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Women Lawyers in Leadership 2019


Speaker(s): Alexandra S. Bernay, Brande Stellings, Cynthia B. Adams, Dani R. James, Elaine H. Mandelbaum, Jacquelyn Kasulis, Jayne A. Goldstein, Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Joan E. McKown, Lara Shalov Mehraban, Linda P. Nussbaum, Margaret Popper, Michele Coleman Mayes, Paula T. Edgar, Richelle Levy, Sharon Robertson, Sheila S. Boston, Taa R. Grays
Recorded on: Sep. 12, 2019
PLI Program #: 250388

Cynthia B. Adams is Managing Director and Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Employment Legal at Jefferies LLC, a global investment banking firm.  She leads the team responsible for a wide array of litigation, enforcement, and employment matters, including internal investigations, regulatory and compliance advice, and firm-wide policy initiatives. 

Prior to Jefferies, Cynthia held senior in-house legal roles at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Global Wealth Management.  She joined Citigroup from WilmerHale, where she represented financial institutions in regulatory investigations and other matters.  Prior to WilmerHale, she served as an enforcement attorney in the New York office of FINRA (then NASD Regulation).  Cynthia began her legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell, following a federal clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

She earned her law degree with honors from Howard University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary.

Cynthia serves on the Executive Committee of the Compliance and Legal Society for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading industry group for the financial services industry.  She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association.  She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and an advisory board member for Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC).  She frequently speaks on panels regarding ethics for legal and compliance professionals, best practices for regulatory and internal investigations, and success strategies for diverse counsel.  

Cynthia currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS), a leading provider of pro bono legal services to New York City’s neediest residents.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Northside Center for Child Development, a non-profit providing expert behavioral, mental health, education and enrichment programs to economically disadvantaged children and families in Harlem and Brooklyn.  At Jefferies, she has served on the Steering Committee of jWIN, the firm’s women’s leadership initiative, and on the Steering Committee for J-NOBLE, the Jefferies Network of Black and Latino Employees. 

 


Jacquelyn Kasulis joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York in January 2008, and was appointed Acting Chief of the Criminal Division in March 2019, and Chief of the Criminal Division in June 2019.  After holding various supervisory positions, she was appointed Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in April 2017.  She has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including market manipulation, fraud involving publicly-traded companies, investment adviser fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bank Secrecy Act.

During her time in the Office, Jacquelyn has worked on significant white collar cases.  For example, Jacquelyn was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Martin Shkreli, in which Martin Shkreli was convicted in August 2017 of multiple counts of securities fraud relating to two separate hedge funds that he managed, and securities fraud conspiracy in relation to his attempt to control the price and trading volume of the shares of a publicly-traded company.  Jacquelyn also led the Office’s investigation and prosecution in United States v. Low Taek Jho, et al. and United States 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 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund.  Jacquelyn also led the investigation and prosecution in United States v. Bandfield, et al., in which nine defendants and six Belize-based corporations, including three brokerage firms, were charged for their involvement in an elaborate offshore securities fraud, money laundering and tax evasion scheme.  As part of that scheme, the defendants laundered approximately $250 million for their corrupt clients, who included more than 100 U.S. citizens and residents.  Additionally, Jacquelyn participated in the investigation and prosecution of nine corrupt brokers and promoters who were involved in a $131 million stock manipulation scheme related to ForceField Energy Inc., a publicly-traded company whose common stock was listed on the NASDAQ. 

Jacquelyn is also currently supervising Eastern District of New York prosecutors in United States v. Odebrecht and United States v. Braskem, collectively one of the largest foreign bribery cases in history, and United States v. Société Générale, an $860 million resolution of bribery and LIBOR manipulation charges. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Jacquelyn was an associate in the Litigation Department of 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 president-elect of the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She frequently speaks and writes on SEC enforcement related topics.


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.


Linda P. Nussbaum is the founder and managing director of the Nussbaum Law Group, P.C. (“NLG”), a boutique litigation firm specializing in the prosecution of antitrust and other complex litigation. She is nationally recognized for her representation of class and individual plaintiffs in complex litigation.  She has served as sole or co-lead counsel in numerous class actions that have resulted in substantial recoveries, many in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  She has also represented large public companies in complex litigation.

