Internal and external sources of risk have elevated the stakes that all business leaders must anticipate and mitigate. On October 4th, Bloomberg Law’s In-House Forum-East brings together leading corporate counsel to discuss the expanded role of the legal department to engage stakeholders across the business spectrum and the innovations in the legal departments that ensure positive impact in protecting and growing their businesses. Leveraging Bloomberg Law’s analysis and bringing together experts across the industry in New York, this forum provides corporate counsel the opportunity to focus on creating a strategy and culture that raises awareness of where threats come from and rapidly responds to investigations when they arise. As you network with peers, and hear from our speakers you’ll find insights on how to engage the executive team, prepare your legal team, and set up a risk management process that is innovative, responsive to the times, and anticipates the future threats.
Join your in-house peers at this forum, where your role as a corporate leader is paramount.Hear and share ideas on risk management while building new networks.
Legal professionals rely upon Bloomberg Law for in-depth reporting on the latest developments in the law as well as for insights on the business of providing legal services. The Bloomberg Law In-House Forum provides an opportunity to share those ideas and engage with peers.
October 4, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Networking reception to follow
731 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
Continuing Education Credits
Earn up to 6.0 CLE credits
Who Should Attend:
Senior business leaders in the legal profession, including in-house counsel and executives.
In order to facilitate an open, peer-to-peer dialogue and provide a valuable learning experience for participants, registration is only open to in-house counsel and executives, and limited number of industry thought leaders, as well as conference sponsors. Bloomberg Law reserves the right to refuse any registrations not meeting our qualifications.
8:00 AM Breakfast & Forum Registration
8:45 AM Welcome
9:00 AM Keynote Interview
This Keynote Interview with Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, will explore the current state of risk for public and private companies – what are the triggers that put companies in jeopardy. Drawing upon Yates’ own experience, we’ll discuss the importance of leadership in guiding organizations to effective prevent, manage and respond to regulatory risks when they arise.
Interviewed by: David Westin, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
9:30 AM Today’s General Counsel: Leadership Under Scrutiny
Leadership of the legal department has moved beyond providing excellent legal solutions – when done well, corporate counsel can, and should, help drive a company culture that supports growth and anticipates future threats. Our panel of leaders will share insights on how they have set up their teams for success, what challenges are top of mind, and how they prepare today for tomorrow’s risks to the business.
Moderated by: Josh Block, Executive Producer, Bloomberg Next
10:20 AM Networking Break
10:50 AM Creating an Internal Culture of Risk Management
Risk management starts with a broad and pervasive corporate culture that ensures all of the stakeholders – executives, employees and vendors – are aligned. General counsel must successfully implement risk management strategies within their businesses, providing strategies for conveying risk to employees and board members in today’s regulatory and economic environment. The panel of in-house and outside counsel will share their insights on creating a culture that appreciates the need to mitigate risk.
Moderated by: Lisa Roitman, Business Development & Marketing Strategist, Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions
11:40 AM The Critical Role of Counsel in Managing Internal Cybersecurity Risk
Cyber-related threats are one of the fastest rising sources of risk. As general counsel create policies they must also understand the technology in the business, the talent in the company, and the business processes that executives need to stay competitive. Mobile workforces, cloud-based business operations, data collection and information governance, and more are all evolving developments that corporate counsel must now address. Corporate counsel and leading industry experts will share where cyber risk is rising, strategies for mitigating these risks, and their understanding of the workforces and corporate policies that will impact success.
Moderated by: Harriet Pearson, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP
12:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM Welcome Back with Bloomberg Law Roundtable
2:00 PM Internal Investigations: Successfully Mitigate Reputational Risk
The legal department plays a key role as counsel and business partner in internal investigations, and must carefully and efficiently navigate the company through investigations surrounding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation properly. The effective management of an internal investigation can ensure that a company recovers quickly; however, mismanagement can severely damage the company’s culture, brand, and reputation. Our panel of corporate counsel and industry leaders will discuss key strategies to employ for the successful management of an internal investigation.
