David G. Leitch is general counsel and a group vice president of Ford Motor Company, where he leads the company's litigation, tax, corporate, and intellectual property efforts, and is responsible for management of the company's internal audit function. He became Ford's general counsel on April 1, 2005, and during his time at Ford he has been responsible for legal advice concerning management actions and board duties during the company's restructuring, including advice regarding a $23.5 billion secured financing, debt restructuring, sale of lines of business such as Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover, and discontinuance of Mercury brand.
Since Leitch arrived at Ford six years ago, he and Ford's Office of General Counsel have won numerous awards, including being named as Corporate Counsel magazine's Best Legal Department in 2006. He has been profiled and quoted in Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel magazines, and was most recently honored as the Overall Winner of the General and In-House Counsel Awards by Crain's Detroit Business.
Immediately prior to joining Ford, Leitch served in the White House as Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he advised the President and his staff on a variety of legal issues, including issues involving national security, judicial nominations, legislative proposals and ethics. From June 2001 through December 2002, Leitch served as Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he played a significant role in responding to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Leitch is also a past deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel.
Leitch's law career includes serving as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as a law clerk to Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, and as a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells). Leitch is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Leitch is a member of the board of directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts and of Talmer Bank and Trust, and serves on general counsel advisory committees for the National Center for State Courts and the Civil Justice Reform Group. He also serves as Chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and as Chair of board of the National Chamber Litigation Center.
Patrick Donnelly has been the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for SIRIUS since May 1998, managing all of the Company's legal and governmental affairs.
From August 1999 to April 2001, Donnelly also served as the acting Chief Financial Officer at SIRIUS, a position in which he completed six financings for the company yielding $800 million in gross proceeds.
Donnelly has broad experience in corporate finance activity and management, having worked for 10 years as an in-house counsel and as a practicing attorney.
Prior to joining SIRIUS, Donnelly was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of ITT Corporation, the diversified hotel, gaming and entertainment company that was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Donnelly was instrumental in ITT's defense of Hilton Hotel's hostile takeover, including ITT's sale of Madison Square Garden and the company's ultimate sale to Starwood. He also managed day-to-day activities of the legal staff and served as a liaison to the legal departments of ITT's subsidiary enterprises.
Donnelly began his career as an associate at the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, specializing in merger and acquisitions and securities matters.
Donnelly received a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. At Cornell, he served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. He also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Debtor and Creditor Law.
Previously, he was awarded his A.B. magna cum laude from Lafayette College in 1984 and won the Wall Street Journal Prize.
Anastasia D. Kelly (Stasia) is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Finance and Public Company and Corporate Governance practice as well as the firm's White Collar Corporate Crime and Investigations group. Ms. Kelly joined DLA Piper in 2010 after a 15-year career as General Counsel in four leading public companies.
Ms. Kelly was an associate and then a partner with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC between 1985 and 1995, where her practice spanned several areas of the law, including the regulation of financial institutions and securities firms, corporate and securities and intellectual property. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kelly was associated with Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas, Texas, where she practiced in the litigation group.
Ms. Kelly has extensive experience as both outside counsel and as a General Counsel and brings these different perspectives to bear in her current practice, working closely with boards of directors on corporate governance issues, helping clients build effective compliance and regulatory programs, and advising boards and management on crisis management.
Ms. Kelly also sits on two public company boards, Owens-Illinois, the world's largest manufacturer of glass packaging, and Huntington-Ingalls Industries, which designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the US Navy and the Coast Guard. At Owens-Illinois, Ms. Kelly chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. She chairs the Governance and Policy Committee at Huntington-Ingalls Industries.
In her four General Counsel roles, Ms. Kelly focused on helping companies through crises and building effective legal and compliance frameworks. At American International Group (AIG), Ms. Kelly was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer from 2006 to 2008 and Vice Chairman in 2009. Ms. Kelly was brought to AIG in the capacity of General Counsel to build a worldwide legal, regulatory and compliance team across the AIG enterprise in the aftermath of government investigations related to the company. In her role as Vice Chairman, she was given additional responsibility by the board for government relations, external communications, corporate affairs and human resources across AIG during the financial crisis.
In 2003, Ms. Kelly was asked to join the restructuring team at MCI/WorldCom during its bankruptcy and restructuring. Ms. Kelly served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and helped lead the team that brought MCI out of bankruptcy and restructured the business in the wake of major regulatory changes, culminating in the acquisition of MCI by Verizon in 2006.
