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PLI Ethics Programs: Chicago 2012

 
Author(s): Terri L. Mascherin, Ronald C. Minkoff, Howard Schneider, Michael S. Sackheim
Practice Area: Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Jun 2012
ISBN: 9781402418181
PLI Item #: 38991
CHB Spine #: F226

Michael Sackheim is senior counsel in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP where he concentrates on derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters.  Michael is a past Chair of the New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee, and he is the managing editor of Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.).  Michael is also the co-editor of a new legal treatise, The Virtual Currency Regulation Review (November 2018, Law Business Research Ltd).


Since February, 2013, Howard Schneider serves as a Senior Consultant at Charles River Associates where he provides business consulting and expert witness services.  Prior to that, from June 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Schneider was a Managing Director of another consulting firm.  For the five years prior to that, Mr. Schneider served as the General Counsel at MF Global, a NYSE listed futures commission merchant and securities broker/dealer, operating in the futures and derivatives markets around the world. He was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP (“KMR”) where he concentrated in corporate, securities and derivatives/futures law and provided legal counsel in the financial markets area. 

Prior to joining KMR, Mr. Schneider served as the first General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  At KMR’s predecessor firm, he was Chairman of the Corporate Department and was also Chairman of the Firm.  Mr. Schneider is also a past Chairman (1997-2001) of the American Bar Association Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments (Business Law Section).  He is a member of the City Bar Association, and the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Futures Industry Association.  He served as Chairman of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Commodities Regulation from 1982-85.  From 1997 to 2018, Mr. Schneider served as a Board member of PJM Interconnection, LLC, the operator of the largest power grid in the United States. 

Mr. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics.  He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree, with distinction, from the Cornell University School of Law, where he was also an Editor of the Cornell Law Review.


Terri L. Mascherin is a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP. She is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. She also serves as an adjunct member of the Firm's Professional Liability Practice.

Ms. Mascherin represents businesses in disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses, and contracts. She is a first chair trial attorney who is effective in both jury and bench trials, and in representing clients in arbitrations and arguing appeals in state and federal appellate courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Mascherin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2007, Ms. Mascherin was recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal, and in 2012 she was selected among the "Top Fifteen Women Trial Attorneys" in America by Law 360. A former President of the Chicago Bar Association, Ms. Mascherin has been nationally recognized for her legal work, including her pro bono representation of those on death row and her work to promote effective representation of defendants in capital cases.

Ms. Mascherin's recent commercial cases have included a $101 million jury verdict in a tortious interference case arising from the acquisition of a REIT, a $75 million verdict in a partnership dispute against a Wall Street investment banking firm, a $75 million arbitration award in a dispute over the breach of a petrochemical supply contract, a jury trial over infringement of a patent for a battery charging device used in uninterruptible power supplies, and an international arbitration over infringement of three patents used in gas-electric hybrid vehicles.


Ronald C. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and Head of the Professional Responsibility Group. Mr. Minkoff is one of New York State’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, representing attorneys in a wide variety of matters including law firm partnership disputes, attorney discipline cases, legal fee disputes and legal malpractice and professional liability cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He also provides ethics opinions and advice to a wide variety of law firm clients.  In addition, he also serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice lawsuits and attorneys’ fees disputes.

Mr. Minkoff is a member of several Bar Ethics Committees, including the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) and the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Task Force on Professionalism of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, and a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications and is the co-Managing editor of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter. Mr. Minkoff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. He is a frequent lecturer on the law of lawyering.

In addition, Mr. Minkoff represents businesses and individual professionals and executives in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including business break-ups, securities lawsuits, and domestic and international trade disputes. He represents several law firm partners and law firms in partnership disputes, lateral transitions and law-firm dissolutions. And he represents an internationally known petrochemist in an oil and gas venture dispute. Mr. Minkoff was a member of Chief Judge Lippman’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. He is also a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association and of the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Minkoff was named Best Lawyers’ 2011 New York Ethics and Professional Responsibility Lawyer of the Year. He was also recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, and Regulatory Enforcement matters. He has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Professional Liability: Defense Work and Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine for nine consecutive years.

Mr. Minkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School (JD, 1980). He was an attorney at the Nassau County Legal Aid Society (1980-83), and was associated with Obermaier Morvillo & Abramowitz, P.C. (1983-85) and Owen & Fennell (1985-87). Mr. Minkoff was a member of Fennell & Minkoff (1987-94) and Beldock Levine & Hoffman (1994-2001) before joining Frankfurt Kurnit. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Representative cases:

Fragin v. First Funds Holdings LLC and Moses & Singer LLP, 2016 WL 4256984 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2016);

Grynberg v. BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. 127 A.D.3d 553, 7 N.Y.S.3d 125 (1st Dep’t (2015);

Lakah v. UBS AG, 996 F.Supp.2d 250 (S.D.N.Y. 2014); QBE Ins. Co. v. Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske, 2105 WL 7188350 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2015);

In re Lerner, 112 A.D.3d 144 (1st Dep’t 2013);

Frauzblau v. Cassin and Cassin LLP Index: 105949/10 Supreme Court New York County (2010);

Carl v. Cohen and Greenberg Traurig, LLP 23 Misc.3d 1110(A) 886 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2009);

Conopco, Inc. v. Wein, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46945 (S.D.N.Y. 2007);

Trepel v. Dippold, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78050 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).