Ms. Bellware is an Associate in Sullivan & Cromwell’s litigation group, where her practice focuses on securities litigation and regulatory investigations. Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Bellware interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. She has also served as an intern for the Juvenile Rights Practice of the New York Legal Aid Society and the Raleigh Office of the Public Defender.
Mr. Cammarn has 25 years of experience in the banking industry and his legal career has spanned all areas of banking compliance and finance law. His practice focuses on regulatory matters, mergers & acquisitions, legislation and lobbying, transactions, and training. He represents a number of national and international financial institutions, and has practiced before the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and numerous state banking departments.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, he was the Bank Regulatory Counsel for Ally Financial (formerly, GMAC Financial Services) where he advised on bank regulatory issues including transactional, examination, compliance, and legislative matters. Before joining Ally Financial, Mr. Cammarn was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of LendingTree and served as the Corporate Secretary. At LendingTree, he was responsible for all legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining LendingTree, he served in various legal capacities over his 11 years at Bank of America, including Associate General Counsel, bank regulatory, global marketing and global corporate affairs.
Mr. Cammarn has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation’s leading lawyers in Banking and Finance Law as well as in Financial Services Regulation Law. He was also twice named Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America, for Banking and Finance Law and for Financial Services Regulation Law, in Charlotte, North Carolina, a recognition given to only a single lawyer per practice and metropolitan area. Scott has also been an adjunct professor at Duke University School of Law, teaching the U.S. Banking Regulation course. Currently, he is a member of the ABA Business Law Section/Banking Law Committee, a Board member of the UNC Banking Law Institute, and a Practitioner-in-Residence at UNC School of Law. He is a frequent speaker on bank regulatory matters and has provided corporate executive training.
Mr. Cammarn earned his J.D., with high honors, from Duke University School of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University. Following law school, he served as law clerk for The Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Cammarn is a member of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Ohio and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Mark Chorazak is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he is a member of the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Chorazak’s practice focuses on regulatory matters relating to depository institutions and their holding companies. He advises domestic and international financial institutions on bank regulatory matters, including the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, investments by and in banking organizations, and capital markets transactions. A major focus of his practice relates to legislative and regulatory developments affecting financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on the impact and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and Basel III. He has extensive experience in advising clients on the Volcker Rule, regulatory capital issues, and on matters relating to the potential designation of nonbank companies as “systemically important” by the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
Mr. Chorazak graduated from Duke Law School in 2006, where he was an editor of the Duke Law Journal and a recipient of the Bidlake Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Scholarship. He joined Simpson Thacher in 2007, following a clerkship with Vice Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 2000 with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors and, in 2002, received a master’s degree from Oxford University.
Walker Coleman is the Administrative Partner in the Charleston office of K&L Gates, and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. He is an experienced litigator who concentrates his practice in the area of complex, high-stakes litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment, trade secret, and class action litigation. He also handles business disputes, defends product defect claims, and represents companies in government investigations.
Mr. Coleman has successfully handled cases for numerous local, national, and international companies in industries including: athletic equipment, automotive, aviation, banking, beverage, broadcast media, chemical, computer software, construction, entertainment, environmental, government contracts, health care, intellectual property, manufacturing, maritime, medical laboratory testing, medical product, paper and packaging, plumbing fixtures, pharmaceutical, retail, resort and hospitality, restaurant, shipping, snack food, steel, telecommunications, textiles, and trucking.
More specifically, in the labor and employment areas, Mr. Coleman routinely defends employers in litigation, including class and collective actions and multi-district litigation, relating to employment discrimination, all forms of harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, trade secret misappropriation, alleged unfair labor practices, and restrictive covenants. He also represents employers in government investigation and routinely counsels employers on leave issues, positive and legally viable employment practices, reductions in force and plant closings, the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses, executive terminations and severance packages, and union avoidance. Mr. Coleman also has successfully represented numerous employers before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licenses and Regulation.
Mr. Coleman also defends companies in product liability lawsuits, and in business disputes involving RICO claims and claims, among others, for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, fraud, civil conspiracy, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duties.
Mr. Coleman has been recognized by his peers and corporate counsel as a leader in the labor and employment practice area through his inclusion in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and South Carolina Super Lawyers for many years.
