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Speaker(s): Anastasia T Danias, Angelina Colombo, Brad S. Karp, Darren Guy, David A. Katz, David Yawman, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Eric F. Grossman, Erika Brown Lee, Ginger D. Anders, Jane Horvath, Jennifer G. Newstead, Jocelyn A. Aqua, Karen L. Neuman, Katherine L. Adams, Leo E. Strine, Jr., Lisa M. Parlato LeDonne, Lucy Fato, Melissa Sawyer, Michael J. Holston, Nicole A. Saharsky, Nitin Batra, Rose Battaglia, Sarah E. Harrington, Thomas J. Kim
Recorded on: Sep. 17, 2020
PLI Program #: 277519

Katherine Adams is Apple’s general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Global Security, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Kate serves on the company’s executive team and oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, global security and privacy. Kate joined Apple from Honeywell in 2017, where she worked for 14 years, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel. At Honeywell, Kate was in charge of the organization’s global legal strategy across more than 100 countries.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Kate was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in New York. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; as trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources division; and as law clerk for Stephen Breyer, then chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.

Named 2020 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Ms. Sawyer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A adviser. She is ranked by Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A, where clients describe her as “an absolute superstar,” and was named a Client Service All-Star by BTI. She was also named to The Deal’s “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” for shaping the industry with her novel approach to transactions and has been recognized as a Law360 MVP in Food & Beverage, one of Crain’s “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” and was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer. Additional accolades include receiving a Burton Award for Legal Achievement and being chosen as an Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Sawyer has recently advised: Apollo Education, AT&T, BBA Aviation, CONMED, CPPIB, CSM Bakery, Diageo, DS Smith, FXI, GameStop, Novartis, OTPP, Sotheby’s, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth.

Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Sawyer has participated in numerous panels for the Practising Law Institute and regularly writes for The M&A LawyerThe Deal Pipeline and LexisNexis.

Recent Publications

·       “An ESG Playbook for Post-Pandemic M&A,” Bloomberg Law (2020)

·       “Fiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency,” Bloomberg Law (2020)

·       “How boards can prepare for post-pandemic activism,” Corporate Secretary (2020)

·       “Dealing with activist directors with an M&A agenda,” Corporate Secretary (2020)

·       “Pain and Glory: M&A in 2019 and What to Expect in 2020,” The M&A Lawyer (2020)

·       “Carve-Out Transactions: Key Seller Considerations,” Practical Law (2019)

·       “Trends in Shareholder Activism,” The Corporate Governance Advisor (2019)

·       “How boards can approach human capital management,” Corporate Secretary (2019)


University of Virginia Law School, J.D. 2000

Washington and Lee University, B.A. 1997

Anastasia Danias Schmidt is Major League Soccer’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, where she is a key member of the League’s strategic and operational leadership. In addition to serving as a core member of the labor bargaining team, she oversees legal and business affairs, including corporate governance, policy, litigation, expansion, player matters, intellectual property and commercial transactions.

Prior to joining MLS, Danias became the most senior woman in the history of the NFL’s legal department, serving as SVP & Deputy General Counsel and overseeing the League’s most high-profile litigation. She advised on key legislative priorities, and counseled the Commissioner, ownership and senior management on every aspect of the league’s business.

She also launched an in-house pro bono program partnering with the Lawyers’ Alliance of New York, which supported dozens of non-for-profit organizations. In addition, as a member of the Sanctuary for Families Mother’s Council, she organized an annual Thanksgiving celebration for hundreds of families living in transition.

Danias has been honored by Corporate Counsel as one of the 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law, the Legal500’s GC Power List and Corporate Counsel 100, and the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. She has also been featured in publications such as FortuneModern Counsel and Marie Claire.

She is on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute and has taught sports law as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School

Darren Guy is the Head of Global Operations for AIG’s Office of the General Counsel, maintaining responsibility for all legal, regulatory and compliance department operations, budgeting/finance, technology operations, outside counsel and litigation support management, reporting, data analytics, and project management.

