Lori is the chair of Olshan’s Litigation Practice Group and is a seasoned trial attorney with 20 years of experience in litigating complex, commercial disputes. Lori represents a wide range of clients, including hedge funds and private equity companies, shareholder activists, real estate developers, and other private and publicly held companies. She has significant experience in a broad array of corporate litigation matters, with an emphasis on shareholder and investor disputes, merger and acquisitions litigation, director and officer liability, real estate related disputes, and actions involving breaches of major and complex contracts. Lori also has a significant real estate litigation expertise, and was quoted extensively in The Real Deal’s article entitled “The Judges Who Rule over Real Estate.” She also has significant experience representing clients in business-tort cases and employment-related claims, including restrictive covenants, tortious interference with business, and unfair competition.
Lori routinely provides litigation guidance and counsel relating to the firm’s activist practice. She has successfully handled multiple matters for shareholder activist clients enforcing investor rights, compelling inspections of books and records and contesting company actions in influential jurisdictions including Delaware Chancery Court and New York courts. And, Lori was recently lead trial counsel for two highly sophisticated corporate matters that went to trial in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.
Kathie Caminiti is a partner in the firm's New Jersey and New York offices, and co-chair of the Pay Equity practice group. She has extensive experience handling employment litigation matters, ranging from individual plaintiff discrimination claims to wage and hour class and collective actions.
Kathie has successfully defended cases alleging civil rights violations, race, sex, age and handicap discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, wrongful discharge and retaliation. Kathie has a sophisticated wage and hour practice and has distinguished herself in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)/wage and hour litigation. Kathie currently is the lead counsel on a number of nationwide class and collective actions and has obtained favorable outcomes for clients in various wage and hour matters, including class and collective actions arising under the FLSA and various state laws.
Kathie has also defended employers and financial institutions in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases, including class actions, seeking severance, pension and health and welfare benefits, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.
Kathie counsels her clients on compliance with the law in such areas as employment discrimination, disability law, wrongful termination, reductions in force, FMLA and leave laws, sexual harassment, pay equity, and wage & hour matters, including issues related to employee classification. Kathie also assists clients in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as wage and hour and pay equity audits.
Recently, Kathie has been dedicating her time to analyzing the legal issues surrounding pay equality, state pay equity legislation and litigation and pay equity compliance audits. As a member of the firm’s Education Practice Group, Kathie regularly provides advice and training to a number of private educational institutions.
Her expertise is frequently quoted by ABC News, NJBiz, HR Executive, NJ 101.5 and other media outlets. She has published numerous articles that have appeared in The New York Law Journal, New Jersey Business, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and Practical Law Institute regarding a variety of employment-related issues.
Marisa Sternstein is an experienced employment lawyer. Ms. Sternstein has been recognized as a leader in the field and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the area of employment law and legal ethics. Since 2013, Super Lawyers has recognized her as a Rising Star in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
Lisa Ulrich is IP Counsel for IBM handling patents, trademarks, transactional and policy & strategy matters. Lisa is the Chair of the Lanham Act Task Force proposing statutory language for inclusion of Well-Known Marks Protection in the Lanham Act for the International Trademark Association (INTA). Lisa was the Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) US Trademark Office Practice Committee from 2012-2015.
Kathleen Connelly concentrates her practice in Employment Law and has more than 25 years of experience representing employers and individual members of management in both the private and public sectors. She provides practical and cost-effective preventative counseling on a wide array of employment matters and focuses on helping clients to make legally-compliant employment decisions that advance management objectives and avoid or reduce litigation risks.
Kathleen has conducted in excess of 50 internal investigations into allegations of harassment and workplace misconduct and provides reports of findings and recommendations for further action. She routinely provides management and staff training in workplace sensitivity and all aspects of employment law compliance.
Kathleen has successfully represented employers and members of management in all aspects of proceedings in state and federal courts, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and administrative agencies involving claims of unlawful harassment and discrimination; wrongful discharge; breach of contract; whistleblower retaliation; failure to provide reasonable accommodation; civil rights violations; violation of non-compete agreements; violation of leave rights; wage and hour compliance; and other employment claims. Kathleen’s appellate practice includes several appearances before the New Jersey Appellate Division.
Kathleen is a frequent speaker before business and industry groups on a wide range of employment law topics and compliance.
Kathleen is a member of Lindabury’s Women’s Business Initiative, a program focused on fostering meaningful relationships whereby professional women are able to seek and provide advice and direction in areas of professional advancement, client development, marketing, education, community service, and family/work balance. In 2018 Kathleen was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal for its inaugural Professional Excellence Mentorship Award. Kathleen has been included on the list of New Jersey Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ Magazine (2009) and as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor (2015-2018). She has been named as the Irish Business Association’s Woman of the Year (2015) and was chosen by the American Cancer Society as one of Monmouth County’s “Mothers Who Make a Difference.”
