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All Star Business Development for Lawyers 2018


Speaker(s): Adam L. Stock, Adam O. Emmerich, Ashby Jones, Brad S. Karp, Candace K. Beinecke, David McClune , David Lat, Despina Kartson, Gina Passarella , Jeffrey S. Klein, Katrina M Dewey, M. Ashraf Lakhani, Ralph C. Ferrara
Recorded on: Mar. 1, 2018
PLI Program #: 226327

Candace Beinecke, Senior Partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, long included on The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of the twenty most elite law firms in the U.S, was named in 1999 the first woman to chair a major New York law firm.  Ms. Beinecke is also a practicing partner in Hughes Hubbard’s Corporate Department, known for her corporate governance and M&A expertise.

Candace serves as Chairperson of First Eagle Funds, a leading U.S. mutual fund family.  She also serves on the Boards of Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE), where she is the Lead Independent Trustee, ALSTOM (Paris), and Rockefeller Financial Services.  Candace is Director, Vice Chair and Executive Committee member of the Partnership for New York City, a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Chair of The Wallace Foundation.

Candace was named in The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”  She was the recipient of Chambers’ USA inaugural “Lawyer of the Year” award for outstanding contribution to private practice and Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leadership Award.  She has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” and one of the “100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business” by Crain’s New York Business and as one of the “25 New York executives whose contributions in and beyond business changed the City”. 


Adam O. Emmerich is a Corporate Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  He focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the REIT and publicly traded real estate areas, as well as on corporate governance and securities law matters. His practice includes a broad representation of public and private enterprises in a various industries throughout the United States and globally, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in takeover defense and corporate governance matters. 

Adam is recognized as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon; one of the world's leading lawyers in mergers and acquisitions by Chambers, an expert in each of  M&A, Corporate Governance and M&A in the real estate field by Who’s Who Legal, as well as by Euromoney’s Expert Guides and Legal 500.

After serving as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Adam joined the firm in 1986 and was named partner in 1991. He attended Swarthmore College and The University of Chicago, from which he received his J.D. with honors. While at the University of Chicago, Adam served as topics and comments editor of The University of Chicago Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of an Olin Fellowship in law and economics. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Adam is co-chair of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A, co-chair of the advisory board of New York University’s REIT Center for the Study of Public Real Estate Companies, and a member of the American Law Institute.  He has served as co-chair of the NYU Real Estate Institute’s Annual Symposium on REITs since its inception. He is a member of the Corporate Academic Bridge Group of the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Adam serves on the board of directors of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and as president of the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority and also of the Friends of Rambam Medical Center.


Jeffrey S. Klein is Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation Practice Group and Co-Head of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, which encompasses 160 attorneys worldwide. Mr. Klein is distinguished as both a first-chair trial lawyer and as a trusted advisor to senior management, General Counsels, and Boards of Directors of global companies on sophisticated human resources issues and employment-related crises.

For nearly four decades, Mr. Klein has exceled in and shaped novel areas of employment law as the workplace has undergone significant changes, including in relation to gender pay gap concerns, reverse discrimination claims, class arbitration issues, sexual harassment/#MeToo, non-competes, and anti-discrimination policies protecting transgender employees. As a result of his mastery of these issues, Mr. Klein has served as counsel to many top global companies such as Andeavor, Belmond Hotels, Godiva Chocolatier, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, Perella Weinberg Partners, Sterling Jewelers, Tiffany and Co., Union Pacific, and other Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Klein also offers unparalleled expertise as a sports attorney, and is regularly sought after by some of the most recognizable coaches and players. His most prominent recent matters include: representing former Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin in a highly publicized investigation into the culture of the football program; guiding Jim Harbaugh through his exit from the San Francisco 49ers and contract with the University of Michigan – one of the most high profile college football coaching signings of all time; and advising a number of professional athletes and college football coaches who have been the subject of front-page news articles over the past few years. 

Mr. Klein is a regular speaker at leading industry conferences, including the annual Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, and has authored a bi-monthly column for more than 20 years for the New York Law Journal. He also serves as pro bono outside general counsel to the Public Art Fund and Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation.

Mr. Klein is recognized as one of the nation’s leading employment/management attorneys by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Human Resources Executive, and Lawdragon, which inducted him into its 2018 Lawdragon Legends class in recognition of his 10th appearance in the Lawdragon 500.


Ralph Ferrara's practice includes a wide range of litigation, business regulatory and corporate governance matters. He represents corporations and individuals in complex securities class and shareholder derivative actions, advises corporate clients on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure requirements, represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, conducts corporate internal investigations, handles consumer financial services issues and counsels corporate officers and boards on all of these matters. Mr. Ferrara has argued on five occasions before the United States Supreme Court on cases, appeared in each of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and represented clients in state and federal courts across the country.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Mr. Ferrara was associated with two internationally ranked law firms where he served as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office for one of the firms and also served on the firm’s Management Committee.  Ralph also served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1978-1981. In that capacity, he argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court including: Burks. v. Lasker; Transamerica Mortgage Advisors, Inc. v. Lewis; Aaron v. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Steadman v. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his career with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ralph was appointed as Chief of Staff or Special Counsel to three Chairmen.

