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Speaker(s): Anastasia Danias Schmidt, Anne T. Madden, Audrey Rubin, Brackett B. Denniston, III, Brad S. Karp, Brian Kenny, Christine A. Varney, Darren Guy, David A. Katz, David S. Allen, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Gary P. Zanfagna, Ginger D. Anders, Greg McCurdy, Jane C. Sherburne, Jeremy Feigelson, Jim Nieman, John (Jack) J. Brennan, John P. Cronan, Kim K.W. Rucker, Martha E McGarry, Melissa Arbus Sherry, Michael J. Holston, Michael R. Caplan, Nicole A. Saharsky, Nur-ul- Haq, Richard G Parker, Sharis Arnold Pozen, Stephanie Zameck Brensilver, Thomas J. Kim
Recorded on: Nov. 28, 2018
PLI Program #: 221861

Chairman of the firm since 2008, Brad Karp is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has successfully guided numerous Fortune 100 companies, global financial institutions and other companies through “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters and internal investigations. Prior to being named chairman of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department. Brad has spent his entire career at Paul, Weiss, beginning as a summer associate.

Brad has received numerous industry recognitions over the years. In 2019, Brad was selected as a “Trailblazer” and as a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal and as an “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. In 2018, Brad received the Special Achievement Award from the Financial Times in recognition of his legal achievements and leadership of Paul, Weiss and was also named the “Attorney of the Year” by the New York Law Journal, “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, “Sports MVP of the Year” by Law360, and “Securities Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. In 2017, Brad was selected as a “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and Best Lawyers’ “Banking Lawyer of the Year.” Additional publications consistently rank Brad as one of the leading lawyers in the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, The Financial Times, The Lawyer (U.K.), The Legal 500Euromoney Institutional InvestorsBest of the Best USA and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.

Brad speaks and writes frequently on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance. He has spoken at more than 600 conferences and has lectured at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and The Federal Judicial Center. Brad has written more than 500 articles on business litigation issues. For the past 35 years, Brad has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Review,” which analyzes developments in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Brad is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Brad has also spoken out and written about pressing issues of social justice. Most recently, in 2018, Brad authored two op-eds in The New York Times, “Stop Shielding Gun Makers,” advocating changes to gun manufacturer liability laws, and “An Army of Lawyers for Migrants,” urging the private bar to address the unlawful treatment of immigrants and to seek the reunification of separated families. In 2018, Brad also authored an op-ed in the New York Law Journal, “Democracy Itself Is on the Ballot,” addressing voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Brad is also active in the community, serving on more than 25 public interest and educational institution boards.

Brad is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for The Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


 Anne T. Madden became Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Honeywell in October 2017, where she has responsibility for the Company’s global Legal function, and serves on the senior leadership team and as a Company officer.

Starting in 2002, Anne became Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Head M&A for Honeywell, leading Honeywell’s acquisition and divestiture activities on a global basis. During her 15-year tenure in that role, Honeywell made about 100 acquisitions representing approximately $15 billion in revenues and divested about 70 businesses representing $9 billion of non-core revenues. Anne joined the former AlliedSignal in June 1996 as General Counsel, Fluorine Products. In December 1996, she became Vice President and General Counsel of Specialty Chemicals. In July 2000, she became Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, responsible for all of the legal affairs for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group.

Anne received Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award in 1997 and received Honeywell’s Senior Leadership Award in 2005. She was recognized as a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine in 2011, received the NJ Biz “Best Fifty Women in Business” award in 2012, and was named by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the Top Females in Finance in 2012. Anne currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Honeywell Ventures, an early stage investment vehicle. Anne is a member of the Association of General Counsel and a member of the Board of The Institute for Legal Reform.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Anne was in private practice at the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, focusing on M&A and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Anne was an auditor in the Financial Services Group of KPMG Peat Marwick in New York.

Anne received an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University, an M.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review.


Anastasia Danias is Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer for the National Football League.  In this role, she oversees all commercial, intellectual property, mass tort, labor and employment, insurance recovery, antitrust, and class action litigation involving the NFL and its affiliated companies.  She has led the NFL's most high-profile litigations, including the League’s ongoing multi-district litigation and landmark concussion class action settlement, the right of publicity class action brought by retired players relating to the use of historic game footage, the class action filed by retired players alleging that they suffer from injuries resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription painkillers during their playing days, antitrust claims relating to the televised distribution of Sunday Ticket and an antitrust challenge by the players’ union during the 2011 lockout.

