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Bridge-the-Gap: Professional Practice for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2016


Speaker(s): Adam E. Fleisher, Allan S. Bloom, David Bender, Gordon Eng, Helen V. Cantwell, Kathleen E. McCarthy
Recorded on: Aug. 5, 2016
PLI Program #: 172036

Adam Fleisher’s practice focuses on a wide range of global and U.S. corporate transactions.

Adam is a leading capital markets advisor. He has advised on many capital markets offerings, from IPOs to convertible bonds to rights offerings, acting for both issuers and underwriters, as well as advising clients with ongoing reporting obligations and governance considerations.

Adam also has extensive experience as a corporate advisor to alternative asset managers, especially in the areas of governance, succession planning, and the structuring and sale of GP stakes, as well as regulatory compliance, particularly beneficial ownership reporting and insider trading considerations.

In addition, Adam frequently represents buy-side investors, such as hedge funds and sovereign investors, in pre-IPO investments, PIPEs, and similar transactions.

Adam especially enjoys working on novel and complex matters, and frequently works on transactions at the intersection of the above areas, including transactions involving business development companies (BDCs), restructurings/bankruptcies, and use of the public markets by funds.

Adam has numerous publications and speeches to his credit. He teaches a highly regarded advanced capital markets seminar at Yale Law School. Adam also serves as the Vice Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s International Securities Matters Subcommittee and is a longstanding member of the Practical Law Company U.S. Advisory Board.

Adam has spent his entire legal career at Cleary Gottlieb. Adam joined the firm’s New York office in 2000 and became a partner in 2008. He was resident in the firm’s London office from 2001 to 2005.


Allan Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages, employment discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful discharge, both at the trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitration. He has secured complete defense verdicts for clients in front of juries, as well as injunctions to protect clients’ confidential information and assets.

As the leader of Proskauer’s Wage and Hour Practice Group, Allan has been a strategic partner to a number of Fortune 500 companies to help them avoid, minimize and manage exposure to wage and hour-related risk. Allan’s views on wage and hour issues have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg and Fortune, among other leading publications. His class-action defense work for clients has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.

Allan is regularly called on to advise boards of directors and senior leadership on highly sensitive matters including executive transitions, internal investigations and strategic workforce planning. He also has particular expertise in the financial services industry, where he has litigated and arbitrated cases, including at FINRA and its predecessors, for 25 years.

A prolific author and speaker, Allan was the Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Journal from 2012 to 2017. He is a member of the NYSBA's House of Delegates, sits on the Executive Committee of the NYSBA's Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Allan has been recognized in Chambers USA since 2011 and in Best Lawyers in America since 2010.  He is a past recipient of a Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York, for providing outstanding pro bono legal services.


David Bender is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and at Pace University Law School, where he teaches Privacy Law, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.  He is also Special Counsel, Data Privacy, at GTC Law Group.  He is the author of Bender on Privacy and of Computer Law, both published by LexisNexis.  He was a co-founder and head of the Privacy practice at White & Case LLP, and also founded White & Case’s Intellectual Property practice.  He formerly headed the IP Litigation Department at AT&T, where he was responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company.  He has delivered over 300 presentations on Privacy and IP issues across the United States and in 19 other countries, and is a past president of the International Technology Law Association.

Before turning to the law, he served as an engineer with the aerospace division of the Ford Motor Company, and as a mathematician with Hughes Aircraft Company.


Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations for a wide variety of corporations and financial institutions. In addition to advising clients on their responses to state and federal investigations, she also advises these clients on their compliance obligations.

Ms. Cantwell also has deep experience in conducting sensitive investigations involving allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, dating back to her service as a prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s Sex Crimes Unit.

Chambers USA (2019) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. According to clients, “her judgment is just impeccable and she has a mind like a steel trap.” She is described as “incredibly bright and sharp” by fellow practitioners, who praise her ability to “get up to speed lightning fast.” She receives further praise from clients who commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

After the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.


Katie McCarthy is a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding’s IP practice group with 31 years of experience in trademark, design, internet, advertising and copyright matters. 

Katie advises clients on global IP issues and litigates IP cases in the federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Katie is active on the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and is currently President-Elect of that organization, slated to take over as President in May. 

Katie recently finished a two-year term as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Trademark Association’s scholarly journal The Trademark Reporter, having written, solicited and edited articles for the journal for more than 20 years. 

Katie speaks frequently for the NYIPLA, INTA and PLI, and serves as one of the editors for the PLI book, Kane on Trademark Law.  Katie also actively promotes diversity in the profession through her involvement in King & Spalding’s Women in IP initiatives.

Katie lives in Astoria, New York where she, her husband and two sons can be found frequently hosting assorted siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Gordon Eng is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SKY Harbor Capital Management, LLC., an independent SEC-registered investment adviser with approximately $5.7 billion in assets under management in separately managed account mandates, and in private and public collective investment structures established under US or European securities laws. The firm focuses on US corporate broad high yield and short duration high yield strategies for institutional investors and global wealth advisors. Mr. Eng is also a member of the Board of Directors of SKY Harbor Global Funds, an open end European investment fund established under the laws of Luxembourg and registered for public distribution in a number of jurisdictions throughout Europe.

Before joining SKY Harbor Capital Management at its founding in August 2011, Mr. Eng was a litigator associated with the law firms of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP where his practice focused on matters in white collar, internal investigations, and litigation of complex financial instrument concerning derivatives, subprime structured finance products, and breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).

Before embarking on a legal career, Mr. Eng began his career in commercial banking first as an international loan officer and then as a foreign currency trader, market-maker, and proprietary trader with a number of money center banks based in New York and Tokyo.

A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Eng received his J.D., magna cum laude, and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif. He received his M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business with Distinction and is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Economics.

Mr. Eng is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. His professional affiliations include the New York State Bar Association (a member of the House of Delegates for the 2018-2019 term and a member of the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct), the New York County Lawyers’ Association (a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee) as well as memberships in the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

As a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute (PLI), he has presented at a number of PLI Continuing Legal Education programs for newly admitted attorneys on the topics of financial reform, and attorney conduct.