Robin Rosencrantz is Senior Corporate Counsel for Nordstrom, Inc. In her role, Robin advises and defends Nordstrom on a variety of employment-related matters and manages employment litigation. Before joining Nordstrom in 2002, Robin was previously an associate at Foster Pepper PLLC, and was named a Washington “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine. Robin was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1995. Before that, she received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Robin was a staff member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and recognized for her published note about expanding an attorney’s role in child abuse reporting. She also interned for the Public Defender and participated in a legal clinic at Georgetown helping victims of domestic violence. Robin received her B.A. from Tufts University, cum laude, and interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination while studying in Boston. Robin also worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education as a Legislative Analyst.
Amrita Srivastava is Associate General Counsel at Coupang Global LLC, the largest eCommerce platform of South Korea. She manages a broad range of legal matters for all its US offices, including corporate, commercial, and employment issues. Prior to Coupang, she was a partner at Desh International and Business Law, where her practice focused on privacy, intellectual property, and international trade issues.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Theatre Puget Sound. She previously served as board member and treasurer of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington and was co-chair of the Seattle chapter of International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is the author for a series of articles on Westlaw on Legal Issues for Mobile Applications.
Britt Bachtel-Browning is currently Senior Counsel at Avista Corporation. She is a corporate Attorney licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia (Alaska pending). 12 years of in-house legal experience with a recent focus in the utility industry. She has worked with complex transactions, negotiating contracts and solid intellectual property expertise.
In her current role as Senior Counsel she provides legal counsel and training for a wide variety of business segments within the company including advice in regulatory/compliance matters, human resources/employment, intellectual property, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and negotiation of complex business transactions. Ensure that the financial, contractual, regulatory, insurance and business interests of the company are served and appropriate compliance activities are in place.
She has a recent focus on intellectual property strategy, data governance/privacy issues, policy drafting and new business initiatives such as solar, battery storage, electric vehicle charging and other renewable energy opportunities. Provide key support in building and implementing new and progressive products and services. Britt is part of a cross-functional "innovation work group" team focused capturing employee ideas for new products, services, or processes and guiding the idea through the analysis stages to implementation/development. She also has a key leadership role in creating a "Smart City" collaboration, including entity formation, governance and membership structure in learning all parts of the business and providing legal and business advice as part of a team.
Her experience includes roles as General Counsel of Portland Energy Conservative, IP Counsel at Waggener Edstrom and Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice. She has earned a B.A. in English and Political Science from Weber State University and a J.D. with a focus in IP and International Law from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Laura Morse has an extensive litigation practice, with an emphasis on employment claims involving race, sex, religion and disability discrimination claims, wrongful discharge, and failure to accommodate. Laura also has background in a variety of wage and hour matters, including wage and hour class actions. Laura has also litigated trade secret and non-compete claims.
In addition to her litigation background, Laura spends much of her time advising clients on how to best train their managers and employees, identifying and helping to resolve workplace concerns as they arise. This includes but is not limited to helping clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of federal, state and local leave laws.
Laura has presented on these topics to clients individually and at legal previously the chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group for a large Seattle law firm. Additionally, Laura has her Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed Laura as a “Leading Lawyer,” describing her as “very knowledgeable about the nuances of new laws and regulations” and “extremely bright, well organized and a forceful negotiator.” She has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® magazine.
Chris Pothering is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Expeditors. Prior to that, she was a partner at Short Cressman & Burgess. She has a comprehensive real estate, global procurement and business background with a focus on complex real estate and commercial transactions, and acquisitions. Chris earned her J.D. from the Dickinson Law and B.S. in Economics from the Lewis & Clark College.
Business-minded, experienced legal executive. Current practice supports private equity-owned, rapidly growing B2B SaaS company, including two acquisitions in seven months and the resulting integration activities while serving as primary legal support for a high velocity global sales team. Proficiency across a broad base of legal matters and experience supporting a wide variety of departments. Continually recognized by cross-functional senior executives and business clients as a key contributor and valued business partner.
