Ari Gabinet is an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of OppenheimerFunds, one of the oldest and largest independent investment management firms in the country. In his role, Ari oversees the firm’s Legal, Compliance, and Internal Audit functions, providing legal, regulatory, compliance and control testing to all OppenheimerFunds business units.
Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in May 2010, Ari was a principal in Vanguard’s legal department, where he was responsible for legal teams covering investment management; brokerage, distribution, transfer agency and advice; litigation, shareholder services, and data security; and tax and international matters.
From 2003 through 2005, Ari was head of the Philadelphia office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, responsible for the SEC’s enforcement and regulatory examination programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Previously he was a litigation partner at Dechert, LLP, and began his career at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher.
Ari graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
Thomas Moriarty is Executive Vice President, Chief Health Strategy Officer and General Counsel for CVS Health. In this role since October 2012, Moriarty leads the company’s legal and government affairs teams. A seasoned executive with many years of legal, regulatory and health care experience, Moriarty most recently served as General Counsel at the Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for global legal strategy and served on the company’s Management Committee.
Prior to that, Moriarty spent 12 years at Medco Health Solutions where he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and also as President of Global Pharmaceutical Strategies. He served on the company’s Executive Committee and was a critical advisor to the team that developed and executed Medco’s strategic merger with Express Scripts. Previously, Moriarty worked at various positions in the Office of the General Counsel at Merck & Co., the global biopharmaceutical company. He began his career at the law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander and Ferdon in New York.
Moriarty received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College.
Alan J. Kreczko is executive vice president and general counsel of The Hartford, a role he assumed in June 2007. In this capacity, Kreczko oversees the law department, government affairs, compliance and communications. Additionally Kreczko chairs the company’s Environment Committee
Prior to joining The Hartford in 2003, Kreczko held various senior positions within the United States Government. Until 2002, he was the acting assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees and Migration, where he led the State Department’s response to humanitarian crises in conflict situations, including Afghanistan, Timor, Sudan and West Africa. Prior to that position, he served as legal advisor to President Clinton’s National Security Council. He has also served as deputy general counsel to the Department of State and as legal advisor to the President of the United States’ personal representatives for Middle East negotiations.
In 2009, Corporate Counsel named The Hartford’s law department winner of its Best Legal Department recognition. The law department also earned recognition in 2010 and 2011 from Inside Counsel for its innovative practices. The Hartford is widely recognized for its sustainability efforts. The company ranked No. 14 overall on Newsweek’s 2012 Green Rankings of U.S. Companies and No. 1 in the Financials category, and was named a 2012/2013 member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America.
The Hartford has been repeatedly recognized for the quality of its ethics and compliance programs and was honored by Corporate Secretary for the Best Proxy Statement (2012).
Kreczko earned his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and is a Connecticut authorized house counsel. Kreczko has authored several publications including an article on humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. He serves on the board of directors for Connecticut Red Cross Blood Services, the Mark Twain House and Museum and the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.
About The Hartford
With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at www.thehartford.com.
Bill Henderson is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s New York office. Bill’s practice is focused on business investigations, forensic accounting and corporate fraud prevention and compliance risk management.
Bill is a CPA, attorney and former federal prosecutor with 20 years of experience investigating complex financial matters and providing critical information and solutions to clients. He has conducted investigations both in the U.S. and overseas involving bribery and foreign corrupt practices, earnings management, money laundering, securities fraud, employee fraud and dishonesty and commercial disputes. Bill has extensive experience in fraud prevention and the design of organizational compliance and business ethics programs.
Bill is one of the leaders of Ernst & Young’s FCPA practice group. He has worked on engagements and conducted FCPA-related investigations for clients concerning activities in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. In the past two years, Bill has been engaged by a defense contractor, two energy companies, an electronics manufacturer, two insurance companies, and two manufacturing companies on FCPA-related matters. Such matters involved FCPA investigations, FCPA risk assessments, FCPA compliance program advisory services, developing and delivering FCPA training and developing and delivering FCPA internal auditing services.
