Carolyn Anderson is a Managing Partner at Zimmerman Reed and leads the firm’s securities & financial fraud, antitrust, and public & attorney general practice groups. She is a frequent lecturer at colleges and law schools, and has served as a legal education faculty member on the topics of complex litigation, legal ethics, and financial fraud. Carolyn has successfully represented small investors, institutional clients, and state attorneys general in individual and nationwide securities fraud, ERISA, financial fraud, and antitrust actions.
In her pro bono work, Carolyn currently represents one hundred not-for-profit organizations related to their losses from a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. In that case, she worked with the DOJ and was appointed by the federal judge to serve as Assistant Liquidating Trustee under the supervision of the Court.
Prior to joining Zimmerman Reed, Carolyn was a judicial extern for Chief Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Carolyn received her J.D. cum laude, from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, attended The Hebrew University in coursework on law, religion, and ethics, and received her B.A., cum laude, from Trinity College.
Fredric Bellamy, a partner at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, began practicing law following his graduation from Harvard University in 1983 and Harvard Law School in 1986. He has accrued 25 years of experience in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, focusing on complex "bet-the-company" high-stakes cases relating to many of the most difficult issues facing businesses in the West. His experience includes litigation on behalf of major financial institutions and banks, including lender liability, financial, securities fraud and racketeering matters, international mining companies, major retailers and manufacturers, and technology companies.
In 2007, Fredric received the prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Achievement at the Library of Congress, for excellence in legal writing in plain English. Fredric's writings have included chapters on electronic data security and data breaches in the Intellectual Property Deskbook for Business Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association, as well numerous other publications.
Jonathan Chally is a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group at King & Spalding. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, particularly litigation related to significant corporate transactions and class actions. Mr. Chally has successfully represented defendants in a wide variety of disputes related to significant corporate transactions. These cases include shareholder class actions challenging public company mergers and acquisitions, post-closing disputes, and valuation-related litigation. He has extensive experience representing both corporate clients and private equity funds in this litigation, often proceeding in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Mr. Chally has significant experience in other forms of complex commercial litigation, including representing minority shareholders in proxy-related disputes, lawyers and law firms in professional liability litigation, representing parties in various forms of real estate disputes, and in high-stakes breach-of-contract matters. Mr. Chally has successfully represented businesses in class actions filed in federal courts across the country.
Mr. Chally received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004. During law school, Mr. Chally was a Dean’s Scholar, served as the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and published a Note entitled “The Law of Trade Secrets: Toward A More Efficient Approach.” Mr. Chally graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of North Florida with a BBA in Economics and Financial Services, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Thomas Evans is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group. Tom focuses his practice on defending and resolving class actions alleging violations of false advertising, unfair competition and consumer fraud laws throughout the country, as well as claims under RICO and similar statutes. He defends food and dietary supplement companies in cases involving the intersection of federal statutes and regulations with state consumer protection laws. His defense of life insurance companies in class and individual actions similarly requires him to combine his understanding of comprehensive state regulatory schemes with his experience defending against claims under consumer protection laws. He has also guided class settlements toward Court approval, including defending against objections from private class members or public agencies. Tom’s practice also extends to defending against claims by public enforcement agencies and private citizens under state statutes, including California’s Unfair Competition Law, Consumers Legal Remedies Act, False Advertising Law and Proposition 65.
Tom received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993 and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1990.
T. Markus Funk is the founding Co-Chair of Perkins Coie's Supply Chain Compliance practice, Colorado’s “Best Overall Litigator” (2015); “Colorado White Collar Lawyer of the Year” (2015); “10 Best Attorneys for the State of Illinois" (2014); and "Lawyer of the Year" (2013). In 2015, Markus was tapped to head up the firm’s Africa Practice. He also is a Fellow of the American Law Institute and has received both the Department of Justice's prestigious Attorney General's Award for Nation’s top trial performance and the State Department's Superior Honor Award for service to the country.
