Leslie Pearlson serves as Senior Litigation and IP counsel at LogMeIn, a cloud based software company. Ms. Pearlson oversees all company litigations, including numerous patent disputes, as well as manages LogMeIn’s patent and trademark portfolios. Prior to working at LogMeIn, Ms. Pearlson was a patent litigator at Wilmerhale. In addition, Ms. Pearlson has an active pro bono practice supporting the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project, providing free legal services to survivors of domestic violence.
Karen is a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Litigation and Coverage Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Her team is responsible for the management of all litigation brought against and on behalf of the Company, provides enterprise-wide coverage advice and opinions, electronic discovery services in support of litigation and handles all third party subpoenas for the enterprise.
Prior to joining Liberty Mutual in 2006, Karen was an attorney with John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation. She held the position of Vice President and Counsel, responsible for the management of the Company’s litigation and employment law functions. Karen previously held various legal positions in the public sector.
Karen is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston, MA, and the Board of Overseers for Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center.
Karen is a graduate of Tufts University, Medford, MA and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
Melanie L. Todman’s practice focuses on advising clients in internal governmental investigations and complex civil litigation relating to securities, insurance and reinsurance, commercial and product liability, government procurement, and municipal law. Melanie serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a delegate for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s City Awake program. She was selected as a member of the 2017-2018 class of the Women’s Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Kate Peterson is Vice President and Senior Counsel for Employment & Litigation at Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a highly-regulated global banking and financial services company with over 17,500 employees. Kate is responsible for advising Citizens Bank and subsidiary entities on all labor and employment matters, including those relating to wage and hour issues, leaves of absence or accommodations, workplace investigations, reductions-in-force, and post-employment restrictive covenants. Kate provides strategic advice on projects and initiatives that impact Citizens’ colleagues as well as day-to-day guidance, training, and solutions. She has a comprehensive employment law counseling practice and partners closely with Citizens’ employee relations function. Kate also manages a broad range of employment-related litigation and investigations and provides advice to internal business clients in a complex, fast-paced environment. Kate effectively partners with division heads, human resources, compliance personnel, and key stakeholders to meaningfully respond to and defend litigation or regulatory inquiries. She is also frequently called upon to train Citizens’ colleagues and managers on employment law issues, with an eye towards compliance practices and risk mitigation.
Throughout her career, Kate has been a frequent speaker on a variety of labor & employment topics, ranging from wage & hour issues and ADA/FMLA concerns to the impact of social media on the workplace and related privacy implications.
Before joining Citizens, Kate was a labor & employment litigator counselor at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in both Boston and Providence. Kate received her BA from Providence College and her JD and MPH from Boston University.
Leigh-Ann Durant is a senior legal and business executive with over 20 years of experience in the global biopharmaceutical industry, 10 of those years were with a major Boston law firm (partner) and 11 years have been in-house at a fast paced, dynamic global biopharma company.
Leigh-Ann currently oversees the day-to-day legal affairs for all US research, development and medical activities for EMD Serono, Inc., the US division of world’s oldest chemical and pharmaceutical company, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. She has demonstrated expertise in oversight, provision and management of legal services to global clients, turning legal strategy into business action, analytical problem solving, strategic thinking, corporate governance, commercial and corporate transactions, legal and regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, business operations, and executive leadership and management skills.
Prior to going in-house, Leigh-Ann was a Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP, where she was responsible for complex commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, medical privacy issues, FDA issues, HIPAA and regulatory compliance for companies in the health care, pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. She also successfully litigated various high profile cases, including the first medical privacy class action case in Massachusetts.
Leigh-Ann has a lengthy history of service to and leadership on women’s issues and civil rights. Leigh-Ann currently serves as the Massachusetts Delegate and Board Member to the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (“NCWBA”). She served as the Chair of the NCWBA’s 2014 National Gender Equity Summit, and has served as its Chair of Awards Committee for the past three years.
She also serves on the NCWBA’s Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity (“GOOD”) Guys Committee which leads programs designed to break the impasse in women’s advancement by engaging people who have been missing from the conversation for too long – the GUYS! The GOOD Guys program presents the financial case for diversity and inclusion and provides up-to-date information about bias interrupters.
Leigh-Ann was the 2001-2002 President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, one of the largest and most influential women's bars in the country. One of the signature initiatives of her Presidency was passage of the Massachusetts Contraceptive Coverage Bill. She served on the WBA’s Board of Directors for over 16 years. She also served on numerous WBA committees including as Chair of its In-House Counsel Committee, its Leadership Initiative Task Force, its Law Firm Advancement Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Publication Committee and Gala Chair, its Emeritus Board, and as a mentor on the WBA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. For a number of years, Leigh-Ann served on the Board of the Woman’s Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the WBA.
While at Nixon Peabody, she founded, developed and implemented the Nixon Peabody’s Women’s Initiative, leading the program and developing curriculum to provide business development and advancement skills to women lawyers at the law firm.
Leigh-Ann also served on the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) Steering Committee for Governor Mitt Romney, a group whose purpose was to increase the number of women appointed by the Governor to senior-level cabinet positions, agency heads and selected authorities and commissions in the Commonwealth. This Committee provided Governor Romney with the infamous “binders of women” for potential Gubernatorial appointments.
Leigh-Ann is a Charter Member of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history.
Leigh-Ann was a speaker at the 2008 Gender Equity Conference and has spoken numerous times at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference.
She served on the Executive Committee of the Boston Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and on its Board of Directors for a number of years. In 2009, the Lawyer’s Committee awarded her its Outstanding Civil Rights Leadership Award. In 2007, the Supreme Judicial Court awarded her the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards.
