Lexis Practice Advisor® - Contributing Authors

Contributing Authors & Firms

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

 
Philip AbbottField Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Philip Abbott

Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Philip Abbott is a partner at Fieldfisher, based in its London office and heads the Financial Institutions Sector. He is a partner in the firm's Banking and Asset Finance team with over 20 years' experience in practice as a finance lawyer. His clients include German pfandbrief banks, investment banks, international banks, hedge funds, real estate funds and corporate borrowers.

Philip maintains a broad lending practice, his practice in recent years focusing primarily on lending in both the real estate finance and investment funds sectors (private equity and hedge fund, capital call facilities and margin loans). He is recommended by the Legal 500 2013 in the acquisition finance, emerging markets and real estate finance categories. He advises on transaction structuring, facility documentation of new loan transactions and restructurings.

He is a member of the Law Society.

Education
  • University of Leeds LLB (Hons)
  • College of Law
Experience
  • Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
  • Wilde Sapte
  • Allen & Overy
  • Simmons & Simmons
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales
 
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
 
Advantage Title<br />

Advantage Title

Firm: Advantage Title
Founded in 1987, Advantage Title is a leading privately owned title insurance agency headquartered in New York, offering comprehensive title services for attorneys, developers and lenders nationwide. Advantage Title is part of the Advantage Group, which includes Advantage Foreclosure, Advantage Legal, Advantage Settlement and Mortgage Advantage. All provide integrated real estate related services and an unwavering commitment to customer support.
 
Amir AhmadPinsent Masons

Amir Ahmad

Firm: Pinsent Masons

Amir is the Head of Pinsent Masons’ Banking and Finance practice in the Middle East. He has been based in the region for over nine years and has advised clients on some of the big ticket deals across the region in project finance, as well as contractor finance and general corporate financing. He has extensive experience in multi-sourced (Islamic) and ECA-supported financing.

Education
  • Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Law, University of London
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in The Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates
 

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. Allen

Firm: Pepper Hamilton LLP

Terrence R. Allen is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Mr. Allen has experience in a broad array of corporate transactions, including public and private mergers, stock purchases, asset sales and leveraged recapitalizations. He represents issuers in private placements and venture capital deals and investors in purchases of equity and start-up and other private companies. Mr. Allen also advises clients on corporate governance and disclosure matters.

Mr. Allen has conducted extensive market research relating to private M&A transactions. In 2003, he conceived and led the development of one of the earliest and most comprehensive "deal points" studies to achieve circulation in the marketplace. The study involved the analysis of more than 250 acquisition agreements pertaining to closed private M&A transactions in more than two dozen industries to determine the prevalence of approximately 70 different provisions often included in these agreements. More recently, he conceived and led an exhaustive and groundbreaking study of indemnity claims in private M&A transactions.

Education
  • University of Southern California, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, B.A., B.S.
Experience
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California
 
K &amp; L Gates LLP

Joel Almquist

Firm: K&L Gates LLP

Joel Almquist counsels clients on a full range of domestic and cross-border tax issues. Mr. Almquist advises clients on the tax aspects of public and private asset management transactions, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and funds involving special alternative investment strategies. Representative offerings involve U.S. and non-U.S. organized entities, master-feeder structures, fund-of-funds strategies, notional principal contracts and other derivative products, tax hybrid entities and other customized offshore structures. Mr. Almquist also provides clients with tax advice in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, financings and partnerships of every type and structure, as well as providing family tax planning and representation in tax controversies.

In addition, Mr. Almquist’s corporate, finance and tax practice includes the general representation of corporations, involving a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, financing, real estate, licensing, distribution, technology transfer, trade secret and regulatory matters. Mr. Almquist also represents foreign companies and individuals and advises them in structuring their business and investment enterprises in the United States.

Education
  • J.D., Harvard University, 1977
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1974
Accreditations
  • Massachusetts
 
Shearman &amp; Sterling LLP

Richard Alsop

Firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Richard Alsop has been a member of Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets Group since March 2010. Mr. Alsop has extensive experience in capital markets transactions, corporate governance, corporate finance transactions, financial institutions and underwriting practices. He advises corporations and investment banks on a broad variety of capital markets work, including IPOs, convertible bonds and investment grade and high-yield bond transactions and is part of our corporate governance advisory team. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Alsop was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Law at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he advised executive management and the board of directors on major corporate transactions, corporate finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and other matters. From 1994 through 2003, Mr. Alsop held other senior roles in the legal department of Merrill Lynch, including Equity Capital Markets Counsel, Investment Banking General Counsel and Debt Markets General Counsel.

Education
  • Columbia University, School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia College, A.B., cum laude
Experience
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
 

American Institute of Architects

Firm: American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) publishes more than 180 contracts and administrative forms that are recognized throughout the design and construction industry as the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects. The AIA's prominence in the field is based on over 120 years of experience creating and updating its documents. During that time, owners, architects, contractors, attorneys, insurance experts, and many others have contributed to the development and revision of the AIA Contract Documents. As a result, these comprehensive contracts and forms are now widely recognized as the Industry Standard.

 
James E. AndersonWillkie Farr &amp; Gallagher LLP

James E. Anderson

Firm: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

James E. Anderson is a partner in the Asset Management Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLC. His practice covers the entire range of securities regulation, and he advises a wide variety of clients, including investment advisors, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, banks, and broker-dealers.

Mr. Anderson advises clients on a broad range of matters. He has advised investment advisors and investment companies in the purchase and sale of investment advisers and funds. He has counseled investment advisors and hedge funds on compliance matters such as the development and implementation of compliance policies and procedures, mock examinations and other comprehensive reviews of compliance systems and procedures, and investment advisor registration requirements. A central component of his practice is representing investment advisors and hedge funds in 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
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • WilmerHale
  • SEC’s Office of Investment Company Regulation of the Division of Investment Management, staff attorney
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
 

Lawrence Fubara Anga

Firm: ÆLEX

Fubara is the head of the Firm’s Banking and Finance, Maritime, Aviation and Finance Service Practice Groups. He advises on financial, corporate and commercial issues that affect projects and companies especially in the banking and financial services, infrastructure, aviation, maritime, and telecommunications sectors.

Fubara has been involved in project finance, banking and capital markets transactions for several years. He advised the Federal Government of Nigeria on the review of the Investment and Securities Act. He was invited as a member of the Presidential Policy Advisory Committee where he was a member of the subcommittee on finance and investment. He authored the Committee's policy paper on foreign investment and privatisation.

He possesses advanced certifications in Project Finance from the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and Exim Bank (USA), in Venture Capital from the Venture Capital Institute – USA and in entrepreneurial development from the United Nations, Centre for Transnational Corporations. He has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance in Nigeria by IFLR and Who’s Who Legal.

Education
  • BA (Econs. and Pol. Sci.) Yale College, Yale University, USA 1980
  • BA (Law) Churchill College, Cambridge University, England 1983
  • MA (Law) Cambridge University, England 1988
  • MCIArb (UK), FCTI, MNIM
Accreditations
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria 1984
  • Solicitor, England and Wales 2001
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Ghana 2001
Associations
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society, England & Wales
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • International Associate, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (MCI Arb.)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation (FCTI)
  • President, Nigerian Aviation Law Society
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM)
  • Member, Faculty of Risk Management - Lagos
  • Member, Disciplinary (2000) and Finance (2001) sub-committees of the Nigerian Bar Association.
 

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
 

Stephen Ashley

Firm: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the firm’s Capital Markets group. He regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and cross-border securities transactions.

Stephen’s experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters.

Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.” He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the IT, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.

Education
  • Osgoode Hall Law School York University, Bachelor of Laws, with honors
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Commerce, with honors
Experience
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf

Firm: Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Ibrahim is a partner at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and the head of the firm’s Banking, Finance & Projects Practice. He represents both domestic and international financial institutions in negotiating, drafting and advising on corporate, government and project financing transactions. In addition, he has advised and represented clients in relation to a number of significant insolvency/debt restructuring matters. He has also worked on a number of significant capital markets, structured finance and syndicated loan mandates. Ibrahim has been recognized as a Notable Practitioner and Leading Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific and International Financial Law Review, respectively.

Prior to moving to the Banking, Finance & Projects Practice, he was a senior member of the firm’s M&A/General Corporate Practice. With extensive experience in complex takeover and capital markets deals involving both Indonesian and overseas corporates, Ibrahim was also listed by Chambers Asia Pacific as a Notable Practitioner in M&A.

Ibrahim has been involved in various law reform initiatives in Indonesia, including advising the Indonesian Supreme Court’s Judicial Reform Committee, as well as working on a law-reform project funded by the Australian Government. In 2005, he was presented with an Asia Foundation 50th Anniversary Award in recognition of his contribution to legal reform in Indonesia.

Education
  • University of Indonesia S.H. (1997)
  • National University of Singapore, non-degree program (1995)
  • Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies, Visiting Research Fellow (2003-2004)
  • University of Melbourne LL.M (2009)
  • Australian Development Scholarship (2008-2009)
Experience
  • Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (Partner)
  • PT Justika Siar Publika, publisher of www.hukumonline.com (Managing Director and Editor in Chief)
  • Indonesia-Australia Legal Development Facility (Principal Legal and Human Rights Advisor)
  • The Judiciary Reform Team at the Indonesian Supreme Court (Advisor)
  • Indonesia Center for Law and Policy Studies (Executive Director)
  • Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, Indonesian affiliate of Baker & McKenzie (Associate)
  • Baker & McKenzie, Chicago (Summer Intern)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Indonesia
 

Meaghan Atkinson

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Meaghan Atkinson is a creative problem solver who helps her clients navigate and close complicated healthcare M&A deals, answer difficult regulatory questions, negotiate commercial contracts, and respond to day-to-day issues.

Meaghan’s clients range from hospitals and academic medical centers to managed care plans and laboratories. She combines her knowledge of health regulatory law with her skills in completing complex business transactions (including mergers, asset sales, joint ventures, and spin-offs) to assist all of her clients in achieving their desired outcomes.

By understanding the rapidly changing business of healthcare, as well as the regulatory pitfalls unique to healthcare entities, Meaghan is able to give her clients practical, meaningful advice that helps them make educated business decisions.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 2007
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2000
Accreditations
  • Admitted in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
 

Kenneth S. Atlas

Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Kenneth S. Atlas is a partner in BLG’s Banking and Financial Services Group, practising in both the Montréal and Toronto offices. He specializes in banking, secured and unsecured debt financing, project finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, and venture capital. He has represented numerous loan syndicates in connection with such matters, including loans and insolvencies in multiple jurisdictions.

Education
  • LL.B/B.C.L., McGill University
Experience
  • Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Associations
  • Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute and INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Management, McGill University (1982-1994) (Business Law)
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (1985-present) (Bankruptcy & Insolvency)
 
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
 
Shearman &amp; Sterling LLP

Azam Aziz

Firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Azam Aziz is Shearman & Sterling’s North American Regional Managing Partner and a partner in the firm’s Derivatives & Structured Products team. He has previously served as a member of the firm’s Executive Group, Practice Group Leader of Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group and co-chair of the firm’s Associate Development Committee.

Mr. Aziz’s practice focuses on the structuring and documentation of complex over-the-counter derivatives products for banks, collective investment vehicles and other financial market participants. His practice also includes counseling alternative asset managers regarding regulatory developments, risk management, and hedge fund formation and organization. He has extensive experience developing, drafting and negotiating highly structured trading relationships for a wide variety of products, including fixed income and credit derivatives, total returns swaps, equity derivatives, fund-linked products, securities lending and repurchase agreements as well as prime brokerage, debt and claims trading and other cash and synthetic trading documentation. He also has experience advising a range of market participants during significant market disruptions and counterparty failures, including during the failures of Long-Term Capital Management, Enron, Refco, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

Education
  • LPM Institute, Legal Project Management Program, August 2016
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1996; Hofstra Law Review, Managing Editor, 1995-1996
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.E., 1992
Experience
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Phillip J. AzzolliniSchulte Roth

Phillip J. Azzollini

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Phillip J. Azzollini is a partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP ("SRZ"), where he focuses his practice on offerings of asset-backed securities, including the representation of issuers, placement agents and portfolio managers. Phil’s other areas of concentration include the representation of buyers and sellers of financial assets, as well as advising buyers and sellers in repurchase agreement transactions. Phil has represented public companies, investment advisers and private equity funds in transactions involving many different categories of asset-backed securities, including mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligation securities and student loan securities. He has also represented clients in transactions involving the re-packaging of asset-backed securities.

Listed as a “leading lawyer” by Chambers Global and Chambers USA in the area of Capital Markets: Structured Products, Phil is recognized by clients and peers as “an excellent lawyer, smart and bright” and commended for his keen attention to detail and understanding of accounting in addition to the law.

Phil has been with SRZ since 1995. Prior to joining SRZ, Phil was a certified public accountant with the audit group at Coopers & Lybrand. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Pace University, cum laude.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Pace University, B.B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Certified Public Accountant, Coopers & Lybrand (Audit Group)
Accreditations
  • Bar Admissions, New York
  • Leading Lawyer in Capital Markets: Structured Products, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States
 
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
 

Ernest E. Badway

Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP

Ernest Badway is a partner in the New York and Roseland, NJ, offices of Fox Rothschild LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Securities Industry Practice. He advises clients on a broad range of business matters, including securities, intellectual property, employment, corporate governance, partnership disputes, contracts and litigation. He also counsels clients on the creation of broker-dealers, hedge funds and investment advisers as well as compliance and regulatory matters relating to their operations. Ernest is also the former co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Compliance & Defense Practice and has extensive experience in representing individual and corporate clients in internal investigations.

A frequent speaker and author on topics affecting corporations, executives and their employees, Ernest has moderated and participated in many forums, most notably with the American Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the American Conference Institute, the New Jersey Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel of America. He is the author of Encyclopedia of New York Causes of Action: Elements and Defenses (New York Law Journal Books, May 2015, 7th ed.), “Chapter 109: The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine,” Securities Law Techniques (September 2014) and contributing author for Chapters 1 and 2 of Securities Law Series: Securities Crimes, Vol. 21 (Thomson Reuters/West, September 2014).

Education
  • Duke University School of Law(J.D.,1992)
  • Boston University(M.A.,1989)
  • Boston University(B.A.,1989)
Experience
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Brooklyn Law School (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Accreditations
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section on Litigation and Section on Criminal Justice
  • New York State Bar Association, Delegate to House of Delegates
  • The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • New York County Lawyers Association; Former Member, Board of Directors and Treasurer, previous Co-Chair, Securities & Exchange Committee; Member, Federal Courts Committee and Chair of Presidents' Task Force on Corporate Responsibility
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Co-Chair, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Substantive Committee, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association
 

Alex Bafi

Firm: Clifford Chance Europe LLP

Alex Bafi is a partner at Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris. He has extensive experience in US Securities including equity and debt capital markets as well as high yield financings. He regularly advises investment banks and corporations on a wide range of international securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, bond issues and other capital market transactions. His work covers more than 20 countries, including France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. Alex is fluent in French, Italian and Arabic and has a working knowledge of Turkish.

In the last year, Alex advised on equity and debt offerings valued at more than €20 billion, including advising Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley on Solvay's $7 billion equity and debt offerings. He is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD
  • University of Southern California, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • University of California in Berkeley, Bachelor and Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
Experience
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, Paris and London 1993
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London, Partner 2001
  • Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Partner 2015
Accreditations
  • US-qualified, admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 1994
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 

Oliver S. Bajracharya

Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Oliver S. Bajracharya is a Partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Intellectual Property practice group. Domestic and international companies turn to Oliver for counsel for managing their intellectual property portfolios, including strategy, maintenance and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Education
  • Tulane Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie (legacy firm Christie Parker & Hale LLP), Partner, 2002-present
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, Board Member, (President, 2014), 2006-2015
  • Equitas Academy Charter School, (Board Chair, 2012-present), 2010-present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section Committee, 2011-present
  • California Fashion Association, 2014-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2015-present
 

James Barnett

Firm: GrayRobinson, P.A.

James “Jim” Barnett is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, PA. Jim has extensive experience with complex commercial real estate transactions including retail, office, hotel, marina, industrial and multifamily properties. He has represented buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants, and borrowers in transactions throughout the United States.

Jim practices in the area of commercial real estate, including:

  • Retail development and leasing
  • Hotels, marinas, and resorts
  • Industrial leasing and development
  • Office leasing and development
  • Real estate acquisitions and sales
  • Real estate financing
Education
  • Tulane University, B.S. (1993)
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. (honors, 1996)
    • Florida Law Review, Member, 1995-1996
Experience
  • GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Previously with Akerman LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Accreditations
  • Florida
Associations
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member
 
Matthew S. Barr

Matthew S. Barr

Firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Matt Barr is a partner in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He has extensive experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, ad hoc groups, private equity funds, acquirers of assets, hedge funds and other institutions acquiring controlling positions in financially distressed companies, and other major stakeholders in chapter 11 reorganization cases and out-of-court restructurings both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Barr 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. His engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including retail, telecommunication, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, energy, oil and gas, automotive, apparel, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, project finance and shipping. Mr. Barr has drawn upon his broad experience to develop and advise clients on practical solutions and build the consensus required to implement these solutions.

Mr. Barr has been listed over the years in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Lawdragon, Legal 500, Guide to World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers (Legal Media Group), and Super Lawyers, among others, and was recognized as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2007.

Mr. Barr joined Weil in 2015 from a major international law firm, where he was a partner resident in that firm’s New York office.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.
Experience
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • 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
 
Paul Hastings

Katherine E. Bell

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

Katherine E. Bell is a partner of Paul Hastings LLP. Her practice focuses on commercial and corporate finance transactions. Ms. Bell regularly represents commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds, finance companies, other lenders, and borrowers in working capital facilities (cash flow and asset-based), acquisition financings, and other sophisticated finance transactions including leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and recapitalizations. She has extensive experience negotiating intercreditor arrangements, including 1st lien/2nd lien arrangements, split collateral arrangements, and unitranche “A/B” transactions.

Ms. Bell serves as the Secretary of the Financial Lawyers Conference, the Co-Chair of the Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, and the Chair of the Strategic Planning subcommittee of the Women in Commercial Finance Committee of the Commercial Finance Association.

Ms. Bell has been recognized as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers USA. She has authored a variety of articles in industry publications and regularly lectures at industry conferences on topics ranging from trends in commercial loan documentation to developments in intercreditor arrangements. She is the co-author of Asset-Based Lending: A Practical Guide to Secured Financing (Practising Law Institute, 8th ed. 2015), which is generally considered to be the definitive treatise on asset-based lending. Ms. Bell received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine.

Education
  • Cornell Law School, J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A.
Experience
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
Associations
  • Secretary, Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Co-Chair, Commercial Transactions Committee, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • Member, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association
  • Chair, Strategic Planning Subcommittee, Women in Commercial Finance Committee of the Commercial Finance Association
 
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
 
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
 
Paul Hastings

Marc E. Bernstein

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

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
 
Perkins Coie LLP

Matthew Bernstein

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

Matthew Bernstein is the managing partner for the Perkins Coie San Diego office, co-managing partner for the Taipei office, and is a partner in the firm's Patent Litigation group. His practice focuses on patent litigation and patent trial work. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants extensively, in district courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Matthew recently tried five patent jury cases in district court and a patent case at the ITC.

Some of Matthew’s recent patent litigation successes include successfully defending a software company in the second-largest patent infringement case in U.S. history and a Taiwanese handset manufacturer in ITC action, including obtaining a finding of no liability at hearing / trial and at the Federal Circuit.

Matthew obtained stipulated judgment of noninfringement for two streaming clients in the District of Delaware following a successful early Markman hearing, as well as zero dollar dismissals with prejudice for clients in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Southern District of Texas, and Southern District of California.

He also won a jury verdict of infringement, willful infringement, significant damages and validity against a major semiconductor company, and then obtained a permanent injunction, enhanced damages, and attorneys’ fees from the district court.

Matthew is the author of Patent Litigation Strategies against NPEs (2016) from LexisNexis.

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1995
Experience
  • Perkins Coie, San Diego Office Managing Partner; Taipei Office Co-Managing Partner
  • Fish & Richardson P.C., San Diego, CA, Partner
  • DLA Piper (formally Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich), San Diego, CA, Associate
  • United States Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk
Accreditations
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Associations
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 
Schulte Roth

Susan E. Bernstein

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Susan E. Bernstein is a special counsel in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where her practice focuses on ERISA issues for single, multiple and multiemployer qualified and nonqualified benefit plans, including: designing and amending plans; ongoing plan administration and regulatory compliance; monitoring legislative and regulatory developments; complying with ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements; preparing and negotiating IRS, DOL and PBGC filings; communicating with employees; and counseling clients on issues related to the merger and termination of benefit plans.

Susan’s experience also includes advising clients on the design and administration of health and welfare benefit plans, including compliance issues regarding health care reform, COBRA and HIPAA; negotiating employment agreements and counseling employers on all aspects of executive compensation, including Section 409A compliance; and representing tax-exempt clients with respect to all aspects of employee benefit matters, including 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans, 457(f) plans, employment contracts, 990 reporting issues and intermediate sanction issues.

Susan was appointed to the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, upon recommendation of the Commissioner of the IRS. Employee Benefit Adviser named Susan one of the “Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising” for 2015—the annual award that honors women making a difference in the benefit advising field. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was the Notes Editor for the Cardozo Law Review, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Notes Editor, Cardozo Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Dean’s List
Experience
  • Special Counsel, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), 2015
  • Strafford Publications Inc. Employment & ERISA Advisory Board, 2015
  • New York City Bar Association, 1994-Present
  • Executive Compensation and Benefits Committee, 2015
  • New York State Bar Association, 1995-Present
  • Committee on Employee Benefits, 2004-Present
  • Committee on Women in the Law, 2015
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefits, 1998-Present
 
Day Pitney

Marie Caroline Bertrand

Firm: Day Pitney LLP

Marie Caroline Bertrand is counsel in Day Pitney’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use department. Her practice involves the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate. She has experience drafting and reviewing equity documents (including joint venture agreements), property management agreements and acquisition documents.

Marie has assisted purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of various types of commercial real estate, including office buildings and multifamily residences, throughout the United States, China, England and South Korea. She has represented purchasers of loans and subordinate debt as well as borrowers and lenders in the negotiation, documentation and amendment of commercial real estate mortgage loans. She has also reviewed and strategized work-out, restructuring and foreclosure options for distressed borrowers and/or potential distressed debt purchasers.

Marie serves in a leadership role with the Day Pitney Attorneys of Color Network and is actively engaged in the firm’s efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.

Prior to joining Day Pitney, Marie worked in a boutique real estate firm in New York City for four years and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in French and Spanish.

Education
  • American University Washington College School of Law, J.D. cum laude 2007
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S.B.A. summa cum laude 2004
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut
Associations
  • Real Estate Finance Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Vice President, 2016-2017
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Edward Best

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Edward Best is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and is the co-leader of the firm’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions groups and serves on Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading capital markets attorneys. Eddie’s experience includes:

Capital Markets. Representing issuers and underwriters in connection with public and Rule 144A offerings of debt, equity, convertible and hybrid securities in the US and Europe; continuously offered debt and equity programs; liability management transactions, including equity and debt self-tenders, exchange offers, and consent solicitations; particular emphasis on offerings by financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, brokers and specialty finance companies, and cross-border offerings.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Counseling buyers, sellers, and financial intermediaries in connection with public and private acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, mergers, tender offers, and proxy contests.

General Corporate Practice. Advising companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.

Chambers USA noted that “Edward Best’s ‘extremely quick mind’ makes him a popular figure among lawyers and clients alike. ‘He is never stumped by a question . . ..’” Eddie has been described as “Aptly named, as he’s one of the best in town,” and as “A ’stand-out debt and equity’ lawyer.” Legal500 recommended Eddie in “Capital Markets — Debt Advice to Issuers” and “Capital Markets — High-Yield - Advice to Managers,” noting that Eddie is “chief amongst [Mayer Brown’s excellent partners].” Eddie is also listed in Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers in America for Securities Law, the Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Market Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (2007), and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2008). In addition, he has been named among the “Leading Lawyers” in Illinois in the categories of Corporate Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities and Venture Finance Law.

Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, cum laude, Research Editor, Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, AB
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Sub-committee on Federal Regulation of Securities
 
Andrew BettwyProskauer Rose LLP

Andrew Bettwy

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Andrew Bettwy is a partner in Proskauer Rose’s corporate department and a member of the Finance Group. His principal focus is the representation of banks, financial institutions, borrowers and investors in a variety of domestic and international financing transactions, including syndicated lending, acquisition financings, second lien financings, bridge facilities, asset-based facilities, subordinated debt instruments, recapitalizations, mezzanine financings, private placements and other complex and traditional transactions.

Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Arizona, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Jonathan BlumPolsinelli PC

Jonathan Blum

Firm: Polsinelli PC
Jonathan Blum understands the nonprofit sector from a unique vantage point. He gained a wealth of experience while serving as in-house general counsel for a major international charity and a private foundation. Through this in-depth knowledge, Jonathan assisted nonprofit leaders to manage their legal matters and build capacity for the future. He recognizes the importance of concentrating on the key issues affecting clients and moving quickly to identify practical legal options in order for clients to stay mission-focused and make informed decisions. Jonathan counsels his nonprofit clients on the broad array of legal issues affecting charities, foundations, trade and professional associations, advocacy groups, and other nonprofit organizations
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law-Austin, J.D. , 2000, with honors
  • University of Texas - Austin, B.A., 1997, Dean’s List
Experience
  • Polsinelli PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas
 
Bock &amp; Clark

Bock & Clark

Firm: Bock & Clark

Founded in 1973,  Bock & Clark is a leading provider of national commercial real estate due diligence services including ALTA Surveys, Environmental Reports (ESAs), Property Condition Assessments and Zoning Reports.  Using their own staff along with a network of experienced professionals, Bock & Clark takes pride in their commitment to a quality product at competitive pricing.  Recognized for a standardized, easy to read work product, the company continues to develop its services to provide  comprehensive surveys and reports to its clients who include law firms, title companies, REITs, corporate real estate departments, lenders and all others associated with the transaction of commercial properties.  Bock & Clark services all 50 states as well as Canada for single-site and multi-site projects.

Bock & Clark’s Handbook for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys has become an industry resource used by many law firms and others in the procurement and review of ALTA Surveys.  Additionally, members of the corporate staff are regularly engaged by organizations throughout the country as guest lecturers on subjects related to due diligence.
 
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
 
Sidley Austin LLP

Mark Borrelli

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

Mark Borrelli represents a wide variety of clients, including broker-dealers, investment advisers and clearing agencies, on transactional, compliance and enforcement matters relating to securities and commodities. Mark translates his understanding of complex financial products and investment strategies into practical and clear advice on regulatory and enforcement matters and private fund disclosures. Mark has advised investment advisers, broker-dealers and clearing agencies in connection with dozens of SEC and FINRA examinations and regularly assists clients in developing or updating policies and procedures. He also regularly represents private fund managers in connection with offerings of securities. Mark is a partner in Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives and Securities and Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory groups. Mark has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2014, 2015 and 2016. Mark is part of Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice team, which has won numerous top awards as a provider of legal services to the private funds industry: two-time winner of Chambers and Partners’ “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.”; Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine’s 2014 Alpha Awards top “onshore” (U.S.) law firm serving the hedge fund industry; four-time recipient of first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Derivatives and Futures Law; and ranked in the top band for Hedge Funds by Chambers USA every year since 2008.

Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1989, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Harno Fellow; Dean’s List)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., 1986, with highest honors; Bronze Tablet; Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi)
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. of Michigan
  • Illinois
Associations
  • Mark serves on the boards of directors of Chicago Youth Programs and the Benebikira Sisters Foundation.
 
Jeffrey BosleyDavis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Jeffrey Bosley

Firm: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Jeff Bosley has over 20 years of experience in assisting clients with developing and implementing practical strategies to achieve compliance goals, minimize legal risk and litigate and resolve workplace disputes. In addition to representing clients before administrative agencies, courts and arbitrators, Jeff has advised clients concerning union organizing campaigns and negotiated numerous labor agreements, including first collective bargaining agreements, project labor agreements, and neutrality agreements. Jeff also counsels clients on labor and employment law issues arising from transactions, and has negotiated executive employment agreements and retention agreements. Jeff has also written and spoken extensively on labor and employment issues, including the impacts of social media and technology in the workplace.