Ms. Courington focuses her practice on the litigation of health care, commercial, products liability, toxic tort, and antitrust cases. A former Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, her experience includes both civil cases and the prosecution and defense of white-collar federal criminal matters. In addition, she handles internal investigations and advises clients on disclosure obligations under federal law. Lea also participates — together with their counsel in civil cases — in the representation of health care providers and officers and directors facing potential parallel criminal and civil investigations. In her 36 years of practice, Lea has tried to verdict cases ranging from those involving allegations of medical malpractice, trademark infringement, breach of non-competes/confidentiality agreements and misappropriations of trade secrets to those involving allegations of libel/slander/defamation, alleged violations of Texas election law, and indictment for price-fixing under the federal antitrust laws. In addition, Lea has substantial experience coordinating the defense of multiple toxic tort and products liability cases throughout the State of Texas and has appeared as lead counsel for her clients in those cases in virtually all parts of the state.
Evan Cramer is General Counsel for EMI Music Publishing. Evan started his career as a corporate associate with Fried Frank and worked as internal legal counsel at Noble Group and World Fuel Services. He holds a Juris Doctor cum laude and Masters of Laws from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. with high honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Croteau is a partner at Smith Anderson and focuses her practice on private equity and other financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She has significant experience in private equity financings, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures for both public and private companies, and counseling clients on corporate and related deal matters. She also has experience in securities offerings (public and private), as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and other complex commercial transactions.
Ms. Croteau received her B.A. in 1993 and her M.A. in Slavic Linguistics in 1995 from Duke University. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1998 and served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1998-1999). Ms. Croteau practiced with Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago and New York before relocating to Raleigh.
Mr. Duffy is an associate in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and representing issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public offerings of securities.
Mr. Duffy received an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2005 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal, President of the Business Law Society and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Concurrently, Mr. Duffy received an M.B.A. from Duke University in 2009 and was a Fuqua Scholar. He joined Cravath in 2009.
Thomas E. Dunn is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His diverse corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and securities‑related matters.
Mr. Dunn is a member of the Board of Directors of MFY Legal Services, the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Academy and the Board of Visitors of Western Reserve Academy.
Mr. Dunn received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1987 and a J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1992, where he was Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Dunn joined Cravath in 1992, spent two years as an associate in Cravath’s London office and became a partner in 2000.
Chris Fazekas currently serves as Senior Legal Counsel to Mubadala Development Company PJSC. Mubadala is a development and investment company based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, and has over $55 billion in assets under management. Mubadala’s mandate is to play an integral role in diversifying the economy of Abu Dhabi away from its reliance on domestic oil and gas revenues by targeting investments that balance financial and social returns for the Emirate. On a day-to-day basis, Chris advises Mubadala’s Acquisitions & Investment Management and Capital divisions, which oversee all group-wide mergers and acquisitions activity and financial investments. Chris’ practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and public trading strategies across nine sectors and ninety-two portfolio companies. Prior to joining Mubadala in 2010, Chris was a senior associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and capital markets work in the New York and Hong Kong offices. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Duke Law School in 2004 with a JD and LLM in international and comparative law and from the University of Virginia in 2001 with a bachelors in economics.
Mr. Giegerich is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm’s New York office. He is a member of the firm’s Tax Department and the head of the tax practice in the New York office.
Mr. Giegerich advises domestic and international clients regarding a wide range of corporate tax planning and transactional matters, including taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, cross-border joint ventures and distribution and licensing arrangements, and finance transactions. He has extensive experience advising on the specialized U.S. tax issues faced by foreign multinationals and foreign-owned U.S. multinationals, including tax treaty issues, repatriation strategies and transfer pricing, and has worked on numerous projects involving multi-jurisdictional tax issues. He has also represented clients in tax disputes before the IRS involving a variety of matters at the audit, Appeals Office and National Office levels.
Mr. Giegerich is identified as a leading lawyer in the current and numerous prior editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (noting client comments as to his “broad experience and great tax knowledge” and “very good commercial business understanding”) and Legal 500 United States (“comprehensive tax expertise and well-rounded commercial approach”) and in International Tax Review’s World Tax 2009. He also has been selected for inclusion as a leader in his field in the current and numerous prior editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Giegerich is admitted to practice in New York and the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and The Tax Club. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Duke Law Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Duke Law Club of New York.