Catherine Williams is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation department and co-chair of the Hiring Committee. Ms. Williams represents clients in complex commercial and employment litigation and investigations. Her clients range from not-for-profit organizations, colleges and universities, publishers, and professional associations to medical device manufacturers, financial institutions and consumer products companies.
Ms. Williams has substantial experience defending clients in class action litigations. In her employment practice, she has represented clients in wage and hour class actions asserting a variety of claims under state and federal law. She also defended a putative ERISA class action alleging failure to pay benefits due to nationwide class of employees under severance pay plan. Ms. Williams also defends commercial class actions. In one recent matter, she defended an educational publishing company in a putative class action filed by authors concerning payments of royalties. She has also represented consumer products companies in false advertising class actions brought by competitors and consumers.
In her employment law practice, Ms. Williams advises corporate and not-for-profit clients on a wide range of issues including internal investigations relating to sexual harassment claims and whistleblower, discrimination and retaliation complaints; employment policies and agreements; non-compete agreements; and wage and hour law compliance. She assists clients in negotiating employment and transition agreements for high level executives, and advises both in-house counsel and human resources personnel on risk management concerns surrounding employee terminations.
When clients are faced with litigation relating to employment, Ms. Williams has been successful in defending employers against claims for breach of employment agreements as well as discrimination and retaliation charges under city, state and federal law, including those relating to whistleblower and FCPA claims. She has also represented universities in litigation regarding wrongful termination claims by faculty members and the use of restricted endowment funds for faculty, and advises universities with respect to Title IX compliance and investigations.
As a commercial litigator, Ms. Williams has represented monoline insurers asserting contract and fraud claims relating to mortgage-backed securities transactions. On behalf of a medical device manufacturer, she obtained preliminary injunction in a false advertising and trademark infringement action, which was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Williams shares in the Firm’s commitment to pro bono service, and is currently representing a class of children in foster care with developmental disabilities in a suit alleging that government agencies have failed to provide required services and have left the children in unduly restrictive placements. The class certification decision was affirmed by the New York Court of Appeals, and litigation is ongoing. City of New York v. Maul, 14 N.Y.3d 499 (2010). She also serves as a Board Member for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Ms. Williams served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Paul G. Gardephe of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Dana Rosenfeld chairs the firm’s Privacy and Information Security practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. A former assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection and attorney advisor to FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky, Dana’s practice focuses on all aspects of privacy and data security, advertising and consumer financial protection at the federal and state levels. Dana’s clients, many of whom are involved in emerging technologies such as mobile, Internet of Things and “Big Data” services, include financial services companies, major retailers, direct marketers, consumer product manufacturers and technology and telecommunications companies.
Dana frequently represents clients before the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and state attorneys general regarding law enforcement investigations, advocacy in connection with FTC and CFPB rulemaking proceedings, and industry initiatives that require agency engagement on consumer protection regulation, legislation or enforcement. Of particular note, Dana is highlighted in Chambers for bringing “her intimate knowledge of the FTC to bear in advising clients on large-scale investigations.”
In the area of privacy and data security, Dana assists clients in complying with state and federal privacy and information security laws, as well as advises on best practices and self-regulatory programs. Her counsel includes digital marketing programs and interest-based advertising, privacy and data security policies and safeguards programs, special considerations in the collection and use of information from children and students and data breach management. Additionally, Dana defends clients in law enforcement investigations involving privacy and data security issues, and has been successful in obtaining closings or favorable settlements on behalf of companies in myriad industry sectors.
Catherine Clancy Mandell is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Argand Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. At Argand, she leads the firm’s legal, compliance and regulatory functions. She also works with the team on matters related to deal execution, fundraising, and operations, and serves as a resource for portfolio company management teams. Previously, Catherine was Counsel for American Express, where she advised the company’s Global Commercial Services business. Before joining American Express, Catherine worked as a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She focused her practice on the structuring, offering and ongoing management of private equity and hedge funds, as well as M&A, securities and regulatory compliance. Catherine has also worked as in-house counsel on secondment at HPS Investment Partners (formerly known as Highbridge Principal Strategies), advising the firm’s private credit platform. Catherine earned her LL.M. in Taxation, with Distinction, and her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she was a Global Law Scholar and received The Tax Lawyer Michael Mulroney Award for Outstanding Service. Catherine earned her B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University, where she received the United States Trust Company Award in Finance for Scholarship and Service and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, reading and writing. Catherine and her husband Matt have 2 young sons and a rescue Yorkie named Teddy.