Education
  • Villanova University, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations
Experience
  • Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP – Employment Services Group
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York, California and Washington D.C.
  • Admitted to practice before the Seventh, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
Associations
  • Former Northern California Chair, Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association
 

Arnold M. Bottalico

Firm: Arnold M. Bottalico, Attorney at Law

Arnold M. Bottalico, Esq. is a native New Yorker who earned his Bachelor degree from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1991. After admission to the New York and Connecticut bars in 1992, Arnold actively practiced law in the areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions, lender side foreclosures as well as general litigation. For over a decade, Arnold served as in-house counsel to Fidelity National Title Insurance Company where he handled complex real estate title insurance claims. Presently, Arnold is actively involved in foreclosure defense, real estate conveyances, and estate planning. During Super Storm Sandy, Arnold, in association with the New York State Bar Association, provided pro-bono legal services for many affected homeowners. Arnold also serves as in-house real estate counsel to Magnolia Abstract Services, Inc., located in east Islip, NY. In addition to being an attorney, Arnold is a licensed New York State real estate broker.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law. J.D.
  • Hofstra University, Bachelor degree
Experience
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, in-house counsel
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in New York
  • Licensed as a real estate broker, New York
 
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
 
Katherine D. BrandtThompson Hine LLP

Katherine D. Brandt

Firm: Thompson Hine LLP

Kathie is the partner-in-charge in the New York office and a former leader of the Commercial & Public Finance group. She focuses her practice on the development, negotiation and documentation of complex commercial loan transactions, private debt, equity and mezzanine placements, structured finance transactions, creditors' rights matters and sales and other dispositions of assets. Kathie is admitted to the bar in the states of Ohio and New York.

Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1989, cum laude, Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • Grove City College, B.S., 1982, Engineering
Experience
  • Thompson Hine LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Ohio
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Institute of International Bankers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 

Mark Brennan

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Mark Brennan is a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. Clients across industry sectors seek Mark Brennan’s practical advice on cutting-edge communications and privacy issues. An experienced advisor, Mark is as comfortable assisting clients on FCC and FTC policy and enforcement as he is providing actionable compliance strategies to operations teams. He receives dozens of requests each year to share his insights on consumer protection issues at industry conferences and is most well-known for obtaining significant victories for clients on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues.

Mark’s clients include leading online and e-commerce companies, wireless carriers, global telecommunications providers, “Internet of Things” pioneers and app developers, and other technology vendors, as well as a diverse set of international clients from the transportation, financial services, education, and healthcare sectors.

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2005
  • B.S., summa cum laude, University of Florida, 2002
Experience
  • Hogan Lovells
Accreditations
  • Admitted in District of Columbia and Florida
Associations
  • Board Member, Sitar Arts Center
  • Board Member, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Co-chair, Mobile Payments Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Past Board Member, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Charity Auction Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Social Media, Membership & Marketing Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Transactional Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Young Lawyers Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
 
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
 

Greg Brown

Firm: Holland & Knight

Greg Brown is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office. He focuses his practice on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary matters, tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and ERISA litigation. In addition, he handles matters involving employer securities as a plan investment, fiduciary status, and duties and remedies under ERISA.

Mr. Brown represents both closely held companies as well as national Fortune 500 publicly traded companies on employee benefits matters as well as organizations throughout the food and beverage, healthcare, banking and financial services industries. He also advises clients on ways to minimize litigation risk through benefit plan design, governance and administration.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Brown is a regular writer and speaker on a range of employee benefits law topics nationwide.

Mr. Brown is recognized as a leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Education
  • University of Illinois, J.D.
  • University of Kentucky, B.S.
Experience
  • Holland & Knight LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • American Bar Association, ESOP Subcommittee, Chair Emeritus
  • Employee-Owned S-Corporations of America
  • ESOP Association
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Society of International Business Fellows
  • Union League Club of Chicago
 
Joel F. BrownGoldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Joel F. Brown

Firm: Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.

Joel Brown is a principal in Goldberg Kohn’s Commercial Finance Group. His practice focuses on the representation of banks and non-bank finance companies engaged principally in middle market lending operations. He has extensive experience in structuring, documenting and negotiating both cash-flow and asset-based financing, as well as broad exposure to senior, mezzanine and hybrid lending products. Joel handles mergers and acquisition financings, recapitalization financings, refinancings, and other complex financial arrangements requiring institutional debt. He has been engaged to “trouble spot” deal structures and documentation, particularly in co-lend arrangements, as well as to lead multi-bank/multi-borrower facilities. Joel has experience handling inter-creditor and subordination arrangements and agreements, loan workouts, loan restructurings, and ongoing file maintenance, including routine amendments, waivers and consents. Additionally, he represents lenders in international, multi-jurisdictional and multi-currency facilities.

Joel has both written and lectured on a wide variety of finance-related legal topics, including Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He has been published in The Banking Law Journal, The Secured Lender, and Commercial Lending Review. Mr. Brown has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading commercial finance attorney in the state of Illinois. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers and ranked by his peers as AV Preeminent©, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Education
  • New York University, J.D.
  • Wesleyan University, B.A. in government, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Finance Association
 

Javier Canosa

Firm: Canosa Abogados

Javier Canosa is a partner at Canosa Abogados. Javier’s practice focuses in corporate law issues, tax issues and banking issues, advising both national an​​d foreign companies, and families and HNWI in various corporate matters, including investment vehicles, corporate management, directors’ and trustees’ duties and responsibilities, audits, risk detection and distribution, documents, policies and corporate contracts, together with the design and implementation of a suitable corporate structure for each business. Javier has vast experience in mergers and acquisition and the negotiation of commercial agreements. He has represented and advised several companies, including financial institutions, in corporate M&A, business development and real estate undertakings. Javier is experienced in claims before local and international arbitral courts.

In addition, he is officer of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is regularly engaged in conferences of issues of related to his practice of those institutions.

Javier also collaborates with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation with their Doing Business report and has been engaged for speaking in World Bank, STEP, IBA, ABA conferences on issues related to his practice.

Javier advises many wealthy families in connection with the management, taxation and transfer of their assets, as shareholders, partners, and founders and beneficiaries of foundations and trusts. He has practiced in the area of cross-border tax, estates, and family disputes for more than 15 years.

Associations
  •             IBA Jack Batievsky Scholar 2006.
  •             IBA Scholar 2007.
  •             Who´s Who: Real Estate 2007-2016.
  •             Who’s Who Legal: Merger & Acquisition 2016.
  •             Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Governance 2016
  •             IBA Officer 2007-2016 (currently Secretary of the International Sales Committee).
  •             ABA officer 2008 -2016 (currently Vice Chair of Latin American Committee and Chair of Programs of the International Tax Committee).
  •             Contributor to the World Bank on Doing Business Report.
  •             Board Member of STEP´s  International Private Client Special Interest Group.
  •             Advisory Board to the Government of the British Virgin Islands
  •             Board Member to STEP Latin American Conference.
  •             Vice Chair of the International Sales Committee of the IBA (2016).
  •             Academician of the International Academy of Trust and Estate Lawyers.
  •             Fellow of the American Bar Association.
  •             Member of the board and steering committee of numerous foundations and public policy entities.  
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Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Julie M. Capell

Firm: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Julie Capell is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and works 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, Partner (2013-2016)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Senior Associate (2008-2013)
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
 
Paul Hastings

Rob Carlson

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

Rob Carlson is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Paul Hastings. He is the Chair of the Corporate department of the Firm’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Carlson specializes in representing sponsors of and investors in risk capital partnerships and limited liability companies including venture capital, buy-out, mezzanine debt, energy/infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as “fund of fund” investment vehicles, both domestic and offshore. Mr. Carlson also regularly advises fund sponsors with respect to governance and operational matters. He counsels investors in private equity funds in connection with their memberships on fund advisory committees.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of California Berkeley, 1992
Experience
  • Paul Hastings
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
Associations
  • Member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Capital Markets, and Private Investment Funds practices
  • Past chair of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Business and Corporations Law Section
 
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
 
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
 
Jeffrey A. ChapmanGibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Jeffrey A. Chapman

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jeffrey A. Chapman is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.  He maintains an active M&A and capital markets practice representing public and private companies in diverse cross-border and domestic transactions in a broad range of industries, including energy, retail, real estate, healthcare and technology.

Mr. Chapman is ranked as one of the top 50 Corporate/M&A lawyers in the United States by Chambers Global 2014.

Recognized for many years by Chambers USA in its most elite “Band 1” category as one of a handful of the leading corporate lawyers in Texas, Mr. Chapman was singled out by Chambers in 2013 and elevated to “Star Individual,” a ranking that has never before been awarded to a corporate lawyer in Texas.  In identifying “Star Individuals,” Chambers noted, “These players are the first names that roll off everyone’s lips, the standard by which others are judged.”  A Chambers source observed, “As a counselor he is unmatched in both business and legal terms, at all levels.”

Also described as a “cutting-edge M&A practitioner” taking on sophisticated transactions in a manner that “doesn’t inject any unnecessary conflicts into the process” in Chambers and a “pragmatic and solutions-oriented” capital markets lawyer and an “extremely highly regarded” M&A lawyer in Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, Mr. Chapman’s technical knowledge and emphasis on client service have resulted in many long-term relationships that span his entire career.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Iowa, B.A., with highest distinction
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Vinson & Elkins
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Andrew W. Cheng

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Andrew W. Cheng is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a member of the Global Finance Practice Group. Since joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Cheng has focused primarily on representing borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in acquisition financings and other leveraged finance transactions, including syndicated senior secured credit agreements and Rule 144A high-yield offerings.

Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn, Mr. Cheng practiced as a corporate associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City. Mr. Cheng received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with distinction in 1997 from Amherst College.

Mr. Cheng is admitted to practice in the States of California and New York.

Education
  • Harvard University, J.D.
  • Amherst College, B.A.
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, partner
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and New York
 
Alvin ChiaWongPartnership

Alvin Chia

Firm: WongPartnership

Alvin Chia is a Partner in the firm’s Banking & Finance Practice. Alvin has extensive experience in lending transactions such as project finance, property development finance, asset finance, structured lending, financing for general offers and corporate takeovers, trade finance, securitizations and syndicated loans generally. He also advises on debt restructuring, Islamic financing, private banking transactions and bank standard forms.

Alvin has been recognized as a leading Banking practitioner in IFLR1000 — The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (since 2010); The Legal 500: Asia Pacific — The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession (since 2008); Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2009); Chambers Asia Pacific — Asia Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business since (2009); and Best Lawyers since 2009. He is also listed as a leading practitioner in Asialaw Leading Lawyers — The Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers 2013.

Education
  • National University of Singapore (LL.B., Hons.)
Experience
  • WongPartnership
Accreditations
  • Singapore Bar
  • Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales
Associations
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
 

Michael Chiswick-Patterson

Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Michael Chiswick-Patterson is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on investment fund formation, including co-investment offerings. Michael regularly advises fund sponsors on the organization, negotiation, structuring, and operations of investment funds. His practice also addresses internal governance, structuring, and regulatory compliance issues for the sponsors of investment funds, particularly under the Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act. His extensive experience in fund formation matters and the operational issues of investment managers ranges from smaller “first” funds and newly organized sponsors through multi-billion dollar funds and complex sponsor arrangements.

Michael has published a variety of articles regarding current topics in investment fund formation and related regulatory matters, including SEC and CFTC rules and regulations.

Education
  • J.D., Columbia University Law School, 2007, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • A.B., History, Princeton University, 2002, Magna Cum Laude
Experience
  • Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.
 

Erin K. Cho

Firm: Groom Law Group

Erin K. Cho is a principal in the Fiduciary Responsibility practice group at Groom Law Group. Ms. Cho advises clients on matters involving ERISA’s fiduciary and conflict of interest rules. She advises asset managers, broker-dealers and investment bankers with respect to the many and varied services and financial products (including complex structured products and derivatives) they offer to U.S. pension plans. She counsels hedge funds and private equity clients on the consequences of accepting investments by benefit plan investors, as well as plan assets and prohibited transaction concerns arising in connection with venture capital investments and corporate transactions. She counsels plan sponsors on all aspects of ERISA fiduciary compliance, including plan governance, plan expense issues and the selection and monitoring of plan investment options. Ms. Cho also represents clients on exemption requests and regulatory initiatives before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Ms. Cho regularly speaks on pension investment matters, including as a co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference, “ERISA: The Evolving World”.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, Phi Beta Kappa
Accreditations
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • 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 
 
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter &amp; Hampton LLP

Kevin Cloutier is a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group and co-leader of the firm’s Non-Compete and Trade Secrets team in the Chicago office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. His national practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and proactive counseling of management-side clients. He has litigation and first-chair trial experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts all over the country, arbitrators, FINRA, the NLRB, and administrative agencies, and has successfully argued multiple law-changing and precedent-setting federal appeals on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Cloutier advises clients on a wide range of employment-related issues and has particular expertise in restrictive covenant and non-competition matters, whistleblower claims and internal investigations. He has successfully enforced restrictive covenant, non-compete and trade secret claims on behalf of his clients in more than 20 states.

He also operates as a general employment counselor to his clients and regularly advises and coaches human resource professionals and other business executives on how to comply with various human resources and employment laws.

Education
  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Hamilton College, B.A., with honors
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, the Central District of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District of Indiana, Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Associations
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section and the International Law Section, member
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Mary Crane Center, board of directors
  • Daniel A. Cotter Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, board of directors
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Canadian-American Bar Association
 
&nbsp;Squire Patton Boggs<br />

Scott Coffey

Firm: Squire Patton Boggs

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 Patton Boggs
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
 

Elizabeth Coke is a shareholder/partner with the law firm of Richeson & Coke, P.A. The firm was established in 1978 and has offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida. Ms. Coke joined the firm in 1995. The entire firm’s practice is limited to labor relations and employment law representing management. Her experience includes counseling and providing preventative advice to clients; litigating employment and labor laws, including National Labor Relations Board Practice, collective bargaining, arbitration, administrative law, employment discrimination, OSHA, wage-hour law, ERISA, agricultural labor Law and public employment law. Ms. Coke received AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest rating attainable based on professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Education
  • J.D., Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
  • B.A., Loyola University of New Orleans
Accreditations
  • Member of the Florida Bar, including the Labor Law section
Associations
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties and has for over 10 years.
 
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
 

Steve Collier

Firm: Alston & Bird LLP

Steve Collier is counsel at Alston & Bird LLP, based in Atlanta as part of the firm’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Group. He has over 30 years’ experience primarily in the field of commercial real estate finance. Steve’s clients include insurance companies, national banks, pension fund advisors and other institutional commercial real estate investors. He represents clients both as lenders and borrowers.

Steve’s practice spans all aspects of commercial real estate finance including traditional portfolio permanent loans, CMBS lending, construction loans, mezzanine debt and Agency financing. He works with all property types including office, multi-family, retail, industrial, hospitality and senior housing. Steve’ career spans 2 major real estate downturns, and he has considerable experience with problem loans including workouts, restructures, deeds in lieu, discounted payoffs, foreclosures, receiverships, REO sales and bankruptcy 363 sales.

Education
  • Emory School of Law, JD
  • Georgetown University, BSFS
Experience
  • Hansell & Post, Associate
  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Associate General Counsel
  • Alston & Bird LLP, Counsel
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Georgia
Associations
  • Georgia Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
 
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
 

Graham Collis

Firm: Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited

Graham Collis is a director of Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, Bermuda. He has over 25 years’ experience in practice as a banking and asset finance lawyer. In addition to advising borrowers and lenders on crossborder financings, his practice encompasses a broad array of corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and corporate restructurings. His clients include multinational insurance, technology, pharmaceutical and mining companies.

Mr. Collis is coauthor of the Bermuda chapter of Directors’ Liability and Indemnification: A Global Guide (published by Global Law & Business). He has been recognised in multiple years by Chambers Global as a Band 1 lawyer in Bermuda.

Education
  • University of Toronto, BCom
  • Oxford University, BA Law
Experience
  • Macfarlanes, London
  • Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, Bermuda
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Bermuda
Associations
  • Bermuda Bar Association, member
 
First American Title Insurance Co.

S.H. Spencer Compton

Firm: First American Title Insurance Co.

S.H. Spencer Compton is a vice president and special counsel at First American Title Insurance Co., New York Division, and has served in the same capacity since 2001 when he joined the pre-merger First American Title Insurance Co. of New York as a vice president. He also oversees all New York 1031 exchange transactions for First American Exchange Co.

With his highly developed experience in finance/commercial real estate and leasing, Spencer is an invaluable resource to First American’s wide-ranging institutional, corporate, and high net worth client base. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Journal, and The Practical Real Estate Lawyer. He is a well-regarded and prolific CLE lecturer and presenter for First American.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • New York University, B.F.A.
Experience
  • First American Title Insurance Co.
  • Duval & Stachenfeld LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Rogers and Wells
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association, budget officer, real property law section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Practicing Law Institute, faculty member
 

Summer Conley

Firm: Drinker Biddle LLP

Summer Conley is a partner in Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group. Her practice covers a variety of employee benefit areas, including qualified plan work, executive compensation, and health and welfare issues such as HIPAA, COBRA, Section 125 and Healthcare Reform. Summer has assisted many companies in their compliance with the HIPAA privacy and Healthcare Reform rules. She has experience drafting all types of plan documents, summary plan descriptions and employee communications as well as advising clients regarding establishing, changing and terminating benefit programs, and entering into benefits service agreements. Summer assists plan sponsors and fiduciaries in complying with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She also advises plan service providers (e.g., RIAs, investment managers, record-keepers, broker-dealers, etc.) with respect to their ERISA obligations.

Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., Valedictorian
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
Experience
  • Drinker Biddle LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
Associations
  • Past President, Los Angeles Chapter, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
  • Member, Los Angeles Employee Benefits Group
  • Associated Professional Member, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
  • Member, Program Committee, 2011-2013 Western Benefits Conference
  • Former Fringe Benefit Subcommittee Junior Liason, Taxation Section, American Bar Association
 

Annemargaret Connolly

Firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Annemargaret Connolly is a partner based in the Washington D.C. office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She is the head of Weil’s Environmental practice, a leader of Weil’s Climate Change Practice Group, and a member of the Firm’s hydraulic fracturing task force. She advises clients on a wide range of global environmental compliance and liability issues, most notably in the context of mergers & acquisitions, real estate transfers, financing transactions and infrastructure projects.

She also works closely with the Firm’s European and Asian offices on cross-border transactions, assisting in identifying and allocating environmental risks and educating foreign clients on potential issues raised by global environmental movements. She undertakes and oversees due diligence assessments, retains and works with consultants, engineers and other environmental professionals to quantify potential liabilities, and drafts and negotiates contract language to effectively allocate the risk of environmental liabilities between the parties. She also advises on disclosure issues in the preparation of financial statements and public securities filings and negotiates transaction-specific environmental insurance transactions.

In addition, Ms. Connolly counsels clients on a variety of environmental and health and safety topics including climate change, renewable energy projects and concerns, compliance with hazardous waste and hazardous material, wastewater and air emission requirements, occupational safety issues, asbestos, mold and other building concerns, as well as shareholder, successor and lender liability.

She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America as a leading environmental attorney for corporate transactions.

Education
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Syracuse University, B.A. and B.S.
Experience
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Associations
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of DC Appleseed Foundation
  • Member of the George Washington University Athletes Board of Advisors.
  • Member of Law360 2016 Environmental editorial advisory board
 

Terese M. Connolly

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

Terese M. Connolly is a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group in Culhane Meadows’ Chicago office. Terri has over a decade of experience focused exclusively in the area of domestic and international labor and employment. She regularly assists clients and manages international counsel in providing advice and counseling on domestic and cross border transaction issues involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, outsourcing, and privacy transactions, as well as post-acquisition integration, global audits, and global codes of conduct.

Ms. Connolly also provides day to day advice and counsel to multinational corporations navigating the wide range of employment related issues that arise when managing a global workforce. This includes conducting enterprise risk assessments, compliance audits, internal investigations, as well as training for management and employees on employment law, leave laws, anti-discrimination and harassment, diversity, and domestic and international labor and employment law compliance.

Ms. Connolly has been published in various ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law subcommittee journals and reports, Bloomberg BNA, Thomson Reuters, Lexology, Wolters Kluwer, the American Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago Newsletter, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, among others. She has also presented on domestic and international employment topics at leading industry events, including the ABA Section’s Labor and Employment Law subcommittee mid-winter meetings, the Chicago Bar Association, State Bar of California, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) conferences.

Ms. Connolly’s recent experience includes: advising on domestic and international employment issues related to a global healthcare leader’s outsourcing of infrastructure services involving 20 countries; divestiture of data protection business for a client involving 475 employees and 29 international jurisdictions; advising a global manufacturing company in connection with $1.2 billion acquisition of a food and beverage industry packaging company; identifying and quantifying risks to provide best practice advice on employment issues triggered by the divestment of two newly acquired companies with net sales of approximately $100 million; and counseling a Fortune 50 banking and financial services corporation on a 50-country global employment audit involving multiple business lines.

Education
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, M.Ed.
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A.
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Sheppard Mullin LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP (Chicago & Tokyo)
  • Littler Mendelson PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Women Liaison
  • Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women, Executive Board Member
  • Kent College of Law Women Alumnae Networking Group - Legal Ladies Lunching, Co-Founder
  • Illinois State Bar Association
 
Robert CookeField Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Robert Cooke

Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Robert Cooke is a partner at Fieldfisher, based in its London office. He is part of the firm's Banking and Asset Finance team, and specialises in secured lending, documentation and regulatory matters.

Robert has over 30 years' experience in practice as a finance and real property lawyer and, in addition to a wide range of work in these areas, regularly advises banks on their standard form documentation. He also specialises in compliance issues arising from the UK's anti-money laundering and sanctions legislation. In addition, he has spent time at the Law Commission for England and Wales, working on the reform of the law on contract formalities and trust law.

He is a member of the Law Society.

In his spare time Robert enjoys travelling, sport, music and eating out.

Education
  • Oxford University (open scholarship): MA
  • College of Law
Experience
  • Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
  • Frere Cholmeley Bischoff
  • Law Society for England and Wales (head of property and trust law team)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales
 
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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

Jonathan L. Corsico

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jonathan L. Corsico is a corporate partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Corsico’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, where he represents corporations, private equity firms and boards of directors in a wide range of matters, public and private, friendly and hostile, domestic and cross-border. Mr. Corsico also has significant experience representing clients in connection with stockholder activism, joint ventures, minority investments, syndicated lending transactions and general corporate matters.

In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Corsico was selected as a “Rising Star” in mergers and acquisitions by Super Lawyers.

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Cornell University, B.S. in electrical engineering
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member, Northern Virginia Technology Counsel
 
Foley &amp; Lardner LLP

Carmen N. Couden

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Carmen N. Couden is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice and Automotive Industry Team. Ms. Couden represents and counsels employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including but not limited to, compliance with complex statutory and regulatory requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Executive Order 11246 and other affirmative action laws and regulations; union grievances, National Labor Relations Board charges, and labor arbitrations; employment litigation before federal, state, and local courts and administrative agencies; reductions in force; and various matters related to employee recruitment, hiring, performance, discipline, and discharge. Ms. Couden also provides clients with practical guidance and proactive counseling regarding best practices designed to help employers avoid labor and employment disputes and comply with the law.

Education
  • Ms. Couden earned her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (with distinction, 2004), where she was awarded the College of Law’s Dean’s Achievement Award.
  • Ms. Couden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1999).
Experience
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin and is admitted to the bars of the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Associations
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
 
Susan CoxJones Day

Susan Cox

Firm: Jones Day

Susan Cox represents traditional private equity and developer real estate clients as well as large corporations in their acquisitions, dispositions, and financings of real estate assets.

Representative transactions include: representation of Lennox International in the financing of its corporate headquarters through a synthetic lease transaction; representation of Union Pacific Rail Road Corporation in various acquisitions, dispositions, easements, and certain border disputes; the financing by Morgan Stanley, Onex Real Estate, and Sawyer Realty of the $1.5 billion buyout of Town and Country Trust, the subsequent sales of more than $1 billion of the Town and Country assets, and the refinancing of the remainder of the Town and Country portfolio; the acquisition and financing of hotel portfolios valued between $60 million and $350 million; acquisitions and dispositions of more than $520 million in multi-family assets during the last year; and Morgan Stanley's financing of the $6.5 billion buyout of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company and the $525 million acquisition and financing of 11,000 homesites from Lennar Corp.

Education
  • The University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1995
  • The University of Texas at Austin, M.P. Affairs, 1995
  • Austin College, B.A., 1991
Experience
  • Jones Day
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas and Georgia
Associations
  • Member, State Bars of Texas and Georgia, TREC, ULI, and CREW Dallas
  • President, Healing Hands Ministries board
  • Board member, Presbyterian Mo Ranch Assembly
 
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
 

Kelly Rittenberry Culhane

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

Kelly Rittenberry Culhane is a managing partner of the firm and co-manages the firm’s Texas and Chicago offices. Kelly is in the firm’s outsourcing practice group, as a key team member with an emphasis on handling the sourcing of human resource/professional services/consultant functions. She also serves as the Chair of the Insurance practice group and practices in Culhane Meadows’ Dallas office.

Ms. Culhane has over 20 years’ experience focused on advising clients on insurance and risk-management matters (having served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer to two national law firms, outside general counsel to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tokio Marine Group, and as carrier-approved defense counsel in professional negligence actions). As a former trial attorney at one of the world’s largest firms, she handled all types of complex commercial litigation, insurance, and regulatory matters, while also representing these clients in key transaction with business partners. She represented individual accountants and the Big Three accounting firms in complex regulatory actions and investigations, and was appointed to serve on a task force for a Fortune 100 company advising on CPA regulatory issues.

Her transactional clients are global companies (spanning a wide range of industries) who frequently call on her in times of crises and to assist in key legal and business strategy decisions. Kelly’s recent experience includes acting as lead counsel for a global business travel spin-off, resulting in one of the world’s largest travel agency networks with over 2,200 travel service locations in over 140 countries and territories worldwide.

Since 2014, Ms. Culhane has been voted by her peers and clients as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (Insurance), as published by D Magazine. Kelly has been named as ‘First Person’ by Womenetics, an organization devoted to advancing women as business leaders. Her passion is her work in connection with her appointment to the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Texas Regional Office. She mentors and advocates for survivors of exploitation and human trafficking.

Education
  • Marquette University School of Law, J.D. with honors
  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law, visiting student
  • University of Oklahoma, B.S.
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Austin and Dallas Offices
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas and Wisconsin
Associations
  • Former Executive Committee member of the Federal Bar Association, YLD (Five Year Appointment)
  • State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section
  • International Technology Law Association
 
Kaye Scholer LLP

Stephen Culhane

Firm: Kaye Scholer LLP

Stephen Culhane is head of Kaye Scholer’s Investment Management Practice. He advises sponsors of private equity, real estate, special situation and distressed investment funds, hedge funds, and funds of funds with respect to the structuring formation and operation of such fund products. Recent matters include private equity, US and non-US real estate opportunity and special situation fund products on behalf of global financial institutions and leading private fund managers. He also advises select institutional investors with respect to their investments in private funds, and has extensive experience negotiating complex secondary transactions involving portfolios of fund and/or direct investments.

Stephen has particularly broad and deep experience in the private equity fund market. Over the course of his career, he has assisted clients establish hundreds of private investment vehicles, and represented lead or co-lead investors in over a thousand other funds. As a result, Stephen has developed detailed knowledge of market terms and practices across numerous fund products and markets, and has long-standing relationships with many fund sponsors, placement agents and institutional investors. His industry knowledge, experience and relationships inform his work on behalf of fund sponsors, managers and investors, and assist his clients maximize their interests through a focused and disciplined approach to the private funds market.

Stephen is regularly cited as a leader in the private funds industry; commendations include Chambers Global; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of fund formation; Legal 500 US; The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers; The Expert Guide to the Best of the Best USA; The Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers; The Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Management Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Stephen was a partner at Linklaters and at King & Spalding. He also served as Associate General Counsel of Goldman Sachs, where he was the Legal Director to the firm’s Private Equity Group, one of the world’s largest investors in private equity funds, as well as the senior lawyer supporting the Asset Management Group’s direct hedge funds, including Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s flagship Global Alpha fund and other products with aggregate assets under management in excess of $30 billion. Stephen has specialized in private investment funds since the early 1990s and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to private investment funds.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD, 1993, Associate Editor, New York University Review of Law and Social Change
  • Magdalen College, Oxford University, MA, 1988
  • Princeton University, BA, cum laude, 1986
Experience
  • Linklaters, Partner
  • King & Spalding, Partner
  • Goldman Sachs, Associate General Counsel and the Legal Director to Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Private Equity Group
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Deonne Cunningham

Deonne Cunningham

Firm: Repsol Services Company

Ms. Deonne Cunningham is Senior Legal Counsel – Trading for Repsol Services Company in Houston, Texas. Deonne obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to attending law school, Deonne worked as a policy advisor and constituent services representative for the US House of Representatives. Before joining Repsol, Deonne practiced law at one law firm and a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of business practice standards for the wholesale and retail natural gas and electric markets.

