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Women Lawyers in Leadership 2018


Speaker(s): Danielle R. Foley, Elaine H. Mandelbaum, Heidi M. Silton, Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.J. Ret.), Jacquelyn Kasulis, Janine L. Pollack, Jayne A. Goldstein, Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Joan E. McKown, Kenneth L. Andrichik, Lara Shalov Mehraban, Laura A. Kaster, Michele Coleman Mayes, Paula T. Edgar, Sharon Robertson, Tara L. Reinhart, Theodore K. Cheng, Wendy R. Fleishman
Recorded on: Jan. 26, 2018
PLI Program #: 220459

Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master. She also conducts neutral evaluations, mock trials and arguments as well as internal investigations and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice.  Since leaving the bench in May of 2016 she has conducted many mediations and arbitrations and has handled a number of mock trials and arguments.  She is also a member of Stroock’s Internal Investigations Unit, formed to help companies and organizations respond to suspected sexual misconduct.

Judge Scheindlin, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, has presided over numerous criminal and civil cases during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Among many important cases, her opinions in electronic case management are recognized as case law landmarks, and she is the co-author of the first casebook on electronic discovery. Judge Scheindlin previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation. Earlier in her career she spent many years in private practice, including a stint as a litigation associate at Stroock.

Judge Scheindlin is a frequently published author and lecturer.  She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Law School and has also held that position at Cardozo and Brooklyn Law Schools.  She is a member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and the CPR Panel, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force.  She is also a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). She is the Chair of the Federal Courts Subcommittee of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, the former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Co-Chair of the Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives.  She is or has been a member of various committees of the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the Federal Bar Council and the New York Inn of Court.  She also served for seven years on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  She now serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Constitution Society, the Bronx Defenders and the Justice Resource Center.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • David G. Trager Award, Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, 2016
  • Stanley Fuld Award for Contributions to Commercial Litigation, New York State Bar Association, 2014
  • Jurist of the Year, New York Criminal Bar Association, 2014
  • Judicial Recognition Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • William Nelson Cromwell Award for Outstanding Public Service, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2007
  • Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2005
  • William J. Brennan Award, New York State Bar Association, 2003

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chair, Federal Courts Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, American Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Council, Cornell Law School
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Council on Judicial Administration, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Board of Directors, Justice Resource Center (Mentor)
  • President's Council, Good Shepherd Services
  • Judicial Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference
  • Board of Directors (Executive Committee), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Board of Directors, American Constitution Society
  • Board of Directors, Bronx Defenders

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Judge Scheindlin is a frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations and professional associations.  Below is a select list of some presentations.  She speaks on many topics including:  complex civil litigation, class actions, discovery of electronic data, ADR, women in the law, the Sentencing Guidelines, impact litigation, race and policing and the War on Terrorism.
 
  • American Bar Association
  • Columbia University Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Fordham Law School
  • Georgetown Law School
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford Law School
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Yale Law School

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell," West Academic Publishing, 2009; Second Edition, 2016
  • Co-author, "Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence, Cases and Materials," American Casebook Series, West Academic Publishing, 2008; Second Edition, 2012; Third Edition, 2016
  • "Random Thoughts of a Federal District Judge, Fourth Annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference: The New Landscape of Securities Fraud Class Actions," Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Spring 2015, Vol. 46, No. 3
  • "Big Data and Privacy:  Finding the Balance," New York Law Journal, February 10, 2014
  • Co-author, "Criminal Law Catches Up:  New ESI Guidelines Issued," New York Law Journal, February 29, 2012
  • "The Future of Litigation," New York Law Journal, February 5, 2010
  • Co-author, "Sanctions in Electronic Discovery Cases: Views from the Judges," 78 Fordham L. Rev. (2009)

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York

U.S. Supreme Court


EDUCATION

J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1975

M.A., Columbia University, 1969

B.A., University of Michigan, 1967


Joan E. McKown has over 30 years of experience in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and financial regulatory matters including investigations, exams, internal investigations, and disputes throughout the United States.  She has in-depth knowledge of investigatory issues relating to financial fraud, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, accounting, compliance, private equity, FCPA, broker dealer, investment adviser, investment companies, and insider trading.  Joan represents corporations, financial services firms, and their officers, directors, and employees, counseling them to avoid regulatory scrutiny, and when necessary, resolving matters on the best terms possible.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2010, Joan was the longest serving chief counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, where she played a key role in establishing enforcement policies and worked closely with the Commission and senior SEC staff.  Joan literally wrote the book on SEC enforcement when she oversaw the creation of the first version of the SEC Enforcement Manual.  As chief counsel, she led hundreds of Wells meetings and settlement negotiations.  At Jones Day, Joan has extensive experience submitting persuasive Wells submissions, having reviewed thousands of such submissions while on the SEC staff.

