Erika is Vice Preisdent and Associate General Counsel at Pernix Therapeutics. Pernix Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical business with a focus on acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs primarily for the U.S. market. Erika brings over a decade of legal experience and insights.
Valenitna is Senior IP Counsel at SAP. Her background includes computer science & electrical engineering with a current responsabilities as patent attorney with 15+ years of in-house and law firm experience that includes prosecuting, litigating, and licensing patents, trademarks and copyrights. She has spent 5 years as an engineer prior to law school. Valentina has a deep understanding of European patent and copyright practice, and complexities of cross-border R&D efforts.
Valentina specializes in Patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent licensing, patent valuation, portfolio valuation, standards, open source, copyright, trademark, and trade secret protection.
Sarah is General Counsel at Vroom. In 2007 she joined Etsy.com as its first attorney and 17th employee. Vroom is changing the way people buy and sell cars. In 2016 Vroom sold over $1B worth of vehicles. She has an IP background and for almost a decade she played an integral role in scaling Etsy from an inconspicuous start up, to a certified B corporation, to a publicly traded company.
She has earned a B.S. in Sociology, Business and Studio Arts and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Laura Sheridan is Senior Patent Counsel at Google and works from the New York office. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Sheridan was Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department at WilmerHale in New York. Ms. Sheridan is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Cornell University.
Dolly von Hollen is Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Intellectual Property for Prudential, overseeing all trademark, patent, copyright, trade secret, and domain name issues for the company. Previously, she was an Assistant General Counsel with Nike, Inc. in Oregon, where she was responsible for a variety of trademark, copyright, and domain matters. Dolly has practiced law in the intellectual property groups of several general practice and intellectual property boutique firms in New York City. She was on the trial team in Hershey Foods Corp. v. Mars, Inc., an early trademark dilution case, and is the co-editor of the book Law and the Environment: A Multidisciplinary Reader, published by Temple University Press. She graduated with a BA in English from Yale University, and a JD with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Maryland Law Review. She also has a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.
Susan is the Intellectual Property and Brand Counsel for Edible Arrangements International, LLC, the largest franchiser or fresh fruit gift products with over 1200 independently owned and operated franchise locations in North America. Over the past 20 years she has managed large and small international trademark portfolios including some of the most well-known brands such as Sunbeam®, Coleman®, Lycra® and Edible Arrangements®. Susan has provided legal counsel to both large and small companies to assist their development and implementation of IP strategies to achieve business objectives associated with intellectual property related to IP portfolio management, IP enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, trademark licensing and advertising.
Polly Grunfeld Sack joined GateHouse Media as its chief legal officer in May 2006 after 14 years with sports, media and entertainment company IMG. From 2001 until joining GateHouse, she served as IMG’s Senior Vice President and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions.
In addition to earning her law degree from Stanford Law School, Polly also has degrees in math and civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has her certification as a professional engineer. She is a board member of several animal rescue groups across the country.
As Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for Complex Networks, Rhonda Powell leads a team of professional and administrative staff that supports all areas of the company’s rapidly growing digital media business. In her role, Rhonda provides strategic and legal guidance to the organization on a range of topics, including content creation, intellectual property protection, content distribution, advertising and social media. She also oversees compliance and litigation matters for the company, including development of applicable internal policies and processes, and acts as the company’s Corporate Secretary. Ms. Powell joined Complex in January 2017 after twelve (12) years in various roles at Scripps Networks.
At Scripps Networks, Ms. Powell spent three years as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, managing the team providing negotiation and documentation support to the Digital Content Creation and Digital Advertising Sales teams across all Scripps Networks’ digital properties, including network-branded websites and Ulive.com. Ms. Powell utilized her analytical skills and judgment to assist clients in the development and implementation of their strategic and tactical plans and to provide transactional support. Rhonda assumed this role after five years leading the Business Affairs team serving Food Network, one of Scripps most popular and widely-distributed programming networks as well as Scripps’ newest network, Cooking Channel.
Ms. Powell joined Scripps Networks in late 2004 as Director in the Legal Affairs department, where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements on behalf of her clients in the New Media, Business Development and Information Technology units. Her skills and dedication were vital to Scripps Networks’ successful completion of groundbreaking deals in its Business Development unit, including the licensing agreement with Kohl’s Department Stores. In addition, Rhonda’s significant contributions of knowledge and support assisted the Information Technology unit in negotiating agreements and developing internal policies in connection with a myriad of initiatives designed to upgrade and expand the company’s capabilities for its online properties and internal operations.