In her 18 years with the League, Ms. Danias has provided regular counsel to the NFL’s owners, Commissioners, and senior management team on every aspect of the League’s activities.  She also holds officer positions in more than a dozen League-affiliated companies, including NFL Enterprises, NFL Ventures, NFL Properties, and NFL International.  She recently launched an in-house pro bono program at the NFL in partnership with the Lawyers’ Alliance of New York.

Ms. Danias has been honored for her work by being named as one of the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2012), being included in the Legal500’s GC Power List (2016-17) and being honored as the 2014 Lawyer of the Year by the Hellenic Lawyers Association of NY.  She has also been featured in several publications, including Fortune ("Get to Know these 10 NFL Women Before Watching the Super Bowl"), Modern Counsel (“Changing the Game”) and Marie Claire ("The Best Defense in Football").  She has taught sports law as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School and as a lecturer at Cardozo Law School and Fordham School of Law. 

 Ms. Danias graduated from Rutgers College and Fordham School of law, and prior to joining the National Football League was an associate at the law firm Hughes Hubbard and Reed.


Audrey H. Rubin is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Law Department of Aon Corporation.  Audrey is responsible for all financial, technology, personnel, strategic planning, and operations of that worldwide department.

Rubin has been a consultant on legal industry improvements, and COO for two prominent law firms.  Rubin was General Counsel for three global companies: Orbitz, Grant Thornton, and Apollo Travel Services.  She has also served as Corporate Secretary and board member of several international boards of directors.  Audrey is Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois College of Law, teaching “The Business of Law.”

Aon’s law department was awarded the ACC Value Challenge Award, largely for achievements under her direction.  It was also honored with a PEX award for her department’s achievements in process improvement.  She was the focus of a cover story in Inside Counsel on “How to Cut Legal Spending,” and featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, in “How Lawyers are like Office Supplies.”  She is a highly regarded speaker and columnist on operational improvements in the legal industry.

Rubin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and graduated cum laude from Yale University.

She was honored by Illinois Legal Aid Online, receiving its “Early Adopter” award, and by the Anti-Defamation League, receiving its prestigious “Women of Achievement” award.


Brackett Denniston, senior counsel in Goodwin’s Litigation Department, advises clients on matters involving corporate governance, complex litigation and regulatory issues. He has extensive senior leadership experience, in both the public and private sectors.

In 2016, Mr. Denniston rejoined Goodwin from General Electric Company, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for more than a decade. In this position, he was responsible for leading a global legal, environmental and safety, and government affairs team of more than 3,000 professionals worldwide in matters involving compliance, corporate governance, IP protection, dispute resolution, government affairs, pro bono and diversity. During his time at GE, it was named best legal department by Corporate Counsel magazine and he was named among the most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal. He joined GE in 1996 as Vice President and Senior Counsel of Litigation and Legal Policy.

Prior to his work with GE, Mr. Denniston served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993-1996. His public sector work also includes service as Chief of the Major Frauds Unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he led prosecutions relating to securities and financial fraud, and was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his role overseeing numerous successful prosecutions.

Mr. Denniston was a partner at Goodwin from 1986-1993, and also practiced as an associate at the firm from 1974-1982, where he focused on complex civil litigation, securities matters and white collar crime cases.

Professional Activities

Mr. Denniston is Chair of the Board of Kenyon College, Chair of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber’s board and Executive Committee, and a board member of Transparency International (U.S.), Equal Justice Rights and the Pro Bono Partnership.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1973 (magna cum laude)

A.B., Kenyon College, 1969 (summa cum laude)


Darren Guy is the Head of Global Operations for AIG’s Office of the General Counsel, maintaining responsibility for all legal, regulatory and compliance department operations, budgeting/finance, technology operations, outside counsel and litigation support management, reporting, data analytics, and project management.