Ms. Nussbaum was selected “Litigator of the Week” by the AmLaw Litigation Daily for her lead counsel role in Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals v. Pfizer, Inc. where, after a six-week trial, a jury returned a RICO verdict for her clients.  She was also co-lead and trial counsel for a class of antitrust plaintiffs in Meijer, Inc. v. Abbott Laboratories (N.D. Cal.). She was named as a finalist for Public Justice Foundation’s 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year award.  She was selected by Global Competition Review’s as being among the world’s leading competition lawyers in 2016 and 2017.

Ms. Nussbaum has lectured extensively about various aspects of antitrust and class action law at the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Conference, and the American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meetings. She has also authored numerous publications.

Ms. Nussbaum’s successful prosecution of complex litigation has been recognized and commended by judges in matters in which she has served as lead and trial counsel.

Following the trial in In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, No. 04cv10981 (D. Mass.), in which Ms. Nussbaum served as a lead trial counsel, Judge Patti Saris commented that:

“[this was] a fabulous trial[.] [I]t’s the kind of thing that you become a judge to sit on.”

From Judge Faith S. Hochberg of the District of New Jersey in the Remeron Antitrust Case in which Ms. Nussbaum served as lead counsel:

“[W]e sitting here don’t get to see such fine lawyering, and it’s really wonderful for me both to have tough issues and smart lawyers.  On behalf of the entire federal judiciary I want to thank you for the kind of lawyering we wish everybody would do.”

Chief Judge Hogan of the District of Columbia commented in In re Lorazepam & Clorazepate Antitrust Litigation, No. 99-cv-00276 (D.D.C.), in which Ms. Nussbaum was lead counsel:

“Obviously, the skill of the attorneys, and I’m not going to spend the time reviewing it, I’m familiar with counsel, and they, as I said, are among the best antitrust litigators in the country.”

Ms. Nussbaum has been a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) for over 15 years, and is a long-time advisory board member of the American Antitrust Institute. She is also on the Board of Savvy Ladies, a not-for-profit women’s legal and financial resource organization.

 

Ms. Nussbaum graduated from Brooklyn College (B.A., magna cum laude), George Washington University Law School (J.D., with Honors), and New York University Law School (L.L.M.).


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. 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. 


Paula T. Edgar, Esq., is an attorney and Partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that provides innovative and strategic solutions on organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, sexual harassment prevention and EEO compliance. Paula has worked and consulted in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion for more than 10 years. Paula speaks and consults on these topics by advising, facilitating workshops, professional development training, and providing keynote speeches. Paula has worked extensively with clients to develop and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across sectors. Paula is also an expert in inclusive executive/leadership development, professional and personal branding, networking, social media, and career strategies. Paula has demonstrated leadership in numerous civic organizations and she is the immediate past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest black bar association.

Paula’s professional experiences include serving as the founder and CEO of PGE LLC (a speaking, consulting and executive coaching firm), the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School and as an attorney in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

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

Keep up to date with Paula at inclusionstrategy.com,  Linkedin and Twitter (@PaulaEdgar) and via email at Paula@PaulaEdgar.com


Richelle B. Levy is a senior attorney with the firm of Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen, PLLC. Ms. Levy graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Law, cum laude and has been an attorney for over twenty-three years. She worked in New York and New Orleans and has extensive experience in representing both private and governmental pension plans and employee benefit plans. Ms. Levy worked for the City of New York as corporate counsel where she received extensive litigation training and continued in Florida on behalf of union Taft-Hartley plans, prior to turning her primary focus to the representation of governmental pension funds and public employee benefit plans. As general counsel for public funds, she has focused considerably on disability cases and tax issues affecting these plans, as well as educating trustees on their fiduciary duties.  Ms. Levy is a dedicated member and has recently be named Program Manager of the Weston Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  She regularly teaches training classes and conducts workshops in volunteer first aid and response for CERT. She has co-authored “Chapter Money in Florida: Everything that You Had Learned ‘Appears to be Inaccurate,’ and Probably Will Be Again” which appeared in the FPPTA publication Retirement Security, A Good Investment under Florida’s Legal & Legislative Issues, Spring 2014.     She is a Certified Public Pension Trustee through the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association and has taught and spoken at the Trustee Schools.  She is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans,  the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, and the American Association for Justice.  Ms. Levy is also a member in the Broward County Women’s Lawyers Association and a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.