Deonne’s practice includes legal issues related to energy matters, including but not specifically limited to, commercial transactions, marketing, regulatory and compliance, project development and facility operations, real estate, land and corporate governance.

Deonne has significant experience in drafting and negotiating of commercial agreements related to project development and facility operations such as confidentiality agreements, vendor service agreements, commercial agreements, interconnection and metering agreements, precedent agreements, term sheets, memorandums of understanding, natural gas storage agreements, interpretation, drafting and revisions of Gas Tariffs; analyzing of federal and state regulations and orders related to the interstate and intrastate storage and transportation of natural gas and electricity; drafting of applications and other documents related to the authorization of new or expanded service to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), commodities trading transactions involving industry standard agreements (NAESB, EEI and ISDA), origination transactions and other complex energy transactions, and long-term power purchase and sale transactions; substantive knowledge of natural gas gathering, processing and transportation agreements; FERC matters and regulations relating to cost-base and market-base authorization for natural gas pipeline infrastructures.

Education
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Houston, Bachelor’s in Political Science
Experience
  • Repsol Services Company
  • Iberdrola Energy Holdings, LLC
 
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 Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Finance practice group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, 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 public and private companies in a variety of industries, private equity firms, and commercial lending institutions.

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 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Banking and Finance Law. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named Linda to its 2015 list of Top Women Lawyers for being at the helm of industry-shaping deals. Linda also served as the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, one of the largest local bar associations in the country, from June 2014 to June 2015.

Linda received her J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was the articles editor for the Stanford law Review. She has an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her B.A from Oxford University and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

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, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
 
Morgan, Lewis &amp; Bockius LLP

Thomas V. D’Ambrosio

Firm: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Thomas V. D’Ambrosio concentrates his practice on structured and complex derivative transactions, including related insolvency and Dodd-Frank regulatory issues. Thomas helps clients structure, negotiate, and analyze the risk inherent in a wide range of derivative products, including equity, debt, credit, commodity, interest rate, currency, and exotic derivatives. His clients range from Fortune 500 corporations, private companies, investment managers and hedge funds, to financial institutions, pension funds, and high net-worth individuals.

Thomas is particularly active in advising enterprises that employ derivatives to hedge risks, monetize assets, and finance the acquisition of assets on favorable terms—with and without the benefits of leverage—including financing issuer equity and debt repurchase programs. He actively represents clients on Dodd–Frank derivative reform. Thomas also represents issuers in public and private sales of equity and debt securities. He advises purchasers and sellers in stock sales, asset sales, and merger transactions; counsels investment managers in leveraged hedge fund investments; and advises pension fund managers and wealthy families with respect to their investments in private funds.

Education
  • Cornell Law School, 1991, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Amherst College, 1988, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Accreditations
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Associations
  • Chairman, New York City Bar Association Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation (2012–2016), Currently Chairman Emeritus
  • Member, New York City Bar Association Futures and Derivatives Regulation Committee (2009–2016)
  • Member, New York City Bar Association Corporation Law Committee (three year term commencing 2015)
  • Member, New York City 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
 
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)
 
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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
 
Simon DeaneDeacons

Simon Deane

Firm: Deacons

Simon Deane is the Head of the Finance & Insolvency Department at Deacons. Bringing more than 30 years of legal experience to the role, he advises clients on lending and security incorporating most kinds of debt financing work including syndicated and bilateral lending, structured finance and restructuring/rescheduling of distressed debt. He also has vast experience in banking and finance regulation and related areas, and advising clients on applications for banking licenses, bank mergers and acquisitions, anti-money laundering regulations and personal data protection forms a significant part of his practice. Simon has been acknowledged as a leading lawyer in the area of Banking & Finance for many years by Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers and Chambers Asia-Pacific, including in the 2014 editions of these publications.

Education
  • LLB (Hons), Exeter University, England
Experience
  • Deacons, Partner
Accreditations
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (non-practising), 1984
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong, 1987
Associations
  • Member, Documentation Committee of Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA)
  • Member, Anti-Money Laundering Committee, Hong Kong Law Society.
 

Michaël De Bruyn

Firm: NautaDutilh

Michaël De Bruyn focuses mainly on banking & financial law and corporate law.

Michaël received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Brussels in 2011. During his studies, Michaël held a function as knowledge and information assistant at an international law firm.

Michaël also participated in several university activities including the NautaDutilh Interuniversity Moot Competition and was nominated moot representative for the Flemish Law Society. In 2011, his thesis was submitted for publication by the University of Brussels.

Michaël joined NautaDutilh in 2011 and was admitted to the Brussels Bar that same year.

Education
  • University of Brussels (VUB), magna cum laude
Experience
  • Associate, NautaDutilh (Belgium)
  • Professional Support Lawyer, Loyens&Loeff (Belgium)
Accreditations
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bars
 

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
 

Olivier De Moor

Firm: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Olivier De Moor is counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in their New York office. His practice focuses on the U.S. federal tax and tax treaty aspects of corporate and financial transactions. Mr. De Moor advises clients on transactions involving hedge and private equity funds, the structuring and restructuring of investments in the United States, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises on the U.S. and international tax aspects of foreign investments by U.S. investors. Mr. De Moor also advises on a broad range of U.S. withholding issues and has extensive experience handling Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) issues.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. De Moor was an associate at an international law firm in New York, where he focused on the U.S. federal tax aspects of private equity and capital markets transactions. Mr. De Moor also practiced as a tax attorney in Belgium before establishing his practice in the United States.

Education
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 2008
  • LL.B., Ghent University, cum laude, 2004
  • P.G.D.L., University of Brussels, magna cum laude, 2007
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section Committee on Investment Funds
 

Akash R. Devani

Firm: Anjarwalla & Khanna

Akash R. Devani is a Partner in the Corporate/Commercial Department at Anjarwalla & Khanna and principally advises on Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Private Equity Investments, Commercial Property and Shipping. Akash also has cross border practice experience, having advised on commercial transactions in various parts of Africa and he also advises foreign clients investing in Kenya. Akash has participated in various legal and business forums both locally and internationally and contributed articles to several eminent publications.

Akash has been voted by IFLR1000 as one of the Leading Lawyers in Kenya and has been particularly noted for Corporate — Mergers & Acquisitions and for Banking and Project Finance. He has also been voted as one of the leading lawyers in Kenya by Best Lawyers International.

Education
  • Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons), Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
Experience
  • Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Mombasa
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Kenya
Associations
  • Law Society of Kenya
 

Emilio Díaz Ruiz

Firm: Uría Menéndez

Emilio Díaz Ruiz is a Licentiate and Doctor in Law, Professor of Commercial law at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1986-), and is also a practicing lawyer since he was admitted to the Madrid Bar (1980).

He joined Uría Menéndez in 1981 and became a partner in 1989. His practice covers a wide range of corporate work but specializes in banking, capital markets, securitizations, project finance and financial regulatory matters, including undertakings for collective investment. He acts as external counsel to many banks, clearing houses, governing entities of organized securities markets and investment companies. He is a frequent lecturer regarding banking and securities and has published numerous monographies and legal articles on Business Law matters, with special emphasis in banking, securities markets and derivatives.

Emilio is regarded as a leading lawyer in Spain in banking and finance by international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and IFLR 1000.

He is a member to the Madrid Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, International Bar Association and corresponding academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.

Education
  • Law Degree, 1979
  • Ph.D. in Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1992
Experience
  • Thompson Hine LLP
Associations
  • Madrid Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
 
Becky Hollis Diffen

Becky Diffen

Firm: McGuireWoods LLP

Becky’s practice focuses on energy transactions, project development, and energy regulatory law. She represents developers, private equity firms, investment banks, and a variety of other public and private companies in the renewable energy, energy storage, and power generation industries on complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, development projects, and project finance. She also has experience advising clients on Texas regulatory law. Becky has nearly 15 years of experience in the power industry and previously worked as a utility-scale wind power developer. She has been recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Legal Media Group Rising Stars, and Texas Rising Stars, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law (where she teaches a seminar on electric power law), and is a co-author of Wind Law, the first wind law treatise.

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2009
  • Carleton College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004
Experience
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Judicial Intern to The Honorable Paul Green, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Cielo Wind Power
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor: The University of Texas School of Law, Seminar on Electric Power Law
  • Planning Committee: Renewable Energy Institute, The University of Texas School of Law CLE
  • Endowments Chair, Past-President, Founding Board Member, and Founding Fellow: Texas Energy Law Association
  • Austin Chapter Co-Chair and National Webinar Committee Member, Women of Wind Energy
  • Vice President, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation
 
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
 
William L. DismukeDismuke &amp; Waters, P.C.

William L. Dismuke

Firm: Dismuke & Waters, P.C.

William L. Dismuke is a founder and principal of Dismuke & Waters, P.C., focusing his practice in estate planning, probate and entity transaction areas of the law.  Bill is Board Certified in Tax Law as well as Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Individuals, families and businesses have turned to Bill for over thirty years to assist them in preserving their wealth and assuring that their planning goals are achieved with as little taxation as possible.  Clients trust Bill to provide deep and broad reaching analysis and advice to discover creative solutions to the legal problems they encounter. 

Assisting in the formulation of hundreds of estate plans with an equally large number of different family patterns provides Bill with experience like few others.  To him an estate plan is not just assembling documents but understanding the personal concerns, strengths and opportunities unique to each person and family so that the law, techniques and his personal creativity can result in ideas and a structure that will enhance the family for generations to come. 

Bill is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, United States Tax Court, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Bill has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer.

In addition to his legal career, Bill has served on the Board and is past President of Women's Haven of Tarrant County, a home for battered women and children.  While also personally being a big brother, Bill has served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arlington, Texas. Bill currently is board Vice-Chair of the Community Foundation of North Texas.  Bill’s greatest devotion is serving as an elder at the North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.

Education
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D.
  • Texas Tech University, BBA, Accounting
Experience
  • Dismuke & Waters, P.C.
  • Gandy Michener Swindle Whitaker & Pratt
  • Alford Meroney & Co
Accreditations
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Tax Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Texas, United States Tax Court and United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Associations
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Arlington Bar Association
 
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
 

Irah Donner

Firm: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Irah Donner concentrates on patent prosecution, technology audits, intellectual property transactional due diligence, transactional work including licensing and development agreements, and litigation support.

Irah’s practice focuses on the counseling, acquisition and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property rights, with particular emphasis in the patenting of computer software and hardware applications, including Internet and financial-related systems. His intellectual property portfolio development includes utility patent protection for inventions including telecommunications, wireless and satellite communication technology, financial software, and trading platforms, and design patent protection, such as garments, shapewear and other ornamental items.

Irah has a significant industry background in designing software applications for large-scale computer systems in the facility analysis and control field as a former Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research (BELLCORE), as well as in designing software-implemented controllers for functional electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscle at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital.

Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Contributing Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • Case Western Reserve University, Case School of Engineering, M.S., Systems Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.S., with high honors, Systems Engineering
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. 
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Associations
  • Adjunct professor of law at the American University, Washington College of Law, “Patent Prosecution” course, 2001-2004
 

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella

Firm: Shawe & Rosenthal LLP

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella is a partner at Shawe & Rosenthal LLP. She represents management in employment litigation in state and federal courts. Liz joined Shawe & Rosenthal in 1995 and since then she has litigated hundreds of labor and employment cases for clients throughout the country. She has tried both jury and non-jury cases in State and Federal Court and has defended employers in administrative hearings, as well. While her clients come from a broad range of industries, she has particular expertise representing employers in the restaurant industry.

Liz defends employers in cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, employment and housing discrimination, alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act and a variety of employment torts. Liz has obtained summary judgment for employers on a wide range of employment-related claims. She also designs and conducts customized training sessions for managers and employees intended to foster behavior that will reduce the potential for employment-related claims.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • University of North Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 1985)
Experience
  • Litigation Partner Shawe & Rosenthal
Accreditations
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Maryland (State and Federal)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • District of Columbia (State and Federal)
Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Relations Section
    • Member, Litigation Section
    • Member, Woman Advocate Committee
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Relations Section
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Member, Labor Relations Section
 

John Alan Doran

Firm: Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

John Alan Doran is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Labor and Employment Department and has over 25 years of experience counseling and successfully representing employers in all facets of employment law matters. He regularly represents employers in mass employment, wage/hour class and collective action litigation, as well as employment discrimination, public accommodations discrimination, and wrongful termination litigation. He also represents management in areas of traditional labor law, including the defense of unfair labor practices charges, the orchestration of campaigns to prevent workplace unionization, representation proceedings, and arbitrations. In addition, John represents employers in restrictive covenant and trade secret matters in state and federal courts. He also regularly counsels clients on prevention strategies, executive employment contracts, downsizing, personnel policies, and merger/acquisition employment issues. Mr. Doran is a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: the highest honor to be bestowed on a labor & employment practitioner. In addition, Mr. Doran has been recognized for his work in labor law by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 in Phoenix in the area of Labor Law—Management. Mr. Doran has been ranked in Chambers USA in the area of Labor & Employment Law every year since 2005 and has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers every year since 2007. He is also included in AZ Business Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers, 2014-2016.

Education
  • Juris Doctor, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1988 (Order of the Coif)
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Political Science and Film/Radio/Television, Loyola Marymount University, 1985
Experience
  • Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Accreditations
  • Admitted Arizona, 1988; Texas, 2006
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh, Fifth, Ninth and Seventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States
Associations
  • Member, Board of Directors, Actors Theatre of Phoenix
  • Board Member Ex Officio, Arizona Manufacturers Council
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Charter Member, Management Labor & Employment Roundtable
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, Maricopa County, Arizona and Federal Bar Associations
  • Member, Arizona Celtic Bar Association
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2008-2009
 
Moses &amp; Singer LLP

Lori Anne Douglass

Firm: Moses & Singer LLP

Lori Anne Douglass, a Partner in Moses & Singer’s Trusts and Estates group and the Matrimonial and Family Practice. Lori’s Trusts & Estates experience focuses on estate planning and business succession planning. This includes the transfer of family-owned businesses, the establishment of private and public foundations and strategic planning to assist clients in maximizing wealth preservation.

In the area of estate administration and estate litigation, Lori handles both contested and uncontested estate matters. Her estate litigation practice includes the representation of heirs, beneficiaries, disinherited family members, executors, administrators and trustees in contested probate and administration proceedings before the Surrogate’s Court, including the preparation and defense of the final accounting and related tax returns.

As a member of the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law group, Lori’s practice centers on establishing family agreements and resolving family disputes including litigation if necessary. She advises on matters related to prenuptial, post-nuptial and co-habitation for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. If disputes arise, she handles contested and uncontested divorce proceedings, child support and child custody. Her experience with custody and guardianship also extends to disabled individuals and elderly adults. As a former New York County Assistant District Attorney, Lori possesses considerable litigation experience in both Supreme and Surrogate’s Court. She is frequently interviewed for articles on estate and business planning, and is a well-known lecturer at national conferences and continuing legal education seminars.

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Swarthmore College (B.A.)
Experience
  • Moses & Singer LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut
Associations
  • Past Co-Chair and Co-Founder, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section,
  • Diversity Committee
  • Member, Association of Black Women Attorneys, (ABWA) Co-Chair CLE Committee 2015-2016
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Westchester Black Bar Association
  • Member, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
 

Robert Eberschlag

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

Robert Eberschlag focuses on corporate finance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises issuers, investment banks and institutional investors in connection with public and private offerings, reverse takeovers, qualifying transactions and corporate governance and compliance matters. He has particular expertise in Canadian and international mining, energy, and oil and gas transactions, including joint venture, property acquisition and royalty transactions.

Education
  • University of Victoria, LL.B., 1998
  • Dalhousie University, M.A., 1994
  • Queen's University, B.A. (Hons.), 1993
Experience
  • Acted for ArcelorMittal in its agreement to sell a 15% interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, ArcelorMittal Mines Canada, for $1.1 billion to a consortium led by South Korea's POSCO and Taiwan's China Steel Corporation
  • NCE Diversified Flow-Through (13) Limited Partnership in its offering of units, which raised gross proceeds of approximately C$114 million
  • Zaruma Gold Mining Ltd. in its US$25 million equity investment by subscription receipts in Red Tiger Mining Inc. and the restructuring of Red Tiger in conjunction with a $25 million loan from Deutsche Bank to Red Tiger
  • Condor Petroleum Inc. in its C$80 million initial public offering and listing on the TSX
  • Alange Energy Corp. in its $100 million acquisition of Prospero Hydrocarbons Inc. and in a C$140 million financing and listing on the TSXV
  • Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd. in its C$2.5 billion merger via three-cornered amalgamation with Petro Rubiales Energy Corp. pursuant to a plan of arrangement, to form Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.
Accreditations
  • Ontario, 2000
Associations
  • Ontario Bar Association (including the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section and the International Law Section)
  • Prospectors and Developers Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
 
Martin EbnerSch&ouml;enherr

Martin Ebner

Firm: Schöenherr

Mr. Ebner is a partner in the Vienna office of Schoenherr, a full service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe ranked in the top tier in 2015 by Chambers, the IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Germany’s JUVE. Mr. Ebner is the head of the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets group and has expertise in banking and finance, debt restructuring, debt capital markets, derivatives and structured finance. His clients include major international and regional banks, insurance companies, fund and asset managers, corporates, sovereigns and quasi-sovereigns. Mr. Ebner is a lecturer at the University of Salzburg, Faculty of Law, and he has also lectured at the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law and in various seminars on cross-border and structured finance.

Education
  • Pallas Consortium, Nijmegen/The Netherlands (LL.M. 1997)
  • University of Salzburg, Salzburg/Austria (Mag. iur. 1995)
Experience
  • Schoenherr
Accreditations
  • 2002, Austria
Associations
  • Vienna Bar
  • International Bar Association
 
J. Bryan EcholsWaller Lansden Dortch &amp; Davis LLP

J. Bryan Echols

Firm: Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP

Bryan Echols is a Partner in the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. He focuses his practice in real estate law with an emphasis on acquisitions & dispositions, development & land use, leasing, and real estate finance.  He also assists clients in the areas of banking & financial services.

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 multiple tenants in a 400,000 square foot building. He has also been prominent in the acquisition, zoning and development of first-class residential projects in the middle Tennessee area.

He has led seminars for real estate professionals and attorneys on a wide range of topics including land use and zoning, 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.  His contributions toward preservation in the community were acknowledged by the presentation of the Patron’s Award by the Heritage Foundation for Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee.
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
  • Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • United States Air Force, Judge Advocate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia
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
 
Ogier

Katrina Edge

Firm: Ogier

Katrina is Head of the Banking and Finance team in Jersey and in Europe. “She has always been on top of her game”. Clients rate Katrina Edge, a partner in Ogier’s Jersey banking and finance team for her expertise, responsiveness and focus on what really matters in a transaction.

“She has always been on top of her game”. Clients rate Katrina Edge for her expertise, responsiveness and focus on what really matters in a transaction.

Katrina has extensive experience advising on a wide range of financing and corporate transactions. Katrina advises a broad range of local and international financial institutions, investors and borrowers. She has particular expertise in secured lending, fund financing, property financing and restructuring transactions and also has extensive experience advising clients on the establishment of real estate holding structures and the acquisition and disposal of such structures.

Education
  • Benenden School, Kent
  • Bristol University (1997)
  • University of the West of England (1998)
Experience
  • Hill Dickinson (1999-2000)
  • Farrer & Co (2000-2002)
  • Ogier (2002) and partner since 2013
Accreditations
  • Qualified as an English solicitor (not practicing) (2001)
  • Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey (2005)
Associations
  • Law Society of England and Wales - member
  • Law Society of Jersey - 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
 

James D. Eggleston, Jr.

Firm: Eggleston King, LLP

Jim Eggleston is a transactions attorney and the founding partner of Eggleston King, LLP.  For over 30 years, Jim’s practice has consisted of representing parties to commercial real estate and farm and ranch real estate transactions, private equity financing and business acquisition transactions, and business formations, mergers and partnerships.  He also advises many individuals and families with respect to asset protection and estate planning concerns.  Jim has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomas Reuters as published in Texas Monthly Magazine.  He is AV® Rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating.

Jim is admitted to practice in Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio.  He is board certified in two areas by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law.  He also serves on the State Bar of Texas Real Estate Legislative Affairs Council and as the Examination Coordinator for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s Real Estate Certification Examination.  Jim is a member of the real estate, corporate, and energy sections of the Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio Bar Associations.  He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Mr. Eggleston is a frequent speaker on real estate and transaction topics including at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course and the University of Texas Mortgage Lending Institute.  His speaking and writing topics include the subjects of farm and ranch acquisitions, financing of agriculture operations, water issues affecting ranchers, rural oil and gas lease negotiations, and topics involving estate planning and asset protection.  He has contributed a number of articles to the Texas Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Reporter relating to agriculture transactions and issues.

Education
  • Kansas University School of Law, J.D.; Kansas Law Review, Board of Editors; Order of the Coif Honor Society
  • Southern Methodist University (Graduate Work, History)
  • Oklahoma Christian University, B.S., with honors
Experience
  • Eggleston King, LLP 
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio
  • Board Certified-Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Board Certified-Farm/Ranch Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Associations
  • State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Ohio, State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Member-Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Member-Real Property, Business and Corporate, and Energy & Natural Resources Sections, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member-Real Property, Corporation and Natural Resources Law Committees, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board Member-Real Estate Legislative Affairs Council, State Bar of Texas
  • Exam Coordinator-Texas Board of Legal Specialization Real Estate Examination
 
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

 

Matthew E. Eisler

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Matthew Eisler is Counsel in the Denver and New York offices of Hogan Lovells LLP. His practice focuses on sophisticated domestic and cross-border private equity and strategic M&A, as well as joint venture transactions, governance and equity arrangements. Matthew has represented clients in a variety of industries, but his main focus is on transactions involving healthcare matters, including payors, provider groups, services, facilities, technologies, and medical devices. In addition, he works on transactions involving sports teams, entertainment, and arenas.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., with honors, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, 1999
Experience
  • Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Colorado, New Jersey and 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
 

Craig Etem

Firm: Fennemore Craig, P.C

Craig Etem is a Director at Fennemore Craig, P.C in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Etem represents large and small companies and those that are both privately and publicly held. His practice involves a wide range of business matters, including corporate mergers, acquisitions, divisions, consolidations, recapitalizations, and formations as well as real estate transactions and secured and unsecured loans, loan workouts and foreclosures.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
  • 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
  • Lionel Sawyer & Collins
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
 
Kristen FancherMargaritaville Enterprises, LLC.

Kristen Fancher

Firm: Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC.

Kristen Fancher is the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC. In this role, she is responsible for the direction of all Margaritaville legal matters and serves as a legal and strategic advisor on the Senior Executive team. Prior to joining Margaritaville, Kristen was a shareholder in the Atlanta office of the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Kristen practiced with Greenberg Traurig for 11 years, focusing on intellectual property protection and transactions. She began her legal career as an associate at the IP boutique Fish & Neave in New York.

Kristen is ranked by World Trademark Review as one of the leading trademark lawyers in the world. In 2014 she was named as one of the “Top 250 Women” in Intellectual Property Law by Managing IP Magazine.

Education
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
Experience
  • Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Fish & Neave
 
James FarnHadef &amp; Partners

James Farn

Firm: Hadef & Partners

James Farn heads Hadef & Partners’ banking practice in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is part of the firm’s UAE-wide Banking & Finance practice group. He has substantial experience in all aspects of banking and finance work, including conventional and Islamic financing, acting for lenders and borrowers alike across a number of different sectors. James has advised on a variety of UAE- based project financings including independent power and water projects (IWPP’s) as well as those structured on a PPP basis. His work also encompasses advising on a number of banking related activities, including derivative and hedging transactions, regulatory issues, insolvency and financial restructuring.

He was also involved and assisted in drafting the new draft UAE Federal Bankruptcy Law and has presented at conferences and written articles on insolvency and financial restructuring issues as they affect the UAE legal environment

Education
  • University of Southampton LLB (Hons)
  • College of Law
Experience
  • Lawrence Jones
  • Addleshaw Sons & Latham
  • Pannone & Partners
  • Hadef & Partners
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales
 
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 Fenske

Joseph Fenske

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Joseph Fenske, a registered patent attorney in the firm’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., 2008)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., 2002)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 

First American Title Insurance Co.

First American Title Insurance Company is the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a FORTUNE 500® company, and one of the leading providers of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. Celebrating more than 125 years of service, First American Title Insurance Company is one of the leading title insurers in the nation today.

So how did a one-county abstract company evolve into a global provider of title insurance and settlement services? By consistently providing customers with the most accurate information, developed with insight and delivered with integrity.

For more than a century, First American has maintained a consistent focus on its customers’ success. By listening to their needs and anticipating products and services that would be a good fit, First American continues to provide innovative products and services, automated processes and advanced technology solutions.

As an integral part of First American Title Insurance Company, the National Commercial Services Division is recognized as a leader in the commercial industry. Operating through a network of offices strategically located nationwide, National Commercial Services offers expert handling of the simplest to the most complex commercial real estate transactions, both here and abroad. By incorporating cutting-edge technologies, creative underwriting and single-point responsibility for every client, National Commercial Services is able to streamline the transactional process – saving its clients both time and money.

First American also offers a vast array of related products and services. So from due diligence to closing, we are here to undertake your most challenging projects.

Put our expertise to the test! We stand ready to contribute to your success.

 
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
 

Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker

Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP

Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Arnold & Porter LLP, where she is co-leader of the firm’s Investment Management practice. Her practice focuses on investment management related matters, including formation, compliance and transactional matters of real estate, hedge, venture, private equity and impact investment funds. She also represents advisory firms and financial institutions on matters associated with their investment management and related operations. In addition, Ms. Fleishhacker works with investors on structuring and negotiating potential investments in private funds, separate accounts, joint ventures, real estate partnerships and other investment vehicles.

Education
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1996
  • MBA, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 1996
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1989, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Arnold & Porter LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California
Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Former Adjunct Lecturer, Golden Gate University Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Reading Partners
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees of the University of California, San Francisco OB/GYN Foundation
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Urban Service Project, San Francisco
 
Casey K. FlemingFoley &amp; Lardner LLP

Casey K. Fleming

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Casey K. Fleming is an attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. Ms. Fleming’s work includes advising private and public employers on the issues that affect qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation and severance arrangements, and employment agreements. In addition to her traditional employee benefits work, she frequently works with members of the firm’s Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices to advise clients on employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.

While in law school, Ms. Fleming was involved with the Community Legal Practice Center, a clinic that provides free legal representation to indigent clients. She recently completed Future Milwaukee, a leadership training and community involvement program offered through Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Sweet Briar College, B.A., valedictorian
Experience
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in Wisconsin
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
 
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
 

Holly V. Franson

Firm: The Wick Law Office

Holly V. Franson works as an attorney with the Wick Law Office and the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C. The focus of Ms. Franson’s practice is representing federal government employees in complaints of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in appeals filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board. Ms. Franson has represented employees in complex cases involving sexual harassment, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, pregnancy discrimination, and security clearance issues. Ms. Franson’s practice also includes representing private sector and other public sector employees in a variety of employment matters. Of particular interest to Ms. Franson is advocating and litigating cases involving claims of disability discrimination based on fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various other disabilities. Ms. Franson is a co-founder of the Reasonable Accommodation Training Group, which provides training to both employees and employers on issues pertaining to disability discrimination and reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Franson worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation as an Employment Specialist. In that position, Ms. Franson worked with individuals with disabilities regarding career exploration, experiential employment experiences, and job development skills. Ms. Franson also worked at a private university in the Career Services Department, where she created a program designed to assist students with disabilities in disclosing their disabilities to perspective or current employers, requesting reasonable accommodations, and identifying and utilizing community resources.