Recognized by Aragon Research’s 2018 Women in Technology award for legal leadership and ability to drive change. Licensed to practice in Washington, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Isabella Fu is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she leads the team of attorneys responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, and dispute resolution. She joined Microsoft in 2003, and until recently was responsible for IP litigation for the company, worldwide. Before joining Microsoft, Isabella was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation. She practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before moving in-house. She has an A.B. in Physics from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Jennifer Ashton counsels and assists clients with acquiring, maintaining, and policing trademark, copyright and domain name rights. Throughout her career, she has managed U.S. and international trademark portfolios for various clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She is experienced in all aspects of U.S. and international trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and maintenance including registering and maintaining trademark and copyright applications and registrations. Jennifer routinely counsels clients regarding global trademark, copyright, domain name, trade dress, and related intellectual property matters, including domestic and foreign brand selection, prosecution, enforcement, customs protection, acquisitions, and intellectual property portfolio and global brand protection strategies.
Jennifer is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association. She regularly presents on topics related to trademark protection and brand strategy; and is a co-author of many peer-reviewed articles on intellectual property. Jennifer received her B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
Britenae is a trial and appellate lawyer with an extensive and diverse litigation practice. She spends the majority of her practice handling both employment law and real property disputes. Her practice also includes:
As chair of Ryan Swanson’s Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group, Britenae works with company owners and HR professionals to implement practical, creative solutions that protect their businesses from potential threats that can disrupt their workforce or business operations. She counsels her clients on how to best comply with the law and meet the company’s business needs. This encompasses various employment issues, including employer-employee agreements, employee claims, wage disputes, requests for accommodation, hiring/termination, employee handbooks and policies, investigations, trade secrets, and non-competes. She most often helps employers comply with employment laws and respond to various employee claims yet also advises employees in negotiating separation agreements. When an employment matter reaches the litigation stage, Britenae is a thoughtful and zealous advocate, balancing business concerns with skilled courtroom experience whether in arbitration, trial, and on appeal.
Sarah Leung is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Aristocrat Digital, a group of video game companies comprised of Big Fish Games in Seattle and Product Madness in London, leading the group’s legal department and risk management efforts. Prior to Aristocrat, Sarah was an a business attorney at RealNetworks, Inc., where she focused on streaming mobile video products and services. Prior to RealNetworks, she was an associate at Heller Ehrman, where she worked on M&A, financial and commercial transactions. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2001, and her B.A. in American Studies from Williams College in 1998.
Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seattle Country Day School on Queen Anne. Previously, Sarah served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Denise Louie Education Center, a multicultural early learning and family support organization for low-income families. She has mentored numerous young women and men through mentorship programs at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, King County Bar Foundation Future of the Law Institute, Seattle Central Community College, Asian Bar Association of Washington, and Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle.
Meredith Brooks is a Senior Corporate Counsel with Amazon supporting the Global Specialty Fulfillment Operations and North America Customer Fulfillment teams. Previously, she supported a number of compliance functions including the Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Waste, and Food Safety teams. Prior to joining Amazon, she was a public finance attorney in Chicago working on health care, municipal, and airport financings, and with her firm’s arbitrage rebate company.
Ms. Brooks currently serves on the Amazon Legal Diversity Committee and is an alumna of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Salumeh litigates intellectual property matters in federal courts around the country, representing a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 e-commerce and software companies. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and multiple clients in joint defense groups and in large multi-defendant litigations. She has extensive experience managing complex patent litigations, including participating in trials, taking and defending depositions, working with experts, and engaging in settlement negotiations.
Salumeh also represents clients in trademark and copyright infringement suits in federal courts and in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Linda D. Walton is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Law National practice and former chair of the firm's Strategic Diversity Committee. In her practice, Ms. Walton defends both private sector and public sector employers in state and federal employment-related litigation matters. Through day-to-day counseling and the design and presentation of preventative law training programs for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel, Ms. Walton also devotes a significant part of her practice to advising employers on how to avoid employment litigation. Ms. Walton advises and trains clients on a wide range of employment law matters, including among others, wage-and-hour law compliance, FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and newly emerging employment law issues related to employee and employer use of social media. See Social Media Law, (ALM Law Press Journal 2013), Linda Walton author of Chapter 2 - “Employment Law Issues.” Ms. Walton is also often called upon to conduct sensitive workplace investigations on behalf of both the
private sector and public sector employers.
