Olivia Fines, Esq. is a Federal government contracts (govcon) attorney for Parsons Corporation based out of Centreville, Virginia. Olivia received her BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia in 2008, with a specialization in International Business Law. Before joining Parsons, Olivia was General Counsel for a small govcon, Golden Key Group, LLC and a larger govcon, PRO-telligent, LLC a Tetra Tech Company. From 2008-2011, she also served as an adjunct law professor at the law schools of Ludwig Maximillian Universitat of Munich, Germany, and University of Augsburg in Augsburg Germany. Olivia is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. She and her passion project partner have launched www.privilegeandprejudice.com to undertake the privilege projects – a program designed to promote awareness and education on racism in America, and what you can do about it!
Dr. Emelyne Calimoutou is a legal counsel and a gender specialist at the World Bank working on legal reforms aiming at empowering women and adolescent girls, improving access to quality maternal and child health services and family planning, and reducing gender inequality to positively impact the Sahel region’s demographic dividend. She received her Ph.D. in law from Montpellier University in France, her LL.M in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law, American University and her M.B.A from H.E.C Paris. She is currently an MPH candidate at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.
Through her work experience at the World Bank, she developed an expertise on Ending Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) programming. In this capacity, she conducted legal research on of the legal frameworks across beneficiaries’ countries of the Sahel Women’s Empowerment Demographic Dividend regional project (SWEDD) in three areas (i) continued schooling of girls, including in the case of pregnancy (ii) age of marriage and (iii) female genital mutilation (FGM). She prepared materials and facilitated with clients and partners, a constructive peer-to-peer consultation between parliamentarians, lawyers and judges from the seven project countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger). She expanded the World Bank legal research agenda on harmful traditional practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation. She is the lead author of two Compendia on International and National Frameworks on Child Marriage Laws and Female Genital Laws that she has presented in several international conferences. She recently presented the results of her research on child marriage laws at the African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM) in Dakar with distinguished panelists, including both Ministers of Justice from the Gambia and Senegal.
Emelyne is passionate about early childhood development and she is the Founder of Happy Childhood, a parent and educator’s resource for joyful learning experiences aiming at creating a safe and inclusive environment to empowering children and help them to express their full potential.
Crystal Evans is an Associate Counsel within NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) Regulatory Affairs Department where she primarily focuses on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory compliance for NBCU-owned television stations, its broadcast and cable networks, and digital platforms. Crystal advises on various regulatory obligations such as children’s programming, EEO reporting, sponsorship ID and advertising. She also assists in drafting legal guidance and conducting compliance trainings.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Crystal was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and a law clerk for America’s Public Television Stations. While in law school, she held internships at the Internet Association, NPR, and in the Office of Chairman Wheeler at the FCC.
Crystal received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2016 and currently resides in Northern Virginia.
NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses.
Susan’s clients depend on her in-depth industry knowledge and strategic insights. Her in-house experience informs her pragmatic, business-savvy counsel to health care industry clients. She regularly advises pharmaceutical services providers, managed care organizations, post-acute and long term care providers, and those who invest in the industry on the risks and potential benefits of strategic affiliations, complex service agreements, and due diligence in high profile transactions. She also provides counsel on government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and compliance and regulatory matters. She has particular insight into the challenges facing managed care organizations, specialty pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers. Susan is also part of Mintz’s leadership team.
Heather Souder Choi is is a corporate investigations and competition lawyer with over a decade of experience representing corporations and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement matters before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state enforcement agencies against allegations of mail and wire fraud, insider trading, bid-rigging, price fixing, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Anti-Kickback Act.
She has significant experience handling cross-border investigations for multinational corporations and involving foreign individuals, including companies with operations in Japan, India, Ecuador, Vietnam, China, and Bangladesh. In addition to representing clients facing government enforcement actions, Heather has significant antitrust litigation experience defending corporations in complex multi-district and multi-defendant class actions against allegations of price fixing, monopolization, and other anti-competitive activity. She represents clients across a broad range of industries including automotive, energy, diversified manufacturing, beverage distribution, and technology.