Education
  • University of Colorado Law School, Colorado, Juris Doctorate
  • Beloit College, Wisconsin, Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and Political Science
Experience
  • The Wick Law Office, LLC
  • The Reasonable Accommodation Training Group
  • The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Colorado Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Associations
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
 
DLA Piper

Darius Gambino

Firm: DLA Piper

Darius Gambino is a partner at DLA Piper. He focuses his practice primarily on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark registration and enforcement, copyright registration and enforcement, trade secrets, licensing, opinions and due diligence investigations.

Darius concentrates his patent practice in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, including telecommunications, conditional access technologies, piezoelectric filters and sensors, semiconductor manufacture, electrical circuits, computer memories, computer hardware and software, business methods and construction materials. His trademark practice centers on procuring trademark registrations, counseling clients on enforcement strategies, conducting proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and general litigation. Darius’s copyright practice centers on copyright protection and enforcement, particularly in the fields of software, art and entertainment.

Darius is the author of Trade Dress: Evolution, Strategy and Practice (2012) from LexisNexis.

Education
  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 1998
  • B.S.E.E., Villanova University 1993
Experience
  • DLA Piper
Accreditations
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • The Recording Academy
  • Philadelphia Arts & Business Counsel, Board Member
 
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter &amp; Hampton LLP

Jim Gatto is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s Washington, D.C., office. 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 intellectual property, Internet, and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and open source. Jim advises clients of all sizes, from 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
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • John Hopkins University, adjunct professor in MBA program
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; Young Lawyers Division’s Trademark & Copyright Section, chair
  • 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
  • Software Patent Institute, member of the Board of Trustees and secretary
  • Patent and Trademark Office Society, member of the Board of Governors
 
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 Construction 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
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Stuart H. Gelfond is a partner at Fried Frank and co-head of the firm’s Capital Markets practice. Mr. Gelfond concentrates his practice on corporate finance transactions, including representation of issuers and underwriters, in domestic and international high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt offerings, acquisition financings, and IPOs. Mr. Gelfond has extensive experience serving as counsel to corporations and broker-dealers on securities, corporate governance and other regulatory issues. He has also been actively involved in corporate restructurings, including acting as lead counsel to ACA Capital Holdings and Sonic Automotive in their corporate reorganizations. He also regularly represents clients in private equity and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Gelfond has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s Stern School of Business, New York Law School and elsewhere on debt covenants, MD&A and accounting, and financial due diligence matters, and speaks regularly on securities law and corporate governance topics for the Practising Law Institute and the New York City Bar.

Mr. Gelfond 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 Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Nationwide). He has been recognized by Chambers USA in Capital Markets: REITs (Nationwide). He is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, Capital Markets: Debt Offerings and Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings. He is additionally recognized in Capital Markets: Global Offerings.

Mr. Gelfond is President of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, a not-for-profit sleepaway camp for kids and senior citizens, which provides an outdoor, summer, educational and recreational experience for kids and adults of any means in a multi-generational setting.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD, (Order of the Coif, editor for the Law Review)
  • The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, BS, magna cum laude
Experience
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York.
Associations
  • Securities Regulation Committee, Bar Association of the City of New York
  • President, Board of Directors, Berkshire Hills Camp
 
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
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Stephen Gillespie

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen Gillespie is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Finance Group and a member of the Private Equity and Corporate practice groups.

Mr. Gillespie’s practice focuses on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings. He has particular experience in investment grade, leveraged and event-driven financing. He has represented top-tier private equity sponsors in new money control transactions and LBOs; non-bank alternative asset managers in capital deployment, investment and lending transactions, including significant loan portfolio acquisitions and related structured financings, unitranche, mezzanine and PIK lending, and strategic debt advisory work; and client portfolio companies in portfolio financing, refinancing, distressed and restructuring matters, including rescue financings, debt for equity swaps and strategic workouts.

Mr. Gillespie has been consistently cited as a leading finance lawyer in all the leading legal directories, including Chambers Global (all editions since 2006), The Legal 500 (all editions since 1998), Chambers UK and PLC Which Lawyer. He is recognized as a key figure in the European acquisition finance field and was featured in The Chambers Global 100 (2013 edition).

Education
  • University of Law - Guildford - 1985 - Legal Practice Course
  • Trinity College - University of Oxford - 1984 - Bachelor of Arts
Accreditations
  • United Kingdom - England & Wales – Solicitor
 
Ogier

Matthew Gilley

Firm: Ogier

Matthew has a broad range of experience in various areas of banking and finance work having acted for a wide range of Jersey, UK and European financial institutions, senior and mezzanine lenders and borrowers in relation to syndicated and bilateral lending with a particular focus on the real estate finance sector. Matthew has also developed a practice advising high net worth investors in the acquisition of Jersey property holding structures and the structuring of such investments.

Clients say that Matthew is very responsive, efficient, a strong technician and a person who is able to use his own initiative to move a transaction forward in time critical situations.

Matthew qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2006 and was called to the Jersey Bar as an Advocate in 2010.

Matthew has provided a Cross-Border Banking and Finance Guide for Jersey in the LexisNexis product, Lexis Practice Advisor.

Education
  • Victoria College, Jersey (1999)
  • Cardiff University (2000)
Experience
  • Ogier (2000 to date)
Accreditations
  • Qualified as an English solicitor (not practicing) (2006)
  • Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey (2010)
Associations
  • Law Society of England and Wales - member
  • Law Society of Jersey - member
 
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Stephen I. Glover

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen I. Glover is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. He is Co-Chair of both the firm’s M&A Practice Group and Opinion Committee. 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
 

Richard D. Glovsky

Firm: Locke Lord LLP

Richard D. Glovsky, a partner in Locke Lord’s Boston office who co-chairs the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, handles significant employment related litigation, including class actions, wage and hour issues, and discrimination and retaliation claims. Dick prosecutes cases for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses to protect their trade secrets and to prevent former employees from violating non-competition and non-solicitation obligations. He is recognized in both Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Labor and Employment law. Dick is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Education
  • J.D., Boston College Law School
  • B.A., Dartmouth College
Accreditations
  • Bar admissions in Massachusetts, District of Columbia and New York
Associations
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Judicial Nominating Commission of Massachusetts in 2012
  • Founder and co-chair, the Latino-Jewish Roundtable
  • Previously served as the National Hispanic-Jewish Relations chair, National Civil Rights chair and National Education chair of the Anti-Defamation League
 
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
 
Shearman &amp; Sterling LLP

Geoffrey Goldman

Firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Geoffrey Goldman is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office. His practice focuses on derivatives, structured products and financial regulation. He has extensive experience with structuring and documenting over-the-counter derivatives transactions, particularly credit and equity derivatives. He has represented clearinghouses and other infrastructure providers for derivatives transactions, and he regularly provides advice with respect to commodities, securities and other regulatory issues related to derivatives and other financial products.

Mr. Goldman also has broad experience representing issuers and underwriters of synthetic and cash-flow collateralized debt obligation transactions. He has advised clients on structuring public and private commodity pools. Clients include major U.S. and foreign financial institutions, clearing organizations and trading facilities, derivatives infrastructure providers, corporate users of derivatives, hedge funds and industry groups.

Education
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1996; Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Law Review
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1993
Experience
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Derivatives and Futures Law Committee, Member
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation, Member
 
Jeremy S. GoldmanFrankfurt Kurnit Klein &amp; Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman

Firm: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman is a partner 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
 
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
 
Akerman LLP

Brian J. Goossen

Firm: Akerman LLP

Brian Goossen is an associate in Akerman LLP’s Tax Practice Group. He has experience with all facets of estate planning and estate administration, as well as business succession planning for family-owned entities.

Education
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2011; magna cum laude
  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Miami School of Law, 2011; magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida and Pennsylvania
Associations
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
 

Thomas D. Goslin

Firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Thomas D. Goslin is counsel based in the Washington D.C. office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He focuses on a wide range of environmental, energy, and other regulatory concerns in the context of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing transactions, infrastructure projects and corporate restructurings. He has extensive experience with environmental and regulatory liability and risk allocation issues, drafting and negotiating contract terms, managing due diligence, and administrative and judicial proceedings to obtain regulatory approvals necessary to close client transactions. Mr. Goslin has been involved with teams representing a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, particularly the renewable and traditional power generation, oil and gas, natural resources, infrastructure, and automotive industries.

Mr. Goslin also assists clients in identifying business opportunities and risks arising from proposed changes to federal and state legislation and regulation, with respect to renewable energy development and greenhouse gas emissions. He is a leader of Weil’s Climate Change practice group, has published numerous articles, and has been interviewed by several publications concerning renewable energy development and the legal ramifications of climate change.

Education
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D
  • John Carroll University, B.A.
Experience
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania
Associations
  • Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee
 
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
 

Jeffrey S. Graham

Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jeffrey Graham is a partner in the Toronto office of BLG and the national leader of the Firm’s Financial Services Regulatory Group.

Jeff acts for domestic and international financial services entities in respect of transactional and financial services advisory matters. He has particular expertise in respect of the entry and establishment of new financial businesses in Canada under both Canadian as well as provincial law. In addition, Jeff leads the firm’s practice in Islamic finance and has been recognized recently by Islamica 500 as ranked among the 50 Leaders who make the Islamic Economy in 2015.

Jeff is a Past President of The Association of Canadian Pension Management, an organization that includes the major Canadian pension funds and professional advisory funds and a past member of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Minister of Finance on Pension s and Retirement Income.

Education
  • B. Comm. (Honours) in Economics and B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University
  • LL.B., University of Cambridge
  • LL.M., Columbia University
Experience
  • Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Practice Leader, Financial Services GPC (now Fleishman Hillard)
  • Director of Legal Services, Ontario Ministry of Financial Institutions
  • Associate, Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)
Accreditations
  • Member of the Bars of D.C. and Ontario (Previously the Bar of Quebec)
Associations
  • Director and Corporate Secretary, Toronto Financial Services Alliance
 

Marti Granizo-O’Hare

Firm: Mg O’Hare Law

A native New Yorker, Marti’s legal career took off in Family Court, New York County. Having initially worked at a private law firm that specialized in matrimonial litigation, Marti’s passion for children propelled her into the public sector to work for a child advocacy organization. As Supervising Attorney, Marti litigated over 3000 cases in Family and Supreme Court, and she designed and developed the first Family Court annexed Mediation Program in New York City. As the Program’s Director, Marti brokered a partnership with the Association of the City Bar and Fordham Law School to recruit law student and attorney volunteers to mediate family law cases. In the same capacity, Marti trained, coached and supervised all the volunteers, and administered all aspects of the Program. Today, all five counties refer pending child custody and visitation cases to the New York Family Court Mediation Program.

After starting a family of her own, Marti founded Mg O’Hare Law with a focus on family and matrimonial, ADR and employment law. Over the next twenty years, Mg O’Hare Law has represented family and matrimonial clients as trial and appellate attorney, at the negotiating table, and served as third -party mediator.

Concurrent with her practice, Marti taught at Fordham Law School for 9 years, at Hofstra Law School for 3 years, and has mediated employment disputes for the United States Postal Service since 1999.

As an adjunct and clinical law professor, Marti’s courses included: Client-Counseling and Negotiation, and the Small Claims and Family Court Mediation Clinics.

By invitation, Marti served on the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Hewlett Committee to evaluate national nominations for the Award of Lawyer as Problem Solver.

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University, B.A.
Experience
  • Mg O’Hare Law
Accreditations
  • New York State
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers 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
 
Foley &amp; Lardner LLP

Michael W. Groebe

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael W. Groebe is a senior counsel and employment attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He regularly represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Groebe handles cases and provides counseling relating to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), non-competes/trade secrets, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), state and federal employment discrimination laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). He is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, the Automotive Industry Team, and the Trade Secret/Non-Compete Specialty Practice.

Mr. Groebe has successfully handled non-compete/trade secret matters in several jurisdictions. Many of the employers represented by Mr. Groebe are next-generation manufacturers who understand the value and necessity of protecting their confidential, proprietary and trade secret information.

Education
  • University of Michigan, J.D. 2003
  • University of Michigan B.A. in political science
Experience
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Associations
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA)
  • Former barrister for the DMBA Inn of Court
 
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 LLP

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 Guest

Firm: The Hereditary Disease Foundation

Jonathan Guest is Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Hereditary Disease Foundation, based out of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

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 has been a partner at several AmLaw 100 firms, 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. His focus has included 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.

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
  • The Hereditary Disease Foundation
  • 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
 
Akerman LLP

Vitauts M. Gulbis

Firm: Akerman LLP

Vitauts “Vit” Gulbis is a partner in Akerman LLP’s Trusts & Estates Practice. He brings to his representation of entrepreneurs and their closely-held businesses an emphasis in tax and business planning. His practice integrates the personal and estate tax planning concerns of entrepreneurs with tax and business planning for their closely-held businesses. He has represented closely-held businesses from their initial organization through their disposition or transfer to succeeding generations. He is experienced in the corporate governance and financial concerns of small businesses, and regularly represents clients in their merger and acquisition and financing transactions. In addition, Vit regularly represents tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, in their organization and operation.

Education
  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1989
  • M.B.A., University of Rochester, 1984; Finance, Corporate Accounting
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1980; cum laude, Minnesota Law Review, Research Editor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 1977; Philosophy, with honors
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida, New York and Tennessee
  • Board Certified in Tax Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Associations
  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section, Member
  • New York State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section and Business Law Section
  • Florida Writers Association Inc.
 
Keir GumbsCovington &amp; Burling

Keir D. Gumbs

Firm: Covington & Burling LLP

Keir Gumbs is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C., and vice chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Group. He 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
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Larry Hamilton

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Larry Hamilton is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Corporate & Securities practice and Insurance Industry Group in Chicago. He focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions and regulatory compliance of insurance companies and investment companies, both in the United States and in offshore markets. In addition, he regularly advises clients in connection with reserve financings, insurance-linked securities, pension de-risking transactions and public and private offerings of equity, fixed-income and hybrid securities.

Larry has a 50-state insurance regulatory practice and has extensive experience negotiating directly with insurance regulators, helping clients overcome regulatory obstacles and gain approval for their proposed forms of business arrangements. Larry is also part of Mayer Brown’s Insurance and Capital Markets Convergence subgroup, which uses the combined talents of the firm’s insurance and structured finance practitioners to ensure that transactions take into account the customs and expectations of both markets. He regularly advises US and European financial institutions on the insurance regulatory issues associated with complex capital market and derivative structures, including techniques such as credit derivatives, “transformer” vehicles, synthetic CDO bonds, collateral trusts and special purpose reinsurance companies. Larry has been recognized by Chambers USA as among “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2009, and the 2010 edition praised him for his “knowledgeable, thorough and prompt” approach. According to Chambers USA 2009, he is “the standout name in the firm’s insurance [transactional and regulatory] practice.” Larry has also been named to the 2012 lists of Illinois Super Lawyers and “Best Lawyers in America.” Larry joined Mayer Brown in 1996.

Education
  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD, with honors
  • Order of the Coif; Joseph Henry Beale Prize for legal research and writing Harvard College, AB, summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in Illinois and US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 
Paul Hastings

Joseph Hammon

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

Joseph Hammon is an associate in the Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Hammon represents and counsels clients in real property acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, joint ventures, and development, and has experience with the real property aspects of complex corporate transactions.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 2013
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 2004
Experience
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in Illinois
 
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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
 

Sara Hanks

Firm: CrowdCheck, Inc.

Sara Hanks, co-founder and CEO of CrowdCheck, is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and securities field. CrowdCheck provides due diligence, disclosure and compliance services for online capital formation. Its services help entrepreneurs and project sponsors through the disclosure and due diligence process, give investors the information they need to make an informed investment decision and avoid fraud and help intermediaries avoid liability.

Sara’s prior position was General Counsel of the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Prior to that, Sara spent many years as a partner of Clifford Chance, one of the world’s largest law firms. While at Clifford Chance, she advised on capital markets transactions and corporate matters for companies throughout the world. Sara began her career with the London law firm Norton Rose. She later joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance led the team drafting regulations that put into place a new generation of rules governing the capital-raising process.

Sara received her law degree from Oxford University and is a member of the New York and DC bars and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She serves as co-Chair of the SEC’s Advisory Council on Small and Emerging Companies. She holds a Series 65 securities license as a registered investment advisor. Sara is an aunt, Army wife, skier, cyclist, gardener and animal lover.

Education
  • MA Jurisprudence. Oxford University
Experience
  • Norton Rose
  • Securities Exchange Commission, Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance: led the team drafting regulations that put into place a new generation of rules governing the capital-raising process
  • Clifford Chance, Partner: capital markets transactions and corporate matters for companies
  • General Counsel of bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel, overseer of Troubled Asset relief Program (TARP)
  • Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdCheck
Accreditations
  • Bar Admissions – New York and D.C.
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Series 65 license holder
Associations
  • co-Chair of the SEC’s Advisory Council on Small and Emerging Companies
 

Ahmad Fikri Harahap

Firm: Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Ahmad Fikri Harahap is an associate at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners. He provides both advisory and transactional services in various financing and M&A transactions, including the acquisition of a telecommunication company in 2014, which was named “M&A Deal of the Year” in Indonesia. He was also involved in the financing of a green investment project in Indonesia as one of the advisors to the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Indonesian Ministry of Finance in 2009 to 2010.

Education
  • Universitas Padjadjaran S.H. (2010)
  • University of Melbourne LL.M (2014)
  • Australian Development Scholarship (2013-2014)
Experience
  • Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (Associate)
  • DNC Advocates at Work (Associate)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Indonesia
 
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. (2014).

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
 

Frank Harty

Firm: Nyemaster Goode PC

Frank Harty, a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C., put himself through college and law school by playing football and working. He currently serves as the firm’s Vice President and as the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. Frank received a B.B.A. with honors in Industrial Relations from the University of Iowa School of Business. Frank graduated Order of the Coif from Drake University Law School where he was Editor in Chief of the Drake Law Review.

Frank is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also recognized as a Leading Individual Labor and Employment Lawyer in Iowa by Chambers and Partners and is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Great Plains Super Lawyers. Frank is also a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has taught trial advocacy and employment law at the Drake University Law School. Frank is Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Education
  • University of Iowa (B.B.A., with honors, 1981)
  • Drake University (J.D., 1984)
Experience
  • Nyemaster Goode, P.C., 1984-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Employment Law, Drake University Law School, 1998-1999
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Drake University Law School, 1991-1992
  • Lecturer, Business Law and Personnel Management, Simpson College, 1987
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Iowa since 1984. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1995-1998
  • President, Young Lawyers Division, 1994-1995
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Association of Diocesan Attorneys
  • Iowa Hospitals and Health Systems Association
 

Bo Harvey

Firm: McGuireWoods LLP

Bo Harvey is an associate with McGuireWoods LLP and concentrates his practice in the areas of derivatives, prime brokerage, equity lending, structured finance, financial regulation and emerging financial technology. He represents banks, alternative asset managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions as well as energy companies, institutional investors and other corporate entities in connection with a variety of transactions and in providing related regulatory and interpretive advice. He has experience negotiating and drafting agreements reflecting highly structured trading relationships for a wide variety of products, including swaps, derivatives, forwards, listed futures and options, prime brokerage and custody arrangements, structured products, equity derivatives and lending transactions, and various forms of credit support and end-user licensing arrangements. He also is extensively engaged in the management and implementation of regulatory initiatives faced by clients as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, CFTC and SEC rules, and similar European regulations.

Education
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business, M.B.A.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • McGuireWoods LLP, Associate
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Assistant General Counsel
  • Linklaters LLP, Associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and California
 

Naomi Haslitt

Firm: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Naomi Haslitt is a partner in the Portland office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP where she practices in the areas of employment law and labor relations and education law. Naomi advises and defends public and private employers in all areas of employment and labor law. She regularly counsels employers on day-to-day personnel issues and provides training to managers and employers. Naomi’s practice focuses on defending claims for employment discrimination, disability discrimination and accommodation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour, as well as other tort claims, in litigation and administrative agency proceedings. Naomi has obtained defense verdicts and decisions in numerous trials and arbitrations. She also represents both private and public employers on traditional labor issues, including arbitrating grievances, addressing unfair-labor-practice charges, and advising on collective bargaining agreements and the collective bargaining process.

Naomi’s practice also focuses on advising public and private higher education institutions and public school districts on employment, accommodation issues arising under state and federal law, student, and other federal and state compliance issues. In addition to educational institutions, Naomi’s clients span many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail organizations, and financial institutions. Naomi has been selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine.

Education
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Montana, B.A.
Experience
  • Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Oregon
Associations
  • Oregon State Bar, member
  • Federal Bar Association, member
  • Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Oregon Chapter of National Bar Association, board member, past vice president
 

Heather Clauson Haughian

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

Heather Clauson Haughian is a Managing Partner of Culhane Meadows and manages the firm’s Atlanta and Chicago offices. Heather has over 18 years of experience in complex technology and outsourcing transactions in a variety of verticals ranging from biotechnology, financial services, transportation and logistics, insurance, healthcare and telecommunications. Given the frequent intersection of data privacy and outsourcing, Heather’s practice has focused in recent years on privacy and data security matters arising in outsourcing transactions involving the collection, use or transfer of data, which drove Mrs. Haughian to become a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Being dual-qualified as a solicitor to practice under the laws of England and Wales and having worked in Cambridge for one of the largest law firms in England where she advised Global 500 companies on a variety of outsourcing transactions, she has a unique understanding of the notable differences between doing business with outsourcing service providers in Europe, AsiaPac and the U.S.

Mrs. Haughian’s most recent transactions include: negotiating multiple applications development, maintenance and business process outsourcing transactions with offshore vendors in India and Croatia; representing one of the world’s largest insurance brokers providing all of the reinsurance processing services of a major automobile manufacturer based in Korea; and acting as lead counsel in outsourcing the voice and data networks for all of Europe for a global business travel spin-off, resulting in one of the world’s largest travel agency networks with over 2,200 travel service locations in over 140 countries and territories worldwide.

Education
  • Duke University School of Law (visiting student) & Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Murray State University, Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Eversheds LLP (Cambridge, England)
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England under the laws of England and Wales
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals
Associations
  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law
  • American Bar Association, Member of Information Security Committee
  • International Technology Law Association
  • State Bar of Georgia, Technology Law Section & Intellectual Property Section
 

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
 

Cassandra H. M. Headrick

Firm: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Cassandra Headrick presently is Executive Counsel, Real Estate Investments at The Travelers Companies,  Inc.  Cassandra was previously a partner Co-Chair of the Lending Practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she concentrated her practice on commercial financings, including syndicated loan transactions, leveraged financings, commercial real estate transactions, and other secured and unsecured financings.
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Experience
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • GMAC Residential Capital
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Minnesota
Associations
  • LCLD Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, fellow
  • Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW), member
  • Arthritis Foundation, north central board member
 

Russell B. Hedman

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Russell is a senior associate in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells LLP. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, with industry expertise in healthcare, entertainment and energy. Russell has been lead associate on multi-billion-dollar transactions in the United States, Asia, and Europe. He also has a passion for working with local investors and growing businesses in Colorado, where he regularly guides oil & gas transactions.

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011
  • B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
Experience
  • Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Colorado and New York
 
Lowenstein Sandler

Christopher Henry

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Christopher Henry is a Partner at Lowenstein Sandler in the Corporate Department, and their private equity, mergers and acquisitions and investment management practice groups. Chris serves as counsel on sophisticated large and middle market deals representing public companies, privately-owned businesses, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, growth investments, dispositions, joint ventures and equity and debt financings.

Chris’s experience spans a broad range of industries including financial services, asset management, technology and software, energy, professional and other services, manufacturing, publishing and media, consumer and retail, food and restaurant, and defense and law enforcement.

Education
  • Harvard Law School ( J.D. , 1997 ) , magna cum laude; Editor, Journal of Law & Technology
  • Brown University ( B.A. , 1994 ) , magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Experience
  • Lowenstein Sandler
  • Ropes & Gray
Accreditations
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
 
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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
 
Ira Herman

Ira Herman

Firm: Blank Rome LLP

Ira Herman is a Partner in Blank Rome’s New York office. He regularly advises traditional and non-traditional lenders, indenture trustees and other constituencies regarding restructuring and bankruptcy issues, including distressed M&A transactions and inter-creditor issues. He concentrates his practice on matters involving distressed public debt, upstream and midstream oil and gas companies, distressed M&A, and traditional bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Ira also provides advice concerning the management of counter-party bankruptcy risk and advises management, on the debtor side, concerning corporate governance issues that may arise with respect to a financially distressed business enterprise. As a court appointed mediator, Ira has been able to facilitate the resolution of any number of controversies involving U.S. and non-U.S. parties concerning bankruptcy and commercial law issues. In addition, Ira works with for-profit and nonprofit entities on data protection and cybersecurity.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1982, cum laude with distinction; Articles Editor, Boston University International Law Journal; Distinguished Paul J. Liacos Scholar; Edward F. Hennessey Scholar; American Jurisprudence Award Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights; Henry Friedman - Excellence in Debtor-Creditor Law
  • Yeshiva University, B.A., Political Science, 1979, cum laude; Editor in Chief, The Polis (Political Science Journal); Hammer Memorial Award (Political Science)
Experience
  • Blank Rome LLP
Accreditations
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. New York
  • Register of Mediators and Arbitrators
    • U.S. Bankr. Ct., Delaware
    • U.S. Bankr. Ct., E. Dist. New York
    • U.S. Bankr. Ct., S. Dist. New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. New York
Associations
  • Chair, Steering Committee, NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Legal Services for the City of New York
  • President’s Council, Food Bank for the City of New York
  • Editor-in-Chief, Section 363 Asset Sales Databank, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute; Co-Chair, Assets Sales Committee; Real Estate Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association; Chair, Committee on Bankruptcy Law; Business Law Section, 1996-2001
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John’s School of Law; Bankruptcy LL.M. Program
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Westchester Hebrew High School
 
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
 

Dolly Hernandez

Firm: Rafool & Hernandez, LLC

Dolly Hernandez is a partner at Rafool & Hernandez in Miami, Florida. Ms. Hernandez focuses her practice on complex marital and family law cases, as well as litigation, mediation, and appeals. Prior to joining Rafool & Hernandez, LLC, Ms. Hernandez was associated with Dolly Hernandez, PLLC, a matrimonial and family law boutique, as well as the Dispute Resolution Department of Baker & McKenzie, LLP’s Miami office. As part of her practice, Ms. Hernandez focuses on dissolution of marriage, paternity, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and international child abduction actions pursuant to the Hague Convention.

During her legal career, Ms. Hernandez achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in 2015 on the Top 50 Women Florida, Super Lawyers List, is listed on the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Super Lawyers List in Florida, and is featured in Attorney at Law Magazine’s “Attorneys to Watch in 2015.” Ms. Hernandez is also recognized as a Top Up & Comer in the 2016 and 2015 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide.

Ms. Hernandez’s other accolades include being recognized as a 2014 Daily Business Review Rising Star and considered one of Florida’s Top Rated Family Lawyers of 2015 and 2014 by ALM. Ms. Hernandez was named to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade County in 2013, and was a recipient of Business Leader Media’s Women Extraordinaire Award in 2012. Ms. Hernandez is the Co-Chair of the Family Law Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami and the Dade County Bar Association. Ms. Hernandez attended the University of Miami School of Law and University of Miami School of Business Administration.

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Miami, Bachelor Degree
Experience
  • Rafool & Hernandez LLC
  • Dolly Hernandez, PLLC
  • Baker & McKenzie
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and Middle District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Associations
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (2015-Present)
  • Uniform Law Commission
    • Family Law Arbitration, Drafting Committee
    • ABA Section Advisor (2013-Present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation, Family Law Litigation Committee
      • Co-Chair (2011-2016)
      • Subcommittee Chair for Programs and CLE (2009-2011)
    • Section of International Law, International Family Law Committee
      • Vice Chair (2011-2015)
      • Steering Group (2013-2016)
    • Section of Litigation, The Woman Advocate Committee
      • Subcommittee Co-Chair of Membership, Inclusion and Networking (2013-Present)
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Board of Directors (October 2013-September 2016)
  • Dade County Bar Association - Board of Directors (June 2015 – Present), Chair, Family Law Committee (2013-2015)
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • First Family Law Inns of Court
  • Florida Bar
    • Family Law Section
    • Rules & Forms Committee (2008-2014)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (2010-Present)
    • Co-Chair, Section of Family Law (2012-2013)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (2010-Present)
  • Miami-Dade County Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • The Collaborative Family Law Institute (2011-Present)
 
John Francis HilsonPaul Hastings

John Francis Hilson

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

John Francis Hilson is a member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law and is senior counsel and a former partner of Paul Hastings LLP. While a partner of Paul Hastings, his practice emphasized finance, including asset-based finance. In that role, Mr. Hilson represented commercial finance companies, banks, hedge funds, investment banks, and other lenders in the negotiation, documentation, and closing of complex finance transactions. At UCLA Law School, he teaches a foundational course, Transactional Skills, and two capstone courses, Acquisition Financing Transactions and Business Deals.

Admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, he served as the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Advisor to the Joint Review Committee (a joint effort of the American Law Institute and the Uniform Laws Commission) regarding Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow (and former member of the Board of Regents) of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a former member of the Board of Advisors of the Commercial Law Center at Gonzaga University School of Law, a member of the ABA Uniform Commercial Code Committee, past president and a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference, and a member of the ABA Commercial Financial Services Committee.

He has written and lectured extensively and has been selected as a leading banking and finance lawyer by Chambers Global (Star Individual Ranking), identified as a leading banking lawyer in Who’s Who Legal, identified as a highly recommended banking and finance lawyer in Global Counsel 3000, and selected as one of the “Best of the Best” by Euromoney. He is the co-author of Asset-Based Lending: A Practical Guide to Secured Financing (Practising Law Institute, 8th ed. 2015), which is generally considered to be the definitive treatise on asset-based lending. Mr. Hilson received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, Order of the Coif, where he was Comments Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Education
  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif; Comments Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
  • Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • UCLA School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire
Associations
  • Former advisor for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, advising the Joint Review Committee (a joint effort of the American Law Institute and the Uniform Laws Commission) regarding Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Fellow and former member of the Board of Regents, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Former member, Board of Advisors of the Commercial Law Center at Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Member, ABA Uniform Commercial Code Committee
  • Past president and member, Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Member, ABA Commercial Financial Services Committee
 

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
 

Joshua Horn

Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP

Joshua Horn is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Fox Rothschild LLP and co-chair of the Securities Industry Practice. He represents major financial services companies in matters throughout the country. He also represents financial advisory companies, individual advisors, and counselors in FINRA examinations, enforcement and arbitrations. Joshua has also represented individual brokers on disciplinary matters before FINRA and state securities commissions, and has represented companies and individuals in SEC investigations. Joshua’s practice also includes the representation of the premier merchant card processing company in various matters, including class actions, throughout the country. Joshua is also a member of Fox’s Cannabis Practice, a multidisciplinary team that serves the needs of businesses in the rapidly expanding and highly regulated market for legalized cannabis. Fox attorneys are experienced in counseling legalized cannabis growers, distributors, processors, investors and others, including those supplying ancillary products and services.

A prolific author on topics in his field, Joshua has been a contributor to the Appraisal Institute Newsletter, The Legal Intelligencer, the Temple Law Review and recently contributed a chapter for Inside the Minds titled, "SEC Enforcement and Securities Law in the Wake of the Financial Crisis." Joshua is also a frequent blogger on the Securities Compliance Sentinel.

Education
  • Widener University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Skidmore College (B.A.)
Experience
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Linton & Giannascoli, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Associations
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • The Chapel of Four Chaplains
  • The Shipley School Alumni Council
 

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
 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &amp; Jacobson LLP

Jerry Howe is a partner resident in Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office.  He is a member of the Firm’s Government Contracts, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Aerospace & Defense Practices.  Mr. Howe joined Fried Frank in 2013.

Mr. Howe advises clients with respect to government contracts litigation, investigations and bid protests, as well as M&A and private equity transactions in the aerospace & defense industry.

Mr. Howe has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace, defense and intelligence sectors. Before joining Fried Frank, he was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at TASC, a leading aerospace & defense company.  In this position, he oversaw the company’s legal affairs, corporate development and M&A, ethics and compliance programs, government relations and security. Previously, he was owner and principal of InSequitur LLC, a consulting firm, and Executive Vice President of the Olive Group.  Mr. Howe also served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Veridian Corporation, a publicly traded company that provided advanced technology services and solutions to the intelligence community, military and homeland defense agencies.

Before joining the corporate world, Mr. Howe was a partner for nine years at a major international law firm, where his practice focused on aerospace law and transactions, government contracts law and litigation with an emphasis on high-technology procurement, and federal court civil and appellate litigation.  He represented preeminent defense, aerospace and information technology companies including Boeing, Hughes, McDonnell Douglas and Motorola.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, JD – 1983 (cum laude, Editor, Harvard Law Review)
  • Oxford University, MA – 1980 (Honors, Sachs Scholar)
  • Princeton University, AB – 1978 (magna cum laude)
Experience
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Accreditations
  • District of Columbia
Associations
  • Moderator, Aspen Institute
  • Co-Founder and Treasurer, No Labels.org
  • Former Chair, Washington Space Business Roundtable
  • Former President, Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board (2015-2016)
 
Jack Howell IIISprouse Shrader Smith PLLC

Jack Howell III

Firm: Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC
J. F. “Jack” Howell III is a Member of Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC, whose primary office is located in Amarillo, Texas. His practice emphasizes on tax law and business organizations, structures, and transactions. Jack focuses on advising affluent families, entrepreneurs, and middle-market, privately held businesses on structure, operation, transaction, succession and disposition issues, the form of business entity and structure of business acquisitions, private equity transactions, and dispositions to minimize federal income tax consequences. Jack also counsels prosperous families and private equity principals on wealth preservation and integrated succession planning, including maximizing wealth through liquidity and diversification. Jack's clients include agricultural producers and providers; cattle feeding operations and trade organizations; oil, gas and other mineral exploration, development and production enterprises; alternative energy development and producing operations; ranchers; privately owned investment and insurance advisory services firms; and health-care providers.
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1982
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with high honors, 1979
Experience
  • Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC, Amarillo Texas
  • Gibson, Ochsner & Adkins, LLP, Amarillo, Texas
  • Mullin Hoard & Brown, LLP, Amarillo, Texas
Accreditations
  • Texas State Courts
  • United States Tax Court
  • Board Certified since 1987 in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Associations
  • State Bar of Texas (Past Chair of the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee of the Tax Section)
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association
  • Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council
  • American Bar Association (Taxation Section)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Cattle Feeders Association (Finance and Tax Committee)
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association (Tax and Credits Committee)
  • Business Law Foundation
 
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
 

Andrew Hulsh

Firm: Pepper Hamilton LLP

Andrew Hulsh is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Hulsh focuses his practice on the following areas: domestic and cross-border private equity-backed and strategic mergers, acquisitions and recapitalization transactions, including negotiated and unsolicited contests for corporate control; initial and secondary public offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities; asset management matters, including private equity fund formation transactions and the acquisition of fund managers of complex domestic and offshore investment management platforms; general public company representation, including compliance with reporting and other obligations under U.S. securities laws; and venture capital investments.

Mr. Hulsh has significant experience handling transactions involving companies based outside the United States, including Latin America, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation and Asia. His clients include public and privately held companies and firms, including leading private equity sponsors, hedge fund managers, major investment banks and other financial institutions. Mr. Hulsh has significant experience in a number of industries, including security and defense, alternative energy, outsourcing, telecommunications, life sciences, aviation and software.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Cornell University Law School, 1985
  • B.S., Boston University, 1982
Experience
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Florida
 
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
 
Esen IrtemPaksoy

Esen Irtem

Firm: Paksoy

Esen Irtem is a senior lawyer regularly advising on cross-border and domestic financing projects, real estate financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and insolvency for a variety of foreign and Turkish banks, financial institutions, industrial players and financial investors. Ms. Irtem has developed key experience advising both lenders and borrowers in relation to foreign and Turkish law governed loan transactions including drafting and negotiating finance documents and creation/perfection of security packages.

Education
  • Galatasaray University School of Law
Experience
  • Paksoy
Accreditations
  • Admitted to the Istanbul Bar
 
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)
 
Michael Steen JensenGorrissen Federspiel LLP<br />

Michael Steen Jensen

Firm: Gorrissen Federspiel

Michael Steen Jensen is head of the Banking & Finance group of Gorrissen Federspiel. He advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of financial law, securities, structured products, securitizations, project financing and regulatory matters including netting, collateral and clearing. Mr. Jensen has extensive experience in establishing, buying and selling financial institutions.

Education
  • University of Copenhagen, Candidatus juris 1984
Experience
  • Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel
  • Linklaters & Paines, London
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Denmark
Associations
  • Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Ambassador to Denmark
  • Board member at The Danish Association of Banking and Finance Law
 
Andrew L. Jiranek

Andrew Jiranek

Firm: Jiranek & Company, P.A.

Andrew Jiranek is a founder and managing partner of Jiranek & Company, P.A. His law practice focuses on finance, corporate, and real estate matters. He serves and has served as general counsel for a number of regional, national, and international public and privately held finance companies, business organizations, and developers. He has published numerous articles and papers on commercial finance, corporate, and real estate topics, and lectured extensively for public and private business development groups in the Baltimore area.

Education
  • William and Mary Law School, J.D., Editor of Law Review
  • Princeton University, A.B., in economics
Experience
  • Jiranek & Company, P.A., founder and managing partner
  • View Systems Inc., executive vice president and general counsel
  • Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP, associate
  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP, associate
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
 

Sherene A. Jodrey

Firm: Aon plc

Sherene A. Jodrey is Assistant General Counsel, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, at Aon plc, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Ms. Jodrey has extensive experience across a variety of employee benefits areas, including health and welfare benefits, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, executive and equity compensation arrangements, benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, SEC executive compensation disclosure obligations for public companies, benefit plan outsourcing and recordkeeping administration, and ERISA fiduciary requirements. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Ms. Jodrey was an attorney in the Chicago office of Winston and Strawn LLP and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. Ms. Jodrey earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Princeton University.

Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, Executive Notes Editor
  • Notre Dame Appellate Moot Court Team (awarded A. Harold Weber Moot Court Award)
  • Princeton University, B.A. (History, Certificates in Arabic), cum laude
  • C.O. Joline Thesis Prize in American History
  • Lawrence Stone & Shelby Cullom David Prize Fellowship
Experience
  • Assistant General Counsel, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, at Aon plc (Chicago)
  • Attorney at Winston and Strawn LLP (Chicago)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
 
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
 

Frida Aronnson Jostrand

Firm: Hannes Snellman

Frida works mainly within the fields of banking, finance and capital markets, as well as general contract and commercial law.

Education
  • LL.M., Stockholm University
Experience
  • Hannes Snellman
 

Kathryn Kammer

Firm: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Kathryn Kammer is an attorney based in the Portland, Oregon office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP. Katie focuses her practice on advice and support in employment and education law. She represents both public and private employers with claims before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also regularly advises employers on personnel issues such as family and medical leave and disability accommodation, works with employers to ensure compliance with employment laws and revise their employee handbooks, and conducts trainings on various employment law issues.

Katie has additional expertise in representing both K-12 and higher education institutions and advises on a range of regulatory compliance issues ranging from personnel matters to student rights and discipline. Through this work, Katie has an appreciation for unique concerns and legal issues faced by these institutions, such as application of FERPA and managing and addressing issues related to student requests for academic and other policy modifications.

Katie is recognized as a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers.

Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Northwestern University, B.A.
Experience
  • Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court of Oregon
Associations
  • Oregon State Bar
 
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
 
Foley &amp; Lardner LLP

Daniel A. Kaplan

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Daniel A. Kaplan is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Kaplan counsels employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including wage and hour, employment contracts, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, family and medical leave, disability accommodations and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, and all state, federal and local discrimination laws. Mr. Kaplan has experience litigating before various state and federal agencies, various state courts, and federal courts throughout the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition, Mr. Kaplan works with employers on employee and supervisor training and traditional labor matters, such as union organizing, collective bargaining, grievance processes and arbitration. Mr. Kaplan also has extensive experience in defending and advising employers on safety and health related matters under the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA). Mr. Kaplan also regularly counsels employers on affirmative action obligations under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and VEVRAA, affirmative action plans, AAP audits, and all matters involving the OFCCP.

Mr. Kaplan has been included in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 for his work in labor and employment and was named the 2015 Madison Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. In addition, Mr. Kaplan has also been Peer Review Rated as BV® Distinguished™ in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

Education
  • Marquette University Law School, JD, cum laude (1992)
  • University of Wisconsin (1988)
Accreditations
  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • Western and Eastern District Courts of Wisconsin
  • District Court of Utah
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
Associations
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Wisconsin State Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Section (Board of Directors)
 

David H. Kaplan

Firm: Sullivan & Worcester LLP

David H. Kaplan, formerly a partner, serves as of counsel to Sullivan & Worcester. His practice focuses on structuring mergers and acquisitions, structuring real estate transactions, including real estate investment trust (REIT) transactions, international tax planning for multinational clients, and other tax planning for business entities.

David has structured REITs and REIT transactions in a variety of real estate verticals, from office buildings to data centers and communications towers, for investors both in the United States and abroad. Sullivan & Worcester’s REIT team has been recognized as an industry leader nationally, most recently by the Legal 500, which recognized Sullivan & Worcester as the winner in the REIT category for The Legal 500 United States Awards 2015.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Worcester, David concentrated on corporate law, primarily mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and advice to private companies.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Claremont McKenna College, BA, cum laude
Experience
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • Day, Berry & Howard LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Minnesota.
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Boston Bar Association, Tax Section
  • International Fiscal Association
 
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
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 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 LLP

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
 
Mayer Brown LLP

Magnus Karlberg

Firm: Mayer Brown LLP

Magnus Karlberg is a corporate associate in Mayer Brown’s New York office concentrating on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, securities and general corporate matters. He advises corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and other clients in a wide range of industries, with particular focus on the health & nutrition, life science and insurance sectors.

Magnus has been a secondee with Nestlé in Switzerland and MetLife in New York and is a law school guest lecturer on mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, LLM
  • University of Gothenburg, JD, summa cum laude
Experience
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Nestlé
  • MetLife
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in New York
 
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
 
Sidley Austin LLP

David Katz

Firm: Sidley Austin LLP

David Katz practices in the Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory group in the firm’s New York office. He regularly advises major domestic and international corporations, top-tier/mid-size/boutique investment banking firms (domestic and foreign), commercial banks (domestic and foreign), electronic (securities and swap) trading systems and electronic communication networks, market-making firms, other proprietary trading firms, securities borrowing and lending conduits, prime brokerage firms, and private investment fund (hedge fund and private equity fund) complexes in respect of Federal and State broker-dealer regulatory matters, and applicable self-regulatory organization (SRO) matters, including merger and acquisition transactions, restructuring and business expansion matters, trading issues, Federal and State investment adviser regulatory matters and general securities law matters. David advises clients on, among other things, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) financial responsibility rules (net capital and customer protection rules), foreign broker-dealer/cross-border requirements (SEC Rule 15a-6 and related SEC guidance), margin rules (including SRO requirements and arranged financing issues), books and records requirements (including electronic recordkeeping issues), general broker-dealer registration (and SRO membership), successor registration, and material change in business operations and change in ownership/control requirements, dealer/trader/finder issues, fee payment/splitting issues, underwriting issues (open contractual commitment, capital financing, FINRA corporate financing and conflicts of interest, fixed price offering, and new issues/IPO allocation/spinning requirements), research requirements (including SRO “blackout” requirements and third-party distribution requirements under SRO rules and Regulation AC), sales literature issues, trading issues (including short-sale and front running requirements), Large Trader Reporting requirements, SEC risk assessment requirements and implications for effecting transactions involving security-based swaps.

Education
  • New York Law School (J.D., 1983)
  • Columbia University (M.A., 2002)
  • The University of Chicago (M.B.A., 1993)
  • Lehigh University (B.A., 1980, with honors)
Experience
  • Sidley Austin LLP
Accreditations
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. of New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law; Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities; Subcommittees on FINRA Corporate Financing Rules (Past Chair) and Market Regulation; Committee on State Regulation of Securities; Subcommittee on State Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers (Co-Chair)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of 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
 

Ryan Keays

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

Ryan Keays practises primarily in the area of energy and resources but also focuses on business law and corporate and commercial law. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, with a specific focus on energy sector matters, both domestically and internationally.

His practice has included representing clients in oil and gas asset acquisitions and divestitures, share acquisitions and divestitures, negotiation of production sharing contracts and other host government contracts, financings, gas marketing arrangements, pipeline transportation arrangements, negotiation of farm-in agreements and joint venture agreements, oil and gas lease negotiation and interpretation matters, royalty matters and other contractual and operational matters in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Keays’ international experience includes advising oil and gas companies entering and operating in a number of jurisdictions in North and Central America, North and Central Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Education
  • Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2005
  • Dalhousie University, Business Law Certificate, 2005
  • Acadia University, B.ASc., 2001
  • Acadia University, C.A.S., 2001
Accreditations
  • Alberta, 2006
Associations
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Co-Instructor, seminar on rights of first refusal, Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administrators
  • Canadian Energy Law Foundation
 
Akerman LLP

Jeffrey A. Kern

Firm: Akerman LLP

Jeffrey Kern serves as of counsel in Akerman LLP’s Trusts & Estates Practice. He devotes his practice to estate planning, asset protection planning, and all aspects of administration of estates and trusts. Planning areas include the creation and/or transfer of closely held business entities to accomplish estate and family succession planning goals, planning for distributions from tax qualified deferred compensation plans, insurance planning, and advising clients on charitable giving strategies, with a view toward minimizing taxes and preservation of wealth.

Education
  • LL.M., University of Miami School of Law, 1977; Taxation
  • J.D., Memphis State University School of Law, 1973
  • B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1969
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida
  • Admitted - U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, U.S. Supreme Court
Associations
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Member; Taxation Law Section, Member
 

Leonard M. Kessler

Firm: LenKesslerADR

Leonard M. Kessler is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with a background in complex construction and commercial disputes. He also has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

He is the former chief legal officer for the 21,000 employee Infrastructure & Environment Division of URS Corporation (now part of AECOM), which provides architecture, engineering, design, environmental, design/build, construction, and construction management services in approximately 250 offices in more than 50 countries. At URS he managed a 40-person legal department responsible for the review, negotiation and approval of all contracts and for the supervision and direction of all outside counsel representing URS in litigation, arbitrations, claims, disputes and other matters, both in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.

Mr. Kessler has experience with disputes involving general contractors, trade contractors, suppliers, developers, architects, engineers, and sureties in connection with private and public (federal, state and municipal) projects for the construction of office buildings, hotels, museums, casinos, roads, bridges, tunnels, condominiums and apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, stadiums, arenas, airport terminals, courthouses, power plants (gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric and cogeneration), paper mills, and other large-scale civil and mechanical construction projects. He has also been involved with disputes regarding environmental and hazardous waste remediation projects.

The disputes have dealt with breach of contract, nonpayment, changed conditions and extra work, construction defects, delays, mechanic's liens, standard of care and professional liability, bid protests, payment and performance bond claims, insurance coverage, default, warranty, employment issues, personal injury arising from construction defects, negligence and other torts, and general commercial issues.

Additionally, he has represented clients in contract drafting, negotiation and administration, and teaming agreements, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Construction projects have ranged in value from $5 million to almost $1 billion.

Education
  • Rutgers University (JD) Rutgers Law Review; Rutgers Journal of Computers and the Law-Managing Editor.
  • City College of New York - Grove School of Engineering (BEE); Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers.
Experience
  • LenKesslerADR – Arbitrator and Mediator
    • Member of the American Arbitration Association Large, Complex Construction Case Panel of Arbitrators
    • Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court - New York, Kings, Queens and Nassau Counties - Commercial Division ADR Program
    • Mediator for the New Jersey Superior Court – Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases
    • Mediator for the United States District Court, EDNY ADR Program
  • Gilbane Building Company – Vice President, Lead Counsel, Global Construction
  • URS Corporation – Senior Vice President-Associate General Counsel
  • AMEC Construction Management, Inc. (formerly known as Morse Diesel International, Inc.) – Vice President & General Counsel
  • Ebasco Services Inc. – Associate General Counsel
  • Kelley Dry & Warren – Associate
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore - Associate
Accreditations
  • Admitted to the Bar: New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association: Construction Industry Forum and Dispute Resolution Section
  • New York State Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section, Real Property Law Section, and Construction Law Committee
  • New York City Bar Association: Construction Law Committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association: Construction Law Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
 
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
 

Ksenia Z. Khanseidova

Firm: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Ksenia Z. Khanseidova is an associate based in the Moscow office of Cleary Gottlieb.

Ms. Khanseidova’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly equity and debt securities offerings and M&A, as well as on international arbitration.

Ms. Khanseidova joined Cleary Gottlieb as an associate in 2006 and previously worked for the firm as a stagiaire from 2005 to 2006 and a paralegal from 2004 to 2005. She received a J.D. equivalent, summa cum laude, from Moscow State University Law School in 2005.

Ms. Khanseidova is a qualified Russian lawyer. Her native language is Russian, and she is fluent in English.

Education
  • Moscow State University, J.D. Equivalent, 2005
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLC, since 2004
Associations
  • Lawyer, Russian Federation (2005)
 
Wonhyung KimYoon &amp; Yang LLC

Wonhyung Kim

Firm: Yoon & Yang LLC

Wonhyung Kim is a partner in the Finance and Securities Practice Group and International Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul, Korea. His major practice areas are securities and finance and general corporate law. He has extensive experience in matters relating to the regulation of listed companies, asset management such as investment trusts, alternative investments and IPOs. He also has substantial experience in matters relating to the credit card business, securities issuance, foreign investment, and labor/employment.

Education
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law (LL.M., 2009)
  • Seoul National University College of Law (LL.B., 1996)
Experience
  • Yoon & Yang LLC
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (visiting attorney)
Accreditations
  • Korea Bar (since 2002)
  • New York Bar (since 2010)
Associations
  • Member, Seoul Bar Association
 
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
 

Klara Kjellberg

Firm: Hannes Snellman

Klara advises clients on all types of financing transactions with particular focus on acquisition financing, bonds, corporate lending and real estate financings, as well as general contract and commercial law.

Education
  • LL.M., Stockholm University
  • Queen Mary College, University of London, Centre of Commercial Law Studies
Experience
  • Hannes Snellman
Accreditations
  • Swedish Bar Association
 
Eleazer KleinSchulte Roth

Eleazer Klein

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Eleazer Klein is a partner and co-head of the firm’s global Shareholder Activism Group 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
 
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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
 

Thomas C. Klein

Firm: Persistent Systems Ltd.

Thomas Klein is General Counsel, SVP - Corporate Development , and Head of Persistent Ventures at Persistent Systems Inc. a U.S. subsidiary of Persistent Systems Ltd., a publicly traded company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. From 1989 to 2008, he was first an associate and then a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. Palo Alto, California, and from 2008 until 2014, he was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, East Palo Alto, California. Prior to assuming his roles at Persistent Systems Inc., his practice focused on start-up and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public company representation, and included the representation of companies in formation, private and public financing, domestic and international technology strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also 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.

Tom 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
  • Persistent Systems Ltd., General Counsel, SVP - Corporate Development
  • 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
 
Simpson Thacher &amp; Bartlett LLP

Jamin Koslowe

Firm: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Jamin Koslowe is Senior Counsel based in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. His practice focuses on executive compensation matters, including equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and executive employment and separation agreements, and employee benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions, spin-off transactions and debt and equity offerings. Jamin frequently advises boards and compensation committees on executive compensation matters, including senior executive hirings and departures. Jamin also works closely with Simpson Thacher’s numerous private equity and leveraged buyout fund clients on issues pertaining to “venture capital operating company” (VCOC) and other plan asset exemptions to avoid ERISA fiduciary and potential prohibited transaction concerns.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University, LL.M. in Taxation
  • Yeshiva University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey
 
Kandis KoustenisCloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis

Firm: Cloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis is an attorney with Cloudigy Law PLLC, an intellectual property and technology law firm in McLean, Virginia. Kandis has extensive experience in trademark litigation, prosecution and counseling, as well as litigation and counseling in the related areas of copyright, design patent and advertising law.

Before joining Cloudigy Law, Kandis served as in-house counsel in charge of the global intellectual property programs and portfolios for Toys “R” Us and Kenneth Cole. Prior to her in-house experience, Kandis was a senior IP litigator and counselor in the New York offices of Darby & Darby PC and Goodwin Procter LLP. With her diverse mix of private practice, in-house, and strategic consulting experience, Kandis brings a business and strategy-focused perspective to her litigation and counseling practice.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude
  • The University of Virginia, BA
Experience
  • Cloudigy Law PLLC
  • Toys “R” Us, Inc.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Darby & Darby PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 

Bernard A. Krooks

Firm: Littman Krooks LLP

Bernard A. Krooks, founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP, is Chair of the firm’s Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is a nationally recognized expert in all aspects of elder law, estate planning and special needs planning. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester County serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Mr. Krooks, a sought-after expert on elder law, special needs planning and estate planning matters, has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Investment News, Financial Times, Money Magazine, Smart Money, Worth Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Wealth Manager, CBS Marketwatch.com, Lawyer’s Weekly USA, Reader’s Digest, Bottom Line, The Journal of Financial Planning, The New York Law Journal, The Daily News, New York Post and Newsday, among others.

He has testified before the United States House of Representatives and the New York City Council on long-term care issues. He also has appeared on Good Morning America Now, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Radio, CNN, PBS, NBC, and CBS evening news, as well as numerous other cable television and radio shows.

Education
  • New York University, Master of Laws, Taxation (LLM)
  • Hofstra University School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD)
  • S.U.N.Y at Albany, Bachelor of Science
Experience
  • Littman Krooks LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • Past President and Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Founding Member and Past President, New York Chapter of NAELA
  • Past Chair, Elder Law and Special Needs Section, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Past President, Special Needs Alliance
  • Vice Chair, Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) Section, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Chair, Elder Law Committee, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Past President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester
 

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
 
Henrik KureGorrissen Federspiel LLP<br />

Henrik Kure

Firm: Gorrissen Federspiel

Henrik Kure is an attorney in the banking and finance group in Gorrissen Federspiel’s Copenhagen office. Henrik advises banks and other financial institutions as well as corporate borrowers in a variety of domestic and international corporate finance transactions, including syndicated lending, debt capital markets transactions, commercial real estate transactions and other secured and unsecured financings. He has experience assisting lenders and borrowers in all stages of work-outs and debt restructurings. Henrik also advises on financial regulatory matters, netting and derivatives.

Education
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM in Banking Law and Financial Regulation, 2010
  • University of Copenhagen, Candidatus juris 2006
Experience
  • Gorrissen Federspiel
  • Nielsen Nørager
  • Kromann Reumert
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Denmark
 
Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP

Rashida K. La Lande

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Rashida K. La Lande is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Ms. La Lande’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private equity deals and joint ventures. She has over 13 years of experience representing companies and private equity sponsors in the consumer products, retail, e-commerce and technology industries. Ms. La Lande is also a member of several Gibson Dunn committees, including the Hiring Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Compensation Committee.

Clients retain Ms. La Lande when they need effective, high-quality and solution-oriented representation for complex commercial deals. Her experience representing both sponsors and strategic buyers and sellers gives her invaluable insight into today’s market, where understanding deal competition and the pressures affecting the opposing side are key factors in getting to closing.

Ms. La Lande received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1998 and her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard/Radcliff College in 1995. In 2008 at the ABA’s Annual Convention, Ms. La Lande Participated as a panelist on ‘Due Diligence and Closings in the Digital Age—Analysis of Tools, Ancient and Modern, for Investigating Your Target and Closing Your Deal.’ Since 2009, she has served as a moderator at the annual Pennsylvania State University’s ‘Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions’ conference. Ms. La Lande is a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the NYC Bar.

Education
  • Columbia University J.D., 1998
  • Harvard University B.A., 1995
Experience
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Partner and member of Hiring Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • NYC Bar Association, Corporations Law Committee
 
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)
 
Shearman &amp; Sterling LLP

Daniel Laguardia

Firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Daniel Laguardia is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group with more than 15 years of experience representing corporations and various financial institutions including banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, mutual funds and private equity funds, in securities litigation, internal investigations, regulatory matters and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive litigation experience across a broad spectrum of substantive areas, including securities and complex financial products, financial markets, mergers & acquisitions disputes, shareholder actions, distressed debt and bankruptcy issues, and commercial contracts, and has achieved a strong record of success for clients in trial and appellate courts.

