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Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues 2019

Speaker(s): C. Evan Stewart, Jennifer Finnegan, Stephanie N. Simon, Susannah Geltman
Recorded on: Mar. 13, 2019
PLI Program #: 252405

Jennifer Finnegan is a Senior Vice President and Executive Director with the Professional Services Practice at Aon.  As a member of Aon’s Loss Prevention team, Jennifer consults with Aon’s 275+ law firm clients on a wide range of risk management and professional responsibility and liability issues.

Prior to joining Aon in 2018, Jenny was the General Counsel of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a mid-sized, full-service law firm based in New York. Before taking on the General Counsel role, Jenny was a litigation partner at Herrick, focusing her practice on civil litigation for financial institutions and for manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and automotive industries.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and over 12 years’ experience in defense of professional liability claims.

Jenny earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey.  She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

Stephanie Simon has experience in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on commercial disputes and defense of complex class actions. She has represented a diverse group of clients in high-stakes matters involving antitrust, bankruptcy, trade secret, employment, securities, administrative law, contract and tort claims, as well as claims involving federal consumer-protection statutes. In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Simon has extensive appellate experience. She has been involved in briefing and oral argument for matters in the Second, Fourth, Seventh and DC Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the US Supreme Court.

Ms. Simon also maintains an active pro bono practice, including in areas of family, immigration and constitutional law. She has also participated in drafting amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on issues such as LGBTQ rights, voting rights and election law, among others.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Simon served as a law clerk for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Paul A. Engelmayer on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Simon graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition.

C. Evan Stewart's practice focuses principally on the financial services industry, where he handles litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the "Top Trials of 2005" for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for "late trading" mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.

Mr. Stewart previously served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., and as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc.  Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to, among other things, oversee and litigate all of the disputes arising out of the company's Private Wealth Management Division.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Sanford D. Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject." In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990, the New York Business Journal since 2006, and has published approximately 300 articles on diverse legal subjects.  He is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities professional responsibility and complex litigation issues.

Susannah S. Geltman is a Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Litigation Department, where she represents clients in a wide range of high-stakes, complex commercial litigation matters, including securities class and shareholder derivative litigations, confidential internal and government investigations, and insurance and reinsurance coverage litigations.  Susannah has extensive trial and arbitration experience and is a repeat honoree on Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners under the age of 40.

Susannah graduated from Cornell Law School, cum laude, where she served on the Cornell Law Review.  She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 2003.  She is admitted to practice in New York.