturers, food and consumer product manufacturers, financial institutions, retailers, and real property owners and developers. He has appeared in all federal district courts in California, the Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and California trial and appellate courts.  

Listed in Chambers USA, 2008–2012, as one of the leading environmental attorneys in the state of California, Tom also has been recognized as a leading environmental attorney by several other trade publications.
Education
  • Harvard University, J.D.
  • Tufts University, B.A. Political Science and History, summa cum laude
Experience
  • Jones Day
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • State Bar of California
 
J. Bryan EcholsDickinson Wright PLLC

J. Bryan Echols

Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC

Bryan Echols is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office. He focuses his practice in real estate law with an emphasis on acquisitions & dispositions, development & land use, leasing, real estate finance, and workouts, restructurings & foreclosures. He also assists clients in the areas of banking & financial services and environmental transactions.

Bryan has played an integral role in many projects in and around Nashville. He has completed acquisition, loan and condominium establishment for multiple distinctive residential, office and mixed-use developments in downtown Nashville. He counsels clients in real estate negotiations including completing protracted negotiations for a 60,000 square foot commercial lease in a prominent office park. He has also been prominent in the acquisition, zoning and development of first-class residential projects in the Williamson County, Tennessee area.

He leads seminars for real estate professionals and attorneys on a wide range of topics including due diligence investigations, lending principles, foreclosures, conservation easement drafting and tax aspects.

Bryan has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law, and was selected by Best Lawyer’s in America as Nashville’s outstanding Land Use attorney in 2013. He was also named by Nashville Business Journal as a Commercial Real Estate MVP in the Professional Services category in 2010 and was presented with the Patron’s Award by the Heritage Foundation for his contributions.

Education
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S.
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts II, Commercial Paper, and Labor
Experience
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Tennessee
Associations
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Heritage Foundation for Franklin and Williamson County, Board of Directors member
  • Franklin Tomorrow, Board of Directors member
  • Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors member
 
Daniel G. EganDLA Piper

Daniel G. Egan

Firm: DLA Piper

Daniel G. Egan, an associate at DLA Piper, has experience with in-court and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed companies and has assisted in the representation of corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, debtor-in-possession lenders, trustees, bond insurers and other interested parties in various restructurings.

He also has experience with in-court and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed municipalities, including those under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • Ithaca College, B.S.
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • King & Spalding LLP
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
 
DLA Piper

Erin C. D’Angelo

Firm: DLA Piper

Erin D'Angelo represents a wide range of clients, including those in the finance, insurance, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, health and nonprofit sectors.

Erin provides a variety of employment related services to clients, including:

  • Counsels clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour, restrictive covenants, executive compensation, equal employment opportunity, leaves of absences and employee discipline and termination
  • Represents employers before trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and state and local employment laws, as well as tort and contract law
  • Drafts employment agreements, handbooks, applications, separation agreements and other personnel policies and procedures
  • Investigates complaints of harassment, discrimination and retaliation on behalf of employers
  • Represents employers before self-regulatory organizations, including FINRA
  • Conducts training sessions on best human resources practices, respect in the workplace, sexual harassment avoidance, occupational safety and health compliance and privacy in the workplace
  • Analyzes employment issues in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Represents employers during OSHA inspections and administrative proceedings, assists employers in responding to complaints filed with OSHA, counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal occupational safety and health laws and drafts occupational safety and health plans
Education
  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law 1995 summa cum laude
  • B.A., Boston College 1991
Experience
  • DLA Piper
Admissions:
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
 
David EhrlichFross Zelnick Lehrman &amp; Zissu P.C

David Ehrlich

Firm: Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C

David Ehrlich is a member of the firm of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C. in New York City. His practice includes trademark and copyright counseling; managing U.S. trademark portfolios for major companies in electronics, toys, video games, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, apparel, beverages, banking and other fields; trademark clearance and searching; prosecuting U.S. trademark applications; litigation of trademark appeals, opposition and cancellation proceedings; due diligence; infringement claims involving trademarks, copyrights, trade dress and celebrity names and images; negotiating and drafting license agreements and security agreements; and recordation of trademarks and copyrights with U.S. Customs.

He has authored intellectual property articles published in Managing IP, The Journal of IP Law & Practice, Trademark Reporter, Trademark World, Intellectual Property Journal and National Law Journal. David co-authored (with Ronald Lehrman) the U.S. Law chapter in Treatise, Famous and Well-Known Marks: An International Analysis (INTA 2004).

David was recognized as one of “America’s top 25 pre-eminent trademark practitioners” in Euromoney’s 2009 Best of the Best USA guide. He has been included in Who’s Who Legal―Trademarks and was named one of the New York Metro “Super Lawyers.” David has also been listed in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000―The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.A. with distinction
Experience
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C.
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

 
Anthony EllrodManning &amp; Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Anthony (Tony) Ellrod, a founding partner of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, is based in the Los Angeles office.  His practice focuses on business and commercial transactions, including drafting complex commercial contracts and other agreements, and the creation and maintenance of business entities.  Tony also heads the firm's intellectual property practice, which includes the registration and licensing trademarks and copyrights, and the prosecution of trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property.

Tony is a seasoned trial attorney in addition to his experience in commercial transactions. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), he has conducted countless successful jury trials in state and federal court on matters ranging from premises liability to complex business disputes.  He is often called upon to argue such matters before the Courts of Appeal and has obtained favorable published opinions. 

Tony’s professional distinctions include an AV rating, the highest rating available under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System, recognition as one of California's most outstanding lawyers and, from 2005–2011, selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics as well as included in the Corporate and Business Editions. Tony also heads the firm's intellectual property practice, which includes the registration and licensing of trademarks and copyrights, and the prosecution of trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property.

The author would like to thank Daniel Herbert, a partner with Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester for his valuable assistance in the preparation of these materials.
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of South Florida, B.A. Business Administration
Experience
  • Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP
  • Morris, Polich & Purdy
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in all California state courts, and before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States
Associations
  • California Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • California Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Aurelia Foundation, board member
  • Malibu Special Education Foundation, legal counsel
 

Kathleen M. Emberger

Firm: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Kathleen M. Emberger is counsel based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Ms. Emberger’s practice focuses on executive compensation and benefits matters, including employee equity and equity-based compensation and incentive arrangements and the implementation of these arrangements on a global scale. She regularly advises on annual and periodic disclosure obligations related to executive compensation and compensation arrangements, including in connection with the preparation of compensation-related annual proxy disclosure, as well as on employment and executive compensation-related aspects of public and private merger and acquisition transactions and investments and acquisitions by private equity firms. Ms. Emberger has authored and co-authored various articles on topics related to executive compensation and disclosure issues.

Ms. Emberger is recognized as a leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. and Super Lawyers magazine.

Education
  • Duke University School of Law, (J.D./LL.M.)
  • University of Pennsylvania
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton LLP
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Steven Epstein is a partner in the Corporate Department, resident in the New York Office, and Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

Mr. Epstein has a diverse transactional practice which includes strategic mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He has represented both public and private companies, investment banking firms and financial sponsors in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, takeover preparedness, and corporate governance matters. He also has significant experience in unsolicited M&A transactions, representing clients in both offensive and defensive situations.

Previously, Mr. Epstein was an investment banker at Credit Suisse. In this position, he advised companies in a variety of transactions, including IPOs, secondary offerings, PIPEs, private placements, and M&A opportunities. Mr. Epstein is regularly recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals. In 2011 and 2012, he was named a “Rising Star” by Superlawyers, and in 2011 he was selected as a finalist for the M&A Advisor “40 Under 40.” Mr. Epstein is also a member of Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions editorial advisory board and serves on the Board of Directors of Fordham University School of Law.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
  • Investment Banker, Credit Suisse
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
 
&nbsp;Lionel Sawyer &amp; Collins

Craig Etem

Firm: Lionel Sawyer & Collins

Craig Etem is a shareholder in the business law department of Lionel Sawyer & Collins. His practice emphasis is on corporate and business organization law and real estate transactions. He advises local and national companies, both privately and publicly held, on all aspects of Nevada business organization law including mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary duty issues and corporate governance. Craig also works extensively on real estate acquisition and financing transactions as well as loan modifications and related matters.

Craig is an author of Lionel Sawyer & Collins's publication Doing Business in Nevada and also contributes business law articles to local business publications. Prior to attending law school, Craig worked in the real estate management and development industry for thirteen years. His extensive background in business combined with his legal training allows Craig unique insight and knowledge as he represents the firm's clients in business transactions. Craig is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law and Corporate Law, and in Chambers USA for Corporate/Commercial Law. He has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory.

Craig earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in Business from California State University, Long Beach.

In his spare time, Craig is an active member of the business community. He is involved in both the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). Additionally, he gives back to the community through his involvement in public education, including donations and assistance to a local "at-risk" elementary school and serving as a tutor to English as a Second Language students at a local middle and high school. Craig is an active member of Parent Leaders for Education, a grassroots group devoted to improving the quality of public education in Nevada.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business
  • California State University, Long Beach, B.S. in Business
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • King & Spalding LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Nevada
Associations
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, American Bar Association
 
Winston &amp; Strawn LLP

Michael G. Falk

Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP

Michael Falk is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office concentrating his practice in employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Mr. Falk advises clients in connection with qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, executive and equity compensation, Code Section 409A, welfare plans, and the benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes assisting clients with the design and implementation of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and equity/incentive compensation vehicles.

In 2014, Mr. Falk was recognized by The Legal 500, which stated that his “technical knowledge of executive compensation issues is incomparable; he is also a tremendously practical lawyer with good business sense.”

Education
  • University of Illinois, JD, 1998
  • Northwestern University, BA, 1994
Experience
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois
 
Steven B. FeirmanNixon Peabody LLP

Steven B. Feirman

Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP

Steven Feirman is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC. As a member of the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group, he focuses his practice on domestic and international franchise and distribution law, as well as antitrust and trade regulation matters.

Steve has extensive experience counseling clients on U.S. and international franchising programs, licensing arrangements, and other distribution systems, including structuring and documenting such arrangements. He negotiates and prepares franchise, license, supply, distribution, asset purchase, and national account agreements, and has developed franchise disclosure documents for numerous jurisdictions.

Many franchisors call on him to address their most difficult issues, and he serves as both their legal advisor and strategic business advisor. In the area of antitrust, he represents clients on pricing, tying, mergers and acquisitions (including Hart-Scott-Rodino), and other competition issues. Steve conducts antitrust and franchise compliance programs, and assists clients in litigation and other dispute resolution matters. In addition, he represents companies before federal and state government agencies on antitrust and franchising matters. He served as antitrust counsel for the Coalition for Fair Consumer Pricing appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steve is a frequent lecturer and contributor to legal publications on antitrust and franchising law topics. He has served as an editor of some of the leading publications in the field, including Franchise Law Journal and Franchise Legal Digest, and also as a contributor to Global Competition Review and Franchising World.

For the eighth consecutive year, Steve was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a national listing based on a rigorous peer-review survey, and was ranked nationally in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA for Franchising. He was also included in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. Additionally, he has been recognized for the past nine years as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times, an honor accorded the top franchise lawyers in the United States based on peer and client nominations. Steve is a past recipient of the Federal Trade Commission’s Meritorious Service Award and the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement.

Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis, JD
  • Colgate University, AB, magna cum laude
Experience
  • Nixon Peabody LLP, partner
  • DLA Piper LLP, partner
  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, trial attorney
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law section and Forum on Franchising
 
Joseph FenskeWolff &amp; Samson PC

Joseph Fenske

Firm: Wolff & Samson PC

Joseph Fenske, a registered patent attorney in Wolff & Samson’s Intellectual Property Group, has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. In the field of mechanical technology, Joe’s work includes engine performance modifications of various vehicles – from production cars, to streamlines that broke land speed records, to experimental aircraft. His electrical engineering experience also covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the development of remote monitoring for elevators, to the design and development of motor drives for products such as digital projectors and medical devices.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law – Newark,  J.D.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E.
Experience
  • Wolff & Samson PC
  • Weinick & Associates
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Arthur Fleischer, Jr. is senior counsel, resident in the Firm's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1958 and became partner in 1967.

Mr. Fleischer's practice encompasses negotiated as well as contested transactions. He frequently advises special committees formed to review buyout proposals and corporate restructurings, and boards of directors on corporate governance.

Mr. Fleischer served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from 1961 to 1964. For over 30 years, he has led the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He regularly represents corporate clients, both as acquirers and targets as well as many of the leading investment banking firms.

Mr. Fleischer is co-author of Takeover Defense: Mergers and Acquisitions (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen 7th edition, 2012) and the author of numerous articles on securities regulation. He is co-author, along with Professors Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. and Miriam Z. Klipper, of Board Games: The Changing Shape of Corporate Power (LittleBrown & Company, 1988).

Mr. Fleischer is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega Deals.

He received the “The Simeon E. Baldwin Award,” an award that recognizes distinguished achievement in law and business, from the Yale Law School Center of the Study of Corporate Law in 2009. In addition, he was the recipient of The Chambers Award for Excellence in Corporate/M&A in 2006 and was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2001.

Education
  • Yale Law School, LLB
  • Yale University, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
  • Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association (Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities)
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Securities Regulation Institute of the University of California
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
 
Andrew FowlerHughes Hubbard &amp; Reed LLP

Andrew F. Fowler

Firm: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Andrew F. Fowler is partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, New York. He has advised on capital markets and corporate transactions aggregating well over $100 billion, and represents U.S. and international issuers and financial institutions in public and private capital markets offerings, general corporate, governance and reporting issues.

With extensive experience with aviation and equipment finance matters, Andrew has represented lessors and underwriters in aircraft portfolio securitizations, EETCs, equity offerings and related structured financings as well as lease transactions and secured loans.  His expertise includes offerings of straight, high-yield and convertible debt, initial public offerings, venture financings, exchange offers, and other public and private equity and debt offerings. He also advises on  project financings and complex structured and secured debt issues.

Andrew handles finance and securities aspects of bankruptcies, corporate restructurings, and distressed debt workouts.  He advises U.S. and international clients with respect to corporate governance, compliance, SEC periodic reporting, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and other securities law and corporate matters.

Andrew was pro bono counsel to a consortium including the Red Cross, UJA Federation and Catholic Charities, coordinating efforts to help those affected by the September 11 attacks. Additionally, he has experience with the legal issues faced by colleges and other educational institutions.

Education
  • Cornell University, JD, cum laude
  • Bard College, BA, high honors
Experience
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, partner
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Thomas FranceVenable

Thomas France

Firm: Venable LLP

Thomas France is a partner at Venable® LLP, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. As a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactional group, his practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions; public and private offerings of equity and debt; franchise transactions; banking, financial services and securities regulations; corporate reorganizations; and the structuring and formation of new ventures.

Tom’s experience encompasses a wide range of industries, including technology, banking, financial services, government contracts and hospitality. His versatile expertise enables him to analyze the goals of his clients, helping in corporate transactions, securities matters, and financial and banking regulatory matters by providing legal advice that fits their particular needs and goals.

Tom is recognized as one the nation’s leading attorneys for business transactions by Chambers USA and for capital-market transactions by Legal 500 U.S. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, as well as selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars edition.  

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • Washington and Lee Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
  • Oregon State University, BA, summa cum laude  
Experience
  • Venable LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia
 
Michael E.S. Frankel

Michael E.S. Frankel

Michael Frankel, a senior corporate development, strategy and operating executive, has led and closed more than 100 transactions, deploying over $10B in capital and driving strategic expansion and growth. He also has led operational initiatives to develop and launch new products and technologies, expand into new markets and restructure businesses.  Currently, he advises clients on strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and innovation through his firm Hyde Park Advisory.   

Michael has extensive experience in several sectors, including business services, information services, market research and data analytics, B2B content and data and enterprise software, with great expertise in acquisitions, equity and venture investing, strategy, product development and international expansion.

He serves on several boards, including the board of directors of Onvia (Nasdaq: ONVI), a leading data and lead vendor to Business government contractors. In addition, Michael is the author of three books and several articles on strategic transactions.

Education
  • University of Chicago, JD, MBA and BA
Experience
  • Hyde Park Advisory, founder
  • LexisNexis Group, senior vice president and global head of business development and M&A
  • IRI, senior vice president of corporate development and strategy
  • VeriSign, senior corporate development
  • GE Capital, senior corporate development
  • Merrill Lynch, vice president investment banking
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, corporate associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jim Gatto created and is the leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Social Media & Games team (ranked top 3 in the U.S.)and Open Source team. Jim leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, Internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Jim advises clients of all sizes, start-ups to Fortune 100™ companies, on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, social games and online gambling, virtual currency, and goods, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source, user-generated content, location-based services and gamification.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Manhattan College, B.E. in Electrical Engineering
Experience
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Law, Virtual Worlds and Multi-User Online Games, vice-chair ; Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee; Section of Intellectual Property Law—Special Committee on Computer Gaming
  • International Technology Law Association, Social Media & Games Committee, chair
  • Association of Virtual Worlds, advisory board member; chair of Legal Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Open Source Subcommittee, chair; Electronic and Computer Law Committee; Patent Law Committee; Emerging Technology Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar, Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Section
  • Patent Lawyers Club of Washington, past president
  • Intellectual Property Owners, Open Source Committee
 
Monica L. GeardingTaft Stettinius &amp; Hollister LLP

Monica L. Gearding

Firm: Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Monica Gearding is a partner in the Real Estate and Business & Finance practice groups at Taft. She focuses her practice on commercial and corporate law, with an emphasis on real estate matters, commercial lending and consumer finance. Her real property experience includes commercial real estate sales and acquisitions; acquisition and construction financing; single family, condominium and mixed use developments; commercial leasing; property management; broker licensing; and construction and development work. She is also a member of the firm's Professional Women's Resource Group (PWRG).

Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Ohio State University, B.A.
Experience
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Ohio
Associations
  • Urban Land Institute of Cincinnati, executive committee member
  • City of Wilder, Kentucky, city council member
 
James E. GibbonsManning &amp; Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

James E. Gibbons is a partner in Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP’s Los Angeles headquarters. As  chair of the firm’s Insurance and Risk Transfer practice, his focus is on disputes involving insurance coverage and contractual risk transfer mechanisms. 

James specializes in analysis and drafting of insurance and contractual risk transfer provisions, authoring opinions on those matters and litigation aimed at resolving disputes over those issues.  With a wide range of trial and appellate experience, he has chaired numerous trials involving insurance coverage issues. Additionally, he was counsel of record in two landmark California Supreme Court cases involving insurance issues, Buss v Superior Court (1997) 16 Cal.4th 35, and PPG v Transamerica Ins. Co. (1999) 20 Cal.4th 310. 

From 2007–2012, James has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for Insurance Coverage by Law & Politics, an organization that honors the top five percent of the California Bar based on a detailed peer review survey followed by a blue ribbon panel review and, by this same publication, he was named a “Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition,” for 2009, 2010, and 2012. He is also a volunteer temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Education
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., Journalism
Experience
  • Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP
  • Haines, Brydon & Lea
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before all California state courts, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
Associations
  • California Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • California Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
 
&nbsp;Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Stephen I. Glover

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen I. Glover is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transaction matters.

Stephen has been ranked one of the top five corporate transactions attorneys in Washington, D.C. for the past seven years (2005 - 2011) by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and securities and capital markets law. In August 2009 he was named as a finalist for the top Washington Corporate M&A lawyer by The Washington Business Journal. He was also a finalist in 2007 and 2005, and won the award in 2004. In 2006, Stephen was identified among Ten of the D.C. Area's Top Deal-Making Attorneys' by Legal Times.

Stephen's clients include large public corporations, emerging growth companies and middle market companies in a wide range of industries. He also advises private equity firms, individual investors and others.

Stephen is a member of the DC Bar Board of Governors, as well as a former co-chair of the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar's Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section. Mr. Glover has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Stephen earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Amherst College, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in District of Columbia
Associations
  • Member, Board of Governors of District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Securities Regulation and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees, ABA
 
Jeremy S. GoldmanFrankfurt Kurnit Klein &amp; Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman

Firm: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman is counsel in Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz’s litigation group, focusing on commercial litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and privacy law. Jeremy was recently accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a focus in U.S. private-sector privacy law.

Jeremy represents businesses and individuals in the media, entertainment, advertising and technology spaces, with special expertise litigating complex cases involving copyright in the digital age, online service provider liability, disputes over television and motion picture rights and rights of publicity. He combines experience as an active litigator with a lifelong immersion in computers, the Internet, mobile technology and social media to advise clients and attorneys on a host of technology-related legal issues. Jeremy clerked for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, author of the landmark Zubulake cases involving electronic discovery.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Cardozo Law Review, member
  • Order of the Coif, member
  • University of Maryland, B.A., Government and Politics
Experience
  • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Accentra
  • Cylynx Technologies
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association, Copyright & Literacy Committee
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Peter S. Golden is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank’s New York office. He joined the Firm in 1980 and became a partner in 1986.