General Counsel and executive with significant high-tech experience. Focused on commercial contracts, intellectual property, information technology, licensing and strategic initiatives. Key accomplishments include: establishing a global legal function; drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements and, working closely and effectively with sales and support organizations to facilitate revenue generation and growth. Proven achievement in entrepreneurial settings. Recognized for strong analytical skills and practical business judgment. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal business clients, customers and partners.
Kelly Morgan is an IP attorney at Flagship Pioneering. Before holding this position she worked as a patent agent and associate at Saul Ewing LLP and held technical specialists positions at Pepper Hamilton LLP and Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Kelly earned her JD in IP Law from Suffolk University Law School, after earning a BS in Biology, followed up by a PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Pathobiology from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Ellen Wong is a patent attorney at Microsoft Corporation, where she is part of the patent portfolio development team, supporting Azure IoT, Azure Storage, and Windows Silicon, Graphis, and Media Device Platform. She has worked on a variety of IP projects: counseling clients on IP issues, working on projects for licensing, partnering with engineers to identify and patent cutting edge technology, and evaluating patent applications during the lifetime of the patent. Prior to her experiences at Microsoft, Ellen was an IP litigator at Foley & Lardner LLP in Boston and served on several trial teams. Ellen obtained her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Marianne L. Kotubetey is Senior Corporate Counsel at OSRAM SYLVANIA, a consumer goods and electronics manufacturing company with its US headquarters in Wilmington, MA. There, she serves as a strategic legal partner for various internal functions and business units, including Sales, Finance, Real Estate Logistics, and Compliance. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and General Counsel at State Street Bank, where she supported the Cash Management and Global Operations functions. She started her legal career at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York, where her primary focus areas were securities and banking corporate transactions, and then moved to the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb in Boston.
Marianne, who was born and raised in West Africa, is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Howard University School of Law. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Natasha Walwyn-Robinson is Counsel for Progress Software Corporation, where she handles intellectual property, procurement, commercial litigation and general corporate matters for internal business clients across the globe.
Natasha started her legal career in public television before transitioning into the technology sector, where she has worked for the past 8 years. Prior to joining Progress, Natasha cultivated her software licensing and transactional expertise in various positions at Oracle, Morgan Stanley and General Dynamics. Outside of the office, Natasha serves on several non-profit boards and has received awards from the American Bar Association and Boston Bar Association for her commitment to diversifying the legal profession.
Natasha graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Natasha currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and 2 daughters.
Ms. Martel is Senior Corporate Attorney and Assistant Secretary at SeaChange International, Inc. and has been an in-house counsel with several other high technology companies for over twenty years. She practices in the areas of intellectual property, U.S. and international employment law, corporate, commercial, SEC, mergers & acquisitions, and international tax. Prior to becoming an attorney, she held various engineering, marketing, and product management positions at various high technology companies. She received her LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University Law School, her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, her High Technology M.B.A. from Northeastern University, her S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and is a United States Registered Patent Attorney. Ms. Martel was appointed as a Lecturer in Law in the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Distance Learning Program, and has facilitated multiple tax courses since the inception of the Program. In addition, she has published articles on software licensing law. Ms. Martel was elected to the Marlborough (MA) School Committee, and served as Secretary and chaired the Negotiations Committee. She also served on the Technology and Resolutions Committees and chaired the Advocacy Committee for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees during her term in office and hosted “Making the Grade” television show on Marlborough local access discussing local educational issues. Ms. Martel was Chairman of the M.I.T. Worcester Educational Council for over twenty years and is a recipient of the George B. Morgan Award from the M.I.T. Alumni Association.
Jessica Eisenhaure is an experienced healthcare attorney and executive. She is currently General Counsel and Vice President at Corrona, the leading provider of real world observational data for autoimmune diseases. In this role, she is tasked with helping the company grow while successfully navigating the constantly evolving healthcare and business law landscape, including FDA regulation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, compliance, employment and privacy.
Before joining Corrona in 2015, she was Associate General Counsel at Fresenius Medical Care, a $20 billion health care company with 110,000 employees that focuses on delivering care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Previously, she worked at the law firms of Holland & Knight and Gardner Carton & Douglas.
Jessica holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Markowski focuses her practice on intellectual property law, where she has experience in inter partes review, district court litigation, IP procurement, counseling, opinions, and competitive strategy. She has extensive experience in researching, drafting, and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and worldwide.
Sara Sweeney is an experienced civil litigator who, in private practice, focused her trial practice on professional liability defense, employment law, business litigation and insurance coverage issues. Ms. Sweeney currently serves as in-house counsel for FM Global, an international commercial property insurer with over 6,000 employees.
In her capacity as legal counsel, Ms. Sweeney oversees all aspects of litigation management, including investigation of potential subrogation actions and involvement in various insurance coverage matters. Ms. Sweeney is skilled in alternative dispute resolution, having handled numerous arbitrations and mediations, which she continues to participate in on behalf of FM Global. Most recently, Ms. Sweeney has been tasked with developing and implementing FM Global’s Records Management Policy.
Ms. Sweeney served as a student law clerk to Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Paul A. Suttell and was past President of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association. In 2016, she graduated from Leadership Rhode Island, a community leadership development program that provides emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources that enable them to positively impact their communities.
She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island and the United States Supreme Court bars.
Denise is Director of IP at Boston Scientific. Previously she held IP Counsel responsibilities at Velcro and Partner at Preti Flaherty.
She's charismatic, dedicated, and occasionally witty intellectual property counsel and first-chair patent and trademark litigator. Experienced with a wide range of patented technologies, including medical devices, software, chemical, plastics, and biochemical materials.
Specialties: Intellectual property portfolio strategy and prosecution management; complex patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation; IP transactions and licensing; and, mergers and acquisitions.