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Speaker(s): Angelina Colombo, Brad S. Karp, Brian Kenny, Caroline Krass, Carolyn L. Brehm, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Eric F. Grossman, Erika Brown Lee, Jeffrey Pash, Jim Carroll, Karan Bhatia, Matthew A. Schlapp, Melissa Arbus Sherry, Michael D. Fricklas, Michael J. Holston, Michael R. Caplan, Nicole A. Saharsky, Randal S. Milch, Rose Battaglia, Sarah E. Harrington, Sean P. Haney, PharmD, Stephen Scorziello, Steven Barg, Suzanne Spaulding, Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Thomas E. Dunn, Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
Recorded on: Nov. 17, 2017
PLI Program #: 185539

Chairman of the firm since 2008, Brad Karp is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has successfully guided numerous Fortune 100 companies, global financial institutions and other companies through “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters and internal investigations. Prior to being named chairman of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department. Brad has spent his entire career at Paul, Weiss, beginning as a summer associate.

Brad has received numerous industry recognitions over the years. In 2019, Brad was selected as a “Trailblazer” and as a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal and as an “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. In 2018, Brad received the Special Achievement Award from the Financial Times in recognition of his legal achievements and leadership of Paul, Weiss and was also named the “Attorney of the Year” by the New York Law Journal, “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, “Sports MVP of the Year” by Law360, and “Securities Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. In 2017, Brad was selected as a “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and Best Lawyers’ “Banking Lawyer of the Year.” Additional publications consistently rank Brad as one of the leading lawyers in the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, The Financial Times, The Lawyer (U.K.), The Legal 500Euromoney Institutional InvestorsBest of the Best USA and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.

Brad speaks and writes frequently on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance. He has spoken at more than 600 conferences and has lectured at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and The Federal Judicial Center. Brad has written more than 500 articles on business litigation issues. For the past 35 years, Brad has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Review,” which analyzes developments in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Brad is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Brad has also spoken out and written about pressing issues of social justice. Most recently, in 2018, Brad authored two op-eds in The New York Times, “Stop Shielding Gun Makers,” advocating changes to gun manufacturer liability laws, and “An Army of Lawyers for Migrants,” urging the private bar to address the unlawful treatment of immigrants and to seek the reunification of separated families. In 2018, Brad also authored an op-ed in the New York Law Journal, “Democracy Itself Is on the Ballot,” addressing voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Brad is also active in the community, serving on more than 25 public interest and educational institution boards.

Brad is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for The Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Until April 2017, Michael D. Fricklas was one of the top executives at Viacom, reporting to Viacom's CEO and COO. He served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom's most senior legal position, beginning in 1998. He joined Viacom in 1993 as Deputy General Counsel.

Viacom is home to the world's premier entertainment brands across television, motion pictures, online and on mobile platforms. Viacom's iconic brands include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land, CMT, Paramount Pictures and many others.

At Viacom, Mr. Fricklas was responsible for legal and business affairs, managing a 270 lawyer department. He played an integral role in guiding complex transactions and resolving disputes, in coordinating the company's legal and business affairs activities, in corporate governance and in leading Viacom's Law Department. At various times during his career, he was also responsible for real estate transactions, technology, cyber security, content protection, risk management and compliance.

He is a frequent panelist and lecturer on corporate governance, cybersecurity and the law and business of entertainment.

Mr. Fricklas received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Colorado's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1981 and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1984.            Prior to Viacom, Mr. Fricklas practiced law related to venture capital financing, technology, securities matters and mergers and acquisitions in private practice and was general counsel of the North American businesses of a global mining concern.

Mr. Fricklas was past president of the Association of General Counsel and has served in a variety of other professional and community activities, including as Secretary and a member of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and as a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston University and the Board of Visitors of Boston University School of Law. He was named one of "America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel" by the National Law Journal in 2016 and the Viacom Law  Department was named as "Best Legal Department 2016" by Corporate Counsel Magazine. Mr. Fricklas has received numerous awards including being the recipient of the Raising the Bar Award from The Hollywood Reporter, the Counsel of the Year Award from the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel, the Legal 500 2014 Entertainment Individual of the Year, and the top honor for general counsel, the "Excellence in Corporate Practice" award from the Association of Corporate Counsel. He also serves as a member of the planning committee for the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, a member of the board of advisors of the Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law and a member of New York's Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.