Mr. Golden’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and counseling. His practice spans: (i) public company mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated business combinations, asset acquisitions or divestitures, as well as contested acquisition transactions and proxy contests; (ii) private company transactions; (iii) representation of special committees of boards of directors in conflict-of-interest situations; (iv) defensive counseling, whether in response to unsolicited takeover proposals or as advance planning; (v) financial advisor representations; and (vi) private equity fund formation and investments, including acquisitions of control positions in private entities, non-controlling investments in public or private entities and co-investments with other equity funds.

Mr. Golden has advised special committees of the boards of companies including Cox Communications, Allied Waste Industries, Level 3 Communications, Chromcraft, ManorCare and GAF.

Mr. Golden is recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A., M.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member, Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contest of the New York City Bar Association
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Marcia E. Goodman

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Marcia E. Goodman is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Global Employment practice and co-leader of the firm's US Employment and ERISA Litigation Action Group. She primarily represents global employers on a wide range of US and cross-border employment law matters. Marcia is consistently recognized by leading guides and rankings, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America, among others.

Marcia advises employers on new issues, such as the need for global solutions to talent management, cross-border employment disputes, access to employee electronic communications and social networking, social media discipline and the NLRB, and employee monitoring advice and disputes.  She defends employers in federal litigation, such as class claims regarding discrimination, including hiring criteria and disparate impact claims of race, age, sex, disability and national origin discrimination.  She has defended reputation-threatening claims involving executives, such as sexual harassment and whistleblower claims.  Marcia advises and defends employers in protecting their confidential information from disclosure by current and former employees.  Marcia is a frequent speaker and contributing author to several publications, including Mayer Brown’s Employee Data  Privacy – A Global Overview in which she provided content related to the United States, Mayer Brown’s The Social Media Revolution: A Legal Handbook, and PLI’s Securities Investigations: Internal, Civil and Criminal chapter on Employment Issues in Securities Investigation

Marcia earned her JD from Harvard Law School cum laude and her AB from University of Michigan with high honors. She did graduate work in Japanese law and labor issues at the University of Michigan and at Tokyo University.

Education
  • Tokyo University 1981 (Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship in Law)
  • Harvard Law School, JD 1980
  • University of Michigan, MA, Japanese Studies 1976
  • Stanford Center for Japanese Language Studies, Tokyo 1975
  • University of Michigan, AB 1974, with high honors
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
Accreditations
  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Associations
  • Executive Committee, Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago
  • Adjunct faculty in deposition training program
  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Relations, Section on Litigation, Section on International Law
  • Lincoln Park Juniors Rowing Club (“Changing the Face of Junior Rowing”)
 
David GoodwinCovington &amp; Burling

David Goodwin

Firm: Covington & Burling LLP

David Goodwin, partner at Covington & Burling LLP and vice-chair of the firm’s litigation practice, is one of the nation’s leading insurance coverage practitioners, ranked in the highest tier by Chambers USA both nationally and in California. Law360® has named him one of the country’s top three “most valuable players” in the insurance practice area. With more than 25 years of experience representing corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and litigation, his practice runs the gamut of insurance issues, including major property damage and business interruption losses, errors and omissions, fidelity, and director and officer claims, mortgage and financial guarantee insurance disputes, and products liability and environmental matters. David is a highly experienced appellate advocate who has argued more than 50 appeals.

David has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley Law School, where he taught courses on insurance law. David has spoken at nine of the last eleven Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS™) annual conventions, dozens of bar association trade groups and other seminars, and has co-authored a number of articles on insurance coverage.

Education
  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Stanford Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of Oxford, M.A.
  • University of Oxford, B.A.
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, A.B.
Experience
  • Covington & Burling LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS™)
  • San Francisco Mechanics’ Institute, Chair of the Board of Trustees
 
Garry M. GraberHodgson Russ LLP

Garry M. Graber

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Garry M. Graber, a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in their New York and Buffalo offices, has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and financial restructuring, creditors' rights, financial services, commercial and corporate litigation and general business law. He represents troubled business entities, their secured and unsecured creditors and their shareholders and principals inside and outside of bankruptcy, as well as creditors' committees, equity committees, trustees, examiners and purchasers in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings across the United States and in cross-border matters, primarily with Canada. Garry has also handled complex loan workout transactions, lender liability, director and officer liability, bank fraud, UCC and mortgage foreclosures and other litigation.

Garry or one of his colleagues plays a major role in virtually every large Chapter 11 case filed in upstate New York and many filed in the Southern District of New York and Delaware. He has played substantial roles in numerous regional and national cases, including In re Victor Insulators, In re General Motors, In re Daimler Chrysler, In re Lehman Brothers, In re Proliance International, In re Circuit City Stores, In re Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home, In re TXP, In re Studio Arena Theatre, In re Holiday Harbor and many other cases.

Garry has lectured extensively on U.S. and cross-border bankruptcy and commercial law topics at numerous state and local bar association programs, Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute programs, law school programs, private seminars and client-training programs. He has also authored several publications, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is actively involved with a number of professional associations.

Education
  • University of Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D.
  • University of Buffalo, State University of New York, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • University of Buffalo Law School, adjunct professor, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Florida, all U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in all New York districts, and U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Southern District of Florida
Associations
  • Member, Board of Governors of District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Securities Regulation and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees, ABA
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
 
Mary Christine GraffWinston &amp; Strawn LLP

Mary Christine Graff

Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP

Mary Christine (Christi) Graff  joined Winston & Strawn LLP in 1998 and is a partner in the real estate group. She has assisted clients throughout the country in a wide range of real estate and finance matters, including commercial property acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, real estate development, land use and joint venture transactions, project finance, secured lending, and renewable energy transactions, including solar and wind development projects.

Christi is the author of articles on real estate matters such as purchases and sales and leasing, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a wide variety of real estate topics including purchase and sale, loan and leasing transactions. She also received the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Service as co-chair of the Real Estate Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Chicago Law School Roundtable, comment editor
  • Creighton University, B.A., Economics  and Political Science, summa cum laude
Experience
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Altheimer & Gray
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
 
Barbara GregoratosJones Day

Barbara Gregoratos

Firm: Jones Day

Barbara Gregoratos, a partner at Jones Day in San Francisco, has a transactional real estate private equity practice that extends to most aspects of commercial real estate law, and involves both equity and debt investment and real estate finance. She has experience in the formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and other joint venture platforms, as well as financing experience, which includes permanent and construction financing, participating loans and mezzanine debt. Barbara represents clients in direct real estate transactions, including purchases, sales and financings of all types of commercial properties (including REO sales for national bank clients), and commercial leases, including build-to-suit transactions.

Barbara’s clients include domestic and foreign capital sources (including sovereign wealth funds), financial institutions, property companies and developers. She has represented fund investors and other capital sources in a variety of transactions, including fund investment, and the formation of funds and joint venture arrangements for acquisition or investment in real estate-related assets.

Barbara co-authored  a chapter titled “Considerations in Structuring a Real Estate Fund,” in Inside the Minds: Fund Formation Strategies (2008) and was a speaker at the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting and at the 2012 ABA Real Property Section Spring Symposia, in presentations sponsored by the ABA’s Real Property Section Committee on International Transactions.  Barbara has been listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition and in North California Super Lawyers. 

Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif and Member of the Thurston Legal Scholarship Society
  • Hastings Law Journal, Member and Article Solicitation Editor
  • University of California Davis, A.B. Russian Literature and History
Experience
  • Jones Day
  • Extern to the Honorable Joseph Grodin, California Supreme Court
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • Appointed Co-Vice-Chair of the International Investments in Real Estate Committee (a committee of the Special Investors and Investment Structure Group, of the ABA’s Real Property Section) 2012-2013
 
Gregory GrossmanDLA Piper

Gregory S. Grossman

Firm: DLA Piper

Gregory Grossman, a partner at DLA Piper, Chicago, is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities group. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other private equity transactions. His clients include multinational corporations, private equity funds, venture capital funds, emerging growth companies and other entities.

Within M&A, Gregory has represented buyers and sellers in all facets of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, including auction-style sales processes. His significant experience also encompasses representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, refinancings and recapitalizations.

Additionally, Gregory has represented venture capital funds and emerging growth companies in various types of equity and debt investments, including seed and early-stage financings, late-growth equity investments and down-round restructurings.

His transactions regularly involve multi-disciplinary, cross-border teams that leverage strengths of DLA Piper’s worldwide platform.

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, high honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, high honors
Experience
  • DLA Piper, partner
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Katten Munchin Rosenman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
 

Don D. Grubman

Firm: Hahn Hessen

Don’s practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, business organization, and general corporate representation. In addition, he works regularly with Hahn & Hessen’s Bankruptcy Practice Group in structuring and implementing out-of-court workouts, reorganizations and asset sales in Chapter 11 cases.

Over the past several years, Don’s practice has focused on the corporate and M&A aspects of Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. He has been actively involved in the representation of the Creditors’ Committees in the ResMAE, New Century, American Home Mortgage, Aegis, Pillowtex, Cone Mills, American Classic Voyages, Joan and David, and Petrie Retail Chapter 11 cases.

Don is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has served as Co-Chair and Education Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Asset Sales Committee. In addition, he served on the Advisory Board for the 2010 ABI Professional Development Program, which is a program designed for mid-level professionals in the restructuring field. Don has spoken on panels for organizations such as the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys.

Education
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A. 1976
  • Columbia Law School, J.D. 1979
Experience
  • Hahn Hessen LLP
 
DLA Piper

Joseph D. Guarino

Firm: DLA Piper

Joe Guarino's practice emphasizes the representation of management and employers in labor and employment matters, including both preventive counseling and litigation.

His clients have a national and worldwide presence and primarily conduct business in the healthcare, dietary supplement, transportation, retail and financial services industries.

On the counseling side, Joe regularly advises clients on layoffs, terminations, disability accommodations, hiring and firing, medical leaves, policies and procedures, wage and hour issues, employee theft, workplace investigations, employment agreements and background checks. On the litigation side, he has litigated every type of employment dispute, including FLSA class actions and representative hearings before the National Labor Relations Board.

His varied litigation practice also encompasses commercial matters in which he represents companies in securities fraud cases, false advertising claims, shareholder disputes, non-compete matters, broker dealer litigation, provider claims, third-party administrator suits, hospital/network disputes and ERISA class actions.

Joe regularly speaks on current legal topics and has been counsel to both major political parties in the last four New Jersey gubernatorial elections.

Education
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law 1996 magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Scranton 1990 cum laude
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • Clerk for Justice Marie L. Garibaldi, the New Jersey Supreme Court
Accreditations
  • New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Associations
  • Advisor, New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission
  • Alumni Board of Directors, St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • National Italian American Foundation
  • New Jersey Bar Association
 
Jonathan GuestMcCarter &amp; English&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />

Jonathan Guest

Firm: McCarter & English, LLP

Jonathan Guest, a partner at McCarter & English, Boston, concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law. His focus includes debt and equity finance (public and private offerings, including shelf regulations, registered direct offerings, PIPEs and rights offerings), corporate governance (Sarbanes-Oxley compliance) and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

He has advised early-stage companies on matters of entity selection, capital structure, "angel" and venture capital finance, secured loans, executive compensation, intellectual property protection, and technology licensing. Additionally, he has advised companies engaged in telecommunications, e-commerce and software, and his clients include publicly-traded U.S., Canadian, U.K. and Australian companies involved in pharmaceuticals and drug development, oil and gas, natural resource exploration and production, and commercial real estate.

Jonathan was a partner at one of the largest international law firms prior to joining McCarter & English, and his extensive experience encompasses federal and state securities law matters encountered by foreign companies seeking to raise capital and have their securities traded in the United States. 

Jonathan was selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004 – 2011, and was listed in Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, 2008 and 2009 editions.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation  
  • Cornell University Law School, JD
  • Harvard University, Th.M., cum laude  
  • Harvard University, M. Div.  
  • Wesleyan University, BA, cum laude
Experience
  • McCarter & English, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Associations
  • Hereditary Disease Foundation, board of directors
  • New England-Canada Business Council, member
  • Massachusetts Congregational Fund, board of trustees and former president
  • American Congregational Association, board of directors
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, member
  • Boston Bar Association, member
  • Boston Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee, co-chair
 
Keir GumbsCovington &amp; Burling

Keir D. Gumbs

Firm: Covington & Burling LLP

Keir Gumbs, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C., advises public and private companies, non-profit organizations, institutional investors and other clients in corporate, corporate governance, securities regulation, and transactional matters. His clients include small, medium and large cap companies, non-profit organizations, public pension funds, and other institutional investors. He is widely recognized as a “go-to” expert for a variety of securities law matters, including the Dodd-Frank Act and related rulemakings.

Prior to joining Covington & Burling, Keir was with the SEC. While there he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel C. Campos, advising the commissioner on matters arising under federal securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance issues under the Securities Act of 1933, issuer reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, corporate governance developments and SEC enforcement actions. Before serving the commissioner, Keir was a staff attorney and later a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD
  • The Ohio State University, BA
Experience
  • Covington & Burling LLP, partner
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, counsel to commissioner
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finances, Office of Chief, special counsel and attorney-adviser
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and California
Associations
  • Corporation, Finance, and Securities Law Section of the DC Bar, Chair
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Board Member
 
&nbsp;Weld, Riley, Prenn &amp; Ricci SC

Cindy Hangartner

Firm: Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci SC

Cindy Hangartner advises clients on taxation issues in the areas of business and corporate law, tax and estate planning. She also advises clients on telecommunication issues.

Prior to joining the Weld, Riley firm, Cindy provided detailed tax analysis and guidance to individuals and Fortune 500 companies. In that time, Cindy provided advice on federal, state and local tax laws for a major tax advisory authority, telecommunications entities and multiple Fortune 500 companies. While working for two international companies, Cindy maintained and managed each company's compliance with regulations and industry standards.

Cindy earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her M.A. in Taxation from the University of Denver, and her B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cindy is a member of the Eau Claire County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice in Illinois, Colorado and Iowa.

In her free time, Cindy enjoys snowshoeing, golfing, football and has an interest in local history and genealogy.

Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D.
  • University of Denver, LL.M. in Taxation
  • Luther College, B.A. in Economics
Experience
  • Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci,SC
  • Technical Writing
  • SALT Attorney, Horwood, Marcus & Berk, IL
  • SALT Manager, Comcast Corporation
  • SALT Consulting, Qwest
  • Contract Attorney, Texaco
  • Associate Attorney, Kostner, Koslo & Brovold
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Wisconsin; also admitted to practice in Illinois, Colorado and Iowa
Associations
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Eau Claire County Bar Association
 
Lloyd HarmetzMorrison  Foster

Lloyd S. Harmetz

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Lloyd Harmetz is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. His practice concentration is on securities offerings and other capital market transactions for U.S. and non-U.S. companies, focusing on securities offerings by financial institutions, including investment grade securities and structured products linked to equities, commodities, interest rates and other underlying assets. He also specializes in structuring continuous offering programs that are registered under the Securities Act, or that are exempt from registration under Regulation S, Rule 144A and Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act.

Lloyd’s experience encompasses public offerings, private placements and PIPEs offerings of equity and debt securities, in which he represents both issuers and underwriters. Many of the transactions that Lloyd has participated in have involved companies in technology-driven industries—internet infrastructure and content, computer software development, life sciences, medical care products and telecommunications.

His counseling practice includes advice on all aspects of the U.S. securities laws, corporate governance and other corporate matters, and he is the co-author of the book, Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the U.S. (2012).

Education
  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • University of Albany, State University of New York, BA
Experience
  • Morrison Foerster LLP, partner
  • Fischer, Behar, Chen & Co., Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 

Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy

Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy uses creativity and results-oriented strategic analysis to develop legal solutions that work for her clients. A natural leader, Allegra co-heads both the Business and Commercial Litigation team and the Labor and Employment team. She works with her clients on complex commercial and labor and employment matters. She has successfully defended Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Allegra is known for her skill in trying cases, negotiating complex settlements, finding creative solutions. An integral member of the firm’s award-winning Legal Project Management program, Allegra helps develop processes and tools for improving the efficiency and delivery of legal services. She also is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Allegra often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker. While serving as chair of Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she developed Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities. Allegra regularly mentors program students. Before joining Sutherland, Allegra was a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Education
  • Yale Law School J.D.
  • Spelman College B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Clerk for Honorable Susan H. Black, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Georgia
 

Caroline F. Hayday

Firm: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Caroline F. Hayday is counsel based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Ms. Hayday’s practice focuses on compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation, employment law and related matters, and the benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, particularly relating to private equity portfolio companies and transactions. She is recognized as an Employee Benefits/ERISA “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine.

Ms. Hayday has advised numerous clients on the employment and benefits aspects of major M&A transactions, including:

  • TPG’s acquisition of Envision Pharmaceuticals Holdings, and Envision’s subsequent acquisition of Laker Software.
  • ALTANA’s $635 million acquisition of the rheology additives business of Rockwood Holdings.
  • ABB’s $1 billion acquisition of Power-One.
  • Surgical Care Affiliates’ $270 million IPO.
  • Conversus Capital’s $1.4 billion sale of its portfolio of third party private equity fund interests.
  • Danfoss’ $690 million going private transaction.
  • Alpha Natural Resources’ $8.5 billion acquisition of Massey Energy.

Ms. Hayday is also currently engaged in executive compensation work for McDonalds. She also serves as the vice-chair of the firm’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Boston University School of Public Health, Master in Public Health
  • Wellesley College, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton LLP
  • Clerk for Honorable Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Accreditations
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
&nbsp;Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Howard R. Herman

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Howard R. Herman has been practicing corporate, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial and transactional law for more than 30 years. He has been a partner with Moses & Singer since 1986 and is a chair of the firm’s Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions and International Trade practices. His broad-based practice, with private and public companies and institutional and non-institutional clients in a wide range of industries, includes mergers and acquisitions; mezzanine, venture capital and senior debt financings; restructurings and reorganizations both in and outside of bankruptcy; project finance; and public and private debt and equity offerings. He also represents funds sponsors and managers in connection with hedge funds, private equity funds and other private investment funds.

Advising clients in all stages of their life cycle, from formation, through growth and capital-raising and through exit and succession planning, Howard works with his clients on large transactions such as financings and acquisitions, but also on employment and compensation arrangements, governance issues, strategic partnerships , joint ventures, trade matters and other commercial issues.

Howard was named a BTI Client Service MVP, an elite group of 24 attorneys from 22 major firms nominated exclusively by clients for consistently delivering excellence in client service, year after year.

Howard is also honored with a listing in Law & Politics’ New York Super Lawyers and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A.
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Neil E. HermanMorgan, Lewis &amp; Bockius LLP

Neil E. Herman

Firm: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Neil E. Herman is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. For more than 27 years, Neil has represented debtors, financial institutions, trustees, and creditors in out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy matters. He also has extensive experience representing landlords, real estate developers and shopping center owners in bankruptcy matters, and a substantial portion of his practice involves representing buyers of assets out of bankruptcy.

Neil has lectured on bankruptcy topics at New York Law School, Hofstra Law School and Columbia Business School and has been a panelist on numerous bankruptcy programs and seminars sponsored by the New York Law Journal, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Additionally, he has written or co-written numerous articles on bankruptcy and is the author of an extensive chapter on “Retail Bankruptcies” in the most recent Colliers on Bankruptcy treatise.

A member of the Turnaround Management Association, Neil has been recognized each year by New York Super Lawyers and was previously selected by Turnarounds and Workouts as a “Top 40 under 40” practitioner.

Education
  • Hofstra University, School of Law, J.D.
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Dean’s List, B.A.
Experience
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Bar Association
  • State Bar of New York
 
David M. HernandCooley LLP

David M. Hernand

Firm: Cooley LLP

David M. Hernand is a partner at in Cooley’s Business department. David is a founding partner and partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office and joined in 2012.

David advises companies, board of directors, special committees, investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms and high net-worth individuals and families in public and private merger and acquisition transactions (including cross-border and distressed merger and acquisition transactions), corporate control contests, strategic partnering arrangements, public and private capital raising transactions and general company representation matters. He works with companies in a broad array of industries ranging from consumer products to energy, and has extensive experience working with technology and new media companies.

Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • University of California Los Angeles, B.A.
Experience
  • Cooley LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Idealab, managing director
  • New.net, CEO
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • California State Bar, Past Co-Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section
  • ABA Subcommittee on Mergers & Acquisitions
 

Barbara E. Hoey

Firm: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Barbara Hoey is a partner in Kelley Drye & Warren’s New York office and chair of its Labor and Employment practice group. She has more than two decades of experience counseling her clients in all areas of employment law and representing them in single-plaintiff and class action litigation.

Ms. Hoey has litigated and won more than a dozen jury and bench trials involving claims arising under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), False Claims Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), New York State Whistleblower Law, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). She has also litigated cases concerning breach of non-compete contracts and theft of trade secrets.

Ms. Hoey also advises clients on compliance with the employment laws and provides strategies for handling today’s endless variety of workplace issues, such as managing difficult termination decisions, policy design, handling lay-offs and oversight of internal investigations.