He received his B.A. (summa cum laude in cursu honorum, Phi Beta Kappa) from Fordham University in1977, his J.D. (with distinction, Order of the Coif) from Duke University School of Law, where he was also on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal, in 1980, and his LL.M from New York University School of Law in 1986.
Ms. Gottschalk is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the firm’s Corporate Department, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. She advises private equity funds, as well as public and private companies, in a wide range of corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, investments in banks and other financial institutions, other strategic investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and special committee representations. She also regularly advises boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities.
Ms. Gottschalk has been a partner at Simpson Thacher since 2000. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1984, and graduated with high honors from Duke Law School, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and a Member and Managing Editor of the Alaska Law Review. Ms. Gottschalk is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she served until recently as a member of the Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Susanne Haas is vice president and general counsel of Environmental and Combustion Controls, a Division of Honeywell International Inc., where Haas has worked since graduating from Duke Law in 1987. Having held various positions within the business over the years, she now has worldwide responsibility for the legal affairs of Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Controls division.
Haas was the recipient of the 2012 International Alumni Award from the Duke Law Alumni Association. The International Alumni Award recognizes and honors an international graduate of the Duke University School of Law who has exemplified the highest standards of professional excellence, personal integrity, and concern for the common welfare in his or her own profession and home country.
Haas holds a law degree from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and first came to Duke Law School as an international student. She graduated with an LLM in 1985, and received her Duke Law JD two years later. She was a longtime member of the Duke Law Alumni Association Board and served a term as its president in 2004. She has served on the Duke Law Board of Visitors since 2006. A regular participant in the Business Law Society’s ESQ Career Symposium, Haas also has taught classes during Duke Law’s Wintersession. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., with her husband and JD classmate Ross Formell ’87 and their two teenage sons, Benjamin and Maximilian.
Kathleen M. Hamm heads the firm’s securities practice group, where she specializes in securities, derivatives, and corporate regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters. As a former senior regulatory official at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she helps clients navigate the regulatory, compliance, and risk-management challenges confronting broker-dealers, investment advisers, credit rating agencies, national securities exchanges, and other entities regulated by the SEC and securities regulators globally.
Since joining Promontory, Hamm has advised investment advisers, mutual fund complexes, broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, national securities exchanges, credit rating agencies, and designated contract markets on regulatory, surveillance, compliance, and risk management issues. Before joining Promontory, Hamm was the chief regulatory and compliance officer for an electronic trading market for security futures products, which was initially jointly owned by the Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. and the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange. There, she successfully designed, implemented, and managed all aspects of regulatory, compliance, and corporate policies and programs for the exchange, under the joint regulation of the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Before entering the private sector, Hamm spent almost a decade with the SEC in its division of enforcement where, as an assistant director, she managed and coordinated all aspects of three enforcement branches that investigated potential violations of the federal securities laws. The matters investigated included broker-dealer and investment adviser misconduct, market manipulation, municipal securities matters, insider trading, financial and accounting fraud, auditor independence, breaches of fiduciary duty, and conflicts of interest.
Hamm received her LL.M. in securities regulation from Georgetown University Law Center. She received a J.D. with honors from Duke University School of Law and a B.S. from the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Robert E. Harrington represents clients in complex business disputes. In recent years, he has focused his practice on the representation of corporate clients in contract and trade practice litigation, the defense of consumer lenders, the representation of financial institutions in disputes based on their service as fiduciaries, and employment-related litigation. He is an active member of the bars of North Carolina, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, and he has represented clients in lawsuits filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Virginia, including federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and in arbitration.
Harrington is also an active participant in bar activities, locally and nationally, having served in various capacities, including as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar and as Co-Chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (based in Washington, D.C.).
Harrington received his J.D. and B.A. from Duke University. While in law school, he served as the Editor for the Alaska Law Review.
Mr. Hedrick focuses his practice on structuring, negotiating, and documenting secured and unsecured domestic and international syndicated credit facilities. He has extensive experience in representing financial institutions in complex syndicated credit financings, including multicurrency and cross-border financings, first lien and second lien financings, and acquisition financings by private equity groups. He has served as counsel to the administrative agent and lead arranger in syndicated credit facilities ranging in size from $50 million to more than $1 billion extended to companies and institutions in the healthcare, insurance, restaurant, technology, industrial, and other sectors.