Over his 25 year career in financial services, Darren has achieved increasing levels of responsibility in both law and finance corporate department management, helping companies such as Bear Stearns, Prudential, Voya Financial and S&P Global improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Over the past 14 years, Darren has worked exclusively with corporate legal departments, providing senior management with the advice, applications, and information required to strategically manage global resources and support proactive decision making.

Dave Yawman is Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $67 billioni n net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than$1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Dave assumed this role in 2017, and leads the company’s worldwide legal, government affairs and public policy, and compliance and ethics functions.

Dave has more than 20 years of experience at PepsiCo, spanning positions across PepsiCo’s businesses and former bottling group. Most recently, Yawman served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for PepsiCo and General Counsel for North America and Corporate. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for PepsiCo, managing a global team of professionals overseeing compliance and ethics matters around the world. Yawman has also served as General Counsel of business units comprised of North America Beverages, Quaker Foods North America and Latin America Beverages. Earlier in his PepsiCo career, Dave was the Associate General Counsel for the Pepsi Bottling Group where he oversaw all corporate, securities, and M&A matters, and previously, spent six years as a member of PepsiCo’s corporate law department.

Before joining PepsiCo in 1998, Dave was an associate with the law firm Fried Frank and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court.

Dave graduated with honors from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark), where he served as Managing Director of the Rutgers Law Review, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Dave is based in Purchase, N.Y.

David A. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance.  Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management.  Mr. Katz is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been involved in a number of complex public and private offerings and corporate restructurings.  He frequently counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management.

Mr. Katz taught Mergers and Acquisitions at New York University School of Law for over 15 years and previously co-taught a joint law and business short course on mergers and acquisitions at Vanderbilt University Law School with Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine.  He is co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.

In 2004, he was chosen by The American Lawyer as one of the 45 highest performing members of the private bar under the age of 45; in 2005, 2012 and 2015, he was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year; in 2016, he was named by NACD Directorship as one of the 100 most influential players in corporate governance for the seventh time; in 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year by Global M&A Network; in 2014 and each of the five prior years he was named Who’s Who Legal’s Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, in 2014 was also named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and in 2015 and 2016 was named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance and M&A Lawyer of the Year; and in 2015 he was elected by The American College of Governance Counsel as an Inaugural Class Fellow.

Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Business Law, where he founded the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Task Force on the Dictionary of M&A Terms and a member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee for Acquisitions of Public Companies.  Mr. Katz is also a member of the Federal Securities Laws Committee, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Katz is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mr. Katz serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at New York University and at New York University School of Law.  He sits on the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and is a member of the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He writes a bi-monthly column on corporate governance for the New York Law Journal with his colleague Laura McIntosh.

Mr. Katz is a graduate of Brandeis University and New York University School of Law.

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.

Jennifer G. Newstead has served as Facebook’s Vice President and General Counsel since June 2019. From January 2018 to April 2019, Ms. Newstead served as the Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State. Ms. Newstead previously was a partner in the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP from July 2006 to January 2018. Earlier in her career, Ms. Newstead served in other senior roles in government, including as General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, and as an Associate White House Counsel. Ms. Newstead previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Ms. Newstead holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jocelyn Aqua is a Principal with PwC based in Washington, DC, where she provides guidance to companies on the intersection of privacy, cybersecurity and regulatory risk. She is a former US government privacy official with over 20 years of public and private sector data privacy and cybersecurity experience, including 15 years with the Department of Justice, where she was responsible for assessing data systems and ensuring compliance with data privacy and cybersecurity requirements. Jocelyn also represented the Department in negotiations and consultations with the European Commission on cross-border data transfers, including the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the EU-US data protection privacy agreement for law enforcement exchanges of personal information. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice. Jocelyn currently advises global companies on developing enterprise privacy programs and implementing privacy and security requirements relevant to U.S. and EU data protection laws. She earned a JD from The George Washington University Law School, an MA from The George Washington University, a BA from Pennsylvania State University, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

