Pam Richardson has specialized in labor and employment law for her entire legal career. Pam currently serves as the Vice President, Chief Labor and Employment Counsel for American Water, the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Her responsibilities include providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of employment, labor and employee benefits issues. Additionally, Pam manages outside counsel with respect to pending litigations and provides training to human resource professionals and management employees on various employment and labor law issues. Pam also is responsible for creating American Water’s Diversity Corporate Summer Legal Internship Program, in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Counsel.
For the past two years, and prior to her promotion to Vice President, Chief Labor and Employment Law Counsel, Pam served as Director, Labor and Employment Law Counsel for American Water. Before joining American Water, Pam worked as a Labor and Employment Law Associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Prior to that, Pam served as a labor and employment law attorney with both public and private sector employers.
Pam currently serves as a Board Member for the American Red Cross Southwestern New Jersey Chapter.
Pam received her J.D, cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, DC and her bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. Pam is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and Hispanic National Bar Association.
Marisa Tilghman is Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at Vanguard and leads the legal team responsible for supporting Vanguard’s global finance division. Prior to joining Vanguard, Marisa was in the Litigation group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, PA prosecuting Economic Crimes, and prior to attending law school worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit practice. Marisa received her B.B.A. from Temple University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
As Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tia is primarily responsible for providing practical legal guidance to the Wealth Management business and ensuring that the Bank is protected legally and reputationally - all while enhancing the client experience on every interaction and being a valued partner and trusted advisor to the business.
Tia joined JPMorgan August of 2000. Prior to joining the JPMorgan, Tia was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice. Before that, Tia was a Probation & Parole Officer with the Delaware Department of Correction.
Tia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business degree from Wilmington University, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. She is a Member in Good Standing of the Pennsylvania State Bar.
In her free time, Tia enjoys cheering on her favorite thee sport (football, basketball, and baseball) athlete, her son Tyler. Tia lives in Delaware with her husband and son.
Nicole Pérez-Lengel is a Member in the Philadelphia office of Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of premises liability, products liability, municipal law and motor vehicle liability. Nicole regularly defends retail, restaurant and municipal clients, as well as premises owners and product manufacturers, against claims filed in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other states across the country via pro hac vice admission.
Nicole graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with a B.A. in International Politics and a Minor in International Studies. While at Penn State, Nicole served on the Communications Committee of the Penn State Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon (THON), where she and her fellow students and alumni helped to raise over $3.5 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund for cancer research. Nicole was also the recipient of the Burton-Waller Academic Scholarship.
After Penn State, Nicole attended Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, where she graduated with her J.D. in 2007 and was the recipient of the Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono service. During her time at Villanova, Nicole served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Nicole also worked as a certified student attorney in the Villanova Clinic for Refugee and Emigrant Services (C.A.R.E.S.), where she successfully obtained political asylum for a refugee family under persecution. Also during law school, Nicole served as an extern for the Honorable Albert John Snite, Jr. in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and was chosen by the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association to serve a one-year federal externship with the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Nicole also participated in the Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law “Lawyering Together” program, where, as a student-attorney, she assisted with the defense of a high-profile federal RICO action.
Prior to joining Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC, Nicole worked for a large international defense firm in Philadelphia, where she handled cases in the areas of products liability, toxic tort, environmental law, premises liability, disability insurance and ERISA. Nicole was involved in all aspects of discovery and trial preparation and frequently prepared state and federal dispositive motions in cases alleging product defect, breach of warranty and claims of exposure to asbestos. In the field of asbestos litigation, Nicole has represented numerous companies in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, including equipment and component part manufacturers, as well as railroad and aviation companies in cases involving FELA claims and governmental contractor issues. Additionally, Nicole drafted a successful Petition for Allocatur to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the “any exposure” theory in asbestos litigation, where the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the holding of the trial court and entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.