Mr. Hedrick has written and lectured on numerous capital markets topics, such as first lien and second lien financing transactions and advanced topics in syndicated credit financing transactions. He is earned his BA with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991, and graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1994, where he was the recipient of a Merit Scholarship.
Mr. Hicks is the chief legal officer for Towers Watson, a publicly traded, global professional services company, and all of its subsidiaries and affiliates. He is responsible for overall strategic direction and leadership on all legal matters including risk, commercial relationships, compliance and litigation for all jurisdictions and across all company activities. Mr. Hicks leads and manages a department of over 70 associates, including lawyers, compliance professionals, brokerage operations professionals, contract administrators and paralegals located in nine countries. He also serves as Secretary and chief legal adviser to the company’s Board of Directors and its committees.
Dr. Lila W. Hope is a partner in the Life Sciences practice group and a member of the Cooley Business department. She joined the Firm in 2002 and is a resident in the Palo Alto office.
Her practice focuses on the representation of life sciences companies discovering, developing and marketing pharmaceutical, vaccine, medical device, diagnostic and digital Health products. She counsels clients ranging from privately-held companies to Fortune 500 companies. She specializes in transactions involving complex intellectual property, business, operational and legal issues, including strategic partnerships, discovery and option deals, and complex asset purchases. In addition, she counsels clients’ management, operational and legal teams on matters involving licensing, supply, distribution, clinical trials, research collaborations and contract services. She is also regularly involved in financing, public offering and M&A transactions through evaluating a company’s product rights and operational risks.
Dr. Hope graduated with a JD magna cum laude in 2002, from Duke University School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. At Duke, she was awarded the “Class of 1968 Scholarship.” She earned her PhD in Cancer Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1999, characterizing a novel tumor susceptibility gene as a Stanford Markey Predoctoral Fellow.
Dr. Hope is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. She currently serves as director on the Board of Governors for the Stanford University School of Medicine Alumni Association.
Sylvia F. James is the Diversity Counsel for the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. As Diversity Counsel, Ms. James works closely with the Executive Committee, Human Resources Department, Recruiting and Development Department, Client Relations Department, Department and Practice Group Leadership, and Diversity Committee to develop and implement the Firm’s diversity initiatives; serves as the Firm’s Affirmative Action Administrator; strategizes and advises the Firm with respect to diversity initiatives; monitors and analyzes the Firm’s trends in recruitment, development, and retention of women and minorities; serves as liaison with clients and external organizations dedicated to fostering diversity in the legal profession; conducts diversity training; advises on internal and external communications relating to diversity; and manages the Firm’s Supplier Diversity Program.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Ms. James was Senior Counsel at the law firm of Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate diversity counseling and labor and employment law. In that role, she conducted diversity compliance reviews for numerous government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to determine legal vulnerability to employment discrimination threats and litigation and to assess and ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws. She developed comprehensive diversity action plans for improving clients’ diversity programs, performance, and profiles. She also conducted diversity, equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment training, and defended companies in employment discrimination litigation. Before joining Holland & Knight, she was an associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.
Ms. James has served in various roles on the Board of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) from 2007-2012 including Secretary, President and President Emeritus. She currently serves as the co-chair of the ALFDP’s Training and Development Committee. She is on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and a Board member for the DMV Diversity Council. Ms. James is a frequent speaker on diversity issues. She earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law (1996) and a bachelor of arts in political science from Vassar College (1993).
Danielle Katz is an associate in Cadwalader’s Capital Markets Department. She represents investment banks and other institutional lenders in secured commercial lending transactions, CLOs and other asset-backed securitizations.
Danielle received her undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of California – Santa Barbara and her J.D. cum laude from Duke University School of Law.
Capital Markets Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. Former Analyst with Merrill Lynch & Co. Duke J.D./M.B.A., Class of 2013. Harvard A.B., Class of 2007.
Mr. Libson is a Corporate and Securities partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is the head of the firm’s life sciences practice. Mr. Libson’s practice is devoted primarily to the areas of securities law, venture financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and the commercialization, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property. He represents a number of publicly traded and closely held life science companies in ongoing representations as outside general counsel. He also represents a number of nonprofit entities that support the life sciences industry.