Laurie Ehrlich is an experienced attorney in intellectual property and outsourcing. Until recently she served as Chief Counsel for the insurance vertical at Cognizant, negotiating complex services agreements and guiding her teams on all general legal matters arising in the insurance vertical. Ms. Ehrlich now is the head of legal operations at Cognizant working with all groups within legal to improve processes and bring efficiencies to the legal department. Ms. Ehrlich graduated from Cornell University in 1999 and NYU School of Law in 2002. Prior to joining Cognizant, Ms. Ehrlich was an IP attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel and then Allen & Overy.
Michelle has built an impressive track-record practicing in trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition/false advertising, anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy, internet, and fashion and wearable technology law.
Michelle's clients span a broad range of industries including fashion and retail, food and beverage, computer software and hardware, educational services, financial and consulting services, pharmaceutical, and media and entertainment. Michelle is distinguished not only by the victories she has achieved for her clients but also for the wider influence and interest her cases have generated. She represents clients in state and federal courts, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and before the International Trade Commission. She has also successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and ex parte seizure orders on behalf of her clients, and works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and law enforcement in coordinated anti-counterfeiting efforts. She has argued and won numerous federal and state court appeals, including the Second Circuit's seminal famous marks case of ITC Ltd v. Punchgini, Inc. Michelle has also successfully represented numerous companies in connection with design patent disputes in industries ranging from consumer products to industrial products.
Complementing her litigation work, Michelle’s practice also includes counseling and opinions, trademark and trade dress prosecution, devising cost-effective brand protection programs, negotiating licenses, IP acquisitions, and cobranding agreements on behalf of clients, and counseling clients on the use of social media and other online platforms to market and sell their goods and services.
Margaret Dale is a versatile first-chair litigator and handles complex business disputes for clients across a wide variety of industries.
While her practice covers the spectrum of commercial disputes, Margaret regularly handles privacy and data security matters, including regulatory investigations and class action lawsuits stemming from data breaches. She also focuses on intellectual property, where she represents individual artists and arts-related organizations and museums. Margaret’s practice also includes matters involving securities, corporate governance, asset management, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Margaret maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on issues relating to women, children and veterans. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Family Representation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of VLA (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts).
At Proskauer, Margaret also serves as the Vice-Chair for the Litigation Department, and heads the Litigation Department’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.
In addition, Margaret is the lead editor of Proskauer’s blog on business litigation, Minding Your Business.
Margaret is an author of the chapter titled “Admissibility Issues in Commercial Cases” in the treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Haig, ed). Margaret also authored the chapter, Data Breach Litigation in Proskauer on Privacy.
Stella Lellos has significant experience in all aspects of complex corporate transactions. She focuses her practice on private company mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate finance transactions and general corporate representation of U.S.-based and international companies. Stella advises on a broad range of general corporate matters for companies in media, healthcare, consumer products, technology, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.
A partner in Rivkin Radler’s Corporate Practice Group, Stella advises companies from startup to maturity and has handled many joint ventures, acquisitions, and dispositions of assets and stock in a variety of industries, many involving cross-border issues. She has represented debtors and acquirers in distressed merger and acquisition transactions, including Section 363 asset sales and out-of-court transactions.
Jane Leopold-Leventhal, Esquire serves as general counsel for all Bohler Engineering locations. Bringing more than 27 years of legal experience, Jane began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis Beck of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. After her Clerkship, she worked in the Litigation Department of Duane Morris’ Philadelphia office followed by her time as a Litigation Attorney at the law firm of Eastburn & Gray in Doylestown, PA where she became a Partner and served for several years on the firm’s Management Committee. During her tenure with Eastburn & Gray, Jane managed complex commercial transactions, construction litigation, real estate matters, commercial and residential construction litigation and business dealings, while also representing various suppliers in the construction trade and clients within the retail, architectural, and healthcare markets.
After several years as legal counsel to Bohler’s Pennsylvania offices, Jane accepted a position as Bohler’s General Counsel in 2012. Her responsibilities now include the oversight of commercial litigation, contract negotiations, lease negotiations, and employment issues. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law, where she was a staff writer and then editor for The Law Review.