Moderated by: Paul Gibson, Manager, Customer Experience, Bloomberg Law
2:50 PM Networking Break
3:20 PM C-Suite Relationships: Key Partnerships for Risk Management
Successful risk management starts at the top. As corporate counsel seek to drive cultural change and lead solutions for key sources of risk, they must develop and nurture relationships with other C-suite executives. In this panel, corporate counsel and advisors offer insights on effectively communicating with other business leaders to impact board discussions and decisions, as well as to influence business strategy through the proper management of resources surrounding risk, compliance, and culture.
Moderated by: Carol Mascera, Global Head of Financial Technology Group, Legal Department, Bloomberg L.P.
4:10 PM Tomorrow’s Risk Management: Leading In-House Innovations
As the landscape of risk evolves, so do the solutions. Innovative in-house counsel find effective ways to leverage people, processes and technology that will future-ready their departments. The In-House Counsel Forum will conclude with a look forward – our closing roundtable will feature leading in-house and outside counsel who are transforming their legal departments and firms to create more effective client relationships, utilize emerging technology for the greatest return, and deliver legal services in new ways while managing the constantly changing regulatory landscape.
Moderated by: Diana J. Stern, Legal Innovation Designer, BakerHostetler
5:00 PM Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception
Jonathan J. Anastasia is Assistant General Counsel supporting Mastercard's ESS division. In his role, Jonathan is responsible for leading a team that helps drive innovation across all products at Mastercard. His team provides integrated legal and transactional support in the development of products and services in the areas of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet-of-things, chatbots, conversational commerce, mobile applications, digital & product consulting and data research.
Mastercard Labs is Mastercard's global innovation division that focuses on the evolution of technology, the incubation of products in a variety of areas related to commerce, and engagement with, and investment in, startup companies. This also includes developing and managing the legal aspects of the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Africa.
Before joining Mastercard, Jonathan was in the Intellectual Property group of Crowell & Moring LLP. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After serving as a Captain in the United States Army, he received a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.
Fernanda Beraldi works for Cummins Inc. in Indianapolis as Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance. Cummins is a Fortune 150 multinational with operations in more than 190 countries and that has been selected 12 years in a row as one of the Ethisphere’s “Most Ethical Companies”. Fernanda has 15 years of legal experience, and started at Cummins in July 2015 as Director, Ethics and Compliance – Latin America, after having worked for more than 6 years for the third-largest aircraft manufacturer, Embraer SA. She is a dual-licensed (Brazil and Indiana) lawyer from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fernanda completed her Master of Laws program in Corporate and Commercial Law at Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, graduating cum laude. She was also one of the commencement speakers.
Fernanda’s past work experience exposed her to a broad array of foreign countries, cultural aspects and several subjects related to compliance, such as export control and anti-bribery regulations and enforcement, interaction with government officials and state-owned entities, conflicts of interest, creation of worldwide sales agents policies, and creation of the content and provision of global and/or customized training to Embraer’s employees and third parties on these important matters.
Josh Block is the Executive Producer of Big Law Business, the website from Bloomberg Next that focuses on the legal industry.
Block began his career producing television interviews for Charlie Rose on PBS, including interviews with David Bowie, Phil Jackson, David Letterman, Wynton Marsalis, Benjamin Netanyahu and Martin Scorsese. After that, he joined the staff of Late Show with David Letterman, where he prepared David Letterman for his guest interviews. Block has contributed to the Peabody Award-winning programs, Studio 360 (WNYC) and EGG the arts show (PBS). He profiled the improvisational comedy troupe and training center Upright Citizens Brigade for the former, and the satirical news organization The Onion for the latter. He was also part of the production teams that launched award-winning television programs for HBO, PBS, and ESPN.
In 2005, Block enrolled in law school. After earning his J.D. he joined Bloomberg where he created and produced videos and podcast on legal topics. In 2014, he launched Big Law Business. The site was honored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors as Website of the Year in 2017.
Block received his B.A. in English from DePauw University and earned his law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Todd F. Braunstein is an in-house attorney at Willis Towers Watson, an insurance broking and consulting company with $8 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 employees around the world. Todd recently became General Counsel – International at his company, serving as chief legal officer for a geographic region covering more than 100 countries spread across six continents.