Within the securities and venture financing practice areas, Mr. Libson has represented investment banks and issuers in public offerings (including initial public offerings) and private placements of equity and debt securities, and has represented both funding sources and companies in venture financing transactions. Within the mergers and acquisitions practice area, he has represented buyers, sellers and investors in numerous acquisition, disposition and combination transactions, affecting both public and private companies. Company industries include biotech, diagnostics, pharmaceutical, health care and e-health, and communications, among others. Within the intellectual property practice area, he has represented numerous companies, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, consumer products companies, computer software developers and R&D contractors, in corporate partnering transactions, the acquisition and licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and in the development of new products and technologies.
Mr. Libson is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of biotechnology law and venture capital law and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his experience in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He was selected as a Life Science Star in LMG Life Sciences 2012. He also was selected for inclusion on the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and was named to the 2011 Legal Elite list by Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine. He is a recipient of the Entrepreneurial Advocate Award given in connection with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Innovation Awards. In 2011, he was recognized as Best Consultant to the life sciences industry in connection with the Philadelphia Business Journal Life Sciences Awards program.
Mr. Libson received his J.D. from Duke University in 1981, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a 1976 graduate of Oberlin College.
Mr. McGinnis is a Partner at McGuireWoods LLP. He has structured, negotiated, and documented senior debt financing arrangements of all types, including secured and unsecured single bank and syndicated credit agreements, multicurrency financing facilities, and acquisition financings for client that include, among others, national banking institutions. He has worked on financings for manufacturing companies, retailer stores, healthcare providers, business consulting companies, and media outlets.
Mr. McGinnis has extensive experience documenting and negotiating credit facilities on behalf of banking institutions that lend to or invest in NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL professional sports franchises, and in particular Kevin has worked with the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the National Football League in preparing loan documentation. In addition, he has represented the administrative agent in a variety of leveraged and investment grade syndicated and single-bank loan transactions.
Mr. McGinnis was a White Scholar at the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government from 1997 to 1999. He was also a Lord Rothemere Scholar while attending the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in 1994. He is a 1995 graduate of Duke University, magna cum laude, and received his JD, cum laude, in 1999 from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy.
Ms. McIntosh is an associate in K&L Gates’ Charlotte office and focuses her practice on complex business litigation. She has handled a wide variety of matters, including corporate and commercial disputes related to contracts, construction litigation, lender liability, unfair and deceptive trade practices, products liability, eminent domain, class action defense, and employment matters. Ms. McIntosh has experience litigating in both state and federal courts and has represented a major investor-owned public utility in matters before state utilities regulatory commission and on appeal from commission decisions in the North Carolina appellate courts.
Mr. McMichael is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Dilworth Paxson. He is Co-Chairman, Executive Committee Member, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group. Mr. McMichael has experience in both federal and state courts including appellate courts and has tried, as lead counsel, numerous non-jury and major jury trials, involving civil, criminal, bankruptcy and insolvency matters with a special emphasis defending corporate clients in high profile cases. He has been named a Leader in Law by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Credit Right Laws. He is also a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Mr. McMichael received his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Duke University in 1975.
Mr. Memon is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington, D.C. His experience includes representing corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and derivatives transactions, as well as advising financial institutions on risk management, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Prior to Duke, Sean worked in investment banking at Raymond James and Morgan Stanley and in the mergers and acquisitions group at Time Warner.
Daragh Murphy is an associate in the Transactional Department, and a member of the Corporate Practice and Emerging Company Groups. Mr. Murphy has a broad corporate practice with an emphasis on complex corporate transactions, including public offerings, equity financings and mergers and acquisitions, for companies at all stages of growth. In addition, he advises emerging companies on issues concerning formation, compensation, financings and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Murphy was a research assistant for Professor Lawrence Baxter at Duke University School of Law. In that position, he conducted research into the Dodd-Frank Act and the impact thereof on systemic risk in the financial system. He also analyzed the impact of the Basel Accords and the recommendations of the British Independent Commission on Banking on the financial system.