Bill worked 3 years in the mid 1990s as the Global Business Practices Counsel at the Colgate-Palmolive Company. At Colgate, Bill conducted and managed internal investigations in the US, Europe, South America and Africa. He played a major role in developing Colgate’s corporate compliance program, including the drafting of company compliance standards and establishing procedures for conducting investigations and compliance reporting.
From 1989 to 1994, Bill served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Fraud Section in Washington, DC. Bill investigated and prosecuted white-collar criminal cases involving HUD fraud, bank fraud, public corruption, federal election fraud, defense procurement fraud and money laundering. He also served as special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, where he tried numerous cases involving local street crimes.
Bill was a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Cacheris, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and Bachelor of Science degree
with a Major in Accounting from Fairfield University.
Bill is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State. He is also a member of the New York, New Jersey and District of Columbia Bars.
Constance E. Bagley is Professor in the Practice of Law and Management at Yale University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Yale Law School. Her work focuses on law and strategy and how managers, entrepreneurs, and lawyers can use the law and legal tools to create realizable value and to manage the firm more effectively. She is a skilled public speaker and facilitator, and her clients include MassMutual Financial, PepsiCo, Microsoft, CVS Caremark, and Colson Associates.
Professor Bagley received the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Yale School of Management in 2009 and again in 2013. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Senior Lecturer in Law and Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2000, she was a corporate securities partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen where she represented a variety of public companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and start-ups. She was also a member of the faculty of the Young Presidents’ Organization International University for Presidents in Hong Kong and Prague.
She is the author of Managers and the Legal Environment: Strategies for the 21st Century (7th ed. 2012) and Winning Legally: How Managers Can Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk (2005) and the coauthor (with Craig E. Dauchy) of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law (4th ed. 2011). Her articles include “Pharmaceutical Public-Private Partnerships: Moving from the Bench to the Bedside,” published in the Harvard Business Law Review, and “Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness,” published in the Academy of Management Review. She is the Business School Editor of the Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) web channel on entrepreneurship.org.
Professor Bagley served as president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and she received the Academy’s Senior Faculty Award of Excellence in 2006. She served on the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from 2005 – 2008.
She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Harvard Law School where she was invited to join the Harvard Law Review. She received her A.B., with Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. In recognition of her pioneering work on the intersection of law and management, she received an honorary doctorate in economics from Lund University in 2011.
DAVID F. GRAHAM
DAVID F. GRAHAM is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He also serves as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation practice, including representing defendants in the landmark Supreme Court decision in Tellabs, inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd. (2007).
Mr. Graham’s practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis on the defense of securities fraud, antitrust and consumer class actions. He also frequently advises boards of directors on fiduciary and other issues, and represents companies and directors in M&A litigation, shareholder derivative actions and special committee investigations. Mr. Graham has tried numerous matters in a wide variety of settings throughout the nation, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He has also argued dozens of appellate cases.
Mr. Graham is ranked by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and numerous other publications, and has previously been named to BTI Consulting’s “Client Service All-Star” team.
Dr. Jerry Webman is Chief Economist at OppenheimerFunds, Inc. (OFI) and related companies. In this capacity, Dr. Webman provides strategic viewpoints on the overall financial and economic markets to investment management and the financial advisor and investor communities. Previously, he served as Director of Fixed Income, where he oversaw portfolio managers, analysts and traders managing fixed income assets.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Webman has been involved in the investment and economic markets as a researcher, a financial advisor for state and local governments and a portfolio manager. Prior to joining OFI in 1996, Dr. Webman was Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Prudential Mutual Funds, where he had been since 1986. Before Prudential, he specialized in municipal housing finance with a public finance advisory firm. Dr. Webman began his municipal finance career at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in the municipal research department. Previously, he was an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University.
Dr. Webman is the author of MoneyShift: How to Prosper from What You Can't Control, which is available everywhere books are sold, and is frequently quoted discussing his views on the economy and markets in leading media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post and CNBC.