Nicole also prepared appellate briefs to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was successful in obtaining the dismissal of a large biomedical client in a high-profile case involving allegations of genetic defect. She also assisted in the successful defense of a two-week catastrophic injury products liability trial, in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Nicole is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing tennis.
Caroline Henrich is the Vice President and General Counsel for Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., and also serves as the Vice President and General Counsel of the H&M Shared Services, Inc., subsidiary.
Mrs. Henrich began her career with Henkels & McCoy in 2015 with a primary focus on managing and integrating best practices around contractual risk, managing all litigation, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Henkels & McCoy, Mrs. Henrich held positions in private law practice specializing in energy, labor, and litigation. She served as inside counsel in various companies including Eastern Associated Coal Corp., NiSource: Columbia Gas, Valero Energy Corporation: Premcor Refining, and Vice President and Corporate Officer for Norsk Hydro, an international aluminum manufacturer.
Mrs. Henrich holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Laws degree from Pace University in Environmental Law.
Royce Warrick is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solenis. She is responsible for managing the company’s legal and governance matters, and for partnering with the Solenis business team to enhance growth.
Prior to joining Solenis in 2014, Warrick served as assistant general counsel and global corporate legal director overseeing legal affairs of strategic business units at The Dow Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas Company. Beginning her legal career as a litigation attorney, she later expanded her scope of experience to include business law, ethics and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, employment law, information technology and corporate secretarial/governance, moving from law firm practice to work at Rohm and Haas and Dow Chemical.
Warrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Warrick is an active member of her community where she is a founding leader of her church’s College Prep Ministry, and a founder and trustee of the Roy Blair Paige Foundation, a non-profit organization, the mission of which is to enrich the development of servant-leader youth committed to community-uplift. She is also a former board member of the STEM-focused Invent Now Kids®, a subsidiary of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation commissioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Maria Mirabal Hipps is an Afro-Latina attorney who was born and raised in Harlem, NYC to Dominican immigrants. She currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at IQVIA Inc., a global industry leader in the healthcare data services, technology and clinical research space. María is responsible for managing legal matters for IQVIA’s Latin America Business Unit, which is comprised of 13 countries with annual revenue of over $100MM. She tackles a diverse range of complex legal issues ranging from data and technology licensing, M&A, internal investigations, litigation, privacy and more. A true generalist with the added advantage of being able to leverage her Spanish language communication skills daily with internal and external clients.
Prior to joining IQVIA (formerly IMS Health, Inc.), Maria worked as an Associate Attorney at Thelan Reid (formally Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner, LLP) where she honed her corporate transactional and litigation skills.
Maria earned a Bachelors Degree from Wesleyan University in 1997 and a Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law in 2001. While in law school, she served as a Marshall Brennan Teaching Fellow and in this capacity taught Constitutional Law to high school students in Washington, D.C. She was also a Torts Deans Fellow and Line Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law. Maria resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Her passions include Writing, Documentary Film, Immigration and Criminal Justice Reform.
Maria is licensed in New Jersey and New York.
A senior trial lawyer, Catherine represents corporations in high-level, employment-related litigation in both state and federal courts nationwide. She regularly advises Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, law firms, universities and nonprofit organizations about practical strategies for navigating complex employment and discrimination issues.
As Regional Practice Leader of Fox Rothschild’s Labor and Employment Department, Catherine has extensive experience in a full range of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination suits, restrictive covenant litigation, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower matters and counseling and litigation avoidance. For many years, she has been named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. She was also recognized as a “2010 Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.
Catherine has tried and arbitrated complex employment litigation matters, including injunctions. Recent cases that Catherine has handled successfully include:
Catherine serves as a Trustee of the Women’s Law Project and is a Past Chair of its Board. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Way and the Corporate Executive Board of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Catherine is Co-Chair of the firm’s Partnership Advancement Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee and the Steering Committee of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. She is a former Hiring Partner of the firm and a former Chair of its Recruitment Committee.
As an avid author and speaker, Catherine lectures regularly to attorneys, human resource professionals and executives on disability and accommodation issues, managing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and responding to harassment complaints.