She has worked with employers in a variety of industries and of all types, including healthcare and telecommunication companies, as well as universities and non-profit entities.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • University at Albany, SUNY B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
Experience
  • Littler Mendelson
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals – Second and Third Circuits and the U.S. District Court – Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York.
Associations
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law 360, Member
 

Ethan Horwitz

Firm: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Ethan Horwitz is a partner at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt with over 25 years of experience in intellectual property. He has advised clients and has litigated patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and false advertising cases in the United States and internationally. Ethan is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Patent Law and Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Trademark Law. He is the author of the treatise Horwitz on Patent Litigation (3 volumes), the treatise Patent Office Rules and Practice (13 volumes) and the treatise World Trademark Law & Practice (5 volumes). Ethan is also the editor of Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation (7 volumes), and the author of numerous intellectual property articles and is a frequent lecturer around the world in intellectual property matters.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University, M.S.
  • Polytechnic Institute, B.S.
Experience
  • Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
  • King & Spalding
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Darby & Darby, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, and in New York
 
Margaret "Peggy" A. HoskingBest Best &amp; Krieger LLP

Margaret "Peggy" A. Hosking

Firm: Best Best & Krieger LLP

Margaret “Peggy” Hosking is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP with the Business Planning & Transactions group at the firm’s Riverside office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of business representation from start-up and formation through exit or succession planning with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate transactions. 

Frequently in the role of outside general counsel, Peggy’s representation encompasses all aspects of business and commercial real estate transactions—sales, distribution, development, manufacture, finance and leasing— for a variety of public and private sector clients. Peggy’s client coverage is wide ranging, including industries such as automotive and motorcycle manufacturing, international film production, sports teams, international engineering and manufacturing firms, and international distributors of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.
Education
  • Loyola Law School, JD
  • Marymount College, BS
Experience
  • Best, Best & Krieger LLP
  • General Counsel, regional residential developer
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California, and before the Central, Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts
Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women-Inland Empire Chapter (CREW-IE), board member
  • San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services (SBSAS), board member
  • Project Graduate, steering committee member
 
Anny HuangSidley Austin LLP

Anny Huang

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Anny Huang is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, serving as chair of Special Opportunities in the Global Finance practice. Anny represents and advises international banking clients, leading investment funds and public and private corporations. Her practice includes complex syndicated loan transactions and special opportunity financings, including acquisition and sponsor financings, structured financings, financings for investment funds (including fund-of-fund facilities, margin loans, broker-dealer financings, capital call facilities, repurchase agreements, derivatives and warehouse loans), securitizations, secured facilities for assets such as hedge fund interests, private equity investments, insurance commissions, containers and single family rental, mezzanine and second lien, restructurings and workouts.

Anny has been recognized by several publications, including Chambers USA, as a leading lawyer in the area of capital markets. In 2013 she was named by Law360® as one of the top five “rising stars” in Banking and as one of the National Law Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Chicago. She currently serves on the firm’s investment and retirement plans committee and is also a member of the committee on the retention and promotion of women.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1998), Kent Scholar, Law Review
  • University of California - Berkeley (B.A., B.S., 1995), with highest honors
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and New York
 
Vanessa IgnacioLowenstein Sandler

Vanessa Ignacio

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Vanessa Ignacio is a partner and chair of the Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement Practice at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, New York, NY, and Roseland, NJ. Her practice focuses on the clearance, development, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, primarily in the technology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries.

Skilled at crafting trademark applications and negotiating with examiners, Vanessa manages her clients’ entire trademark dockets. She spends much of her time enforcing trademarks and often fighting off “cyber squatters,” third parties that illegally use a mark in a website or domain name. Vanessa was recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 and in World Trademark Review, WTR 1000―The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2012, 2013.

Her passion for intellectual property is a natural outgrowth of several years in the entertainment industry, including work at Capitol/EMI, the Diversified Entertainment Division of Polygram, Radioactive Records and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., highest honors
  • Five Towns College, B.A.
Experience
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • PolyGram Records, diversified entertainment contract coordinator
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, Internet Committee, Internet Governance Subcommittee;
  • Contributing Editorial Author, Publications
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak &amp; Stewart, P.C.

Johnnie A. James

Firm: Ogletree Deakins

Mr. James has extensive experience in every aspect of employment law, including advising corporate clients on wage and hour issues, employee handbooks and related policies, employee hiring, terminations, mass layoffs, and non-compete agreements. Mr. James also defends corporate clients against employment claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, California Wage Orders, as well as other related state law claims.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
Experience
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips
  • SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Alschuler Grossman & Pines
Accreditations
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Associations
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation (2009–2010)
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Los Angeles Urban League (2002-2005)
  • Board of Directors, Public Counsel (1994-1997)
  • Board of Advisors, NYU Root-Tilden-Snow Scholarship Program (1992-1996)
 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak &amp; Stewart, P.C.

Betsy Johnson

Firm: Ogletree Deakins

Ms. Johnson provides day-to-day advice and counsel to her clients on a broad spectrum of employment and labor relations issues; including state and federal wage and hour, employee compensation, employee leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment, performance management, and discipline and termination. Ms. Johnson assists employers in developing, drafting and implementing personnel policies and procedures and developing strategies for managing disability and employee leave of absence issues. She assists and represents employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and in grievance and arbitration proceedings.

Ms. Johnson conducts training for Human Resources professionals and supervisory employees on topics including: California AB 1875 Mandatory Harassment Training, Effective Hiring and Interviewing, Proactive Performance Management, Avoiding Discrimination, Harassment and Wrongful Termination Claims, and Managing Disability and Employee Leaves of Absence.

Ms. Johnson is a frequent speaker at trade and industry conferences, Chambers of Commerce meetings and Bar Association seminars.

Education
  • University of South Carolina Law School, J.D.
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
Associations
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • SHRM Southern California Chapter
  • PHIRA Los Angeles Chapter
  • Culver City, CA Chamber of Commerce
 
Shaunna D. JonesWillkie Farr &amp; Gallagher LLP

Shaunna D. Jones

Firm: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Shaunna Jones is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, New York, in the Business Reorganization and Restructuring department. She has represented debtors, creditors and other constituents and participants in chapter 11 cases, chapter 15 cases and out-of-court restructurings, and her chapter 11 debtor clients have included RG Steel, LLC, Spheris, Inc., EnviroSolutions, Inc., and Journal Register Company.

As an honoree at the 2012 IFLR Americas Awards, Shaunna was a member of the Willkie team recognized in the category of “Restructuring Deal of the Year” for her lead role in the cross-border (Canada / U.S.) restructuring of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Among other cross-border matters, she has represented Crystallex International Corporation in its chapter 15 case and acted as U.S. counsel to the CCAA monitor for another CCAA applicant.

Shaunna was selected as a member of the 2012 Next Generation Class by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and has served as a member of the New York City Bar Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization. She has authored and presented CLE seminars on various bankruptcy topics for the firm and the City Bar, and has authored articles for various publications regarding emerging issues in the bankruptcy field. Shaunna volunteers with the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program as part of her community service endeavors.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD
  • Harvard University, BA
Experience
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, and before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Associations
  • New York Bar Association, member
 
Darius N. KandawallaBailey Cavalieri LLC

Darius N. Kandawalla

Firm: Bailey Cavalieri LLC

Darius Kandawalla is an equity member of Bailey Cavalieri LLC and a member of the firm’s D&O Practice Group. He focuses his practice on directors and officers liability and insurance, fiduciary liability and insurance, and other related lines of corporate insurance coverage. Darius has represented insurers as coverage counsel in a wide array of sophisticated corporate claims and has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated cases on behalf of insurers throughout the country. He has co-authored several titles on D&O liability and insurance issues, including various chapters of the two-volume treatise, Liability of Corporate Officers and Directors (8th Edition, LexisNexis Matthew Bender Publishing, 2009).

Darius is a former assistant attorney general in the Business & Government Regulation Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. He has a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® peer rating, which represents a very high to preeminent legal ability and a very high general ethical standard.

Education
  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • Bowling Green State University, B.A.
Experience
  • Bailey Cavalieri LLC
  • Arter & Hadden LLP
  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in Ohio, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Associations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Opera Columbus, board member
 
Gary L. KaplanFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Gary L. Kaplan is a bankruptcy and restructuring partner resident in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. His extensive experience includes representing debtors and official and unofficial creditors’ and equity committees in Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and foreign proceedings. He also represents significant creditors, lenders and third-party purchasers in connection with Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructuring situations and foreign proceedings.

Gary recently represented Contraladora Comercial Mexicana, Mexico’s third-largest supermarket retailer, in its financial restructuring; Highbridge Principal Strategies LLC in connection with its US $150 million debtor-in-possession financing facility to the Los Angeles Dodgers; NewLead Holdings, Ltd., in connection with its efforts to restructure its outstanding indebtedness; and Silver Point Finance LLC in connection with the Chapter 11 case of Workflow Management Inc. .

He is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Bankruptcy/Restructuring and by Legal 500 in Finance: Corporate Restructuring. Gary was named an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” in 2007 in a special report of Turnarounds and Workouts. A frequent author and speaker on a range of restructuring-related issues , Gary also is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Maryland at College Park, B.A.
Experience
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Bar Association
  • State Bar of New York
 

James C. Kardon

Firm: Hahn Hessen

James represents investors, entrepreneurs and investment bankers in the organization of companies, angel and venture capital private financings, private investments in public entities (PIPEs), initial public offerings, public company compliance, bankruptcy and other reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, executive compensation and general corporate matters. His recent merger and acquisition work includes public company mergers, purchases and sales of private companies and purchases and sales of assets and businesses in bankruptcy. In addition, James and his group counsel private investment companies on private placements, securities law compliance and private investment. James has acted as counsel in international transactions, ranging from the organization of off-shore private equity funds to private equity investing in China, Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan and Georgia.

James’s representative transactions include several PIPEs (private investments in public entities) on behalf of investors, investment bankers and issuers, reverse mergers, acquisition and disposition of a cargo air business in bankruptcy, negotiation of equity interests for mezzanine lenders in bankruptcies, formation of financial advisory/information firms and joint ventures, financial advisory engagements, organization of joint ventures, investments in private equity funds, and preparation of private placements of securities for early stage companies and private equity funds.

James has spoken to client and industry groups, including the Practicing Law Institute, on various topics including PIPEs, issuance of equity in bankruptcy, down rounds, limited liability companies, equity kickers for lenders and legal ethics.

Education
  • Harvard College, B.A. 1971
  • New York University School of Law, J.D. 1978
Experience
  • Hahn Hessen LLP
 
Michael J. KasdanWiggin and Dana LLP

Michael J. Kasdan

Firm: Wiggin and Dana LLP

Michael J. Kasdan is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice at Wiggin and Dana LLP. Michael has spent his career handling litigations, licensing matters, and transactional work, performing analyses and providing opinions, and advising companies on all aspects of intellectual property.  Trained in electrical engineering and with a business background as a technology consultant, Michael works with a broad range of technologies, including consumer electronics, mobile devices, computer architecture, semiconductor chips, Internet and e-commerce, and medical devices.

In addition to his diverse experience as outside counsel, Michael has served as in-house patent counsel to Panasonic Corporation in Japan while working on secondment in Panasonic’s licensing center.  In that role, he acted as lead counsel in numerous third-party patent assertions and license negotiations, negotiated complex agreements, including portfolio cross-license agreements, and worked with the company to identify high value patents and strengthen their protection.

Michael also teaches as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, NYU School of Law, and has served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, addressing topics such as patent and trade secret law, IP Licensing, global patent litigation, patent exhaustion, and inequitable conduct.  He also frequently writes and speaks on a range of topics including IP litigation, patent monetization and licensing practices, strategic portfolio development, patent eligibility, patent exhaustion, willful infringement, patent misuse and standards estoppel, standards essential patents, damages and patent valuation, inequitable conduct, social media and privacy issues, and legal ethics.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E, Electrical Engineering
Experience
  • Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
&nbsp;Thompson Hine LLP

Barry M. Kazan

Firm: Thompson Hine LLP

Barry M. Kazan, an experienced trial lawyer in Thompson Hine’s Business Litigation, Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Product Liability and ERISA litigation practices. He focuses his practice on civil litigation, concentrating on general commercial law, class defense, franchise disputes, mass torts, product liability, environmental liability and bankruptcy.

Representative matters include acting as lead counsel in a multi-distinct litigation involving numerous class-actions alleging consumer fraud in retail sale products, representation of financial institutions and secured lenders in bankruptcy proceedings and workouts and negotiating withdrawal of multi-million dollar breach of contract claims.

Barry represents clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, petroleum, chemicals, manufacturing, financial services and real estate. He counsels clients on electronic discovery and developing document retention programs and discovery response plans related to electronically stored information. Additionally, Barry focuses on the legal and ethical issues that arise from the use of social networking technology, and is a frequent writer and speaker on these subjects.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1994, cum laude
  • Drew University, B.A., 1991, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Thompson Hine LLP
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
  • Pitney Hardin LLP
  • Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey State and Federal Courts and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits.
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Petroleum Marketing Committee of Section on Environment,
  • Energy and Resources
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Paul J. Keenan Jr.Greenberg Traurig LLP

Paul J. Keenan Jr.

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Paul J. Keenan Jr., a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice, focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings, bankruptcy litigation, sales of distressed assets and loan workouts. He represents clients in bankruptcy courts in Florida and nationwide—corporate debtors, banks and other lending institutions, Chapter 11 trustees, secured and unsecured creditors and asset purchasers in out-of-court corporate restructurings and bankruptcy cases—and has wide-ranging experience before Delaware bankruptcy courts. He also frequently represents purchasers of distressed assets and lenders and borrowers in out-of-court transactions.

Paul speaks Spanish and represents lending institutions and corporate debtors in cross-border corporate restructurings, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most recently, he was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the “Restructuring Deal of the Year Award” by Latin Lawyer magazine. He’s received additional awards and recognition and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and presented many speeches. He is also an editor and contributing author of University of Miami Law Review.

Mike writes and speaks frequently on finance and letter of credit-related topics, and actively participates in bar associations and trade groups. Additionally, he’s a past Chair of the Subcommittee on Letters of Credit of the New York State Bar Association's Banking Law Committee.

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, foreign student in residence
  • University of Rhode Island, M.M.A.
  • Tufts University, B.A.
Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires, Argentina, summer associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in in Florida and Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida
  • Latin America Committee, INSOL International, chair
 
&nbsp;Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Thomas D. Kearns

Firm: Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Thomas D. Kearns is a partner in the real estate department of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP. He has significant experience in both real estate and corporate law. Thomas specializes in representing owners, operators and developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of office, residential and retail properties. He has extensive experience with joint venture, LLC, tenant-in-common and other agreements between co-venturers and with sophisticated condominium or other joint ownership arrangements of real estate. He is also an expert on the impact of federal and state securities laws on real estate.

Thomas has been repeatedly named in the New York Super Lawyers list and is an Associate Partner of the Partnership for New York City.

Thomas earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, M.B.A. from Fordham University, and B.A. from Fordham University.

Thomas has served as an instructor with the Continuing Legal Education program at Fordham Law School, teaching courses on Limited Liability Companies and Residential Real Estate, and with the Stephen Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College, teaching a course on Real Estate Investment Trusts. He has served in various leadership roles with the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association and most recently was a Book Editor for the Real Property Section. Additionally Mr. Kearns co-authored a LexisNexis® commentary entitled "Drafting General Releases After Centro: How to Preclude or Preserve Future Claims of Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty." The article addresses a recent New York Court of Appeals decision overruling the First Department's ruling in Blue Chip Emerald LLC and highlighting New York's enforcement of general releases between fiduciaries.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Fordham University, M.B.A.
  • Fordham University, B.A.
Experience
  • Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
Accreditations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Associations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
 
Devika KewalramaniMoses &amp; Singer LLP

Devika Kewalramani

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Devika Kewalramani is a partner and co-chair of Moses & Singer's Legal Ethics & Law Firm Practice, advising law firms, lawyers and legal departments on ethical, legal and business aspects of law practice.  Devika’s practice focuses on the laws that regulate lawyers.  She counsels on a variety of issues relating to legal ethics, professional discipline and law firm disputes.  Devika conducts ethics audits for law firms and develops risk management compliance manuals for firms.

Devika is an author of Lexis Practice Advisor’s Corporate Counsel module: Ethics for In-House Counsel (2012).  She is a co-editor and contributor of three chapters to "The New York Rules of Professional Conduct," Oxford University Press and New York County Lawyers' Association (2010 and 2011), including "Rule 1.7 - Conflicts of Interest: Current Clients," "Rule 1.8 - Current Clients: Specific Conflicts of Interest Rules," and "Rule 1.9 - Duties to Former Clients."

Devika has published numerous articles on cutting edge ethics-related topics ranging from virtual law offices to elder law practice in New York Law Journal, New York State Bar Association Journal, The Practical Lawyer, Forbes.com and Thomson Reuters News & Insight.

Devika has lectured widely on professional ethics matters.  She speaks to corporate legal departments, law firms, bar associations and other professional organizations on conflicts of interest, engagement letters, unauthorized practice of law, attorney advertising, e-discovery, cloud computing,  social media and cyber liability.  The editor of New York State Bar Association Journal recognized Devika as author of one of the best articles of 2010:  "Up Close and Professional with New York's Engagement Letter Rules" (September 2010).  She is a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute and of Lawline.com.

Education
  • CUNY School of Law, J.D.
  • St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, India, B.A. with Honors, Political Science
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Associations
  • Professional Ethics Committee of the New York State Bar Association, member
  • Professional Discipline Committee of the New York City Bar Association, member
  • Advisory Board of the Ethics Institute of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, member
  • The Association of the Bar of The City of New York, Professional Responsibility Committee, Subcommittee on Engagement Letters, past chair
 
Christiane Cargill KinneyLeClairRyan

Christiane Cargill Kinney

Firm: LeClairRyan

Christiane Cargill Kinney is a Partner and Chair of the Entertainment Industry team at LeClairRyan, Los Angeles. Her entertainment practice focuses on the representation of talent primarily in music, film and television, and she also specializes in branding and cross-promotional opportunities for corporations and artists.    

Christiane’s personal experience as a musician, recording artist and voting member of The Recording Academy provides a unique perspective to the deal-making process as an entertainment attorney. She often speaks on music and entertainment law panels as well as various radio talk shows.

As a strong supporter of education for independent artists, Kinney also writes a monthly legal column for CD Baby’s DIY Musician. CD Baby, the largest online distributor of independent music, recently recognized Kinney as #1 out of their list of the Top 10 Music Law Resources to follow on Twitter, noting that “her in-the-thick-of-it perspectives carry a lot of weight.”
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of California at Irvine, B.A. Music; B.A. Psychology & Social Behavior
Experience
  • LeClairRyan
  • Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and before all U.S. District Courts in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property Section
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
 
Eleazer KleinSchulte Roth

Eleazer Klein

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Eleazer Klein is a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York where he practices in the areas of securities law, M&A and regulatory compliance. Ele is best known for his expertise since the early 1990s in the development and implementation of alternative investment structures for private equity investments and, specifically, the structuring and negotiating of private investments in public equity, or PIPEs, and related products including Registered Direct offerings, Convertible 144A offerings, Reverse Mergers, Equity Lines and SPACs.

Ele currently works on approximately 200 PIPE or PIPE market-related transactions every year for some of the largest private investment groups and investment banks in the United States and abroad. In addition, Ele advises clients on initial public offerings and secondary offerings, venture capital financing, indenture defaults and interpretation, and activist investing, as well as counseling clients in the regulatory areas of short-selling, Sections 13 and 16, Rule 144, insider trading and Regulation M/Rule 105.

Ele was named to the inaugural The DealFlow Power 20 list for being a top influencer in the small cap financing market. He is a leading source for business journalists and business news organizations, as well as a contributing author to PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity, a leading treatise in the PIPEs arena published by Bloomberg Press.

Ele received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of The Yale Law Journal, and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Brooklyn College.

Education
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
    The Yale Law Journal, Senior Editor
    Yale University Graduate and Professional Senate, Law School Senator
  • Brooklyn College, CUNY, B.S., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Securities Regulation Committee
 
&nbsp;Hodgson Russ LLP

Mark S. Klein

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Mark S. Klein focuses his practice on New York State and New York City tax matters and splits his time between the Buffalo and New York City offices of Hodgson Russ. He has 30 years of professional experience in the fields of federal, multistate, state, and local taxation.

Mark writes and lectures extensively on tax topics and teaches courses on state taxation and tax practice and procedure for the University at Buffalo School of Management Tax Certificate Program. His articles have appeared in The CPA Journal, the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, and in other publications devoted to multistate tax issues. Mr. Klein's most recent article, "Handling a Tax Audit: 3 Traps for the Unwary," was published in an October 2011 issue of Tax Stringer, a publication of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mark has also written numerous books and treatises on the subject of multistate taxation. He is the general editor of LexisNexis® Tax Practice Insights: New York, 2010 edition, and the editor of New York Tax Highlights.