Ana Nicacio is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation, working at the Cloud and Artificial Intelligence Group and primarily responsible for providing legal support to the Azure Media Services business. Ana also supports the Microsoft Dynamics 365 business with acquisitions, integrations, and strategic licensing and alliances. At Microsoft, Ana is also heavily involved with Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to Microsoft, Ana worked as in-house counsel at Sage Software, KinderCare Education, and InFocus Corporation. Ana started her legal career in São Paulo, Brazil, and worked as an associate at Mattos Filho Advogados, where she focused on intellectual property transactions, foreign investments, and advised international clients on all aspects of doing business in Brazil. Ana has worked and lived in three continents, being educated in the civil law and common law systems and licensed to practice law in the United States and in Brazil. Passionate about empowering women and girls, Ana also serves on the Board of a Seattle non-profit that promotes STEM education and careers for girls.
Dr. Aly Fuller has over a decade of experience as a patent agent/attorney working in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to joining Prolacta in August 2017, Dr. Fuller served as outside counsel for the company for nearly 9 years during her tenure at Cooley LLP.
Aly’s practice at Cooley focused on a holistic approach to IP including not only the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent applications, but also due diligence, EPO oppositions, USPTO Reexamination proceedings and the preparation of business-focused invalidity/non-infringement, freedom to operate and patentability opinions. Aly is quite skilled at building strategic IP assets and helping turn those assets into business opportunities including strategic partnerships, product acquisitions and capital transactions.
At Prolacta, Aly is responsible for the cultivation, maintenance, defense and enforcement of the company’s extensive intellectual property portfolio. Aly also plays key roles in the company’s research and development and business development teams.
In addition to her responsibilities at Prolacta, Aly also devotes significant time toward the pro bono representation of LGBTQ individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the US.
Aly graduated, cum laude, from Gannon University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in Immunology and cum laude from The Catholic University Columbus School of law with a JD. Aly is admitted to practice in Washington State, Washington, DC and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Catherine is a member of Microsoft’s Compliance & Ethics team, and she manages a group that monitors and assesses compliance with privacy and product safety regulations across Microsoft’s businesses worldwide. In this role, she works with executives accountable for compliance to implement new requirements in the business and continuously improve compliance processes. On an annual basis, she contributes to a compliance update for the Regulatory and Public Policy Committee of the Board. Catherine previously supported Microsoft’s engineering and development teams for Office 365, Exchange Online, Outlook.com, and Outlook endpoints (Outlook Mobile, Universal Outlook, Outlook Client, Outlook for Mac, Outlook Web Access). Catherine started her legal career as a business, corporate and securities attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Before joining Microsoft, she held other in-house legal positions and had her own law firm that was a Microsoft vendor. Prior to her legal career, Catherine spent seven years as a Boeing engineer working on commercial airplane and DOD programs. Catherine is the General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and a member of the Executive Committee, as well as a founding Director of the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute.
Catherine raised two daughters as a single mom, one is now a 2L at the University of Washington School of Law and one is an engineering student at Seattle University. A long-time skier and runner, Catherine had a stroke at age 39 due to an undiagnosed congenital heart condition, which was later repaired. Catherine has been a spokesperson for the American Heart/Stroke Association and has worked with the AHA/ASA Advocacy Committee to promote health-related legislation.
Helen M. McFarland focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling for a broad range of Washington, Oregon, and California employers, professionals, and insurers. She advises clients on the entire gamut of employment issues, including hiring and firing, avoiding harassment and discrimination claims, responding to leave requests, accommodating disabilities or claimed disabilities, ensuring wage and hour compliance, handling grievances and investigations, and drafting employee handbooks, agreements, and other employment policies. Helen also frequently trains supervisors and Human Resource Professionals in best practices.
Helen has more than 18 years of experience representing management in litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and in arbitration. Helen enjoys all aspects of litigation and vigorously defends her clients in all types of employment claims, including equal employment opportunity laws, such as Title VII and its state counterparts the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the California Labor Code, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other employment related statutory and tort laws. She deftly handles each stage of litigation from the initial witness interviews and preparing the employer’s response to the EEOC or corresponding state agency, through discovery, dispositive motions, mediations, and trial.
Skylar works closely with her clients – both in and out of the courtroom – to help them avoid and solve their workplace conflicts. She represents clients of all sizes throughout the Pacific Northwest in a variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, public higher education, retail, recreation and leisure, food and beverage, electric utility construction and aerospace. Throughout all stages, Skylar strives to identify practical solutions to meet her clients’ business needs.