Over his 25 year career in financial services, Darren has achieved increasing levels of responsibility in both law and finance corporate department management, helping companies such as Bear Stearns, Prudential, Voya Financial and S&P Global improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Over the past 14 years, Darren has worked exclusively with corporate legal departments, providing senior management with the advice, applications, and information required to strategically manage global resources and support proactive decision making.


David A. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance.  Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management.  Mr. Katz is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been involved in a number of complex public and private offerings and corporate restructurings.  He frequently counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management.

Mr. Katz taught Mergers and Acquisitions at New York University School of Law for over 15 years and previously co-taught a joint law and business short course on mergers and acquisitions at Vanderbilt University Law School with Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine.  He is co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.

In 2004, he was chosen by The American Lawyer as one of the 45 highest performing members of the private bar under the age of 45; in 2005, 2012 and 2015, he was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year; in 2016, he was named by NACD Directorship as one of the 100 most influential players in corporate governance for the seventh time; in 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year by Global M&A Network; in 2014 and each of the five prior years he was named Who’s Who Legal’s Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, in 2014 was also named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and in 2015 and 2016 was named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance and M&A Lawyer of the Year; and in 2015 he was elected by The American College of Governance Counsel as an Inaugural Class Fellow.

Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Business Law, where he founded the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Task Force on the Dictionary of M&A Terms and a member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee for Acquisitions of Public Companies.  Mr. Katz is also a member of the Federal Securities Laws Committee, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Katz is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mr. Katz serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at New York University and at New York University School of Law.  He sits on the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and is a member of the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He writes a bi-monthly column on corporate governance for the New York Law Journal with his colleague Laura McIntosh.

Mr. Katz is a graduate of Brandeis University and New York University School of Law.


David Allen is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of MassMutual.

During his career with the Company, beginning in 2000, David has held various individual contributor and leadership positions in the Legal and Corporate Finance Departments, including federal and state tax controversy and litigation, transactional and structured finance tax matters and the development of legislative and regulatory tax policy.  Since May, 2007, he has continuously served as a member of the General Counsel’s senior leadership team with varying areas of responsibility:  From 2007 to 2013 as head of Dispute Resolution (Litigation and Investigations) and Tax; for the year 2014, as the leader of a cross-functional team charged with deployment and implementation of MassMutual’s “Lean” business system across the Law, Audit and Compliance Departments; and, from 2015 through present as head of Dispute Resolution and Legal Operations.  In overseeing the development of the Legal Operations function, David and his team are responsible for business processes and technologies focused upon driving efficiency and effectiveness across the legal function of the organization.

Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1971, Mr. Allen received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University and his law degree and LL.M. (taxation) from the University of Denver.  Mr. Allen, his wife Hilary and their three children reside in West Hartford, Connecticut.


Gary Zanfagna is Chief Antitrust Counsel and Associate General Counsel at Honeywell International Inc.  Responsible for all antitrust matters worldwide, Mr. Zanfagna advises Honeywell executives on antitrust aspects of all transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.  He is responsible for all regulatory approvals in the US and international jurisdictions, including over fifty transactions.  Mr. Zanfagna manages and advises on antitrust litigation matters at Honeywell, including state and federal criminal antitrust investigations.  He counsels business executives and management worldwide on antitrust issues arising in business conduct.  He also manages antitrust compliance globally at Honeywell.  Before joining Honeywell, Mr. Zanfagna was Assistant Director for Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Zanfagna was an antitrust attorney with Jones Day in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Zanfagna received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the College of William & Mary.  Mr. Zanfagna is active in the Antitrust Section of the ABA, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Section.  He is a frequent speaker on antitrust issues and the author of several articles on various antitrust topics.


Ginger Anders is a complex litigation and appellate partner who most often represents clients in patent and regulatory matters. Based in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, Ms. Anders has argued 18 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Anders joined the firm from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. During her nearly eight-year tenure as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, Ms. Anders represented the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court in a wide range of noteworthy cases, formulating the United States’ position before the High Court and consulting on the government’s appellate strategy in the lower courts. She has extensive experience in intellectual property law, particularly patent law, as well as transnational litigation and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, administrative law and constitutional law. In addition to her numerous arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. Anders authored the government’s briefs in 35 cases at the merits stage and in hundreds of cases at the certiorari stage.

