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Bridge-the-Gap: Professional Practice for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2018

Speaker(s): Allan S. Bloom, David Bender, Ellen M. Murphy, Gordon Eng, Jill Choate Beier, Kathleen E. McCarthy
Recorded on: Aug. 3, 2018
PLI Program #: 218977

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 has taught Privacy Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and also at Pace University Law School, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.  He has had extensive Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Information Technology counseling, litigation, and transactional experience.  He was a founder of the Intellectual Property practice at White & Case.  He was later a co-founder of the firm’s Privacy practice, which he headed at the time of his retirement from the firm.
           Mr. Bender served in-house at AT&T for ten years, during the latter half of which he was responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company.  Before that, he spent five years engaged in antitrust litigation.  And before turning to the law, he served as an engineer with the Ford Motor Company’s aerospace division, and as a mathematician with Hughes Aircraft.



  • Bender on Privacy and Data Protection (LexisNexis Release #11 2017);
  • Computer Law published in 1978 and presently in Release #73 (LexisNexis, 6 loose-leaf volumes); and over 100 articles in law reviews and conference proceedings.


Bar Admissions:  New York; US Patent and Trademark Office


Education: Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University

                  LL.B., University of Pennsylvania

                  LL.M. in Patent Law, The George Washington University

                   S.J.D., The George Washington University



International Association of Privacy Professionals

International Technology Law Association (President, 1999-2000)

Association of the Bar of the City of New York  


Super Lawyers:

New York City Metro Super Lawyer in Information Technology (2006 -- 2011).

One of the 25 best lawyers in the Westchester Co., NY Area (2009 - 2011)

Jill Choate Beier is the founder of the firm, Beier & Associates, PLLC with its primary location in Lake Placid, New York.  Her practice includes a broad range of matters in the personal planning area, including estate and tax planning for individuals and families; small business succession planning, estate and trust administration; all aspects of Surrogate's Court practice, including probate proceedings, will contests and guardianships, and planning for charitable giving and philanthropy. 

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Beier practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York City.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Beier worked for several years in the financial services sector and held senior management positions in accounting and regulatory reporting at large financial institutions such as JP Morgan and Credit Suisse.

Ms. Beier is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served in many positions of leadership such as Chair of the Estate and Trust Administration Committee and Vice-Chair of the Surrogate’s Court Committee.  Currently, she is the Treasurer for the Section’s Executive Committee.

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Beier is active in the local community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Council and serving as President of the Board of Trustees for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Ms. Beier earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of North Texas, an MBA with an Accounting concentration from Fordham Graduate School of Business, a J.D., summa cum laude, from Touro Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Katie McCarthy is a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding’s IP practice group with more than 30 years of experience in trademark, design, internet, advertising and copyright matters.  Katie graduated from Columbia University School of Law and secured her bachelor’s in psychology from The College of the Holy Cross.

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

Katie is actively involved with the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), having just finished several years on the Board and a term as President. 

Katie also 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.  Her article on trademark parodies, “Free Ride or Free Speech: Predicting Results and providing Advice for Trademark Disputes involving Parody,” was published in The Trademark Reporter in 2019 and won INTA’s 2020 Ladas Memorial Award in the Professional Category.

Katie speaks frequently for the NYIPLA, INTA and PLI, and serves as the new editor for the PLI one volume treatise, Kane on Trademark Law.  Katie also actively promotes diversity in the profession through her involvement in King & Spalding’s Women in IP and Technology initiatives and her mentorship of young lawyers and law students through various programs including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Katie lives in Astoria, New York with her husband and two sons.

Ellen Murphy represents individuals and organizations in a variety of civil, criminal and regulatory investigations and matters.

Her practice focuses on white-collar defense and complex civil litigation. Her cases have involved allegations of public corruption, securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, as well as securities class actions and complex commercial litigations.

Ellen has significant experience litigating almost every aspect of civil and criminal cases and also has extensive experience handling mediations and all aspects of arbitrations. Ellen has represented both companies conducting internal investigations and individuals in connection with those investigations.  She has represented both individuals and corporations under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the District Attorney’s Office, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and FINRA.

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.