Ms. Choi also serves as Hiring Partner of the D.C. office.
Alyssa Moore is a native Southern Californian who moved East to pursue her educational and professional goals. She graduated from Oakwood University in 2009, and matriculated at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law in Durham, NC. While at NCCU, Ms. Moore earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degrees simultaneously and graduated in 2013. After law school, Ms. Moore attended The Catholic University of America where she also obtained her LL.M (Masters of Law) in Financial Securities.
Presently, Ms. Moore is In-House Counsel for comScore, Inc. where she engages in the practice of Cross-Platform Media Data Measurement for the United States local and national television markets, Canadian media market, and Small Business media markets. She also assists with Data Privacy Rights issues and Non-Disclosure agreements.
Daphne Turpin Forbes is a trusted legal and business advisor at Microsoft with 20+ years of practice in the U.S. Public Sector and commercial industries. Her corporate experience spans in-house at companies like Microsoft, Discovery Communications, ACS State & Local Solutions (a Xerox Company), Lockheed Martin, Hyatt Hotels, and General Motors. She is well-regarded within the legal and business communities with recognitions as a top lawyer and corporate leader. At Microsoft, Daphne leads a team of attorneys and assumes lead legal responsibility for a segment of the company’s Global Commercial Field Group (“GCFG”) where she negotiates, serves as the escalation point on complex legal matters, and provides advice on a wide spectrum of complex enterprise-wide license deals; including cloud services, ethics, and privacy issues (to name a few), and she advises on all other matters unique to the U.S. Public Sector and Education verticals.
Daphne is a leader who is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equality. She has participated and collaborated with various organizations as a champion for diverse lawyers, legal professionals, and women, with an emphasis on women of color. In addition, Daphne is the U.S. Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) lead for GCFG and has served as a corporate leader in the company’s African American Employee Network. A former Human Resources professional, who claims civility and coaching as her superpowers, Daphne is effective at and enjoys leading people, projects, and process. In addition, she is visible, active, and involved in her community. Daphne has long-standing memberships in several community service organizations. She has served on various non-profit boards and advisory councils nationally and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She currently serves as a Commissioner of the Prince George’s County, Maryland, Liquor Board as its Chairwoman. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar and National Bar Associations.
Daphne is the recipient of various corporate awards for her D&I and client work. Most notably, she is the corporate recipient of the Microsoft MVP Circle of Excellence (Gold Club) Award, and the National Bar Association’s Clyde E. Bailey Corporate Leadership Award. Daphne is a graduate of Michigan State University, and the American University Washington College of Law.
Concetta E. Dudley is an accomplished attorney and bioethicist.She brings nearly three decades of legal experience to her role as General Counsel for Inspirion Biosciences, which provides biorisk management and strategy services.In addition to her current in-house role, Ms. Dudley has served in a number of senior positions in industry, government and academia, including with the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and MedImmune (now an Astra Zeneca company).She has expertise in corporate and technology transactions, start-up and emerging companies, strategic business advising, corporate compliance, and conflict management.
Ms. Dudley also holds adjunct graduate faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, teaching technology transfer and commercialization, as well as legal, ethical and regulatory aspects of biotechnology.
Ms. Dudley received her JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, her Master of Bioethics from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelors degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Through her previous experiences, Ms. Mand has acted as outside general counsel for a variety of associations and corporations. Her law firm experience includes representation in a variety of practice areas including corporate governance and drafting and advising on a variety of commercial agreements. She then started her own firm and represented start-up companies in technology, music, entertainment and sports.
