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 Mandell is a Commercial, International Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Incorporation, Debt Collection attorney who has been licensed for 9 years. She has attended Georgetown University Law Center and has an office in New York, NY.
STACEY J. HANNA is General Counsel, Global Ethics and Compliance at Lonza. Ms. Hanna joined Lonza when Capsugel was acquired by Lonza in July 2017 from KKR & Co. In her new role, she is responsible for building and enhancing a global ethics and compliance program in the areas of anti-bribery and anti-corruption, trade compliance and antitrust for the Swiss public company. While at Capsugel, Ms. Hanna focused on Ethics & Compliance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment, Regulatory, and Information Security matters. Ms. Hanna graduated with honors from Hamilton College in 1997 and Cornell Law School in 2001. Prior to joining Lonza, Ms. Hanna was associated with Mayer Brown, Pfizer Inc. and Drinker Biddle & Reath.
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.
Keisha-Ann G. Gray is a distinguished trial lawyer who has secured significant victories in both federal and state courts. As a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department, co-head of the Policies, Handbooks & Training Practice Group, and former co-head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group, she focuses her practice on civil law with an emphasis on litigating highly-sensitive employment discrimination claims. Because of the nature of Keisha-Ann’s practice, many of her successful matters have resulted in non-public resolutions and remain confidential.
Counseling is another cornerstone of her practice. As a seasoned trial counsel and litigator, Keisha-Ann draws from her experiences in the courtroom before juries to help inform her clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, on issues pertinent to employment law and complaint prevention.
Keisha-Ann frequently speaks and writes on trial practice and employment discrimination defense matters. She is the resident Legal Clinic Columnist for Human Resources Executive Online Magazine and a contributor to the SHRM Blog. Keisha-Ann has been recognized by The Network Journal, The New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars and YWCA of New York’s Academy of Women Leaders. She is also very passionate about mentoring junior lawyers and supporting organizations such as Practicing Attorneys for Law Students “Pals” (Member of Board of Directors) and the American Friends of Jamaica.
Prior to joining Proskauer in 2007, Keisha-Ann was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and a former federal law clerk, having served two years in the Chambers of the Honorable Jaime Pieras Jr., Senior Judge in the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Jacqueline (Mecchella) Bushwack is a partner in Rivkin Radler LLP’s Complex Torts & Product Liability, General Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Groups, where she defends property owners, universities, construction management companies, construction contractors, pharmaceutical companies, convenience store chains, hospitals, physicians, adult care facilities and others in suits alleging premises liability, violations of New York State’s Labor Law, product liability, pharmaceutical liability, medical and dental malpractice, nursing home negligence and toxic exposures (including asbestos and lead paint).
Proficient in managing all phases of discovery and trial preparation in both state and federal courts, Jacqueline has helped her clients obtain important discovery rulings, dismissals before trial, and favorable jury verdicts. She also has successfully resolved many cases through mediation and strategic settlement negotiation.
Jacqueline has obtained favorable results for her clients in several recent well publicized cases, including In re Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litigation and In re East 51st Street Crane Collapse Litigation.
Jacqueline is a member attorney of the USLAW Network, Inc., where she participates in the retail, construction and product liability sections. In collaboration with other USLAW member firms, Jacqueline assisted in updating the USLAW Compendium of Law on Construction, specifically concerning Labor Law sections 200, 240, and 241. Click here to view the compendium. She also contributed to USLAW’s National Compendium of Law for the State of New York, which presents information on a variety of procedural and litigation-oriented issues.
She is also active in the American Bar Association (ABA), where she co-chairs the Work/Life Management Sub-Committee of the Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee and serves as the Sub-Committee Chair of Book Projects. Her most recent book project, “Her Story: Lessons in Success from Lawyers Who Live It,” was published in May 2017. During the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, she served as a delegate to the Young Lawyers Division Assembly. Jacqueline is a board member of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and co-chairs its Business Advisory Council.
Jacqueline was selected as one of Long Island’s 50 Most Influential Women by Long Island Business News for 2017 and 2014. New York Super Lawyers named Jacqueline as a Rising Star in the Metropolitan New York area for 2017 and 2018.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the leading not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children. Prior volunteer experience includes serving a two-year term on the Nominating Committee for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and organizing food drives and toy drives for various organizations on Long Island.