Ms. Anders represented the United States in the most significant patent cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years. She argued for the government in Teva Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz, which established the standard for appellate review of factual findings in patent claim construction, and Commil v. Cisco Systems and Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies, both of which concerned the scope of liability for inducement of patent infringement. Ms. Anders also wrote the government’s briefs in the landmark line of patent-eligibility cases that began with Bilski v. Kappos and continued through Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. In other areas of law, Ms. Anders wrote the government’s briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, Bank Markazi v. Peterson and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant. She has worked extensively with numerous federal agencies, including the Patent and Trademark Office and the Departments of State and Treasury. Before joining the firm, Ms. Anders spoke on numerous patent-focused panels, including at the Federal Circuit Bar Association conference and the Florida IP Association conference.

Following her tenure as Assistant to the Solicitor General, Ms. Anders served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel. In that role, she authored opinions resolving questions of law within the Executive Branch and supervised the office’s provision of constitutional comments on pending legislation. She also provided advice to the White House and federal agencies on constitutional and statutory questions, including matters concerning the separation of powers, the scope of Executive Branch authority under various federal statutes, and administrative procedure.

Before joining the Office of the Solicitor General, Ms. Anders practiced appellate litigation, with an emphasis on copyright and commercial law, at a major law firm in Washington, D.C. While there, she represented death-sentenced inmates in challenges to lethal injection, obtaining victories before district courts in California and Missouri. As a result of those cases, both states made significant changes to their lethal injection procedures.


Greg McCurdy is Director of Litigation & Global Competition law Uber Technologies, Inc. where he counsels on antitrust issues and manages competition law cases in the US and abroad. Previously, Greg co-lead the team that provides legal and policy advice to Uber’s government relations and communications teams on legislation and policy regulating Transportation Network Companies.

Before joining Uber in March 2015 Greg was a lawyer at Microsoft for 15 years based in Paris, Seattle, New York City and Washington, DC. Greg started at Microsoft as its first antitrust litigator in Europe and spent eight years managing the antitrust proceedings with the European Commission in Brussels and the appeals to the European courts in Luxemburg. After moving to Microsoft’s HQ near Seattle, Greg also worked on the US antitrust class actions and the Korean FTC proceeding. Greg is also a former co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee.

Before joining Microsoft Greg practiced commercial litigation in New York City and clerked for federal judges in the SDNY and at the DC Circuit. Greg graduated from NYU Law School and Harvard College.


Jane Sherburne is Principal of Sherburne PLLC, a legal consulting firm providing strategic advice in crisis environments and in connection with regulatory policy developments. Over the past 14 years, Ms. Sherburne has served as General Counsel to financial institutions (BNY Mellon, Wachovia and Citi Global Consumer Group), managing large legal departments and acting as the primary legal and government relations advisor to Boards and Senior Management.

Ms. Sherburne also practiced law as a litigation partner at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, joining the firm in 1984. Her practice focused on representing clients in matters requiring crisis management, including media relations and matters involving Congressional investigations and internal government and corporate investigations. Ms. Sherburne interrupted her private law practice from 1994 to 1997 to serve as Special Counsel to the President in the Clinton White House, managing the response to ethics investigations of the President and Mrs. Clinton by Congress and the Independent Counsel.

Ms. Sherburne is a member of the Boards of Directors of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. and HSBC North America Holdings. She is Chairman of the Board of the National Women’s Law Center, and involved in numerous other non-profit activities. She is a member of the Committee for Economic Development and Co-Chair of its Money & Politics Subcommittee, and a Member of the American Law Institute. Ms. Sherburne also serves on the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, to which she was appointed by President Obama in July 2010. She is also a member of the Perella Weinberg Partners Advisory Board.

She received her B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Jeremy Feigelson is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media Group. He frequently represents clients in litigations and government investigations that involve the Internet and new technologies. His practice includes litigation and counseling on cybersecurity, data privacy, trademark, right of publicity, false advertising, copyright, and defamation matters. In 2018, American Lawyer named him “Litigator of the Week” based on the right of publicity victories of Debevoise client Take-Two Interactive in Lohan v. Take-Two and Gravano v. Take-Two at the New York Court of Appeals.  Other recognitions include designation as a “Privacy MVP” by Law360, a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Feigelson regularly speaks and writes on legal issues involving intellectual property, technology and privacy. His recent publications include ““Privacy Law Goes Big: California’s New Consumer Privacy Act” (Debevoise Debrief, July 2018) and “Cybersecurity Enforcers Wake Up to Credential Stuffing” (Bloomberg, February 2018).