Ms. Mand began her in house career at Gap, Inc., in San Francisco, representing Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy with their franchise ventures across the Globe. Ms. Mand then worked for 24 Hour Fitness in their transaction group before moving back to the DC area. Upon her return to DC, Ms. Mand sat as the first General Counsel for PLASTICS and then became the primary attorney assisting nearly 450 hotels, managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Currently, Ms. Mand works at National Geographic (recently acquired by The Walt Disney Company) and is the head attorney servicing National Geographic Expeditions (Travel). She is the DC representative for Disney Lawyers of Color (DLOC) for the DC Chapter. A group created within the very large Disney legal team globally to support the diverse lawyers and offer a resource for something that is very important to Disney’s General Counsel, Alan Braverman.
Casiya Thaniel is an attorney at Microsoft providing legal support to clients responsible for enterprise customers in the $2 Billion - U.S. Financial Services Industry. Casiya negotiates complex cloud technology deals and assists the U.S. Commercial business team drive revenue by hosting technology events and speaking regularly on digital transformation, artificial intelligence, privacy, cyber security, and the importance of cloud literacy. In her prior role, she supported Xbox and PC products for large U.S. retailers, where she primarily focused on marketing, sales, and antitrust concerns.
Casiya holds a B.B.A. from Howard University, Master’s Certificate in Commercial Contract Management from George Washington University/ESI International and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-U.S. and an alum of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Casiya is on the board of trustees for the Holy Trinity Day School in Maryland and the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association – Commercial Law Section.
Susie Jones, founding and managing member of Jones Robb, is experienced in a wide array of patent law, including utility and design patent preparation and prosecution; strategic national and international patent portfolio development and management; post-grant proceedings, such as reissue, reexamination, and interference proceedings; and patentability, validity, infringement, and due diligence opinions. She also has been involved in both district court patent litigation and Federal Circuit appeals. Susie’s technical/industry practice areas cover various aspects of biomedical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical engineering, and she has served clients in highly competitive technical areas, including alternative energy, biomedical devices, cosmetic devices, displays, electromagnetics, food sciences, life sciences, optics, packaging, robotics, and business methods. Susie’s experience and expertise most recently have focused on providing a range of patent services to clients and developing patent strategies that complement the client’s business objectives. In particular, she enjoys developing and managing patent portfolios for the world market, for both start-up and larger companies. To this end, she also analyzes competitors’ patent portfolios and products to counsel clients regarding enhancement and enforcement of their patent portfolio, contemplated products, potential design-around, and acquisition of technology.
Mariana Gomez-Vock is Associate General Counsel at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). She is an experienced policy and legal adviser with subject matter expertise in global and domestic group capital standards for insurance, reinsurance, and identifying and analyzing emerging regulatory risk trends.
Adriel Sanders is a corporate attorney with over 9 years of experience representing mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies in a range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, general commercial counseling, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
Ms. Sanders began working as an associate in the M&A and Corporate Finance group at the law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in 2010. In need of some serious self-care, Ms. Sanders quit her law firm job in 2015 without having another job lined up. She spent the next year working as a freelance photographer, training to be a yoga teacher, and functioning as a legal consultant. In February 2016 she began working as the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a public company located in Bethesda, Maryland and also launched a blog focused on style, clean skincare, and well-being. Through her blog, Ms. Sanders encourages others to prioritize their well-being over the never-ending rat race.
Ms. Sanders is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (GO BLUE!) and she attained her B.A. in English/Journalism and Political Science from Miami University. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Veterans Endeavor, a nonprofit that offers housing, case management, financial assistance, and other services to homeless veterans and their family members. She is a 2013 St. Louis Business Journal 30 Under 30 Award Recipient and an accomplished fine arts photographer with photography featured in multiple juried photography competitions.
In her free time, you will find Ms. Sanders trapezing, golfing, playing tennis, and photographing cool things.
Dimple Manghnani serves as Corporate Counsel for [solidcore], a national boutique fitness studio with over 60 locations across the US. Dimple joined [solidcore] in 2016, when it was operating only 10 studios in the DMV area, and since then, she has developed the company’s legal department and compliance programs from scratch.