Mark earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, and B.S., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D., magna cum laude
  • State University of New York College at Buffalo, B.S., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Florida
Associations
  • New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal Advisory Committee
  • State and Local Taxation Section chairperson and Executive Committee member, ACE, Accounting Society
  • Tax Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Tax Committee, American Bar Association
 
Tom KleinGreenberg Traurig LLP

Thomas C. Klein

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Thomas Klein is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, East Palo Alto, California. Focusing on start-up and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public company representation, Tom’s practice includes representation of companies in formation, private and public financing, domestic and international technology strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has represented public and private companies in diverse industries, including software and hardware, Internet applications, services, content, telecommunications technology, semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, and venture capital.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Tom was with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. in Palo Alto. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law since the spring of 2001, a UC Berkeley Extension instructor since 2008, and, during the spring of 2006, was an adjunct lecturer in securities regulation at Stanford Law School.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Swarthmore College, BA, with honors
Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP, shareholder
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California, and before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Tax Court
Associations
  • Santa Clara University Law School, adjunct lecturer
  • Hiller Aviation Institute and Museum, advisory board member
  • Santa Clara University School of Law's High Tech Law Institute, advisory board member
  • Tynax, Inc., advisory board member
  • Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, board member
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Instructor
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Hiller Aviation Institute and Museum, pro bono counsel
  • The Hotchkiss School, regional council member
  • Stanford University Law School (2006), adjunct lecturer 
 
DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Sandra Pak Knox

Firm: DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Sandra Pak Knox is Deputy General Counsel, Corporate, with DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN), the world’s largest privately held data storage infrastructure company. As a corporate and securities lawyer, she has more than a decade of experience representing emerging companies in venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions and matters of corporate governance.

Before joining DDN in 2012, Sandi was counsel in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice of Sidley Austin LLP and special counsel with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

She has spoken frequently on private company financings, including engagements for Northwestern University’s entrepreneurship program, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Clean Energy Trust, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Entrepreneurs College.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Stanford University, A.B.
Experience
  • DataDirect Networks, Inc.
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in California
Associations
  • Member, State Bar of California
 

Michael S. Kun

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Michael S. Kun is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice. He is the national Co-Chairperson of the firm's Wage and Hour practice group. Mr. Kun represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, health care, logistics, housing, and staffing services. Mr. Kun's practice includes litigating more than six dozen class actions and collective actions in California, New York, Georgia and Maryland involving a variety of employment issues, including discrimination and wage-hour claims, and successfully defeating motions for class certification on such claims. The sizes of the putative classes have ranged from 75 to approximately 15,000 employees. Mr. Kun speaks before professional and business groups on a variety of employment-related topics. He is the co-editor of, and a contributing writer to Epstein Becker Green’s Hospitality Labor and Employment Law Blog and the Wage & Hour Defense Blog.

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law J.D., 1988
  • Johns Hopkins University B.A., 1984
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
 

Jeffrey M. Landes

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Jeffrey Landes is in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm's New York office. His practice includes counseling clients in a variety of industries—including financial services, retail and communications—in all facets of employment law, including compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace, independent contractor issues, executive terminations, restrictive covenants, drug testing, background checks, employee discipline and terminations, reorganizations, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, and development of handbooks and personnel policies and procedures.

Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law J.D., 1992
  • Vassar College B.A., 1987
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section: Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
 
James M. LawniczakCalfee, Halter &amp; Griswold LLP

James M. Lawniczak

Firm: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

James M. Lawniczak is a partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He concentrates his practice on corporate bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and commercial business and finance matters. His experience includes bankruptcy plans and related disclosure statements, cash collateral and financing orders, asset sales, executory contracts and unexpired leases, and bankruptcy litigation and appeals.

Jim has successfully managed complex bankruptcies and reorganizations for private and public companies in the steel, manufacturing and retail industries. His work includes serving as debtors' counsel in the successful reorganization of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. Jim also facilitated the 363 sale of Republic Storage Systems Company and Concord Steel Inc., where his guidance enabled them to sell their business while preserving critical assets and jobs.

Jim is a frequent author and lecturer in his field. He is a contributing author to the 16th edition of Collier on Bankruptcy, the leading national treatise on bankruptcy law. He authors the bankruptcy chapters of Lexis's Asset Based Financing and Business Organizations with Tax Planning treatises. Jim is a featured online contributor to the "LexisNexis® Expert Commentaries" series, providing insight on significant, high-profile bankruptcy cases, and he has been a featured panelist in Financier Worldwide. He has been listed in multiple editions of Chambers USA as a Leading Lawyer for bankruptcy and restructuring and recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

Jim earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

In his spare time Jim is a legal advisor to Shaw High School's mock trial team and is involved in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 3Rs program. Rights, Responsibilities, Realities is an award-winning educational program for high school students.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan, magna cum laude, B.A.
Experience
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Ohio
Associations
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Outside Activities:
  • Legal advisor to Shaw High School's mock trial team
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 3Rs program
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Michael E. Lackey, Jr.

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Michael E. Lackey, Jr. leads Mayer Brown LLP’s global litigation and dispute resolution practice, serves on the Firm's Partnership Board, and is a co-leader of Electronic Discovery & Information Governance group.

Mike’s practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation, and he represents major companies and individuals in state and federal proceedings, including multi-district and class action litigation. Mike also has represented numerous defendants in grand jury proceedings and governmental investigations.

In addition to being an accomplished litigator, Mike is nationally recognized for his knowledge of electronic discovery issues. Chambers USA has recognized Mike as one of the top E-discovery attorneys nationwide since 2010 (the first year when this category was created), and in 2014, it reports that “He knows the area and can navigate through the issues to achieve solutions.” Mike is also recognized in this category in Chambers Global. Locally, he is recognized as a Washington DC SuperLawyer® by Thomson Reuters, and in The Washington Post magazine as one of the top attorneys in the city. Mike also has been listed for many years in Marquis Who’s Who in the World® and Who’s Who in American Law®.

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with high honors 1993
    Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS 1983
    National Merit Scholar
Experience
  • Mayer Brown
  • Clerked for the Honorable Jacques Wiener, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Served as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel of David M. Barrett
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Washington, DC and Florida
Associations
  • MIT Educational Counsel (2011 to date)
  • Faculty, National Student Leadership Conference, Law & Advocacy Program (2006 to date)
  • Corporate Committee Member, TAPS: the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (2009)
  • Federal Bar Association, Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section (2003-2006)
  • Advisory Board Member, Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute (2006 to date)
  • Advisory Cabinet Member, Masters Conference (2010 to date)
  • Advisory Board Member, Strafford Publications, Inc. (2008 to date)
  • Member, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (2010 to date) 
  • Adjunct Professor of Advanced Appellate Advocacy at The George Washington University Law School (1995 to 2012)
  • Bender Teaching Award Recipient, The George Washington University Law School (2000)
 
Proskauer Rose LLP

Patrick J. Lamparello

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Patrick J. Lamparello is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department, who devotes his practice to representing employers in federal and state litigations, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, as well as counseling clients in employment matters.

Patrick has significant experience representing and counseling clients in the financial services industry, including hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks and other investment advisors. In addition to his financial services industry focus, he also provides counseling and representation to clients in such diverse industries as utilities, retail, sports and entertainment as well as restaurants and other law firms.

Patrick represents clients on a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, whistleblowing and wage-and-hour issues. He has appeared on behalf of clients in proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, JAMS, AAA and in state and federal courts. Patrick has successfully tried single-plaintiff cases in both arbitration and in court, on matters including allegations of failure to pay overtime compensation and has experience handling class and collective action lawsuits.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2003; Member, University of Pennsylvania Law School Law Review
  • Columbia University, B.A., 2000
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
Admissions
  • Admitted to practice in New York
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court, New York, Southern District
 
Joshua M. LeeWolff &amp; Samson PC

Joshua M. Lee

Firm: Wolff & Samson PC

Joshua M. Lee is counsel at Wolff & Samson and practices in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark prosecution, trademark litigation and Internet domain name disputes. He is also involved in intellectual property aspects of various corporate transactions. Joshua counsels clients in a variety of industries, including music and entertainment, apparel, food and beverage, magazine publication, software and IT, and consumer products.

Joshua’s experience includes numerous successful defenses and enforcements of intellectual property rights both in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In several Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution proceedings (UDRP), he helped his clients acquire domain names that had been wrongfully registered by cybersquatters. His successes also include protecting a variety of clients’ trademark interests online, as well as clearing and prosecuting hundreds of marks for clients.

Education
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • Emory University Bankruptcy Developments Law Journal, notes and comments editor
  • University of Rochester, B.A.
Experience
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed in New Jersey
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
 
Sandra LeeBaker Botts L.L.P.

Sandra Lee

Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P.

Sandra Lee is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in Baker Bott’s New York office. She has a broad range of experience in domestic and foreign patent procurement, post-grant proceedings, client counseling and strategic portfolio management, freedom to operate and clearance investigations, validity/infringement opinion work and inventorship disputes. Sandra’s work is focused in the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device and consumer products areas. She also counsels her clients in Orange Book and Hatch-Waxman related issues, and is involved in pharmaceutical litigation matters from pre-suit investigation and continuing through trial. Sandra has focused primarily on pharmaceutical litigation related to Hatch-Waxman. She also has vast experience with due diligence investigations on proposed transactions across a broad range of technologies, and assists her clients with IP-related agreements associated with technology transfers through acquisition or licensing opportunities.

Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard University, Biology, M.L.A.
  • University of Michigan, Biology, B.S.
Experience
  • Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Darby & Darby P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Richard LevinCravath, Swaine &amp; Moore LLP

Richard Levin

Firm: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Richard Levin joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 2007. He is a partner in the firm’s Corporate department and serves as the chair of its Restructuring practice, focusing his practice on creditors’ rights, insolvency, reorganization and bankruptcy.

He has negotiated and structured complex domestic and international transactions involving distressed or insolvent companies and guided corporate debtors, creditors and acquirers through Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings in negotiated resolutions and in litigation.

Richard has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, the Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation and the K&A Restructuring Register America’s Top 100.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B.
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
Experience
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Counsel to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee
  • A primary author of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code
  • Faculty, Bankruptcy Judge Workshops, Federal Judicial Center
  • Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School
  • Consultant, Brazilian bankruptcy legislation, World Bank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Bankruptcy Conference
 
Leslee LewisDickinson Wright PLLC

Leslee Lewis

Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC

Leslee Lewis is an attorney and practice department manager of the Real Estate, Energy & Sustainability & Environmental group at Dickinson Wright. With over 18 years of experience, she serves as general corporate counsel to national, regional and emergent businesses and nonprofits in daily contracts and affairs, organization, financing, transactions and governance.

Education
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Alma College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Michigan
Associations
  • ALI-ABA's The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, National Editorial Board
  • Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations, American Law Institute, Consulting Member
  • American Law Institute, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, 2013-2014 Summer Conferences
  • Residential Transactions Committee, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, Past Chairperson
  • Michigan Community Resources/Community Legal Resources Outreach Committee
  • Dickinson Wright Real Estate Newsletter, Past Editor
  • Dickinson Wright Education Task Force, Past Chairperson
  • Women Lawyers Alliance, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan (Business, Real Estate and Estate Planning  Sections), Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member
  • Lake Michigan Academy (West Michigan Learning Disabilities Foundation), Past Board President, and 10 year Board Member, Board of Directors
  • Transitional Housing Council (Liz's House/My Sister's House), Dwelling Place, Board Member
  • Endowment Committee, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Past Member
  • Fundraiser Committee, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Past Member
  • Haven Builders, Past General Counsel
  • 2009 Rothbury Music Festival (Sustainable Epicenter), Local Corporate Coordinator
  • Green Rocks! Sustainable Schools Contest, Organizer
  • Eagleview Homeowners Association, Secretary and Past President
 
Paul LlewellynKaye Scholer LLP

Paul Llewellyn

Firm: Kaye Scholer LLP

Paul Llewellyn is a Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Intellectual Property Department in New York and Co-Head of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Practice. He has extensive experience in trademark litigation and prosecution matters, as well as related areas including copyright, design patent and right of publicity law. Among other matters, Paul regularly represents clients in trademark infringement litigations and in proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and advises clients on trademark clearance, registration and licensing issues. He also has an extensive experience litigating false advertising and consumer fraud disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. Paul’s practice covers a wide variety of industries, including food and liquor products, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, consumer products, retail services and industrial products.

Education
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Scholar
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A, summa cum laude
Experience
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York as well as in the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Colorado

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, member
 
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Firm: Littler Mendelson P.C.

Littler is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management. Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of multi-national clients, from navigating international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated, and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.

 
Andrew P. LoewingerNixon Peabody LLP

Andrew P. Loewinger

Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP

Andrew Loewinger is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC, concentrating his practice on domestic and international franchising, as well as corporate, intellectual property, regulatory, and transactional issues. He is a key member of the international franchising practice, which represents world leaders in franchising and retail distribution. He has handled several hundred inbound and outbound franchise transactions and joint ventures in more than 85 countries.

He is the co-author and co-editor of International Franchise Sales Laws, published by the American Bar Association on franchise sales laws around the world. He is a frequent contributor to franchise publications and a frequent speaker at franchise programs held by the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising, the International Bar Association International Franchising Committee, and the International Franchise Association.

Andrew is recognized as one of the top franchise lawyers in the United States and internationally in Who’s Who Legal 2010 and the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2011 and 2012. He has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for franchise work. For the past seven years, he also has been recognized as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times, an honor accorded the top franchise lawyers in the United States based on peer and client nominations. Additionally, Andrew has been selected for the seventh consecutive year for inclusion in 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a national listing based on a rigorous peer-review survey.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Columbia School of International Affairs, MA
  • Colorado College, BA, magna cum laude
Experience
  • Nixon Peabody LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
Associations
  • International Bar Association, International Franchising Committee, chair
  • American Bar Association, Governing Committee for the Forum on Franchising
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, International Franchise and Distribution division, first director, 2004
 

Ron Lovelace

Firm: King & Spalding

Ron Lovelace is a partner in the Finance Practice Group at King & Spalding, where he focuses his practice on commercial lending. Mr. Lovelace represents borrowers and banks, arrangers, and other financial institutions in syndicated and bilateral credit facilities. Mr. Lovelace has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting asset-based, acquisition and working capital financing in a variety of industries including retail, media, defense, telecommunications, professional sports and energy. Mr. Lovelace also has experience in restructuring distressed credits.

Mr. Lovelace also sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston County, North Carolina.

Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S.
Experience
  • King & Spalding
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina
Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
 
Craig T. LutterbeinHodgson Russ LLP

Craig T. Lutterbein

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Craig T. Lutterbein is an associate in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation practice group in the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ LLP, focusing his practice in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. Craig authored the note “Fraud and Deceit Abound But Do the Bankruptcy Courts Really Believe Everyone Is Crooked: The Bayou Decision and the Narrowing of Good Faith,” 18 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 405 (2010). At St. John’s University School of Law, Craig was named the Robert M. Zimmerman Bankruptcy Scholar for L.L.M. in Bankruptcy for the 2010-11 academic year.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, L.L.M. in bankruptcy (expected Spring 2012)
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., Dean’s List
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, associate managing editor
  • Vassar College, B.A.
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Hon. Burton R. Lifland of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Matthew H. Marmolejo

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Matthew Marmolejo is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office. A significant part of Matt’s practice centers on representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters with a focus on Latin America. Matt represents both American clients with business disputes in Latin America and Latin American clients involved in US litigation in state and federal courts and in international arbitration proceedings. Matt has conducted comprehensive internal investigations, led extensive pre-trial discovery and motion practice, and has acted as trial counsel for his clients on these matters.

Matt has also represented both multinational and domestic companies in state and federal courts throughout California, including defending several multi-million dollar consumer class action matters, complex real estate disputes, and litigation related to the interpretation or constitutionality of state statutes and related regulations.

Education
  • Stanford Law School, JD 2005; Editing Chair, Stanford Journal of International Law
  • University of California, Irvine, BA, summa cum laude 2002; Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Admissions
  • California 2006
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California 2006
  • US District Court for the Central District of California 2006
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California 2007
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2007
 
Reed Smith

Vincent Martorana

Firm: Reed Smith LLP

Vincent R. Martorana is Counsel in the Corporate & Securities Group with Reed Smith’s New York office. His practice includes the representation of clients in domestic and cross‐border mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing arrangements, corporate restructurings, private equity investments, and securities offerings. He also regularly provides advice on corporate governance and state laws governing business entities (including Delaware and New York corporate, partnership, and limited liability company law). Vincent has represented a wide range of clients—from start‐up and early‐stage companies to well‐established enterprises—in various industries, including technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical products, and consumer products.

Vincent has extensive experience providing advice on contract drafting, analysis, and interpretation relating to disputes, settlements, and negotiated transactions. He has presented his continuing legal education contract‐drafting courses for in‐house legal departments and at various other venues, including Practising Law Institute, Strafford Webinars, The Business Development Academy, the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, Commercial Law WebAdvisor, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association.

He is also the author of Drafting Points (www.draftingpoints.com), a blog that is dedicated to contract‐drafting issues, and is the co-author of the Reed Smith white paper, A Guide to Contract Interpretation (October 2013).

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, B.S.,magna cum laude
Experience
  • Reed Smith LLP
 
Morris J. MasselSimpson Thacher &amp; Bartlett LLP

Morris J. Massel

Firm: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Morris J. Massel, counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, is a member of the Bankruptcy department. Morris regularly represents clients in connection with out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases across a wide range of sectors, including semi-conductors, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer products. His work focuses primarily on advising distressed companies and financial institutions in connection with their loans to troubled companies. He also represents acquirers of financially distressed companies in Chapter 11 cases and provides advice regarding the structuring of corporate transactions.

Morris has acted as counsel to private and public companies in complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. He regularly represents administrative agents for secured lending syndicates in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Additionally, he advises strategic buyers in distressed asset sales.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif; Environmental Law Journal
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Experience
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Michelle M. McAteeJenner &amp; Block

Michelle M. McAtee

Firm: Jenner & Block

A partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, Michelle M. McAtee focuses on all aspects of real estate transactions. Lenders, borrowers, and real estate private equity sources seek her counsel on complex commercial loans and capital market transactions, as well as in restructuring and workouts. She also has extensive leasing experience, representing both landlords and tenants in office, retail, warehouse and industrial leases, and extensive experience in the areas of construction and development, including drafting and negotiating ground leases and complex reciprocal easement agreements. In the area of real estate securities, Michelle represents clients in the design and documentation of Delaware Statutory Trust and tenant-in-common real estate investment programs involving  retail, office, warehouse and multi-family housing projects across the country.

Michelle is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Real Estate Securities practices. She also serves the firm as a member of its Alumni, Diversity & Inclusion, and Hiring Committees. She  was named a “Rising Star” in real estate law by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has written on numerous topics related to her practice area.

Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.
  • Marquette University, B.S.
Experience
  • Jenner & Block
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts
Associations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Executive Women Chicago
 
Paul D. McGrady Jr.Winston &amp; Strawn LLP

Paul D. McGrady Jr.

Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP

Paul McGrady is a partner with Winston & Strawn, Chicago, serving as chair of Winston’s Trademark, Domain Names and Brand Enforcement practice. He focuses his practice in trademarks, domain names and social media, working with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and throughout the world.

Paul represents large-brand owners, including new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applicants in their domain name and Internet matters. His experience includes domain name disputes, domain name transactions, the creation of new top level domain names, CAN-SPAM disputes, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act disputes, online copyright and brand identity disputes and transactions and counseling related to intellectual property aspects of social/mobile media. He has successfully handled more than 300 proceedings under the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP), multiple litigations brought under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), and successful actions under foreign domain name dispute policies.

Paul has taught Advanced Trademarks and Cyberlaw at DePaul Law School. In 2008, he was selected by IP Law & Business as one of the “Top 50 Under 45” most influential intellectual property attorneys in the United States. In 2011, he was recognized in the World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000” as a world leading trademark individual for contentious and non-contentious work. Additionally, he is the author of McGrady on Domain Names, the three-volume definitive treatise on domain name law, published by LexisNexis and now in its twelfth release, and McGrady on Social Media, published by LexisNexis in 2011.

Education
  • DePaul University School of Law, J.D.
  • Cedarville University, B.A.
Experience
  • Winston & Strawn LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the District of Colorado, the Northern District of Illinois and the Western District of Michigan
 
Bingham McCutchen

Siobhan E. Mee

Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP

Siobhan Mee’s practice spans a broad range of commercial litigation, internal and government investigations, and regulatory matters. Her recent work includes conducting an internal investigation into alleged fraud and other compliance matters involving a state retirement system, defending an engineering and construction management firm in litigation brought by a government agency seeking more than $145 million in damages for alleged financial mismanagement of a public works project, and representing an individual in a federal investigation into potential violations of U.S. export laws. Siobhan also has a significant employment law background, including the successful litigation of employment discrimination, wrongful termination and non-competition lawsuits.

Siobhan was ranked in Chambers USA 2014, establishing an “impressive reputation as a commercial litigator.”