Melanie Scott-Bennett is an attorney at Microsoft, where she is responsible for managing all legal, privacy and compliance matters related to the development, design, marketing, and distribution of services within Microsoft’s leading business productivity suite, Office365. Her role includes counseling senior management on a variety of intellectual property, information technology, transactional, regulatory, data privacy, and security matters. Prior to joining Microsoft, Melanie served as the General Counsel for independent music and film company, Tyscot Music + Entertainment and before that she served on the Legal Affairs team at Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and engineering. Melanie has a passion for philanthropy and has served as a board member on the Ball State University Board of Trustees, Washington Lawyers for the Arts and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University and her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Robin Kaver is a skilled negotiator and deal-maker with significant corporate, business and transactional experience in high volume and fast-paced environment of domestic and global Entertainment, Licensing, Marketing, Market Research, and Media. Strong business acumen and proven ability to design, drive and deliver innovative approaches to complex problem-solving, business practical solutions and the path to “yes,” while identifying and assessing risks.
Ms. Yecies has experience in a variety of legal areas, including commercial litigation, contractual matters, investment funds, private equity, securities litigation and regulatory matters, and bankruptcy and insolvency litigation.
Ms. Yecies regularly represents investment funds, university endowment funds, and private equity firm clients in relation to fund governance, regulatory issues, disputes among funds and fund investors, and portfolio company litigation. She has extensive experience with limited partner/general partner disputes, limited partner advisory committee representations, disputes among fund principals, proceedings involving distressed funds, shareholder actions, and securities-related matters. Her practice includes cross-border litigation and proceedings related to clients’ investments in emerging markets. She regularly represents individuals, financial institutions, and fund clients in relation to investigations, enforcement matters, and monitorships involving U.S. regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, New York Department of Financial Services, and New York Attorney General’s Office, as well as European and Asian anti-trust and banking regulators. Ms. Yecies launched the firm’s Funds Litigation Working Group, comprised of Investment Funds and Litigation attorneys office-wide, and is a member of the firm’s University Task Force and New York Women’s Initiative.
Ms. Yecies received her B.A. summa cum laude in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. in 2008 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a staff member of the Business Law Review, and a moot court student editor. Ms. Yecies is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.
Ilana Lubin is a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office and a member of the firm's Corporate Group. Ilana frequently represents clients in the apparel, fashion, retail, luxury, and beauty sectors regarding cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity investments. She also routinely drafts and negotiates intellectual property licensing and other general corporate and commercial transactions, and she has experience working in-house across business units, including in connection with global merger and acquisition and licensing activity.
Ilana's background includes the representation of a variety of companies from inception, including advisement with respect to matters relating to formation and structuring, equity and debt financing, employment, and commercial leasing.
Maria McElhinney is a Partner in A&L Goodbody's Finance Department and is based in our New York office. Maria's practice focuses on a broad range of banking law aspects including corporate and acquisition financing, asset financing (property and aircraft), loan acquisitions and disposals and general banking for both international and domestic clients. Maria has advised many of the world's leading financial institutions, aircraft leasing organisations and private investors on transactions involving the financing, acquisition and securitisation of assets.
Ashley Tan is a legal professional focusing on all aspects of advertising and marketing, and specializing in online, digital, mobile and social media channels. Also experienced in entertainment, intellectual property, and online/digital technology.
Stacey Blaustein is a Senior Attorney in the Corporate Litigation Department of the IBM Corporation in Armonk, NY where she manages all aspects of E-Discovery from working on global and domestic cases to setting policies, ensuring compliance with E-Discovery best practices, educating on recent rulings and decisions that affect best e-Discovery practices and provides guidance and implementation on emerging E-Discovery developments affecting the practice within IBM. Stacey has also been integrally involved in Cross-Border Discovery and Data Privacy issues in her daily responsibilities on cases and legal matters, and is very involved in GDPR compliance for Corporate Litigation and well as compliance in the Records Management Policy with GDPR for IBM. Stacey handles third party (non-IP) subpoena practice for the company and several aspects of regulatory law. She has been with IBM for the past decade. Her previous experience includes over 18 years as a securities litigation attorney and general litigation practice for the two years preceding. Stacey speaks and writes frequently on E-Discovery, Data Privacy and GDPR topics, including Cross-Border Discovery in the GDPR Age, the IOT and E-Discovery from new technology, Analytics in E-Discovery and Ethics in E-Discovery. She is an active member and faculty of the Electronic Discovery Institute, the Sedona Conference including a member of the Subcommittee of Working Group 6 on Data Privacy Rules and Regulations in the Mideast, and is a member of the Emory Law School Alumni Board as well as on a local community board. Stacey is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, and the Emory University School of Law.