Joan is on the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She frequently speaks and writes on SEC enforcement related topics.


Theo Cheng is an independent, full-time arbitrator and mediator, focusing on commercial, intellectual property (IP), technology, entertainment, and labor/employment disputes. He has conducted over 500 arbitrations and mediations and has been appointed to the rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the CPR Institute, Resolute Systems, and the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. He serves on the AAA’s Council and the Board of the New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolute Section. He is also the President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR, the Chair-Elect of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section, and the Secretary of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. The National Law Journal named him a 2017 ADR Champion, and he was recently inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Mr. Cheng has over 20 years of experience as an IP and general commercial litigator with a focus on trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. He has handled a broad array of business disputes and counseled high net-worth individuals and small to middle-market business entities in industries as varied as high-tech, telecommunications, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, food and hospitality, retail, and financial services. In 2007, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association named him one of the Best Lawyers Under 40.

Mr. Cheng received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Board. He was a senior litigator at several prominent national law firms, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP, and Loeb & Loeb LLP. He was also a marketing consultant in the brokerage operations of MetLife Insurance Company, where he held Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations and a Series 7 General Securities Representative registration. Mr. Cheng began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cheng frequently writes and speaks on ADR and intellectual property issues. He has a regular column called Resolution Alley in the NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, which addresses the use of ADR in those industries.

 


Jacquelyn joined the United States Attorney’s Office in January 2008, and was appointed to the Business and Securities Fraud Section in March 2013.  In September 2014, Jacquelyn was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section, and in November 2015, she became the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.  She was appointed Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in April 2017.  She has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including market manipulation, fraud involving publicly-traded companies, investment adviser fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bank Secrecy Act.

During her time in the Office, Jacquelyn has worked on significant white collar cases.  For example, Jacquelyn was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Martin Shkreli, in which Martin Shkreli was convicted in August 2017 of multiple counts of securities fraud relating to two separate hedge funds that he managed, and securities fraud conspiracy in relation to his attempt to control the price and trading volume of the shares of a publicly-traded company.  Jacquelyn led the investigation and prosecution in United States v. Bandfield, et al., in which nine defendants and six Belize-based corporations, including three brokerage firms, were charged for their involvement in an elaborate offshore securities fraud, money laundering and tax evasion scheme.  As part of that scheme, the defendants laundered approximately $250 million for their corrupt clients, who included more than 100 U.S. citizens and residents.  Additionally, Jacquelyn lead the investigation and prosecution of nine corrupt brokers and promoters who were involved in a $131 million stock manipulation scheme related to ForceField Energy Inc., a publicly-traded company whose common stock was listed on the NASDAQ.  Jacquelyn also supervised Eastern District of New York prosecutors in United States v. Odebrecht and United States v. Braskem, collectively one of the largest foreign bribery cases in history.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Jacquelyn was an associate in the Litigation Department of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York.  She graduated with honors from Columbia Law School in 2003.


Lara Shalov Mehraban is an Associate Director for Enforcement in the New York Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  She joined the SEC in 2007 and has served as an Assistant Regional Director, a member of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit, and a senior counsel.  Before joining the SEC, she was a litigation associate at for seven years, first at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and then at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C.  Prior to her law firm practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Duke University.


Elaine Mandelbaum is Managing Director and General Counsel of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG).  Her group is responsible for all litigation, arbitrations, internal investigations and regulatory and law enforcement investigations and enforcement proceedings for Citigroup’s institutional businesses, including corporate and investment banking, sales and trading, capital markets origination, securities services, trade and treasury services and private banking.  Elaine also is a member of the Global ICG Legal Management Committee.

Prior to starting at Citigroup in 1997, Ms. Mandelbaum was a litigation attorney at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, and previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  She is Executive Vice President of the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society, and was Chair of SIFMA C&L’s 2015 Annual Seminar.  She was Vice Chair of the FINRA National Adjudicatory Council, the appellate body for decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings.  Elaine is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center and the National Council of Jewish Women, and was the recipient of the 2015 “Woman Who Dared” Award from the NCJW.