Education
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP 
  • Clerk for the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court 
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Associations
  • Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation
  • Women’s Bar Association
 
Paul I. MelvilleGrant Thornton LLP

Paul I. Melville

Firm: Grant Thornton LLP

Paul Melville is a principal in the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Services group at Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago. With over 18 years of experience in all areas of corporate restructuring, including several cross-border restructuring situations, he has advised stakeholders, including bank groups, customers, suppliers and shareholders in various restructuring scenarios encompassing company viability, reconstructions and debt restructuring, strategic options and formal insolvency.

Paul’s experience is international in its foundation. He was admitted to partnership in Grant Thornton UK, where he was a partner in the corporate recovery and restructuring group. In recognition of his cross-border and international capabilities, particularly in the manufacturing and automotive industries, Paul assisted in the development of the international capability of the United States-based restructuring practice, first in the Detroit office over a three-year period. He now resides in the Chicago office, where he serves as the liaison between the 1,000-professional Recovery & Re-organization practice of Grant Thornton International and that of the United States organization.

With his significant and diverse experience with international matters, Paul has worked with companies, their investors and their lenders in restructuring, purchase and sale of companies headquartered in or with operations in Canada, China, India, and the United Kingdom as well as other regions and countries. He has addressed complex issues and matters, including those associated with regulatory requirements and the application of bankruptcy laws in a variety of countries. Recently he presented to an international bank on the topic of the comparison of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.

Experience
  • Grant Thornton LLP, principal
Accreditations
  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioner
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Financial Association Educational Foundation, board of directors
  • INSOL International
  • Turnaround Management Association
 
Nancy A. MitchellGreenberg Traurig LLP

Nancy A. Mitchell

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Nancy A. Mitchell is an operating shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and chairs the New York Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring and corporate finance as both an attorney and an investment banker, and her areas of concentration include business restructuring, creditor rights representation, debtor rights representation and finance.

Nancy is a frequent author and speaker on various restructuring topics and has received numerous awards and recognition. Most recently, she was one of the lead restructuring lawyers for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., whose restructuring of $420 million of debt was awarded the “Restructuring Deal of the Year Award” by Latin Lawyer magazine. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide, Super Lawyers magazine, and Leading Lawyers Network.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • The Michigan Law Review, contributing editor
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, B.A.
Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • CIBC World Market Corp., executive director
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 
Ivan MitevBoies, Schiller &amp; Flexner LLP

Ivan Mitev is a tax associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in New York City. Ivan focuses his practice on the domestic and international aspects of private equity and hedge fund taxation and the formation, recapitalization, merger, sale, and liquidation of partnerships and LLCs. Ivan has worked on a range of transactions from small acquisitions of several million dollars to large partnership reorganizations of over a half billion dollars, spanning from Canada to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Ivan has authored several notable tax works, including one of the few books that are exclusively devoted to the taxation of the investment fund industry, "The Private Equity and Venture Capital Tax Manual", published by the ABA in 2011. In addition, Mr. Mitev co-authored, along with his colleague Matt Kaden, the tax book "Drafting Partnership and LLC Agreements: Tax Boilerplate, Allocation, and Liquidation Provisions," published by Matthew Bender. Mr. Mitev has also authored, or co-authored with Michael Kosnitzky or Matt Kaden, other articles, presentations and podcasts available on Mr. Mitev's website profile on Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP's website.

Ivan is also the founder of fund-taxation.com, one of the few leading blogs dedicated to the taxation of the investment fund industry.

Ivan is featured on Lexis Tax Center under Contributor Spotlight along with the tax practice groups of McDermott Will & Emery and Sutherland and Pepper Hamilton LLP. He participates in several committees, such as the FATCA committee of the Wall Street Tax association, and often contributes to discussions on the ABA's tax listserv, which is considered one of the preeminent places on the internet for practitioners to exchange thoughts on topical tax issues.

Ivan graduated law school in his home country of Bulgaria. After emigrating to the U.S., he earned his J.D. and Tax LL.M from the University of Miami School of Law.

He is fluent in several languages including Bulgarian, Russian and Spanish.

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. Tax LL.M, Merit Scholarship, Dean's Certificate of Achievement (International Law), Dean's List
  • University of Varna, Bulgaria, Law
Experience
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Tax Attorney
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Tax Clerk
  • UM Law, Tax Research Assistant to Elliott Manning
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida and New York
Associations
  • ABA Tax Section
  • Wall Street Tax Association
 
David MittelmanReed Smith

David Mittelman

Firm: Reed Smith LLP

David Mittelman is a partner at Reed Smith, San Francisco. He advises public companies and related persons on the interpretation and application of disclosure and compliance issues under the federal securities laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the JOBS Act. He regularly represents companies, directors, officers, shareholders, and investors regarding securities transactions, corporate governance, and SEC matters, and he is a deputy leader of Reed Smith’s Securities and Capital Markets team.

Before Reed Smith, David was with the Division of Corporation Finance of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, where he served as Legal Branch Chief overseeing reviews of IPOs, resales, 10-Ks, and many other types of SEC filings made by domestic and foreign registrants. Prior to becoming Legal Branch Chief, he served in the Office of Mergers & Acquisitions reviewing filings and answering interpretive questions regarding tender offers, proxy contests, going private transactions, and beneficial ownership reporting.

David frequently writes and speaks on SEC developments and securities trends. He’s been recognized by Law360 as a Corporate Finance Rising Star and a BTI Client Service All-Star, and honored with the SEC Capital Markets Award. 

Education
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, magna cum laude
  • Suffolk University Law Review
  • National Securities Law Moot Court Team
  • Boston College, B.A.
Experience
  • Reed Smith LLP, partner
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Federal Regulation of Securities
  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
  • California State Bar, Business Law Section
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
  • TheCorporateCounsel.net, Advisory Board
 
Trey A. MonsourK &amp; L Gates LLP

Trey A. Monsour

Firm: K&L Gates LLP

Trey Monsour is a partner in the Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group for K&L Gates LLP and manages their restructuring practice throughout the Southwest region of the United States. With offices both in Houston and Dallas, Texas, Trey specializes in workouts, restructuring troubled businesses and commercial bankruptcy cases both for debtors and creditor constituencies.

With a business background, Trey has been actively involved in cases in the retail, restaurant, supplier, manufacturing, construction and energy sectors. He also has been actively involved as counsel for debtors, lenders, purchasers, large unsecured creditors and dozens of creditor committees. Trey is national restructuring counsel for a Global Fortune 500 Corporation. In addition, Trey regularly serves as a court appointed Mediator for bankruptcy disputes.

His additional experience includes serving two consecutive years as course director of the State Bar of Texas Advance Business Bankruptcy Course, and speaking on bankruptcy issues to law schools, bar associations, trade and specialty group associations. Trey is a contributing author to Inside the Minds: Creditor Rights in Chapter 11 Cases (Aspatore 2010). From 2005 to 2013, he has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine.

Education
  • University of Houston, JD
  • University of Texas at Austin, BBA
Experience
  • K&L Gates LLP, Dallas and Houston, partner
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas and Houston, partner
  • Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, Washington D.C. and Houston, partner
  • Weil, Gotshal and Manges, Dallas and Houston
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas
Associations
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of International Arbitration
  • Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inns of Court
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Judicial Intern for Judge Letitia Clark, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
 
David W. Morse

David W. Morse

Firm: Otterbourg P.C.

David Morse is a member of the law firm of Otterbourg P.C. in New York City and is chair of the firm’s banking and finance practice. 

Since joining the firm he has specialized in the representation of banks, hedge funds, commercial finance companies and other institutional lenders in structuring and documenting loan transactions, including working capital facilities, financings for leveraged acquisitions, term loans, and second lien loans, as well as loan workouts and restructurings.  In the course of his career, Mr. Morse has worked on numerous financing transactions confronting a wide range of legal issues raised by Federal, State and international law.

He has given presentations as part of programs sponsored by The Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the Loan Syndication and Trading Association, lectured to the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys and the New York Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association and has been an instructor in the Commercial Finance Association’s Advanced Legal Issues Workshop and Loan Documentation Workshop. 

Mr. Morse has been selected for Super Lawyers since 2008 and Best Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.  He is the winner of the 2008 Harry H. Chen Memorial Award of Excellence presented by the Commercial Finance Association.  He is a representative from the Commercial Finance Association in its participation in one of the current projects of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) concerning secured transactions law.

Mr. Morse has also conducted in‑house seminars to institutional lenders on such topics as commercial loan documentation, the structuring of multi‑corporate financings, proposal letters and commitment letters, international lending transactions, intercreditor agreements, loan workouts and Chapter 11 financings.

Education
  • Tokyo University 1981 (Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship in Law)
  • Harvard Law School, JD 1980
  • University of Michigan, 1976, MA, Japanese Studies
  • Stanford Center for Japanese Language Studies, Tokyo 1975
  • University of Michigan, AB 1974, with high honors
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
Accreditations
  • Illinois, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Associations
  • Executive Committee, Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago
  • Adjunct faculty in deposition training program
  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Relations, Section on Litigation, Section on International Law
  • Lincoln Park Juniors Rowing Club (“Changing the Face of Junior Rowing”)
 
Timothy Murray

Timothy Murray

Firm: Murray, Hogue & Lannis

Timothy Murray is a partner with Murray, Hogue & Lannis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently updating numerous chapters in Lexis' landmark formbook series, Rabkin & Johnson Current Legal Forms, including the chapters on sales, patent license agreements, franchising, joint ventures, assignments, and many others, and is also one of Lexis' authors of Emerging Issues Analysis.

Additionally, Timothy and Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., co-author the biannual supplements to the landmark contract law treatise Corbin on Contracts, and they collaborated on Contract Law for the 21st Century Lawyer: Critical Analysis and Practical Application (PBI Press), the book for contract law practitioners.

Timothy has represented numerous businesses and individuals in various contract transactional matters and disputes, including General Motors Corporation, Bayer Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Alcoa, Nissan North America, companies of the Marmon Group, Mazda Motors of America, General Reinsurance, Lanxess Corporation, TWA, Kawasaki Motors, Nova Chemicals, Renda Broadcasting and Electrolux. Timothy also has been course planner for numerous contract law seminars as well as a presenter at contract law seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, B.A.
Experience
  • Murray Hogue & Lannis, partner
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 
Associations
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
 
Vandenberg

Rebecca Myers

Firm: Vandenberg & Feliu LLP

Rebecca Myers is of counsel in the Litigation Department of the New York firm Vandenberg & Feliu LLP, and focuses her practice on intellectual property. She advises companies and individual employees on the legal considerations of confidentiality, restrictive covenant and intellectual property ownership agreements and helps her company clients develop intellectual property protection programs that meet multiple jurisdictions’ legal requirements.

Rebecca has extensive litigation experience, particularly in seeking or opposing injunctive relief. She has successfully tried or resolved trade secrets, inevitable disclosure, intellectual property ownership, licensing, and other intellectual property and commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals.

She is a co-author of Bensen & Myers on Litigation Management (LexisNexis, 2009).

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Syracuse University, B.S.
Experience
  • Vandenberg & Feliu LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York; Massachusetts; the U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, Massachusetts; Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • The Sedona Conference
  • Women in eDiscovery
 
Peter NewmanMilbank, Tweed, Hadley &amp; McCloy LLP

Peter Newman, with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy since 2004, is an associate in the London office and a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring group.

Peter’s experience includes representing debtors, official and ad hoc committees of creditors, large debt or equity holders and prospective investors in connection with court-supervised and out-of-court restructurings in the United States, Europe and other foreign countries. He has represented acquirers and sellers of assets of insolvent and financially distressed companies, negotiated financing arrangements, sale agreements, reorganization plans, schemes of arrangement and related documents in a wide range of industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding and docks, financial services, satellite, airline, automotive, printing, broadcasting, cable, hospitality, manufacturing and project finance.

His extensive representative engagements include ad hoc noteholder groups, official committees of unsecured creditors and Chapter 11 debtors. He has also represented parties in interest in the restructurings as counsel to lenders, subcommittees of noteholders, ad hoc committees of secured noteholders, second lien lenders, administrative agents of secured lending facility and corporate parents. Peter was recently named as one of 12 Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers by Turnarounds & Workouts.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, B.A.
Experience
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Peter NussbaumWolff &amp; Samson PC

Peter Nussbaum

Firm: Wolff & Samson PC

Peter Nussbaum, co-chair of Wolff & Samson’s Intellectual Property Group, advises on trademark, copyright, Internet and technology matters. His clients include entertainment companies, musical artists, clothing and footwear companies, publishing and educational companies, food and beverage companies, non-profit organizations and others.

Peter is involved in all aspects of trademark, copyright, domain name, Internet and technology law, including general counseling, clearance, registration practice, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He is also involved in the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions. He litigates intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Peter is listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property. Peter has also been ranked among the top 25 trademark attorneys in the United States, based upon filings with the USPTO. In 2007, the New Jersey Law Journal selected him for its “40 Under 40” annual listing of the top attorneys in the state under the age of 40. Peter was also named in 2007 by NJBIZ as one of the “40 Under 40” most dynamic young New Jersey business leaders. He was chosen by Law & Politics as a “2008 New Jersey Rising Star” and was featured on the magazine’s cover and profiled in a lengthy article. He has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards.

Peter writes and speaks on a variety of trademark law topics, including lectures at New York University and Seton Hall Law School on trademark issues related to the music industry.

Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, J.D.
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, B.A.
Experience
  • Wolff & Samson PC
  • Friscia & Nussbaum
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
 
Kalman OchsFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Kalman Ochs, a bankruptcy and restructuring special counsel resident in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, is involved in numerous in-court and out-of-court restructurings and the rehabilitation of financially distressed businesses. He has experience representing Chapter 11 debtors, creditors' committees, significant individual creditors, lenders and parties seeking to invest in and/or acquire the assets of financially troubled companies.

Kalman has represented companies in restructuring matters, including Bill’s Dollar Stores; McCrory Corporation; Donnkenny, Inc.; and Salant Corporation. He has also represented creditors' committees, significant creditors or third-party purchasers in Chapter 11 cases of companies such as 1515 Broadway Associates, LP; Bayou Group, LLC; Bridge Information Systems, Inc.; Circuit City Stores, Inc.; The Delaco Company; Hartmarx Corporation; Heilig Meyers Company; Just For Feet, Inc.; Kaiser Aluminum Corporation; Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York; Steve & Barry’s; Sun Healthcare Group; Tarragon Corporation and UAL Corporation.

His representations of a variety of significant creditors, lenders and third-party acquirers in restructuring situations include Ameritrade Holding Corporation; Banc of America Securities; Brookfield Financial Properties, LP; GoldenTree Asset Management, LP; Goldman, Sachs & Co., Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Silver Point Capital, LP and Vornado Realty Trust.

Kalman has served as Secretary of the Committee on Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and has co-authored several articles on bankruptcy-related topics.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • Kotler Institute of Higher Learning, M.A.
  • Kotler Institute of Higher Learning, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and admitted in the Southern and Eastern districts of New York
 
Edward J. O&rsquo;Connell

Edward J. O’Connell

Firm: Ed O’Connell, Attorney at Law

Ed has an extensive practice in the structured finance and derivatives area. He is experienced in the representation of issuers, underwriters, servicers, investors, credit enhancers, trustees, and rating agencies in connection with asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. Most recently, he has been actively involved in restructurings of entities engaged in structured finance as well as advising parties in connection with rights and obligations in structured finance transactions.

Ed is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of structured finance and derivatives. Recent articles include “An Overview of CDO Transactions,” The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (April 2, 2008); “ABCs of Synthetics ABS,” Journal of Structured Finance (Spring 2006); “Tracking the Growing Popularity of CDOs of ABS,” Capital Markets (June/July 2005); and “Understanding ISDA's Credit Derivative Rules,” International Financial Law Review (August 2003).

Education
  • Fordham University, J.D.
  • Wagner College, B.S.
Experience
  • Jones Day, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School
 
Andrew OliverMoses &amp; Singer LLP

Andrew Oliver

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Andrew Oliver is a partner at Moses & Singer in the firm’s Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Funds practice groups. He advises corporate clients in structuring and negotiating a wide-range of transactions that includes mergers and acquisitions, asset dispositions, joint ventures and private placements of debt and equity securities.

Andrew also represents start-ups and established companies in various industries, including advertising, media and communications, financial and professional services and healthcare, and advises clients in the technology/software, entertainment, manufacturing and retail industries as well as not-for-profit entities.

He has substantial knowledge in matters involving venture capital investments, start-up company formation and financing, executive employment and severance arrangements, commercial contracts, corporate governance and general commercial matters. For investment fund sponsors, Andrew frequently advises on the formation and operation of domestic and offshore private equity and hedge funds. Additionally, he represents private fund investors and has significant experience negotiating secondary sales of private equity fund interests.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • City University of New York, B.A.
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Brian O&rsquo;RourkeMcCarter &amp; English&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />

Brian O’Rourke

Firm: McCarter & English, LLP

Brian O’Rourke focuses his practice at McCarter & English on the representation of owners, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors in the energy, infrastructure and building construction industries. His practice includes contract negotiation, civil litigation, claims management and analysis, arbitration, and public and private procurement. Contract negotiation work includes advice and consultation concerning numerous energy, civil and building construction and design contracts, including negotiation of a + $200M offshore energy related facility. Trial work includes first chair participation and assistance to lead counsel in a major design defect litigation representing the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority against the designers of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in a case that settled after five weeks of trial in favor of the client for more than $22M. He has served as lead counsel in a construction related arbitration and participated in numerous mediations and dispute resolution sessions.

Brian is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and worked for six years as a civil engineer prior to becoming a lawyer. Brian’s experience as an engineer includes design and field supervision of several construction projects, planning and supervising site investigations, installing field instrumentation and analyzing field data.

Brian lectures regularly on various construction law topics and serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute teaching a full three credit graduate level course on construction law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Brian also teaches a contract documents class at the Boston Architectural College. He has written numerous articles on construction law topics. Brian worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts for two years where he gained valuable jury trial and courtroom experience.

Education
  • Boston College School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, M.S., Civil Engineering
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Civil Engineering
Experience
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • Gadsby Hannah LLP
  • Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office
  • GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Associations
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
  • Professional Engineer (Civil – Massachusetts)
 
Richard PhillipsK &amp; L Gates LLP

Richard Phillips

Firm: K&L Gates LLP

Dick Phillips, senior partner at K&L Gates, San Francisco, concentrates his practice in securities regulation, particularly investment management, broker/dealer regulation and SEC enforcement.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Dick held numerous positions on the SEC staff, including assistant to the chairman and to a member of the Commission, assistant general counsel and staff director of the SEC Corporate Disclosure and Investment Company Studies. His wide range of experience also includes having served as chair of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association and vice-chairman and editor of the Business Law Section’s publication, The Business Lawyer, and chair of its Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities.  Additionally, he has been chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Executive Council of the Securities Law Committee and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., and the Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee of the New York Exchange.

Dick served as leader of securities law delegations to China, Eastern Europe, Brazil and Russia, as well as a consultant to the Korean Minister of Finance on the Korean securities market and to the U.S. Agency for International Development on the Brazilian securities market.

In 2001, Dick received the William O. Douglas Award of the SEC Alumni Association for contributions to the development of securities law and service to the financial and SEC communities over the years.

Education
  • Columbia University, BA
  • Yale Law School, LL.B.
Experience
  • K&L Gates, senior partner
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California, the District of Columbia and New York
 

David Phippen

Firm: Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

David Phippen is counsel with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP. He has for many years represented businesses in a full range of labor, employment and transportation matters. He has experience in both counseling and litigation, with particular emphasis on traditional labor matters, wage and hour matters, representation of employers in administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and representation of motor carriers and shippers of property in transportation matters.

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law J.D., cum laude; Law Review Staff; American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility
  • University of Virginia B.A., with distinction
Experience
  • Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Accreditations
  • Virginia, 1983
  • Georgia, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia and Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
 
Anna PinedoMorrison  Foster

Anna Pinedo

Firm: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Anna T. Pinedo is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York. She has concentrated her practice on securities and derivatives, representing issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries, and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, structured notes and other structured products. Anna works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing expertise in certain industries, working with technology-based companies, telecommunications companies, healthcare companies, financial institutions, REITs and consumer finance companies.

Anna also has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets, and has worked with financial institutions regarding international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, hybrid and structured products and medium-term note and commercial paper programs.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Georgetown University, BSFS
Experience
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member, Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting, subcommittee on Securities Registration, Task Force on the Future of Securities Regulation, and chair of the subcommittee on the Annual Review of Federal Regulation of Securities, and member of the Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments
  • Member of the ISDA Joint Associations Committee, Documentation Committee and Dodd-Frank Compliance Committee
 
Jason T. PolevoyKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff &amp; Cohen, P.C.

Jason T. Polevoy focuses his practice on commercial real estate law. Jason has extensive experience in all aspects of complex commercial real estate, including development, sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, restructurings and workouts, and office and retail leasing. He also has significant experience in connection with hotel management agreements, architect agreements and construction agreements. Jason has represented investors and developers, and office building, residential and hotel owners.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP
  • Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York.
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section and  Commercial Leasing Committee
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Robert RappCalfee, Halter &amp; Griswold LLP

Robert Rapp

Firm: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Robert Rapp is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets practice at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP,  Cleveland, Ohio. He handles financial market regulatory, compliance and related administrative and civil litigation matters for a wide range of market participants and financial intermediaries, as well as complex market-related litigation in state and federal courts. 

