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Bridge-the-Gap I for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2013

Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Litigation
Published: Jan 2013
PLI Item #: 42816

Brent Baer is the owner of BAER ESSENTIALS, a premier consulting firm that provides training and coaching in communications, presentations and public speaking.  For over 15 years, Brent's interactive seminars, workshops and coaching sessions have impacted over 10,000 professionals in the legal, financial, technology, and not-for-profit sectors.  

Brent has been collaborating with lawyers and law firms throughout North America and abroad to increase their communication effectiveness and improve marketing skills. The BAER ESSENTIALS' accredited CLE Course, Successful Presentations for Lawyers, is a dynamic, interactive experience that helps lawyers achieve greater credibility and influence in their presentations whether in the courtroom, the boardroom, or at a client presentation. Brent is a longstanding faculty member with The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), the American Management Association (AMA), Yeshiva University and the Practising Law Institute (PLI).       

Brent has delivered management, customer service and diversity courses that have changed the culture of organizations. He has also been a radio host, a standup comedian, the host of Muscular Dystrophy Association and of Youth at Risk events as well as a speaker at international conventions. Brent appeared on CBS TV's "60 Minutes."

He began his training career at Dale Carnegie and Associates, where he was the #1 revenue producer worldwide. Brent completed the American Society of Training and Development's "Train the Trainer" program. He received his B.B.A. and the Business Administration Award at George Washington University's Business School in Washington, DC. Brent has delivered online webinars that have been attended by thousands.

David Keyko is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the New York office. His practice has focused on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has handled cases involving allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues and trusts and estates issues across the country, often involving insurance coverage issues. He has conducted internal investigations and represented clients responding to government probes. He has also served as an expert witness in connection with legal malpractice litigation. Among the prominent cases Mr. Keyko has handled was the representation of a defendant in a $1.4 billion antitrust lawsuit.

Mr. Keyko was named the "New York City Best Lawyers Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012, 2017 and 2019. He has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics, and chairs PLI's programs on federal pretrial practice and ethics for corporate lawyers. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal.

Mr. Keyko has undertaken a variety of pro bono projects, including representing for over 20 years a death row inmate in Alabama asserting that the inmate is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted, serving as Chair of the Board of  Mobilization for Justice Legal Services, Inc., and serving two terms as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Department. He was Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He chaired the ad hoc committee of the Association that commented on proposed SEC regulations under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He is currently the chair of the Association's Legal Referral Service Committee and is a member of the ABA Legal Referral and Information Service Committee.

Mr. Keyko is a member of Pillsbury's Sarbanes-Oxley Committee, Opinions Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law where he teaches legal ethics.

Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.) was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department since 2008 and has served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court trial and appellate terms since 1995. Justice Belen helped create the Kings County Commercial Division and then presided as a Justice handling complex commercial cases from 2002 to 2005. Over the course of nearly 18 years of distinguished judicial service, he developed a reputation as a calm, intelligent, fair, and hardworking jurist. He presided over countless matters covering the gamut of civil litigation from administrative to zoning law. A prolific writer, Justice Belen co-authored New York Trial Notebook, a comprehensive trial practice treatise. He was an instructor for many years at the New York State Judicial Institute where he taught all newly appointed or elected New York judges in the art of judging.

Justice Belen is fluent in Spanish. He can effectively communicate with Spanish speaking litigants and clients in all matters. Download Justice Belen's biography in Spanish.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Justice Belen is the current Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association.
  • Justice Belen presided for several years over the Jury Coordinating and Trial Assignment parts in Kings County through which all trial ready cases were calendared for pretrial conferences before jury selection. In this capacity, he settled hundreds of trial-ready cases valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. While he presided in these parts, he created innovative programs for early and efficient mediation.
  • As Administrative Judge of Kings County Supreme Court, he innovated in the creation of new rules, procedures, and court parts with the primary goal of early dispute resolution.
  • As an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, he has adjudicated thousands of matters on appeal in what is, in effect, the court of last resort for nearly twelve million people living in ten urban, suburban, and ex-urban counties within the New York metropolitan area.
  • As Chief, New York City Office of Corporation Counsel, Bronx Tort Division, Justice Belen was responsible for settling hundreds of matters.

Background and Education
  • Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York, 2008-2012
  • Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1995-2012
  • Administrative Judge, Civil Term, Supreme Court, Kings County, 2007-2008
    • Associate Justice, Appellate Term, Supreme Court, Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts, 2005-2012
    • Justice of the Commercial Division, Supreme Court of the State of New York, 2002-2005
  • Chief, Bronx Borough Office, City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Tort Division, 1994-1995
  • Deputy Chief, Brooklyn Tort Division, City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, 1993-1994
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, 1990-1993
  • Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society of New York, Criminal Defense Division, 1986-1989
  • Criminal Trial Attorney, Legal Aid Society of New York, Criminal Defense Division, 1981-1986
  • J.D., with Specialization in International Legal Affairs, Cornell Law School, 1981
  • B.A., cum laude, Brooklyn College, 1978

Jason Aylesworth began his law career as a file clerk for the music law firm of Mayer, Katz, Baker, Leibowitz and Roberts, P.C., which represented such music labels as Atlantic and Electra Records. After that firm's dissolution in 1996, he worked for Sendroff & Associates, P.C. as an office manager and financial administrator. Inspired by that firm's involvement in a wide variety of entertainment matters, ten years later, Jason attended Touro Law Center, while assisting with licenses, contracts and filings as a full-time Legal Assistant to Mark Sendroff. 