Elaine is a frequent speaker at PLI, SIFMA and other industry conferences on topics relating to complex securities litigation, corporate governance, internal and regulatory investigations and issues relating to women in the securities industry.  She is an honors graduate of Yale College and of Harvard Law School.


Danielle Foley is an experienced litigator who has represented companies and individuals in a broad spectrum of complex matters, including antitrust, false advertising, unfair competition (both FTC and private litigation), securities, patent infringement, rights of publicity and general business issues. Ms. Foley's practice encompasses all aspects of trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts, and before arbitration panels. Ms. Foley has also conducted internal investigations and provided antitrust counseling to clients.


Janine Pollack is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein and is a member of the Firm’s Consumer Protection practice. She specializes in complex class actions representing consumers against companies who sell defective products and utilize unfair and deceptive practices to sell their products. Ms. Pollack has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of consumers against numerous worldwide brands. 

Ms. Pollack joined Wolf Haldenstein in 2013. She practiced consumer fraud for over 15 years prior to joining the firm. 

Representations
• Co-Lead Counsel in unfair and deceptive practices complex class actions against Reebok Easy Tone, Sketchers Toning Shoes and Fit Flops recovering over $80 million for consumers. 
• Lead Counsel in numerous other class actions involving consumer fraud, including against the make of so-called barefoot running shoes, recovering over $3.75 million for consumers, and against the maker of children’s sippy cups, also achieving a substantial settlement for consumers. 
• Served as Lead Trial Counsel obtaining a jury trial verdict against R.J. Reynolds in a wrongful death tobacco case. The verdict withstood an appeal by R.J. Reynolds. 
• Lead Trial Counsel in a federal court case against a major mutual fund advisor. 

Affiliations

Professional
Ms. Pollack serves as an Officer to the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT) as Secretary. She also chairs the Women’s Initiative of NASCAT. IN this capacity she organizes events for the female attorney members, including spearheading philanthropic efforts for the benefit of noteworthy charities.

 
Ms. Pollack is also participating as a team leader in developing and drafting Standards and Best Practices for Increasing Diversity in Mass Tort and Class Action Leadership for the Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies. 

Ms. Pollack is a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York. She served as co-editor of the Committee’s recent publication, “Street Smarts for Women Lawyers”. 

Ms. Pollack has consistently been recognized by her peers and industry leaders which is reflected in her annual designation as a Super Laywer since 2012 and more notably was designated by Super Lawyers as one of the top women attorneys for 2017. She was also appointed to the Law360 Privacy and Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board for two years. 

Ms. Pollack frequently lectures on such topics as consumer fraud, time and stress management and other related topics. 

Ms. Pollack is fluent in French.


Jayne Arnold Goldstein joined Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah LLP in January 2017 in the Firm's Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office. She brings to SFMS her expertise in representing individuals, businesses, institutional investors and labor organizations in a variety of complex commercial litigation, including violations of federal and state antitrust and securities laws and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Ms. Goldstein was lead counsel in In re Sara Lee Securities Litigation, and has played a principal role in numerous other securities class actions that resulted in recoveries of over $100 million. She is currently serving as co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers in In re Actos Antitrust Litigation, as well as serving on the executive committee of four other pay for delay pharmaceutical antitrust cases. She is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation. Ms. Goldstein was co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers and served as a member of the trial team in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, the first reverse payment case to go to trial after the United States Supreme Court's decision in F.T.C. v. Actavis, Inc. In addition, Ms. Goldstein served on the discovery team in In re OSB Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) and was allocation counsel in McDonough v. Toys "R" Us, Inc. et al. (E.D. Pa). Ms. Goldstein has served as class counsel in a wide variety of consumer class litigation, including Gemelas v The Dannon Company, which resulted in the biggest settlement ever against a food company; Weiner v. Beiersdorf North America Inc. and Beiersdorf, Inc. (D. Conn.) (co-lead); Messick v. Applica Consumer Products, Inc. (S.D. Fla.) (co-lead); and Leiner v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) (co-lead).

Ms. Goldstein began her legal career, in 1986, with a wide-ranging general practice firm in Philadelphia. In 2000, she was a founding shareholder of Mager & White, P.C. and opened its Florida office, where she concentrated her practice on securities, consumer and antitrust litigation. In 2002, the firm became Mager White & Goldstein, LLP. In 2005, Ms. Goldstein was a founding partner of Mager & Goldstein LLP. Most recently, she was a partner at Pomerantz LLP.