Todd is simultaneously serving as the Head of Global Investigations at Willis, where he oversees both internal and government investigations in all 140+ countries where the company does business.
In his pre-Willis career, Todd worked as a federal prosecutor, as a legal policy advisor in the White House, and as an attorney at two leading law firms based in Washington, DC.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Julie Cantor is the Corporate Counsel at Compass, a tech-driven real estate brokerage. At Compass, she's led the company's legal efforts related to real estate agent independent contractor recruiting, and has recently transitioned to becoming a full-time employment and equity counsel. Outside of Compass, she's working on a memoir, and is a proud mother to her 50-lb "mini" Goldendoodle, Noodle Rodham Cantor.
Michael Cavadel is the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Brookings Institution, which has been consistently ranked as the best think tank in the world by the Think Tanks & Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, Michael advises Brookings’s Senior Management team on a wide range of legal matters with a focus toward helping the Institution achieve global impact while managing risk. Michael serves as the lead employment counsel at Brookings and, in this role, he provides legal advice on employment matters, including developing Institutional policy, hiring, benefits, employee discipline, terminations, and restructuring. Michael also serves as lead counsel on internal investigations and litigation. In addition to employment matters, Michael also supports the Office of General Counsel’s work on contracts, compliance, corporate governance, insurance, and nonprofit law.
Prior to joining Brookings, Michael began his legal career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michael worked as an associate for Wolf Block LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm. He then became Assistant General Counsel at Legion Insurance Company (in Liquidation). The Legion liquidation was one of the largest insurance liquidations in United States’ history, with billions of dollars in assets to be distributed among tens of thousands of potential claimants.
Michael is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Kevin G. Chapman is Associate General Counsel (labor/employment) for Dow Jones & Company in Princeton, New Jersey (1995-present), where he is responsible for collective bargaining, labor relations, EEO and NLRB litigation, international employment issues, and corporate labor/employment law compliance (among other things). He is currently the Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a former co-chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and a former Secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Chapman was a management-side labor and employment attorney at Kauff, McClain & McGuire and at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, both in New York City. He has served as an adjunct Associate Professor of Legal Writing at New York Law School and is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars. Mr. Chapman is also an amateur author and recently published his second novel, “A Legacy of One,” available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535048425.
Mr. Chapman is a graduate of Columbia College (‘83) and Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude ‘86).
Yen D. Chu is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and leads the legal department of Equinox Holdings, a global luxury lifestyle fitness company with a portfolio of brands or business interests in Equinox Fitness, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, PURE Yoga, Furthermore (digital magazine), and the upcoming Equinox Hotels. She oversees a team with responsibility for financial/commercial transactions, dispute resolutions/complex litigation, corporate governance, employment/labor matters, intellectual property portfolio, privacy/data protection matters, and marketing/sponsorship/retail initiatives.
Prior to Equinox, Yen was Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel of Ralph Lauren Corporation where she oversaw all public company and Board of Directors governance and global regulatory compliance matters, including SEC/securities, anti-bribery/FCPA, consumer product safety, and international trade/customs compliance. In addition, Yen and her team were responsible for legal aspects of corporate social responsibility and philanthropic matters as well as global transactions, including corporate financing, licensing, and distribution.
Yen began her legal career at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 1997 where she focused on corporate transactions, representing private equity firms, financial institutions, and public and private companies.
Yen is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was the national Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Law School Association and a mentor/workshop advisor for Columbia First Generation Professionals.
María González Calvet is an anti-corruption and international risk partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Recognized for her deep understanding and experience in the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery statutes, she has worked with leaders in government, business and finance to investigate and assess risk for more than a decade. She has substantial experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies and individuals concerning multi-jurisdictional matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud.
María has conducted internal and government investigations in more than 20 Latin American countries and draws on her past work in government and the corporate sector to help clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate corruption risks and implement effective compliance programs. In addition to her Latin America knowledge, María has experience in anti-corruption and other investigative matters in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and in every significant business sector.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2018, María served as Executive Counsel, Global Investigations for General Electric where she led and managed government, regulatory and internal investigations for the company’s business in Latin America. Earlier in her career, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and was a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit where she led some of the Department’s most important investigations involving allegations of corruption and other white collar offenses in Latin America.
A. Verona Dorch is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Peabody. In this role, she has executive responsibility for providing comprehensive legal counsel for Peabody’s business activities and leads the company’s global legal, government affairs and compliance functions.
Ms. Dorch has more than 20 years of legal, governance and government affairs experience counseling diverse global businesses. She previously served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for Harsco Corporation, a leading global industrial services company. She also has experience in corporate and securities law from top-tier law firms and with Sumitomo Chemical Co. following a multi-year secondment in Tokyo, Japan
Ms. Dorch currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Girls Inc. in St. Louis and the United Way of Greater St. Louis, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been involved in board memberships with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Public School Foundation and YMCA.
Kevin oversees the legal function of the Marketing Cloud and the Communications and Retail Global Business Units at Oracle. He’s responsible for all corporate and commercial activities, including the spectrum of technology transactions (cloud computing, software, hardware, consulting, outsourcing, data licensing). He also partners with executive management and key stakeholders to support the product development lifecycle, monitor and mitigate organizational risks, ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements worldwide (including data privacy), and resolve disputes with customers and partners.
Kevin has focused on the telecommunications, media, technology, financial services, and retail industries during his career. He has significant knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by companies in these heavily regulated and highly competitive industries, including in new and emerging markets. In addition, his tenure at Oracle has provided in-depth insight into disruptive technologies such as cloud computing, big data/analytics, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, and social media, as well as the data privacy and security issues implicated by their rapid adoption.
Paul C. Gibson, Manager, Customer Experience, Bloomberg Law is responsible for managing the market leading Labor & Employment and Human Resources products for Bloomberg Law. His responsibilities focus on monitoring customer needs to create product enhancements and new products that assist Labor & Employment practitioners and HR professionals to meet their business goals. He has over 35 years of experience in the labor, employment and HR fields, including positions as VP of Human Resources and Vice President of Corporate Compliance Products. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida School of Law.
Rose Marie E. Glazer became Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of AIG in March 2017. She leads the corporate governance, securities, mergers and acquisitions and administrative services legal teams within GLCR.
Before joining AIG, Rose Marie was Senior Vice President and General Counsel – Americas for Siemens where she oversaw all aspects of the Siemens legal department throughout North and South America beginning in 2012. Prior to that she was General Counsel of Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. Before becoming general counsel, Rose Marie was an Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Siemens PLM Software. Rose Marie has also served as interim General Counsel of Siemens' Mesoamerica operations in Mexico City.
In November 2004, Rose Marie joined Siemens PLM Software from Telvista, Inc., an international contact center company. Rose Marie was Telvista's Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Telvista, Rose Marie held in-house counsel positions at Allied Riser Communications and American Airlines. Before that, she was an attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Dallas.
Rose Marie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She also has a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.
Sarah Goldfrank is a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department at Fannie Mae. In that capacity, Sarah serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the Single-Family Mortgage Business, Fannie Mae’s primary business line. She leads a large national team responsible for providing legal services related to mortgage selling and servicing contracts, customer engagement activities, technology tools, litigation, seller/servicer oversight, remedies against private label securities issuers, and lender counterparty and third-party vendor management. Sarah also serves as Legal Counsel to the Board of Directors' Risk, Policy and Capital Committee, and on the Single-Family Risk Committee.
Prior to assuming her current position in October 2015, Sarah was a Senior Vice President in Bank of America’s Legal Department, where she led several of the bank’s most important mortgage-related legal initiatives, including the horizontal foreclosure review mandated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the joint OCC/Federal Reserve mortgage servicing consent order, and the multistate attorney-general National Mortgage Settlement. Prior to that, she served as counsel for O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she specialized in representing financial institutions in significant litigation, enforcement, and regulatory matters.
Sarah serves on the Audit Committee for Women for Women International, on the Leadership Committee of Out Leadership, and on the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem. Sarah graduated with honors from Smith College and Georgetown University Law Center.
In her role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Marni Helfand manages all transactional and litigation matters for Integreon across the globe. Prior to joining Integreon, Marni held various in-house counsel roles with a focus on litigation and employment law. She also has significant corporate experience with contract review and negotiation, immigration, and mergers and acquisitions. Marni’s industry experience is varied between public and private companies, union and non-union, including food service and professional services. Prior to holding roles as in-house counsel, Marni was an associate with Littler Mendelson in Chicago.
Marni received her B.S. Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Kristyn J. Hyland is a member of the leadership team in Bloomberg Law’s Corporate, Tech & IP business unit, having spent nearly 15 years at BNA. In her current role as deputy editorial director, Ms. Hyland oversees a team of highly-experienced attorneys and data scientists who focus on developing tools and content in the areas of corporate governance and compliance, legal department operations, corporate transactions, capital markets, securities, antitrust, and banking, amongst others.
Ms. Hyland leads Bloomberg Law’s strategic relationship with the Association of Corporate Counsel, a global legal association with more than 42,000 members in 85 countries. In addition, Ms. Hyland regularly collaborates on articles and speaking engagements with general counsel and compliance professionals from the Fortune 500, as well as with top law firm leadership. Ms. Hyland also manages and regularly writes for Bloomberg Law’s corporate transactions blog, Here’s the Deal.
Andrew Kim serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Company Secretary for NETGEAR. Prior to joining NETGEAR, Mr. Kim served as Special Counsel in the Corporate and Securities Department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In between two stints at Wilson Sonsini, he served as Partner in the Business and Finance Department of Schwartz Cooper in Chicago and was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Kim began practicing law with the New York firms Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Mr. Kim was honored as 2018 Silicon Valley Corporate Counsel of the Year – Diversity Champion, 2014 Legal Impact Honoree by the Asian Law Alliance and 2010 Legal Professional of the Year by the Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the ABA Task Force on Enterprise Risk, is Co-Founder of the Bay Area Asian-American General Counsel and is a member of the Council of Korean-Americans. Mr. Kim holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and received a B.A. in history from Yale University.
Rob previously worked as a corporate M&A lawyer with some of the UK’s leading law firms, and he is passionate about the use of technology to optimize and transform the way legal services are delivered. Rob manages legal solution design at HighQ and is focused on creatively generating and developing legal practice and service delivery solutions using HighQ’s market-leading products and integrations. Before joining HighQ in 2017, Rob was Group Innovation Manager at Pinsent Masons and was part of their award-winning SmartDelivery team.
As director of information security, Robert Olsen and his team focus on proactive cyber security risk management solutions organizations can implement to strengthen their information security posture. Olsen is a highly skilled professional with more than 20 years of experience in operations, information technology, engineering, and finance. Formerly, he was the co-founder and chief executive officer at COMPASS Cyber Security, where he was responsible for the daily operations and strategic direction of the organization. In this position, he was recognized as one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs by the Daily Record.
Prior to COMPASS, Olsen was the co-founder and CEO of North Star Group. He also served as vice president of program management, information technology, and corporate services at Broadwing Communications, where he managed network infrastructure, corporate acquisition integration, product development, customer implementation, corporate quality, and strategic initiatives on a national scale.
As a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP, Carey leads our next generation Modernizing Compliance and Culture Risk Ventures Fund, which includes a focus on a diverse range of innovative and technology-enabled client solutions spanning regulatory compliance, internal audit, and fraud and forensic investigations. As a specialist in risk and control advisory services, Carey has significant experience leading diverse teams; developing professionals; and advising on large, complex, and global client relationships and projects.
Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance,breach preparedness and response, crisis management,global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.
Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where among other roles she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (IBM’s first, and one of industry’s first and longest-serving, chief privacy officers) from 2000-12. The Financial Times recognized Harriet as North America Legal Innovator of the Year, Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America," and the National Law Journal recognized her as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer.
Harriet co-founded and co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute from 2012 to 2018 and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field by awarding her its Vanguard Award.She graduated from the UCLA School of Law and holds an engineering undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Cassandra M. Porter is Senior Privacy Counsel for a Fortune 100 Tech company working to transform clients’ businesses, operations and technology models for the digital era. She counsels internal clients on privacy-related matters such as data collection practices, online advertising, mobile commerce, along with the development and acquisition of new technology, data incidents and management.
Cassandra was designated as a Fellow of Information Privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Her IAPP credentials as a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Certified Information Privacy Manager designate her as thought leader in the field. She is a former co-chair of the IAPP’s New Jersey Chapter and member of the Bankruptcy Lawyers Advisory Committee for the District of New Jersey.
Before practicing law, she built a foundation for her career in data privacy as a senior reference librarian and acquired a masters degree from Pratt Institute. Cassandra obtained her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a certificate in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Law from Seton Hall University Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts, federal courts located in the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey.
Laura Roberts has served as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Compliance Officer for Bojangles’, Inc. and its subsidiaries since November 2016. In her role, Ms. Roberts oversees all legal aspects of the companies, including corporate governance, franchising, real estate, compliance and regulatory affairs. Ms. Roberts has previously served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Director since 2013 and was instrumental in preparing Bojangles’ for its initial public offering in 2015.
Ms. Roberts began her legal career at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York, New York and later joined Baker Botts, LLP in Houston, Texas, where she advised clients on corporate governance, real estate and other general corporate matters. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Idaho State University.
Ms. Roberts is admitted to practice law in the States of North Carolina, Texas and New York. She is also professionally affiliated with the Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the International Franchise Association.
LISA L. ROITMAN is a marketing and business strategist for Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions with a focus on regulatory compliance technology including Bloomberg’s Entity Exchange and Entity Intelligence platforms. Previously she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Litespeed Management LLC, an SEC registered Investment Adviser and has held multiple business, legal and compliance positions both on the buy-side and on the sell-side throughout her career. Ms. Roitman experienced first-hand the largest US bankruptcy as Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Ms. Roitman then spent three years running teams tasked with working on the unwind of Lehman's derivative assets and setting up a claim and valuation process for defaulted Lehman bonds before leaving the bankrupt estate to join the hedge fund industry as a General Counsel of the Kenmar Group, a Fund of Hedge Funds and managed account platform. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund Association and the New York Alternative Investments Roundtable, Ms. Roitman is a member of Bloomberg’s Compliance Working Group and Crypto Currency Product working group. She is a member of Women in Derivatives and 100 Women in Finance. Ms. Roitman has been active in the Managed Futures Association and has spoken at various Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg BNA, Hedge Fund Association, Operations for Alternatives, Fund Finance Association and Hellenic Banking Association events and hosts a monthly webinar series on global regulatory compliance topics. Ms. Roitman earned her LLM in International Banking Law from the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University School of Law; her JD from New England Law and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active mentor having lectured at Barnard College and at Pace Law School and currently mentors active service men and women looking to transition to the private sector through American Corporate Partnership.
Aileen Schwartz has been practicing law for over 25 years. She has worked in-house at two companies as well as in law firms. Ms. Schwartz is currently Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Hill International, Inc., a publically traded international company which specializes in project management and construction management, and previously she was General Counsel for The Quaker Group, a privately owned company which specialized in real estate development and construction. Ms. Schwartz is a generalist and has extensive experience within a wide variety of areas including litigation, contracts, insurance, employment, privacy, real estate and construction law. Ms. Schwartz oversees the litigation and manages outside counsel for Hill in North America as well as handling Human Resource matters and investigations. Additionally, she is responsible for drafting, negotiating, reviewing, managing, maintaining and administration of all contracts and leases in North America. As the Privacy Officer at Hill, Ms. Schwartz implements and facilitates the company’s compliance worldwide with privacy laws and educates Hill’s employees on cyber security.
Aileen has been a member of the ABA since 2002. She is also active in the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (GPACC) where she founded the Women’s Committee and remains a Chair (2011-present). She served on the Board of GPACC from 2016-2017 and previously served as a board member for DELVACCA from 2011-2013 and 2007-2009. She is also on the Advisory Board for Women Owned Law. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz is active in the Forum of Executive Women and RIMS Delaware Valley Chapter. Aileen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and also received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Crissy Solh began her career as an associate in the Finance department of Fried Frank in New York City. She then pivoted to address her passion for international law and joined the Beirut office of Squire Sanders where she provided legal counsel to companies in the MENA region.
Coming back to San Francisco Crissy began her in-house legal career at Esurance, and now is Product Counsel to the Cash App team where her creative lawyering skills are refined daily as Cash App continues to innovate as a financial platform where you can send peer to peer payments, receive direct deposits and even buy Bitcoin.
Nick is Braskem North America’s General Counsel and Vice President for Legal, External Affairs & Communications. Over the past seven years, he has helped lead Braskem’s growth strategy in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Nick frequently speaks on panels related to public policy, energy, soccer, and the Americas. Additionally, Nick serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of love.futbol—a non-profit dedicated to partnering with underserved communities throughout the world to plan, build and manage safe spaces for youth to play and communities to develop.
Diana Stern is a lawyer and Legal Innovation Designer at BakerHostetler LLP’s R&D incubator. A startup founder with legal experience at both a publicly traded technology company and a federal government agency, as well as a technical advisor on the HBO series, Silicon Valley, Diana’s unique background lends to innovative thought. She evaluates and develops ways that blockchains and smart contracts can enhance the practice of law and delivery of legal service to clients, assesses the potential risks and rewards of cutting-edge opportunities, and delivers creative solutions to complex challenges.
A member of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies Team, Diana has a solid reputation with distributed ledger technology matters: she first performed legal research for the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014, and has since advised founders, venture capital firms, trusts and non-profit organizations. Her community engagement includes leadership and participation in blockchain consortia, as well as contributions to workshops on creative methods for merging blockchain and legal technology.
David Westin is the co-anchor of “Bloomberg Daybreak Americas” and “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power.” Westin was president of ABC News from 1997 through 2010. He oversaw the network’s global coverage including the 2008 economic crisis, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath.
Before taking the helm at ABC News, Westin was President of the ABC Television Network and General Counsel of the parent company, Capital Cities/ABC. He was a partner and associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington and, immediately after law school, clerked for J. Edward Lumbard on the Second Circuit and for Lewis F. Powell on the Supreme Court. He serves on the boards of Riverdale Country School and Yonkers Partners in Education.
During Westin’s tenure at ABC News, the organization earned 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I. DuPont Awards, four George Polk Awards, more than 40 News & Documentary Emmys and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is the author of “Exit Interview,” which was published in 2012 and tells the story of what went on behind the scenes at ABC News in covering the biggest global news events.
Westin graduated from the University of Michigan with a Philosophy degree with honors and distinction. He went on to earn a JD degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations practice, twice named by Law360 as “White Collar Practice Group of the Year.” Sally’s deep experience, leadership and wide-ranging background provide clients with strong, independent judgment in difficult times.
As the second-highest ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and as Acting Attorney General, Sally was responsible for all of DOJ’s 113,000 employees including all prosecutorial, litigating, and national security components as well as all U.S. Attorney’s offices and law enforcement agencies and the Bureau of Prisons. Sally oversaw DOJ’s most significant matters and was instrumental in setting DOJ’s enforcement priorities and initiatives.
Known for her lifelong, nonpartisan focus on public corruption, Sally is recognized worldwide for her integrity and credibility. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she specializes in independent investigations for public and private organizations and boards.
A 27-year veteran of DOJ, Sally rose through the ranks of Assistant United States Attorneys to become U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General from 2015 though 2017, Sally was responsible for crafting and implementing initiatives focused on many of DOJ’s priorities, including corporate fraud, cybercrime, gang violence, civil rights, and financial crime. She led DOJ’s criminal justice reform efforts and implemented substantial prison reform measures.
Prior to becoming Deputy Attorney General, Sally was the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. During her five years as the chief federal law enforcement official for the district, she oversaw the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters and immediately became a leader in the Department as Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), which guides DOJ’s strategies and policy decisions.
An accomplished trial lawyer, Sally has prosecuted a wide variety of complex cases specializing in white collar matters. She tried numerous high-profile public corruption cases, and she was the lead prosecutor of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.
Before entering government service, Sally practiced as a civil litigation associate at King & Spalding. She is a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent speaker on a variety of public policy issues.
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