At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Catherine received the Herman Lazarus Prize for Labor and Employment Law and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Labor Law Journal.
Michelle Liebesman heads the firm’s national recruiting and hiring practice. She provides advice and counseling nationwide to employers who are interested in hiring from the competition effectively and efficiently. Michelle delivers excellent strategic advice designed to minimize the litigation risks faced by business owners, management teams, and individuals anytime they hire a new employee from the competition.
Over the course of more than two decades of practice, Michelle has developed both a keen knowledge of employment law and negotiation skill, a combination that has proven extremely beneficial to clients facing claims and issues related to covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, and related causes of action. Her results-oriented mindset and talent for providing efficient, clear advice helps her clients avoid or resolve litigation, saving them both time and money. In addition to her competitive recruiting practice, Michelle regularly drafts and negotiates employee compensation and restrictive covenant agreements.
Michelle’s solid reputation among her peers, adversaries, and clients was built on her dedication, experience, and hard work. Michelle is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and cycling. Michelle is involved in several parent-teacher organizations associated with her children’s schools. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Dental Clinic, an organization that provides free or low-cost preventative and restorative dental care for students in need. She previously served as the Treasurer for Chester County Boy Scout Troop 76.
Geneva Campbell Brown is Corporate Transactions Counsel at Cigna Corporation, based in Philadelphia. Her practice is focused mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and other corporate investments and transactions related to healthcare services in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Cigna, Geneva was an associate in the corporate and securities practice at Dechert LLP and served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Geneva serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section, one of the Philadelphia Bar Association's largest sections, and serves as Chair of the Justice Rising Advocates executive committee in support of the social justice work of Community Legal Services. She maintains an active pro bono practice and founded the Community Lawyering Practice Group at Dechert, through which attorneys participate in legal clinics related to medical services, custody, homelessness, public benefits and elder care in partnership with local legal services organizations. Geneva was recently recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “25 Young Lawyers on the Rise” by Philadelphia Business Journal. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Kira Bryers joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2014. She serves as the company’s internal legal counsel, and also manages ongoing federal, ISO, and state compliance obligations. Prior to joining Customized, she worked for a large law firm and clerked for two Pennsylvania state trial court judges. Kira holds BA degrees in History, Political Science, and International Relations from Goucher College, cum laude, a JD from Vermont Law School, and also studied at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.
Lorraine Cessario is currently Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan where she delivers internal advisement to the U.S. Private Bank. Her primary responsibility is to collaborate with her business, risk and compliance partners to deliver legally sound wealth management solutions for various matters which impact the private client experience.
Prior to joining U.S. Private Bank, Lorraine enjoyed a career in Information Technology.
Lorraine is licensed to practice in, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and maintains a Series 99 securities license.
Danielle Banks devotes a significant amount of her practice to defending businesses, universities and governmental entities against employment discrimination claims, including claims brought under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. She also defends governmental entities against Section 1983 claims. Additionally, Danielle represents businesses in housing and mortgage discrimination claims, represents defendants in asbestos litigation and handles matters on behalf of religious entities.
Danielle’s practice is centered primarily in federal court, though she takes matters to trial in state court as well. She has participated in appellate oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Danielle is a seasoned trial lawyer who successfully litigates matters to victory through summary judgment or trial, and appeal where necessary.
Danielle is the immediate past chair of the firm’s diversity committee and served on Stradley Ronon’s hiring committee for a two-year term. She was the chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee and previously served on the Board of Governors. She also has served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee (2011-2012) and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In addition, Danielle has served on several nonprofit boards, including serving as president of the board of directors of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, and serving on the board of directors of the Senior Law Center. Danielle also served as co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and is currently a member of the board of directors.
Lori is an experienced labor and employment lawyer and a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia and Princeton offices. A seasoned and dynamic litigator with a strong background in traditional labor, Lori also has an Executive MBA, giving her unique insight into the interplay between the legal and business issues employers face. Lori’s philosophy is that proactively helping employers be the best they can be not only limits potential legal risks but also results in an engaged workforce, which in turn leads to greater profitability and success for the employer.