Lisa Parlato LeDonne is Honeywell’s Vice President and General Counsel Data Privacy, Chief Labor and Employment Counsel, and co-Chair of the Law and Government Relations Inclusion and Diversity Council. As the leader for Honeywell’s global data privacy compliance program and strategy, Lisa oversees and manages data privacy risks across all company business units and functions globally, including human resources, information technology, product and engineering, marketing, websites and mobile applications. Lisa also leads the company's legal and business teams on privacy matters related to procurement, sales, acquisitions, integrations, and other commercial opportunities. Lisa developed Honeywell’s enterprise global data privacy compliance program and, in 2019, was awarded Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award for her work on the design and implementation of Honeywell’s EU General Data Protection Regulation program. Lisa is also responsible for developing Honeywell’s strategy for compliance with regulations on cross-border data transfers, data localization, and incident response globally. Prior to joining Honeywell, Lisa was in private practice in the Washington, DC office of Morgan Lewis focusing on labor law matters and defensive employment litigation. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School. 

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.

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.

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

Brad has received dozens of industry awards and recognitions. Brad has been selected as the “Attorney of the Year” by the New York Law Journal and by Lawdragon, the “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer and by Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney, and one of the most innovative lawyers in the United States by the Financial Times. Brad received the “Special Achievement Award” from the Financial Times in recognition of his legal achievements and leadership of Paul, Weiss. Brad has repeatedly been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the most influential people in the boardroom. The New York Law Journal awarded Brad its first-ever Impact Award, in recognition of Brad’s “significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York.” Brad received the William Nelson Cromwell Award from the New York County Lawyers Association in recognition of his “unselfish service to the profession and the community” and the John J. McCloy Memorial Award from the Fund for Modern Courts for making outstanding contributions to improving the administration of justice in New York state. 

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 600 articles on business litigation and corporate governance issues. For the past 36 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 frequently speaks out and writes about pressing issues of social justice. Brad is also active in the community, serving on more than 30 public interest, educational, cultural and charitable 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.

Ginger Anders is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, particularly intellectual property, administrative law, and constitutional law.  Notable representations include the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in defending the Board’s constitutionality before the Supreme Court; the U.S. House of Representatives in defending the Affordable Care Act; Google LLC in various IP matters; and Comcast Corp. in cases involving the statutory authority in the International Trade Commission.  Ms. Anders joined the firm from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. During her nearly eight-year tenure as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, Ms. Anders represented the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court in a wide range of noteworthy cases, arguing 18 cases before the Court.  She has extensive experience in intellectual property law, particularly patent law, as well as transnational litigation and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, administrative law and constitutional law. In addition to her numerous arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. Anders authored the government’s briefs in 35 cases at the merits stage and in hundreds of cases at the certiorari stage.

Jane is the Senior Director of Global Privacy at Apple. She has been with the company since September of 2011, and brings more than a decade of information privacy and legal experience to the role.  She is responsible for overseeing Apple's compliance with global privacy laws as well as working internally and externally on developing issues related to privacy. Prior to Apple, Jane was Global Privacy Counsel at Google.   Before that, Ms. Horvath served as the DOJ’s first Chief Privacy Counsel and Civil Liberties Officer. At the DOJ, she was a member of the High Level Contact Group and leader of the U.S. delegation of experts tasked with exploring common ground between the European Union’s Third Pillar data protection principles and U.S. federal privacy laws. Prior to the DOJ, she also was the General Counsel of Digital City Inc., an America Online, Inc. (AOL) subsidiary, and Assistant General Counsel at AOL, where she helped draft the company’s first privacy policies.  Jane holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Leo E. Strine, Jr., is of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Prior to joining the firm, he was the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from early 2014 through late 2019.  Before becoming the Chief Justice, he had served on the Delaware Court of Chancery as Chancellor since June 22, 2011, and as a Vice Chancellor since November 9, 1998.

In his judicial positions, Mr. Strine wrote hundreds of opinions in the areas of corporate law, contract law, trusts and estates, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law.  Notably, he authored the lead decision in the Delaware Supreme Court case holding that Delaware’s death penalty statute was unconstitutional because it did not require the key findings necessary to impose a death sentence to be made by a unanimous jury.