Sheila S. Boston is a trial lawyer and litigation strategist who defends clients from initiation of the case through trial and/or settlement. Ms. Boston is valued by her clients for her advocacy skills, dependability, and collaborative spirit. Ms. Boston has successfully litigated before both state and federal courts, with significant MDL experience in mass tort actions, providing litigation avoidance counseling, and conducting audits to evaluate the potential product-related liabilities in proposed corporate acquisitions and reorganizations. She helps her clients by assessing litigation risks and defending lucrative products by weeding out frivolous individual personal injury lawsuits, defending against class actions and mass torts, and devising creative settlement solutions.

Adept in "battle of the experts" litigation, Ms. Boston has served as national coordinating counsel of experts, involving the retention, development and preparation of experts for depositions, Daubert/Frye hearings and trials; she has worked with numerous experts in various fields of medicine and science including, but not limited to, toxicology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, oncology, urology, hepatology, endocrinology, cardiology, psychology, and psychiatry.

Ms. Boston has been recognized by Who's Who Legal in Product Liability Defence every year since 2012. In 2018, she was recognized as a “legal lion” trial attorney by Law 360 as a result of a successful defense verdict in Daniel Russell et al. v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al., in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Her other recent accolades include New York City Legal Services 2019 Honoree; 2018 Crain's New York Leading Women Lawyers in New York; and New York Law Journal’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement awards recipient.

Ms. Boston is a member of her firm’s Pro Bono and Hiring Committees, and was recently elected to serve as an Ombudsperson for the firm. An active participant in bar associations and the legal community at large, she was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve a three-year term on New York's First Department Judicial Screening Committee as well as appointed by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to serve on the Circuit’s Attorney Grievance Committee. Ms. Boston also currently serves as Chair of the Federal Bar Council Board; Chair of the National Bar Association’s Minority Partners in Majority Firms Division; and on DRI’s Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee as Chair of its annual seminar.

A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Ms. Boston has won several awards for her efforts including the prestigious Chambers Diversity Awards USA 2016 inaugural award for her "Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession, Private Practice." Most recently, she was recognized by Columbia Law School Black Law Student Association with a “2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.”

Ms. Boston received her A.B. from Princeton University in 1990 and her J.D. from the Columbia School of Law in 1993. She is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts, the SDNY, the EDNY, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Taa R. Grays is Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Information Governance – MetLife Legal Affairs. As the lead of Information Governance, Taa is responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s global Information Lifecycle Management Program. She leads a team that develops, implements and manages the Information Governance strategic plan. The team, partnership with the Lines of Business and Corporate Functions, embed and drive the Program throughout MetLife. She provides strategic leadership for all aspects of the ILM program, including strategic direction, management of corporate ILM policies, processes, procedures, standards, and tools, and deployment of ILM principles throughout the global enterprise. She collaborates with IT, Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Audit, Global Technology and Operations, and all the Lines of Businesses and various other stakeholders to deliver ILM requirements and compliance strategies for ILM to minimize potential risks.

Prior to this role, Taa served as the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel since 2010. She worked closely with the General Counsel and his leadership team to identify, develop, communicate and execute Legal Affairs’ initiatives. She collaborated and coordinated with the Legal Affairs leadership on project planning, management and accountability to ensure the timely completion of Enterprise and Legal Affairs deliverables and to champion various departmental initiatives. She also managed a staff of 140 associates that provides operational support to the Department, including but not limited to: project management, technology portfolio management and training support, communications, records management, finance management and analytical support, knowledge management, office services, and administrative and paralegal support. She also chaired the Legal Affairs’ Diversity Committee and the Technology Governance Committee, and was an Executive Member of The Academy, Legal Affairs’ training committee.

