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Ethics in Context: Summer 2012

 
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Litigation
Published: Jun 2012
ISBN: 9781402418167
PLI Item #: 34673
CHB Spine #: F225

Allison Schoenthal is an experienced litigator, concentrating her practice on lender liability, complex commercial litigation, and electronic discovery.

Allison regularly appears in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative forums such as the American Arbitration Association and private mediations.

Due to the extensive number of cases handled during her career, she has unparalleled knowledge of the procedures and practices of the New York state and federal courts, and is an experienced and effective writer and advocate.

In April 2010, Allison accepted an award on behalf of the firm from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for "Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year" recognizing the firm's pro bono work. Allison currently serves on the board of AJC NY and is a Vice President.

In 2011, Allison was appointed to a three year term on the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics. Allison also lectures frequently on ethical issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Allison worked for Cristyne Lategano, Director of Communications for Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States and former Secretary of Defense; and Lynne Cheney, former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Allison is also actively involved in a broad range of pro bono matters through the firm's Community Services Department.


Representative Experience

Foreclosure and Lender Liability

  • Successfully represent the lending industry, including banks, loan servicers, and trusts, in all New York state and federal courts.
  • Defended over 500 litigations regarding real estate mortgage loans, including claims under the New York Deceptive Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as allegations of fraud, negligence, and predatory lending. 
  • Represent clients in bankruptcy adversary actions and appeals.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represent clients in complex business disputes, involving all types of business torts, contract claims and intellectual property matters. Recent experience includes: litigating multimillion dollar real estate and construction disputes between contractors, building owners, and investors; successfully defending, through appeal, precedent-setting class actions concerning validity of automatic renewal provisions and late fees in lease agreements; and representing a major technology company in patent, trademark and copyright cases

Electronic Discovery

  • Avid speaker at professional education seminars on current issues regarding e-discovery.
  • Worked closely with New York State justices to reform rules for e-discovery in New York.
  • Drafted rules and guidelines on e-discovery for New York State Court practitioners, effective in 2009 and published on the New York State Courts' website.
  • Routinely advise clients on data preservation and collection issues, as well as e-discovery requirements under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and New York law.


Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She helped to create the Corporate Compliance program at Fordham Law School, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance that launched in 2012.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006).

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms. Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance. 


David Boyd Booker is a New York corporate attorney specializing in fixed income derivative transactions.  Since 2007, he has been with the New York office of the Paris based corporate and investment bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, where he currently is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel and is the Head of Fixed Income Derivatives for the Americas – Legal.  Previously Mr. Booker practiced for several years in the New York legal department of Credit Suisse.  In addition, prior to going in-house, he practiced for a number of years in New York with the law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and then the law firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.  Mr. Booker holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Mr. Booker has previously been a presenter at various programs conducted by the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, ACI, FTF and SIFMA and he has spoken at classes at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fordham University Law School.  In addition, Mr. Booker is a member of the New York State Bar Association (where he is a member of the Derivatives and Structured Products Committee), the Bar Association of the City of New York (where he is a member of the Futures and Derivatives Committee) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (where he is a member of the Energy Committee and the Financial Services Committee).  Mr. Booker is also a member of SIFMA’s Derivative Task Force Committee and ISDA’s Credit Derivatives Committee among others.

Mr. Booker is a native Manhattanite and resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children.  He is also an avid wine collector, traveler and skier.


Louise Pentland joined Nokia in May 1998 and was appointed Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and Senior Vice President for Legal and Intellectual Property (LIP) in July 2008, having been acting CLO from September 2007.

Under Louise's leadership, from July 2009, the previously separate Legal and Intellectual Property Rights organizations were integrated into one function, built on collaboarative principles, enabling more innovative and effective ways of working for Legal and IP activities in Nokia.

As CLO, Louise has responsibility both for legal governance as well as the company's Intellectual Property activities. The role of Nokia LIP is paramount to achieving success for Nokia through its work on a wide range of current and future business needs, including proactive risk management, innovative legal and IP solutions and influencing the global legal and IP environment.

Louise has more than ten years experience in a wide range of demanding and cutting edge business situations in Nokia. Her first six years in the company were in legal support for Nokia Networks.  In 2001, she moved to the United States to support US network operators' adoption of GSM and UMTS. Louise spent four years as VP and Head of Legal for Enterprise Solutions and prior to her current role was head of legal for North America and global head of IPR legal. 

Prior to Nokia, Louise held company in-house positions following several years in corporate private practice. Louise is a member of many legal forums, including the Association of General Counsels, CLO Roundtable, and Global Leaders in Law and recently became Vice Chair at the IBA CCF. Louise is an active supporter of diversity in law, and shares a strong passion in the legal and IP arena for emerging and blossoming markets, as well as pro-bono initiatives.

Louise graduated with an LL.B (hons) in law and is qualified and active Solicitor in England and Wales. Louise is also a US Attorney, being a licensed and active member of the New York Bar.


