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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, 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


Jacquelyn M. Kasulis joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in January 2008, and was appointed Acting U.S. Attorney in June 2021.  During her tenure in the Office, Jacquelyn has served as both the Chief of the Criminal Division and the Chief of the Business & Securities Fraud Section.  She has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including market manipulation, fraud involving publicly traded companies, investment adviser fraud, 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 U.S. v. Martin Shkreli, in which Martin Shkreli was convicted in August 2017 of multiple counts of securities fraud.  Jacquelyn also led the Office’s prosecution in U.S. v. Low Taek Jho, et al. and U.S. v. Leissner, in which two former bankers and a wealthy Malaysian financier were charged for their participation in a multi-billion dollar money laundering and bribery conspiracy related to 1MDB, Malaysia’s investment development fund.  In October 2020, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $2.9 billion in penalties as part of a global resolution with eight different foreign and domestic authorities for its role in the scheme.  Jacquelyn was also the lead prosecutor in United States v. Bandfield, et al., in which nine defendants and six corporations, including three brokerage firms, were charged for their involvement in an elaborate $250 million offshore securities fraud, money laundering and tax evasion scheme.  Prior to joining the Office, Jacquelyn was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York.  She graduated with honors from Columbia Law School in 2003.


Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, is a researcher and expert in the leadership behaviors and organizational practices that contribute to or inhibit inclusion. 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. As Senior Director of Research, she co-leads Catalyst’s research on Gender, Race, and Ethnicity to ensure that workplaces are inclusive for all women, and works directly with companies to help them identify practices that can drive such inclusion. 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.


Joan McKown has more than 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, and 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 Commission and senior SEC staff. Joan literally wrote the book on SEC enforcement when she oversaw 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 the chair of the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society. She also serves as president 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.


Lara Shalov Mehraban is an Associate Director for Enforcement in the New York Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which means that she supervises a staff of approximately 150 attorneys, investigators, accountants and paralegals in the New York Office’s enforcement program.  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.


Paula T. Edgar, Esq. is an attorney and CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, a strategy firm that provides diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and professional development solutions for organizational inclusion initiatives.

Paula is a highly sought after speaker and facilitator across industries. She conducts live and virtual facilitated workshops, delivers keynote speeches, and provides executive coaching. Paula develops customized diversity training on topics including unconscious/implicit bias, anti-racism, inclusive leadership, workplace sexual harassment, and EEO compliance. Paula’s professional development expertise includes mentor/sponsor best practices, personal branding, networking, social media, business development, and career planning strategies.

Paula has written for and been featured in a wide array of publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg Law, Essence Magazine, Business Insider, and US News and World Report.

Paula is active in numerous organizations and social justice initiatives, including her current role as Treasurer and past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest Black bar association and serving as President of its charitable arm, Friends of the MBBA, Inc. She is a founding Board Member of The Black Big Law Pipeline, Inc. Additionally Paula is a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and a member of the CUP Alumni Board, a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association, and has been nominated to serve on the New York City Bar Association’s Board beginning in 2021.

Paula’s professional experiences include serving as a founding partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, Associate Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law, and Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS). Additionally, Paula practiced employment and workplace discrimination law for the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. 

Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

She has been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awardee, a Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration”, and a “Rising Star'' by A Better Chance.  She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association at CUNY Law School and the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).

Stay up to date with Paula at paulaedgar.com, Linkedin, and on Twitter (@PaulaEdgar)

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Theo K. 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, including business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and IP infringement contentions. Theo 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 he is also the President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR, the Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section, and the Secretary of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He was also inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. The National Law Journal named him a 2017 ADR Champion.

Theo 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.

Theo 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. Theo 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.

Theo 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. He also writes the The ADR Mosaic in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity & the Bar Magazine, which addresses ADR and diversity issues.

 


Elaine H. Mandelbaum is General Counsel of Interactive Brokers LLC and Senior Vice President of IBG LLC, an automated global electronic broker-dealer.  In her role, she is responsible for the global legal team of Interactive Brokers.  Prior to that, Elaine worked for Citigroup for 21 years, most recently as Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG). Prior to starting at Citigroup, Ms. Mandelbaum was a litigation attorney at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, and previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Elaine is the immediate past President of the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society, and has served on the SIFMA C&L’s Executive Committee for over a decade. Elaine was previously Vice Chair of the FINRA National Adjudicatory Council, the appellate body for decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings. Elaine serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center and of 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.