Caroline Krass, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) General Counsel, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  She is Chair of the National Security Practice Group and focuses on advising clients on the most complicated and sensitive matters involving national security, intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy, surveillance, economic sanctions, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), government investigations, and regulatory issues.  Ms. Krass served as a senior national security lawyer in the Obama and George W. Bush Administrations and is widely known for her expertise, both in the United States and abroad.

Before joining Gibson Dunn in May 2017, Ms. Krass was appointed to be the General Counsel of the CIA by President Obama, following overwhelming Senate confirmation on a bipartisan basis in March 2014.  As General Counsel, she served as the agency’s Chief Legal Officer, principal legal advisor to the CIA Director, and a trusted member of the Senior Leadership Team, overseeing more than 150 attorneys and advising on complex, highly sensitive legal and policy issues, including cybersecurity and privacy, foreign investment in the U.S. and export controls, government investigations and litigation, crisis management and congressional relations.  From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Krass served as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and before that, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the Department of Justice, providing legal advice to the Attorney General, the White House Counsel, the National Security Council Legal Adviser, and senior officials at other executive branch agencies on a wide range of complex and significant constitutional, statutory, and regulatory questions relating to national security, cybersecurity, and foreign affairs, including matters relating to foreign sovereign immunity, CFIUS, export controls, economic sanctions, surveillance, and use of force.

Ms. Krass served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Office of White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010.  During this time, she dually served as the Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council.  From 2007 to 2009, she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in the National Security Section.  Before that, she served as Special Assistant to the Department of the Treasury’s General Counsel, as an Attorney-Advisor at the State Department, and as Senior Counsel and an Attorney-Advisor in OLC.

For her exceptional contributions to national security, Ms. Krass has been awarded numerous honors, including the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal (2017); the Director of National Intelligence Medallion for Service to the Intelligence Community (2017); the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award (highest award for an attorney) (2014); the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2014); and the Department of State Superior Honor Award (2000 & 2001).  Ms. Krass currently serves on the CIA General Counsel’s External Advisory Board.  She holds a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.  She received a BA with Honors from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School, where she served as Senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and as a Coker Fellow.  Ms. Krass clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Carolyn Brehm is a corporate executive with 40 years of experience in global government relations, public policy and international business development. She has worked at two Fortune 100 companies and several non-profits and business associations over the course of her career in Washington, DC and Asia.  She is Founder and CEO of Brehm Global Ventures, LLC.

Ms. Brehm recently retired from The Procter & Gamble Company as Vice President for Global Government Relations and Public Policy where she created and led P&G’s team of sixty government relations practitioners based in key markets across the globe.  She was responsible for public policy and legislative advocacy to protect and grow P&G’s business, advising three Company CEOs over her seventeen years at P&G.  She also oversaw a $24 million P&G Fund supporting initiatives in the communities where P&G operates.

During a 13-year stint with General Motors Corporation, Ms. Brehm served as Director of International Trade and Investment Policy, supporting GM’s international operations. During two overseas assignments with GM, she established an office in Shanghai in 1984  to conduct countertrade deals and returned to the region in 1996 as Director of Asia-Pacific Trade Policies and Strategy, supporting joint venture projects.

In other roles, Carolyn led Asia operations in Hong Kong for ORBIS International, a global humanitarian organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world. While at CEO advocacy group, The Business Roundtable, she led the business coalition’s successful campaign for Congressional passage of China trade legislation.  She began her career at the US-China Business Council, a non-profit organization promoting trade and investment with China.

Ms. Brehm is a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service with a concentration in Asian Studies.  She completed an MBA in Management at the University of New Haven’s program at Cyprus College, Nicosia in 1996.  She was an AFS International exchange student in Mumbai, India in 1972. Carolyn speaks  Mandarin and has studied French.

She is a member of Economic Club of Washington and serves on several non-profit boards, including the Board of Advisors at Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, policy advisor for IREX and READ Global’s “Communities Thrive” joint initiative in South Asia, and Chair of the Board of the Executive Council on Diplomacy.