Mr. Ferrara has authored many books and treatises, as well as numerous articles for academic and professional journals and has lectured before a number of associations and institutes. Included among his publications are: Debt Despair & Deliverance: Commentary and Analysis on The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011); Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter with Practice Commentary and Analysis, 4 vols. (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011); Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions (Aspen Law & Business, 2011); Ferrara on Insider Trading and the Wall (Law Journal Press, 2d ed., 2001); Managing Marketeers: Supervisory Responsibilities of Broker-Dealers 2nd Investment Advisers (CCH, 2000); Shareholder Derivative Litigation: Besieging the Board (Law Journal Seminars-Press, 2008 and updates); Ferrara on Insider Trading and the Wall (Law Journal Press, 1995 and updates); Takeovers II: A Strategist's Manual for Business Combinations in the 1990s (Butterworths, 2d ed., 1993); Beyond Arbitration: Designing Alternatives to Securities Litigation (Butterworths, 1991); Stockbroker Supervision: Managing Stockbrokers and Surviving Sanctions (Butterworths, 1989); Redeeming Fallen Brokers: Managing the Aftermath of Broker-Dealer Enforcement Proceedings (Butterworths, 1988); Takeovers: Attack & Survival (Butterworths, 1987); Securities Practice: Federal and State Enforcement (Callaghan, 1985 and updates).


Adam L. Stock is the Chief Information Officer at Allen Matkins. Adam leads the firm's technology operations, innovation, and digital transformation initiatives.

His responsibilities include:

  • Refining the business processes at the firm to provide better service and efficiency to clients
  • Ensuring the security of data shared with the firm
  • Aligning technology systems and procedures to lead to outcomes in line with business goals

Prior to his current role, Adam served as the firm's Chief Marketing and Client Services Officer. Before joining the legal profession, Adam procured legal services and worked closely with law firms as a high technology executive at Auctiva Corporation, Electronics for Imaging, Inc., and several start-up companies.

He is a frequent speaker on law firm technology, marketing, and client service. Adam has been the Chair of Legal Marketing Technology Conference for several years. He has served on the boards of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), and is a cofounder of the SALI Alliance, which is driving open standards in the legal industry.


Ashby is the chief of The Wall Street Journal's Law Bureau, and is responsible for coordinating and planning all of the paper's legal coverage. His team of six reporters covers everything from white-collar crime to legal business to the major personalities and trends affecting law and the legal landscape in the U.S.

Prior to becoming bureau chief in the spring of 2016, Ashby worked as a legal-affairs reporter at the Journal and, before that, worked as the lead writer of the WSJ's Law Blog (RIP!). Before becoming a journalist, Ashby worked as a litigation associate in a large west-coast law firm, and clerked for a federal appeals judge in New York.

He has a law degree from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in English from Haverford College. 


Ashraf is the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Porter Hedges LLP in Houston. He is responsible for developing and executing the business development and marketing strategies for the firm and its practices, managing the public relations effort, and leading the team of marketing professionals.  Prior to Porter Hedges, he led the Texas marketing efforts for Morgan Lewis, growing a new office in Houston and managing the firm’s presence in Dallas.  Before that, he was part of the intellectual property practice group marketing team at Howrey LLP. 

Ashraf received an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business and B.A. from Duke University.

He currently serves as the President of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the largest legal marketing trade organization representing more than 4,200 members across the globe engaged in marketing, business development, public relations, pricing, practice management, and strategy for law firms.


David Lat is founding editor and editor at large of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches more than 1 million unique visitors a month. David’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to Above the Law, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges.

Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

David’s first book, Supreme Ambitions: A Novel, was published in 2014. According to the New York Times, “for an elite niche — consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks — Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year.”


David McClune is Chief Marketing Officer for Shearman & Sterling, responsible for the firm’s global Business Development, Marketing & Communications functions.

Prior to Shearman, David spent 15 years as the Chief Marketing Officer for Allens Linklaters, one of the largest corporate law firms in the Asia Pacific. David has also been a senior media and policy aide to several Government Cabinet Ministers in Australia, including serving as the Chief of Staff for Sydney’s 2000 Olympics, and as Marketing Director for the Australian Tourism Commission, the agency charged with marketing Australia as a leisure destination.

He also has an extensive background in marketing communications with leading international public relations and advertising agencies, having commenced his career with as a journalist.