Her practice includes advising clients on:
Skylar frequently provides training to employers relating to topics such as effective and lawful management, discrimination and harassment – all of which focuses on fostering a respectful work environment. She is also a frequent speaker on employment topics, including developments with state and local laws relating to paid sick and safe leaves, minimum wages and consideration of conviction and arrest records.
In addition to her HR advice practice, Skylar regularly defends employers in litigation in state and federal courts and in agency charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC), as well as litigating noncompete matters. She has secured trial victories and dismissals for her clients in cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure-to-accommodate, wrongful discharge, military discrimination under USERRA and state law and wage and hour claims.
Ms. Wahi practices complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate and intellectual property litigation. She also serves K&L Gates as co-managing partner of the United States, managing partner of the Seattle office, chair of the firmwide Diversity Committee, and co-chair of the firmwide India practice.
As an experienced litigator, Ms. Wahi has argued before various tribunals and courts in hearings and at trial with success. She has represented clients across the country in multiple jurisdictions in commercial and intellectual property disputes. Ms. Wahi regularly represents clients in high-volume and high-stakes litigation involving multiple lawsuits, multiple parties, and occasionally multiple countries. In this role, she is used to enforcing her client’s rights along with a team of attorneys trained specially in high-volume litigation utilizing cutting-edge technology and resources.
Ms. Wahi also acts as global coordinating counsel for litigation for several clients across a wide range of jurisdictions, countries, and subject matter areas. In this role, she has developed litigation programs for clients to drive efficiencies of costs and consistency of approach across numerous engagements and jurisdictions.
In 2018, Ms. Wahi was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States by editors and writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications. She was also recently included in the 2018 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Recognized Practitioner in the General Commercial Litigation category for Washington State. She has also been selected to the 2018 and 2017 Washington Super Lawyers list and named by Managing IP magazine as an IP STAR from 2016 to 2018. Washington Diversity Council also named Ms. Wahi as one of “Washington’s Top 20 Business Women” in 2017.
Melanie is an executive for the Microsoft’s Cloud Operations and Innovation organization as Sr. Director, Lease Center of Excellence, an integral role in charting the future direction of Microsoft through participation in global data center landscape-defining transactions. Previously, Melanie oversaw a team at T-Mobile responsible for driving billions of synergy savings to self-fund the network deployment strategy in bringing the best and most reliable 5G network to the country. She focused on optimizing T-Mobile’s long term financial health by reducing operating expenses. Melanie was Sr. Counsel for T-Mobile’s Engineering, Product and Information Technology organizations and partnered with her technology clients to provide operational guidance for T-Mobile’s network deployment strategy involving thousands of cell sites, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and in-building facilities providing wireless coverage to T-Mobile’s 100+ million customers and propelling 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) into the future. Melanie also focused on complex commercial transactions involving consumer IoT products, software licenses, software as a service, cloud computing, data collection, privacy, cyber security, and all aspects assisting the digital transformation of T-Mobile’s HR, Supply Chain, Sales Operations and Finance systems.
Additionally, Melanie is a Board Director of the Together Center, providing affordable housing and a centralized location for services for underserved communities. Melanie was the Chairperson of the Women’s Leadership Network, an internal leadership organization that drives gender diversity and empowers its 16,200 members across 53 Chapters nationwide reach for opportunity and thrive in their personal and professional lives. Prior to joining Microsoft and T-Mobile, Melanie served as Managing Attorney at American Tower Corporation and led an organization in the securitization of the company’s most valuable real estate tower assets. She is a champion of gender and racial diversity. Melanie graduated with a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she was a 3-sport varsity captain and recipient of the Max I. Silber award for being an outstanding student-athlete.
Sloane Perras is a seasoned corporate executive and leader in global logistics and retail brands with expertise in post-acquisition integration of top two industry leaders as well as transitioning two, separate large publicly held companies from family control to investor control. Perras also has expertise in cyber security, corporate governance and complex regulatory environments. She is the General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer of Foss Maritime Company, LLC, a 130 year old harbor and marine services company. She is formerly the Chief Administrative & Legal Officer for two privately held retail brands. As part of her executive teams, Perras regularly reviewed the companies’ enterprise risk strategies, financial controls and stays very familiar with the businesses’ flows of revenue. Perras also managed the Risk management functions and provided enterprise strategy for innovation, regulatory compliance and HR risk mitigation. Perras also has worked closely with her CEOs, executive peers and Boards of Directors on corporate governance, including reporting direct to the Audit Committee on cyber and privacy issues.