In 1999, Ms. Kelly was recruited as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. in the aftermath of the company's serious compliance issues in its credit business. While at Sears, Ms. Kelly restructured the legal teams and developed and strengthened the company's compliance and regulatory functions. Before her tenure at Sears, Ms. Kelly served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae. There, she centralized the company's legal and compliance function and upgraded the talent across Fannie Mae's five offices nationwide.
Ms. Kelly is an active leader at DLA Piper and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She is a mentor to a number of the firm's women lawyers and is on the leadership committee of the firm's Law Alliance for Women (LAW), which, among other goals, is committed to the hiring, development and advancement of women lawyers at DLA Piper.
Ms. Kelly co-teaches a course at Stanford Law School on the role of the modern general counsel. She is a frequent lecturer on the role of directors in public companies and on crisis management for a number of organizations, including Practicing Law Institute, Corporate Board Member and Georgetown Law School's Corporate Counsel Institute. She is a frequent contributor to Corporate Counsel magazine as well as other publications. She is the editor of Corporate Counsel's Project 5/165, which is committed to increasing the number of women General Counsel in Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Kelly is also on the advisory board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School.
Ms. Kelly received her law degree magna cum laude from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity University in Washington, DC.
Bobby Turnage serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Network Solutions, LLC, an industry-leading provider of online services for small and medium-sized businesses. In this role, he oversees the provision of all legal services for the company. These services include litigation strategy and management; internal legal advice and counseling; advertising, communications and Website content review; contract drafting and negotiation; subpoena and regulatory compliance; corporate governance; management of the company's intellectual property portfolio; and enforcement of the company's service agreements and policies. Bobby works closely with the company's Board, CEO and other members of the executive management team.
Bobby joined Network Solutions in 1999 as Corporate Counsel, and has served as the Company's General Counsel since 2003. His previous legal experience includes litigation work in private practice, as well as work in the banking industry. In addition, he has served as a defense lawyer and a prosecutor for the U.S. Army Reserve.
In law school, Bobby was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal editorial board, and he was selected for membership in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. He served in various leadership positions in undergraduate school, and was selected for membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Bobby's military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Leatherneck Dress Blues Award (USMC), and Navy League Outstanding Marine Corps Recruit Award (USMC).
Bobby is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel, and he currently serves as Chairman of the General Counsel Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). He received his undergraduate degree (B.S. - Business) from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law (1992).
Joseph Titlebaum is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for ION Media Networks, Inc. As the company's chief legal officer, Mr. Titlebaum oversees all of ION Media's corporate and business legal affairs, heads its legal team based in New York, Washington, DC and Florida, as well as supervises compliance areas regarding public and regulatory reporting activities. In addition, he is responsible for all operational legal issues, corporate transactions, negotiation and drafting of major content rights and affiliation agreements and strategic legal planning.
Prior to joining ION, Titlebaum served as the General Counsel and Secretary of XM Satellite Radio for 10 years. While at XM, he led all legal and compliance matters throughout the Company's run, from concept stage through the merger process with Sirius Satellite Radio. In his role, Titlebaum was responsible for all of XM's corporate legal matters including venture funding, the IPO and ongoing public and private financing activities, the establishment of strategic partnerships and joint ventures, as well as ongoing litigation and compliance matters.
Titlebaum also practiced with Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton for eight years, splitting his time between New York and Tokyo. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. from Columbia.
Karen Kirchen is currently the General Counsel for Global Legal Strategy and Policy for Citi's Institutional Clients Group. She has held a wide variety of positions at Citi over several decades, including as General Counsel of the North America Corporate and Investment Bank; Co-General Counsel of Citicorp's Corporate and Investment Bank in Japan, Europe and North America; and Citigroup Head of Global Compliance. Karen began her career as an Associate at Weil Gotshal.
Karen received a J.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 1977 and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1973.
Michael Lohr joined The Boeing Company Law Department in February 2005 following service in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. Mike retired as Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Rear Admiral.
His first assignment at Boeing was to the Washington, D.C., office where he supported Boeing International and Boeing Government Affairs.
In March 2006, Mike transferred to Boeing Commercial Airlines (BCA) in Puget Sound and became Chief Counsel for Commercial Aviation Services.
In December 2007, Mike moved from Puget Sound to the Chicago Corporate Offices where he was assigned to his current position as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Finance and Governance, and Corporate Secretary.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law, Masters of Law in International Law.