In addition to the representation of clients in all aspects of strategic litigation planning and practice, Mr. Laguardia regularly counsels clients on pre-dispute situation management, risk-control, high exposure transactions, compliance, and board governance issues. He conducts internal investigations for clients and board committees and reviews and advises on corporate compliance provisions, governance structures, and controls.

Mr. Laguardia was a law clerk to Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, from 1999 to 2000 and to Judge David G. Trager, U.S. District Court, E.D.N. Y., from 1998 to 1999. He is currently a member of the Firm’s associate development committee and one of the Firm’s two hiring partners.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1993
Experience
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and to Judge David G. Trager, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
 

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
 
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
 
Akerman LLP

Joseph M. Landolfi, Jr.

Firm: Akerman LLP

Joseph Landolfi Jr. is a partner in Akerman LLP’s Tax Practice Group. He focuses his practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals utilizing entities, trusts, and advance directives. He has experience with drafting operating agreements and formation documents for limited liability companies, drafting partnership agreements and organization documents for limited partnerships, incorporating subchapter s-corporations, drafting shareholders agreements and buy-sell agreements, asset and stock purchase agreements, employment agreements, and nonsolicitation and non-compete agreements.

Education
  • LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University School of Law, 1998
  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 1997; St. Thomas Law Review, Phi Delta Phi
  • M.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1994; Taxation
  • B.S., Villanova University, 1990; Accounting
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in Florida
Associations
  • Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board, Member, 2011-Present
  • University of Miami, Estate and Gift Planning Advisory Board, Member, 2013-Present
  • St. Thomas School of Law, Miami, Adjunct Professor for Estate Planning, 2009-present
  • The Florida Bar, Member
 

Pete Lareau

Firm: N. Peter Lareau

After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1968, Pete Lareau began working as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. In 1970, he joined the Baltimore office of the Venable law firm, where he represented management in a variety of legal matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including unfair labor practice and representation cases, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration cases arising under those agreements, and miscellaneous federal court litigation. Since leaving Venable in 1995, Mr. Lareau has published widely in the field of labor relations. He is the author of Drafting the Union Contract; NLRA Law and Practice; Volumes 1 and 2 (National Labor Relations Act) of Labor and Employment Law; and Chapter 12A (Collective Bargaining) of Current Legal Forms—all published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. In addition, since 2000, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin, a monthly publication covering all aspects of labor and employment law.

 

Vincent W. Lau

Firm: Clark Lau LLC

Vincent W. Lau is the managing partner of Clark Lau LLC and he has been counseling employers and employees on a range of temporary and permanent U.S. immigration options for almost twenty years. Vince additionally assists employers in keeping compliant with immigration regulations when hiring. His clients also include researchers, scientists, athletes, artists, musicians, architects, and other professionals whom he assists in seeking immigration benefits based on their accomplishments. He also works with entrepreneurs and investors to craft immigration solutions to allow them to pursue their business objectives in the United States.

Vince enjoys taking complex immigration legal concepts and breaking them down into tangible and comprehensible ideas for employers and employees. It is with this same spirit that he speaks regularly at immigration conferences across the United States, serves as an adjunct immigration law professor at New England Law Boston, and serves fellow immigration attorneys as a member of AILA’s national liaison committee with the U.S. Department of Labor. Vince received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Boston College School of Education, and J.D. from the Boston College School of Law.

Education
  • Boston College School of Law, JD
  • Boston College School of Education, MA
  • Yale College, BA
Experience
  • Clark Lau LLC, Managing Partner
  • Flynn & Clark P.C., Associate
  • Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C., Associate
  • Yale University, Legal Intern
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Massachusetts
Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Department of Labor Liaison Committee
  • Asian American Lawyers of Massachusetts, Past Board Member
  • Kendall Square Association, Board Member
 

Donald P. Lawless

Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Donald P. Lawless is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves as Vice Chair of the firm's Higher Education Practice Group. He has 25+ years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives.

The focus of his practice is in the pharmaceutical, food processing, and service industries. Mr. Lawless’s labor law practice includes contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and defense of unfair labor practice charges. He advises employers on developing and implementing union avoidance strategies and responses to organizing activity. He provides strategic advice related to workforce restructurings in the merger and acquisition context. He works with clients on the broad range of civil rights compliance and defense matters with subspecialties in OFCCP compliance and audits, occupational safety and health, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A significant portion of Mr. Lawless’s practice is also devoted to representing college and university clients in labor and employment matters and student affairs, athletic program compliance, internal investigations, and facility and program accessibility issues.

Mr. Lawless is a frequent speaker to a variety of organizations such as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys on such subjects as medical marijuana, strategic union avoidance, NLRB- and OSHA-related developments, and EEO matters.

Mr. Lawless has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2008. He is a member of the American Employment Law Council; the National Association of College and University Attorneys and its Legal Education Committee; the Occupational Safety and Health sub-committee of the American Bar Association; and chair of the Michigan Chamber’s Health and Human Resources Committee.

Education
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law, JD
  • University of Michigan, BBA
Experience
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Associations
  • Michigan Bar Association, member
  • City of East Grand Rapids Planning Commission, member
 
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
 

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

Firm: Lawrence & Bundy LLC

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy co-founded Lawrence & Bundy LLC in February 2016. Lawrence & Bundy is a commercial litigation firm with a comprehensive breadth of experience representing and advising clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

In her practice, Allegra uses creativity and results-oriented strategic analysis to develop legal solutions that work for her clients. A natural leader, Allegra focuses her practice on Business and Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment. 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 and finding creative solutions. Allegra helps develop processes and tools for improving the efficiency and delivery of legal services.

Allegra often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker. She previously served as co-head of both the Business and Commercial Litigation team and the Labor and Employment team at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. While at Sutherland, she chaired Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and developed Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities.

Allegra was a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Allegra is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishments in litigation, trial work and superior ethical reputation.

Additional highlights of Allegra’s achievements include: recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers; repeatedly named to The Best Lawyers in America; selected for inclusion among The Black Lawyers “Top 100”; named to the “Rainmakers” list by Diversity & the Bar; repeatedly selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® “Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers” and “Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers.”

Education
  • Yale Law School J.D.
  • Spelman College B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Lawrence & Bundy LLC 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
 

Christiana Lazo

Firm: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Christiana Lazo is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s New York office. Christiana focuses her practice on all aspects of wealth transfer, tax and estate planning for domestic and international high net worth individuals. Christiana works with clients to develop and implement sophisticated tax and estate plans and advises on the resulting estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax consequences. She has significant experience counseling on the formation and operation of charitable foundations and in counseling fiduciaries in estate administration.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M., 2011
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2006
  • Columbia College, B.A., cum laude, 2003
Experience
  • Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Christiana was an associate at an international law firm in New York, where she worked in the trusts and estates department.
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association.
 
Joshua M. Lee

Joshua M. Lee

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Joshua M. Lee is counsel at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi and practices in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark prosecution, trademark enforcement 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 a variety of consumer products.

Joshua’s experience includes numerous successful enforcements and defenses 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 thousands of marks for clients.

Education
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Rochester (B.A., 1996)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
 
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 LevinJenner &amp; Block

Richard Levin

Firm: Jenner & Block

Richard Levin joined Jenner & Block LLP in 2015. He is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization 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. He has been recognized by 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
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B.
Experience
  • Jenner & Block 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
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • National Bankruptcy Conference
 
Leslee LewisDickinson Wright PLLC

Leslee Lewis

Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC

Leslee Lewis is a member of Dickinson Wright and practice department manager of the Real Estate, Energy & Sustainability & Environmental group. 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
 

Stephen Lessard

Firm: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Stephen Lessard is a Senior Associate in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the Tax Group.

Mr. Lessard focuses his practice on the taxation of debt and equity offerings, capital markets transactions, cross-border transactions, tax controversy, and municipal finance. Mr. Lessard has represented clients before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Lessard also has experience with tax issues relating to pass-through entities and counseling nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.

Mr. Lessard has been selected to the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2015 Rising Stars list and the 2014 and 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lessard served for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, M.A., International Affairs
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Political Science
Experience
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States Tax Court.
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, member
  • New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Vice-President
 

Elliott Lichtman

Firm: Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC

Elliott Lichtman has been an immigration lawyer for more than three decades. His practice is wide-ranging with an emphasis on employment-based and family sponsored immigration. His clients are primarily corporations and non-profit organizations.

As a leading expert on business immigration, Mr. Lichtman has published extensively on such issues as H-1B and L-1 visas and labor certifications. He has also often taught and presented on immigration law. Additionally, Mr. Lichtman has served in leadership positions in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) including chairing and co-chairing various committees focused on business immigration and serving as a member of AILA’s liaison committees with government agencies administering immigration law.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • Lichtman & Rosenblum, PLLC (effective September 1, 2016)
  • Lichtman & Elliot, PC
  • Lichtman, Trister & Ross
  • Rauh, Silard & Lichtman
Accreditations
  • District of Columbia bar
  • Bar of Supreme Court of United States and numerous federal courts
Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
 
Skadden Arps

Jeffrey A. Lieberman

Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Jeffrey A. Lieberman is counsel to Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom LLP, in the Firm’s New York City office. His practice focuses primarily on fiduciary issues under Title I of ERISA. He regularly counsels asset managers, investment advisors, banks, hedge funds, plan sponsors, pooled investment funds, sponsors of CLO and other securitized vehicles, and servicers to such vehicles, issuers of various types of securities, underwriters and trustees. He also advises private equity fund and other managers as to compliance with ERISA’s “plan asset” regulations and application of the VCOC and other exceptions to the coverage of such funds under ERISA.

Jeff’s experience includes advising on employee benefits, compensation and ERISA issues in U.S. and multinational mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and other corporate transactions, as well as drafting employment, consulting, change of control, severance agreements and arrangements and incentive and deferred compensation, bonus, stock option, and other equity-based arrangements. He has also advised on retirement plan compliance and health and welfare plan matters including under the ACA.

Mr. Lieberman is a member of the American Bar Association Tax section employee benefits committee and has served as chair and vice-chair of several subcommittees and been a contributor to several comment papers on regulatory matters. He is also a member of the NYC Bar Association Committee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and a member of the Subcommittee on Private Equity and ERISA Fiduciary Duties.

He has been regularly recognized in the Legal 500 and Superlawyers, and serves on boards of several non-profit organizations.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1990
  • Hofstra University School of Law/Graduate School of Business, J.D./M.B.A., 1985
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., cum laude, Business Administration, 1982
Accreditations
  • New York
Associations
  • Member of the American Bar Association Tax Section Employee Benefits committee
  • Member of the NYC Bar Association Committee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Member of NYC Bar Association Subcommittee on Private Equity and ERISA Fiduciary Duties
 
Glen LimProskauer Rose LLP

Glen Lim

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Glen Lim is a partner in Proskauer Rose’s Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Finance Group. His principal focus is the representation of banks and other financial institutions as lenders and strategic investors, buyout funds and corporations as borrowers in connection with domestic and international financings, including financings of mergers and acquisitions, debtor-in-possession and exit financings, first and second lien financings and working capital and asset-based financings.

Education
  • New York University Law School, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
Experience
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in New York and California
 
Jones Day

Jon Linas

Firm: Jones Day

Jon was one of seven labor and employment attorneys named a “Rising Stars” by Law360 in 2016 and, in recognition by The Legal 500, clients praised him as an attorney that “do[es] an excellent job.” Jon’s success is reflected in the numerous favorable, case-dispositive decisions he has obtained for clients including American Commercial Lines, McDonald’s, R.J. Reynolds, Service Corporation International, and Verizon in litigation throughout the country.

Jon has extensive experience advising and defending clients against claims of joint employment, including serving as one of McDonald’s USA’s trial counsel in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He has defended numerous employers against statewide and nationwide class and collective actions under wage-hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, state laws, and common law. He has secured victories on summary judgment for clients in single and multi-plaintiff cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. And he has counseled and defended employers faced with high-stakes investigations and proceedings before federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor’s Wage Hour Division, and the Veterans’ Employment & Training Service.

Jon also has considerable experience handling traditional labor litigation matters, having defended clients against many unfair labor practice charges and in representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, he successfully litigated claims for vested retiree medical benefits brought by the United Mine Workers of America and multiple plaintiffs, obtaining summary judgment for his client on all claims.

Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis (J.D. 2005; Executive Articles Editor, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy)
  • University of Kansas (B.A. in English 2002; Phi Beta Kappa)
Experience
  • Jones Day
Accreditations
  • Licensed in Illinois & Missouri
  • Admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Indiana, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, Western District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Michigan
 
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
 

Ernesto A. Luciano

Firm: Kaplan

Ernesto A. Luciano has more than fifteen (15) years of experience in legal and business affairs in the media & entertainment, internet and technology industries, serving as in-house counsel for Kaplan, Yahoo!, HBO Gilat Satellite Networks, and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). Mr. Luciano is currently Senior Counsel-Transactions for Kaplan’s Higher & Professional Education division and recently served as General Counsel for Yahoo! Hispanic Americas, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Yahoo! Inc.) Mr. Luciano’s areas of practice are entertainment & media, Internet & digital transactions, privacy/data sharing, technology & advanced licensing transactions, managing domestic and foreign litigation, supervising compliance program, and advising on general corporate/employment law matters. Mr. Luciano’s practice is focused on transactional legal work, including contracts related to complex content licensing, original video production studio legal work, sales & advertising platforms, distribution, privacy & data sharing, search, strategic partnership, joint ventures and business development agreements. In addition, Mr. Luciano has managed and prevailed at high-stakes commercial litigation in Latin America; specifically Mr. Luciano assembled and managed foreign outside counsel teams to defend Yahoo against billion dollar commercial (civil) cases that have been adjudicated by the highest courts in Latin America.

Education
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1998 from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor’s in Arts (B.A.) degree in 1995 from the State University of New York at Albany.
Experience
  • Senior Counsel-Transactional, Kaplan 2016 (Present)
  • General Counsel, Yahoo! Hispanic Americas, LLC (2007-2016)
  • Senior Director, Legal - HBO (2004-2007)
  • Managing Attorney- Gilat Satellite Networks (2002-2004)
  • Corporate Counsel - Turner Broadcast Systems (TBS) 1999-2002
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice law and a member of the Florida Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Associations
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), Dade-County Bar Association (DCBA), Colombian American Bar Association (COLBAR), International In-House Counsel Group
 
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
 

Polina Lyadnova

Firm: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Polina Lyadnova is a partner based in the London office of Cleary Gottlieb.

Ms. Lyadnova’s practice focuses on financial transactions, including debt capital markets and debt restructuring. She also has experience in other cross-border transactions involving Russian businesses.

Ms. Lyadnova is distinguished as a leading restructuring and banking and finance lawyer in both the UK and Russia by Chambers Global. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK for acquisition finance and was recognized as one of the 2015 “40 under 40 Rising Stars” in Legal Services by Financial News.

Ms. Lyadnova joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2007 and became a partner in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lyadnova worked in the Moscow office of another international law firm, after which she was a corporate finance legal counsel at Rusal, a large Russian metals and mining company.

She received a law degree with highest honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 2003 and LL.M in Banking and Finance degree with merits from King’s College, University of London in 2007.

Ms. Lyadnova is a Russian qualified lawyer and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Her native language is Russian; she is also fluent in English and has proficient knowledge of Czech and French.

Education
  • King’s College London, LL.M., 2007
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations, J.D. Equivalent, 2003
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, since 2007
  • Rusal, Russia, Legal Counsel, May 2004 - September 2006
  • Clifford Chance, Russia, Associate, January 2002 - May 2004
Associations
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (September 17, 2012)
  • Lawyer, Russian Federation (2003)
 

Fredrik Madani

Firm: Hannes Snellman

Fredrik is a partner in the Stockholm office of Hannes Snellman. He focuses on financing transactions and has vast experience with a wide range of finance-related work, such as LBO’s, real estate financings, restructurings, corporate lending and asset finance. Fredrik was recognized in 2013 as a key individual attorney in Banking & Finance by Chambers Europe and Legal 500. In both 2011 and 2012, he was recognized as a leading lawyer in Banking & Project Finance in the IFLR 1000.

Education
  • Master of Law, Lund University
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Business Administration, Lund University
Experience
  • Hannes Snellman
  • Linklaters
  • KPMG Corporate Finance
Accreditations
  • Swedish Bar Association
 

Ajay K. Mago

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

Ajay K. Mago is a partner in the Outsourcing practice group in Culhane Meadows’ Dallas office. Ajay has over 9 years of experience on outsourcing and technology transactions and related legal matters.

Mr. Mago has represented national and international firms in a broad range of business and technology sourcing transactions. He handles information systems and information technology implementation transactions (including large scale, multi-site ERP and CRM implementation transactions), IT development, technology services, professional services, help desk services and support, business processes and functions, facilities management services, procurement, large scale computer and telecommunications network services, equipment purchases, digital services (including cloud and data analytics), sales and maintenance deals. Ajay assists clients with all phases of the transaction lifecycle, ranging from strategic planning and RFPs to structuring and negotiating complex arrangements, including advising on service performance, governance, pricing strategies, and compliance issues.

He has also represented clients in cyber security issues related to business and technology sourcing transactions.

Mr. Mago has advised both domestic and international clients on outsourcing matters involving a wide range of jurisdictions, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico and Germany.

Prior to practicing law, Ajay was an information technology and outsourcing professional.

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, M.S., Technology Commercialization
  • The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, B.B.A, Management Information Systems
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Jones Day
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Illinois, Texas and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law
  • State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section
  • International Technology Law Association
 
Reed Smith

Thomas Maira

Firm: Reed Smith LLP

Thomas Maira is a partner in the New York office of Reed Smith. His practice focuses on advising private equity investment funds, lenders, real estate investors, real estate owners and operators, investment banks, financial institutions, public and private companies, REITS, governmental agencies, and entrepreneurs in real estate private equity, real estate acquisition and sales, and real estate finance, including:

  • Acquisition, disposition and investments, including distressed transactions, in connection with the real estate assets, portfolios, platforms, operating companies and assets.
  • Joint ventures (restructuring, workouts, partner/member disputes, unwinds, and recapitalizations, as well as formation and controlling party and preferred equity investments)
  • Real estate finance (mortgage, CMBS, bridge and mezzanine loan workouts and restructurings, distressed loan sales and acquisitions, mortgage, bridge loan and mezzanine financing and refinancing)
  • Real estate development, leasing and asset management
Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, 1996, J.D.
  • Pace University – Lubin School of Business, 1993, B.B.A.
Experience
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Babcock & Brown LP – Real Estate Counsel – Americas
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey
 
I. Bobby MajumderPerkins Coie LLP

I. Bobby Majumder

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

Bobby Majumder is a partner in the firm's Business practice and Firmwide Co-Chair of the firm's India Practice who focuses on corporate and securities transactions primarily in the following industry verticals: energy (oil & gas and coal), mining, healthcare and information technology. He represents underwriters, placement agents and issuers in both public and private offerings of securities; public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions (both cross-border and domestic); private equity funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds in connection with both their formation and their investments; and companies receiving venture capital and private equity funding.

Bobby advises established companies as well as new and emerging issuers on raising capital from both the public and private markets in the United States and Europe (including Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings). He also advises U.S. and foreign companies in connection with their SEC reporting and compliance requirements.

Bobby has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions involving companies in the information technology, telecommunications, mining, coal, oil and gas, and health care industries. He also has extensive experience in representing private equity, hedge funds and venture capital funds in their investments in both public companies and closely held entities.

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Trinity University, B.A., 1990
Experience
  • Perkins Coie LLP
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Professional Leadership
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Dallas Chapter, Charter Member
  • Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, Associates Board, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Essentials of Business Law Conference, Planning Committee, Member, 2011
  • University of Texas Securities Regulation and Business Law Conference, Planning Committee, Member, 2010 - 2013
Community Involvement
  • Trinity University Greek Alumni Advisory Council
  • Park Cities Rotary Club, Active Member
  • Washington & Lee University Alumni Association, Dallas Chapter, Former Board Member
  • Dallas Heart Ball, Former Board Member
 
Nixon Peabody LLP

Alexandra Margolis

Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP

Alexandra Margolis is a partner in the New York City office of Nixon Peabody LLP and a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. Alexandra represents corporate borrowers, financial institutions, private equity sponsors, strategic investors and investment funds in a wide range of domestic and international financing transactions. Alexandra’s practice is focused on leveraged domestic and cross-border financing transactions including cash flow and asset-based syndicated and bilateral credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien facilities, repurchase facilities, investment fund financings, senior and mezzanine financings and intercreditor arrangements. She also has extensive experience with complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings, debtor-in-possession credit facilities and exit financings.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Washington University, B.F.A.
Experience
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Commercial Finance Committee
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Commercial Finance Association
 
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
 

Stephen Martin

Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP

Stephen Martin is a partner in the Denver office of Arnold & Porter LLP. He focuses his practice on global compliance matters, risk assessment and management and advising companies in connection with corporate internal and governmental investigations. He counsels clients on developing, implementing and enhancing corporate compliance and ethics programs to address a broad range of potential risks, including anti-corruption/anti-bribery (FCPA and UK Bribery Act), antitrust, privacy, cyber-security, data protection and information management, Dodd-Frank Act, environmental and corporate social responsibility.

Mr. Martin has significant government, corporate and private practice experience. He began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri, and subsequently served as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia. He later worked in-house in various roles as legal counsel and as lead compliance officer for several major corporations during which time he worked on significant governmental and internal investigations, litigation and compliance matters, including designing and implementing broad-based compliance programs. Mr. Martin also was integral in the creation and development of a corporate compliance consulting practice at an Am Law 100 law firm.

Education
  • Creighton University, J.D.
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. with Distinction
  • University of Denver, M.B.A., B.A.
Experience
  • Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie Compliance Consulting LLC
  • MCIWorldCom
  • Qwest Communications
  • Adelphia Communications Corp.
  • US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
  • Missouri Attorney General’s Office
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Missouri and the District of Columbia
 

Vincent Martorana

Firm: KPMG LLP

Vincent R. Martorana is Assistant General Counsel with KPMG LLP, the US member firm of the KPMG International network of independent firms. He has extensive experience providing advice with respect to commercial contracts, 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.

Vincent also regularly provides 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, Commercial Law WebAdvisor, Strafford Webinars, The Business Development Academy, the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, 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 several articles on contract drafting and interpretation and is the author of the Reed Smith LLP white paper, A Guide to Contract Interpretation (July 2014).

Vincent received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.S. in Economics (with concentrations in Finance and Operations &Information Management), magna cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., magna cum laude
Experience
  • KPMG LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
 
Gabe Marinaro

Gabe Marinaro

Firm: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Gabe Marinaro’s practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. He regularly counsels publicly traded and privately held companies, tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Gabe is a frequent speaker on the Affordable Care Act and regularly advises clients on new regulations and other guidance from the IRS, DOL and HHS. Gabe assists employers on retirement plan matters, assisting in the process of planning, drafting and investment matters. In addition, he counsels clients on employee benefit matters in the corporate transaction context.

Gabe assists both publicly traded and privately held clients with equity compensation matters, including drafting equity incentive plans, securities filings, award agreements, and other documentation surrounding the implementation of an equity incentive plan and the underlying awards.

Furthermore, Gabe provides guidance on nonqualified deferred compensation plans for both for-profit companies and tax-exempt clients. In the corporate transaction context, he advises clients on the treatment of equity awards in various different types of deal structures and performs due diligence on the equity plans of the buyer or seller.

Education
  • Eastern Michigan University (B.S., cum laude, 2001)
  • Wayne State University (J.D., 2004)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Taxation; Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, with distinction, 2005)
Experience
  • Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Michigan, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee; Subcommittee on Welfare Plan Issues, EEOC, FMLA and Leaves Issues (Vice Chair)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee; Subcommittee on Reporting and Disclosure
 
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
 

Scott Matasar

Firm: Matasar Jacobs LLC

Scott Matasar is a partner at Matasar Jacobs LLC in Cleveland, Ohio. He has nearly 20 years’ experience as a securities regulatory and litigation attorney. His clients include Fortune 500 financial institutions, broker/dealer entities, Registered Investment Advisors, independent financial advisory practices and their employees.

Scott maintains a broad practice, particularly focused on representing broker/dealers, life insurance carriers and other financial institutions and professionals in litigation and arbitration defense, regulatory enforcement matters, recruiting disputes and structuring the purchases and sales of advisory practices.

Education
  • B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
Experience
  • Matasar Jacobs LLC
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice as a member of the state Bars of Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Maryland
  • Admitted to U.S. District Courts for Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Eastern District of Michigan and Northern District of Ohio
 

James Mathers

Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

James Mathers is a partner in the Toronto office of BLG. James specializes in representing banks and other lenders in loan transactions and insolvency matters. He has also represented major corporations as borrowers in loan transactions. James has particular experience in syndicated loans, loans secured by worldwide assets of borrowing groups, loans relating to takeover bids, loans to communications companies and resource companies, subvented financing programs for automobile manufacturers, loans secured by pledges of publicly traded securities, and preparation of model documents for lending programs.

James was Leader of the Financial Services Group in the Toronto office from 2000 to 2005. He is recognized by national and international legal rankings publications as a leading lawyer in banking and finance.

James was the legal advisor for the Canadian Bankers Association, Secondary Loan Market Specialist Group that prepared model provisions for use in credit agreements.

Education
  • LL.B., Queen’s University
  • BA (Honours), in Mathematics and Economics, Queen’s University
Experience
  • Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Accreditations
  • Member of the Bar of Ontario
 

Richard K. Matta

Firm: Groom Law Group

Richard K. Matta’s experience includes advising large plan fiduciaries, financial institutions and investment professionals in connection with the structuring and marketing of investment products and financial services to benefit plans and other tax-exempt investors. Mr. Matta focuses on the intersection of ERISA Title I (and similar laws applicable to governmental plans) with securities, tax, corporate and banking laws as they relate to (1) financial products including mutual funds, hedge and private equity funds, bank collective trusts, real estate, derivatives and other alternative investments, and (2) financial services including “bundled services” arrangements, investment advisory and “managed account” programs, brokerage and wrap products, ESG investing, IRAs and wealth management, and service provider “alliance” agreements. His experience extends to helping plan fiduciaries with governance/compliance audits and development of compliance programs. Mr. Matta has worked with clients in obtaining scores of DOL prohibited transaction exemptions and advisory opinions, as well as SEC/FINRA guidance and IRS rulings.

Mr. Matta co-chairs Groom’s IRA practice where he advises financial institutions on IRA and HSA products, services and prohibited transaction issues. He also advises high net worth individuals on “self-directed” IRA issues including investments in private funds, real estate, and operating businesses.

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Dean’s List
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh
Accreditations
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
Associations
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association
 

Angela Maverick

Firm: Andrews & Barth
Angela practices extensively in the areas of commercial real estate and commercial finance matters. Her practice includes representation of sellers and buyers in Texas and in multi-state transactions in the acquisition and disposition of office buildings, apartment complexes, retail centers, industrial and warehouse facilities and raw land; representation of borrowers in connection with real estate and other asset-secured lending transactions, including interim construction loans and permanent financing; representation of owners in the development of properties; representation of both landlords and tenants in the leasing of office, retail and industrial properties; and representation of parties in negotiating commercial contracts related to all other aspects of real estate.
Education
  • Texas Tech School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Loyola University of New Orleans, B.A.
Experience
  • Andrews & Barth
Accreditations
  • Admitted to Practice: Supreme Court of Texas
Associations
  • Dallas Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Attorneys Serving the Community – Committee Chair and Sustaining Member Since 2000
 
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
 

Thad McBride

Firm: Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Thad McBride is a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and leads the firm’s International Trade Practice Group. Thad is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Thad works closely with US and non-US companies, both large and small, to understand the legal considerations essential to successful business operations in a global marketplace. He focuses his practice on counseling clients on compliance with US export regulations (ITAR and EAR), economic sanctions and embargoes (OFAC), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also handles matters in the area of customs and imports (CBP), advises clients on anti-boycott controls, and supports companies in matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Beyond advising on day-to-day compliance matters, Thad regularly assists clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by government agencies, including the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the US State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the US Commerce Department Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Securities & Exchange Commission, and Customs and Border Protection. Thad works with clients across a range of industries, including aviation, automotive, defense, energy, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices, oilfield services, professional services, research and development, and technology.

Thad is a frequent author and presenter on issues related to international trade. His insights have been featured in various national publications, such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg, and others. Thad has been recognized for his work in various legal publications, including Chambers USA and Chambers Global.