Ms. Goldstein, a registered nurse, received her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science (highest honors) from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Ms. Goldstein is a member the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Ms. Goldstein is a contributor to a book published by the American Bar Association, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms. She resides in Delray Beach, Florida with her family. She is active in community affairs and charitable work in Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Since 2010, Ms. Goldstein served as co-chair of P.L.I.'s Class Action Litigation Strategies Annual Conference held in New York. In January 2017 Ms. Goldstein chaired P.L.I.'s new program Women Lawyers in Leadership, a program she developed. Ms. Goldstein has been a frequent speaker at Public Pension Fund Conferences having recently appeared on Panels at the Florida Public Pension Trustees' Association and Illinois Public Pension Fund Association.

She is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States, the State of Florida, as well as in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Illinois and numerous federal courts, including the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. In addition to these courts and jurisdictions, Ms. Goldstein has worked on cases with local and co-counsel throughout the country and worldwide.


Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, has been Director and Panel Manager at Catalyst since April of 2013. As Panel Manager, she develops and expands Catalyst’s research panels globally as a part of the effort to extend progress for women and business around the world. She also works with Dnika Travis to plan and execute Catalyst’s research on Gender, Race, and Ethnicity to ensure that workplaces are inclusive for all women. She works across the Research department to grow their longitudinal projects and uncover solutions to get to inclusion for all. She also serves as a resource for participant outreach and analytics.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Jennifer worked as a biostatistician at Mount Sinai as well as an instructor of master’s-level statistics at New York University. She has led several research labs of up to 13 researchers in both corporate and academic settings. Additionally, she authored the book How Geek Girls Will Rule the World (2013).

Jennifer received her PhD in social psychology from New York University. She earned a BA in both Psychology, with honors, and Computer Science from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude.


Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library (NYPL). Ms. Mayes joined NYPL in August 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company since 2007. She served as a Senior Vice President and the General Counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and in several legal capacities at Colgate-Palmolive from 1992 to 2003. In 1982, Ms. Mayes entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of Burroughs Corporation. After Burroughs and Sperry Corporation merged, creating Unisys Corporation, she was appointed Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Worldwide Litigation. From 1976 through 1982, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit. Ms. Mayes received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She served as Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. Effective in 2015, she was appointed as an Advisor to the ABA Business Law Section, and in that same year, became a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).


Paula T. Edgar Esq. is Founder and Principal of PGE LLC, a speaking, coaching and consulting firm. PGE LLC provides innovative and strategic solutions on career management, executive/leadership development, organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, networking and social media strategy. Paula speaks regularly on these topics by leading professional development trainings, facilitating workshops, and providing keynote speeches.

For more than a decade, Paula has demonstrated leadership in the areas of professional development, social media strategy, diversity and inclusion,and diversity pipeline best practices. Currently active with a number of organizations and social justice initiatives, Paula serves as the President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the immediate past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee, and as a member of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Alumni Board. Paula is also a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation and a member of the Executive Committees of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association and the Network of Bar Leaders.

Paula’s professional experiences include serving as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, the Associate Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law, and as the Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS).  Prior to leading PALS, Paula practiced in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from the California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. She has also been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a "40 Under Forty" Achievement Awardee, and as a Ms. JD "Woman of Inspiration"  

Connect with Paula on her website www.paulaedgar.com, on Linkedin, Via Twitter (@PaulaEdgar) and on Facebook (Paula Edgar Fan Page).


Sharon Robertson is a Partner at the Firm and a member of the Antitrust practice group, having joined the firm in 2006. She Co-chairs the firm’s Professional Development and Mentoring Committee and serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Robertson is also an active member of the Executive Committee for the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Robertson has extensive experience in complex, multi-district antitrust litigation at the pre-trial, trial and appellate levels and has been consistently recognized by SuperLawyers as a leading and distinguished practitioner. Within a span of two years, Ms. Robertson served as a trial team member in two of the largest antitrust cases to be tried to verdict. In 2013, she was a member of the trial team in the Urethanes matter, where she played a significant role in researching and briefing key issues and preparing witnesses, among other things. The jury returned a $400 million verdict, which was trebled by the Court, as required by antitrust law, to $1.06 billion. The judgment, the largest price-fixing verdict in U.S. history and the largest jury verdict of 2013, was cited by The Legal 500 in ranking Cohen Milstein a leading class action plaintiff firm in 2015. The following year, Ms. Robertson was a member of the trial team in the Nexium matter, the first pharmaceutical antitrust case to go to trial following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in FTC v. Actavis, 570 U.S. 756 (2013), where she had significant research and witness preparation responsibilities.  In 2017, Ms. Robertson was recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Lawyer,” an honor bestowed on only 10 young lawyers across the country positioned to become leaders in their respective fields.