Carolyn is married to Ambassador Richard A. Boucher, a retired career diplomat in the US Foreign Service and former OECD Deputy Secretary General.  They have two grown children, Madeleine and Peter.


Eric F. Grossman is Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer and a member of the Firm’s Operating and Management Committees.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006 as Global Head of Litigation, Eric was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  In addition to his position as Global Head of Litigation, he was appointed General Counsel of Global Wealth Management in 2008.  In 2010, Eric joined Morgan Stanley’s Management Committee and was appointed Global Head of Legal.  He became Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer with responsibility for the Legal and Compliance Division in January 2012.

Eric graduated from Hamilton College in 1988 and in 1993 received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review.  He clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1993 to 1994.

Eric is the President of the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York.  He serves on the Dean’s Planning Council at Fordham Law School and as a board member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.  He also served on the New York City Bar Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. 

Eric lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife Lauren and their two sons, Billy and Miles.


Jeffrey Pash joined the National Football League in January 1997, and is currently Executive Vice President. In that capacity, he serves as the League’s principal in-house counsel and oversees labor relations, security and internal audit.

Prior to joining the NFL, Mr. Pash was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Hockey League, where he served as the senior legal and policy advisor to Commissioner Gary Bettman. He began his professional career with the Washington, D.C. firm of Covington & Burling, where he practiced law from 1980 to 1993, becoming a partner in the firm in 1988. While at Covington & Burling, he was heavily involved in the firm’s sports practice, and worked on a wide range of litigation, legislative, labor and other matters for the NFL and other clients in the firm.

Mr. Pash has taught sports law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, and as a lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School. He has also appeared on numerous programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Sports Lawyers Association and other academic and professional organizations.

Mr. Pash is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Betsy, live in New York with their four children.


Jim Carroll is Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations for Honeywell where he is responsible for leading all global, federal, and state government relations activities and developing and executing Honeywell’s strategic global corporate, regulatory, and government relations strategies. He is also responsible for ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.

From 2001 to 2017, Mr. Carroll held a number of senior roles for the global professional services firm Accenture where he most recently served as Global Managing Director of Government Relations.  He also was responsible for Accenture’s US Corporate Citizenship program and served on the North America Business Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2001, Mr. Carroll served as vice president of congressional relations for COMSAT Corporation from 1990 to 2000 where he reported to the Chief Executive Officer.

From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Carroll held numerous positions in the U.S. Senate including on the Government Affairs Committee and for U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH).   He also served on a number of political campaigns including the 1986 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Rudman and served as New Hampshire Executive Director of the 1988 Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS).

Mr. Carroll is active in a number of business, civic and charitable organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement USA and the Washington Ireland Program.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire.


Karan Bhatia serves as GE’s Vice President for Government Affairs & Policy, and is a corporate officer.  In this role, he directs the company’s government relations and public policy engagement in the United States and around the world.

Working closely with GE’s senior business leaders and overseeing a team of more than 100 government affairs professionals in 35 countries, Karan has sought to position GE as a trusted partner to governments in addressing their energy, transportation, healthcare and other infrastructure needs.  Under his tenure, GE has significantly expanded its business, thought leadership activities, and partnerships with governments.

Before joining GE in 2007, Karan served in senior positions in the US Departments of Commerce and Transportation.  His last role was as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa.  Prior to Karan’s government service, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was a member of the firm’s international and corporate groups.

Bhatia has written and spoken widely on international economic policy, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and testified on many occasions before Congress.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Trade & Investment, and sits on the boards of a number of nonprofit and trade associations focused on international economic policy.

Bhatia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia University.  He is married to Sara Levine Bhatia and has two children.


Matt Schlapp has more than twenty years of government, corporate and political experience and is a principal at Cove Strategies, a boutique government and public relations firm he and his wife, Mercy Schlapp, founded in 2009.

Matt’s executive branch experience began in 2001 in President George W. Bush’s first administration where he became a deputy assistant to the president and his political director. During his tenure at the White House, Schlapp advised the President, the Vice President, members of the cabinet, senior White House staff and maintained extensive contact with Members of Congress and federal agencies.