Randy L. Shapiro joined Newsweek, Inc. in April 1998, as Assistant Chief Counsel. On October 1, 2010, she became Vice President and General Counsel to Harman Newsweek LLC, the successor to Newsweek, Inc. In February 2011, Newsweek merged with The Daily Beast, and Ms. Shapiro now serves as the lead lawyer both for Newsweek magazine and its companion website, thedailybeast.com. Over her thirteen-plus years as in-house counsel, she has handled a broad variety of legal matters, and areas of responsibility include: prepublication review of the magazine and its websites; global labor and employment counseling; preparation and/or review of contracts for, among other areas, contributing writers, consultants, severance packages, subscription agents, circulation fulfillment and distribution, printing, book serial rights, and software licenses; overseeing trademark and domain name registrations; and general copyright licensing and enforcement issues.
Prior to joining Newsweek, Ms. Shapiro spent over eight years as a commercial litigator with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. For several years, she concentrated on First Amendment matters as part of the team representing The New York Post. Also while at Stroock, Ms. Shapiro was very active in the firm's pro bono program, serving as a member of the Pro Bono Committee, and acting as liaison to a number of local and national pro bono organizations.
Ms. Shapiro currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the New York Women's Bar Association, and is a member of the Committee on Communications and Media Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is also a member of the Litigation, Communications and Labor Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the American Employment Law Council and XBHR (Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resource Experts).
Ms. Shapiro earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics, cum laude, from Tufts University. Ms. Shapiro resides in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Robert G. Pickel is Executive Vice Chairman of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Mr. Pickel served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ISDA from January 2001 to November 2009. From 1997 to 2001 he held the position of General Counsel of ISDA.
Prior to joining ISDA, Mr. Pickel was Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department of Amerada Hess Corporation, an international oil and gas company, from 1991 to 1997. He has also worked at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and London, where he represented ISDA in a variety of matters.
Mr. Pickel serves as a member of The Bretton Woods Committee and a member of the Board of the Capital Markets Law Journal. Mr. Pickel graduated from Williams College and received his law degree from New York University.
Robert L. Pettit
Primary Areas of Practice:
Law School / Graduate School:
Duke Law School
Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP since 1994 (and at various times since 1986)
General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, 1989-92
Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation, 1988-89
American Bar Association
Federal Communications Bar Association (various leadership positions, including, President, President-Elect, Treasurer,
Assistant Treasurer, and member of the Executive Committee)
Brian J. Winterfeldt is an intellectual property partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP who also serves as head of the firm’s Internet practice. He works with a number of clients on the creation of their global trademark and branding strategies, as well as the development of programs to enforce their intellectual property rights and protect against infringement of their trademarks, trade dress and copyrights both in the United States and internationally. This includes domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement and litigation, as well as trade dress, Internet governance and domain name issues. Brian's practice encompasses global leaders in the retail and apparel, media, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, hospitality, and Internet and technology industries.
Brian’s practice includes significant work in Internet governance, domain name law and new media counseling and enforcement, including supporting clients with the management of their domain name portfolios and securing domain names that incorporate clients' trademarks through the Uniform Dispute Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) and other similar processes for country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). He has also counseled clients on cutting-edge issues such as the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, including drafting and prosecuting new gTLD applications and developing advocacy and enforcement strategies in this space. In addition, Brian regularly counsels clients and provides training in the social media space, including developing and administering social media policies and promoting and protecting clients’ brands on social media platforms.
Brian has written numerous articles on trademark law and is a prominent and frequent speaker at industry events on topics including trademark issues, Internet governance and social media. He has served as co-chair to several major conferences for the International Trademark Association (INTA), including the recent Trademarks and the Changing Internet Landscape conference in 2013, and is currently a special advisor for INTA’s Internet Committee and chair for INTA’s Trademark Administrators Committee Internet Workgroup Subcommittee.
Joele is the founder and managing partner of Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher. Founded in 2000, the firm has ranked #1 in M&A since 2013. For more than 25 years, Joele has been a trusted advisor to executive teams and Boards of Directors as they manage through some of the most complex situations in their company’s history. Having played a major role in more than 1,000 special situations, Joele understands the impact of communications on corporate reputation and a company’s ability to achieve its overall business objectives. Joele has been named to PRWeek’s Hall of Fame and Inside PR’s Hall of Fame as an All-Star for Investor Relations, and she has appeared on PRWeek’s PR Power List of the 25 top PR industry leaders.