Currently, Ms. Robertson leads a series of pay-for-delay pharmaceutical antitrust cases, alleging that the defendant brand manufacturer entered into non-competition agreements with generic manufacturers in order to delay entry of lower-priced generic products. As a hands-on litigator, Ms. Robertson has played an integral role in these cases including, developing claims, determining case strategy, coordinating discovery, briefing key issues and arguing motions.

Ms. Robertson attended the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law.  She earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor of the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal.

Ms. Robertson has authored “Comparing the U.S. Class Action Mechanism and the Proposed U.K. System: Which Strikes the Right Balance Between Safeguards and Justice,” Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle.  In addition, she assisted the Trial Practice Committee of the American Bar Association in revising the 2005 Edition of the Model Jury Instructions handbook. 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Robertson worked on the campaign committee of Councilman John Liu, the first Asian American to be elected to New York City’s City Council. During law school, she was an intern in the Litigation Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Additionally, in law school, Ms. Robertson was selected as an Alexander Fellow and spent a semester serving as a full-time Judicial Intern to the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Tara Reinhart focuses on civil litigation and government investigations, with an emphasis on complex antitrust litigation and international cartel probes.

Ms. Reinhart is the former chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition. While there, she led FTC trial teams through two preliminary injunction proceedings, and prepared for litigation in many other merger investigations, including RJ Reynolds-Lorillard, Zillow-Trulia, St. Mary’s Hospital-Cabell Hospital and Superior Plus-Canexus, among others. Notably, she led a team to victory in the FTC’s challenge to Staples’ proposed acquisition of Office Depot, one of the FTC’s highest-profile merger litigation successes in over a decade. Most recently, at Skadden, Ms. Reinhart led the Energy Solutions trial team in its defense of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s merger challenge in United States v. Energy Solutions, Inc., et al.

In private practice in the government investigations area, Ms. Reinhart has handled criminal and civil investigations by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the FTC and state attorneys general in many industries. Ms. Reinhart has handled criminal antitrust investigations for companies and individuals in the auto parts, freight forwarding, marine hose, air cargo, industrial chemicals, salt, methionine, vitamins, graphite electrodes, flavorants and stay cable bridges industries.

In the litigation area, Ms. Reinhart has handled many class actions alleging price-fixing for companies such as Hankyu Hanshin Express Co. Ltd., Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Southeastern Freight Lines Inc., Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd., Degussa and others. She has handled a number of class actions alleging monopolization and conspiracy to monopolize in pharmaceuticals, including claims of reverse payments agreements for companies such as Fournier and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International/Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.

Additionally, Ms. Reinhart advises clients on antitrust compliance matters, including designing compliance programs, training executives and performing compliance audits.


A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Wendy Fleishman is a tireless advocate for the injured, from retired NFL players suffering from concussion-induced traumatic brain injuries to women harmed by birth control and other prescription drugs to men and women suffering from the deprivations of defective hip, knee, and other medical implants.

Lauded as an outstanding practitioner by Super Lawyers magazine for over a decade in every year since 2006 and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Wendy is a recognized Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America, President of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Tort, Environmental and Product Liability Litigation, and the New York State Delegate to the AAJ Board of Governors.

Wendy’s 35-plus years of experience fighting for plaintiffs has led to recurrent appointments by Judges across the U.S. to leadership roles in mass tort and complex multidistrict injury litigation cases. She has served in leadership positions in significant multidistrict litigation cases in federal and state courts involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and personal health products, including a recent appointment to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the IVC Filter Injuries Litigation. Wendy’s leadership roles in other cases include the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II Hip Implant Litigation, Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Litigation, Yaz and Yasmin Litigation, DePuy Hip Implant Litigation, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart lead, the Guidant cardiac defibrillator, the Ortho Evra Patch litigation, and contaminated contact lens solution litigation against Bausch & Lomb and Abbott Medical Optics.

Wendy devotes a part of her practice to a wide range of individual catastrophic injury cases. Her expertise includes vehicle accidents based on design defects, as well as serious and complicated medical malpractice cases.