Arlene is a partner in the Technology Transactions Practice, within the Firm's M&A Regional Section and global Intellectual Property Group. She is a transactional attorney who represents clients in a variety of intellectual property and technology matters with a focus on the IP aspects of private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions. Arlene has advised on hundreds of consummated transactions, ranging from initial start-up investments to some of the largest M&A deals in their respective industries. She represents both strategic and financial clients in a broad range of industries, including software, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, financial services, power, media, semiconductors, fashion and sports.
Arlene regularly oversees significant IP and commercial due diligence investigations in the context of analyzing complex commercial or technical aspects of corporate transactions. Arlene also has extensive experience with stand-alone IP matters, including patent and technology licensing, technology transfer, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joint development agreements, software licensing, outsourcing, content licensing, trademark coexistence, merchandising and brand licensing, and settlement of IP disputes and litigations. Prior to focusing on transactional work, Arlene litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, trademark and copyright infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation.
From January 2006 to April 2007, Arlene lived in Osaka, Japan where she was seconded to work as in-house counsel to Panasonic in its IP Rights Operations Company.
Arlene is a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Industry Core Group. She has lectured on the intellectual property aspects of complex commercial transactions at the ATLAS Information Group seminar for corporate counsel and at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel of Israel. Arlene joined White & Case in 2015 from the New York office of another international law firm.
Arlene has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 and as a recommended practitioner by Legal 500, which stated “Arlene Hahn 'performs flawlessly for clients.’”
Eileen M. Patt maintains a diverse, complex civil litigation practice with a focus on advertising and employment matters. Eileen has been recognized by Legal 500 U.S. (2017, 2018) in the area of advertising and marketing law. She has also been recognized as a Rising Star and a Top Woman Attorney by New York Super Lawyers (2014 - 2018), and a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal (2018).
Tamara Carmichael’s practice focuses on matters involving the convergence of advertising and promotions, emerging media, technology, privacy, and intellectual property law. Tami’s focus is counseling clients, including brand owners and advertisers, in the commercialization and expansion of their brand assets through strategic protection and enforcement of intellectual property and related proprietary rights. Tami oversees digital rights management, branding initiatives, litigation strategies and global portfolios taking a business and open-minded approach, with emphasis on each client’s nuanced needs and goals. She handles transactional matters including licensing, development and joint ventures and litigation before the TTAB and state and federal courts related to claims of infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, publicity rights, and UDRP disputes. Tami works with clients in a myriad of business sectors on the brand and agency side, including fashion, beauty, technology, hospitality, media, entertainment and in the financial sector.
Tami is regularly quoted as an industry expert and has spoken at events and conferences throughout the country. She has been cited by Legal 500 US and Super Lawyers for her preeminence in advertising and intellectual property. Tami is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Committee and Diversity Committee.
Tami received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and holds a B.A. from Stetson University.
As General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Regulatory affairs, Robyn and her team spend a significant amount of their time representing Great Eastern client’s interests in rate case proceedings, regulatory proceedings and special case projects in multiple jurisdictions. She has advocated—through her professional testimony—and has been successful in reducing overall operating costs by creating special rate classifications that benefit the bottom line for GEE clients.
Robyn spent the first 15 years of her legal career as a litigator in both the federal and state courts, later taking that experience to found and become managing partner of Tancer & Muskat, a general practice firm in NYC. After selling the firm in 1999, Robyn took a break from the practice of law to become a legal recruiter with AKA Associates. With a focus on in-house placement, she worked extensively in recruiting legal associates for energy industry companies. It was at AKA Associates, where she began to develop a special interest in the Energy industry. In 5 years of legal recruiting, Robyn developed significant insight into the legal and regulatory needs of the industry and was regarded as a top recruiter of energy legal professionals. After a short stint in aiding with the development of a family business, Robyn joined Great Eastern Energy as General Counsel in 2009.
Initially Robyn was tasked with oversight for all HR, legal issues and general legal matters for Great Eastern, but in short order she engaged in representing the company in many state commission matters including rate cases and other regulatory issues. Robyn received her B.A. in Social Sciences from Ohio State University and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. With the company’s blessing and financial support, she also attained a Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law, graduating with GPA of 4.0. She is a Member in Good Standing of the New York State Bar.
Evette Stair centers her practice on commercial transactions, technology transactions and intellectual property with a focus on licensing and complex technology distribution transactions.
Evette has extensive negotiation and drafting experience across a range of agreements including software agreements (SaaS included), IT outsourcing, technology development, and professional services.