Mr. Strine holds long-standing teaching positions at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he has and continues to teach diverse classes in corporate law addressing, among other topics, mergers and acquisitions, the role of independent directors, valuation, and corporate law theories.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, and currently serves as an advisor on the project to create a restatement of corporate law.

Mr. Strine also serves as the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, an advisor to Penn’s Institute for Law & Economics, the Ira M. Millstein Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance.  From 2006 to 2019, Mr. Strine served as the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws.  He also was the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Mergers & Acquisitions from 2014 to 2019.

Mr. Strine speaks and writes frequently on the subjects of corporate and public law, and particularly the impact of business on society, and his articles have been published in The University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, among others.  On several occasions, his articles were selected as among the Best Corporate and Securities Articles of the year, based on the choices of law professors.

Before becoming a judge in 1998, Strine served as Counsel and Policy Director to Governor Thomas R. Carper, and had also worked as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 1990 to 1992.  He was law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988, and was a member of the Order of the Coif.  In 1985, he received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar.

In 2000, Governor Carper awarded Mr. Strine the Order of the First State.  In 2002, President David Roselle of the University of Delaware presented him with the University’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.  In 2006, he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  In 2019, he was awarded an honorary degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Mr. Strine lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Carrie, who is an occupational therapist at the DuPont Hospital for Children, and his two sons, James and Benjamin.


Lucy is AIG's Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs.

Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Fato was Managing Director, Head of the Americas & General Counsel of Nardello & Co., a global private investigative firm, where she remains on the Advisory Board.

Previously, Ms. Fato was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of S&P Global. Prior to that, Ms. Fato was Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ms. Fato began her legal career at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent fourteen years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.

Ms. Fato is a member of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board and a member of the Life Insurance Council of NY (LICONY) Board of Directors.

Each year since 2018, Ms. Fato has been included in NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community. In 2015 and 2017, she was named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.

Ms. Fato serves on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit organization that works to ensure a high-quality education for children who are at risk for school-based discrimination or academic failure. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance and is as a member of the Board of the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.

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.

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 and for marriage equality.  He also argued important cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance involving antitrust, copyright, telecommunications, the environment, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers, criminal law and other federal constitutional and statutory matters.

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.

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.

Nicole A. Saharsky is co-head of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. She focuses her practice on briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and in the federal and state appellate courts and on developing legal strategy for the trial courts and agency proceedings.

Nicole previously served for ten years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and overseeing government appeals in the federal courts of appeals.

Nicole has argued 30 cases, briefed 46 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of certiorari-stage briefs and motions in the Supreme Court. Her cases involved a broad range of issues, including criminal law, immigration, securities fraud, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal jurisdiction, and corporate criminal liability.  Nicole also has substantial experience in the federal courts of appeals. While in the Solicitor General’s office, she regularly reviewed and provided guidance on government appeals. Those cases involved a wide variety of constitutional and statutory questions and spanned all of the federal circuits.

Nicole previously served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the Fifth Circuit. She received her law degree summa cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Nitin Batra is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Citi’s global Legal department and serves on the Legal Management Committee. As COO, Nitin manages all aspects of finance, operations, technology and the outside counsel network for the Legal department. He is also responsible for providing strategy, development  and governance oversight for the department’s Global Legal Offices.

Nitin joined Citi in 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in financial services and management and technology consulting. He started his career by co-founding a lease accounting software company, Odessa Technologies. Nitin then spent nearly a decade in various management and technology consulting roles before joining Wachovia and Wells Fargo where he held various leadership positions including the COO / CAO of Global Capital Finance. 

Sarah Harrington, a partner at Goldstein and Russell, P.C., is among the most experienced Supreme Court specialists practicing today. She has argued 21 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 Appellate Project, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Institute of Judicial Administration at NYU. She is the President-Elect of and 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.