As the point person for all legal and regulatory issues in the company, Dimple manages relationships with outside counsel, and is responsible for drafting and negotiating all internal and external contracts for the company, ranging from employment agreements, to corporate partnerships, to licensing agreements, to commercial real estate transactions.
In addition, Dimple counsels the C-suite on a wide-range of business and strategic priorities in order to reducing legal, financial, operational, and ethical risks as [solidcore] continues to grow.
Latoya C. Asia is the Director, Associate General Counsel at E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a leading financial services company and a pioneer in the online brokerage industry. In this capacity, Ms. Asia provides practical legal counsel on a range of employment matters impacting the Company and develops creative solutions to Human Resource issues across the U.S. and international locations. In addition, she provides training to internal stakeholders on workplace and employment law matters, policies and procedures, represents the Company before various administrative and regulatory agencies, and in mediation and arbitration, and manages outside counsel on a variety of matters. Ms. Asia also serves as a Member of the Company’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of its Multicultural Employee Resource Group.
Prior to joining E*TRADE, Ms. Asia practiced labor & employment law at a large law firm where her practice predominantly involved representing and counseling employers in the areas of employment discrimination, labor-management relations and general employment litigation. While at the firm, Ms. Asia also gained invaluable experience as an integral member of a complex, multiyear, federal trade secret misappropriation litigation team.
Alonzo Barber is a Senior Attorney supporting Microsoft’s US Enterprise Commercial Sales Organization where he leads a team that is responsible for negotiating complex licensing and services transaction.Prior to this role, Alonzo worked in the Windows and Devices Group within Microsoft supporting the Internet of Things and Wearable Computer divisions advising on various legal issues including privacy, intellectual property, and product liability matters.Before joining Microsoft in 2013, Alonzo held the position of Senior Counsel at Viacom/BET Networks in Washington, DC.
Upon receiving his commission in the Navy from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997, Alonzo served seven years as an officer certified in all aspects of nuclear-powered submarines including five strategic patrols aboard the USS Florida (SSBN 728). He also worked as an Admissions Officer at the Naval Academy until his separation from the military in 2004. Alonzo earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Counsel, Director, Corporate Counsel and Senior Managing Attorney fluent in Arabic and French with exceptional interpersonal/ legal skills and judgment who is able to forge strong and successful business relationships across all business sectors.Qualified in data security and incidence response, GDPR, negotiating complex sales and technology transactions, ethics probes, public and regulatory filings.
Eugenia (Jeannie) Hernandez is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy at Sodexo, Inc. In this role, she leads the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy for the company in the United States and Canada. Since joining Sodexo in 2016, Jeannie has partnered with the Regional Leadership Team to promote a corporate culture that fosters ethical and compliant behaviors including trainings, policy review, annual certification programs, and risk assessments. Prior to joining Sodexo, Jeannie served in legal positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Jeannie provided legal support to Daymon Worldwide as their General Counsel and Pitney Bowes as Assistant General Counsel.
Jeannie holds a B.A. in History, Spanish from Oberlin College. Jeannie graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with a JD in Law.
Deneen C. Howell is Co-Chair of both Williams & Connolly’s Employment Counseling and Litigation practice group, where her focus is on counseling clients regarding executive employment and internal investigations, as well as its Transactions and Business Counseling practice group. She is a highly skilled negotiator with broad experience advising senior executives, former government officials, authors, broadcasters and journalists as well as privately held businesses and non-profit organizations largely centered on employment and other personal services matters.
She regularly advises former government officials in connection with their professional, academic and publishing pursuits following government service, including Presidents, Cabinet Members, White House officials, Senators, Representatives, Department of Justice, Department of State and other agency officials as well as representatives of state and local government, whether it be serving as a consultant, senior advisor, board member or senior executive to corporations, joining a law firm, writing their memoirs, running academic institutions or joining faculties, undertaking paid speaking engagements, serving as contributors to media outlets, or some combination of the above.