Since 2006, Wendy has been named a New York Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an AV+ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which indicates she is regarded as preeminently qualified by her peers. She has been named in the top 100 trial lawyers in America. Wendy is a past officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the New York State Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and past President of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Tort, Environmental, and Product Liability Litigation. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the ABA Torts & Insurance Practices Section Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Bioscience General Committee.


Heidi Silton is a partner in the firm’s antitrust department and practices primarily in complex business litigation. Heidi represents mainly small and mid-sized businesses in complex litigation involving other businesses and litigates in Minnesota and throughout the United States. She and the firm are regularly appointed lead and co-lead plaintiffs’ class counsel by courts in nationwide antitrust litigation.

For the past several years, Heidi has been named one of Minnesota’s top 50 Women Lawyers, and top 100 Lawyers, by a peer review list of leading Minnesota Lawyers. She currently serves as the Treasurer of The Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL) and as a member of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) Private Enforcement Awards Judging Committee. Heidi is a past chair and emeritus of the Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Law Section.

In addition to her litigation practice, Heidi serves as Chair of the firm’s business development committee and is the current Hiring Partner. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Heidi believes in the value of mentorship, and works to mentor other women attorneys both inside and outside her firm.

An active volunteer in her community, Heidi serves on the board of Arete Academy and as a Reader/Writer coach for 8th graders in conjunction with Meet Me in the Middle Nonprofit. Heidi has also co-chaired galas to support the Sanneh Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and Second Harvest.


Laura comes to her work as a full-time arbitrator and mediator from a background first as a litigation partner at Jenner & Block and then as Chief Litigation Counsel for AT&T where she also represented AT&T Labs and was responsible for all of AT&T’s arbitrations (including complex insurance matters), IP litigation, and all appeals in complex litigation and employment matters. From 2015-2017, she was the President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the first ADR Inn in the country. She is also a past Chair of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section and a Co-Editor in Chief of the NYSBA’s journal, Dispute Resolution Lawyer. She is the 2014 recipient of the NJSBA’s Boskey Award for the ADR practitioner of the year. She has served as an arbitrator, including as chair, in complex commercial, telecom, biotech, patent and trademark licensing, partnership and development and family business disputes, and in matters involving the sales of businesses and securities claims. She has served as a mediator in over 200 matters including matters involving 100s of millions of dollars and long-running disputes. She is a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She was a founding member of the executive committee of the NJ Academy of Arbitrators and Mediators and on the Roster of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She is on the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center List of Leading Technology Neutrals, an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and ICDR, for the International Institute for Prevention and Resolution (CPR) on its telecom, E-Discovery Panel, Technology Panel, New Jersey At Large ADR Panel, and Trademark Panels, and for FINRA. She is a hearing officer for National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), a member of the Global Panel for the Center on Dispute Resolution (CEDR), and a mediator for the Global Mediation Exchange Center. She is CEDR accredited and an IMI Certified mediator. She is a master mediator for the American Arbitration Association. She has spoken and trained widely for the AAA/ICDR conferences, CCA, PLI, ABA Dispute Resolution Section annual meetings, NJSBA, NJAPM, NYSBA, NJICLE. She is listed as only one of three New Jersey mediators in Who’s Who Legal, Mediation (2016-2017). She is an adjunct professor of ADR at Seton Hall Law School and an organizer of the mediation program and training for the NJ Bankruptcy Courts. She mediates for the New Jersey and New York Commercial courts and is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Complimentary Dispute Resolution, and its Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards. She has published widely on both arbitration and mediation. She is a co-editor of the CCA’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (4th Ed. 2017) and co-author of the chapter on Arbitrating Technology Cases: Considerations for Businesspeople and Advocates in Harrie Samaras (Ed.) ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (ABA 2017). She has published widely on the topic of diversity in ADR. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA and received her JD magna cum laude from Boston University Law School, where she received the Melville Bigelow award for “the greatest promise as a teacher and scholar of the law”. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.


Mr. Andrichik developed the first full-scale mediation program in the securities industry, and is responsible for expanding FINRA's dispute resolution services internationally. He began his career in 1980 in the Surveillance and Anti-Fraud Divisions of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD). Between 1985 and 1990, he opened and managed the Midwest Regional Arbitration Office for the NASD. In 1990 he became the Deputy Director of the Arbitration Department, responsible for the operation of the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry. He has spoken extensively on securities arbitration and mediation, conducted arbitrator and mediator training seminars around the country, and published several articles on securities dispute resolution. Mr. Andrichik serves on FINRA's Diversity Leadership Council. He earned his degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and his law degree from Loyola University in Chicago.