Currently, Evette Stair is the Associate General Counsel at Schrödinger, Inc. In this role, Evette advises domestic and international internal clients on balancing legal risk against business needs and goals. Evette represents Schrödinger in a vast range of corporate transactional and intellectual property matters related to Schrödinger’s software and professional services business. Prior to joining Schrödinger, Evette was an Associate at Venable LLP in the Technology Transactions and Outsourcing group focusing on the identification, protection, transfer, and commercialization of intellectual property and technology assets. Evette was also previously an elementary school teacher in Newark, New Jersey as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Julia Hanft is Globecomm’s EVP, General Counsel. Ms. Hanft is responsible for negotiating and managing the company’s contracts and legal matters across all subsidiaries, both domestic and international. She also serves as Globecomm’s Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer, leading the Trade Compliance and regulatory compliance teams. Ms. Hanft joined Globecomm in 2000 as Manager of Contracts for the services business, and became General Counsel in 2002. Prior to Globecomm, Ms. Hanft was a Contracts Manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where she managed the contract activities for multi-billion dollar projects and proposals with the government agencies in Italy, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Ms. Hanft holds a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, and a B.S. in Business and Management from University of Redlands. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Georgia.
Renee Wilm is the head of the corporate department in Baker Botts' New York office and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She counsels clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, complex capital structures and shareholder arrangements. Ms. Wilm represents issuers in traditional offerings of equity and debt securities in both U.S. and international markets as well as in unique capital restructurings. She advises clients in matters of corporate governance, securities law compliance and stock exchange listing compliance, and assists companies in structuring executive employment arrangements. She is recognized for her skills on issues involving the use of “tracking stocks."
Michele Jacobson is a partner in Stroock’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Stroock Women’s Affinity Group. Michele’s practice focuses on complex insurance and reinsurance matters where she uses her deep knowledge of the industry to counsel a diverse array of companies in litigating and preventing disputes. She is an active member in the community, serving on the GlamourGals Foundation Executive Board, the Babson College Parent Executive Committee and as a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women.
Lisa A. Linsky focuses her practice on complex litigation, including product liability and toxic tort, civil trials, trusts and estate litigation, business investigations, client counseling and civil rights litigation. Lisa was McDermott's first partner-in-charge of Firm-wide Diversity and partner-in-charge of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity and Inclusion. She created and chaired the Firm-wide LGBT Committee, and currently serves on the Firm's Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. Lisa comes to McDermott with extensive trial experience. She was formerly with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, where she held to the positions of associate chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and chief of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau of the same division. Lisa has been recognized for her work in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse and investigations and trials. In addition to her litigation skills, Lisa has received numerous awards for her distinguished service and has a wide range of public speaking and teaching experience.
Elizabeth J. Hecht is an Assistant General Counsel in the Global Patents department of GlaxoSmithKline where she has practiced patent law for over 20 years. Before her current position, Elizabeth was an associate at the Washington, DC office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, an intellectual property firm. Before that, Elizabeth served as a law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.
Elizabeth earned her J.D. in 1993 from The American University, Washington College of Law, and her B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado/Boulder in 1990. Elizabeth is admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania, and she is a registered attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
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.
Nancy A. Del Pizzo is a partner in Rivkin Radler’s Intellectual Property; Privacy, Data & Cyber Law; and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She resolves commercial disputes, litigates when necessary, and counsels on business issues. Her practice also includes transactional work, particularly in the intellectual property space, including prosecuting federal trademark applications and drafting various business agreements. Nancy is a core member of the Rivkin Radler team that was awarded IP Litigation Department of the Year in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Diane E. Bell concentrates her practice in corporate matters, with a focus on private company mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and joint ventures. Diane advises investors and business owners, including private equity and venture funds, with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, growth equity investments, recapitalizations and the implementation and completion of exit strategies. She works closely with the management of operating businesses in complex commercial transactions, including the establishment of manufacturing and distribution partnerships and agreements.
She represents clients in a variety of industries, including media and technology, consumer products and for-profit education.
Diane is the co-founder of Katten’s LGBT Coalition and is active in several Chicago and law firm diversity initiatives.
Ms. Lepore is a corporate associate in Fried Frank's M&A and Private Equity Group, resident in the Firm's Washington, DC office. She joined the Firm in 2013.
Ms. Lepore represents private equity firms, investors and public and private companies in domestic and cross-border transactions, including stock purchases, asset purchases, divestitures, carve-out transactions and joint ventures. She also advises clients in connection with venture capital and minority investment transactions, corporate governance issues and other general corporate matters.
Adrienne M. Ward is an accomplished litigator with experience representing public companies and financial institutions in securities litigation and enforcement matters.