Dr. Webman holds a B.A. in Political Science, with honors, from the University of Chicago, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Additionally, he is a CFA charterholder.
Lon Povich is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. In his current role, Lon is responsible for management of the legal team and for all legal issues arising from the operations of a retailer with $12 billion in sales and over 200 locations.
Lon graduated from Dartmouth College and from Harvard Law School. Following law school, Lon clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine. Lon first practiced as a litigation associate at the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter.
After five years at Goodwin Procter, Lon was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit. From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lon went on to serve as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor William Weld.
In 1996, Lon began his career in-house, as General Counsel of The Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy consulting firm. In early 2007, Lon moved to BJ’s.
Lon has also been active in the local community. From 1996 to 2004, he was a director of MassHousing (Massachusetts’ low income housing finance agency); from 2005 until 2010 he served on the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission; and he was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court Business Litigation Session Advisory Committee in 2011. Lon also sits on the boards of directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank (where he serves as Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair) and of Greater Boston Legal Services, and is an elected member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association.
Mark D. Nielsen is an attorney who has worked in the public and private sectors.
In the 1990s, Nielsen worked as a lawyer at the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter & Pinney, while simultaneously serving in the Connecticut Legislature. Later, he served as Mitt Romney's legal counsel, and then chief of staff, when Romney was Governor of Massachusetts (2003–2007). Nielsen served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Raytheon Company from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Praxair, Inc. from 2009 to 2014.
Nielsen's current position is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), at the company's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Frontier is the fourth largest ILEC telephone company in the United States. It provides wireline voice, data and video services to 3.2 million residential customers and 0.3 million business customers. Nielsen helped negotiate Frontier's $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida, a transaction that was announced on February 5, 2015.
Nielsen was an advisor to Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In both campaigns, he served on Romney’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts.
Nielsen has argued appeals in the supreme courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and is frequently quoted on the topics of corporate governance and compliance.
Nielsen is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He resides in Ridgefield, CT and New York City with his wife and two children.
Mark Roellig has been the Executive Vice President of various administrative teams, reporting to the CEO at four major companies. Most recently, Mark was the Chief Technology and Administrative Officer at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“MassMutual”), a mutual life insurance company headquartered in Springfield, MA and run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company is number 77 in Fortune’s ranking of America’s largest corporations, and has more than $725 billion in total assets under management.
Mark was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and accountable for leading the organizations responsible for the technological and physical infrastructure that supported MassMutual’s ongoing business and enterprise goals. This included the management and oversight of information technology systems and architecture, cyber and information security, and advancing the role technology plays as a strategic driver of MassMutual’s success, as well as the corporate administration, aviation, and real estate and facilities functions.
From 2005 through January 2017, Mark served as MassMutual’s General Counsel and was also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, and government relations organizations.
Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, Mark served as general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sale/merger: Fisher Scientific International Inc. in Hampton, NH, Storage Technology Corporation (“StorageTek”) in Louisville, CO and U S WEST Inc. in Denver, CO. In these roles Mark was also accountable for corporate strategy and other administrative services. For example, at US WEST he was also responsible for all the company’s human resources, compliance, public policy, state public relations aviation, and claims functions.
Prior to entering the in-house legal environment, Mark commenced his legal career as a litigator at the law firm of Reed McClure in Seattle, Washington.
Mark has taught, mentored and written extensively on topics relating to leadership and the value of diversity and inclusion. He has been a member of the board of several organizations focusing on advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, his law degree
from George Washington University and earned his MBA from the University of Washington.
Peter J. Beshar serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Marsh & McLennan Companies. MMC, which has 60,000 employees worldwide and a market capitalization over $35 billion, operates through four leading brands: Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman. Mr. Beshar supervises the Company’s Legal, Compliance, Government Relations and Risk Management Departments.
Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan in 2004, Mr. Beshar was a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group. Mr. Beshar joined Gibson Dunn in 1995 after serving as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the New York State Attorney General’s Task Force on Illegal Firearms. In 1992 and 1993, Mr. Beshar served as the Special Assistant to the Honorable Cyrus Vance in connection with the United Nations' peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Beshar is the recipient of the Business Leadership Award from the Citizens Union of New York, the Burton Award for Leadership in the Law, and the Law and Society Award from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. In 2015, Mr. Beshar was appointed by President Obama as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington and by Governor Cuomo as a director of the Empire State Development Corporation. Mr. Beshar serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Veterans’ Committee of John Jay College for Criminal Justice and is a board member of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. Mr. Beshar was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for the City of New York. Mr. Beshar has testified multiple times before Congress on topics ranging from cybersecurity to terrorism.
Mr. Beshar graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Primary Areas of Practice: Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Complex Commercial Transactions, SEC Compliance and Reporting, Public and Private Financings, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions
Law School: University of Denver, College of Law
Professional Memberships: Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association
Ms. Woods is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of National CineMedia, LLC, which operates the largest digital in-theatre media network in North America. Prior to joining NCM, she was Associate General Counsel with Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. She has been working as in-house counsel for over 13 years for a variety of technology companies from start-up companies to large public entities, such as Sun Microsystems. She began her legal career clerking for the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and worked for 5 years with a large regional law firm, Holme Roberts & Owen before transitioning in-house.
Primary Areas of Practice: mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets
Law School/Graduate School:
1992-2002 Thelen LLP (fka Thelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges LLP and Thelen Reid & Priest LLP)
2002-2011 Hogan Lovells LLP (fka Hogan & Hartson LLP)
2011 to present Jenner & Block LLP
Carissa Coze represents public and privately held companies in a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, with a focus on technology, manufacturing and media companies. She has substantial experience working with cable television networks, digital media, semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers and the technologies developed in those industries. She advised her clients on four of the five new deals identified by Forbes in 2012 as “Major League Baseball’s Biggest Cable Deals.”
Legal (Chief Legal Officer); Risk Management; Compliance; Government Affairs; Firmwide Security; Management Committee member; Counsel to the Board of Directors (2005 – Present)
Harvard University, B.A. (1973)
University of Virginia Law School, J.D. (1980)
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Taxation) (1987)
Honorable Thomas R. Brett
U.S. District Court (N.D. Okla.) (1980-1981)
United States District Judge (1995-2005)
Northern District of Oklahoma
Chief Judge (2003-2005)
General Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1987-1989)
Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition (Iran-Contra Investigation) (1987)
Administrative Assistant, Oklahoma Governor David L. Boren (1975-1977)
Private Practice: Partner, Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C. (1985-87; 1989-95)
Academic: Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Tulsa College of Law (1999-2005)
Other: Baltimore Orioles, Club Counsel (1989); Vice President (1989-93)
Committee on Budget, Judicial Conference of the United States (2001-2005); Vice Chair (2004-2005)
Tenth Circuit Judicial Council (2001-2003)
Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Chairman, Governance Committee; Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee) (2011 – Present)
Board of Trustees, Ford’s Theatre (2006 – Present)
Board of Directors, Equal Justice Works (2006 – Present)
ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege, Member, 2006-2010
ACC Blue Ribbon Panel on Improving the Working Relationship between Lawyers and Auditors Serving the Corporate Client
Ethisphere, 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (2009)
Accounting Today, Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting (2007)
Bar Memberships: District of Columbia; Oklahoma; New York
Ricardo A. Anzaldua is executive vice president and general counsel of MetLife, Inc. He was appointed to this position in December 2012. Anzaldua leads the company’s global legal operations, and oversees MetLife's corporate secretary's office and corporate ethics and compliance group.
Anzaldua joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was senior vice president and associate general counsel. There, he led legal support for the two largest operating divisions (commercial and consumer markets) after a three-year tenure leading the legal teams supporting the corporate secretarial, securities, corporate governance, tax, mergers & acquisitions, technology, bankruptcy and real estate functions.