Education
  • Boston College Law School - J.D., 2000
  • Princeton University - B.A., 1995
Experience
  • Bass, Berry & Sims
  • Sheppard Mullin
  • Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright)
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association — International Section, Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • Society for International Affairs
 

Darryl G. McCallum

Firm: Shawe & Rosenthal LLP

Darryl G. McCallum is a partner at Shawe & Rosenthal LLP. He concentrates his practice in employment law matters, including the defense of race, sex and other discrimination suits, sexual harassment claims, and claims involving wrongful discharge. He routinely advises employers on human resources issues.

Immediately prior to joining Shawe & Rosenthal, Mr. McCallum was an Associate Litigation Counsel with the Law and Public Policy Department of MCI in Washington, D.C. While at MCI, he provided advice to management on various employment law issues, and litigated employment matters before federal and state courts and enforcement agencies. After law school, Mr. McCallum served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Robert N. Wilentz, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He then spent six years in the litigation group at Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated his practice in employment matters, appearing before courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

Education
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1992)
    • Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA
    • Black Law Students’ Association
  • Princeton University (B.A. in Politics, cum laude, 1989)
    • Recipient, National Science Foundation Incentives for Excellence Scholarship
    • Alumni Vice-President, Class of 1989
    • Princeton University Store Trustee
Experience
  • Partner, Shawe & Rosenthal
Accreditations
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Maryland (State and Federal)
  • District of Columbia (State and Federal)
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Employment Sections
    • Co-chair Programs Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation, Labor, And Employment Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar, Labor and Employment Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • Board Member, Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association
 

Eugene W. McDermott

Firm: Locke Lord LLP

Eugene W. McDermott, Jr. is a partner at Locke Lord LLP, based in its Providence, RI office. His practice focuses on capital markets and securities transactions, corporate governance, SEC reporting requirements, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate representation. He represents public and private companies in corporate and corporate governance matters and in their capital raising activities, including registered offerings, Rule 144A transactions, Regulation D offerings and other private placements.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Stanford University, A.B., International Relations
Experience
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (New York and London)
  • Law Clerk for Justice Warren Matthews, State of Alaska Supreme Court
Accreditations
  • Licensed in New York and Rhode Island
Associations
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
 
Troutman Sanders

John McDonald

Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP

John McDonald is a partner in the New York office of Troutman Sanders and is the firm’s Corporate, Private Equity/Investment Funds and Venture Capital groups.

John counsels clients on a full range of corporate transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving both private equity and strategic buyers and sellers, as well as venture capital and other financing transactions. John also has a substantial practice advising clients on private equity fund formation and fundraising, LP and GP investments in private equity and other investment funds, and portfolio investments involving operating companies and real estate assets.

John’s venture capital practice consists of representing venture capital funds and emerging growth companies in venture capital and other financing transactions, including “angel round” financings, bridge financings, institutional preferred stock financings and “venture loan” debt financings.

John frequently act as “outside general counsel” to clients, assisting CEOs, CFOs and other management team members with the varied legal matters that arise in the course of their operations, bringing in specialist attorneys to assist when appropriate. John also represents companies and executives in negotiating legal relationships relating to employment and equity compensation matters, including employment agreements and equity matters in connection with M&A transactions.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Stony Brook University, State University of New York, B.S., magna cum laude, 1994
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York and District of Columbia
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
 
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
 
Jones Day

Elizabeth McRee

Firm: Jones Day

Liz’s practice encompasses all areas of labor and employment law. She represents employers before administrative agencies and state and federal courts in matters 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, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Liz also defends employers against state law wrongful discharge, contract, tort, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims. Her litigation experience ranges from single plaintiff employment cases to large, nation-wide class actions. She regularly defends and counsel clients facing joint employer claims under a variety of state and federal statutes, as well as common law theories. Liz is a past chair and vice-chair of The Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee. She was recommended in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 US.

Education
  • The University of Chicago (J.D. with honors 2001)
  • Davidson College (B.A. magna cum laude 1995; Phi Beta Kappa)
Experience
  • Jones Day
Accreditations
  • Licensed in Illinois
  • Admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of Illinois and Eastern District of Michigan.
 

James E. Meadows

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

James E. Meadows is a managing partner and Chair of the Outsourcing practice group in Culhane Meadows’ New York City office. Jim has over 30 years of experience focused almost exclusively on outsourcing and technology transactions and related legal matters, including counseling clients on structuring (or terminating) long-term or strategic information technology or business process outsourcing relationships. His clients are among the largest companies in the world, spanning a wide range of industries, including financial services and insurance, energy, transportation and logistics, travel, telecommunications, technology and related services, manufacturing and media services.

Mr. Meadows’ recent experience includes acting as lead counsel in the launch of technology operations (including a wide range of technology and outsourcing transactions) for a global business travel spin-off, resulting in one of the world’s largest travel agency networks with over 2,200 travel service locations in over 140 countries and territories worldwide, as well as serving as counsel to a Wall Street investment banking firm in several highly-regulated business process outsourcing transactions supporting various aspects of its global trading operations, both inter-affiliate and split among two offshore vendors.

Mr. Meadows has been ranked as one of America’s leading Outsourcing lawyers for both Chambers Global (since 2007) and Chambers USA (since 2006), as well as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Information Technology Law (since 2006), as published in Best Lawyers in America. Also notable is his recognition as the inaugural Best Lawyers’ Atlanta Information Technology Lawyer of the Year in 2011, and his AV Preeminent® Rating in the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory.

Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Mathematics
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • Past Chair of the Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Past Appointee and Secretary to the Information Technology Law Committee of the New York City Bar
  • International Technology Law Association
 

Patrick E. Mears

Firm: University of Mannheim

Patrick E. Mears is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Mannheim (Germany), where he has taught a course in International Trade Law since 2015. Prior thereto, he was an equity partner in various United States commercial law firms, admitted to practice in the States of New York, Michigan and Illinois. While in private practice, he specialized in the areas of corporate insolvency, commercial transactions and distressed real estate. His clients included automotive suppliers, commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Patrick Mears is an elected fellow of the American Law Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, and the International Insolvency Institute. He is also a contributing author to Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide.

Education
  • The University of Michigan Law School (Juris Doctor, 1976)
Experience
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York City)
  • Warner, Norcross & Judd, LLP (Michigan)
  • Dykema Gossett, LLC (Michigan)
  • Dickinson Wright, LLP (Michigan)
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP (Michigan)
 
Morgan, Lewis &amp; Bockius LLP

Siobhan E. Mee

Firm: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 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
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • 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
 
Heather MeekerO&rsquo;Melveny &amp; Myers

Heather Meeker

Firm: O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Heather Meeker is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Silicon Valley office in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. Heather advises technology clients on intellectual property matters, including licensing and collaboration arrangements, software copyright and patent issues, technology procurement, open source licensing strategies, and intellectual property issues in investments, mergers, and acquisitions. She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing. Her latest book, Open Source for Business (2015), is a definitive handbook for lawyers, engineers, and businesspeople on open source licensing in business. A previous book, Technology Licensing: A Practitioner’s Guide, ABA (2010), is a widely used handbook for technology licensing specialists.

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Associations
  • American Law Institute, member of advisory council for projects on Principle of the Law of Software Contracts (2010) and Restatement of Law, Copyright (ongoing).
 
Umbreen MeenaiPinsent Masons

Umbreen Meenai

Firm: Pinsent Masons

Umbreen is a lawyer in the Finance team at Pinsent Masons, Dubai. She focuses her practice on investment grade and leveraged finance, asset finance, project finance, trade finance and real-estate finance transactions based on both conventional and Islamic structures. Umbreen has substantial experience advising prominent banks, financial institutions, private equity houses, and government-related borrowers.

Education
  • LLM in Commercial Law, University of Cambridge, 2010
  • LLB (Hons.), University of London, 2009
Experience
  • Pinsent Masons LLP, Dubai
  • Clifford Chance LLP, London and Abu Dhabi
  • Irfan & Irfan (Attorneys at law), Pakistan
Accreditations
  • Solicitor licensed to practice in England & Wales
  • Licensed to practice in the United Arab Emirates
  • Attorney licensed to practice in Pakistan with rights of audience before the High Court
 
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
 

Matthew Merkle

Firm: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Matthew Merkle is a capital markets partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis. Matthew represents private equity sponsors, issuers and investment banks in high yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts and other complex financings in Europe, the United States and emerging markets.

Matthew has represented many private equity sponsors in cross-border financings, including Bain Capital, Advent International, The Carlyle Group, KKR, TowerBrook Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking, Altor, Apollo, The Blackstone Group, Cinven and Lion Capital, as well as numerous underwriting investment banks. Most recently, Matthew represented a consortium of private equity funds comprised of Bain Capital, Advent International and Clessidra on an offering of €1.1 billion of high yield bonds issued to finance the consortium’s acquisition of an Italian payments and banking group. This transaction was named “High Yield Deal of the Year” at the 2015 International Financial Law Review Europe Awards.

Education
  • J.D. Harvard Law School (Editor and business manager of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy)
  • B.A. in Asian Studies from Vanderbilt University
Experience
  • Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, Partner
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C., Associate
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Associate
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak &amp; Stewart, P.C.

Andrew Merrills

Firm: Ogletree Deakins

Andrew Merrills is the Practice Group Lead for the immigration group at Ogletree Deakins. He concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and worldwide business visas and employment-based immigration for multi-national corporations. He works with companies to obtain temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of graduates, new hires, and transferring employees. He also advises companies on employee documentation requirements, employer compliance and sanctions issues. Mr. Merrills performs investigations related to visa compliance related issues such as J-1, H-1B, and H-2B employer compliance. He possesses extensive experience in setting up appropriate employee hiring and permanent residency process strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law topics before trade associations, industry groups and professional organizations. He has authored numerous immigration newsletters and various articles in professional publications.

Education
  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D. 1991
  • Duke University, B.A., Political Science, 1988
Experience
  • Ogletree Deakins
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in North Carolina
Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
 

Matthew Miklave

Firm: Robinson+Cole

Matthew Miklave is a partner in our New York and Stamford offices of Robinson+Cole and a member in the Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. He represents employers and management in all areas of civil rights, employment relations, and traditional labor law, including issues arising under federal and state antidiscrimination, antiretaliation, noncompete and restrictive covenants, labor, wage and hour, plant closing, family leave, retirement, election, and civil rights statutes.

Mr. Miklave represents employers in defense of lawsuits brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the National Labor Relations Act; the Help America Vote Act; the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871; the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as equivalent state and local laws. He defends governmental entities and officials in constitutional and civil rights litigation, including defense of claims brought under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

Mr. Miklave serves as lead negotiator and advises employers with respect to union-management labor negotiations and provides advice and counsel for labor and employment matters involving mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

Mr. Miklave has also served as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, in Washington, DC; as trial attorney to the NLRB's Regional Office in Brooklyn, New York; and as hearing officer in numerous union-management representation matters. Mr. Miklave also taught courses on civil rights and constitutional law as an adjunct faculty member at the American University in Washington, DC.

Mr. Miklave regularly lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of employment, labor, and civil rights-related topics. For almost 10 years, he hosted an online forum devoted to labor and employment issues. Along with two other Robinson+Cole lawyers, Mr. Miklave authors the Manufacturing Law Blog, one of the first blogs in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors and how such issues affect the business. He is on the adjunct faculty of LawLine.com, an online provider of CLE programs.

Mr. Miklave served as an elected representative on the Norwalk (Connecticut) City Council (2001 to 2007 and 2011 to 2013), where he was chair of the Planning Committee (2001 to 2007 and 2011 to 2012) and council president (2002 to 2003).

Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., with honors
  • American University, B.S., with distinction
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
 

Stephen Millas

Firm: Alston & Bird LLP

Stephen Millas is counsel in the Real Estate Finance & Investment Group in the New York office of Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Millas regularly represents institutional lenders in connection with the origination of traditional secured real estate debt financings, including CMBS loans, construction loans in New York and senior and subordinated mortgage financings of all types of properties including commercial, office, multifamily, retail and manufacturing facilities. This also includes handling all real estate facets of development, financing and acquisition of infrastructure projects, such as power generation facilities (natural gas, oil, coal, wind energy and geothermal), transmission lines, wind power facilities and toll roads.

In acquisitions and dispositions, Steve represents buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, including shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and other commercial properties. He also regularly represents landlords, tenants and subtenants in retail, office and other commercial leasing transactions, including leases for office space in New York City and other major cities.

Education
  • Boston University (J.D., 1986)
  • Boston University(B.S., 1982)
Accreditations
  • Admitted To Practice in New York, Connecticut and District of Columbia
Associations
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 
Akerman LLP

Richard Milstein

Firm: Akerman LLP

Richard Milstein is a partner in Akerman LLP’s Litigation Practice Group and Trusts & Estates Practice. He concentrates his practice on high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, probate matters, and family law. He represents clients of significant means, as well as children in disputed relationships and vulnerable adults. Richard is certified as an expert in Elder Law by the Florida Bar Board of Certification. In addition to providing litigation counsel, he also provides life and estate planning advice to the elderly, alternative families, and same sex couples. Richard is a certified mediator and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute. He served as a participant in the first American Bar Association pilot project for mediation.

Education
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1973
  • A.B., University of Miami, 1968; cum laude
  • A.A., Miami Dade Community College, 1966; with honors
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida
  • Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar
  • Admitted to practice
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Associations
  • American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, Commissioner, 2010-2013
  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Trust Board of Directors, Member; Executive Committee, Member; Evaluation and Compensation Committee, Member; By-Laws Committee, Member; Legacy Committee, Chair; Assistant Treasurer 2012
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1990-1993
  • Dade County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2014 – Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, Past President, 1988-1989
  • The Florida Bar, Commission on Legal Needs of Children; Supreme Court Commission on Guardianship Monitoring; Real Property; Probate and Trust Law Sections; Probate and Guardianship Law Committees; Elder Law Section, Past Chair; Elder Law Certification Committee; Council of Sections, Past Chair, 2003-2004
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member
  • Florida Bar Ethics Committee, Member
  • Florida State Guardian Association, Member
  • Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Member, Trustee
  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • National College of Probate Judges, Member
  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors, Secretary
  • New Leaders Council Miami, Mentor
 
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
 
Proskauer Rose LLP

Jeremy Mittman

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Jeremy Mittman is a special employment counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department. He represents management in litigation of employment-related matters, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as state and federal wage and hour claims. In addition to litigation, Jeremy counsels clients on compliance with employment-related laws and on developing, implementing, and enforcing personnel policies and procedures. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including financial services, security services, and various entertainment and media companies.

Jeremy also is a member of the Privacy & Data Security Group and International Labor & Employment Group, and a large part of his practice is focused on international employment issues. He works with clients on multi-country HR projects involving issues such as data privacy in Global Human Resources Information Systems, multi-country employment contracts, international background checks and noncompetition issues, terminations, immigration matters, and other HR actions. Jeremy also has assisted clients with complying with the EU Data Protection Directive and has substantial experience in drafting Safe Harbor certifications to the US Department of Commerce, as well as model contractual clauses to comply with EU law.

Education
  • University of Southern California Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Accreditations
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, New York, Eastern District
  • U.S. District Court, New York, Southern District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Central District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Northern District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Eastern District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Southern District
Associations
  • American Bar Association (International Employment Law Committee)
  • Labor and Employment International Committee of the ABA, New Member and Diversity Committee
 
Akerman LLP

Michael L. Molinaro

Firm: Akerman LLP

Michael Molinaro is a partner at Akerman LLP who dedicates his practice to representing parties in the financial services industry. For more than 30 years, he has represented banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies in loan financing transactions, loan workouts, complex bankruptcy, reorganization and commercial law matters, and commercial litigation. Michael has counseled clients on buying and selling distressed businesses, advised lenders in connection with lender liability and fraudulent transfer issues, and represented secured and unsecured creditors on a wide variety of commercial finance transactions, including health-care, real estate, credit card, intellectual property, leasing, hedge fund, interest rate swap, and derivative transactions.

Education
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
  • DePaul Law Review, note and comment editor
  • St. Joseph’s College, B.S., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Loeb & Loeb
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.
Associations
  • Federal Trial Bar, member
  • St. Joseph’s College, fellow
  • John Marshall Law School, adjunct faculty
 
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
 

Jonathan R. Mook

Firm: DiMuroGinsberg, P.C

Jonathan R. Mook is a magna cum laude graduate of Lawrence University and a graduate of the Yale Law School. He is a partner in the law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C., with offices in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Mook concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and labor law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Mook regularly provides consultation to clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including matters pertaining to employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and workplace torts. He is a frequent lecturer on topics dealing with employment law and the Americans with Disabilities Act and is included in Best Lawyers in America (2016 ed.) for employment law.

Mr. Mook is also the author of Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights & Employer Obligations (Matthew Bender) and of a volume on the ADA that is a part of the multi-volume LexisNexis treatise, Labor & Employment Law. Additionally, he is the author of Chapter 29, “ The NLRA and The Americans With Disabilities Act” in NLRA: Law & Practice (Matthew Bender), Chapter 24, “Antidiscrimination Law” in Real Estate Transactions: Condominium Law & Practice (Matthew Bender), Chapter 70B, “ ADA: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities” in Powell on Real Property (Matthew Bender), and Chapter 6B, “Antidiscrimination Laws” in Real Estate Transactions: Homeowner Associations and PUD’s (Matthew Bender).

Mr. Mook is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin and has authored numerous articles for that publication and others dealing with employment and labor law. Mr. Mook is a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Education
  • Yale University, J.D.
  • Lawrence University, B.A., magna cum laude
Accreditations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
 
Belinda S. MorganFoley &amp; Lardner LLP

Belinda S. Morgan

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Belinda S. Morgan is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She focuses her practice on employee benefits, executive compensation, and ERISA issues. She has significant experience advising private and public employers in the design and administration of traditional defined benefit pension, profit-sharing, and Code section 401(k) plans; Code section 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plans; and Code section 457(b) and 457(f) non-qualified deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt employers. Ms. Morgan also assists employers with matters related to health and welfare benefit plans, such as COBRA continuation coverage, the provision of fringe benefits, and the application of the new health-care reform law.

Ms. Morgan also counsels employers on their executive compensation programs (including non-qualified deferred compensation plans, severance plans, and employee stock option plans), often advising employers regarding compliance with the requirements of Code section 409A. In addition, she frequently advises clients on employee benefits and compensation issues arising in merger and acquisition transactions.

Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • University of Illinois Law Review, associate editor and business manager
  • Purdue University, B.A., A.A.S.
Experience
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
 
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
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Amherst College, B.A.
Experience
  • Otterbourg P.C.
Associations
  • Executive Board of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation Governing Board
  • Commercial Financial Services Subcommittee of the American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
 

Matthew D. Morton

Firm: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Matthew Morton is counsel based in the Washington D.C. office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. His practice focuses primarily on environmental aspects of complex business transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. In this capacity, Mr. Morton is responsible for coordinating environmental due diligence, managing environmental consultants, counseling clients regarding environmental liability and risk allocation issues, drafting and negotiating environmental contract language, obtaining environmental insurance, coordinating permit transfers and pursuing post-closing resolution of compliance and liability issues. In addition, Mr. Morton counsels on the business implications of pending legislative and regulatory developments and regulatory matters, including permitting requirements. Mr. Morton also has experience with the preparation of environmental impact statements under NEPA and analogous state statutes and securities disclosure issues and provides support to litigation teams involved with government enforcement of environmental matters.

Mr. Morton served on the staff of a global energy company’s Ombudsman Employee Concerns Program, dedicated to investigating and resolving safety and environmental concerns. Mr. Morton has published numerous articles on the legal ramifications of climate change as well as other environmental issues.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D
  • Bucknell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland
Associations
  • Board of Trustee – Legal Response Initiative
 
Amy MudgeVenable

Amy Mudge

Firm: Venable LLP

Amy Mudge is a partner in Venable’s regulatory and advertising and marketing practice groups. She focuses her practice on assisting companies at every stage of distributing their products, reviewing labeling, advertising and marketing materials for all types of media, vetting pricing and “sales” claims, and addressing issues related intellectual property and privacy matters. She helps clients navigate antitrust issues in product distribution including resale price maintenance, vertical restraints, price discrimination, monopoly disparagement, and attempted monopolization.

Ms. Mudge’s clients span across a wide range of consumer products and services industries including agriculture, Internet services, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, retail, consumer appliances, educational toys and car rentals. She also has experience establishing effective compliance programs providing antitrust and marketing law training.

Ms. Mudge is the co-editor of a blog about issues critical to advertising and consumer law which can be accessed at www.allaboutadvertisinglaw.com.

Education
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • Smith College, B.A., 1990
Experience
  • Venable LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
Associations
  • Chair, Consumer Protection Committee, ABA Antitrust Section
 

Jacob Muklewicz

Firm: Kirton McConkie

Jacob (“Jake”) Muklewicz’s practice focuses on business and investor immigration. He helps employers and investors obtain the proper visas for their executive, managerial, and professional personnel and their families. He also counsels foreign nationals regarding the employment-based green card and naturalization processes.

Jake often lectures and writes professional articles on topics involving employment-based immigration, including employment-based immigrant preference and nonimmigrant visa categories, as well as worksite enforcement issues including proper I-9 completion and maintenance and compliance with federal and state E-Verify provisions. While partnering with clients to achieve their short- and long-term immigration and business goals, Jake proactively strategizes to identify as many viable immigration strategies as possible.

Jake speaks several languages, including Polish, Russian, and Spanish, and he has an elementary knowledge of many others such as Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Italian. Whenever possible, Jake enjoys speaking with clients in their native languages.

Education
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow - Russian, Polonia Foundation Pulaski Scholar, and Certificate in International Trade and Development (2001)
  • Brigham Young University, B.A. in International Relations
Experience
  • Kirton McConkie, Shareholder and Chair of Employment and Immigration Section
  • Snell & Wilmer, Of Counsel
  • Law Officers of Brelje and Muklewicz P.C., Shareholder
  • Brelje and Associates PLC, Senior Attorney
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Associate
Accreditations
  • Utah, 2014
  • Ohio, 2001 (inactive)
Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2001 – present
  • Razem Utah, Board of Directors, 2016
  • Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member, 2014 – present
  • Polish American Congress, Arizona Division, 2008 – 2012
 
Cheryl MullinMullin Law, PC

Cheryl Mullin

Firm: Mullin Law, PC

Cheryl Mullin is the founding partner of Mullin Law, PC, a commercial firm located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Cheryl's practice focuses on assisting commercial clients achieve their growth objectives through franchising, joint ventures, acquisition, and private investment. She also provides intellectual property protection services, and business transition planning services for closely-held businesses. 

Cheryl earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1995, and her LL.M (Taxation) from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2013. She is recognized for her work in franchising by International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers (since 2013), Texas Super Lawyers (since 2012), and Best Lawyers in America (since 2007). Cheryl lectures frequently on corporate and franchise-related topics, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, LL.M (Taxation)
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Temple University, B.A.
Experience
  • Mullin Law, PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the state courts of Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Associations
  • International Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
 

Hannesson Murphy

Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Hannesson Murphy is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis, Indiana office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department.

Mr. Murphy has extensive experience counseling and advising employers in all aspects of managing the employment relationship with their workforce, including:

  • the crafting of employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements;
  • the creation and maintenance of effective policies and procedures to govern the workplace;
  • counseling employers with respect to disciplining and terminating employees;
  • counseling employers with respect to reductions in force and ensuring that group terminations comply with the requirements of federal statutes and regulations;
  • defending employers against all manner of contract, discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge claims that could be asserted against them.

Mr. Murphy has obtained successful results for employers in a wide variety of legal matters, including claims involving breach of contract, defamation, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge, among others. He has defended employers in connection with privately-negotiated settlements, arbitration proceedings and hearings, administrative proceedings, class and collective actions, and every manner of litigated claims in state and federal courts across the country, from the filing of a claim through trial and on appeal.

Mr. Murphy regularly conducts training for employers to improve their employment practices, and frequently presents at seminars for groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, Mr. Murphy has co-authored several guides for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, including the current editions of the “Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana Employer’s Guide to Monitoring Electronic Technology in the Workplace” and the “Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana Guide to Hiring and Firing.”

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • Florida International University, B.A.
Experience
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, partner
  • Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and all U.S. District Courts for Indiana and Florida.
Associations
  • Indiana Bar Association, member
  • Florida Bar Association, member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, member
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, member
 
Covington &amp; Burling

Donald Murray

Firm: Covington & Burling LLP

Don Murray is a partner in the New York office of Covington & Burling LLP and chairs the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets practice group. Don advises investment banks and issuers in capital markets transactions ranging from initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings to convertible, high-yield and investment grade debt offerings. He has extensive experience in the biotech, medtech, specialty pharma, “tools” and other sectors of the health care industry, in both corporate financing and corporate collaborations transactions.

Don also advises clients on disclosure and other general securities laws matters and on corporate governance requirements and “best practices.”

Education
  • Catholic University, JD, 1984
  • University of Notre Dame, BS (Microbiology), 1980
Experience
  • Covington & Burling LLP, partner
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, partner
  • Dewey Ballantine LLP, partner, associate
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors of The Literacy Assistance Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides literacy education support to adults, out-of-school youths and families, brightening their employment and social prospects. Mr. Murray provided pro bono services to this organization for six years prior to joining the board.
 
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
 

Rebecca K. Myers is Of Counsel to the Law Office of Alfred G. Feliu, PLLC. Her practice is focused on representing clients in the areas of intellectual property and employment law, e-discovery issues, and commercial disputes.

Ms. Myers spent much of her career at the global law firm of Paul Hastings where she litigated on behalf of and counseled clients with respect to trade secrets, unfair competition and departing employee issues, including situations involving restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, and breaches of fiduciary duties. She joined Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, as Of Counsel in 2013 where she focused principally on intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and employment law matters.

Ms. Myers is a seasoned litigator and has adjudicated disputes through arbitration and in several state and federal courts. She has counseled and litigated on behalf of clients engaged in a diverse field of businesses and employment settings, including in the financial industry, investment banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, and industrial and chemical companies.

Ms. Myers has significant experience managing litigations and effectively handling e-discovery issues. She has worked closely with clients to design and implement electronic data systems to ensure compliance with regulatory data retention requirements. She has also managed multiple significant litigation matters for a number of Fortune 50 clients. She uses her electronic discovery expertise to counsel clients and lead teams as they identify, locate, collect, and produce electronically stored information in complex cases. Ms. Myers is particularly skilled at developing strategies for the efficient review and production of data from all sources, including e-mail systems, document management systems, and human resources databases. In addition to her work on Lexis Practice Advisor, Ms. Myers co-authored Bensen & Myers on Litigation Management (LexisNexis 2009), a leading publication on the efficient and thorough management of litigation matters.

Ms. Myers received her B.S. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University School of Law where she was an Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Syracuse University, B.S., 1993
Experience
  • Vandenberg & Feliu, 2013-2016, Of Counsel
  • Paul Hastings, 2000-2013, Associate
  • Richards & O’Neill, 1998-2000, Associate
Accreditations
  • New York, 1998
  • Massachusetts, 1999
  • 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
 

Jad Nader

Firm: NautaDutilh

Jad Nader is a counsel in NautaDutilh's banking & finance practice. He assists clients on all kinds of financial and regulatory matters including capital markets, securitization, financial products, international credit structures, funds structures, AIFM license requirements, Emir, MiFiD and listing regulations. Jad focuses in particular on sophisticated international financial techniques, where he advises and acts for major international financial institutions and private equity houses.

Jad practiced for several years at major law firms in Luxembourg, Paris and Beirut and has extensive knowledge of the banking industry drawn from his legal practice and his experience within a major European bank in Luxembourg. He was also involved in academic work, where he taught guarantees, mortgages, security interests, property and fiduciary rights, as well as privacy and IT law at the Robert Schuman University.

Jad graduated from the St. Joseph University in Beirut and holds Master degrees in both French and Lebanese Law. He also completed postgraduate degrees in Private International Law (DEA) and in IT Law (DESS) and holds a Ph.D. (Doctorat en droit privé) on the taking of security over financial assets from the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg.

Jad published various articles on several topics such as: Islamic Finance, The taking of security over financial collateral, Restructuring and Insolvency Law, Cross-Border Lending and participates in the Corporate Law Tools Project of UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights.