Adrienne focuses her practice on the representation of public companies and financial institutions, including broker-dealers, investment advisors, private funds and equity crowdfunding platforms, and their employees in civil litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters. Her litigation practice includes representing parties in securities class actions and other claims brought under the securities laws, business disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes and derivative claims brought in state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings. Adrienne also represents business entities outside the securities industry in general commercial litigation matters.
Her regulatory experience includes representing clients before the SEC, FINRA, New York Attorney General and other securities regulators in investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Adrienne has defended clients in such industry-wide matters as market timing and research analyst rules, equity trading practices, supervision of sales practices, anti-money laundering (AML) and a variety of registration, accounting and other reporting requirements. She provides counsel regarding compliance with securities laws, rules and regulations and on the regulatory examination process. In addition, Adrienne’s background includes internal investigations and white collar criminal defense work.
Immediately prior to joining Olshan, Adrienne was a partner in the Litigation practice at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP for over seven years and a partner and associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in the Securities Litigation Practice group for over nine years.
Adrienne is a member of the firm’s Women’s and Diversity Committees.
Adrienne received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amelia R. Choyne’s practice is dedicated to trial litigation of high-exposure medical malpractice matters for major metropolitan area hospital systems and medical practices and general liability, liability consulting and health law/compliance investigation. Ms. Choyne has a proven track record of success and brings a deep understanding of and sensitivity to the challenges and cost considerations her clients face. In her role as advisor and advocate, she works in close partnership with clients to achieve the most favorable resolution of a case, while also effectively protecting their best interests and bottom line.
Ms. Choyne is admitted to practice in the State of New York as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. As a member of Aaronson Rappaport’s Executive Committee, she is an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives for women and minorities. She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences dedicated to advancing women in law and leadership.
Ms. Choyne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Emory University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Lauren Wachtler is Co-Chair of Phillips Nizer's Litigation Department where she focuses her practice on commercial and business litigation with extensive representation of business clients in a wide range of jury and non-jury trials in New York State and Federal Courts, including cases involving the fashion industry, finance, retailers, manufacturers, designers, business torts, and labor and employment-related issues.
Lauren has been a steadfast champion for women’s causes, working to ensure that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement and the tools they need to succeed. Her significant litigation experience has earned her a well-deserved reputation as a fearless advocate for her clients, both male and female.
As a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Council for the Sackler Center For Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum, and the lawyer for Same Sky, a trade initiative devoted to empowering HIV positive women who survived the genocide in Rwanda, Lauren continues to play an active role in charitable and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and empowering women and girls. As a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation’s Section of the New York State Bar Association, she has spearheaded a Women’s Initiative for that 3000 member Section of the Bar and is a co-author of the Report, "If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR," designed to advance women in the profession.
A recipient of its “Champion for Change” award, Lauren is a member of the Board of RiverSpring Health, Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York, and the founder of its pet therapy program, and spends Sunday mornings at the Home as a volunteer.
Aisling is a Partner at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP, she is a counselor and litigator with the Firm’s Employment & Labor practice group. She represents clients on employment-related issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to violations of all state and federal wage and hour laws in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, hospitality, staffing, accounting, and retail.
Aisling successfully represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York State and New York City anti-discrimination agencies. She provides a vigorous defense in federal and state courts in employment actions and manages complex and often contentious discovery.
Aisling received her B.A., with honors, from Rutgers College in 1999 and her JD from the University of Miami School of Law, with International Moot Court Honors, in 2008. Aisling is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
In 2017, Aisling was selected to the Irish Legal 100’s Irish Rising Stars as published in the Irish Voice.
Jessica Lee’s practice focuses on a variety of matters relating to emerging media and advertising technology, with a particular focus on the privacy and intellectual property issues that arise when launching, marketing and monetizing digital products and content. Jessica advises on advanced advertising strategies and helps clients monetize consumer insights derived from the use of emerging media platforms, including OTT apps, social media channels, wearables, chatbots and other technology. She has extensive knowledge of social media law and regularly counsels clients on everything from engaging influencers to using user generated content to optimize data collected through social media campaigns.
Jessica advises on global and European data protection laws including data protection strategy and compliance (with a focus on the General Data Protection Regulation), privacy impact assessments, privacy by design, cross-border transfers of personal data and the development of privacy and data retention policies. In addition, Jessica counsels clients on a variety of advertising and marketing related issues, including advising clients on compliance with a wide range of state and federal laws and regulations, including the Federal Trade Commission’s Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines.
Jessica has experience reviewing and drafting a variety of agreements, including content licensing agreements, agency-service agreements, sponsorship agreements, website policies, licensing agreements and releases. She represents clients in a variety of fields, including Internet, film, music, sports, telecommunications and consumer products.