Taa started with MetLife in 2003 in the Litigation Section. As a litigator, her practice consisted of handling various federal and state lawsuits and regulatory complaints stemming from MetLife’s US Business and Investment activities. She also coordinated and oversaw MetLife’s e-discovery responses to regulatory, pre-litigation and litigation matters as the eDiscovery Counsel and led a cross-functional team that managed MetLife’s discovery obligations.

Prior to MetLife, Taa was an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in its Rackets Bureau for five and half years. She investigated and prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes committed by public officials and organized crime groups from the filing of the initial complaint to indictment and trial.

Taa has been recognized as one of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in NY by Crain’s New York Business in 2017, a Visionary Leader in Litigation by Inside Counsel in 2016, among the Most Influential Black Lawyer in 2015, and R3 – 100: Ready to Rise to become a general counsel in 2013 and 2015.

Taa is very active in the legal community. The New York City Bar Association recognized her as a Diversity Champion in 2015. The Metropolitan Black Bar Association recognized her dedication and leadership to the bar in 2010 by honoring her with its inaugural Bar Leaders of the Year Award. The New York State Bar Association also recognized Taa for her commitment to diversity in 2003 by honoring her with its Diversity Trailblazer Award.

She received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Alexandra S. Bernay is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office, where she specializes in antitrust and unfair competition class action litigation. She has also worked on some of the Firm’s largest securities fraud class actions, including as a key team member in In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.) litigation, which recovered an unprecedented $7.2 billion for investors.

Xan currently serves as co-lead counsel in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig., in which a settlement of up to $6.26 billion was recently preliminarily approved by the Eastern District of New York. This case was brought on behalf of millions of U.S. merchants against Visa and Mastercard and various card-issuing banks, challenging the way these companies set and collect tens of billions of dollars annually in merchant fees. The settlement is believed to be the largest antitrust class action settlement of all time.

Additionally, Xan is involved in In re Remicade Antitrust Litig. (E.D. Pa.) – a large case involving anticompetitive conduct in the biosimilars market, where the Firm is sole lead counsel for the end-payor plaintiffs. She is also part of the litigation team in In re Dealer Mgmt. Sys. Antitrust Litig. (N.D. Ill.), which involves anticompetitive conduct related to dealer management systems on behalf of auto dealerships across the country. Another representative case is Persian Gulf Inc. v. BP West Coast Prods. LLC (S.D. Cal.), a massive case against the largest gas refiners in the world brought by gasoline station owners who allege they were overcharged for gasoline in California as a result of anticompetitive conduct. She also helped try to verdict a case against one of the world’s largest companies who was sued on behalf of consumers.

Xan speaks on a variety of issues related to litigation, including recent changes to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In December 2018, with another lawyer, she prevailed for her client in a multi-day probate court trial as part of her pro bono work with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers’ Program.

Xan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Humboldt State University. She then graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was Comments Editor for the San Diego Law Review, and an Order of the Coif member.


Brande Stellings is a principal at Vestry Laight, a consulting firm that partners with organizations to assess and address sexual misconduct.

An expert in workplace and inclusion matters, Stellings served as Senior Vice President, Advisory Services at Catalyst prior to founding Vestry Laight. She led Catalyst’s consulting and corporate board departments, partnering with CEOs and senior executives in Fortune 500 corporations and leading professional services firms to create organizational change strategies related to diversity and inclusion and advancing women.

Appointed in 2017 as an independent member of the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council, Stellings reports to Fox’s board of directors. In this role, she advises Fox News and its senior management in its ongoing efforts to ensure an inclusive and respectful workplace; strengthen reporting practices for wrongdoing; enhance human resource training on workplace behavior; and in the recruitment and advancement of women and minorities.

Stellings speaks to corporate audiences and is quoted frequently in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS and Fortune, as an expert on women’s leadership and diversity in corporate boardrooms. Earlier in her career, Stellings practiced law at NBC Universal Inc., where she served as Vice President, Litigation, and at Cravath, Swaine & Moore as a litigation associate. 

