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PLI's Chicago Ethics Programs

Author(s): Michael S. Sackheim, Terri L. Mascherin, John C. Koski, Howard Schneider
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Apr 2014
ISBN: 9781402422102
PLI Item #: 49680
CHB Spine #: F250

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).

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.

John Koski is the Global Chief Legal Officer for Dentons, where he is responsible for managing the provision of legal services to the world's largest law firm.  John chairs the Global Risk Management Committee, serves on the Global Management Committee, and reports to the Global Board. 

For more than 20 years, John has counseled the firm on governance, structure, litigation, transactions, insurance, regulation, compliance, investigations, and professional responsibility matters.  For 10 of those years, he served as the US General Counsel for the firm.  

John is a partner in the firm, resident in Chicago, where he is part of the firm's Professional Liability Litigation practice, which represents law firms, corporate law departments, and lawyers.   He speaks and writes frequently on legal ethics, risk management and professionalism matters, and is a contributing author and co-editor of The Risk Tip

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.