Keir Gumbs is Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, M&A and Securities, and Deputy Corporate Secretary at Uber Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Uber, he was a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Keir started his career at the SEC, where he served for six years - first as a staff attorney, later as a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and finally as counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos.
Keir is recognized as a leading authority on securities regulation and corporate governance who represents a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.
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Linda Chatman Thomsen, who was the first woman to serve as the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is senior counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and practices in the Washington DC office. Her practice concentrates in matters related to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. She has represented clients in SEC enforcement investigations and inquiries, in enforcement matters before other agencies, including the Department of Justice (various U.S. Attorneys Offices) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, in investigations and inquiries from self-regulatory agencies, including FINRA, and in internal investigations. These matters, which are typically non-public, have covered a broad range of securities related subject matters, including insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, financial reporting, manipulation and regulatory compliance. Her clients have included major financial institutions, regulated entities, public companies and senior executives.
Ms. Thomsen returned to Davis Polk in 2009 after 14 years of public service at the SEC. While there she held a variety of positions and ultimately served as the Director of Enforcement from 2005 through February 2009. During her tenure as the Director of Enforcement, she led the Enron investigation, the auction rate securities settlements, the stock options back dating cases and the expansion of the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
She is a graduate of Smith College (A.B. ’76, Government (High Honors)) and Harvard Law School (J.D. ’79).
Marcy Engel is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P., a global alternatives investment firm. In this role she is responsible for all of the non-investment aspects of Eton Park’s business including Investor Relations, Technology, Operations, Finance, Treasury, Risk, Legal and Compliance, and Human Resources and Facilities. In addition, she works closely with the CEO on strategy and other firm wide matters.
Prior to joining Eton Park, Marcy worked for Citigroup and its predecessor firms, Salomon Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers, Inc., where, among other roles, she was Head of Planning and Operating Risk for its Fixed Income Division and served as General Counsel of Salomon Smith Barney and Managing Deputy General Counsel of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank.
Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, Marcy was an associate in the Litigation Department of Sullivan & Cromwell.
Marcy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Marcy is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Literature, Science and the Arts School at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and the Board of Trustees of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY.
A partner in the Litigation Department, Mark Mendelsohn is co-chair of the Anti-Corruption & FCPA Group, and a member of the White Collar and Regulatory Defense, Internal Investigations, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Mark served as the deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program.
Mark’s practice emphasizes white collar matters, internal corporate investigations, and compliance counseling. He regularly represents clients in FCPA and corruption-related internal investigations, designing and implementing compliance programs, transactional anti-corruption diligence, and responding to and defending against government investigations, prosecutions, and trials on behalf of both business entities and individuals.
As deputy chief of the Fraud Section from 2005 to 2010, Mark was responsible for overseeing all DOJ investigations and prosecutions under the FCPA, and for supervising a team of trial attorneys with respect to investigations and prosecutions of a wide variety of federal white collar crimes including money laundering, mail and wire fraud, procurement fraud, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations, and violations of economic and trade sanctions laws and regulations, including with respect to the United Nations Oil for Food Program. During his tenure, Mark handled hundreds of voluntary disclosures of illicit corporate payments, worked closely with attorneys in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, helped establish and worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s FCPA squad at the Washington Field Office, negotiated numerous corporate plea, deferred and non-prosecution agreements on behalf of DOJ, and participated in the appointment of, interaction with, and reporting by more than 16 corporate compliance monitors. Mark led an effort to forge closer working relationships with foreign regulators in connection with transnational bribery cases, resulting in coordinated settlements with the Munich Public Prosecutor in Germany in the Siemens prosecutions and coordinated settlements with the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office in the BAE and Innospec prosecutions, among others. Mark was also responsible for administering DOJ’s FCPA Opinion Release Procedure, including issuing the seminal opinion on FCPA transactional diligence and successor liability (Op. Rel. 08-02).
In addition to case-related responsibilities, Mark had significant policy responsibilities, including principal policy responsibilities related to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-bribery Convention. As a member of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Bribery Working Group, Mark served as a lead examiner for the follow-up review of Japan’s implementation of the OECD Anti-bribery Convention, played a key role in peer review of the United Kingdom including consultation regarding its Bribery Act of 2010, negotiated the 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendation, and played a leading role in the drafting and adoption of the OECD’s “Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance.”