Laura is the Immediate Past Chair of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section (2020-2021). From 2015-2017, Laura 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 (2011-2013) and is a Co-Editor in Chief of the NYSBA’s journal, Dispute Resolution Lawyer.  She is the 2018 recipient of the Richard K. Jeydel Award for ADR Excellence and Civility and the 2014 recipient of the NJSBA’s Boskey Award for the ADR practitioner of the year.  She is a co-editor and chapter author of the CCA Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (4th Ed 2017); She is a co-author on chapters in Halket, The Arbitration of International IP Disputes 2 ed. (2021); Singer, Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States (Practicing Law Institute, 2d Edition, 2020); co-author “Arbitrating Technology Cases: Considerations for Businesspeople and Advocates”, in Samaras (Ed) ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases.  She is on the Roster of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  She is on the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center Tech List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals, an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), on the panel for the Global Mediation and Exchange Center (GMXC), and an arbitrator for FINRA.  She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  She is also a member of the Pepperdine, CCA and IMI Task Force on Mixed Modes. She is a Master Mediator for the American Arbitration and is a CEDR accredited and IMI certified mediator and a Mediate.com online mediator.  She has been a full-time arbitrator and mediator since 2006.  Before that time, she was Chief Litigation Counsel for AT&T and AT&T Labs and prior to her work at AT&T was a partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago.


Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library (2012 – present).  She previously held the position of General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company (2007-2012) and Pitney Bowes Inc. (2003-2007). Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She was Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. In 2015, she became a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel and was elected to its Board of Trustees in December 2019. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).  She is a sought after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  She is co-author of the book Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500. 


Sharon Robertson is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Antitrust practice group.

Ms. Robertson has been repeatedly recognized for her success in leading complex, multi-district antitrust litigation. In 2018, the American Antitrust Institute honored her with its prestigious “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer” award for her role in securing one of the largest recoveries by end-payors in a federal generic suppression case in more than a decade.  Similarly, The Legal 500 selected her as a “Next Generation Lawyer” (2017 and 2018), an honor bestowed upon only 10 lawyers under 40 years old across the country, who are positioned to become leaders in their respective fields. Likewise, The New York Law Journal recognized her as a Rising Star (2018) – one of only twenty individuals selected to receive this honor. In addition, Benchmark Litigation selected Ms. Robertson for inclusion on its “40 & Under Hot List” (2018) and Law360 named her as one of five “Rising Stars” (2018) in the field of competition law whose “professional accomplishments belie their age”, as did Super Lawyers (2014-2016). Ms. Robertson has also been recognized by Law360 as one of a few female litigators to secure leadership roles in high-profile MDLs, such as In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation, (March 16, 2017). 

Ms. Robertson is spearheading the firm’s efforts in cutting-edge and industry-defining pay-for-delay pharmaceutical antitrust lawsuits, which allege that the defendant brand manufacturer entered into non-competition agreements with generic manufacturers in order to delay entry of lower-priced generic products. Ms. Robertson also heads up the firm’s generic price-fixing cases, which allege that certain generic drug manufacturers conspired to inflate the prices of generic drug products.  These cases come on the heels of a government investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging similar conduct, which, while ongoing, has already resulted in indictments and guilty pleas.

In addition to leading complex MDLs, Ms. Robertson is an accomplished trial lawyer. She served as a trial team member in two of the largest antitrust cases tried to verdict, including In re Urethanes Antitrust Litigation, where the jury returned a $400 million verdict, which was trebled by the Court, as required by antitrust law, to $1.06 billion, resulting in the largest price-fixing verdict in U.S. history, as well as In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, 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).

Ms. Robertson co-chairs the firm’s Professional Development and Mentoring Committee and serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is also an active member of the Executive Committee for the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association.

While attending law school, Ms. Robertson 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, while 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.

Ms. Robertson graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton, 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.