A noted author in the field of securities law and financial market regulation, Bob’s work has been published in numerous law journals and cited by courts including the United States Supreme Court. He lectures frequently on capital markets issues, and as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law he teaches “Law, Theory and Practice in Financial Markets.” Bob previously served as a public member of the former NASD Legal Advisory Board, and currently is a member of the Market Operations Review Committee for the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, NASDAQ OMX-BX (the former Boston Stock Exchange), and NASDAQ OMX-PHLX (the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange).

Bob is the author of Blue Sky Regulation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), the definitive treatise on state securities regulation in the United States, and is a principal contributing author for Federal Securities Act of 1933 (Matthew Bender LexisNexis).

Education
  • Case Western Reserve University, JD
  • Cleveland State University, MBA
  • Case Western Reserve University, BA
Experience
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, partner
  • Case Western Reserve University, adjunct professor of law
  • Cornell Law School, practitioner in residence
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Ohio and admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and United States District Courts for Northern Ohio, Southern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania
Associations
  • American Bar Association Section of Business Law; Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities; Committee on State Regulation of Securities; Sub-Committee on Broker-Dealer Regulation; American Bar Association Section of Litigation; Committee on Securities Litigation
 
Michael RaveDay Pitney

Michael T. Rave

Firm: Day Pitney LLP

Michael Rave is a partner at Day Pitney LLP, Parsippany, New Jersey. As chair of the firm’s Capital Markets practice group, he concentrates his practice on public and private capital markets transactions, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), securities and corporate law.

He advises public companies on federal securities law compliance and corporate governance, as well as advising financial institutions on state and federal regulatory issues. Michael has represented a wide range of clients in various industries, including banking, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, manufacturing, health care devices, alternative energy, semiconductor technologies and energy.

Michael has been chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorney in New Jersey (2008 – 2012) and in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law (2009 – 2013). He’s also been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the area of mergers & acquisitions (2008 – 2012), and was named by New Jersey Law Journal as one of the top "40 under 40" (2006).

Education
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, JD
  • Catholic University of America, BA 
Experience
  • Day Pitney LLP, partner
  • Hon. Edward M. Coleman, Superior Court of New Jersey, Somerset County, law clerk
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey
Associations
  • New Jersey Corporation and Business Law Study Commission, chairman
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities and Subcommittee on Corporate Governance
  • American Bar Association, Mergers & Acquisitions Market Trends Subcommittee of Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
 
Libby RaymondMayer Brown LLP

Libby Raymond

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Elizabeth "Libby" Raymond is a partner in Mayer Brown LLP’s Chicago and New York offices. She is currently global firm practice leader for the corporate and securities practice and co-head of the Financial Institutions M&A Group. She focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions for financial institutions, including banks, finance companies, asset managers and hedge fund/private equity investors.

Libby has extensive familiarity with the underlying financial products and services of financial institutions, including the structures, risks and regulatory issues that relate to these financial products and services. Recent transactions include sales of non-core assets and businesses by financial institutions, strategic investments in distressed assets and funds and fund managers focused on financial assets, and M&A of mortgage, auto finance, student loan and credit card businesses.

Education
  • Princeton University, BA, summa cum laude
  • University of Cambridge, Clare College, MA
  • New York University School of Law, JD
Experience
  • Mayer Brown
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
 

Jeffrey H. Ruzal

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Jeffrey Ruzal is in the Labor and Employment practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. Mr. Ruzal's experience includes representing employers in employment-related litigation in federal courts and before administrative agencies.

  • Representing employers in the defense of putative collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the New York State Wage and Hour Law
  • Advising management on a wide variety of employment law matters, including discrimination and harassment issues, among others
  • Representing clients in single-plaintiff and class action claims arising under ERISA and other benefits litigation
Education
  • New York Law School J.D., 2000
  • Hofstra University B.A., 1997
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Federal Bar Council
 

Evan J. Spelfogel

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Evan Spelfogel is in the labor, employment, and employee benefits practices. Based in the firm's New York office, he represents management and benefit providers in all areas of employment law, labor, and employee relations.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law J.D., 1959
  • Harvard University A.B., 1956
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York
Associations
  • American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Labor Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association: Charter Member, Dispute Resolution Section
  • American Bar Association: past Council Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law 
  • American Bar Association: Section Delegate, ABA House of Delegates
 
Eric RemenspergerProskauer Rose LLP

Eric Remensperger

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Eric Remensperger, head of Proskauer’s West Coast Real Estate Group, represents institutional investors, private equity firms, private endowments, sovereign wealth funds and REIT’s (both private and public, including non-traded REIT’s) in connection with their equity investments, including major asset purchases and dispositions, with an emphasis on domestic and international joint ventures, sale-leasebacks and master leases. He also has considerable experience representing both traditional banks and private lending sources in connection with structuring and originating acquisition and construction loans, mezzanine loans, and both multi-tranche and uni-tranche financing, as well as workouts.

Chambers USA recently ranked Eric a leading real estate lawyer and said that he is “valued by clients for his ‘intelligence, diligence and good judgment’” and that he is “very good at leading a large team on complicated transactions.”

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Brooklyn Law Review,  Notes & Comments Editor
  • Manhattanville College, B.A.
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Millbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and California
Associations
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee
  • California State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Executive Committee
  • 2013 Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Law and Business, Chair
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Philip Richter is co-head of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He joined the Firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.

Mr. Richter represents clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies, minority investments, proxy fights and unsolicited proposals, and strategic partnerships and joint ventures. He also advises on corporate governance issues, defensive strategy, securities law compliance and other corporate matters, and frequently represents investment banking firms serving in a financial advisory role. Matters in which he has been involved include the sale of Abraxis BioScience Inc. to Celgene Corporation (for which he was recognized by American Lawyer as “Dealmaker of the Week”); the merger of Merck & Co. Inc. and Schering-Plough Corporation; the unsolicited tender offer and related proxy fight for International Rectifier Corporation by Vishay Intertechnology; the acquisition by Fresenius SE of APP Pharmaceuticals Inc.; a proxy fight involving Media General Inc.; the sale of Dow Jones & Co. Inc. to News Corporation; the merger of BellSouth Corporation and AT&T Inc.; the unsolicited offer (and related proxy fight) by a consortium of investors to acquire Beverly Enterprises Inc.; and American BioScience Inc.'s merger with its affiliate, American Pharmaceutical Products Inc., to form Abraxis BioScience Inc.

Mr. Richter was profiled in “Up and Comers of the Deal Economy,” a special report published by The Deal.

Mr. Richter is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A. He is also recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A. He is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals, and has been recognized in Financial Services: Regulatory.

Education
  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Yeshiva University, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member, Board of Editors, The M&A Lawyer
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Board, DealLawyers.com
 
Sean P. RileyFox, Shjeflo, Hartley &amp; Babu LLP

Sean P. Riley

Firm: Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP

 Sean P. Riley is a partner in Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP. His practice emphasis encompasses all types of civil litigation and disputes, including real estate, construction, business, collections, debtor/creditor, bankruptcy and products liability.

Sean graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara ( B.A., with honors), and American University ( J.D., magna cum laude), where he served as a member of the American University Law Review. Sean is a member of the State Bar of California, San Mateo County Bar Association, and the Barrister's Club of San Mateo County.

Education
  • American University, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., with honors
Experience
Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
 

Manny Rivera

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

Manny Rivera is Senior Counsel in the M&A/Securities Group of Norton Rose Fulbright in New York City. He concentrates his practice on representing corporate issuers and investors in domestic and cross-border equity and debt capital markets transactions and acting for buyers and sellers in complex mergers and acquisitions. In recent years, his transactional experience has primarily involved companies in energy, retail and technology businesses, and has included cross-border transactions involving parties in Latin America and Europe. In addition, he regularly advises US public companies and foreign private issuers concerning securities law compliance issues and corporate governance best practices.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, JD
  • Baruch College/City University of New York, MBA
  • Yale University, BA
Experience
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (Fulbright& Jaworski LLP)
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • New York Bar Association, member
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association, member
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, member
 
Gretchen Passe RoinWilmerHale

Gretchen Passe Roin

Firm: WilmerHale

Gretchen Passe Roin represents both registered and unregistered investment companies and investment advisers. She works with a wide range of registered fund structures, including open- and closed-end mutual funds, ETFs, money market funds, target date funds, variable annuity and life insurance funds. Her representation of unregistered funds focuses on hedge funds and stable value funds, though she also works with venture capital and private equity fund managers to determine eligibility for and compliance with exemptions from registration of their advisory business and/or funds with the SEC.

Ms. Passe Roin has substantial experience helping hedge funds and proprietary trading desks address regulators’ evolving concerns with algorithmic and high-frequency trading strategies. Her representation of fund boards and advisers includes addressing a range of questions on the federal securities laws, generally, and specific issues such as liquidity, credit quality, leverage, derivatives, securities lending and fair valuation. She also advises on the development and testing of compliance policies for insider trading, money laundering, market manipulation, pay-to-play arrangements, misuse of expert networks and whistleblower reprisal.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • WilmerHale
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts
 
Rachel SantarlasWolff &amp; Samson PC

Rachel Santarlas

Firm: Wolff & Samson PC

 Rachel Santarlas is counsel in Wolff & Samson’s Intellectual Property and Media and Technology Groups. Rachel counsels both domestic and international clients in a variety of areas including those in the fashion, perfume, clothing, music, entertainment, media, internet, spice, food and beverage industries as well as non-profit organizations.

Rachel focuses on trademark clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, copyright registration and other intellectual property related matters. Rachel is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and counsels clients with patent matters.

Education
  • The University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), J.D.
  • University at Albany, The State University of New York, B.S. in Biology, cum laude
Experience
  • Wolff & Samson PC
  • Stryker, Tams & Dill, LLP
  • World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the U.S. District Court –District of New Jersey, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Associations
  • Essex County Bar Association Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee
 

Melissa Sawyer

Firm: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Melissa Sawyer is a partner in the General Practice group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York. Her practice is focused on a variety of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity matters, domestic and international.

Experienced in takeover offense and defense, poison pills, assets sales, auctions, joint ventures, crafting earn-outs, special committee representations and representing individual significant shareholders in connection with M&A transactions, Melissa’s experience also extends to multiple industries, including healthcare and life sciences, insurance, financial services, consumer goods and manufacturing.

She was recently recognized by M&A Advisor in the publication’s 2012 annual “40 Under 40” ranking as one of 40 top professionals who reached a significant level of success in their careers under the age of 40. Additionally, Melissa was featured in The New York Times® “The Facebook® of Wall Street’s Future” as one of roughly 100 people 40 years old or younger who make up the “next generation of dealmakers,” and in New York Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Business/Corporate. Currently, Melissa is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD
  • Washington and Lee University, BA
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Ilan D. ScharfPachulski Stang Ziehl &amp; Jones LLP

Ilan D. Scharf

Firm: Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Ilan Scharf is a partner in the New York office of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP. Ilan specializes in financial restructuring and bankruptcy. His practice focuses on the representation of debtors and committees in complex Chapter 11 cases, and he also has extensive experience representing equity holders, asset purchasers, trade creditors and Chapter 11 trustees. Mr. Scharf has extensive experience representing parties in many industries, including art, jewelry, manufacturing, equipment rental, publishing and transportation. He has appeared before bankruptcy courts in New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D.
  • Yeshiva University
Experience
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D.
  • Yeshiva University
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
 
Elliott SchulderCovington &amp; Burling

Elliott Schulder

Firm: Covington & Burling LLP

Elliott Schulder, of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, has extensive experience briefing and arguing motions and appeals in federal and state courts. He has represented clients in a broad range of matters, including policyholders in insurance coverage suits, chemical companies in environmental and mass tort actions and numerous clients in commercial contractual disputes. As an Assistant to the Solicitor General, Elliot has argued eleven cases (and briefed numerous others) in the Supreme Court of the United States. He received a Special Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice for Outstanding Service in the Office of the Solicitor General, as well as two awards from the National Association of Attorneys General for his participation in moot courts of counsel preparing to argue cases in the Supreme Court.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.
Experience
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant to Solicitor General
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Appellate Attorney
  • Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Appellate Attorney
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York
 
Adriana SchwartzSchulte Roth

Adriana Schwartz

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Adriana Schwartz is an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York, and practices in the securities law and regulatory and compliance areas. She represents some of the largest private investment groups and investment banks in the United States and abroad in private investments in public and private companies, including private investments in public equity (PIPEs), special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), reverse-merger transactions, equity lines and Reg S and Rule 144A offerings.

Adriana also advises clients on indenture interpretation and defaults and shareholder activism, as well as regulatory and compliance matters in the areas of Sections 13 and 16, Rule 144, insider trading and Regulation M/Rule 105.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Brooklyn Journal of International Law, member
  • University of Rochester, BA, cum laude
Experience
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Jason C. Schwartz

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jason C. Schwartz is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and its Litigation Department. He also serves in the firm’s Office of General Counsel.

Mr. Schwartz practices primarily in the areas of labor, employment and trade secret litigation. He was named one of the top five “MVPs” in employment law for 2012, awarded by Law360 to “attorneys whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.” He was recognized in 2014 as an “Up and Comer” in labor and employment by Chambers USA, which stated, “Clients note: ‘He’s an excellent litigator with a good sense of the client’s needs in a business environment. He’s just a pleasure to work with. He’s disciplined, a great writer and gets great results.’” He has also been recognized as one of the top five “Rising Stars” law by Law360, as a Super Lawyer by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, as an “Up-and-Comer” on The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys list published by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive magazine, and as a recommended lawyer in labor and employment litigation and workplace and employment law counseling by The Legal 500 US. His practice includes the full range of labor and employment matters, including those involving wage-hour and discrimination laws, non-competition agreements and trade secrets, Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower protection laws, executive employment disputes and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • George Washington University, B.A.
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland
 
Bingham McCutchen

Douglas T. Schwarz

Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP

Doug Schwarz leads Bingham’s New York Labor and Employment Group. He represents public and private companies and nonprofit institutions in matters concerning all aspects of labor and employment law. Doug tries cases and argues appeals in federal and state courts, in arbitrations, and before administrative agencies.

He counsels clients on human resource matters, including employee separations; preventing and investigating harassment, discrimination, and retaliation isues; disability accommodation; addressing whistleblower and whistleblower retaliation claims; drafting and enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and executive contracts and compensation plans; developing and administering human resource policies; compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements in areas such as wage and hour and overtime rules and employee and independent contractor classification; planning and managing reductions in force; developing and implementing affirmative action and diversity plans; and addressing workplace privacy and safety issues. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.

Doug represents clients in a range of other discrimination matters, including housing, education and public accommodations discrimination, and cases involving accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state and local law.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A.
Experience
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
  • Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
  • Federal court law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Boston Bar Associations
  • Massachusetts Bar Associations
  • Board of Directors, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Board of Directors, WISE Services Inc.
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Robert C. Schwenkel is co-chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department and global head of the Firm's M&A and Private Equity Practices. He joined the Firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1989.

Mr. Schwenkel has a diverse transactional corporate practice concentrating in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Representative clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Permira Advisers LLP; KKR; Appaloosa Management LP; and Citadel Investment Group. He also frequently represents private equity sponsors in “club” transactions and portfolio companies of private equity investors.

He is a frequent speaker on private equity and dealmaking trends at leading industry conferences and continuing education programs. Mr. Schwenkel recently spoke at Dow Jones' Annual Private Equity Analyst Conference regarding “Market and Non-Market Risks: Key Considerations for Crossborder Investments.” He is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law, where he teaches a course on private equity fund formation and transactional issues. Mr. Schwenkel is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Private Equity: Buyouts. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Private Equity Buyouts (Leading Lawyer) and M&A: Mega-Deals (Leading Lawyer).

Education
  • University of Buffalo Law School, J.D.
  • Buffalo State College, M.S.
  • University of Buffalo, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Julia Scott

Julia Scott

Firm: Law Office of Julia Scott, APC

Julia Scott, Law Office of Julia Scott, APC, focuses her practice on entertainment transactions, marketing and advertising, and corporate counsel activities.

With over 20 years of studio and independent film experience, Julia has a combination of business, creative and legal experience that gives her a unique and in-depth understanding of the film industry. Prior to law school, Julia worked as an award-winning documentary filmmaker and production executive, production coordinator and assistant to director for 12 years. Following graduation from law school, she worked at Business Affairs, Inc., a boutique entertainment law firm, representing producers, financiers and distributors. Julia later joined The Walt Disney Company and worked exclusively on Marvel and DreamWorks matters for Walt Disney Studios Distribution and as counsel to The Baby Einstein Company. In 2011, Julia started her own practice and subsequently joined Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP as a partner. She is currently the principal of the Law Office of Julia Scott, APC and practices alongside Jenna Sanz-Agero, who is Of Counsel.

Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Linguistics
  • NCAA Division I, Springboard Diving Team, member
Experience
  • Law Office of Julia Scott, APC, principal
  • Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP, partner
  • The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Studios Distribution, counsel
  • Business Affairs, Inc., associate attorney
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for Central District of California
Associations
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
 
Karin SegallLeason Ellis LLP

Karin Segall

Firm: Leason Ellis LLP

Karin Segall is a partner at Leason Ellis LLP, where she regularly counsels clients, prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, and handles contested intellectual property disputes. She has opined on the availability and strength of thousands of trademarks, helping clients of all sizes to select and build valuable brands. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, she has represented clients in a wide range of industries including publishing, fashion, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and finance.

Karin steers clients through the complexities of building and protecting their brands with efficiency, attention to detail and genuine concern for achieving good results. She draws on a background in litigation to avoid conflict when possible while firmly staking out and protecting her clients’ assets. Karin also relies on experience as an adjunct professor of Trademark Practice and Procedure to guide clients as she does law students.

She is a frequent author and speaker on various topics related to trademark law and a regular contributor to the online publication World Trademark Review.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Darby & Darby PC
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut and before the United States District Court –Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association
 
Scott L. SemerDavies Ward Phillips &amp; Vineberg LLP

Scott L. Semer is a partner at the New York office of Canadian-based Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He specializes in the taxation of cross-border investments, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate joint ventures.

Scott is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches a seminar called the Deals Workshop, which examines how complex commercial transactions are designed to share risks and rewards to maximize each deal participant’s opportunities to succeed.

A graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Review and Essay Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a film major, Scott is the co-author of Structuring Real Estate Joint Ventures with Private REITs and his articles appear regularly in a variety of journals.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Tisch School of Arts at New York University, B.F.A.
Experience
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
 
Eric J. ShimanoffCowan, Liebowitz &amp; Latman, P.C.

Eric J. Shimanoff

Firm: Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Eric Shimanoff is a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., where he advises on and litigates intellectual property matters and disputes, primarily involving copyright, trademark, unfair competition, counterfeiting, false advertising, right of publicity, trade secret, patent and licensing issues. A significant portion of Eric’s practice focuses on advising on and enforcing intellectual property rights as they relate to the Internet, including in connection with domain names, social media platforms and mobile applications.  Eric has counseled and litigated on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including music, fashion, cosmetics, product development, financial, weight loss, insurance, video game, publishing, theatre, entertainment and confectionery.

Eric has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, in contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP) proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum. Eric also conducts clearances, prosecutes applications and manages portfolios for trademarks, copyrights and domain names worldwide.

Eric has been recognized by The Legal 500 in the area of trademark litigation (2011, 2013) and copyright (2013). Eric has spoken on various intellectual property matters at conferences and seminars hosted by such groups as Law Seminars International, Practicing Law Institute and the Toronto Intellectual Property Group. Eric also has written articles on various intellectual property issues, which have been published in journals such as Media Law and Policy and NYSBA’s Bright Ideas.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D., summa cum laude; Victor Herbert Copyright Scholarship; Notes and Comments Editor, New York Law School Law Review; ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition―First Place
  • New England Conservatory of Music, M.M.
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Court―Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

David N. Shine is co-head of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He joined the Firm as an associate in 1986 and became a partner in 1994.

Mr. Shine's practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint venture transactions and private equity fund formation. He has substantial experience in the aerospace and defense, energy, healthcare, telecom and financial services industries. Representative clients include Merck & Co., Inc.; Northrop Grumman Corporation; GE Capital; Medco Health Solutions, Inc.; and Vodafone Group Plc. In 1992, Mr. Shine served as General Counsel of Motts USA, a division of Cadbury Schweppes plc, before rejoining Fried Frank in 1993.

He was named a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer for his role advising Merck in its US$41 billion merger with Schering-Plough. Mr. Shine is consistently recognized as a leading individual by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals.