Thomas J. Kim is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he is a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group.  Mr. Kim focuses his practice on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, including capital raising and tender offer transactions and shareholder activist situations, as well as corporate governance and compliance issues.  He also advises clients on SEC enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration and auditor independence issues.  

Mr. Kim has extensive experience handling regulatory matters for companies with the SEC, including obtaining no-action and exemptive relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, and responding to disclosures and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Kim served at the SEC for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, and for one year as Counsel to the Chairman.  As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kim was responsible for the Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions.  He also led several rulemaking initiatives including eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.

Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Kim was a partner with Sidley Austin LLP.  Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Kim served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for General Electric. 

Mr. Kim has been recognized by Chambers USA in the Securities Regulation: Advisory category since 2015.  He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, and the NACD Directorship 100 and is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.  Mr. Kim is the Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute.  He also chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.  As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, he edited two editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.

Mr. Kim earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College.

Rose Battaglia is a Managing Director and the Global Chief Operating Officer responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Legal and Regulatory Departments.  She is a member of the Legal ExCo.  Rose is responsible for strategy and budget planning; transformation and integration programs; and outside counsel management.

Previously, Rose 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.

Rose was interviewed by David Barringer and her comments as a “Legal Visionary” were published in Unbound – How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today, written by David Galvenski and David Barringer.  Rose is frequently asked to speak at industry forums on the topics of legal and compliance strategy, transformation, cost management and best practices.  She recently moderated the panel, “The New Normal: External Law Firms and Information Security” at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Annual Seminar.  Moreover, Rose was nominated in 2018 for Financial Time’s Intelligent Business Market Shaper Award.

Rose is a graduate from Fordham University where she received an Economics degree.


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.

Karen Neuman is a partner in Goodwin’s Privacy & Cybersecurity group and leads the practice in Washington DC. Ms. Neuman is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer and former Chief Privacy Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration. Well known as a solution-oriented practitioner with highly specialized expertise in complex privacy law matters at the intersection of technology and innovation, Ms. Neuman provides strategic, sophisticated privacy and cyber security advice to organizations and management in a wide range of sectors on issues related to data driven products, tools and services. Ms. Neuman is also a member of Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across practice areas and providing advice to traditional companies, including developers, operators of residential and commercial properties, and new entrants providing data driven tech services to this sector.

Recommended by The Legal 500 for her work in Cyber Law (including Data Privacy and Data Protection), Ms. Neuman’s practice is particularly focused on counseling a wide range of companies on commercial privacy matters, including the collection, use, processing and protection of consumer and employee data. She has deep expertise providing advice on sector-specific privacy laws and regulations, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, FTC and state privacy and cyber security frameworks, and industry self-regulatory codes. She also advises companies on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, cross-border data transfer mechanisms as well as the California Consumer Privacy Act. In addition, Ms. Neuman conducts privacy and cyber security impact and legal risk assessments, prepares internal data handling and incident response policies and conducts sessions for corporate boards on privacy and cyber security risk, crisis management and cyber incidents. Ms. Neuman also conducts privacy due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings and commercial transactions.

As Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she was part of the DHS senior leadership team and principal advisor to the DHS Secretary. Ms. Neuman oversaw, implemented and enforced the department’s privacy and data security program, and provided advice to other senior leaders at DHS and other agencies concerning relevant statutes, rules, presidential orders, policies, best practices and global laws impacting interagency achievement of the Obama Administrations international data sharing goals. She also spearheaded the integration of innovative privacy protections into various DHS programs, and oversaw how those protections were operationalized, notably the department’s big data analytics program, and White House initiatives for cybersecurity information sharing with commercial entities. Ms. Neuman was a member of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the Umbrella Data Privacy Protection Agreement with the EU and was part of the high-level U.S. team that supported negotiations for the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield. She was also appointed to President Obama’s Federal Privacy Council.

Ms. Neuman was previously a founding partner of a Washington, D.C. law firm, where she led that firm’s privacy practice and counseled clients in the life sciences, technology, retail, e-commerce, social media and consumer product sectors.