Mr. Feigelson received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1984. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. From 1991 to 1992, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Milton I. Shadur, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He joined Debevoise in 1992.

Mr. Feigelson served prior to law school in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City. He has chaired the Government Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Homeless, and serves as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, on the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.

Education

University of Chicago Law School, 1991, J.D.

Princeton University, 1984, A.B.


Jim Nieman currently serves as Counsel and Corporate Privacy Officer at Guardian, leading the development, design, and implementation of Guardian’s Global Privacy Program. In addition to Jim’s role as the leading legal counsel for privacy matters across the organization, in less than two years, Jim led the establishment of a Privacy Program that includes comprehensive governance of online privacy and information sharing practices for Guardian’s digital properties and online services, business and functional areas and third-parties to the company, as well as institutionalized a privacy incident management program, digital communications compliance process, and enhanced privacy training and awareness for all Guardian employees.

With over 15 years of insurance industry experience in various legal and compliance roles throughout the industry, Jim honed his privacy expertise and program management through extensive legal and compliance leadership regarding HIPAA), within some of the largest national and international insurance carriers. Previous to his current role, as part of Guardian’s Group Compliance team, Jim led a company-wide assessment of Guardian’s HIPAA compliance program, and used his unique knowledge of both privacy and security rules to identify gaps and implement solutions efficiently and effectively. 

Prior to joining Guardian, Jim was Director of Regulatory Supervision at Prudential Financial, Inc., serving as the Group Insurance profit center privacy leader and designated HIPAA Privacy Officer, where he advised on state law compliance, Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA) and HIPAA privacy issues and successfully enhanced Prudential’s privacy program by implementing a comprehensive data loss program. Jim also managed annual HIPAA and GLBA privacy assessments and was responsible for annual presentations before Prudential’s Risk Committee on the “state of privacy” of the Group Insurance profit center. Additionally, as the privacy leader, Jim was responsible for resolving privacy incidents of various sizes, including a breach impacting over ten thousand individuals. In addition to his extensive privacy experience, as Assistant General Counsel at AIG, Jim successfully negotiated payment card processing agreements with various banks, while serving as counsel for AIG Travel Assist and Travel Guard (International). Jim also managed Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance initiatives which involved both internal and vendor solutions. Prior to his tenure at AIG, Jim served in a compliance function at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Inc.


John J. Brennan is chairman emeritus and senior advisor of Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment companies. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard currently has more than $4 trillion in assets under management. Mr. Brennan joined the company in July 1982. He was elected president in 1989, served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008, and served as chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009.

He is a director of General Electric Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and American Express Company; chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame; a founding trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); chairman of Vanguard Charitable; and a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. He is past chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Financial Accounting Foundation, and the Investment Company Institute.

Mr. Brennan graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He has received honorary degrees from Mount Aloysius College, Curry College, and Drexel University.


John P. Cronan serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division.  In that capacity, John participates in the supervision of the Criminal Division’s more than 600 attorneys who prosecute financial crimes and fraud, money laundering, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, organized and transnational crime, child exploitation, international narcotics trafficking, human rights violations, and other crimes.  From November 2017 to July 2018, John also served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division.  Prior to joining the Criminal Division, John supervised the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of international and domestic terrorism offenses, large-scale international drug trafficking, espionage, and export violations.  John graduated from Georgetown University and Yale Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann and the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Martha E. McGarry is an internationally recognized corporate and securities law partner with extensive experience in both U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and corporate governance matters. Representative clients include The Coca-Cola Company, American Express, The Hershey Company, Frontier Communications, Criteo, Lockheed Martin, Wal-Mart and The Clorox Company. Among the industries in which Ms. McGarry has substantial experience are consumer products, finance, telecommunications, real estate, technology, gaming, defense and pharmaceuticals. Her global representations include transactions in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, India and Latin America.