Prior to working at the White House, Matt built a successful career on Capitol Hill beginning in 1994 and working for five years as a press secretary, chief of staff and campaign manager. He transitioned from the Hill to the presidential election in 2000 in Austin, where he served as a regional political director.

Following the 2004 campaign cycle, Matt joined Koch Industries as Vice President of Federal Affairs at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC. In this role he directed major federal public policy strategies on environmental and energy policies, financial markets, legal reform, and international and domestic tax issues.

Matt is a Contributor to The Hill, and hosts a weekly radio show called CPAC 365 with his wife Mercy on Sirius XM Patriot 125.  He appears often as a political commentator on Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Fox Business, PBS, ABC, and CBS. Matt is currently the chairman of the American Conservative Union and the American Conservative Union Foundation, which is known for its annual conference, CPAC.   He currently serves on the board of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and on the Eisenhower Memorial Advisory Committee. He previous board service includes; the National Association of Manufacturers, The St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, The Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Administration at Wichita State University, The University of Kansas Washington Intern Program, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Political Affairs Committee.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public policy from Wichita State University. He and his wife, Mercy, met while working at the White House, where she served as the Director of Specialty Media. Matt and Mercy have five young daughters.


Melissa Arbus Sherry is a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice at Latham & Watkins and the Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office.  Ms. Sherry has argued 10 cases in the Supreme Court and several cases in the courts of appeals.  She has also filed hundreds of Supreme Court and appellate briefs on a broad range of issues.  She formerly served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court and Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Sherry has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 in their nationwide appellate categories and, in 2015, Law360 named her as a “Rising Star” in appellate law.


Mike Caplan serves as the firm’s chief operating officer. As COO, Mr. Caplan manages the firm's business, financial and administrative operations. He serves on Goodwin's Executive and Management Committees, and focuses on the firm’s growth strategy and execution; he joined Goodwin in 2014.

His background includes roles in both corporate and consulting management positions where he has worked with over 30 general counsels in managing data analytics, technology project implementation, law firm relationship management and financial management. In consulting, he focused on managing engagements related to intelligent cost reduction for non-compensation expenses, program management, compliance, risk management and legal spend management. These practice areas focus on building relationships with corporate legal, sourcing and finance departments.

With legal, he focuses on teaching attorneys to use technology solutions to drive optimal return on investment for the business through the use of metrics, reports and trend analysis. Additionally, Mr. Caplan has worked with general counsels, legal CAOs and CIOs to develop reporting metrics and dashboards to focus on key spend areas such as litigation, e-discovery, outside counsel accruals and alternative fee savings. Mr. Caplan also hosts a quarterly legal advisory roundtable where industry executives come to discuss best practices, technology solutions and current issues facing the office of the general counsel.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Caplan served starting in 2011 as the global chief operating officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Corporate Legal, Risk and Compliance Departments. Mr. Caplan was also the global director of operations for Goldman Sachs’s Legal Department from 2000-2006. In between Goldman Sachs and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Mr. Caplan ran his own legal operations consulting business supporting general counsels and corporate legal departments in the areas of technology, project management, data management and operations.

Mr. Caplan has nearly 10 years of experience in the accounting, financial, investment and consulting businesses and 10 years of corporate legal experience.


Mike Holston is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, of GE. In this role, Mike leads the company’s global legal, compliance and ethics, corporate secretary and environment health & safety organizations.

Mike joined GE from Merck & Co., Inc. where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Merck, Mike served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary of Hewlett-Packard Company.

Earlier in his career, Mike served as a prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he also was a partner at Morgan Lewis and was a managing partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Mike earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Notre Dame. Mike is on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Boston, MA.


Nicole A. Saharsky is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown and Co-Chair of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice group.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  

Ms. Saharsky previously served for ten years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.  In that role, she argued 29 cases, briefed 45 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of certiorari-stage briefs and motions.  Her cases involved a broad range of business issues, including securities, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal jurisdiction, and corporate criminal liability. 

Ms. Saharsky received her law degree summa cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.    


