Leah is a senior counsel, commercial litigator and trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She assists corporate clients, specifically manufacturing and automotive companies, throughout all phases of complex commercial litigation, mediation, arbitration, and international arbitration. Leah has successfully litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). She is a member of Foley’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and Automotive and Manufacturing Industry Teams.
Leah has substantial experience in breach of contract, supply chain, warranty, recall and products liability litigation. She negotiates and litigates commercial disputes between tiered suppliers, and defends automotive suppliers in lawsuits brought by original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers regarding payment for warranty campaigns and recalls. Leah also supports clients through commercial mediation, with the goal of prompt and creative resolution of business disputes.
Prior to joining Foley, Leah was an associate at a Pittsburgh-based law firm, and she maintains both Michigan and Pennsylvania law licenses. Leah earned both her undergraduate (B.S., summa cum laude) and law degree (J.D., cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vanessa is chair of the Detroit office’s Litigation Department, lead of Foley’s Supply Chain Solutions Initiative, co-chair of the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force, and a member of the Automotive and Manufacturing Industry Teams as well as the Consumer Law, Finance, and Class Action Practice Groups. Vanessa’s practice focuses on a wide array of supply chain disputes, including breach of contract and warranty claims, automotive supply chain issues and maintaining continuity of supply, defending manufacturers against class actions, trade secret misappropriation claims and business torts.
Vanessa has successfully managed, litigated, and tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as handled appellate proceedings. She has significant experience handling complex international arbitrations in various venues, including the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. (JAMS) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Vanessa also has represented clients in commercial mediations, which have resulted in the early resolution of legal disputes and creative business solutions for parties continuing to do business together.
In addition to her litigation, international arbitration, and mediation experience, Vanessa regularly counsels clients on various commercial contracts, supply chain agreements and related negotiations — she is the author of the forthcoming executive handbook (to be published in 2020) Law of the Automotive and Manufacturing Supply Chain: A Handbook for Success. Prior to joining Foley, Vanessa was a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick J. Duggan, E.D. Mich. University of Denver College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.A., with distinction).
Waqas Shahid is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura with more than 15 years of multidisciplinary legal, compliance and technology experience, including counseling companies on enterprise compliance and operational risk mitigation (including in the areas of international trade, environmental, and data security/privacy); designing, building, and deploying corporate compliance programs and solutions; conducting internal investigations; and designing and deploying scalable process automation solutions. He is based in New York.
Before joining Ankura, Waqas was a Senior Attorney at a leading aerospace and defense company and led numerous enterprise compliance investigations, conducted enterprise-wide technology systems compliance reviews, and designed and implemented scalable compliance solutions. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at a global Am Law 100 firm, where he counseled numerous clients on trade compliance, environmental, and data security and privacy matters. Waqas also has extensive experience developing and deploying critical compliance software and process automation solutions.
JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Cum Laude
BS, Computer Science, University of Virginia, with High Distinction