As Practice Leader of the E-Discovery and Data Management Group, Mr. Yannella manages litigation involving complex eDiscovery, leveraging his experience as National Discovery Counsel for more than a dozen companies in nationwide litigations. He advises clients in a wide range of industries on the creation of records retention policies and schedules, and the implementation of worldwide information governance programs.


Steve Brody is an accomplished trial lawyer who handles a wide variety of complex, aggregated litigation, with a primary focus on mass torts, product liability, class actions, government investigations, and appeals. Steve chairs the firmwide Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice, and leads the practice’s Drug and Medical Device subgroup. He also works frequently with attorneys in the firm’s Consumer Class Actions, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations, and Appellate Practice Groups.

Steve works with clients beyond the near-term victory in a single dispute and toward the achievement of systemic changes that benefit clients’ businesses well into the future. Steve has defended class actions and state attorney general cases involving pharmaceutical marketing, consumer fraud, state Medicaid reimbursement, health insurance plan benefits, preferred provider agreements, and 401(k) fees and retirement plan investment selection. At the federal appellate level, he has recently handled appeals in the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and DC Circuits, and state appellate courts in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Andrew J. Ceresney is a partner in the New York office of Debevoise and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.

Mr. Ceresney represents public companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, accounting firms, boards of directors, and individuals in federal and state government investigations and contested litigation in federal and state courts. Mr. Ceresney has many years of experience prosecuting and defending a wide range of white collar criminal and civil cases, having served in senior law enforcement roles at both the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ceresney also has tried and supervised many jury and non-jury trials and argued numerous appeals before federal and state courts of appeal.

Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Ceresney served for nearly four years as the Director of Enforcement at the SEC under Chair Mary Jo White. In that role, he oversaw approximately 1,400 SEC personnel, supervising law enforcement efforts in 12 offices throughout the country, including matters related to financial reporting and accounting, asset management, insider trading, market structure, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Under his leadership, the Division brought a record number of cases, including pathbreaking and significant cases across the entire spectrum of the securities industry. Mr. Ceresney also helped broaden the use of the SEC’s analytical tools to detect and investigate financial misconduct, while enhancing the Enforcement Division’s litigation capacity and improving morale. As Director of Enforcement, Mr. Ceresney worked closely with the high-level leadership of other regulators, including the Department of Justice, many U.S. Attorney’s offices, CFTC, New York Attorney General, New York Department of Financial Services, FINRA and CFPB.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2013, Mr. Ceresney Co-Chaired the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group at Debevoise. Mr. Ceresney played an integral role in negotiating the historic $25 billion national mortgage settlement between the federal government, 49 state attorneys general and some of the country’s largest banks. His practice focused on a wide range of issues, including securities-related and money laundering for financial institutions, and investigations and civil matters relating to accounting fraud, FCPA, valuation issues, complex financial instruments, insider trading and disclosure issues. He also handled matters involving the pharmaceutical industry, including government investigations of promotional practices and class action litigation.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2003, Mr. Ceresney served as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure at the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ceresney was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit and handled numerous white collar criminal investigations, trials and appeals, including matters relating to securities fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption and obstruction of justice.

Mr. Ceresney received his J.D. in 1996, from Yale Law School, where he was Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1993.


Christina B. Dugger is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she heads the Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Group (GIRE).  Christina rejoined J.P. Morgan in June of 2014 after serving as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for over two years.

During her tenure as a federal prosecutor she tried numerous cases, including the retrial of Lemrick Nelson for the civil rights murder of Yankel Rosenbaum during the 1991 Crown Heights riots and, more recently, the March 2014 conviction of New York State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. on bribery, extortion and corruption charges.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, she was a Compliance Vice President in the Global Securities Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where she focused on Fixed Income.  She then joined J.P. Morgan and helped to manage GIRE for close to three years. Christina began her legal career an associate at the New York law firm of Rogers & Wells, and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.


George S. Canellos is a partner in the law firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and heads its litigation department.  In 2014, Mr. Canellos rejoined Milbank, where he had been a litigation partner from 2003 to 2009.  Until January 2014, Mr. Canellos served as Co-Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.  He earlier served as the Division’s Acting Director and Deputy Director.  In these positions, Mr. Canellos was responsible for supervising the SEC’s nationwide enforcement efforts.  From July 2009 until May 2012, Mr. Canellos was Director of the SEC's New York Regional Office, which has responsibility for oversight of many of the leading broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other SEC-registered financial institutions. Mr. Canellos began his career as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In 1994, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.  During almost nine years at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Canellos held a number of positions, including Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, Senior Trial Counsel of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. Mr. Canellos is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law.


Katy Choo is Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel at GE, specializing in government and internal investigations in complex criminal and regulatory matters, compliance initiatives of the Company, and preventive law.  Ms. Choo also is a member of GE’s Policy Compliance Review Board (PCRB), which oversees the Company’s strategic imperatives with respect to compliance. 

Ms. Choo has primary responsibility for counseling GE’s businesses with respect to anti-corruption efforts globally relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws and serves as primary compliance counsel to GE’s mergers and acquisitions transactions team.   Ms. Choo has been the recipient of numerous awards at GE, including GE’s Chairman’s Award, the Company’s highest form of recognition.