From 2002 through 2011, Perras worked in companies involved in the global supply chain. As an in-house lawyer, she was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Americold Logistics, LLC and corporate counsel of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (“EXPD”). At Americold, she served as a key team member in the IPO readiness and IPO and secured indenture offering of the largest global logistics REIT and the resulting integration of two industry powerhouses. Throughout her supply chain background, she has addressed significant regulatory and compliance matters, especially around global enforcement protocol.
Perras has a BS Finance from UF and earned her law degree, Cum Laude, from UGA School of Law. She is a recognized leader in talent development as well as promoting diversity in her community and industry as well as acting as an executive liaison in local and national trade associations as well as for government agencies.
Megan Yoshimura is an Employment Law Attorney at Microsoft Corporation, where she provides counsel on US employment law issues, including those relating to discrimination, disability accommodation, leave of absence, wage and hour, contingent workforce, internal investigations, hiring, performance management, and termination. Prior to her current role, Megan was a part of the Global Employment and Migration Team and US Immigration Team at Microsoft. Before relocating to Seattle, Megan practiced business immigration at various firms in Chicago.
As President of Lane Powell, Barbara Duffy works closely with the Board of Directors and an experienced senior management team to lead the firm forward, with a focus on innovative service offerings, superior client service, and recruiting and developing diverse talent. Barb has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, health care and regulatory disputes, and class actions, and continues to serve the firm’s clients in this capacity.
Barb has tried bench and jury trials in state and federal courts and has extensive experience with arbitration proceedings. She advises national and local clients on matters related to False Claims Act, qui tam, investigations and class action defense strategies.
In 2004, Barb saw an opportunity to develop a cross functional team to meet the legal needs of the health care and senior living industries. Under her leadership, the firm has become recognized as a top tier provider of legal counsel for providers in these sectors. As part of her ongoing commitment to the health care industry, Barb serves as Co-Chair of the American Health Care Association’s Legal Committee, after serving as Chair for four years.
As a senior litigator and legal advisor, Barb has learned that in addition to providing clients with the best possible legal and business advice, the keys for a successful relationship are responsiveness and clear communication. She excels at keeping clients informed, empowered and on top of developments that affect their business.
Barb has been consistently named one of the top 250 female litigators in the nation by Benchmark Litigation, recognized as a leader in litigation by Chambers® USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers®, and is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Lisa Schaures guides businesses, social ventures and nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest through everyday general counsel matters, quandaries and major life cycle events. In more than 10 years of practice, she has helped clients through starting up, governance structuring, purchases, mergers, conversions, conflicts of interests, acquiring tax exempt status, complex tax concerns, deferred compensation strategies, contract negotiations and expansion growing pains.
Lisa’s leadership and work with different practice areas allows her to pull together the right team to bring major transactions and negotiations over the finish line with a focus on her client’s important goals and relationships. As an everyday partner with growing businesses and nonprofits, she handles contract, governance, conflict of interest, tax, expansion and other general counsel matters effectively and with sensitivity to each client’s uniqueness.
Jessica Nguyen is the General Counsel of PayScale, a Seattle, Washington based technology company that provides and collects compensation data to help employees and employers make informed compensation decisions. PayScale’s products enable organizations to take a transparent and data-driven approach to their compensation strategy and pay their employees fairly and equitably. PayScale prides itself on being a thought leader on pay equity issues.
Jessica built from the ground up a legal team and processes at PayScale. Prior to PayScale, Jessica supported the growth, scalability, and risk mitigation of other organizations, including the Office 365 engineering teams at Microsoft, Avalara during its early stages, and was an attorney at Pacific Northwest law firms. Jessica was also recognized as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Honorees.
Ann recently joined the in-house legal team at PeopleConnect, a Seattle based information technology company, where she specializes in commercial contracts, consumer privacy, and business regulatory issues. In addition, she is a member of the PeopleConnect Women's Initiative Committee, which focuses on creating leadership opportunities for women in corporate management. Ann previously started and directed a consulting firm for technology start-ups and small businesses, and spent five years as an associate with Feller Law Group, PLLC in New York. Prior to her career in law, Ann toured the world as a concert violinist, and she continues to perform regularly. Ann received her J.D. from Pace Law School and Bachelor's degree in music performance from The Boston Conservatory.