Mr. Shine has written articles addressing a range of legal topics including best efforts obligations in mergers and acquisitions transactions, material adverse change considerations for strategic acquirers, and the applicability of anti-assignment clauses in reverse triangular mergers. His articles have appeared in The M&A Lawyer and GC New York, among others. He is a member of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Shine is a director of New Classrooms Innovation Partners, a not-for-profit K-12 education reform company, which provides multi-modal learning to public school students in four states.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Columbia University, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
  • General Counsel, Motts USA
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association
 
Walter E. ShjefloFox, Shjeflo, Hartley &amp; Babu LLP

Walter E. Shjeflo

Firm: Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP

Walter E. Shjeflo is a partner in Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP. His practice emphasis includes estates, trusts, conservatorships, business, and real estate matters in both transactions and litigation, and he  serves as a Judge Pro Tempore, Arbitrator, and Mediator.

Walt graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.) and Hastings College of Law, University of California (J.D.) His outside activities include Kiwanis International and the Silicon Valley Bar Association.
Education
  • Hastings College of Law, University of California, J.D.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.
Experience
  • Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California, and admitted to practice before all state courts in California and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Associations
  • State Bar of California, Business Litigation, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, and
  • Appellate Sections, member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
 
Steven SiesserLowenstein Sandler

Steven Siesser

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Steven Siesser, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, is co-head of the firm's New York City office.  He is also chairman of the firm's Specialty Finance Group through which he represents investment funds, including private equity, mezzanine and hedge funds, in handling their transactional work, and investment banks, where they act either as agent or investor.

Steven’s wide range of experience encompasses fund-specific experience, both representing and consulting in private debt and equity financing transactions, senior secured and mezzanine debt financing, control acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, Private Investments in Public Equities (PIPEs), Registered Direct placements (RDs), and reverse mergers. He also serves as outside general counsel to public and large private, often family-owned, companies; manufacturing, distribution and services industries; and a particular focus on companies in the consumer products, food and healthcare industries.  Recently, Steven also has been involved in some of the firm's largest private equity sponsored LBO transactions, representing the lead equity sponsor or their portfolio companies.

Education
  • George Washington University, JD, MA and BA
Experience
  • Lowenstein Sandler, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, adjunct professor 
 
Kenneth M. SilvermanOlshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Kenneth M. Silverman

Firm: Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Kenneth M. Silverman is a partner in the corporate department of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP. He advises issuers and investors on a variety of matters, including public offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and general business counseling. Kenneth has extensive experience representing public and private entities in connection with proxy contests and hostile takeover bids. He has represented both publicly-traded and privately-held companies as buyers and sellers in the M&A area. He also represents hedge funds, venture capital funds and start-ups in connection with their formation and capital raising. Mr. Silverman's expertise also includes counseling clients regarding corporate governance, general corporate, executive compensation and securities law matters, including the preparation and filing of 34 Act reports.

Kenneth has served as a lecturer with Lawline.com and has spoken on new SEC disclosure rules. In addition, he has authored numerous corporate department Client Alerts addressing revisions to state laws, SEC rules and regulations and NASDAQ regulations.

Kenneth earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and his B.A. from Colgate University.

In his spare time Kenneth serves as a Board Member with the Chappaqua AYSO and coaches with the Chappaqua YMCA.

Education
  • Rutgers School of Law, Newark, J.D.
  • Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal
  • Colgate University, B.A.
Experience
  • Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations

Outside Activities:

  • Board Member, Chappaqua AYSO
  • Coach, Chappaqua YMCA
 
Claudia SimonPaul Hastings

Claudia K. Simon

Firm: Paul Hastings

Claudia Simon is a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, California.  She has extensive experience representing public and private clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, including tender offers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, cross-border acquisitions, auction transactions, defensive strategies and going-private transactions.  

Claudia also represents investment banking firms in connection with their roles as financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions.  In addition to her work in the acquisitions arena, Claudia handles securities and general corporate law matters. 

Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
  • San Diego Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Berkley, BA, cum laude
Experience
  • Paul Hastings LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions; serves on the working group for the Strategic Buyer/Public Company Target Deal Points Study and the Private Target Deal Points Study 
 
Patrick SimpsonPerkins Coie LLP

Patrick Simpson

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

Patrick Simpson is a senior partner in the corporate finance group of Perkins Coie LLP, an international law firm. He has over 40 years of experience and has represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and financing transactions. He is a former chair of the Oregon Securities Law Section and a member of a task force reviewing and rewriting the Oregon Securities Law. He is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and securities law matters.

Patrick represents issuers and investors in a variety of private company investments, including seed and venture capital financings. He represents companies in public offerings of debt and equity. He has advised boards of public companies and committees with regard to corporate governance matters, including the conduct of an internal investigation by a special committee of a board of directors, representation of a special committee of a board of directors regarding interested director transactions, and representation of a committee of independent directors with regard to compliance with restrictions on doing business in certain foreign countries.

Patrick represents public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, representation of a private health care consulting company in a sale to a publicly held consulting firm, and representation of a public company in the sale of control to a private equity firm.

Patrick has recently represented a land and mineral owner in negotiation of a joint venture to build the first underground coal gassification project in the United States and has represented the majority equity investor in connection with the development of a 103MW wind generating facility.

Patrick earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and his A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

In his spare time Patrick serves on the Stand for Children advisory board, the board of trustees for Columbia Funds and as a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum. He has been a board member of the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall), JD
  • University of California, Berkeley, AB, Economics
Experience
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Oregon Securities Law
Accreditations
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal USA, Corporate Governance
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Peer Review Rated AV® in Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Oregon Law and Politics, "Oregon Super Lawyers"
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Corporate and Banking Section
  • Oregon State Bar, Corporate and Securities Law Sections
  • Past Chairman, Securities Regulation Section
  • Stand for Children Advisory Board
  • American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow
  • Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, Former Member Board of Advisors
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Former Member Board of Governors
  • Columbia Funds (a mutual fund complex), Board of Trustees
 
Steven SkolnickLowenstein Sandler

Steven M. Skolnick

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Steven Skolnick is a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Roseland, New York, where he is in the firm’s Specialty Finance, M&A and Corporate Finance practice groups. His extensive experience encompasses representing clients in the life sciences and other industries in securities regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business planning and general corporate matters.

Steven has been very active in public securities offerings, including RDs, PIPEs, SPACs and convertible equity and debt offerings representing placement agents, institutional investors and issuers. He also regularly advises companies and their boards on SEC compliance and disclosure issues and corporate governance matters. In addition, Steven counsels clients on federal securities law, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and NASDAQ® and NYSE MKT, LLC issues and provides other transaction and disclosure advice.

Education
  • St John’s University School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • Amherst College, BA
Experience
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLC, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
 
Peter SloaneLeason Ellis LLP

Peter Sloane

Firm: Leason Ellis LLP

A partner at Leason Ellis LLP, Peter Sloane counsels clients, prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, and litigates intellectual property disputes. His clients span from major well-known companies to privately owned businesses to individuals. They operate in fields as diverse as consumer electronics, luxury goods, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and industrial products.

Peter counsels clients on all aspects of trademark adoption and protection including licensing. From advising clients on issues of inherent registrability to computer database and full searching, he is adept at taking the steps necessary to ensure that a mark is properly vetted prior to adoption. Peter is also familiar with the issues that arise in foreign trademark searching when a client has plans to use its mark abroad. Over the years, he has handled a number of global trademark portfolios.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen, LLP
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
  • Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States District Court –Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, Law Firm Committee, Project Team Leader, Programs Federal Bar Council
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

John Sorkin is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 2007.

Mr. Sorkin focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions and leveraged buyouts, as well as advisory work related to corporate governance. His experience spans corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of assets in bankruptcy, proxy contests, spin-offs, exchange offers and representation of financial advisors in a wide range of corporate transactions. He has represented private equity funds and their portfolio companies in numerous transactions. Mr. Sorkin has spoken on mergers and acquisitions and tender offers at the New York City Bar Association and other continuing education programs.

Mr. Sorkin is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
George B. South IIIDLA Piper

George B. South III

Firm: DLA Piper

George B. South III is a partner in DLA Piper's Restructuring group, based in New York. His practice includes in-court and out-of-court restructurings and the rehabilitation of financially distressed businesses and municipalities.

He represents distressed companies, creditors' committees, bondholders' committees, bond insurers, debtor-in-possession lenders and hedge and equity funds seeking to invest in and/or acquire the assets and businesses of financially troubled companies. George has also represented parties in numerous Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

The 2011 edition of Legal 500 cited George, praising him as an "excellent new addition” to DLA Piper’s restructuring group in 2010. He is also recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, receiving its highest available rating of AV.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. with distinction
  • Managing Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • Hofstra University, B.A.
Experience
  • DLA Piper
  • King & Spalding
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
 
Brian W. Steinbach

Brian W. Steinbach

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Brian Steinbach is in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office. Mr. Steinbach's experience includes advising clients on and litigating employment, labor, disabilities, non-compete, confidentiality, benefits, wage and hour, and general litigation matters before the courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies at the federal and state level. He represents and advises clients in Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower litigation and conducting investigations.

Education
  • University of Virginia J.D., 1978
  • Wesleyan University B.A., 1975
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
 
Richard E. StraussMoses &amp; Singer LLP

Richard E. Strauss

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Richard E. Strauss has been a partner with Moses & Singer since 1979 and is Co-Chair of its Real Estate practice. Richard’s practice covers a broad range of real estate transactions, with an emphasis on representation of financial institutions in their internal real estate transactions.

Richard’s real estate background also includes financing transactions. Some major projects include the construction financing for the World Financial Center office complex in lower Manhattan and the permanent refinancing of the multi-tenanted portion of a new Times Square office building developed as a commercial condominium for the headquarters of a major newspaper publisher. He has also represented lenders in numerous hotel financings across the country. In addition, Richard has represented developers and lenders in rated, securitized financings backed by credit leases and tax exempt bond financings for industrial facilities, housing projects, and other public purpose projects.

He represents lenders in the renegotiation and workout of, or the foreclosure or taking of title to, numerous projects in default. These include commercial and mixed-use projects in development and hotel properties.

Richard has lectured and published on such subjects as real estate workouts, lending to REITs, corporate real estate disaster contingency planning, construction loans and lease issues. He was also honored by Law & Politics in their listing of New York Super Lawyers®.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi
  • New York University, B.M.E.
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • CoreNet Global Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives
  • Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate
  • Mortgage Bankers Association of New York
 
Dean R. Swagert, Jr.Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Dean R. Swagert, Jr.

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Dean R. Swagert, Jr.,a partner at Moses & Singer, is a co-chair of the Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, strategic alliances and general corporate counseling, and has significant experience and expertise representing clients in the media, marketing, advertising, entertainment and information technology industries. Dean is also active in structuring and negotiating executive employment and severance arrangements.

Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Dean was a managing director of a private investment and financial advisory firm. He has represented fund sponsors in the formation of venture capital, private equity and hedge funds, and assists the funds and their portfolio companies in follow-on acquisitions and investments. Dean also frequently helps start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies in their formation, financing, strategic initiatives and general business counseling needs.

Education
  • Cornell University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, M.A.
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • License to practice in New York
 
Jeffrey TaftMayer Brown LLP

Jeffrey Taft

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Jeffrey Taft is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement group.  His practice focuses primarily on bank regulation, bank receivership and insolvency issues, payment systems, consumer financial services, privacy issues and anti-money laundering laws.

He has extensive experience counseling financial institutions, merchants and other entities on various federal and state banking and consumer credit issues, including compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, Consumer Financial Protection Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, state and federal UDAP/UDAAP statutes,  and anti-money laundering laws; and the creation and implementation of privacy and information security programs under Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and state privacy laws.

Jeff regularly represents banks, finance companies, trust companies and other financial service providers on regulatory matters, including the development and operation of multi-state deposit and lending programs. He has also advised merchants and financial services companies on issues relating to credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, virtual currencies, wire and ACH transactions and other payment products.

Education
  • Tulane University, BA
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • Harvard Law School, LLM
Experience
  • Mayer Brown
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in DC, New York and Ohio
Associations
  • Governing Committee Member, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
 

Michael D. Thompson

Firm: Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Michael Thompson is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice. His experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts in litigation concerning federal and states discrimination laws, retaliation claims, and other employment matters. He also litigates wage-and-hour collective actions and other class actions. Mr. Thompson has written a variety of articles on whistleblower issues and unlawful kickbacks in the pharmaceutical industry.

Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School J.D., 1995
  • Harvard University B.A., 1991
Experience
  • Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia and New Jersey
Associations
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
 
Peter N. TownshendPerkins Coie LLP

Peter N. Townshend

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

Peter N. Townshend is a partner with Perkins Coie LLP, San Diego and Palo Alto offices, in the firm’s Emerging Companies practice. He has extensive experience representing emerging growth technology companies and venture capital investors in structuring a wide variety of transactions. His practice includes venture capital, angel and other private equity financings; convertible note and other debt financings; mergers and acquisitions; public offerings; corporate governance; distribution, development, manufacturing, co-marketing, licensing and other commercial transactions; stock option plans and executive compensation; and venture capital and private equity fund formation.

Peter has worked in a diverse array of industries that includes social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software and hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

As a regular lecturer for the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of California, San Diego, Peter also has lectured at the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University. In addition, he has been quoted by Reuters and in the San Francisco Chronicle, TheDeal.com and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.B.A.
  • Yale University, B.A
Experience
  • Perkins Coie LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • Tech Coast Angels, member
  • San Diego CONNECT, member
 
Julie TreppaCoblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass

Julie Treppa

Firm: Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass

Julie Treppa advises clients on the qualifications for federal and state tax incentives, including the New Markets Tax Credit. Her practice includes structuring investments, forming venture capital funds, buyout funds and other investment partnerships; international, federal, state and local taxation with respect to mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; venture capital investments; executive compensation; and sales and use taxation.

Julie is an experienced tax litigator successfully representing clients in federal and state tax controversies in U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, and various California courts. Prior to the practice of law, Ms. Treppa worked as a tax auditor for the Internal Revenue Service in the Exam Division.

Julie earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, her M.A. in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Tax and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Julie's representative cases include Ceridian Corp. v. Franchise Tax Board, 85 Cal. App. 4th 875 (2000), and Santa Fe Aggregates, Inc. v. State Board of Equalization, San Francisco County Superior Court No. 993-824.

Education
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Golden Gate University School of Tax, M.A. in taxation
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. in economics and political science
Experience
  • Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Accreditations
  • Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the State Bar of California
  • Former Vice-President and Treasurer of the San Francisco Area Women Tax Lawyers
  • Member of the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Working Group
 
Stephanie R. TumbioloCravath, Swaine &amp; Moore LLP

Stephanie R. Tumbiolo

Firm: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Stephanie R. Tumbiolo is an associate in the Corporate department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Her corporate practice focuses on advising financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters, including restructurings, bankruptcy litigation matters, securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
Education
  • Boston College, B.A. magna cum laude
  • St. John’s University, J.D. cum laude
Experience
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Law clerk to Hon.
  • Burton R. Lifland, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Kendal H. TyreNixon Peabody LLP

Kendal H. Tyre

Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP

Kendal Tyre is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington DC, where he counsels franchise, manufacturing, retail, and financial services companies on international business transactions. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures and strategic alliances, licensing and franchise matters as well as corporate law matters.

His client base spans the United States (including Florida, New York, and California) and foreign countries, including South Africa, Kenya and the United Kingdom. He has extensive business law and transactional experience, advising on angel and venture capital financings, entity formation and maintenance, corporate reorganizations, securities law compliance and business divorce.

In his franchise practice, Kendal counsels franchisor clients regarding domestic and foreign franchise laws, drafts franchise disclosure documents, and prepares and files U.S. state franchise registration and exemption applications. He also has experience drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including international franchise and development agreements, license agreements, and purchase and sale agreements.

Kendal is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Action Committee and its Africa Group, and is an author and editor of the book, Franchising in Africa, published by LexNoir Foundation. His additional accomplishments include being awarded the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award for outstanding service to the organization during the 2003–2004 bar year for his service as chief-of-staff to the NBA president, Clyde E. Bailey, Sr., and recognized as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchising Times magazine.

Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, JD
  • Journal of Law & Inequality, editor-in-chief
  • Brown University, BA, with honors
Experience
  • Nixon Peabody LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence, published by the International M&A subcommittee of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions of the Business Law section, American Bar Association, member, editorial working group
  • National Bar Associations, member
  • National Bar Association, International Law section, former chair
  • The Rochester Black Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Bar Association, former president and co-founder
 
Euchung UngKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff &amp; Cohen, P.C.

Euchung Ung represents real estate investors, owners and lenders in partnership, LLC and joint venture transactions (including real estate fund formation), bond, mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions, and transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, development, management, and leasing of office, retail, commercial, mixed-use and hotel properties. He also advises hedge funds and private equity funds on the purchase and sale of real estate mortgage and mezzanine debt, and the negotiating and structuring of complex workout arrangements in connection with the ownership or foreclosure of real property assets.

Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • Fordham University, LL.M. in International Trade and Business Law
  • Graduate Research Fellow
  • University of London, England, LL.B., with honors
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
  • Mayer Brown
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut and Barrister-at-Law, England & Wales
Associations
  • North American Chapter of the Fordham LL.M. Alumni Association, Former Co-President
  • Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Former Board Member
  • Chinese Language School of Fairfield County, Member; Former Chair, Board of Directors
  • Greenwich High School Fencing, Assistant Coach
 
Nicholas UnkovicSquire Sanders

Nicholas Unkovic

Firm: Squire Sanders

Nicholas Unkovic is co-chair of Squire Sanders' mergers and acquisitions practice, a managing partner of its Northern California offices and a former member of its management committee. He advises domestic and multinational life sciences, technology and financial enterprises on corporate law, and he has experience in strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and emerging company representation. A significant portion of his work involves international transactions, especially on behalf of clients based in Asia and Europe.

Nick also has substantial securities law experience, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, both in the United States and internationally. He managed numerous public company acquisitions including a tender offer for a NYSE-listed company and a contested bank acquisition. Nick advises on corporate governance and 1934 Act disclosure issues, and he has served as chair of a public company's audit committee.

Nick earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

Nick has regularly been named in The Best Lawyers in America and as one of Silicon Valley's top corporate lawyers in San Jose Magazine. Law & Politics magazine has included him among its Northern California Super Lawyers each year since 2005.

Education
  • University of Michigan, J.D., with honors
  • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Squire Sanders
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
Associations
  • British American Business Council Northern California, Board Member
  • International Bankers Association of California, Director
  • Partnerships Committee of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section, former Co-Chair
  • California Council of International Trade, former Director
 
Carolyn J. VardiWhite &amp; Case LLP

Carolyn J. Vardi

Firm: White & Case LLP

Carolyn Vardi, a partner at White & Case LLP, New York, is in the M&A practice group and chair of the Firm's New York Lawyers Committee.

Carolyn represents buyers and sellers in domestic and international public and private mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures and equity co-investments. This involves the representation of domestic and international corporate clients in a broad range of industries, private equity funds, and commercial banks and their private equity affiliates.

Her practice is particularly focused on representing private equity firms with respect to their acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies. She has also advised on bankruptcy related matters and regularly counsels clients on general corporate matters and corporate governance.

In 2011, Carolyn was named to The M&A Advisor’s "40 Under 40" list of outstanding lawyers. She also is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” for both M&A and private equity in the United States in Euromoney’s Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (2012); Euromoney's Expert Guide to Women in Business Law (2012); and was named a "Rising Star" for M&A in SuperLawyers Metro Edition (2012).

Carolyn frequently provides sought-after M&A thought leadership over a wide range of platforms, including publications and presentations to industry groups. She recently co-authored "Private equity in International Franchising" in the International Journal of Franchising Law, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2013. In addition, she serves an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

Education
  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • Yale University, BA, cum laude
Experience
  • White & Case LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Margaret J. WalrathSquire Sanders

Margaret J. Walrath

Firm: Squire Sanders

Margaret J. Walrath is an associate with Squire Sanders and focuses her practice on general corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions representations. Margaret's securities experience includes drafting registration statements and prospectuses and coordinating responses to SEC comments.

Margaret also guides clients through private placement transactions and related documentation, including purchase agreements, warrants, certificates of designations and registration rights agreements.

Margaret's M&A experience includes drafting and negotiating acquisition agreements, financing documents, employment agreements and opinions.

Margaret earned her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.

Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Squire Sanders
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 

David Walton

Firm: Cozen O’Connor LLP

David J. Walton is a shareholder at Cozen O’Connor where he serves as vice chair of the Labor & Employment Department, managing director of the Electronic Discovery Practice and Advisory Services (ePAS), co-chair of the E-Discovery Task Force, and co-chair of the Privacy practice. He is an experienced litigator with a detailed, hands-on understanding of computer forensics, e-discovery, cyber law, and data security issues. Dave brings a unique combination of skills to his practice – in addition to substantial first-chair trial experience, he offers a demonstrated understanding of technology and its impact on litigation outcomes.

Dave’s primary substantive focus is labor & employment law, where he has significant experience litigating large restrictive covenant, trade secrets, unfair competition, and duty of loyalty cases. In addition, Dave regularly handles employment discrimination claims, employment contract and compensation disputes, hiring and termination disputes, union negotiations and arbitrations, development of policies and procedures, and in-house legal and human resources training, as well as a variety of general commercial litigation matters.