Education
  • Robert Schuman University Strasbourg, Ph.D. on the taking of security over financial assets
  • Robert Schuman University Strasbourg, postgraduate degrees in Private International Law and IT Law
  • St. Joseph University Beirut, Master degrees in both French and Lebanese Law
Experience
  • NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg, Banking & Finance Counsel
  • Société Générale Luxembourg, Head of Financial and Wealth Engineering
  • Clifford Chance Luxembourg, Lawyer
  • Baroudi & Associates Law Firm Beirut, Lawyer
 
David J. NaftzingerThompson Hine LLP

David J. Naftzinger

Firm: Thompson Hine LLP

David is a partner in the firm's Commercial & Public Finance, and Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy practice groups. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy and creditor's rights, banking and commercial law, and financing transactions.

Education
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1973, Board of Editors, Duke Law Journal
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1970, cum laude
Experience
  • Thompson Hine LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Associations
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
 

John Narducci is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the Tax Group. Mr. Narducci’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, transactions in the energy market, financings, derivatives, as well as a broad range of other transactions.

Working with issuers, underwriters and investment funds, Mr. Narducci has advised clients on numerous securities offerings, including issuances of structured notes, tender option bonds, collateralized debt obligations, credit-linked notes, asset-backed securities, high-yield debt and interests in investment funds. Such offerings involved issuers in more than 40 countries. His work involves the examination of tax issues with respect to such offerings, as well as the structuring of financial instruments and transactions.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude (graduated first in his class), Fordham University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Accounting and Taxation, Villanova University, 1984
Experience
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association: Tax Section, Committees on Financial Instruments and Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers
 
Ulrike NaumannBowman Gilfillan Africa Group

Ulrike Naumann

Firm: Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group

Ulrike Naumann is a partner at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group and head of the firm’s finance practice. She has extensive experience in secured and syndicated lending, structured finance, and preference share funding transactions, as well as acquisition finance, property finance, and leveraged finance (particularly LBOs, as advisor to both senior and mezzanine funders). Ulrike advises banks and financial institutions on various complicated debt restructuring transactions, fund formation, and other private equity—related work. She is also well versed in capital markets transactions, with special expertise in advising arrangers and issuers of high-yield bonds in the South African and offshore markets.

Education
  • University of Oxford, BCL
  • University of Stellenbosch, LLB, cum laude
  • University of Stellenbosch, BCom, cum laude
Experience
  • Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group
  • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice law in South Africa
Associations
  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa)
  • International Bar Association (member of the banking law committee)
 

Jacqueline Newman

Firm: Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP

Jacqueline Newman joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP in 1998 and is now the managing partner of the firm. Ms. Newman’s practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. She specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and negotiating prenuptial agreements. Ms. Newman has taught the Collaborative Family Law class for The NY Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as the Introduction of Matrimonial Law for Collaborative Divorce Professionals for the New York State Unified Court System. At Fordham University School of Law, she taught Family Law Practice with Barry Berkman. Ms. Newman has appeared as an expert commentator on various television shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including: Glamour Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Parenting, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post.

Ms. Newman has been included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers Edition for 2012 - 2015 and was honored with a listing in The Ten Leaders of Matrimonial & Divorce Law in New York City, Age 45 and Under. She was selected as the New York Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements attorney for the exclusive Haute Lawyers network. These activities and her reputation for ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow lawyers have earned her the highest rating, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Newman has been included in The Best Lawyers of America and is also one of the youngest attorneys to be selected for inclusion in Thompson Reuters New York-Metro Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Attorneys in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Education
  • University of Delaware, B.S., 1996
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1999
Experience
  • Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, 1999-Present
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York
Associations
  • Board of Directors for the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • New York State Women’s Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Former Member, Executive Board of Young Lawyers Committee)
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
  • Faculty of The Redwoods Initiative
  • Advisory board for Shining Service Worldwide
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Gerson Lehrman Group Expert Council
 
Peter NewmanMilbank, Tweed, Hadley &amp; McCloy LLP

Peter Newman is a partner in the London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring Group.  Prior to moving to London, Peter practiced in the New York office since 2004.

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
 
Christopher NewtonOgier

Christopher Newton

Firm: Ogier

Chris is a managing associate in Ogier’s British Virgin Islands office and has a broad corporate practice with particular expertise in banking and finance transactions, including acquisition, real estate and funds finance advising financial institutions, sponsors, investors and borrowers.

Chris regularly advises high profile Chinese, Hong Kong, Russian, US and UK financial institutions and large corporates across a number of sectors including, education, energy & resources, healthcare, real estate, retail, shipping, telecommunications and transportation & logistics.

Education
  • Oxford University (MChem)
  • BPP Law School
Experience
  • Ogier
 
Baker &amp; McKenzie

Oanh Nguyen

Firm: Baker & McKenzie

Oanh Nguyen is a partner at Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Limited. Her principal areas of practice include banking and finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance. She has worked with a broad range of international and domestic clients.

Education
  • University of Law of Ho Chi Minh City, bachelor of law
Experience
  • Arbitrator, Pacific International Arbitration Center
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Vietnam
Associations
  • Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City chapter
  • Asia Working Group–South East Asia National Contact Group
 
K &amp; L Gates LLP

Anthony Nolan

Firm: K&L Gates LLP

Anthony Nolan, a finance partner in K&L Gates LLP’s New York office and a practice area leader for the firm’s global finance practice, has a domestic and international practice that emphasizes lending transactions, fixed income securities, structured finance, structured products, and derivatives. He often works at the intersection of finance and investment management, including trading and regulation of swaps and security-based swaps, loan trading, securities lending, and repo as well as traditional borrowing and leverage transactions.

Nolan has significant experience in securities laws affecting asset-backed securities, corporate debt securities, and security-based swaps; commodity futures laws impacting swaps and commodity pool participants; and banking laws that regulate the derivatives and securities activities of depository institutions and their affiliates including under the Volcker Rule.

He regularly advises clients in transactions involving the financial services, energy, transportation, equipment leasing, manufacturing, health care, and real estate industries, and his structured finance experience encompasses cash and synthetic securitizations and covers a variety of financial assets, including commercial loans and loan participations, aircraft and equipment leases, and many types of consumer assets.

Education
  • M.A., University of Oxford, 1992
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1991, (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; articles editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law)
  • B.A., University of Oxford
Experience
  • K&L Gates LLP, Partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 

William A. Nolan

Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

William A. Nolan serves as the Managing Partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Ohio office, which he opened in 2009. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. He works to bring attentiveness and clarity to bear on employment, contract, and other disputes, and helps clients build teams, policies and processes to minimize the frequency and severity of disputes.

Bill’s litigation and trial work includes covenant not to compete and trade secret cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. He regularly defends employers in discrimination and discharge lawsuits and administrative proceedings, and is experienced in wage and hour, contract and tort litigation, and arbitrations and mediations.

He also has significant experience in workplace and organizational privacy and information management. Bill assists employers with issues arising from the impact of changing technology on litigation, the workplace and organizations, from employee monitoring to data privacy to electronic records management. In addition, he draws upon his trade secret and non-compete litigation experience to develop contracts and business practices to help clients protect valuable business information and navigate the various state laws related to this area.

Bill negotiates and drafts documents that form employment and other organizational relationships, including individual executive and employment contracts and restrictive covenants, collective bargaining agreements, employment-related provisions of corporate transaction documents, leased employee and other contingent work arrangements, and workplace and other policies and procedures.

Bill helps clients maneuver around ever-increasing legal mandates, and has distinctive experience in employee health and leave issues and the many laws that those issues implicate, and he works with clients to design systems and practices to manage these challenges. He frequently counsels clients on workplace harassment complaints and investigations, wage and hour compliance, and lawful discipline and terminations. He also conducts manager and workplace training to ensure legal compliance on the front lines.

Education
  • Harvard University School of Law, JD
  • Cornell University, BS
Experience
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuit.
Associations
  • Ohio Bar Association, member
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association, charter member
  • Columbus Bar Association, member
  • Labor and Employment Law Committee of Columbus Bar Association, member
  • United Way of Delaware County Ohio, member
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, volunteer mediator
 
Akerman LLP

Dale Noll

Firm: Akerman LLP

Dale Noll is an associate in Akerman LLP’s Trusts & Estates Practice. He represents trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries in a wide variety of fiduciary issues and assists them in their roles as fiduciaries in administering estates and trusts. A particular focus of his practice is the representation of fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, and probate matters.

Education
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2012; magna cum laude, University of Miami Law Review, Iron Arrow Honor Society
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1996; Communications, magna cum laude
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in Florida and California
Associations
  • National LGBT Bar Association, President-Elect, 2016
  • Miami-Dade County Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, 2015
  • Broward County Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network, Gala Committee Member, 2015
  • Business Network International (BNI), Member of BNI Central
  • Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court, Member
 

Toshiyuki Nonaka

Firm: Nishimura & Asahi

Toshiyuki Nonaka joined Nishimura & Asahi (f/k/a Nishimura & Partners) in 2000 and has been a partner with the firm since 2009. His work is primarily in the field of finance.

Mr. Nonaka is active in various kinds of banking transactions, with a special emphasis on acquisition finance. In this field he is recognized as a renowned expert and has advised on a large number of transactions such as LBO/MBO transactions involving both listed and unlisted companies, as well as on mezzanine financing transactions.

Mr. Nonaka also has wide ranging experience in the area of structured finance, where he has been involved in numerous securitization transactions of a wide variety of assets including monetary claims, real estate and distressed assets.

Furthermore, with his experience seconded to a merchant banking subsidiary of an investment banking firm, Mr. Nonaka’s expertise also extends to the areas of private equity and principal investment.

Education
  • 1998: Keio University (LL.B.)
  • 2006: Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
Accreditations
  • Japan (2000)
  • New York (2007)
 
Peter Nussbaum

Peter Nussbaum

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Peter Nussbaum, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, provides advice on trademark, copyright, Internet and technology matters. His clients include entertainment companies, musical artists, clothing and footwear companies, publishing and educational companies, food, beverage and hospitality companies, non-profit organizations and others across a wide array of industries. 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).

His accomplishments and experience have earned him several honors. Most recently, Peter is listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property. He was selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and Technology’ based on his AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards. 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.

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., 1993)
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (B.A., 1990)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
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
 

Jon Ocker is chair of Orrick’s destination Compensation and Benefits group. He specializes in advising public companies, boards of directors and high profile executives on compensation and corporate governance issues.

Jon is often referred to as the “CD&A/Say on Pay Doctor.” Jon is the only lawyer known to have represented chip war adversaries Intel and Advanced Micro Devices simultaneously. When Jon advises clients to not do something, they generally listen.

Jon is also the founder of Orrick’s Global Corporate Solutions consisting of global employment, global equity, global retirement and Verbatim’s global subsidiary maintenance. The signature of these solutions is their unique “global services” single point of contact, strong project management and fixed fee approach to working together with multinational clients to achieve their objectives as a virtual in-house resource in more than 130 jurisdictions.

Before joining the firm, Jon was a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP and was associated with the Kirkland & Ellis firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Education
  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
Experience
  • Kirkland and Ellis
  • Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro
Accreditations
  • California
  • Illinois
Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association: Business Law and Tax Sections
  • American College of Employee Benefits Lawyers
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
 
Edward J. O&rsquo;Connell

Edward J. O’Connell

Firm: Lord Securities Corporation

Ed O’Connell is General Counsel and a Senior Vice President of Lord Securities Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School.  Ed has formerly been a partner at several AMLAW 100 law firms.  His practice has been concentrated in the areas of structured finance and derivatives. 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
  • Lord Securities Corporation
  • Fordham Law School, Adjunct Professor
  • Jones Day, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School
 

David G. O’Leary

Firm: Holland & Knight

David G. O’Leary is senior counsel in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office and serves as co-chair of the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) Practice Group. His practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of ESOPs, employee benefits law, executive compensation, estate planning and related taxation. Mr. O’Leary advises companies and shareholders regarding the use of ESOPs in succession planning, leveraged buyouts, corporate reorganizations and corporate financial strategies. He also advises corporate and individual ESOP trustees and corporate officers and board members on fiduciary matters, including breach of fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and delegation of responsibilities.

Mr. O’Leary also advises companies with respect to the design and implementation of employee benefit plans, tax-qualified deferred compensation and pension plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, employee stock ownership plans, stock option plans, phantom stock plans and other equity-based incentive arrangements, fiduciary liability and ERISA issues in mergers and acquisitions. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, allowing him to be well versed in the latest developments in the tax area, including the use of estate freezes and other methods of minimizing estate taxes. He has extensive experience with sophisticated wealth transfer techniques, including irrevocable life insurance trusts, family partnerships, charitable trusts and grantor-retained income trusts.

Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Finance
Experience
  • Holland & Knight LLP
Accreditations
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Associations
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Past Chair
  • ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
 
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
 

David C. Olstein

Firm: Groom Law Group

David C. Olstein is of counsel at Groom Law Group, Chartered where he focuses on the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA. Mr. Olstein has extensive experience advising asset managers on ERISA matters, including compliance with ERISA’s prohibited transaction rules, in connection with the investment of pension plan assets. He also regularly advises fund sponsors on ERISA matters, including the application of ERISA’s “plan asset” rules, in connection with the establishment and operation of private investment funds. He also has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with the marketing of securities to investors subject to ERISA, and has advised plan sponsors and creditors on pension liability issues arising under Title IV of ERISA.

Mr. Olstein is a member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and past chair of the Subcommittee on Private Equity and ERISA Fiduciary Duties.

Education
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University
Accreditations
  • New York
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Proskauer Rose LLP

Anthony J. Oncidi

Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP

Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims, and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Pomona College, B.A.
Accreditations
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, California, Central District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Southern District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Northern District
  • U.S. District Court, California, Eastern District
  • U.S. District Court, Texas, Western District
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California (Executive Committee of Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Executive Committee of Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Institute for Corporate Counsel Advisory Board (Co-Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association)
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Los Angeles Police Commission (Hearing Officer)
 
Brian O&rsquo;Rourke

Brian O’Rourke

Firm: Verrill Dana LLP

Brian O’Rourke focuses his practice at Verrill Dana 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. Brian’s 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. His 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.

Brian has served as lead counsel in a construction related arbitration and participated in numerous mediations and dispute resolution sessions. He 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’s clients find that his engineering background helps him quickly understand technical project issues in a cost-effective manner.

Brian lectures regularly on various construction law topics and serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute teaching a graduate level course on construction law. 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
  • Verrill Dana LLP
  • 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
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Former Chair of Engineering Management Group
 

Matthew O’Toole

Firm: Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

Mr. O’Toole chairs Potter Anderson's Business Group and serves as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice on transactions involving Delaware business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and statutory trusts. He frequently provides third-party legal opinions concerning Delaware law, in both domestic and international business transactions.

Matt currently serves as a member of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and of the bar association committee responsible for Delaware’s limited liability company and partnership statutes. Matt has served previously on other committees established by the Council, including the Technology Update Committee, which undertook a comprehensive review of Delaware’s General Corporation Law to study and recommend changes to that statute to accommodate current technology. He is one of the principal drafters of the Delaware Revised Captive Insurance Company Act and the Delaware Insurance Company Mutual-to-Stock Conversion Act. He also serves on the legislative committee of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association.

Matt is co-author of Symonds & O'Toole on Delaware Limited Liability Companies, published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers. His articles on amendments to Delaware’s corporate and alternative entity statutes and the Delaware UCC are published regularly in CSC’s Delaware Laws Governing Business Entities and he is author of the “Delaware Limited Liability Company Practice Guide,” in State Limited Liability Company & Partnership Laws, published by Aspen Law & Business

Matt has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and securitization and structured finance law. He also has been recognized as one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in Delaware by Chambers & Partners.

Education
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D.
  • Fordham University, M.A.
  • Fordham University, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, partner
  • Stevens & Lee, shareholder and director
  • Morris James LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Associations
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Delaware State Bar Association, member
 
Foley &amp; Lardner LLP

Michael R. Overly

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael R. Overly is a partner and technology lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on drafting and negotiating technology related agreements, software licenses, hardware acquisition, development, disaster recovery, outsourcing agreements, information security agreements, e-commerce agreements, and technology use policies. He counsels clients in the areas of technology acquisition, information security, electronic commerce, and on-line law. Mr. Overly is a member of the Technology Transactions & Outsourcing and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices.

Mr. Overly is one of the few practicing lawyers who has satisfied the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC) and Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP) certifications.

Education
  • Loyola Law School (J.D., 1989)
  • Texas A&M University (M.S., electrical engineering, 1984; B.S., 1982)
Accreditations
  • California Bar
Associations
  • Chair, Legal Working Group for the Cloud Standards Customer Council
  • Computer Security Institute
  • Information Systems Security Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • International Technology Law Association.
 
Michael P. Pappas Law Firm, P.C.

Michael Pappas

Firm: Michael P. Pappas Law Firm, P.C.

Michael Pappas is an experienced employment law attorney who has been successfully representing and advising clients for more than 25 years. Mr. Pappas has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour matters, employment discrimination and harassment, whistleblowing and retaliation, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, employee privacy and social media, executive compensation, employment contracts, wrongful termination, disability and medical leave laws, and employment practice compliance reviews. He has proven expertise handling complex lawsuits, class actions, financial industry arbitrations, and proceedings before government agencies, as well as conducting internal investigations and policy audits, and providing practical and strategic advice and counseling.

During his career, Mr. Pappas has provided effective and efficient legal representation to a diverse group of clients, from individuals to small businesses to the largest corporations in America. He has a long track record of achieving outstanding results and helping clients accomplish their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Pappas practiced at the nation’s top employment law firms for more than 25 years. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Pappas was a Partner at the largest employment law firm in the United States.

Mr. Pappas is also the President and C.E.O. of Employment Compliance Advisors, LLC, a legal consulting firm that helps businesses comply with federal and state employment laws, provides assistance drafting and reviewing employment policies and handbooks, and conducts workplace investigations on behalf of employers.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, JD
  • St. John's University, BA
Experience
  • Michael P. Pappas Law Firm, P.C.
  • Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Roberts & Finger, LLP
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California
 
Shearman &amp; Sterling LLP

Donna Parisi

Firm: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Donna Parisi is a partner, Co-Practice Group Leader of Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group (which includes the firm’s Derivatives & Structured Products team), Global Co-Head of Financial Institutions and former member of the firm’s Executive Group. Ms. Parisi’s practice focuses on derivative, structured product, securitization, capital market and commodities matters. Legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and IFLR 1000 have for several years consistently ranked Ms. Parisi as a leader in her field. Ms. Parisi has also been shortlisted for an award in the category of ‘Best in Structured Finance (including Securitization & Derivatives)’ Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Specifically, Ms. Parisi has assisted clients in the development and structuring of new financial products and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of a variety of OTC derivative transactions, including equity, credit, hedge fund, fixed income, commodity and currency swaps and options, synthetic CDOs, structured products and hybrid financial instruments, as well as prime brokerage, debt trading and other cash and synthetic trading documentation. In addition, she has counseled clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues involving OTC derivative transactions. Ms. Parisi’s practice also includes the exchange-traded futures and options markets where she has advised a range of futures market professionals. Ms. Parisi has developed, documented and implemented risk management strategies, policies and procedures for clients in both the OTC and exchange-traded derivative markets.

Ms. Parisi has been actively involved in helping to shape, analyze and comment upon the global regulatory reforms that have followed from the recent financial crisis.

Education
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993, Order of the Coif
  • Vassar College, B.A., 1989
Experience
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, New York State Bar Association, member
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, member
 
K &amp; L Gates LLP

Lawrence Patent

Firm: K&L Gates LLP

Lawrence Patent, Of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP, counsels businesses with respect to commodity interest trading compliance and the legal requirements governing trading in over-the-counter derivatives and exchange-traded futures, including both international and U.S. markets. His clients include, among others, hedge funds, currency dealers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, futures commission merchants, and introducing brokers.

He services diverse client needs, including advice regarding the registration, disclosure, and other regulatory requirements of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and National Futures Association, preparation of internal compliance procedures and policies for trading operations, time-sensitive legal advice concerning particular market positions and strategies, and compliance training.

Patent joined K&L Gates in 2008 after serving more than 30 years as an attorney with the CFTC, the last five as the Deputy Director of the Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight.

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
  • B.A., Williams College, 1974, (cum laude)
Experience
  • K&L Gates, Of Counsel
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
 
Stefan PaulmayerSch&ouml;enherr

Stefan Paulmayer

Firm: Schöenherr

Mr. Paulmayer is an attorney at law in the Vienna office of Schoenherr, a full service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe ranked in the top tier in 2015 by Chambers, the IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Germany’s JUVE. Mr. Paulmayer advises clients in banking, finance and capital markets, investment funds, banking and securities regulation, financial services supervisory laws, derivatives and debt restructuring. Recent clients include major international and regional banks, insurance companies, fund and asset managers, and corporates. Mr. Paulmayer has lectured at the University of Vienna.

Education
  • University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (Mag. iur. 2007)
Experience
  • Schoenherr
  • CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (trainee)
Accreditations
  • 2013, Austria
 
Sch&ouml;enherr

Arijana Petres

Firm: Schöenherr

Arijana Petres is a local partner of Petres & Cvirn in cooperation with Schoenherr. She specializes in banking and finance, debt restructuring, insolvency, M&A, public takeovers and capital markets, corporate reorganizations, venture capital and project finance. She represents Croatian and international banks and corporates in mainly transactional and regulatory work.

Being with Schoenherr since 2002 (after leaving a top-tier national firm) Arijana has lead or been actively involved in basically all banking & finance transactions in Croatia on our track record.

Education
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Zagreb/Croatia (Dipl. iur. 1998)
Experience
  • With Schoenherr, since 2002
Accreditations
  • Admitted to the bar 2002, Croatia
Associations
  • Croatian Bar Association
 

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
 
Mike Pikiel

Mike Pikiel

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

Mike Pikiel is a New York-based partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and the Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities, US. Mike represents sponsors, developers, investors, lenders and underwriters in a wide range of projects and complex transactions, including project financings and acquisition financings. Mike focuses his practice on the infrastructure, transportation, energy and mining industries.

Education
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Experience
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Massachusetts
Associations
  • International Project Finance Association
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
 
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
 

Carlo de Vito Piscicelli

Firm: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Carlo de Vito Piscicelli is a London and Milan based partner of Cleary Gottlieb. His practice focuses on leveraged finance and restructuring matters and he advises clients globally on a wide variety of loan facilities, high-yield notes and related derivatives transactions.

Carlo joined the firm in 2004, became counsel in 2010, and a partner in 2014. From 2004 to 2010, he was resident in the Milan and London offices, and from 2010 to 2012, he was resident in the New York office. Carlo previously worked for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and Studio Legale Pedersoli in Milan.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2000
  • Università degli Studi di Milano, LL.B., 1996
Experience
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Studio Legale Pedersoli (Milan)
Accreditations
  • Milan Bar, New York Bar
 
Reed Smith

Alexandra Poe

Firm: Reed Smith LLP

Alexandra (Sandra) Poe is the Co-Chair of the Private Fund Formation and Counseling practice in the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Advisory Group. She has over 25 years of experience in investment management practice, representing investment advisors and institutional investors. Sandra also represents significant government contractors in compliance matters.

Sandra counsels hedge and private equity fund advisers in all stages of their business, including fund formation, structuring the manager and its affiliates, adviser registration, compliance program development, compliance training and advice, placement arrangements, marketing, client relations, side letter and seeding arrangements, implementation of liquidity strategies, and day to day trading and operations advice. She also advises clients acquiring investment in non-traditional assets such as ships and trade receivables, and regarding participation in, establishment or restructuring of managed account programs. Further, she has represented financial industry clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, regulatory examinations, implementation of prosecutorial settlement agreements, governance matters and due diligence.

Sandra also has considerable in-house experience in general counsel and chief legal officer roles, advising boards and C-suite officers on matters of consequence, including responses to government examinations and investigations, investor litigation, and responding to fiduciary and auditor independence issues of great significance. She is a co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of High Water Women Foundation and chaired the HWW Symposium: Investing for Impact, in 2013 and 2014.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, 1985, J.D.
  • Cornell University, 1981, B.S.
Experience
  • Reed Smith
Associations
  • New York Business Journal, Women of Influence, Class of 2016
  • High Water Women Foundation- President and Founding Director. Board Chair (2008-2011). Creator of the MicroFinance Initiative, the Leadership Council for and the Young Women’s Council. The Foundation received the National Council on Economic Education’s 2006 Visionary Award and the (Em)Power Award from The Young Women’s Leadership Network. It was also nominated for Philanthropy of the Year by Private Asset Management magazine.
  • Private Funds Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2008-2011).
  • Investment Adviser Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2005-2008).
  • 100 Women in Hedge Funds-Angel Donor. Philanthropy and Gala Committees (2003-2004). Legal Peer Advisory Group (2005-2007).
  • Women’s Investment Management Forum (1993-2008)
 
Jason T. Polevoy

Jason T. Polevoy

Firm: Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Jason T. Polevoy is Counsel to the New York law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and a member of its Real Estate Department. Mr. Polevoy 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. He represents real estate owners, developers, investors and lenders, as well as tenants. He is a frequent author of articles and speaker on panels relating to real estate law.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP
  • Willkie 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, Real Property Law Committee and Chair of Development and Finance Subcommittee
 
Christian de Lima RamosRamos e Zuanon Advogados

Christian de Lima Ramos

Firm: Ramos e Zuanon Advogados

Christian de Lima Ramos is a founding partner at Ramos e Zuanon Advogados. The firm represents some of the most active and dynamic Brazilian and international financial institutions, investment funds and corporations. Mr. Ramos specializes in structuring financial and corporate transactions, trade finance and international negotiations.

Education
  • Universidade de São Paulo (Law Degree)
  • Georgetown University (LL.M)
Experience
  • Ramos e Zuanon Advogados
 
Robert RappCalfee, Halter &amp; Griswold LLP

Robert Rapp

Firm: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Robert Rapp is Senior Counsel 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 Distinguished Practitioner in Residence 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, Senior Counsel
  • Case Western Reserve University, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
  • 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
 

Kenneth N. Rashbaum

Firm: Barton LLP

Kenneth N. Rashbaum is a partner at Barton LLP. Ken advises multinational corporations and healthcare organizations in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity and e-discovery. He counsels on information governance and its compliance with federal, state, and non-U.S. laws, as well as the interface of e-commerce and legal and regulatory liabilities in areas such as cybersecurity and breach response. Ken is experienced in preparation of protocols for compliance with data protection and privacy laws in the U.S. and other countries, conduct of information security and data breach response assessments, and investigations and remediation initiatives. He serves as special e-discovery counsel for complex litigation and in matters in which electronic evidence from beyond the U.S. is required and has served as global and national e-discovery counsel for multidistrict pharmaceutical products liability litigation and IP litigation.

In his capacity as a nationally known expert on data privacy, Ken counsels healthcare organizations on compliance with federal, state and judicial standards governing protected health information. He has served as HIPAA and privacy counsel to major hospital systems, health plans, physicians’ groups, cloud computing providers and health information application developers; advised academic hospital systems on protocols for implementation of electronic health records; and provided counsel on risk management issues in access, uses and disclosures of electronic patient information.

Ken is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, the Maurice E. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he received his J.D.

Prior to joining Barton, Ken was a senior litigation partner in the New York office of Sedgwick LLP (formerly Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold).

Education
  • Maurice E. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, JD
  • State University of New York, College at New Paltz, BA
Experience
  • Barton LLP
  • Sedgwick LLP
  • Bower & Gardner
  • Office of the District Attorney of Kings County, New York
Accreditations
  • New York State
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • American Bar Association: Chair, Disputes Division and Council Member, Section of International Law; Co-Chair, Privacy, E-Commerce and Data Security Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Maurice E. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University
 
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
 
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
 
Paul Hastings

Brad Ritter

Firm: Paul Hastings LLP

Brad Ritter is a partner in the Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Ritter has significant experience representing public and private, equity fund, venture capital, private equity, REIT, individual and other clients in connection with all aspects of complex commercial transactions. He has led the negotiation and drafting of documentation with respect to the formation of joint ventures, like-kind exchanges, sale-leaseback transactions, financings, and the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties. He also focuses his practice on commercial leasing.

Additionally, Mr. Ritter has represented numerous bankrupt debtors in the sale and refinancing of real estate assets, purchasers in the acquisition of real estate assets from bankrupt debtors, and various lenders in the restructuring and refinancing of debt secured with real estate assets held by bankrupt debtors.

Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1988
Experience
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to Practice in Illinois
Associations
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Member, Dean’s Advisory Panel, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law