Ms. Powell’s legal career began with law firm practice, including practice in the corporate departments of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and Proskauer Rose LLP, where she gained significant experience working on transactions in the communications, media, biotechnology and e-commerce areas, many of which involved the transfer and valuation of significant intellectual property assets. It was at Proskauer Rose that Ms. Powell began to develop her expertise in counseling clients with regard to intellectual property issues in the corporate law context. Ms. Powell left Proskauer Rose in 2000 to join the legal department of Reuters America Inc. While at Reuters, Ms. Powell wasresponsible for managing the company's non-standard transactional agreements and commercial relationships relating to the licensing of content and news, strategic relationships, acquisitions, procurement and outsourcing, as well as for counseling various operational and client-facing groups on topics ranging from use of open source code to rights management.
Ms. Powell is graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude w/ summa honors in major) and The University of Michigan School of Law, where she was named a Clarence Darrow Merit Scholar. A member of both WICT and NAMIC, Ms. Powell has taken an active role in efforts to celebrate and enhance diversity in the corporate workplace and workforce. Ms. Powell serves on the Boards of Directors of PowerMyLearning, which has as its core mission the use of technology and creation of partnerships among parents, teachers and children to enhance and enrich the learning experience and the Food Education Fund, which supports Food and Finance High School, the only New York City public school providing students with a comprehensive culinary education. She is a mentor to several young women and men throughout the New York metropolitan area, including high school, college and law school students, as well as junior lawyers.
Recognized as a leading expert in the field of intellectual property, Dr. Janice M.K. Jaferian has garnered a reputation for success in global profit-and-loss management, intellectual asset management, international business, marketing and product development. Backed by over two decades of industry experience, Dr. Jaferian now lends her talents to Manitowoc Foodservice. There, she works to achieve revenue, profit and marketing share growth, all the while leading highly productive, cross-functional teams in a wide variety of industries including petrochemicals, telecommunications, business and consumer electronics, and food service equipment. She is directly responsible for overseeing the strategic management of intellectual assets and aligning technical, business and intellectual property strategies. Dr. Jaferian utilizes her expertise to create patent portfolios, handle open innovation management, assess third-party inventions, provide litigation support, and mange external counsel for patent prosecution and annuities.
Kim Youngberg is Screenvision Media’s General Counsel overseeing all legal matters for the company. Throw anything at her and she’ll sort it out, but she geeks out the hardest when she works on deals that involve previously unknown technologies and platforms.
Prior to joining Screenvision Media, Kim was SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-Up Records where she did deals with actual rock stars as well as wannabe rock stars. Before working at Wind-Up, Kim was in private practice at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a music law firm, enjoying the heady years at the apex of the music industry before technology took it down. Right after law school Kim was an associate at Bermans, a firm of English barristers and solicitors, practicing international litigation and working ungodly hours.
Kim came to love New York City above all while studying at Fordham University School of Law, but had a ridiculous amount of fun in Ann Arbor while earning her BBA from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Dumas is Vice President of Legal at Chef Software Inc. in Seattle. She brings nearly twenty years of solving complex legal issues for high growth, disruptive companies to her role as Chef's principal legal advisor. She joined Chef from B-Line, LLC, a financial services company, where she was general counsel. Prior to that, she was the global contracts lead at Avanade Inc., where she directed and managed complex commercial agreements and gained a reputation for speedy, pragmatic results. Ms. Dumas began her career in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and still has difficulty falling asleep without horns and sirens outside her window.
Cindy is Counsel for IP Law and Strategy at American Express. Her background and focus is as a intellectual property attorney with experience in all aspects of transactional intellectual property law. Her experience includes ip preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent utility and design applications, IP agreement preparation and negotiation, IP portfolio development and mining, due diligence and freedom to operate investigations, preparation of opinions-of-counsel, trademarks, litigation, and open source issues in a variety of different technologies including financial services.
Previously she held Senior Counsel responsibilities at Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP, IP Attorney at Griffiths and Seaton, and Shareholder at Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz.
She earned her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago Law School.
Lisa T. Simpson, a partner in the New York office, is a member of Orrick's Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups and currently serves on the firm's Management Committee. Her practice focuses on the representation of retail, entertainment, technology and pharmaceutical companies.
Lisa has handled a variety of matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, ranging from matters involving copyright, trademark, trade name, false advertising, rights of publicity, libel and defamation; to product liability and consumer class action litigation; to domain name, contract and licensing disputes. Lisa served as trial counsel to Oracle in the recent Oracle v, Google jury trial regarding whether Google's use of the Java APIs in Android was fair use under the Copyright Act. She also served as counsel to DISH Networks, LLC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH's Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and Sling, defeating three preliminary injunctions, obtaining favorable rulings on both AutoHop and Sling from the Ninth Circuit and obtaining a favorable summary judgment decision which considered Aereo as it relates to DISH's Sling feature. Lisa also served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng on his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, securing a 6-3 decision in Mr. Kirtsaeng's favor on the issue of copyright's first sale doctrine and its applicability to good manufactured abroad, and was on the trial team that secured a jury verdict for MGA Entertainment, Inc. in its copyright and trade secret dispute over the Bratz dolls.