Susy Mendoza began her in-house career at Nordstrom as a generalist, learning the ropes by supporting supply chain, brand divisions, e-comm and social media. Eventually focusing her practice on retail, tech and digital, her day-to-day includes building and managing a global privacy program, a wide variety of contract negotiations and educating business partners on frequently changing laws and regulations. Susy went to the University of Washington for undergrad (Go Dawgs) and Pepperdine for her law degree. She is currently the Director of Privacy and Technology Counsel at lululemon.
Lizanne Vaughan serves as Chief People Officer for Getty Images, overseeing all aspects of the company’s diverse global workforce. Based in Seattle and sitting on the company’s executive team, Lizanne serves as a strategic partner, executing an HR strategy that that is synchronistic to the vision and fast-growing pace of Getty Images.
Working with Getty Images’ Legal team for the last 14 years, most recently as Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Lizanne is a key partner for the company’s HR team and a consistent, fair voice for employees.
As CPO, Lizanne drives corporate culture and values, ensuring the company has a world-class human resources strategy to support growth and success, further strengthening Getty Images’ competitive advantage through commitment to culture, D&I and aligning human capital to company strategy. Her responsibilities also include directing and leading people-centric global initiatives and programs that align with the company’s objectives, including staffing, diversity and inclusion initiatives, employee and leadership development, employee relations, compensation and benefits.
Previously, as Getty Images Vice President of Corporate Counsel, Lizanne oversaw global claims and litigation matters for the business, serving as employment and legal compliance counsel. Prior to her time with Getty Images, Lizanne served as an Instructor at the University of Washington, as well as Seattle University, and as counsel at Oles Morison Rinker & Baker LLP.
Lizanne holds a JD from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and originally hails from just outside of Philadelphia, United States.
Monica Reinmiller is a legal compliance attorney and risk professional. She focuses her practice as an in-house attorney in Trade Compliance, FCPA/Anti-corruption, and global Ethics and Compliance Program operations.
She is a Board member, Vice President-incoming President of the Association of Corporate Counsel Washington Chapter. Monica also leads diversity initiatives and pro bono volunteer work with the ACC-W Chapter and T-Mobile, where she helps lead the executive Diversity Task Force Committee and company Pro Bono Committee.
Monica Reinmiller graduated with a J.D. from California Western School of Law, and M.B.A. from Xavier University. She is a licensed attorney in California and Washington, a certified compliance and ethics professional, and certified in risk and information systems control. In 2019 she was appointed a Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity by the T-Mobile Legal Department.
Neeta Saran is an attorney for Microsoft Corporation headquartered in Redmond, WA. Neeta currently supports the Applications and Services Engineering Division with particular focus on providing legal guidance to engineering and business strategy clients developing new products and services through its Information Platform and Experiences (IPE) team. The IPE team’s mission is to build upon Bing as an Information Platform and integrate it into creative and new solutions across all Microsoft’s product lines, e.g., Windows, Office, XBOX, Windows Phone, Azure, etc… Neeta’s counseling includes many different areas such as privacy, data protection, and IP issues. Prior to moving into this role, Neeta provided legal support to Microsoft’s Advertising division where she counseled product and engineering teams developing advertising solutions to support publishers and advertisers across Microsoft’s display ad exchanges, media network, MSN and Windows 8 Apps. Neeta started her career as an antitrust attorney at the law firm of Crowell and Moring, LLP, based in Washington DC and also served as a Senior Counsel at Sun Microsystems, Inc supporting sales transactions with Sun’s Communications and Media and Entertainment customers.
Kathy L. Feldman is a shareholder and member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. For over 30 years, she has focused her practice on employment law, helping clients navigate issues ranging from employment agreement negotiation to breach of contract litigation. She has been named a “Best Lawyer in America” every year since 2012 and titled one of “Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys” in Labor and Employment Law by CEO Magazine.
Quinn is a trial lawyer who maintains a general litigation practice with an emphasis on employment-related matters. She represents corporations in complex civil litigation matters, including employment disputes, class action defense, intellectual property litigation, commercial contract disputes, and corporate fiduciary duty litigation. Quinn serves as the leader of Summit’s Litigation Practice Group.