Prior to joining The Hartford, Anzaldua was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990.
Before law school, Anzaldua was the publications director and senior editor of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a University of California think tank focusing on research relating to Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations, as well as Latin America more generally.
Since 2015, Anzaldua has been a member of the board of directors for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and LatinoJustice. He also became a member of the board of directors for Breaking Ground, a New York City supportive housing developer and manager, in 2014. Since 2007, Anzaldua has also been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and currently serves as its president. He is also a trustee and pro-bono general counsel of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world.
Sabine Chalmers is the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors at AB InBev. Ms. Chalmers is a US citizen of German and Indian origin and holds an LL.B. from the London School of Economics. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and is a member of the New York State Bar. Ms. Chalmers joined AB InBev in January 2005 after over 12 years with Diageo plc where she held a number of senior legal positions in various geographies across Europe, the Americas and Asia including as General Counsel of the Latin American and North American businesses. Prior to Diageo, she was an associate at the law firm of Lovells in London, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Chalmers is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo. She also serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and Legal Momentum, the United States’ oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls.
Sarah Hlavinka McConnell serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ABM. She assumed her position in May 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel commencing in September 2007.
Prior to joining ABM, Ms. McConnell served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary for Fisher Scientific International. She was Acting General Counsel for Fisher’s $10 billion merger with Thermo Electron Corporation in 2006.
Ms. McConnell’s extensive experience as a senior corporate counsel also includes serving as General Counsel for Benchmark Electronics; Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Hewlett Packard Company; and Senior Counsel at Cooper Industries. Ms. McConnell began her legal career as an Associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Ms. McConnell received her law degree from the University of Texas Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Development Council.
Ms. McConnell and her husband, Mark, reside in New York. Her interests include sports and physical fitness, reading and travel.
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.
Tom McGimpsey joined Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. in April 2009 as vice president and general counsel and was promoted to executive vice president of corporate development and general counsel in August 2011. From February 2008 to April 2009, Mr. McGimpsey held the position of vice president of operations for First Data Corporation. During 2007, Mr. McGimpsey was a consultant & legal advisor to various companies. From July 2000 to its sale in January 2007, Mr. McGimpsey held the position of executive vice president of business development & chief legal officer for McDATA Corporation. From February 1998 to its sale in June 2000, Mr. McGimpsey held the position of director and senior corporate attorney at US WEST, Inc. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. McGimpsey was in private practice at national law firms. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. McGimpsey was a senior engineer for Software Technology, Inc.
Mr. McGimpsey received his MBA from Colorado State University (with honors), his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado, and his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (with a minor in electrical systems) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Bruce Yannett is Deputy Presiding Partner of the firm and Chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice Group. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading, and money laundering. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals outside the United States in responding to inquiries and investigations.
Chambers Global 2019 recognizes Mr. Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for FCPA matters, and Chambers USA 2018 recognizes Mr. Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for both white collar criminal defense and FCPA matters. Clients praise his work as “excellent” and describe him as a “very strong communicator and litigator” and a “leading light in the field,” noting that “he has real gravitas about him,” giving him the “immediate respect of everybody in the room.” In a similar vein, The Legal 500 US calls him a “superstar,” Lawdragon recognizes him as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation names him a “Litigation Star.” Further, in selecting Debevoise as “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2014, The American Lawyer stated that Mr. Yannett’s work on the groundbreaking Siemens FCPA internal investigation, which spanned 34 countries, and settlement with U.S. and German authorities, “cemented his credibility with regulators” on subsequent matters.
He is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Yannett is on the Board of Advisors for the New York University Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement.
Early in his career, Mr. Yannett served in the Office of Independent Counsel: Iran/Contra and as an assistant United States attorney.