In her publishing practice, apart from non-fiction, Deneen also has a thriving practice representing authors of literary fiction, thrillers and romance.
Deneen has an extensive executive compensation practice where she represents top executives, fiduciary board members and advisory board members at public and privately-held companies, and media organizations, and negotiates and structures both executive employment and severance agreements. In addition, she regularly negotiates employment agreements for senior administrators, academics and coaches from various institutions of higher learning as well as major foundations, libraries and trade associations. Deneen also represents senior executives of professional sports teams and, in her media practice, she represents on-air and off-air talent, including anchors, correspondents, reporters, writers, editors and producers, negotiating employment agreements with their networks, cable companies and local stations.
In 2018 and 2019, Chambers USA recognized Deneen as a member of Williams & Connolly’s “renowned” media and entertainment practice. Chambers notes that the team is expert in the publishing field and “sought out by leading authors and politicians to negotiate book deals.” Deneen also has been honored as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers (2018) and has been selected as one of the top 500 lawyers overall (Lawdragon magazine, 2018-2019).
Elaine Horn represents clients in a broad range of complex civil and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis in the areas of employment disputes, products liability, and commercial contracts. Her trial experience includes the representation of both defendants and plaintiffs in federal and state court, bankruptcy court, and arbitrations.
In her products liability practice, Elaine represents major pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation, including serving on the national coordinating counsel team. Her employment practice includes conducting internal investigations, providing counseling on corporate and non-profit employment policies, defending employers in class action litigation, and litigating individual civil and administrative cases. Elaine serves as Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Employment Litigation and Counseling practice group.
Over the course of her career, Elaine has also litigated claims involving major hospitality and commercial real estate companies, and a wide variety of plaintiffs' litigation, including favorable multi-million dollar judgments for a defrauded plaintiff. Elaine’s pro bono work has included the representation of asylum applicants, supervising representation in landlord-tenant matters and administrative proceedings involving disability benefits, and supervising attorneys on appellate criminal matters
Elaine grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and received double degrees from Texas A&M University in 1991, and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was on the Editorial Board of The University of Chicago Law Review. Following law school, Elaine clerked in Los Angeles for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Elaine spent a year in New York working for the Office of the Appellate Defender, a non-profit organization that represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal. Elaine joined Williams & Connolly in 1996. She previously served on the Williams & Connolly Hiring Committee from 1999 to 2005. Elaine currently serves on the Board of Directors for the House of Ruth, a local non-profit organization that provides housing and other services to homeless and abused women and their children.
Melissa is the head of Pillsbury’s Washington, DC Litigation group and co-leader of the firm’s Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution practice. She focuses her practice on complex construction claims and insurance coverage disputes.
Melissa has substantial experience in construction defect litigation, having handled claims involving delay, design, defective products, mold, EIFS and Chinese drywall throughout the United States. She also has substantial experience in complex insurance coverage litigation, especially in claims involving builder’s risk, CGL, subcontractor default, professional, pollution, commercial property, business interruption and other policies. Melissa routinely represents clients in contract negotiations and on matters concerning insurance and risk management issues that arise outside of litigation.
Deborah Baum is the leader of Pillsbury’s Global Litigation Practice. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has secured an impressive success rate in recent cases tried to conclusion.
Debby has been achieving winning results for more than 30 years, prosecuting and defending a wide range of business cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before arbitration tribunals. She has tried more than 17 civil cases to conclusion before judges, juries and arbitration tribunals, and countless evidentiary hearings on TROs, preliminary injunctions and other matters. In the last 10 years alone, she has tried 11 cases; while the result is still out on the most recent, she has a 10-0 win record on the first 10.
Debby’s broad practice includes product liability, complex commercial, real estate, corporate, fiduciary and health care disputes, and international arbitrations.