Prior to joining the firm, Markus served as a decorated Chicago federal prosecutor, Section Chief with the U.S. State Department-Balkans, a law professor, and clerked for Hon. Morris Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Hon. Catherine Perry, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Markus earned a Ph.D.c at the University of Oxford, a J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.S. & B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael Hall is a member of the Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Michael has a diverse litigation practice with an emphasis on employment disputes, complex commercial litigation and toxic tort matters. Michael has significant experience counseling and defending management and employers in various employment-related matters, including enforcement of post-employment restrictions; corporate raiding cases; wrongful termination; actions under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, WARN and similar New York and New Jersey claims.
Michael served as law clerk to the Hon. William C. Meehan, P.J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Michael is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He received his law degree from Pace Law School in 2003, where he graduated cum laude.
Thomas Jackson is a senior litigation partner and chair of the technology practice group at Phillips Nizer LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of computer software licensing and acquisitions, information technology, data security and privacy and litigation in the fields of technology law, privacy and information law, antitrust class action defense, and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Jackson received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.
Randall Jackson is a partner at Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP in the firm’s New York City office. His practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, complex civil litigation, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Jackson, who joined the firm after eight years as a federal prosecutor, is widely considered one of the best trial lawyers to come out of government service in recent years. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he led numerous sensitive investigations and prosecutions that spanned the globe.
In 2011, Mr. Jackson was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award by the Attorney General of the United States. In 2014, he was awarded the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award by the Attorney General. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Jackson was a law clerk to Hon. Ann Claire Williams, United States Courts of Appeals, Seventh Circuit and Hon. Nina Gershon, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Morehouse College.
Joshua Jessen is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County and Palo Alto offices. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and practices in the Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Group, Intellectual Property Group, and Health Care and Life Sciences Group.
Mr. Jessen's practice focuses on consumer law and class actions, intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He represents several companies involved in putative data privacy and data security class actions, and he was instrumental in obtaining dismissals in several of those actions. Mr. Jessen also has represented a wide array of clients in high-stakes patent, copyright, trademark, and right-of-publicity litigation. In addition, he was involved in the defense of a significant white collar criminal matter relating to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
In addition, Mr. Jessen has acted as a guardian ad litem, on a pro bono basis, for children affected by temporary protective order proceedings, and he previously completed a two-month stint as a Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Jessen earned his law degree magna cum laude in 2002 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review, as well as a judicial extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge James Stiven. Mr. Jessen graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Jessen studied at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.
Jason Lichtman is a partner in the New York office of Lieff Cabraser, and his practice is focused on financial fraud, damages, and appeals. Lichtman is a member of the qui tam, consumer protection, and defective products practice groups.
Lichtman serves on the board of directors for Public Justice Foundation and is vice chair of the Public Justice class action committee. Public Justice is devoted to standing up for consumers against unscrupulous payday lenders, reckless polluters, dangerous food producers, and other bad corporate actors.
Lichtman received his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was also the recipient of the Clarence M. Darrow Scholar award, Michigan’s highest merit-based scholarship. He previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Katherine McDaniel practices in the Business Litigation Department at Troutman Sanders’ New York office. She concentrates her practice on the representation of public and private companies, financial institutions, and corporate executives and individuals involved in high-stakes commercial litigation matters. She has extensive experience litigating a variety of cases in both state and federal courts and has handled trials, mediations, and other forms of dispute resolution. Much of her experience has focused on defending large companies in nationwide class actions or multi-district litigations.
Katherine received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2006 and is former law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Katherine O’Leary is Global Executive Litigation Counsel at GE and serves as Chair of its Pro Bono Coordinating Committee. She was previously affiliated with the firms Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP and Weil Gotshal and Manges. Kate is a former law clerk of Hon. Morris E. Lasker, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D. at Yale Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, at Yale College.
Philip Oliss chairs the Litigation Practice Group at Squire Patton Boggs in Cleveland. He has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts including bankruptcy courts. Phil’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, class action defense and business restructuring-related litigation. He has successfully defended Fortune 50 retailers and manufacturers in high stakes multistate class action litigation, and regularly represents clients in complex litigation involving allegations of consumer fraud, product defects, insurers’ claims handling and other practices, and RICO, antitrust and securities violations.
Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Phil was a judicial clerk to The Honorable Frederick N. Young of the Ohio Court of Appeals. He also has taught courses on appellate advocacy as an adjunct assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University. Phil received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as the student articles chair on The University of Cincinnati Law Review. He received his B.A. with honors from The Ohio State University.