David holds an MBA degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of NSW); a Masters of International Relations (Honors) degree from Melbourne University; and a Bachelor of Business (Communications) degree from the Queensland University of Technology.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Professional Services program, and a Member (Graduate) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Despina has extensive experience in global business development, marketing, and communications, including strategic planning, practice and client development, public relations, creative services, and internal, external, and online communications. She leads the global business development & communications department for Jones Day, the largest U.S. law firm, spanning 42 offices across five continents. In this role she works with Firm leadership and lawyers to develop and implement strategy around client development, marketing, communications, and media relations.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2016, Despina served as chief business development & marketing officer at Morgan Lewis for three years and was chief marketing officer at Latham & Watkins for nine years. While at Morgan Lewis she was instrumental in setting the strategic direction and overseeing the operational implementation of the firm's client development, marketing, and communications programs. During this time she led the firm's re-branding and website projects. The firm received numerous industry recognitions for these projects, including winner of the People's Choice Award as part of Sitecore's 2015 Experience Awards in North America.

At the start of her career, Despina worked in print and broadcast media for the ABC affiliate TV station in Toledo, Ohio and for the Associated Press in New York. She began her legal career as a litigation paralegal at Thompson Hine and with White & Case where she transitioned into litigation support/e-discovery and published two books on the subject. She later worked as an assistant IT director for Cravath, Swaine & Moore and moved into business development and sales for two companies that provide outsourcing services to law firms and professional service firms. She is also contributing author of Building Rainmakers: The Definitive Guide to Business Development for Lawyers.

Despina received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She is a member of the New York Local Steering Committee of the LMA (Legal Marketing Association) and winner of the Susan Benjamin Legacy Award from the Metro New York LMA chapter, which is a lifetime achievement award given to a long-standing member who has left a distinguishable mark on the chapter. Despina is also a frequent moderator and panelist at legal marketing conferences.


Gina Passarella is editor in chief of the American Lawyer where she focuses on developing and implementing the brand’s editorial strategy around coverage of the business of law. She started her career with The American Lawyer’s parent company, ALM, in 2005, as a reporter covering the business of law in Philadelphia for affiliate publication The Legal Intelligencer. In 2016, she served as senior editor for the business of law in ALM’s global newsroom before taking over her current position in January 2017. Gina is a graduate of American University with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and public affairs.


Katrina Dewey is Founder and CEO of Lawdragon Inc. a leading digital media company with offices in New York, California and South Carolina. She is also a leading legal journalist who has reported on the law, lawyers and law schools since 1988. In addition to leading Lawdragon Inc., Katrina is the CEO of Lawdragon Campus, an online resource which helps students make a more informed decision when choosing their law school.

Lawdragon Inc., which was founded in 2005, publishes everything from the country’s most exclusive list of lawyers, to reviews of every law school in the U.S. to coverage of the Guantanamo legal proceedings against the alleged 9/11 conspirators as well as interviews with the nation’s leading legal business producers.

She founded Lawdragon Inc. to create a new type of legal media company that would offer free access to news and other articles about lawyers online and provide a greater diversity and breadth of perspective on lawyers than existing legal media. The business model focuses on offering attorneys and other legal professionals enhanced online content to provide free access and generate revenues. The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America is the most elite lawyer recognition in the U.S. and is published online and in an annual print compendium. Lawdragon also publishes the 100 Leading Legal Consultants, the Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers, and an expanding well-curated array of lawyer guides.

Lawdragon Campus, which was founded in 2011, offers a proprietary search tool through which students can create individualized law school rankings. Lawdragon Campus also offers reviews of law schools and other law school news. The combination of Campus and Lawdragon enables the company to support legal professionals in their communication, marketing and other professional needs throughout the lifecycle of their careers.

Katrina began her career in legal journalism as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, where she covered the business of law and learned how to create lawyer lists. She became the Editor of the paper in 1996 and turned it into an award-winning daily paper. She also served as editor of the Daily Journal’s legal publications in Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.

Katrina is from Gibson City, a town of 3,500 people in Central Illinois. She received her B.S. With honors in Economics from Illinois State University and her J.D from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986.


Chairman of Paul, Weiss since 2008, Brad Karp is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has successfully defended financial institutions and other companies in numerous “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 received numerous industry recognitions over the years. 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 “Attorney of the Year” by 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, Chambers, The Lawyer (U.K.), Lawdragon, The Legal 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best 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 500 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. Brad has also spoken out and written about pressing issues of social justice. Most recently, in 2018 he authored two op-eds in The New York Times, “Stop Shielding Gun Makers,” advocating changes to laws related to gun manufacturer liability, 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 the issue of voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Brad is also active in the community, serving as the chairman of the Legal Action Center and as a director/trustee of more than 25 charitable, educational, medical and professional organizations. 

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. Brad has spent his entire professional career at Paul, Weiss.