Lisa has been recognized as a "Top 250 Women in IP" and has received recognition for her legal achievements from Benchmark, American Lawyer and Super Lawyers. Lisa currently serves as Partner-in-Charge, Firmwide Campus Recruiting and Hiring Partner for the New York Office. Lisa is also a member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC).
Heidi is associate General Counsel for IP at Xerox. She is a legal professional with over 25 years experience in diverse practice environments, including in-house roles at multinational corporations and private practice in an AMLaw Global 100 law firm as well as in smaller, specialty practice settings. She is passionate about knowing the business and deploying legal skills to ensure commercial success.
Her experience includes intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret) transactions, litigation, strategy and due diligence; commercial counseling, drafting and negotiation; commercial and product liability litigation; employment matters; product safety and a variety of other issues facing today's growing companies. Seasoned manager capable of leading diverse teams of legal professionals, technical specialists and paraprofessionals.
She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Naomi Waltman is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of CBS Corporation. She serves as co-head of the Intellectual Property section of the CBS Law Department, where she helps develop and implement strategies to protect the company’s intellectual property. As deputy head of Litigation, she also represents CBS Corp. and its business units in a broad range of litigation matters, including intellectual property, defamation, employment, and general commercial disputes.
Previously, Ms. Waltman was Vice President and Senior Counsel for Viacom, Inc., where she provided strategic advice and counseling to Viacom’s business units on a variety of legal issues. Earlier in her career, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Kaye Scholer in New York, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren W. Eginton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Ms. Waltman received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. with Distinction from Stanford University.
With a background in chemistry, Amanda Williamson focuses her practice on litigating patent infringement disputes and related antitrust and breach of contract matters. She handles all phases of litigation from inception through trial and post-trial appeals. Amanda has represented clients in complex patent litigation in US District Courts and in 337 investigations before the United States International Trade Commission. In addition, she is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Diane is Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., responsible for all patent litigation matters. Prior to joining J. C. Penney Corporation, Diane was a shareholder as Winstead PC in Dallas, Texas and a member of its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She practiced at Winstead for more than 25 years before leaving private practice to join JCPenney. During her tenure at Winstead, Diane represented clients that were patent owners, defendants accused of infringement by competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement by NPEs.
Miri is Associate General Counsel, Americas at Dentsu Aegis Network, a leading, global media, advertising and digital communications group. Miri is responsible for advising DAN’s media and specialist agencies throughout the region in their work handling digital creative execution, media planning and buying, brand tracking and marketing analytics for clients. Prior to joining DAN, Miri oversaw legal support for the Activision Publishing Minneapolis business unit of Activision Blizzard in connection with the development, publication, marketing and distribution of bestselling video games. Miri was also formerly Associate General Counsel at The Beanstalk Group in New York, which develops and manages turn-key, strategic global licensing programs on behalf of owners of famous brands and trademarks. Miri, a New Yorker, holds degrees from New York University and Brooklyn Law School, and is admitted to the bars of New York and Minnesota.
Cathy has been responsible for legal issues with respect to Worldwide Marketing and ecommerce at MasterCard. Prior to working at MasterCard, Cathy was General Counsel for Agency.com, a digital marketing and technology company, (Agency.com was initially a start up when Cathy joined the company and then became part of the Omnicom Advertising Network). Prior to working for Agency.com, Cathy worked as Counsel for Computer Associates International, Inc., a software company where Cathy worked on a variety of issues including those related to marketing, public relations, development agreements and software licensing. Cathy started her career a deKeiffer, Dibble and Horgan, an international intellectual property law firm in the District of Columbia and held clerkship in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cathy graduated with honors from Washington College of Law at American University and Smith College.
Nyree is Vice President and Senior Counsel with Amex Bank of Canada. She has a broad range ofexperience in many areas of commercial law with particular expertise inintellectual property, technology, privacy and advertising law. Nyree alsoprovides legal as well as strategic advice on social media policies andinitiatives. Nyree practiced as a technology lawyer with Herbert Smith, aleading international law firm, in London, England from 1998 - 2005. Nyree joined TELUS on her return to Canada in2005 as part of the legal team that supports TELUS’ consumer solutionsportfolio across Canada. In January 2011, Nyree joined the General Counsel'sOffice of Amex Bank of Canada where she advises the Merchant Services lineof business in Canada and advises on efforts in Canada and internationally tosupport digital capabilities for American Express. Nyree holds an honours degree in Geography and French from the University of Guelph and a CPE/LPC (Distinction)from the College of Law, London. She isadmitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (2000) and obtained an LL.M. in Computer and Communications Law from the University of London (2002). Nyree was admitted to the Ontario Bar in2008.