As one of the lead attorneys in the PCC Structurals case (365 NLRB No. 160, 2017), Lori helped to favorably change labor law on behalf of employers by convincing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overturn Specialty Healthcare (357 NLRB No. 83, 2011), which had made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees (micro units). Lori regularly represents employers before the NLRB, defends clients in grievance arbitrations, and provides labor relations counselling (including formulating comprehensive and strategic union avoidance tactics).
Lori also has extensive experience defending employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with particular class and collective action experience.
A frequent author and speaker, Lori regularly provides preventive counselling and training for executives, supervisors and employees on topics such as harassment prevention, the respectful workplace, effective communication and leadership, performance management, diversity and inclusion, and union avoidance. Clients describe her highly interactive training as engaging, entertaining and informative.
Lori also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law and as a mediator in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program.
Michelle Warner Hammel serves as Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), providing legal and business advice in support of a broad range of issues.
Immediately preceding her tenure at DRBA, Michelle served as the interim CEO for a small start-up company and was instrumental in taking the company through a transition as it was acquired by a larger private company. She also spent ten years in New Jersey state government as a policy advisor to several Cabinet Secretaries with responsibilities that included implementing a new federally funded program with a $5M annual budget, overseeing a staff of 35, lobbying and administrative rulemaking. Michelle began her career as a civil litigation associate at a small South Jersey law firm and handled various matters from inception through trial.
Michelle is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She previously served as an elected member of the Medford Township Board of Education.
Michelle earned both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. She is licensed to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Adam B. Strauss is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Stryker Corporation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies, whose products include implants used in joint replacement, trauma, and spinal surgeries; surgical equipment and surgical navigation systems; endoscopic and communications systems; neurovascular products; patient handling and emergency medical equipment, and other medical devices used in a variety of specialties. Adam and his team manage Stryker’s IP litigation, IP agreements, patent and trademark portfolios; due diligence for business development; and provide a range of other IP services. Before arriving at Stryker in 2007, he was a member of the Dykema law firm in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. There, his practice included IP litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and IP counseling and opinions. Prior to joining Dykema, Adam served from 1998-2000 as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul D. Borman, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. From 2013-2014, Adam served as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section and from 2017-2018 served as Chair of the State Bar’s U.S. Courts Committee. He is currently a master in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
Tracy regularly defends private employers, public entities and individuals in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before administrative and government agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Delaware Department of Labor. She represents employers in cases alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 and 1983, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination), as well as claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical and Leave Act, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law, USERRA and state wage and hour laws.
Tracy also defends employers in cases of alleged negligent hiring and supervision involving sexual harassment and assault.
Tracy’s practice includes providing risk management advice, guidance and training to employers and management personnel on matters including handbooks and policies, on-site anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA compliance, and discipline and termination strategies.
Her practice also includes defense of public and quasi-public agencies and law enforcement officers against claims of constitutional violations such as Section 1983, due process, equal protection, excessive force, malicious prosecution and conspiracy.
Tracy has achieved an “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment. Tracy is the Chair of Weber Gallagher’s Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Women's Initiative Committees.
Stefanie Anderson is Associate General Counsel at Capital Health System, Inc., a growing healthcare system with two hospitals in New Jersey and fourteen primary care centers throughout New Jersey and Bucks County. As in-house counsel, Stefanie advises management, Human Resources, and medical providers on all aspects of day-to-day employment matters and operational issues including employee misconduct and investigations, leaves of absences and medical accommodations, reductions in force, compliance with applicable regulations, due diligence and integration activities related to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, guardianships, informed consent issues, performance management and termination, and more. In addition, she defends employment claims against Capital Health and oversees outside counsel handling litigation matters for Capital Health. Stefanie also drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for the entire organization. At Capital Health, Stefanie is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Prior to making the transition to in-house counsel, Stefanie litigated at various Philadelphia law firms handling a variety of complex civil litigation matters including employment discrimination claims, catastrophic negligence, products, and construction claims, medical malpractice claims, and class action lawsuits.
