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Mentoring Attorneys in the 21st Century

Speaker(s): David B. Sarnoff, Karine Wenger, Natalie Loeb, Shavar D. Jeffries
Recorded on: Apr. 27, 2021
PLI Program #: 323324

A highly successful litigator and a fierce advocate for his clients, Shavar Jeffries brings integrity, courage, and uncommon insight to his complex-litigation and white collar criminal defense work for Lowenstein. His experience stretches across the spectrum, from managing large-scale government investigations to representing individual and institutional clients in impact-litigation matters to case-specific advocacy and alternate methods of problem solving for diverse clients.

Before Shavar joined Lowenstein in 2014, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School's Center for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey, where he ran a litigation clinic focused on complex and class-action litigation and advocacy. In this role, he helped numerous clients, in both individual and class actions, defend themselves against consumer fraud, unlawful education policies, and overly broad government actions in wide-ranging matters affecting individual rights and liberties.

From 2008 to 2010, Shavar was counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, serving in the line of succession as one of the office's most senior officials. In that role, Shavar oversaw all multistate investigations, spanning a wide range of matters from securities and consumer fraud to environmental protection and products liability. He also had supervisory responsibility for several divisions of the office, including the Division on Civil Rights, encompassing responsibility for enforcing a wide range of state and federal employment and antidiscrimination statutes.

Earlier in his career, Shavar was counsel to the firm and Deputy Director of the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Litigation at Gibbons P.C., where he worked on a variety of complex-litigation and class-action matters, including cases involving consumer fraud, voting rights, affordable housing, and special education. He clerked for Nathaniel R. Jones, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where he defended the University of Michigan in affirmative-action litigation challenging its admissions policies, and represented large institutional clients in class-action employment cases.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Shavar has been extensively involved in the Newark community. He was the founding Board President of TEAM Academy Charter School, Board President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, and a board member of Seton Hall Preparatory School. In 2010, he was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board and was then unanimously selected by his colleagues to serve as Board President. Shavar ran as a candidate for Newark mayor in 2014, in a campaign that attracted national attention. Despite being a first-time municipal candidate, Shavar's reform platform gained broad support and he proved to be a formidable contender, obtaining over 46 percent of the vote, more votes than any other first-time municipal candidate in modern history.

Shavar has received numerous honors for his client advocacy, including "40 Under 40" recognition by the National Bar Association as one of the nation's top lawyers, the Garden State Bar's Young Lawyer Award, the NAACP's Freedom Fund Award, the Brendan Byrne Distinguished Public Servant Award, and recognition by New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Rising Star."

David is an executive coach and leadership trainer with 25 years of experience in the legal industry. As a former attorney and experienced executive search consultant, David is uniquely qualified and experienced to understand the mindset, demands and challenges of attorneys and legal professionals. As a litigation associate, David learned about the impact of leadership and the importance of workplace culture’s influence on employee performance and motivation. As a search consultant, David coached and guided hundreds of attorneys in discovering what inspired them in their professional lives.

Karine serves as corporate immigration counsel to a wide range of clients, from small domestic entities to large multinational corporations in varying industries. She manages a growing legal team of attorneys and paralegals that provide cutting-edge immigration solutions to corporate clients and counsels them on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance.  Karine immigrated from France in the 1980s and has practiced exclusively in the field of U.S. corporate immigration and nationality law for over 12 years. While in law school, Karine received the Grotius Award for Academic Excellence in International Law and was also on the Dean's list honors. She was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and after graduation was awarded an International Advocacy Fellowship. Her pro bono work is extensive, having: provided legal counseling to the Center for Community Solutions, Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence, to ascertain whether VAWA cases could be filed; represented clients for Casa Cornelia, a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, that provides legal services to women and children who have been the victims of abuse and who qualify for immigration benefits to remain in the U.S.

Karine speaks English, Spanish and French, and is admitted to the California Bar.


Golden Gate University School of Law | J.D., 1998
University of California, San Diego | B.A., 1994


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2018 to 2020

Inn of Court Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center’s 10th Annual La Mancha Awards, 2017

Named one of the “San Diego County Top Attorneys,” San Diego Source, 2014 to 2015


Natalie is sought-after thought leader with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in executive coaching, Natalie has helped dozens of senior leaders develop new skills, inspire colleagues and optimize overall performance. Natalie’s expertise informed the creation of the successful Managing for Impact training program for legal managers. Prior to founding Loeb Leadership, Natalie was developing organizational development solutions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.