Recent representations include:

  • The Hershey Company in connection with its $1.6 billion acquisition of Amplify Snack Brands (Skinny Pop) and in responding to a $23 billion unsolicited offer from Mondelez International;
  • The Coca-Cola Company in its worldwide strategic partnership with Monster Beverage Corporation and its strategic partnership followed by the sale of Keurig Green Mountain;
  • The Hershey Company in its acquisition of Chinese candy company Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co., Ltd.;
  • Criteo SA in its acquisitions of HookLogic and DataPop; and
  • Frontier Communications Corporation in its $10.5 billion acquisition of the wireline businesses of Verizon in California, Texas and Florida and in its $2 billion acquisition of the wireline business of AT&T in the state of Connecticut.

In the REIT industry, Ms. McGarry advised Town and Country Trust, which was subject to a bidding war culminating in its $1.4 billion agreement to be acquired by a partnership led by Morgan Stanley and Onex Corp. In the hotel/gaming industry, she advised Caesars Entertainment, Inc. in its $9.4 billion merger with Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. and the subsequent sale of seven individual casino hotels. In 2012, she was selected by Chambers USA for its first-ever Women in Law Awards as Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year. She was named Dealmaker of the Week by The Am Law Daily for her work advising American Express and CIT Group. Ms. McGarry also was named as one of Law360’s 2011 Top Female Deal Makers.

Ms. McGarry has been active in firm management, including serving on Skadden’s governing body, the Policy Committee, and chairing its global Business Development Committee.


Melissa Arbus Sherry is a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice at Latham & Watkins and the Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office.  Ms. Sherry has argued 10 cases in the Supreme Court and several cases in the courts of appeals.  She has also filed hundreds of Supreme Court and appellate briefs on a broad range of issues.  She formerly served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court and Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Sherry has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 in their nationwide appellate categories and, in 2015, Law360 named her as a “Rising Star” in appellate law.


Mike Caplan serves as the firm’s chief operating officer. As COO, Mr. Caplan manages the firm's business, financial and administrative operations. He serves on Goodwin's Executive and Management Committees, and focuses on the firm’s growth strategy and execution; he joined Goodwin in 2014.

His background includes roles in both corporate and consulting management positions where he has worked with over 30 general counsels in managing data analytics, technology project implementation, law firm relationship management and financial management. In consulting, he focused on managing engagements related to intelligent cost reduction for non-compensation expenses, program management, compliance, risk management and legal spend management. These practice areas focus on building relationships with corporate legal, sourcing and finance departments.

With legal, he focuses on teaching attorneys to use technology solutions to drive optimal return on investment for the business through the use of metrics, reports and trend analysis. Additionally, Mr. Caplan has worked with general counsels, legal CAOs and CIOs to develop reporting metrics and dashboards to focus on key spend areas such as litigation, e-discovery, outside counsel accruals and alternative fee savings. Mr. Caplan also hosts a quarterly legal advisory roundtable where industry executives come to discuss best practices, technology solutions and current issues facing the office of the general counsel.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Caplan served starting in 2011 as the global chief operating officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Corporate Legal, Risk and Compliance Departments. Mr. Caplan was also the global director of operations for Goldman Sachs’s Legal Department from 2000-2006. In between Goldman Sachs and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Mr. Caplan ran his own legal operations consulting business supporting general counsels and corporate legal departments in the areas of technology, project management, data management and operations.

Mr. Caplan has nearly 10 years of experience in the accounting, financial, investment and consulting businesses and 10 years of corporate legal experience.


Mike Holston is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, of GE. In this role, Mike leads the company’s global legal, compliance and ethics, corporate secretary and environment health & safety organizations.

Mike joined GE from Merck & Co., Inc. where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Merck, Mike served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary of Hewlett-Packard Company.

Earlier in his career, Mike served as a prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he also was a partner at Morgan Lewis and was a managing partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Mike earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Notre Dame. Mike is on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Boston, MA.


Nicole A. Saharsky is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown and Co-Chair of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice group.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  

Ms. Saharsky previously served for ten years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.  In that role, she argued 29 cases, briefed 45 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of certiorari-stage briefs and motions.  Her cases involved a broad range of business issues, including securities, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal jurisdiction, and corporate criminal liability. 

Ms. Saharsky received her law degree summa cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.    