While at Albany Law School, Jacqueline served as lead articles editor for the Albany Law School Journal of Science and Technology and interned for the Hon. Lawrence E. Kahn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. From 2007 to 2010, she served as the recent graduate trustee on the board of trustees at Albany Law School.
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.
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).
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 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 Del Pizzo is a member of Rivkin Radler’s Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property; and Privacy, Data & Cyber Law Practice Groups. She resolves commercial disputes, including intellectual property matters such as trademark, trade dress, copyright and patent infringement, restrictive covenants and domain name disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition, false advertising, defamation and trade libel.
Nancy’s experience also includes counseling on discrete business issues (from avoidance of litigation to litigation preparation, commencement and trial) as well as litigating complex insurance coverage disputes and investigating, litigating and/or successfully settling subrogation claims. She also advises clients regarding data breaches, including handling post-breach notifications, and her practice includes drafting complex agreements, such as licensing and confidentiality agreements and assignments and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications.
Nancy is co-chair of the Internet/Privacy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Section. She also is co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee.
Nancy frequently writes and speaks on various topics and serves on the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine’s Editorial Board. She is also a member of the District IIA Ethics Committee (Bergen County). Nancy is a former chair of and currently serves as legislative coordinator of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Section. Nancy was the featured profile in the New Jersey Law Journal’s “The Bar Report,” February 27, 2012.
Nancy has a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating in Intellectual Property, Litigation and Civil Practice. She was named to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list, a distinction reserved for only 5% of attorneys. Nancy was selected to be a “Rising Star,” 2011-2015 by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, she is a Barrister in the John C. Lifland Inn of Court and received the 2007 New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association President’s Award for “Outstanding and Committed Service” for her pro bono work.
Nancy began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Barbara Byrd Wecker, J.A.D. (ret.). She is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law and evening vice president on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association. During law school, she also interned for the Hon. William J. Martini, U.S.D.J.
For nearly two decades prior to becoming an attorney, Nancy operated a sole proprietorship, providing writing, editing and consulting services for organizations of various sizes, including Fortune 500 companies. She published hundreds of articles in consumer and trade magazines and newspapers, focusing on health, medicine and fitness, with a particular emphasis on eye care and eyewear.
Tara Benson has been Commvault’s Employment Counsel and Trademark and Licensing Counsel since December 2007. Prior to joining our company, she served as senior member of both the trademark practice and employment law groups at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.. Prior to GHC, Tara was Associate General Counsel at for Library Video Company/Schlessinger Media, the leading distributor and producer of educational media, locate in the Philadelphia area. Prior to that, she was a senior associate at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in Philadelphia. She started her 20+ year legal career as an associate at Perkins Coie, based in their Seattle office. Tara obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her J.D., from Duke University School of Law. Go Blue Devils!
At Commvault, Tara has the pleasure of being the primary legal support for both the HR team and Marketing team. In her role as Employment Counsel, she provides practical and strategic advice on how to minimize legal risk for the company relating to all aspects of employee management including recruiting, leaves of absence, performance management, disciplinary actions and terminations, wage and hour compliance, employment policies and handbook provisions, as well as negotiating employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and privacy policies. She also helps defend the company against legal claims relating to employment discrimination and retaliation. When she is not assisting HR, she is focused on managing the company’s trademark and copyright portfolio worldwide and keeping Marketing out of trouble by reviewing press releases, datasheets, blogs, webpages, white papers, event related materials, technical enablement materials, etc.
Dr. Webb received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in NY, and her post-doctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is currently Vice President, Intellectual Property at ARMGOâ„¢ Pharma, Inc, a privately held biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel small-molecule therapeutics to treat debilitating cardiac, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. Prior to joining ARMGO, Dr. Webb was at Aton Pharma, Inc., where she was part of a team focused on the discovery of a novel class of histone deacetylase inhibitors leading to the oncology drug SAHA (Vorinostat). She is the recipient of many honors and awards including a Fulbright scholarship. She is also registered patent agent with over 15 years experience in intellectual property portfolio management.
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, and liability consulting/investigation. Ms. Choyne was elected to the partnership of Aaronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch in 2017. She 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.