Stefanie earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University. She was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.
Attorney with 14 years of experience including law firm and in-house roles in litigation and U.S. and international investigations involving regulatory law, commercial law, compliance & ethics, fraud, and bribery. Expertise in managing, conducting, and triaging U.S. and international internal and government investigations. Highly collaborative team player with demonstrated ability to lead cross-disciplinary teams. Skilled analyst of complex compliance issues with established commitment to integrity, regulatory compliance, and ethical decision-making.
CARRIE VALIANT is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC office and co-chairs the firm's health care fraud group. She is also Chair of the firm's Diversity and Professional Development Committee.
Ms. Valiant writes and lectures extensively on health law fraud topics and is a co-author of Legal Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Navigating the Uncertainties, 4th ed., published by the American Health Lawyers Association in June 2012. She has been included on Nightingale's Healthcare News'2004 and 2009 lists of Outstanding Healthcare Fraud and Compliance Lawyers, selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2006 to 2019) in the field of Health Care Law, named to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list (2007 to 2011, 2013 to 2019) in the area of Health Care, ranked by Chambers USA as one of America's leading Healthcare lawyers (2007 to 2019), and recommended by The Legal 500 United States(2016) in the Health Insurers and Healthcare: Service Providers categories. In 1997, the National Law Journal selected Ms. Valiant as one of "40 Health Care Lawyers Who Have Made Their Mark" in the area of white-collar crime.
Ms. Valiant founded and is President of the Health Care Industry Access Initiative, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting collaborative action across the health care industry to improve access to health care coverage and services in the United States.
Pooja Agarwal is Senior Associate Director, Legal Affairs, Corporate Alliances at the Penn Center for Innovation, as well as an Associate General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Agarwal assists the Penn community in the licensing and commercialization of Penn's technology and inventions and other legal issues that relate to research, technology transfer and corporate alliances. Prior to her role on the legal affairs team, Ms. Agarwal drafted and negotiated research and clinical trial agreements as part of the Corporate Contracts group at Penn’s Office of Research Services and later at PCI.
Before joining Penn, Ms. Agarwal was a corporate transactional lawyer at large international law firms in New York and Philadelphia. She also served as a Mintz Levin pro bono fellow at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania working with Philadelphia-area immigrants in various legal capacities such as U-Visa, Asylum, TPS and VAWA applications.
Ms. Agarwal attended Columbia University (B.A., 2002) where she studied economics, philosophy and computer science. She received her law degrees from Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2008) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., 2016).
Antoinette Walker is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond School of Law. Following graduation, she clerked at the trial court level in her hometown of Henrico County, Virginia. Ms. Walker spent ten years as a commercial litigator before accepting her current position as in-house counsel for Subaru of America. In her role, she oversees data privacy, manages the nationwide lemon law docket and provides advice and counsel on governance matters. Ms. Walker is actively involved in volunteering in the greater Philadelphia area with various organizations, including the Homeless Advocacy Project, Senior Law Center, Cathedral Kitchen and Camden County Public Schools. Ms. Walker has served as president of her local predominately African-American bar association and is a past member of the National Bar Association.
Earthen E. Johnson is the Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Legal at Macquarie Investment Management, a global asset manager overseeing approx. $300 billion for both institutional and retail clients. Earthen’s responsibilities involve counseling multi-series and multi-class mutual funds, reorganizing and forming funds, preparing registration and proxy statements, and handling various securities filings for both open-end and closed-end funds. She also assists the boards of directors/trustees on fund governance and fiduciary duty issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, she was a senior associate in Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP’s nationally ranked Investment Management Practice Group. Earthen earned her J.D., cum laude from Drexel University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, senior member of the Drexel Law Review, and participant in the Civil Litigation clinic. She received her B.A. in history and American studies from the University of Virginia, where she was a Merit Scholar, on the Dean’s List, recipient of the Longevity of Excellence Award and a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Society. Between college and law school, Earthen taught third grade in Camden, NJ through Teach For America and then led an educational non-profit organization in Philadelphia. In 2013 and 2016, she was recognized as a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer and in the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Black Lawyers, respectively.