Stellings serves on the Advisory Board of DirectWomen (Accelerating Board Opportunities for Women) and on the board of Akanksha Fund Inc, which supports education in India. She formerly served as a director of the New York Women’s Foundation and of Legal Momentum and formerly chaired the Women in the Profession Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Stellings received her JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Yale College.


Dani R. James is a partner in the New York office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where she is co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice.

Dani represents executives, directors and officers, and other individuals, as well as companies, in sensitive, complicated and often high-profile criminal and regulatory trials, hearings, investigations and other proceedings conducted by federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, among other agencies. A former federal prosecutor, Dani defends clients in a broad range of white collar criminal and regulatory matters, including allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, public corruption, bid-rigging, tax fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In addition to criminal matters, Dani handles complex civil litigation on behalf of corporations, directors and officers, and others, representing them in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and civil racketeering cases, as well as complex business disputes. She also conducts corporate internal investigations and provides counsel to audit committees and special litigation committees on compliance matters.

Dani’s most recent notable work includes the successful representation of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in federal and criminal investigations and a former Barclays banker in a civil fraud suit brought by the Department of Justice relating to mortgage-backed securities.

From 1999 to 2003, Dani served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, representing the United States as lead counsel in a wide variety of federal criminal cases involving securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, international narcotics trafficking, racketeering and violent offenses, as well as appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Dani served as assistant visiting professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she taught courses on criminal law and conducted extensive research on federal sentencing issues.


Elaine H. Mandelbaum was most recently General Counsel of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group (ICG). She and her group were responsible for all litigation, arbitrations, internal investigations and regulatory inquiries and related investigations, sweeps and enforcement proceedings for Citigroup’s institutional businesses, including corporate and investment banking, sales and trading, capital markets origination, securities services, trade and treasury services and private banking.  Elaine also was a member of the Global ICG Legal Management Committee. Prior to starting at Citigroup in 1997, Ms. Mandelbaum was a litigation attorney at the New York office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, and previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Elaine is the current 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.


Margaret Popper is a Managing Director at strategic communications firm, Sard Verbinnen & Co. in New York. She works on a variety of assignments including media relations, ongoing corporate positioning, mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights, investor relations, executive changes, and special situations, and is also one of the senior members of the firm’s media training practice and video production teams.

Her recent work includes advising various universities and K-12 schools on crisis and special situations including Child Victims Act claims, gender policy, bullying allegations, sexual harassment allegations, campus threats  and other situations; corporate clients on executive women’s profile raising and visibility; Owl Rock Capital Partners on corporate positioning as well as an IPO of their BDC; the Carlyle Group on corporate positioning; Intel Corp. on special situations; Trian Partners on general corporate positioning and proxy advocacy, Owl Rock Capital Partners on corporate positioning, Sessa Capital on its proxy battle with AHP, Atlas Merchant Capital on corporate positioning, Perella Weinberg Partners on corporate positioning and its merger with Tudor Pickering Holt, a group of 12 institutions organized by Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett on the rollout of Commonsense Governance Principles, FINRA on the creation of an investor education website, Analog Devices on its acquisition of Linear Techonologies, Revlon on its acquisition of Elizabeth Arden, OneMain Financial on communications related to its merger with Springleaf, The Fresh Market on its management presentation for potential buyers, and Ocwen Financial on corporate positioning.

Margaret joined SVC after a career in journalism that spanned more than two decades and included work for print, online, newswire and broadcast media outlets. She has covered a broad range of industries including energy, biotech, retail, media and finance. She came to the firm from CNBC, a cable television network, where she was the senior producer for financials coverage. Prior to working at CNBC, Margaret spent nearly 8 years working at Bloomberg, first as a print reporter, and later as an on-air reporter and producer for Bloomberg TV. She came to Bloomberg from BusinessWeek Magazine where she was an associate editor for the economics team. Before that she worked in the U.K. and Spain for various English-language publications including Mergers & Acquisitions International, Screen Finance, Institutional Investor, Euromoney Magazine, and Investment Dealers’ Digest. Margaret began her career on Wall Street, working for Dean Witter Reynolds in mergers and acquisitions and in asset finance for Kidder, Peabody & Co.

Margaret has a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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