During his tenure administering the DOJ’s FCPA enforcement program, the DOJ brought more than 50 prosecutions against corporations for violations of the FCPA and related offenses, resulting in more than $1.5 billion in criminal penalties. During that same period, DOJ brought approximately 80 prosecutions against individuals. Among the notable prosecutions were the following: U.S. v. Siemens AG, et al.; U.S. v. Kellogg Brown & Root, LLC and U.S. v. Albert “Jack” Stanley; U.S. v. Congressman William J. Jefferson; U.S. v. BAE Systems plc; U.S. v. Baker Hughes, et al.; U.S. v. Titan Corp.; U.S. v. Statoil ASA; U.S. v. Monsanto; Lucent Technologies, Inc.; U.S. v. Willbros Group, Inc., et al.; U.S. v. Christian Sapsizian, et al.; U.S. v. Viktor Kozeny and Frederick Bourke, Jr.; U.S. v. Gerald and Patricia Green; U.S. v. Innospec, Inc.; and U.S. v. Daimler AG.
Prior to joining the Fraud Section, Mark was senior counsel in the DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C., and prior to that served for nearly six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. During his service with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mark tried numerous cases to verdict and argued several appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As a federal prosecutor, Mark was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for the “Investigation into Corrupt Payments by Siemens AG,” and a recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for “The Safeguarding and Maintenance of Confidence in the American Marketplace.” Mark has been recognized by Ethisphere Institute in 2011 as a “Top Gun” among “Attorneys Who Matter,” in 2009 as a “Government Star” among “Attorneys Who Matter In Corporate Compliance,” and in 2007 and 2008 as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” Mark has been selected to Lawdragon “500 Leading Lawyers in America” numerous times. Mark is also ranked by Chambers for his work as an FCPA practitioner.
Mark has spoken frequently as a faculty member, panelist and keynote speaker at numerous FCPA, anti-corruption, corporate compliance, securities fraud, money laundering, and white collar crime programs and conferences. He teaches International Criminal Law as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and has also been an adjunct lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School. Mark is member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International-USA.
David Pashman is General Counsel of Meetup, the world's largest network of local groups with 23 million members and 213,000 local groups meeting face-to-face.
Prior to joining Meetup, David was a senior corporate associate in the New York office of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where he advised internet and technology companies in connection with operating issues, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. Before joining Wilson Sonsini, David was the Manager of Business Development at Menerva Technologies, a Silicon Valley start-up.
David is an also an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, where he teaches The Law of the Startup. David is also the Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the NY Tech Meetup. David is also a member of the Board of Directors of C/I, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and equip underserved students with the skills in computing, leadership, and professionalism needed to thrive in the Internet economy and beyond.
When not lawyering, he likes to get lost and found in the mountains.
Jennifer Schneider is Vice President of Legislative Affairs at Frontier Communications, where she covers all federal legislative matters, and then some. Ms. Schneider began her career in media and communications right out of college, first as a copy assistant at Life Magazine and then as a Page at NBC. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Schneider became an associate in the telecommunications practice of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman. From 2001 to 2007, Ms. Schneider worked as an attorney advisor at the FCC in the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Legislative Affairs. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Schneider was Legislative Counsel to Representative Rick Boucher (VA-9), Chairman of the Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, covering telecommunications and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Frontier, Ms. Schneider served as Senior Policy Advisor to FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps, providing counsel on broadband, wireline and universal service matters. Ms. Schneider holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Mark Roellig is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“MassMutual”), the parent company of a global, growth-oriented, diversified financial services organization, listed 94th in Fortune’s ranking of America’s largest corporations with more than $651 billion in total assets under management. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. In his capacity as MassMutual’s General Counsel, Mark is responsible for all the legal affairs of the Company and advises management and the board of directors to ensure that MassMutual complies with corporate-governance requirements and safeguards the interests of MassMutual’s policyholders. He is also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, government relations and the Corporate Business Resources and Real Estate and Facilities Departments of MassMutual. Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, he served as general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sale/merger: Fisher Scientific International Inc., Storage Technology Corporation (“StorageTek”) and U S WEST Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, his law degree from George Washington University and his MBA from the University of Washington. Mark is currently an adjunct facility member at the University of Colorado Law School and teaches a class on “An Introduction to In-House Practice”.
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, as an “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, “Banking MVP of the Year” by Law360, and 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.” 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 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best 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 and corporate governance 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 30 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.