Jessica contributes her services to various pro bono and mentorship initiatives.
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.
Alecia Walters-Hinds is a partner and trial attorney in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice where she specializes in the handling of high exposure and catastrophic injuries. She is currently the vice president for the New York City Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has been named to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars for excellence in practice.
Anne Cortina Perry guides clients facing governmental or regulatory investigations, conducts internal investigations with and without parallel governmental investigations, and advises her clients on developing and improving effective, risk-based compliance programs. Her substantive experience spans a variety of areas including financial crime, antitrust, corruption and employment. She is a member of the firm’s following practices: Investigations, Compliance and Defense; Litigation; and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition.
Ms. Perry represents, defends, and advises corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal cases, civil litigations and investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Ms. Perry conducts internal investigations of companies in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, and energy. She also advises clients on compliance issues, including ethics, anti-corruption, and employment matters. Ms. Perry has previous experience in criminal, administrative, and transactional tax matters.
Jessica Golden Cortes is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. Ms. Cortes regularly counsels and actively litigates on behalf of her clients in all aspects of employment law, and frequently conducts employment trainings across the country, educating her clients in subjects such as respect in the workplace, unconscious bias and manager best practices. Representative counseling services include:
In addition, Ms. Cortes represents employers in federal and state courts, federal, state and local administrative agencies and in arbitrations and mediations nationwide in the areas of race, sex, age, disability, failure to hire and other discrimination claims, and in breach of contract disputes arising primarily from alleged breaches of continuing post-employment obligations and for cause terminations. She has successfully defended several of the firm’s clients against claims of discrimination before the EEOC and state agencies in multiple states, including New York, Connecticut, California, Ohio and Michigan.
Ms. Cortes has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of labor and employment: workplace and employment counseling area for six consecutive years (2013-2018). She has also been recognized as a leading lawyer for labor & employment law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2016). In addition, she has been selected as a Super Lawyer (2018) and Rising Star (2013-2016) by New York Metro Super Lawyers, and named a winner in the Esquire Industry Practice category for SmartCEO’s 2015 CPA & ESQ Awards. Before joining Davis & Gilbert, Ms. Cortes was a litigation attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Barbara is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office. Barbara's practice focuses on advising U.S. and foreign financial institutions on their regulatory and compliance obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Bank Secrecy Act. Barbara represents foreign and domestic banks, asset managers and broker-dealers on various regulatory aspects of Dodd-Frank, including Volcker and those provisions involving municipal advisors, investment advisers, and securities-based swap dealers. Barbara's practice also focuses on the regulatory obligations of domestic and cross-border fund raising activities including broker-dealer, finder and placement agent status questions, sales practice requirements and the federal and state pay-to-play, ethics and lobbying regulations.
Before entering private practice, she worked at the SEC’s Division of Market Regulation (now Trading and Markets), where she served as Special Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Risk Management and Control. She also served as Senior Counsel in the Commission’s Office of International Affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Barbara practiced at prominent law firms in Washington, D.C. and London. As part of the Financial Services Volunteer Corp, she regularly provides pro bono technical assistance to emerging markets on the regulatory and supervisory systems of markets and market intermediaries, including Jordan, the UAE, Russia, and Romania.
Barbara is widely recognized as a leading regulatory lawyer having been recognized in Chambers USA in both Securities: Regulation: Advisory and Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance). According to Chambers USA, Barbara“receives accolades for the reasoned advice that she provides to broker-dealers and other financial institutions relating to regulatory compliance. A client enthuses that ‘she has a very good knowledge of the law’ and is ‘one of the best to get in that area to answer your questions.’”
Nina advises clients across the U.S. in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, sales, acquisitions and mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity financings.
Nina is landlord's counsel at numerous office buildings in Midtown and Downtown New York City. Nina also manages complex retail leasing transaction projects on behalf of numerous developers and owners at significant, high profile retail sites across the U.S., including New York, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, and Atlantic City.
Nina also represents hedge funds, sports and entertainment companies, technology companies, medical institutions, start-ups and finance companies in leasing space for their headquarters. Nina has a specialty in food and restaurant leases, representing both owners and food and restaurant operators.
Nina leads Olshan's commercial leasing practice, is a co-administrative partner at the firm, chair of the firm's Hiring Committee and founder and chair of the firm's Women’s Committee, which serves as a networking, business development and mentoring platform for the firm’s women lawyers and their clients and colleagues.
Nina was named to the Leading Women Lawyers in New York by Crain’s New York Business.
Nina serves as a member of WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate, an invitation-only association of executive-level women actively engaged in the commercial real estate industry in New York.