Nur-ul-Haq is Vice President, Counsel, Kids’ Compliance at Viacom, where he advises on legal and regulatory compliance with the various laws and regulations relating to children, including the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Children’s Television Act (CTA), the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988, among others.

Prior to joining Viacom, Nur was Privacy Counsel, Americas for NBCUniversal, focusing on privacy and information security matters in the US, Canada, and Latin America relating to all divisions of the business, including film, news, entertainment, cable, digital, theme parks, movie ticketing, and internal business operations.  Previously, Nur served as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Northeast Regional Office, where he led and participated in investigations and litigations relating to deceptive marketing and advertising practices, anticompetitive practices, and violations of various FTC rules.  In that role, Nur also performed extensive consumer and business outreach on privacy, information security, identity theft, consumer credit, and other topics.     

Nur is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston University School of Law, cum laude, and is a member of the American Bar Association sections of Antitrust Law and Science and Technology Law, the New York State Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.    


Richard Parker is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the Firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Parker is a leading antitrust lawyer who has successfully represented clients before both enforcement agencies and the courts.

As a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer, Mr. Parker has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including merger clearance cases, cartel matters, class actions, and government civil investigations. He has extensive experience representing clients in matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. His experience in high-profile merger matters have earned him high honors, including being recognized by Chambers USA as a leading Lawyer in Antitrust, by Global Competition Review as “Litigator of the Week” and as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year”, by the Legal Times, Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, and by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Washington, DC Lawyers”. Mr. Parker also was included on Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list.

Mr. Parker joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers where he served as co-chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Senior Deputy Director and then as Director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC.

Mr. Parker received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Comment Editor of UCLA Law Review. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.

*Representation occurred prior to Mr. Parker’s association with Gibson Dunn.

EDUCATION

University of California - Los Angeles - 1974 Juris Doctor

University of California - Davis - 1970 Bachelor of Arts

ADMISSIONS

California Bar

District of Columbia Bar


Stephanie Brensilver is the general counsel of Jet.com, Inc. based in Hoboken, New Jersey.  In this role, Stephanie oversees the legal team at Jet.com and her team also provides legal support for Hayneedle.

As the leader of Jet’s legal team, Brensilver ensures the company’s compliance with laws and regulations and is focused on providing creative, practical and actionable advice to help Jet achieve its business objectives while efficiently and effectively mitigating risk.

Prior to joining Jet in April 2015, Stephanie was a vice president in the Mastercard Legal Department supporting its Emerging Payments business. Stephanie was also Senior Counsel at Quidsi, Inc., an Amazon company, and vice president of legal at Credit Suisse supporting its fixed income division. Stephanie began her career as an Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she advised companies on a variety of corporate and transactional matters.

Stephanie holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. 


THOMAS J. KIM advises public companies, their boards of directors and underwriters on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, capital market and tender offer transactions and corporate governance and compliance issues and practices.  He also advises audit firms on independence and financial reporting issues.  He handles matters for companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including obtaining no-action relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, as well as handling disclosure and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance and SEC Enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration or auditor independence issues. 

Prior to joining Sidley in 2013, Tom served for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC.  As Chief Counsel, Tom was responsible for the Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions, and under his leadership, the Chief Counsel’s Office revised and updated all of the Division’s telephone interpretations as Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations and issued several significant Staff Legal Bulletins related to shareholder proposals, legality and tax opinions and suspending reporting obligations.  Tom also led a number of notable SEC rulemakings and policy initiatives, including implementing the JOBS Act’s requirement to eliminate the prohibition on general solicitation in Securities Act Rules 506 and 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.

Tom also oversaw the Division’s Office of Enforcement Liaison, which refers matters to the Division of Enforcement and advises on offering and disclosure-related issues in enforcement cases.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2006, Tom served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for the General Electric Company in Fairfield, CT.

Tom currently chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.  As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, Tom edited several editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.  He is a co-chair of Sidley’s Washington D.C. Diversity Committee. 

Tom serves as Vice Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute.


Brian A. Kenny is the Chief Operating Officer for BNY Mellon’s Global Legal Department and is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the department’s management including leading the execution of strategic priorities, business planning initiatives and change management goals. Brian is also a member of the BNY Mellon Senior Leadership Team.