Allen W. Nelson is responsible for handling legal matters for Crawford & Company, overseeing the Company’s Legal Department and performing the duties of corporate secretary. As chief administrative officer, he directs the Human Resources, Quality, Compliance and Training, Corporate Communications, Vendor Management and Internal Audit functions.
Immediately before joining Crawford, Nelson served as chief compliance counsel for BellSouth Corporation. He also previously practiced law with the Atlanta-based firms of Hawkins & Parnell and Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman & Ashmore.
Nelson earned his juris doctorate from the Duke University School of Law, where he was recognized as a J. R. Parkinson Memorial Scholar. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He was recently selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and admitted to the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Nelson is chairman of the board of Atlanta Ballet, a position he has held since 2009, and former chairman of the board of The Preschool (Peachtree Road United Methodist Church). He chairs the Global Firms Committee of Woodruff Arts Center’s Annual Fund. He is a recipient of a 2011-2012 Charles R. Yates Award (Woodruff Arts Center) and the 2008 Camille Yow Award (Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation), both in recognition of his outstanding work as a volunteer for those organizations. He co-chairs Duke Atlanta, serves on the board of the Duke Law Alumni Association, the board of the Atlanta Duke Law Alumni Club, the local board of the American Heart Association, the board of the Perimeter Business Alliance, the Corporate Leadership Council of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the board of advisors of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Nelson also is active in the Peachtree Paddle League, Tophat Soccer Club, Northside Church’s youth soccer and basketball programs, and Ansley Golf Club.
Mr. Shami J. Patel is a Venture Partner at Clean Pacific Ventures Management LLC. Mr. Patel has been involved as an investor and operator of nine high growth companies both at the early through public stages. He served as the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Alesco Financial, Inc., from October 6, 2006 to October 14, 2008. Mr. Patel served as the President of iATMglobal.net since June 9, 2000. He served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Access to Money, Inc. (formerly TRM Corporation) from April 13, 1999 to 2000. Mr. Patel served as Managing Director of Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. He served as the Managing Director of Cohen & Company Inc. since 2002 and oversaw the structuring and execution of its transactions and launched several debt platforms with investments totaling in excess of $10 billion in over 600 companies. He served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of iATMglobal.net Corp. from 2000 to 2002 and also served as AFT’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Patel held a variety of investment banking and consulting positions. He served as the Vice President and Investment Manager of FINOVA Mezzanine Capital (formerly Sirrom Capital Corporation), from 1998 to 1999, where he was responsible for mezzafinance investments in the Southern California area. Mr. Patel served as an Investment Banker in the Business Services group of Robertson Stephens & Company from 1997 to 1998 where he executed public and private equity and debt offerings, as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Patel served as a Strategy Consultant of Andersen Consulting in the Energy and Utilities group. He also spent time in the Corporate Development department at Enron Corp. He has also served as a Guest Lecturer at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He has been a Director of four high growth companies including Vice Chairman and Director of Golden Pacific Bancorp and Vice Chairman of LumiGrow. He has been a Director of Golden Pacific Bancorp, Inc. and Golden Pacific Bank since November 2010. He is a member of the Board at Duke University Law School where he is a Senior Lecturing Fellow. He is also Treasurer, on the Board of Trustees, and Member of the Board of the Seven Hills School. He served as a Director of Security Pacific Bank. and Gold Country Bank. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of iATMglobal.net Corp. from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Patel is a private investor in the financial services sector. Mr. Patel holds an M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity University.
Christopher Plaut is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Plaut is a member of the Finance Department and various practice groups. He is Co-chair of the Automotive Industry Group, and is a member of the Financial Institutions, Mining & Metals and Retail & Consumer Products Groups.
Mr. Plaut’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of commercial and investment banks in leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings, asset-based facilities, and debtor-in-possession and exit financings. He also devotes a portion of his practice to the workout of troubled loans and to the representation of issuers/borrowers in connection with their financing needs.
Mr. Plaut served for a year as judicial clerk to US District Judge Stanley S. Brotman. He is also involved in numerous bar and community activities, including serving as a member of the Banking Law Committees of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.
Leah Shen graduated from Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2011 and went on to work with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the firm’s New York office. After working with the Securities group and the Banking and Credit group at Simpson, Leah now specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions. In her practice, Leah represents a variety of clients, including large public and private companies and private equity firms. During law school, Leah was an avid participant in the Moot Court Board and also served as an extern at the General Counsel’s office at Duke University. Despite going into corporate law, Leah’s favorite class here at Duke was the Appellate Litigation Clinic, as it afforded her the opportunity to argue in front of judges on the 4th Circuit.