Steven Barg began his investment banking career over 30 years ago and, since that time, he has performed his duties for several major firms on three continents.  Currently, he leads Goldman Sachs’ Global M&A Solutions business based in New York.  The group’s activities include the firm's M&A Capital Markets, Activism Advisory, M&A Structuring and M&A Data Analytics practices.  In addition, Steven was recently named Global Chair of Diversity for Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division.

Prior to his current role, Steven served for three years as co-head of Goldman’s M&A Shareholder Advisory – a group he helped to found.  From 2012 to 2013, he was co-head of the Investment Banking Division in South East Asia and was based in Singapore. Prior to that, Steven was co-head of Asia Ex-Japan Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and was based in Hong Kong. He joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2010.

Prior to joining the firm, Steven was head of Asian Global Capital Markets at UBS from 2006 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Steven was a managing director in ECM at UBS in New York and at Credit Suisse in New York and London.

Steven earned a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1984 and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1990. He was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York from 1984 to 1985 and a Henry Luce Scholar in Hong Kong from 1987 to 1988.


Teresa Wynn Roseborough is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer.  Teresa leads The Home Depot’s legal functions, including securities, litigation, employment, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, store operations, risk management and intellectual property. As corporate secretary, Teresa supports the board of directors and is responsible for corporate governance matters. She also is responsible for the company’s government relations.

Before joining The Home Depot in 2011, Teresa was MetLife’s Deputy General Counsel. Prior to MetLife, Teresa was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Teresa’s background includes government service as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department, service as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James Dickson Phillips of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and service in West Germany as a Department of Defense civilian.

Teresa earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in education from Boston University, and a juris doctor with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Law Review.


Thomas E. Dunn is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His diverse corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and securities-related matters.

Mr. Dunn’s clients have included Ashland, Mylan, Stanley Black & Decker, Genpact, Chemed, Valvoline, Associated Partners, FactSet Research Systems, Ripplewood Associates, RHJ International, Hertz, Cox Enterprises, Pentair, Aptuit, Bristol-Myers Squibb, J.Crew, Barnes & Noble, Gerber Scientific, Terra Industries, Jones Apparel Group, Alcoa and Perry Capital.

Mr. Dunn has also represented numerous companies in defending against hedge fund activism. Recent examples include representing Ashland in its response to JANA Partners’ acquisition of approximately 8.4% of its outstanding shares; Barnes & Noble in its successful proxy contest with Ron Burkle and Yucaipa; and Chemed in its successful proxy contest with MMI Investments.

Mr. Dunn was recognized by the 2016 and 2017 editions of IFLR1000 as one of the country’s leading practitioners in both mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Academy and a member of the Board of Directors of MFY Legal Services.

Mr. Dunn was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1987 and a J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1992, where he was Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Dunn joined Cravath in 1992, spent two years as an associate in Cravath’s London office and became a partner in 2000.


Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., is Executive Vice President and General Counsel, reporting to the company’s Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini.  He is the Chief Legal Officer of the company with worldwide responsibility for leading its legal operations, including formulating corporate legal policy.  In addition, he oversees the Corporate Secretary and Compliance functions.  He is a member of the Executive Committee, the senior governing body of the Company.

Mr. Sabatino joined Aetna from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., where he served as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel.  He joined Hertz in 2015 after serving as Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Chief Administrative Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Previously, in 2010, Mr. Sabatino was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of UAL Corporation and United Airlines, Inc., and was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Schering-Plough Corporation from 2004 through 2009.  He also has held General Counsel positions at Baxter International and American Medical International.

Mr. Sabatino  has received numerous awards from his peers, including Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leader Award (2012), the National Bar Association Gertrude E. Rush Award (2013) and the Equal Justice Works Scales of Justice Award (2014).

He serves on the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Mr. Sabatino earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.


Angelina Colombo is Chief Operating Officer, Legal, of Citizens Financial Group. Angelina and her team provide operational and financial support to the Legal Department, and work closely with the General Counsel in executing the strategic vision for the Department. Angelina joined Citizens Bank in December 2014 but was with the parent company, the Royal Bank of Scotland plc since June 2003.  