Carrie Sarhangi Love is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group, primarily serving clients in the health care and life sciences industry, including some of the country’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Carrie is a strong advocate for both corporate and individual clients, and has helped clients win or favorably resolve cases involving both federal and state enforcement agencies, and private plaintiffs.
Carrie has in-depth experience representing clients in connection with government investigations and inquiries, enforcement proceedings and complex civil litigation. These investigations and related matters often involve alleged health care fraud and whistleblower statutes; violations of the False Claims Act; claims under anti-kickback, anti-bribery and anti-corruption statutes such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; patient support programs; and the alleged improper marketing of pharmaceutical products for off-label uses.
Her extensive trial experience lends well to high-stakes investigations, especially as she guides clients through complex regulatory and compliance issues, and helps them anticipate challenges and update their global compliance and training programs accordingly. In addition to mitigating risk and exposure for her clients, Carrie takes a proactive approach to managing the marketing and promotion, manufacturing, sale and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs.
Carrie also has experience representing clients in varied industries, such as higher education and financial services. She ensures compliance with various state and federal laws and policies, and works with clients to develop appropriate training programs and reporting procedures.
Katharine Ladd is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group focusing primarily on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. She has represented both large corporations and senior-level executives in federal and state court proceedings, as well as handled international criminal and regulatory matters.
Katharine has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in matters involving potential violations of the Anti-kickback Statute and False Claims Act. She has also represented financial services companies and executives in numerous criminal and civil matters involving insider trading, market manipulation, money laundering, securities fraud, tax evasion and consumer protection statutes. In addition to her litigation and enforcement experience, Katharine also counsels companies on compliance issues in a complex and constantly changing regulatory environment.
Lauren Murdza is a corporate attorney who advises life sciences, healthcare, biotech, medical device and technology companies and universities, in connection with technology transactions and general corporate matters. She represents clients in a broad range of commercial and corporate activities, including early-stage licensing and development agreements, global collaboration and promotional agreements, product acquisitions and divestitures, merger and acquisitions and private company financings.
Lauren's clients range from emerging growth companies to Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe, specifically in the life sciences and technology sectors.
In addition, Lauren advises clients on day-to-day commercial agreements, such as research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, joint development agreements, licenses, manufacturing and distribution agreements, promotional agreements, joint ventures and corporate partnering arrangements. She has a depth of experience in commercial contracts and management of large commercial contract portfolios for global clients.
Diane N. Ibrahim is the Managing Shareholder of the Delaware office and focuses her practice on corporate transactional matters involving Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and statutory trusts. Diane has experience in structured finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock sales, equity security offerings, conversions, dissolutions and recapitalizations and in the organization, structuring and operation of private equity funds and joint ventures. Diane also advises boards of directors and committees in connection with corporate governance matters and routinely renders legal opinions on Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and statutory trusts.
Jessica Natali is a white-collar criminal defense attorney and former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has deep experience both prosecuting and defending a wide range of criminal cases, particularly health care fraud and narcotics cases involving doctors, pharmacists, and health care professionals. Jessica’s work has also included cases related to mail fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering, as well as assorted violent crime matters. She represents corporations and individuals in federal criminal cases, complex white-collar defense matters, internal or parallel investigations, as well as select civil litigation matters typically involving the defense of qui tam/False Claims Act complaints.
Jessica has advised and worked closely with a variety of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Drug Enforcement Administration, The Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The United States Department of Health and Human Services, The United States Postal Service, offices of attorneys general, police departments, and district attorney’s offices.