Brian joined BNY Mellon in December, 2014 from Citigroup, where he served for four years as the Director of Global Legal Support. In this role, Brian was responsible for oversight of Citi’s network of legal service providers, legal technologies, financial reporting and analysis, as well as transformation initiatives. Prior to joining Citi, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Legal Function at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. During more than twenty years with MMC, Brian also had roles within a number of corporate functions including, Audit, Treasury and Executive Compensation. Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, his Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars. He is also Certified Internal Auditor.


Kim Rucker is an accomplished executive, holding senior leadership positions since 2004.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of 3 Fortune 500 Companies and a world-renown medical non-profit.

In 2018, following its acquisition of Andeavor, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $35 billion (2017), Kim was appointed to the Board of Directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $96.5 billion (2018).  She serves on the Sustainability Committee.

In 2018, Kim was elected to the Board of Directors of Celanese Corporation, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $7.2 billion (2018).  She serves on the Audit Committee and the Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality and Public Policy Committee.

In 2015, Kim was appointed to the Board of Directors of Lennox International Inc., a NYSE company with annual revenues of $3.9 billion (2018).  She serves on the Board Governance Committee and Chairs the Compensation and Human Resources Committee, and previously served on the Audit Committee.

In 2014, Kim joined the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees and is a member of its International Board of Directors.  Johns Hopkins Medicine is an $8.2 billion (FY 2018) nonprofit which includes Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins International.  She serves on the Audit Committee.

Kim also sits on the Board of Directors of Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless individuals in San Antonio, Texas.  She is also on the Advisory Board of Innovative Lawyers Summit, organized by Financial Times and RSG Consulting.

Kim has numerous recognitions and awards for her achievements. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, culture, team building, corporate governance, corporate reputation and managing for value. She has authored many articles, a book chapter and is noted in several publications.  She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  She was raised in the Chicago area, and now lives in San Antonio with her husband and two children.


Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016.  His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act, for marriage equality, and in favor of federal preemption authority in the immigration field.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

Mr. Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School, and was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and earned his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University.   He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1983-1984.


Christine A. Varney is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and serves as the Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Varney has been widely recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States in both private practice and in government service, and she is the only person to have served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Varney formulates global antitrust strategy for clients in connection with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions, including advising on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws, securing antitrust regulatory approvals, and handling internal or governmental investigations into anticompetitive behavior. Her clients span diverse industries, including cable, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, transportation, technology and telecommunications.

From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Varney served as Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. In that role she oversaw all aspects of the Division’s operations, including merger review, criminal and civil litigation and investigations and coordination with competition regulators outside the United States.

From 1994 through 1997, Ms. Varney served as a Commissioner of the FTC. While at the FTC, she played a leading role on a broad range of competition law issues, and she is widely credited with pioneering the application of innovation market theory analysis to information technology and biotechnology transactions.

Prior to becoming FTC Commissioner, Ms. Varney served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet in the Clinton Administration.

From 1997 when she left the FTC until her appointment as Assistant Attorney General in 2009, Ms. Varney was in private practice, representing major corporations before the DOJ and the FTC and advising her clients on a wide variety of legal and business issues.

Ms. Varney has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous professional publications. The National Law Journal selected her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and as one of 50 “Governance, Risk & Compliance Trailblazers & Pioneers.” She was also recognized by the publication as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer. Ms. Varney was named a “Competition MVP” by Law360 and “Lawyer of the Year” by Global Competition Review(GCR). She also was featured by GCR as one of the top “Women in Antitrust” worldwide and received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Award for “Best in Antitrust/Competition.” Ms. Varney has been recognized as a leader in antitrust law by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessLawdragon’s list of “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Benchmark LitigationThe Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Legal 500PLC Which Lawyer?Who’s Who LegalCrain’s New York Business and the Ethisphere Institute. She is often asked to speak publicly on the topics of antitrust, international competition, mergers and government investigations.

Ms. Varney currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and Third Way. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Brennan Center for Justice and The Legal Aid Society. Ms. Varney is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves as a member of the International Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Law Institute and The Economic Club of New York. She is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, teaching the course “Antitrust in Action.”

Ms. Varney was born in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1982 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.