Prior to joining Summit Law Group, Quinn worked as an Assistant Public Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. While there, she represented clients charged with serious felonies and tried hundreds of cases to verdict.
Emily Peyser partners with clients to offer strategic and comprehensive intellectual property strategies to help build, monetize, and protect their patent and trademark portfolios. She places a high value on working closely with clients to establish long term relationships and a deep understanding of their business objectives. Emily advises her clients at every stage in the lifecycle of their intellectual property assets with an emphasis on planning, procurement of U.S. and foreign patents, opinions, enforcement and licensing.
Shawna M. Lydon is a member of the Litigation Practice Group at Betts Patterson Mines. Her practice is primarily in the areas of employment law and insurance defense litigation, including motor vehicle liability, premises liability and product liability matters. Ms. Lydon also has substantial experience handling real estate disputes, including mortgage litigation involving lender liability. Finally, Ms. Lydon actively represents insurers in coverage disputes involving bad faith and IFCA disputes. Prior to joining Betts Patterson Mines, Ms. Lydon served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Hayley Talbert devotes her time to strategic intellectual property counseling in the electrical, software, and mechanical arts, focusing on efficient and effective patent prosecution. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida (2004) and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law (2008). Hayley focuses her practice on intellectual property matters including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, licensing, validity and infringement studies, and opinions - with a focus on electronics, electro-mechanical devices, and semiconductor manufacturing and operation. In addition, her practice also includes the registration and enforcement of trademarks. Hayley has been with Seed IP for nearly a decade - beginning as a law clerk in 2007, then associate, and now as partner of the firm. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hayley is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
Rachel Haller focuses her practice on patent procurement and strategic portfolio management in a range of multi-disciplinary fields. Her practice includes domestic patent prosecution and international portfolio management, as well as patentability, validity, and infringement studies. Rachel works with clients in a broad range of industry sectors, including alternative energy, diagnostics, material science, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductor manufacturing and processing. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law (2013), and a B.S. (cum laude) in General Science from Seattle University (2009). While in law school, Rachel received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the top grade in her intellectual property in commerce class. Prior to joining Seed IP Law Group, she worked as an associate attorney prosecuting patent matters at a boutique IP law firm and in the Seattle office of a large international law firm.
Kristen has more than two decades of experience guiding businesses in their financing strategies.
Her current practice centers on advising innovative companies – from startups to growth-stage – on the full range of corporate and securities matters, including securities offerings, investment vehicles, and broker-dealer, investment adviser and alternative trading system regulations.
Kristen has a particular fluency in the unique needs of cryptocurrency businesses and use of the Regulation A+ token securities offering.
Her experience as general counsel for a $20 billion financial services firm brings strong business perspective to her legal practice. She enjoys working closely with clients to accomplish their business goals, tailoring legal advice, and solutions to fit each client’s operations, industry and risk profile, with a problem-solving mentality.
Maureen represents clients on environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including:
· The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
· Clean Air Act
· Clean Water Act
· Model Toxics Control Act
· Climate change/carbon markets
· Water rights
She provides practical advice on working with federal and state regulatory agencies in enforcement and compliance matters, as well as on worker health and safety concerns. Specific areas of focus include public lands, mining, redevelopment of contaminated sites and Indian law, including protection of natural resources and treaty rights. In addition to environmental litigation, Maureen has an extensive background in dispute resolution, commercial litigation and arbitration. She also has experience in international law and works with Russian-speaking clients in their native language.
As a member of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s cabinet, Mariko is the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) which leads the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to end institutional racism in City government. Additionally, SOCR advances race and social justice through its policy work and by protecting civil rights in the city of Seattle. SOCR enforces local and federal civil rights laws (illegal discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and contracting, along with Seattle’s All-Gender Restroom Ordinance, the ban on providing conversion therapy to minors, and the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance).
Prior to serving in this role, Mariko worked at the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions on a national effort to prepare young people who are out of work and out of school for employment opportunities with a focus on those provided by a corporate coalition of more than 50 U.S.-based companies. Her leadership roles have included Director of the City of Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and President & State Director of Communities In Schools of New Jersey where she led the state affiliate of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life.
Mariko's career in community organizing began in Nicaragua where she lived and worked for seven years during the Sandinista revolution serving in various roles including muralist, community education curriculum developer, and co-director of the Centro de Communicación Internacional. Mariko is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband.