Legal & Business Advisory Board


Robert J. Bach, Esq.

Robert J. Bach is an employee benefits and ERISA attorney based in New York. He has practiced for more than 25 years, and has been counsel to large and small single and multi-employer plans providing pension, medical, disability and other benefits. Mr. Bach counsels plan trustees and their committees and has supervised other attorneys involving the establishment, administration and termination of plans. He is also a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association.

Robert Ballow, Esq.

King & Ballow

Robert L. Ballow is a founding Partner in the law firm of King & Ballow. Mr. Ballow is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Antitrust and Labor Relations. Mr. Ballow has been a guest lecturer for the American Press Institute and Vanderbilt University. Mr. Ballow is a founding member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society.

Vinod Bange

Taylor Wessing

Vinod Bange is a Partner in Taylor Wessing LLP's IT, Telecoms and Competition group. Mr. Bange has specialized in data protection and information law matters for over 10 years. With a wide range of data protection experience across various data rich sectors such as financial services, life sciences and healthcare, he has advised right at the heart of specific data matters and also from a strategic perspective.

Raymond Banoun, Esq.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Raymond Banoun is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Mr. Banoun is one of the leading business fraud litigators in the nation. He represents corporations and financial institutions, their audit committees, law firms, and executives in all aspects of criminal and civil enforcement matters; defends federal and state investigations, and in litigation, both pre- and post-indictment, including in whistleblower, False Claims Act and RICO actions in all courts.

Rosina Barker, Esq.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Rosina B. Barker counsels clients on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax, and securities law aspects of their employee benefits and executive compensation plans. Her practice ranges from sophisticated defined benefit pension plan matters to complex executive compensation issues.

Mark Barnes, Esq.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Mark Barnes is a Partner with Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston and a member of the advisory board of Bloomberg Law's Medical Research Law & Policy Report. He focuses his practice in the area of research, advising clients throughout higher education and the health care industry, including pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, and universities. Mr. Barnes has extensive experience in legal issues related to research with humans and animals, stem cell and genetic research, research grants and contracts, research misconduct, and international research. Mr. Barnes also frequently advises clients on clinical trials compliance, Medicare reimbursement, False Claims Act issues, and medical privacy.

Jane Barrett, Esq.

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Jane Barrett joined the University of Maryland School of Law faculty to supervise the Environmental Law Clinic. Professor Barrett was most recently in private practice at Blank Rome, LLP in Washington, D.C. While at Blank Rome, and before that while at Dyer Ellis and Joseph, PC, she chaired the White Collar, Internal and Government Investigations Group.

Jerome Barron, Esq.

The George Washington University Law School

Jerome Barron joined the faculty of The George Washington University Law School in 1965. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1979-88. He has argued and participated in First Amendment and other constitutional cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate). He has served as Chair of the ABA Committee on Graduate Legal Education and as Chair of the AALS Section of Mass Communication Law.

J. Steven Baughman, Esq.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Steve Baughman is an intellectual property partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Ropes & Gray LLP, where he returned after spending three years in Japan to open the firm’s office in Tokyo. For 20 years, Mr. Baughman has worked with leading international companies to resolve their IP and technology-focused commercial disputes in a broad array of litigation, licensing and counseling settings. These include patent and trade secret disputes—as well as trademark, copyright and other complex commercial matters—presented in trial and appellate courts, domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and the International Trade Commission.

Michel Baumeister, Esq.

Baumeister & Samuels P.C.

Michel Baumeister, a trial attorney with Baumeister & Samuels, P.C. in New York, has concentrated his practice in the field of aviation accident and complex tort litigation. Mr. Baumeister, who has more 40 years of aviation experience as a pilot, has dedicated his career to helping air crash victims and their families receive proper and adequate compensation, as well as to making improvements in aviation safety. He has served as a leading member of the Plaintiffs' Steering and Executive Committees in every major airline disaster in which the firm has represented victims and their families.

Kathleen Beasley, Esq.

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Kathleen M. Beasley is a litigation Partner in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. For more than 20 years, Ms. Beasley has represented corporations, individuals, boards of directors and board committees in business disputes and government investigations. She has tried lawsuits in federal and state court, and before arbitrators. With extensive experience in conducting internal corporate investigations, Ms. Beasley has also assisted clients being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other governmental authorities. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of antitrust, fraud, and complex business disputes.

Nathan A. Beaver, Esq.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Nathan A. Beaver is a partner and food and drug lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and serves as a member of the advisory board of Bloomberg Law's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report. His practice focuses on the representation of manufacturers whose products and activities are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He advises clients on regulatory issues affecting prescription and over-the-counter drug products (including animal drugs), medical devices, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and foods with special emphasis on the strategic considerations involving the approval process and patent and exclusivity issues related to the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mr. Beaver is a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy and FDA Practices, and the Food & Beverage Industry and Life Sciences Industry Teams.

Louis Bechtle, Esq.

Conrad O'Brien PC

Judge Bechtle is Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to the Bench on March 7, 1972. In 1994, then Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed him to a seven-year term as one of the seven members of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

John Beisner, Esq.

Skadden Arps

John Beisner is the leader of Skadden Arps' Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation Group. He focuses on the defense of purported class actions, mass tort matters and other complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly handles appellate litigations and has appeared in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past 25 years, he has defended major U.S. and international corporations in more than 600 purported class actions filed in federal courts and in 40 state courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Hubert Bell Jr., Esq.

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Hugh Bell, Jr. is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. Mr. Bell has published papers and book chapters concerning contracting issues and has spoken at many seminars and programs. He has served in various positions for the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association, including Chairman of its Committee on Dispute Resolution, and of its Construction Division for three years.

Elisabeth Belmont, Esq.


Elisabeth Belmont has served as Corporate Counsel for MaineHealth, a family of healthcare services located in southern, central and western Maine, since 1998 and serves as a member of Bloomberg Law's Health Law and Business Editorial Advisory Board. As Corporate Counsel, Ms. Belmont is involved in a myriad of complex issues hospitals face on a daily basis ranging from hospital-physician relationships to corporate organization and governance and regulatory matters.

Katherine Benesch, Esq.

Benesch & Associates, LLC

Katherine Benesch is a Principal at Benesch & Associates, LLC and a member of Bloomberg Law's Health Law and Business Editorial Advisory Board. She practices primarily in the areas of healthcare law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As a litigator, Ms. Benesch represents clients in trial and appellate cases and administrative hearings involving physician, hospital and managed care liability; contract, credentialing, commercial, employment and reimbursement disputes; state licensure issues; and research misconduct. As an arbitrator, she handles many types of cases, including disputes over clinical research trials.

Linda D. Bentley, Esq.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Linda Bentley chairs Mintz Levin’s FDA Practice Group and serves as a member of the advisory boards of Bloomberg Law's Medical Devices Law & Industry Report and Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report. She has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device manufacturers, and insurers on corporate and regulatory matters. Ms. Bentley advises health products manufacturers on the regulatory and reimbursement status of products and procedures and on strategic pathways for bringing new products to market.

Steven Berger, Esq.

Engelman Berger, PC

Steven N. Berger has focused his career on resolution of complex business disputes through effective representation of clients in bankruptcy or other reorganization proceedings, loan workouts, litigation and business transactions.

Robert Bernius, Esq.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Robert Bernius, a Nixon Peabody LLP Partner since 1981, has tried jury cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Bernius also serves as General Counsel to the firm. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility.

Alden Bianchi, Esq.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Alden Bianchi is the Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice in Boston. He advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues.  Practice issues include qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, stock and stock-based compensation arrangements, ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, benefit-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions and health and welfare plans.

Edward K. Bilich, Esq.

Risk Alternatives LLC

Ted Bilich is the Chief Executive Officer of Risk Alternatives LLC. Mr. Bilich has an extensive background in counseling clients about business risks and resolving disputes. Before founding Risk Alternatives, Mr. Bilich was a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to full-time teaching, Ted served for more than 20 years in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day.

Mary Nell Billings

Hilton Worldwide

Mary Nell Billings is Director of Global Retirement Programs for Hilton Worldwide in Memphis, TN. where she specializes in the Americas.  Ms. Billings has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources and finance from both a plan sponsor and a third-party administrator perspective, including qualified and nonqualified retirement and health and welfare benefits, training and communications.

Bert Black, Esq.

Schaefer Halleen, LLC

Bert Black, a Senior Attorney with Schaefer Halleen, has been practicing law for over 30 years. His current cases are mostly in the areas of condominium development, employment, and consumer protection litigation. Trained as an engineer, many of his cases have involved complex scientific, technical, statistical, and financial issues. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving environmental pollution, pharmaceutical products liability, construction defects, real estate transactions, securities fraud, and bankruptcy.

John Blum, Esq.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

John Blum is a John J. Waldron Research Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a member of Bloomberg Law's Health Law and Business Editorial Advisory Board. He has held positions on the faculties of Penn State and Boston University, and was a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was also a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall and the University of British Columbia Faculties of Law under the auspices of the U.S.-Canada Fulbright program.

David Bodenheimer, Esq.

Crowell & Moring LLP

David Z. Bodenheimer is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Crowell & Moring where he handles Government Contracts, False Claims Act, Privacy, and Cybersecurity matters. For more than 30 years, Mr. Bodenheimer has found solutions for clients whenever and wherever problems arise in doing business with the Government.

Joseph Bodoff, Esq.

Bodoff & Associates, P.C.

Joseph S.U. Bodoff is a partner at Rubin and Rudman. His practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. His practice includes the representation of debtors, creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court workouts, as well as preference, fraudulent transfer and successor liability litigation.

John Boese, Esq.

Fried Frank

John T. Boese is a member of the Litigation Department in Fried Frank's Washington, D.C., office. He joined the firm in 1977 after five years in the U.S. Department of Justice, and he became a partner in 1980. He was a Managing pPartner of the Washington, D.C., office and co-chair of the Washington, D.C., Litigation Department from 2001-05.

Abby Bonjean, Esq.

Polsinelli PC

Abby Bonjean is an associate in the Chicago office of Polsinelli PC. She focuses her practice on health information privacy and security, counseling clients that include national health systems, physician practices, and medical device manufacturers on matters such as developing and implementing HIPAA privacy and security compliance programs, conducting due diligence, and responding to breach incidents and government investigations.

Andrew Boutros, Esq.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Andrew S. Boutros is National Co-Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Group. He is a distinguished trial attorney, litigator, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pioneer. He is also a decorated former Chicago federal prosecutor, Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, voting Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, National Co-Chair of the ABA's Global Anti-Corruption Committee and former law clerk on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Boutros handles his clients' most sensitive and important white collar matters, internal investigations, defense of enforcement actions, and complex litigations. He also provides strategic counseling and advice to clients in a variety of industries and conducts comprehensive compliance audits, including in the areas of corporate social responsibility and supply chain integrity.

Hildy Bowbeer, Esq.

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Hildy Bowbeer has served as a Federal Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota since June 2014. Judge Bowbeer previously served as Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and as Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the 3M Company.

Kevin Brady, Esq.

Kevin Brady, Of Counsel at Redgrave LLP, has extensive experience representing clients in complex corporate, commercial, and products liability litigation in both federal and state courts. Mr. Brady also focuses his practice on providing advice and counsel on electronic discovery, electronic information management, data privacy, and data security issues.

Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Esq.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a Partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Brinckerhoff’s practice focuses on client counseling in all aspects of obtaining, licensing and enforcing patents and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations.

Joan M. Brown, Esq.


Joan M. Brown is Associate General Counsel at CenturyLink Inc. in Denver. She has been with CenturyLink since 2003 as in-house ERISA counsel where she advises on compliance and with regard to transactions.  She has more than 25 years of experience with ERISA, employee benefits and HIPAA law.

Lowell Brown, Esq.

Arent Fox LLP

Lowell Brown is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox, is the national leader of the Health Care Practice Group, and serves as a member of Bloomberg Law's Health Law and Business Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Brown advises hospitals, medical staffs, health systems, long-term care facilities, medical groups, and other health care provider organizations in business, regulatory, and medico-legal matters, with an emphasis on laws relating to operational issues, including the design and implementation of compliance programs, practitioner credentialing, peer review, disciplinary hearings, Medicare certification, licensing and accreditation issues, and related policies and procedures.

Robert Brownlie, Esq.

DLA Piper

Robert Brownlie is international Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Securities Litigation Practice and Managing Partner of the firm's San Diego office. He concentrates in the representation of corporations and their officers and directors in complex business, securities and corporate litigation, particularly class action and derivative litigation, and related Securities and Exchange Commission and criminal investigations and enforcement actions.

Arthur Bryant, Esq.

Public Justice

Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman of Public Justice, has won major victories and established new precedents in several areas of the law, including constitutional law, toxic torts, civil rights, consumer protection, and mass torts. Mr. Bryant first came to Public Justice in 1984 as its sole staff attorney, and was appointed Executive Director in 1987. Under his leadership, Public Justice grew from a staff of two, including him, to a staff of 30, and the organization has been involved in a broad range of cutting-edge, high-impact litigation.

James Burns, Esq.

Akerman LLP

James Burns is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Akerman LLP, and serves as a member of Bloomberg Law's Health Law and Business Editorial Advisory Board. He has represented health-care providers and health-care insurers in numerous antitrust matters, including mergers, for over 25 years, and is a frequent contributor to publications on such issues.

Patrick Burns, Esq.

Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.

Patrick G. Burns is a founding shareholder at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago where he focuses on patent prosecution and opinions. Mr. Burns has handled litigation involving a variety of intellectual property disputes in the Federal Circuit, Federal District Courts, and the International Trade Commission.

L. Scott Burwell, Esq.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Scott Burwell is an experienced intellectual property litigator with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and serves as a member of the advisory board of Bloomberg Law's Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report. He focuses his practice primarily on Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigations, as well as other pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related disputes. He has broad experience in all facets of litigation, including bench and jury trials in federal district courts and appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.