Patrice Ettinger is the Chief Privacy Officer at Pfizer, one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies with a global reach in over 125 countries. In this role, Patrice leads Pfizer’s privacy program with responsibility for privacy and data protection strategy worldwide. Before joining Pfizer, Patrice was Chief Privacy Officer at Avon Products Inc., where she created Avon’s first global privacy program. Prior to her role at Avon, Patrice held positions of increasing responsibility at Dow Jones & Company, including as Assistant General Counsel in charge of the company’s intellectual property and privacy matters.
Patrice serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In addition, Patrice is Chairperson of the International Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Privacy Consortium, an organization focused on privacy best practices for the pharmaceutical industry and public policy for privacy and healthcare.
Daniel E. Chudd advises clients on a variety of government contracts issues with a focus on litigation matters, including bid protests, qui tam actions, contract claims and disputes, and civil and criminal investigations. He has represented clients in matters in multiple federal district courts, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Government Accountability Office. Mr. Chudd also advises clients on issues related to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, Truth in Negotiations Act, and Procurement Integrity Act.
Dean Phil Weiser is the Dean of the Law School, Thomson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. Dean Weiser re-joined the Colorado faculty in June, 2011. From April 2010-June 2011, he served as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director at the White House. From July 2009-April 2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
Since first joining the CU faculty in 1999, Dean Weiser has worked to establish a national center of excellence in telecommunications and technology law, founding the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship as well as writing and teaching in the areas of competition policy, innovation policy, and Internet policy. Over the last ten years, Weiser has co-authored three books (The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation (Oxford University Press 2010), Telecommunications Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press 2006), and Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (MIT Press 2005)), written numerous articles (in both law journals and publications such as the Washington Post and Foreign Affairs), and testified before both houses of Congress. He also remained engaged in public service, arguing a number of pro bono cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, co-chairing the Colorado Innovation Council, and serving as the lead agency reviewer for the Federal Trade Commission as part of the 2008 Presidential Transition.
Prior to joining the Colorado Law faculty, Dean Weiser served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice, advising him primarily on telecommunications matters. Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Weiser graduated with high honors from both the New York University School of Law and Swarthmore College.
Lisa A. Rickard has served as president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) since March 2003, providing strategic leadership to ILR’s comprehensive program aimed at changing the legal culture that has resulted in our nation’s litigation explosion. ILR’s multifaceted campaign takes the fight for legal reform to legislators, the courts, and the public by engaging in legislative advocacy, strategic communications, and voter education. Conducting seminal research to strengthen the case for reform and building strategic alliances are also cornerstones of ILR’s mission to restore fairness to our nation’s civil justice system.
Rickard has led comprehensive legal reform campaigns at the state level, particularly in notorious trial bar strongholds. She has also directed numerous voter education initiatives, resulting in fairer and more balanced legal climates in those states. At the federal level, Rickard played a role in passage of the Class Action Fairness Act, the culmination of
a five-year effort. In the international arena, Rickard is leading the Coalition to Curb Global Forum Shopping, which seeks to stop the importation of foreign lawsuits to U.S. courts and stem the export of U.S.-style litigation features to other countries.
Since March 2010, Rickard has also served as executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber, where she leads several key strategic initiatives and manages multiple responsibilities and cross-divisional U.S. Chamber teams. In addition, she leads the Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative, a multimillion-dollar grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions.
Rickard has spent more than 25 years as a public policy advocate, most recently as vice president, federal and state government affairs, for The Dow Chemical Company. Previously, she was senior vice president, federal and state government relations, for Ryder System, Inc.
Rickard was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld where she represented corporate and public sector interests before Congress, the White House, and regulatory agencies. She also has worked in the offices of former Sens. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Richard Stone (D-FL).
She currently serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Research and Education Institute and is a member of the Business Government Relations Council, the Carlton Club, and the International Women's Forum. In March 2011, Rickard was named as one of the nation’s Most Influential Lawyers—one of only four in the Government Affairs practice area—by the editors of The National Law Journal, who had previously declared her among Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in June 2010.
Rickard graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and received her juris doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C., where she was executive editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Rickard resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Scott. They have two sons, Jack and Justin.
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.