For more than a decade, Dave has applied his knowledge of computer forensics to assist clients in their highest-stakes litigation. Whether identifying employees who attempt to steal proprietary data or defending individuals wrongly accused of such actions, Dave’s sophisticated technological background is a genuine asset. He has significant experience in electronic document retention, preservation, collection, and analysis, and frequently assists clients with cyber law and data privacy issues.

Education
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Ithaca College, B.S., 1991
Experience
  • Cozen O'Connor
Accreditations

Licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Admitted to the following Courts:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Virginia
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
 
David WanetickIncreMental Advantage LLC

David Wanetick

Firm: IncreMental Advantage LLC

David Wanetick is the Managing Director of IncreMental Advantage and an internationally renowned valuation professional with an expertise in valuing intangible assets (primarily patents) and emerging technologies. His clients include companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, technology transfer offices, incubators, law firms, venture capital firms and private equity players. He is the founder of Patent Fairness Opinions as well as the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst designation.

David lectures about the intricacies of Patent Valuation all over the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Kuwait, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Israel. His articles on Valuing Patents and Early-Stage Technologies as well as Negotiating Licensing Agreements have been published in Intellectual Asset Management, CEO Magazine, Licensing Journal, Willamette Insights, Valuation Strategies, IP Frontline, Technology Transfer Tactics, Inventor's Digest, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, and others.

David is the author of three books that have achieved world-wide acclaim, including the only two books that unveil Industry Analysis. He has been a guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and CNNfn and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Investor’s Business Daily, Boards & Directors, and many other newspapers, blogs and magazines throughout the world.

Education
  • Bucknell University, B.A., Economics and Political Science
Experience
  • IncreMental Advantage
Accreditations
  • Certified Patent Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Emerging Company Analyst
 
Ronald P. WargoFriedemann Goldberg LLP

Ronald P. Wargo

Firm: Friedemann Goldberg LLP

Ronald P. Wargo is a partner with Friedemann Goldberg LLP where he practices in the areas of business organizations and estate planning.  Ronald works closely with many privately-owned limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations, and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section for the State Bar of California.  As an adjunct professor at Empire College School of Law, he has taught business organizations, and also is past chairman of the Partnerships and Limited Liability Company Committee of the State Bar of California and the Sonoma County Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

Ronald has been designated a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California. He is experienced in strategic planning for wealth preservation through the use of trusts, wills, and advanced techniques such as family limited partnerships and charitable trusts and entities.

He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  In 2007, the North Bay Business Journal named Ronald to its inaugural “Forty Under 40” list of forty influential business leaders under the age of 40 in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.  In 2011 and 2012, he was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

Ronald lives in Santa Rosa with his wife Carol, and two daughters Katrina and Sophia.
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Experience
  • Friedemann Goldberg LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
Associations
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, member, Executive Committee
  • Partnerships and Limited Liability Company Committee, State Bar of California
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Business Law Section, Past Chairman
 

Jason Watson

Firm: Alston & Bird LLP

Mr. Jason Watson is chair of Alston & Bird’s Bankruptcy Group. His practice focuses on representing secured lenders in pre-bankruptcy workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In addition, Mr. Watson represents several national franchisors in bankruptcy cases of franchisees and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of bankruptcy related topics. He is licensed to practice in Georgia and New York and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. Mr. Watson is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He received his J.D., in 1996, from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and his B.A., in political science, in 1993 from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Alston & Bird, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Laney III, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Middle District of Georgia. Mr. Watson is active in his community, including serving on the Atlanta Executive Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society.

Education
  • Mercer University, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.A.
Experience
  • Alston & Bird LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia and New York
 
Sidley Austin LLP

Annie C. Wallis

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Annie C. Wallis is an associate in Sidley’s Chicago office, practicing in the Global Finance group. Her practice includes structured finance, asset securitization, merger and acquisition financing, restructurings, and secured and unsecured single currency, multi-currency and cross-border lending transactions. She has represented lenders, participants, agents, sponsors, originators and borrowers in single-bank and syndicated credits. Her clients include investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, asset-backed commercial paper conduits and public and private corporations. Ms. Wallis has assisted in the financing of a wide variety of assets, including trade receivables, film revenues, motor vehicle leases and other financial assets.

Ms. Wallis also completed a two-month assignment in Sidley’s Sydney, Australia office, where she advised foreign private issuers and investment banks in a number of different institutional debt private placements, including traditional 4(2) private placements and Rule 144A offerings.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Wallis was a business consultant and then worked in the treasury group of a Fortune 500 company.

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Washington University, B.S.
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
 
Jeffrey WeinickWolff &amp; Samson PC

Jeffrey Weinick

Firm: Wolff & Samson PC

Jeffrey Weinick, a registered patent attorney, joined Wolff & Samson in 2009 and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on the acquisition of patent rights and intellectual property licensing and enforcement.

Jeff acquires patent rights for clients in a wide range of technologies, including computer systems and software, telecommunications and business methods. He has extensive experience in all aspects of practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

As an advisor to clients, Jeff assists in establishing worldwide patent portfolio development programs. He helps clients to focus on protecting those inventions that are most valuable to their businesses. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startup technology companies.

Jeff is experienced in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of domestic and international licensing agreements on behalf of his clients, including patent, technology, software and hybrid licensing agreements. He helps clients understand the various options for structuring licensing transactions. Jeff also assists his clients in identifying potential licensing opportunities and performs the legal analysis for licensing activities.

Jeff is listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Binghamton University, The State University of New York, B.S.
Experience
  • Wolff & Samson PC
  • Weinick & Associates
  • Lucent Technologies
  • AT&T Corporation
  • Davis Hoxie Faithfull and Hapgood
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey, and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Gail Weinstein is senior legal counsel, resident in the Firm's New York office. She joined the Firm in 1983, and was a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department from 1991 through 2003.

Ms. Weinstein’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies, in both contested and negotiated transactions. She also provided corporate governance and other advice to boards of directors, special committees, and controlling stockholders. She was the lead attorney on numerous transactions involving BellSouth Corporation and Dow Jones & Co. throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D
  • Carleton College, B.A.
Experience
  • Fried Frank
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Former trustee and treasurer, Barnard Foundation, a charitable organization that funds educational scholarships for disadvantaged New York City youths
  • Former member, Board of Advisors to the Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School
 

Lawrence Weinstein

Firm: The Children's Place Inc.

Lawrence Weinstein is corporate counsel at The Children’s Place, Inc. The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names. As of August 2, 2014, the company operated 1,113 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 54 international stores open and operated by its franchise partners. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, Lawrence was in private practice, where he counseled clients on a wide range of intellectual property-related transactions and trademark law matters.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Experience
  • The Children’s Place, Inc.
  • Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • International Trademark Association
 
Steven W. WellsHodgson Russ LLP

Steven W. Wells

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP
Steven W. Wells is a senior associate in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation practice group in the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ LLP. He focuses his practice in bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and commercial litigation. Steven represents financially troubled companies as well as secured and unsecured creditors, both inside and outside of bankruptcy. He has represented a wide range of clients, including private financial organizations, financial institutions, banks, lessors and lessees of equipment and real estate, health care facilities, agricultural lenders and bankruptcy trustees. Steven has also handled various commercial litigation matters relating to breach of contract, business torts, construction/building and intellectual property.
Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D., cum laude
  • Buffalo Law Review, publications editor 
  • Ithaca College, B.A.
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
 
Neil J WertliebMilbank, Tweed, Hadley &amp; McCloy LLP

Neil J Wertlieb

Firm: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Neil J Wertlieb is a partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in Los Angeles, and a member of the firm’s Corporate Group, with his practice focus on corporate transactions, primarily acquisitions, securities offerings and restructurings.

Neil has represented clients in a wide variety of business matters, including formation and early round financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, international securities offerings and other international transactions, fund formations, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, reorganizations and restructurings, independent investigations and general corporate and contractual matters.

He teaches corporate transactions and contract drafting as an adjunct professor of law at UCLA School of Law. In addition, Neil is a member (and for 2012-2013 will be Chair) of the California State Bar’s Ethics Committee (the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct), the former chairman of the Business Law section of the State Bar of California and its Corporations Committee, and a frequent public speaker on topics such as ethics, venture capital financing and acquisitions. In 2000, California Business Law recognized him as one of the top one hundred most influential lawyers in California. Neil has also been recognized by Legal 500 for his M&A work.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall, J.D.
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.S.
Experience
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Los Angeles Kings Hockey Team, General Counsel
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California, the District of Columbia and New York
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law
  • General Editor of Ballantine & Sterling California Corporation Laws
  • Vice Chair of California State Bar’s Ethics Committee
  • Judicial Extern for Justice Stanley Mosk on the California Supreme Court
 
Brian E. WhitleyBest Best &amp; Krieger LLP

Brian E. Whitley

Firm: Best Best & Krieger LLP

Brian Whitley is of counsel with Best Best & Krieger LLP and a member of the firm’s Business Services practice group. His extensive experience in secured and unsecured lending transactions encompasses commercial real estate loans, construction loans, acquisition and development loans, letters of credit and lines of credit, as well as commercial loan modifications and restructurings. 

Brian advises clients on a variety of lending transaction issues, including structuring and negotiating the transactions, and his clients comprise national, state and community banks and borrowers and guarantors.
Education
  • University of Southern California, J.D.
  • Loma Linda University, B.A.
Experience
  • Best Best & Krieger LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
 
Nicholas WhitneyChapman and Cutler LLP

Nicholas Whitney

Firm: Chapman and Cutler LLP

Nicholas Whitney is a partner in the Banking Group of Chapman and Cutler LLP in New York. Over a 15 year career, Nick has gained a broad range of experience representing lenders in senior secured, first lien and second lien loan transactions, first-out/last-out financings and unitranche facilities, unsecured transactions and subordinated loan transactions. Nick handles a wide variety of middle-market lending transactions for both non-investment grade and investment grade companies. He represents banks, investment banks, business development corporations, hedge funds and other financial institutions in connection with direct origination, as well as investments in the secondary market and in “club” transactions. He regularly advises lenders in connection with acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset based transactions and special situations. Nick also has substantial experience with reorganizations and workouts, including representing lenders in connection with debtor-in-possession facilities and Chapter 11 exit facilities. Nick is often invited to speak at industry events, recently presenting on “Unitranche Facilities” at a financing seminar.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D.
  • Seton Hall University, B.S.
Experience
  • Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member
  • Commercial Finance Association, member New York Chapter
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Inc. - LSTA, member
 
Kristin C. Wigness

Kristin C. Wigness

Firm: IDB bank

Kristin C. Wigness, First Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Israel Discount Bank of New York, concentrates on secured and unsecured lending transactions, debt restructurings, loan workouts, debtor-in-possession financing, creditors’ rights and insolvency.  Prior to joining IDB, Kristin was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in New York.

At IDB, Kristin oversees all lending-related matters for the bank, including loan originations and workouts.  Prior to joining IDB, Kristin represented numerous agents and lenders in loan originations, loan workouts and debtor-in-possession financings, including in the Chapter 11 cases of United Airlines, Tower Automotive, American Commercial Lines, Mariner Post- Acute Network, Polaroid Corporation, Burlington Industries, Guilford Mills and Sea Island Company. He also represented various sellers and buyers of assets through bankruptcy, debtors, licensors and creditors, and assisted mortgage lenders in connection with sales of mortgage pools and in restructuring financing transactions of mortgage portfolios.

Kristin is a frequent speaker at seminars and universities.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, M.M. 
  • State University of New York at Purchase, B.F.A.
Experience
  • Israel Discount Bank of New York
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 
  • Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
 
Steve WilamowskyBingham McCutchen

Steven Wilamowsky

Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP

Steven Wilamowsky, a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, focuses his practice on bankruptcy and has represented debtors, individual creditors, DIP lenders, creditors’ committees, landlords, plan sponsors, foreign debtors and purchasers of assets of distressed companies.

Steven has been actively involved in numerous complex restructuring and acquisition matters. Recent engagements include the representation of large institutional lenders, loan purchasers and servicers in a number of mortgage originator cases;the representation of secured noteholders in the Bashas’ supermarkets cases; the representation of agent banks in the R.H. Donnelly case; and the representation of several individual and trust creditors in the Madoff SIPA proceedings.

He also has extensive bankruptcy appellate experience that includes having obtained, on behalf of his debtor clients, the reversal of adverse lower court rulings at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the National Energy & Gas Transmission Inc. (f/k/a PG&E National Energy Group) Chapter 11 cases, involving claims in excess of $150 million. Steven also represents the bondholders in the respective cases of PetroRig and Remedial (Cyprus), both of which involve the restructuring of offshore energy development projects through Chapter 11 proceedings - another area in which Steven has extensive experience.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk for the Hon. Tina L. Brozman in the United

States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York from 1994 to 1996.

The author is grateful to Christopher Carter for his assistance in the preparation of these materials.

 

Education
  • New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Brooklyn College, Bachelor of Arts
Experience
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
 
David J. WilsonManning &amp; Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

David J. Wilson is a partner in Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, a Certified Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, General Counsel to the firm, and a member of the Supreme Court practice group.  His extensive experience covers a broad array of subject areas in state and federal appellate courts such as insurance coverage, public entity defense, First Amendment rights, civil rights defense, employment, taxation, insurance fraud, trust administration, professional liability defense, loss prevention, arbitration, banking, and real estate.  

David’s clients include public entities, insurance companies, private security companies, and public office holders. Additionally, he advises attorneys on litigation strategy for trials, extraordinary appellate relief, and strategy for seeking review at the Supreme Court level, and also has acted as a settlement officer for the California Court of Appeal.

A focus of David’s practice has been California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which protects defendants from being sued for exercising their First Amendment rights about public issues. He has been successful in defending against abusive civil lawsuits by plaintiffs seeking to silence or harass defendants who exercise their First Amendment right of free speech in both news media and public protests, and the First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances, including commenting on pending litigation.  David also has litigated frequently the scope of governmental immunity from civil lawsuits for public officials and public employees.
Education
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, A.B. with Honors, Economics and Political Science
Experience
  • Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
  • White & Case
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Certified Appellate Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005–2012
 
Eric WinstonQuinn Emanuel Urquhart &amp; Sullivan LLP

Eric Winston, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, heads the firm's West Coast insolvency practice. His practice includes all areas of corporate insolvency and reorganization and insolvency-related litigation. He has represented debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders, senior and subordinated bondholders, hedge funds, equity sponsors, class-action plaintiffs, and asset acquirers in and out of court. Recent representative cases include Dynegy Holdings, Zais Investment Grade VII Ltd., Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino, Lehman Brothers Holdings, RHI Entertainment, Station Casinos, SemGroup, Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Persik Productions, and SK Foods.

Eric frequently speaks at panels and conferences around the country and has been a guest lecturer at Loyola and University of Southern California law schools. He has been a member of the State Bar of California Insolvency Law Committee and is the co-author of two law review articles, "State Defiance of Bankruptcy Law," 52 Vand. L. Rev. 1527 (2000), and "Sizing Up The 'Cap' - Commercial Lease Rejection Claims In Bankruptcy," 27 Cal. Bankr. J. 209 (2004). Eric co-wrote the “Vale-Oriented Discovery” chapter in the 2011 book Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy.

Eric was recently recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of the nation’s 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” for 2012. Turnarounds & Workouts praised Eric for his involvement in Quinn Emanuel’s representation of Hildene Capital in the Zais Investment Grade Limited VII case—the first-ever bankruptcy filing involving a CDO entity. He was also touted for his roles in SK Foods, SemGroup, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, and Trident Microsystems. This is the second time Turnarounds & Workouts has recognized Eric. He previously was honored as one of the twelve outstanding young restructuring lawyers in 2005.

Eric would like to thank Matthew Scheck, an associate with Quinn Emanuel, for his valuable assistance in the preparation of these materials.

Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
  • UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, managing editor
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., high honors
Experience
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit; the U.S. District Court: Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California and Southern District of California.
Associations
  • The State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA)
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals
 
Andrew W. WrightHodgson Russ LLP

Andrew W. Wright

Firm: Hodgson Russ LLP

Andrew W. Wright, an associate in the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ LLP, focuses his practice on state and local tax matters. In particular, Andrew assists in disputes with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the New York City Department of Finance. He also handles sales tax, corporate franchise tax, personal income tax and residency audits.

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Syracuse Law Review, executive editor
  • Allegheny College, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 

Patrick Yingling

Firm: King & Spalding

Patrick Yingling is a partner in the Charlotte office of King & Spalding, where he is a member of the firm’s Finance Practice Group. Mr. Yingling's practice focuses primarily on the representation of lead arrangers and agent banks in connection with the structuring and documentation of syndicated credit facilities, including merger and acquisition-related financings, first and second lien credit facilities, investment grade financings, cross-border facilities, financial sponsor leveraged acquisitions and asset-based lending. Mr. Yingling has experience with a broad range of industry types including business services, healthcare, media/communications, sports and entertainment, defense, real estate investment trusts and manufacturing.

Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
Experience
  • King & Spalding
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina
Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
 
Ross YusteinKleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff &amp; Cohen, P.C.

Ross Yustein chairs Kleinberg Kaplan's Real Estate Department. He practices in the areas of real estate and real estate finance law, with a concentration in joint venture transactions, real estate development, sales and acquisitions, financing, leasing and real estate private equity. Ross represents a diverse group of clients, including owners, operators, developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords, tenants and investors in various transactions such as sales, acquisitions, financings (permanent, construction, mezzanine and revolving), leases, joint ventures and restructurings. Ross has also worked on a substantial number of real estate bankruptcies and workouts.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Brown University, B.A.
Experience
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • Weil Gotshal and Manges
  • Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Michael ZeidelSkadden Arps

Michael J. Zeidel  is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York. He represents investment banks and corporate clients in a variety of U.S. and international transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, initial public offerings, tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations.

Michael also counsels corporate clients across a variety of industries on an ongoing basis, assisting with the review and preparation of SEC filings, corporate governance matters and interactions with security holders, stock exchanges and other regulatory bodies. Additionally, he regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on a variety of corporate finance and governance-related topics.

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, JD, magna cum laude
  • Syracuse Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • George Washington University, BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut
 
Paul H. ZumbroCravath, Swaine &amp; Moore LLP

Paul H. Zumbro

Firm: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Paul H. Zumbro joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 1997 and became a partner in 2005. As a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, Paul’s practice focuses principally on leveraged finance transactions and on representing secured creditors with complex in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

Paul has extensive experience in leveraged finance, having represented the arranger banks in several multi-billion dollar LBO financings, including for Freescale Semiconductor, Neiman Marcus and Warner Chilcott. This experience is complemented by Paul’s significant experience in all phases of capital-raising and balance-sheet restructurings, including out-of-court debt exchanges and debtor-in-possession financings. Additionally, he has represented buyers in distressed mergers and acquisitions transactions, including both regular-way Bankruptcy Code Section 363 sales and “credit bid” transactions.

Paul has authored several chapters and articles regarding bankruptcy and financial restructuring for publications such as Practical Law Company, Inside the Minds™, Law360, IBA’s Business Law International and the book Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2011: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year (Aspatore Thought Leadership), and was recognized by The Legal 500 for his skill in corporate restructuring in 2010 and 2011 and bank lending in 2009.

The author would like to thank Rob Trust of Linklaters for his invaluable contribution to this effort.

Education
  • Yale College, B.A. cum laude, Distinction in Major
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Experience
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Bar Association
  • Reorganization and Workout Sub-Committee of IBA’s Section on Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights
 

Stephen E. Zweig

Firm: FordHarrison LLP

Stephen Zweig is the managing partner in the New York office of FordHarrison LLP, a national labor, employment, and benefits law firm.  He leads the firm’s executive compensation practice. Stephen represents both companies as well as senior executives in negotiating employment, retention, change-in-control, consulting, severance, and separation and retirement agreements. He is also engaged in traditional labor negotiations and employment and contract litigation.

Stephen’s negotiating strategies are the result of over 35 years’ experience in negotiations. He has represented both companies and senior executives in executive compensation contracts and related transactions in industries ranging from banking, hedge funds, private equity, commercial real estate, and insurance brokerage to technology, media, health care and non-profit organizations. He also designs and drafts non-qualified deferred compensation plans, equity and quasi-equity plans, earn-out arrangements, and all types of short and long-term incentive plans.

Stephen litigates breach of contract, non-competition, non-solicitation and no-hire cases, misappropriation of trade secret and confidential information cases, employment discrimination cases, and collective action and individual wage and hour cases.

Stephen has authored a chapter in Bloomberg BNA’s Executive Compensation treatise, has been published by many other media sources, and speaks regularly to associations and professional groups. Since 2002 he has been recognized as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and since 2008 has been selected as one of New York’s Super Lawyers.   

Education
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1971
Experience
  • FordHarrison LLP
  • Benetar, Bernstein, Schair & Stein
  • Lorenz, Finn, Giardino & Lambos
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
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