Ms. Choo joined GE in 2003 after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the General Crimes Unit and a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division.  As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in prosecutions of white-collar offenses and twice was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and a recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association’s Group Achievement Award.  During her tenure in government, Ms. Choo tried numerous federal criminal trials to verdict and argued numerous appeals in the Second Circuit.  Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she worked as an associate specializing in complex civil litigation at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Ms. Choo is a graduate of Wellesley College (Durant Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).


Andrew J. Ceresney is a partner in the New York office of Debevoise and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.

Mr. Ceresney represents public companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, accounting firms, boards of directors, and individuals in federal and state government investigations and contested litigation in federal and state courts. Mr. Ceresney has many years of experience prosecuting and defending a wide range of white collar criminal and civil cases, having served in senior law enforcement roles at both the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ceresney also has tried and supervised many jury and non-jury trials and argued numerous appeals before federal and state courts of appeal.

Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Ceresney served for nearly four years as the Director of Enforcement at the SEC under Chair Mary Jo White. In that role, he oversaw approximately 1,400 SEC personnel, supervising law enforcement efforts in 12 offices throughout the country, including matters related to financial reporting and accounting, asset management, insider trading, market structure, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Under his leadership, the Division brought a record number of cases, including pathbreaking and significant cases across the entire spectrum of the securities industry. Mr. Ceresney also helped broaden the use of the SEC’s analytical tools to detect and investigate financial misconduct, while enhancing the Enforcement Division’s litigation capacity and improving morale. As Director of Enforcement, Mr. Ceresney worked closely with the high-level leadership of other regulators, including the Department of Justice, many U.S. Attorney’s offices, CFTC, New York Attorney General, New York Department of Financial Services, FINRA and CFPB.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2013, Mr. Ceresney Co-Chaired the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group at Debevoise. Mr. Ceresney played an integral role in negotiating the historic $25 billion national mortgage settlement between the federal government, 49 state attorneys general and some of the country’s largest banks. His practice focused on a wide range of issues, including securities-related and money laundering for financial institutions, and investigations and civil matters relating to accounting fraud, FCPA, valuation issues, complex financial instruments, insider trading and disclosure issues. He also handled matters involving the pharmaceutical industry, including government investigations of promotional practices and class action litigation.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2003, Mr. Ceresney served as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure at the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ceresney was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit and handled numerous white collar criminal investigations, trials and appeals, including matters relating to securities fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption and obstruction of justice.

Mr. Ceresney received his J.D. in 1996, from Yale Law School, where he was Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1993.


Christina B. Dugger is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she heads the Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Group (GIRE).  Christina rejoined J.P. Morgan in June of 2014 after serving as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for over two years.

During her tenure as a federal prosecutor she tried numerous cases, including the retrial of Lemrick Nelson for the civil rights murder of Yankel Rosenbaum during the 1991 Crown Heights riots and, more recently, the March 2014 conviction of New York State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. on bribery, extortion and corruption charges.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, she was a Compliance Vice President in the Global Securities Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where she focused on Fixed Income.  She then joined J.P. Morgan and helped to manage GIRE for close to three years. Christina began her legal career an associate at the New York law firm of Rogers & Wells, and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.


George S. Canellos is a partner in the law firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and heads its litigation department.  In 2014, Mr. Canellos rejoined Milbank, where he had been a litigation partner from 2003 to 2009.  Until January 2014, Mr. Canellos served as Co-Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.  He earlier served as the Division’s Acting Director and Deputy Director.  In these positions, Mr. Canellos was responsible for supervising the SEC’s nationwide enforcement efforts.  From July 2009 until May 2012, Mr. Canellos was Director of the SEC's New York Regional Office, which has responsibility for oversight of many of the leading broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other SEC-registered financial institutions. Mr. Canellos began his career as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In 1994, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.  During almost nine years at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Canellos held a number of positions, including Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, Senior Trial Counsel of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. Mr. Canellos is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law.


Katy Choo is Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel at GE, specializing in government and internal investigations in complex criminal and regulatory matters, compliance initiatives of the Company, and preventive law.  Ms. Choo also is a member of GE’s Policy Compliance Review Board (PCRB), which oversees the Company’s strategic imperatives with respect to compliance. 

Ms. Choo has primary responsibility for counseling GE’s businesses with respect to anti-corruption efforts globally relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws and serves as primary compliance counsel to GE’s mergers and acquisitions transactions team.   Ms. Choo has been the recipient of numerous awards at GE, including GE’s Chairman’s Award, the Company’s highest form of recognition.

Ms. Choo joined GE in 2003 after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the General Crimes Unit and a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division.  As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in prosecutions of white-collar offenses and twice was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and a recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association’s Group Achievement Award.  During her tenure in government, Ms. Choo tried numerous federal criminal trials to verdict and argued numerous appeals in the Second Circuit.  Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she worked as an associate specializing in complex civil litigation at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Ms. Choo is a graduate of Wellesley College (Durant Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).