In her roles at RBS, Angelina was the CAO for RBS Americas Legal from December 2008 to December 2014, from June 2006 to December 2008 she was Managing Director and Business Manager for the RBS Credit Markets business in the US, and was Head of Operational Risk from June 2003 to June 2006 for RBS Greenwich Capital. Previously, she was at FitchRisk as a Senior Consultant in the Operational Risk Management practice. She was also a Vice President at Societe Generale and Bankers Trust in their Operational Risk Management groups.   

Angelina started her career at Arthur Andersen in the Audit practice and also spent 4 years in their Business Consulting practice.

Angelina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at SUNY Binghamton.


As the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security, Suzanne Spaulding was effectively the CEO, with a rank equivalent to a four-star general, managing a $3 billion budget and a workforce of 18,000, charged with strengthening cybersecurity and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.  She led the transformation of budget, acquisition, analytic, and operational processes to bring greater agility and unity of effort to an organization that had experienced dramatic growth through acquisition of new entities and missions over several years.

As a member of the Board of Directors for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Under Secretary Spaulding helped oversee the complex and unprecedented effort to deploy the first nation-wide broadband network for public safety. She is currently on the Board of Directors for George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security; the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Defending Digital Democracy project; the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group; and the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Throughout her career, Ms. Spaulding advised CEOs, boards, and government policy makers on how to manage complex risks, across all industry sectors. At DHS, she led the development and implementation of national policies for infrastructure protection, including support for National Security Special Events at stadiums and other public venues and development of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan; worked with industry to establish CEO-level coordinating councils in the electric and financial services sectors; and chaired the federal government’s Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative to identify and address key cyber vulnerabilities in the national aviation system.  She worked with many foreign governments on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, including negotiating agreements with China and Israel, and led security regulation of the chemical industry; biometrics and identity management; emergency communications; and the Federal Protection Service.

Following the attacks of 9/11, Ms. Spaulding worked with key critical infrastructure sectors as they reviewed their security posture and advised the CEOs of the Business Roundtable. In 2002, she was appointed by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to the Secure Commonwealth Panel to advise the governor and the legislature regarding preparedness issues. Ms. Spaulding was Managing Partner of the Harbour Group; principal in the Bingham Consulting Group; and Of Counsel to Bingham McCutchen, LLP.

Ms. Spaulding served in Republican and Democratic Administrations and for both sides of the aisle in Congress. She was General Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Minority Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  She also spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she was Legal Adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence’s Nonproliferation Center.

Ms. Spaulding’s was a member of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, which developed a bipartisan national cybersecurity strategy in advance of the 2008 election;  Executive Director of two congressionally-mandated commissions: the National Commission on Terrorism and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction; and a consultant on the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.

She is the former Chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security; founder of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; and was a Member of Harvard University’s Long-Term Legal Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terror.  Ms. Spaulding has convened and participated in numerous academic and professional advisory panels, been a frequent commentator in public media, and often testified before Congress.


Brian A. Kenny is the Chief Operating Officer for BNY Mellon’s Global Legal Department and is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the department’s management including leading the execution of strategic priorities, business planning initiatives and change management goals. Brian is also a member of the BNY Mellon Senior Leadership Team.

Brian joined BNY Mellon in December, 2014 from Citigroup, where he served for four years as the Director of Global Legal Support. In this role, Brian was responsible for oversight of Citi’s network of legal service providers, legal technologies, financial reporting and analysis, as well as transformation initiatives. Prior to joining Citi, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Legal Function at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. During more than twenty years with MMC, Brian also had roles within a number of corporate functions including, Audit, Treasury and Executive Compensation. Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, his Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars. He is also Certified Internal Auditor.


Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016.  His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act, for marriage equality, and in favor of federal preemption authority in the immigration field.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

Mr. Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School, and was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and earned his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University.   He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1983-1984.


Sean is an attorney and pharmacist with over fifteen years of legal experience.  As Vice President and Head of Legal Strategy & Operations for Teva Pharmaceuticals, Sean is a member of the legal leadership team, responsible for leading strategic initiatives and global legal operations. 

Previously, Sean served in various roles focusing in patent litigation and IP operations. Before transitioning into law, he practiced as a pharmacist in hospital and academic settings, including as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.  Sean received his B.S. and Pharm.D., from Rutgers University – Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and his J.D. from the William and Mary School of Law.