Robert Owen is Partner in Charge of Sutherland's New York office and has decades of commercial litigation experience. A nationally recognized adviser to financial services, energy and technology companies, Bob is known for efficient, creative and early dispute resolution. He has handled hundreds of cases before federal and state courts and arbitration panels throughout the United States. His accomplishments as a trial lawyer are recognized by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy which has invited him to teach trial skills at its flagship national program in Boulder, Colorado (seven times) and at many of its regional programs.
Bob is also a nationally recognized authority in e-discovery, managing the costs and risks that e-discovery now adds to the litigation calculus. Chambers consistently rates him as one of five first rank leading individuals in e-discovery nationally, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Law Advanced Institute for eDiscovery and president of the non-profit Electronic Discovery Institute. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Northwestern University.
Archis Parasharami, a litigation partner in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office, is co-chair of the firm's Class Actions practice and is a member of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate practice. Archis routinely defends businesses in class action litigation in federal and state courts around the country. He brings substantial experience to all aspects of complex litigation and class actions, and has helped companies defeat or secure settlements on favorable terms in a wide variety of significant class actions. He has received a number of awards recognizing his work on behalf of businesses.
Archis is the Washington, DC office's co-hiring partner and a member of the firm's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He joined Mayer Brown after clerking for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and his AB, summa cum laude, from Princeton University.
Meredith Slawe is a partner in Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Class Actions Team. Meredith is a highly accomplished attorney who focuses on the defense of purported class actions and complex commercial litigation matters in courts across the country. She has extensive experience representing companies in a range of actions, including matters related to cutting-edge technology and privacy issues.
Meredith is a leader in the firm’s interdisciplinary Retail Industry Group and has a deep understanding of issues facing retailers, including data privacy and security, product labeling and advertising, omni-channel marketing, customer outreach, behavioral marketing, promotional pricing, hiring practices, automatic renewals, e-commerce, and compliance with a host of statutes.
She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Douglas Smith, a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate stage in state and federal courts throughout the country, including commercial, mass tort, product liability, securities, bankruptcy, environmental, and intellectual property cases. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has published on a wide variety of legal topics.
Doug served as law clerk to Hon. David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received a J.D., cum laude, from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, and a B.S./B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jennifer Swize, a partner at Jones Day, focuses on appellate and complex civil litigation, with experience in a variety of industries and an emphasis on high-technology companies. She has substantial experience in appeals and district court litigation spanning a range of subject matters and issues, both substantive and procedural, with extensive experience in patent appeals. Jennifer has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and before several federal district courts.
In her pro bono work, Jennifer represents a parent in a child custody appeal and regularly serves as pro bono counsel in the federal courts of appeals. In the Fourth Circuit, Jennifer and her colleagues obtained a significant victory for a family from El Salvador seeking asylum in the United States after being persecuted by a gang. In addition, Jennifer is a member of the Washington Office Recruiting Committee.
Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Virginia, Order of the Coif, and her B.A. with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Notre Dame.
Ariana Tadler, a partner at Milberg LLP, is a nationally recognized member of the plaintiffs’ bar with 20+ years of experience litigating and managing the full spectrum of complex securities and consumer class actions, including high-profile, fast–paced cases.
Ariana is also renowned for being one of the nation’s leading authorities on electronic discovery in plaintiffs’ litigation — an area she and Milberg helped pioneer. She chairs Milberg’s E-Discovery Practice Group, has authored numerous publications on E-Discovery, and is regularly invited to speak on a variety of litigation- and discovery–related topics to educate the bench and bar. Ariana is actively involved in the development of the law and best practices, including amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and various pilot programs.
Ariana has been recognized by several prominent legal industry rating organizations, including Chambers, Lawdragon, and Benchmark Litigation. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from Hamilton College.
Amber Wessels-Yen is a partner in the New York office of Alston & Bird and co-chairs its International Litigation practice. She specializes in the representation of foreign and multinational clients involved in litigation in U.S. courts and in the defense of U.S. and multinational clients against claims brought by foreign nationals. She routinely deals with the intersection of U.S. e-discovery requests and foreign data privacy requirements.
Amber’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class actions. She has extensive experience with antitrust, Alien Tort Statute, and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act issues.
Amber received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1996.
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