While at Touro, he served as President of Touro's Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Society, as well as a representative in Touro's Student Bar Association. He also held positions as Treasurer for both the Intellectual Property Society and the ADR Society. 

As an active participant in numerous American Bar Association ("ABA") ADR competitions, Jason won both the Negotiation Competition and Arbitration Competition at Touro and placed Second in the Client Counseling Competition. In addition to representing Touro in the regional ABA Negotiation Competition in New York and ABA Arbitration Competition in Oklahoma, he competed successfully in two regional ABA Mediation Competitions. 

Jason received a number of awards for his work at Touro, including a Graduation Award for his services to the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA"), the CALI Award for Excellence for his performance in Drafting Commercial Documents and the 2009 Lawyer Assistance Trust Law School Award for his services as the Lawyers Assistance Program representative during his final year at Touro. 

As an attorney for Sendroff & Baruch, LLP since 2009, he has represented a wide variety of artists in theatre, music, film and television including dramatists, directors and designers, as well as producers, music publishers and theatre companies. 

Jason is an active member of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the NYSBA. He co-chairs both the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Digital Media Committee for EASL, and served as a co-chair on the Negotiation Committee for the Dispute Resolution Section of the NYSBA. Jason was recently appointed as chair of the newly formed Law Student Liaison committee for EASL. He created and moderated the EASL CLE programs “Crowdfunding for Theatre and Film Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012” and “Game Not Over: Protection of Free Speech in the Video Game Industry,” as well as moderated the EASL CLE program “Is Manga a Crime? Non-photographic Images, Child Pornography and Freedom of Expression.” In addition, Jason’s articles “Mediation in Film, Television, Art and Real Life” and “The Childlike Novelty of Video Games, and Its Serious Progeny of Legal Challenges for Adults” were published in the Spring 2013 publication of “Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.” 

He has served as a guest lecturer at Touro Law Center, Cardozo Law School, Practicing Law Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts and the School of Visual Arts on such areas of law including Copyright, Contract Negotiation and Drafting Commercial Documents. Jason is developing and teaching a course for the Practicing Law Institute entitled “The Three S’s of Negotiation: Styles, Strategies, and Skills” for January, 2014, and will co-teach “Performing Arts and Law” for the Brooklyn College MFA Performing Arts Management Program in Spring, 2014. 

Jason received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Fordham University, where he majored in Theatre and Economics, and a Certificate in Film Production at Brooklyn College. He is admitted to the Bar in both Connecticut and New York.

Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec|Comm and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions for senior professionals. 

Jay joined Exec|Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

After graduating from Boston College in 1984 with a B.A. in English, Jay spent two years in the BC International Volunteer Program teaching English language and composition. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was published by Apprentice House Publishing in 2013 and was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association.  Jay was a featured columnist for the New York Law Journal, where his column, The Art of Communication appeared regularly.  As a freelance writer, he has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

As a member of Aon’s Law Firm Advisory Team and Loss Prevention group, Jenny advises law firm clients on risk management, professional responsibility and legal ethics issues, and law firm strategic planning. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and over 12 years of experience in professional responsibility counseling and defense of professional liability claims.

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.

Jenny graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995 and earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey.

Jenny regularly speaks on professional responsibility and attorney-client privilege and work product topics. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

Norman Solovay had a long, distinguished litigation career which included many arbitrations and then mediations and to his authoring several books on alternative dispute resolution.  He has a still-growing reputation as a promoter and practitioner of the increasingly popular settlement techniques of Collaborative Law and Med-Arb, and now recommends using Med-Arb for dealing with various types of disputes.  These include resolving Collaborative Law impasses without requiring the lawyer to withdraw, as well as family, probate, entertainment, partnership and other disputes where mediation’s benefits of interest based negotiations are wanted but a final resolution is essential.  Moreover, his appointment to form and head the US branch of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce which followed a program on mediation he presented in India led to his promoting the use of Med-Arb to resolve international disputes while providing an arbitral award enforceable under the NY Convention at a fraction of the typical time and cost of the international arbitrations previously deemed essential for that purpose.

Rebecca L. Ambrose is the Deputy General Counsel of Jackson Lewis, where her practice focuses exclusively on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. Rebecca advises her firm on a variety of ethics issues including conflicts of interest, disqualification, sanctions, attorney advertising, bar admission requirements and malpractice defense. She frequently lectures on topics related to legal ethics. Rebecca is a 2007 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.