Steve Scorziello is the COO for Marsh & McLennan’s Legal, Compliance & Public Affairs (LCPA) department, as of October 2017.  In this capacity, he is responsible for executing and implementing strategic initiatives, policies, processes and technologies for MMC's global LCPA department; increasing the value to the company; fostering a globally connected culture; and overseeing and managing the annual strategic planning and budgeting process. 

Prior to joining MMC, Steve worked for Spotify as Senior Counsel, Business & Operations Management, where he acted as the legal operations leader for the global law department, focusing on enterprise application identification and implementation, and developed and drove the legal operations strategy and technology roadmap for the department. 

Steve also held various positions at the General Electric Company, where he worked from 2002 – 2016, including Senior Counsel, Legal Systems and VP, Sourcing and Legal. Prior to that, he held legal roles at Hyperion Solutions and Hallmark Entertainment. 

Steve received his law degree from Hofstra University and his BS in government from Mercy College.


Sarah Harrington is among the most experienced Supreme Court specialists practicing today.  She has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court and has served as counsel or co-counsel in dozens of others. She has also argued dozens of cases in the federal courts of appeals.  Sarah is a Chambers USA-ranked appellate litigator, known for her skill at oral argument and her tremendous judgment as an advocate. She has handled a wide range of topics before the Supreme Court, including bankruptcy, constitutional law, criminal law, tax law, preemption, trademark, civil procedure, environmental law, and federal statutory questions. Sarah’s court of appeals experience is similarly broad, covering topics such as criminal law, civil RICO, antitrust, constitutional law, employment discrimination, sovereign immunity, and civil procedure. She has also been a valuable resource to trial teams, providing expert support on strategy and briefing. Sarah is an instructor in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Harvard Law School and frequently speaks at conferences and with national news outlets about the Supreme Court.

Before joining Goldstein & Russell, Sarah worked for eight years as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked as an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she received numerous awards. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale College, Sarah clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Sarah serves on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Judicial Administration at NYU and is a Master in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Sarah was previously recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” rising stars in the Washington, D.C. region.


Erika Brown Lee is a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Mastercard.  Ms. Brown Lee leads the team that develops policies, provides guidance, and ensures compliance with privacy and data protection laws across the company’s products and services, including payment processing, data analytics, and fraud-related activities.  Ms. Brown Lee also works closely with the company’s cybersecurity teams to develop policies and manage regulatory interactions.  Ms. Brown Lee is the former Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as the principal advisor to the Attorney General on privacy and civil liberties matters.  Ms. Brown Lee co-chaired the DOJ breach response team, played a leadership role among agencies working to develop privacy-related legislation, and provided regular briefings to Capitol Hill.  She received an Attorney General Award for Exceptional Contributions in Negotiating a Data Protection and Privacy Agreement with the E.U.  Ms. Brown Lee also served in the Division of Privacy & Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, and chaired the ABA’s Privacy & Information Security Committee.  Ms. Brown Lee is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) for Europe and the U.S.


Randal Milch is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Cybersecurity, focusing on cyber governance. He was most recently executive vice president and strategic policy adviser to Verizon’s chairman and CEO. He served as the company’s general counsel from 2008 to 2014, and before that was general counsel of several business divisions within Verizon. At Verizon, Milch chaired the Verizon Executive Security Council, which was responsible for information security across all Verizon entities. Milch was responsible for national security matters at Verizon beginning in 2006, and has served as the senior cleared executive at Verizon. Earlier in his career, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. He clerked for Clement F. Haynsworth Jr., chief judge emeritus of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Milch holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.


Rose Battaglia is a managing director and the global chief operating officer responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Legal Department. She is a member of the Legal ExCo. She is responsible for strategy and budget planning, transformation and integration programs, and outside counsel management.

Previously, she was the global chief administrative officer for legal and compliance at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining the financial services industry, she held a number of positions specializing in the areas of client marketing, staff recruiting, training and development and managing professional support services at Shearman and Sterling, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Spengler Carlson. 

She is frequently asked to speak at industry forums on the topics of Legal and Compliance strategy, transformation, cost management and best practices. 

Ms. Battaglia is a graduate from Fordham University.