Mr. Singer is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, and is a member of the firm’s Insolvency Practice Group. Mr. Singer specializes in restructurings, Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, distressed debt transactions and other financial transactions. He represents lenders, creditors, creditors’ committees, ad hoc groups, borrowers, distressed companies and debtors in connection with all facets of such transactions and proceedings. Mr. Singer also assists financial institutions with distressed debt trades, both in and out of the secondary market for bank loans, in the purchase and sale of US and non-US bankruptcy claims and provides advice regarding developments in the area of distressed debt.
Mr. Singer is also an active participant in the firm’s pro bono program. He has represented clients with constitutional rights claims, housing discrimination claims, applications for adjustment of status and green cards, an application for asylum and several Holocaust survivors with applications for reparations from the German government.
Mr. Singer earned his JD from the Duke University School of Law in 2007 and a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2004.
Mr. Sparkes is an associate in the Boston office of K&L Gates with extensive experience in complex civil and commercial litigation, including federal and state class action litigation. Mr. Sparkes is a member of the firm’s Financial Institution and Services Litigation group and the Class Action Litigation Defense group. He regularly represents banking, mortgage lending, and consumer financial services institutions in consumer class actions and individual litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, New Jersey, Vermont and New York. Mr. Sparkes also has experience representing a variety of other corporate and individual clients in contract, tort, class action, consumer protection and other general business litigation matters.
Elizabeth Blaine Stanley
Ms. Stanley is Vice President and Counsel for ACE Group, with responsibility for government and industry affairs, where she focuses on the public affairs agenda at the state level in 13 Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states and the District of Columbia. Since 1998 Ms. Stanley has held numerous positions at ACE, including serving as Assistant Vice President in ACE’s Brandywine Holdings group managing complex long-term exposure, environmental, coverage and bankruptcy claims and litigation.
Prior to joining ACE, Ms. Stanley had more than seven years of litigation experience with Philadelphia law firms, representing clients in commercial litigation matters including environmental insurance coverage. She also served as Assistant Counsel to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman where in addition to counseling the Governor regarding civil law issues she acted as the Governor’s chief liaison with the New Jersey Assembly and as the Governor’s Ethics Liaison Counsel.
Ms. Stanley is an Executive Board Member and Past President of the Homeless Advocacy Project, a nationally recognized charitable organization that provides free legal services to homeless individuals and families in the Philadelphia area. She also volunteers with Autism Speaks.
Ms. Stanley is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and the University of Kentucky. She is a Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Darcy White is of counsel in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Atlanta office. She concentrates her practice on general corporate representation, mergers and acquisitions, and complex commercial transactions, and has represented both public and private clients in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers, stock acquisitions, divisional asset acquisitions and dispositions, and joint ventures. Ms. White also has significant experience with private equity and venture capital transactions. She has represented companies in a number of industries such as information technology, biotechnology, manufacturing and consulting.
Ms. White is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is dedicated to pro bono work. She has helped multiple charitable organizations obtain nonprofit status and has provided them with ongoing transactional-related advice.
Jeanette Wingler’s practice focuses on the asset management industry. She primarily represents U.S. registered investment companies and their boards of directors with regard to a wide variety of regulatory, compliance and securities law issues. Ms. Wingler also is actively engaged in the firm’s anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance practice. She regularly counsels U.S. and non-U.S. corporations, financial institutions and financial industry trade associations on matters relating to the Bank Secrecy Act and U.S. economic and trade sanctions.
Ms. Wingler is a recipient of Dechert’s 2013 Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Awards, an honor recognizing lawyers who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
Education—University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, B.A., 2005, Cum laude; Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Bar Admissions/Qualifications—New York and District of Columbia
Will Yavinsky is an associate based in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells, and is a member of the firm’s Corporate practice group. He represents publicly and privately held companies, as well as major investors, in a variety of corporate matters. Mr. Yavinsky’s practice focuses on U.S. and international business transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as advice on general business matters from initial company organization through maturity. He has participated in transactions involving a number of industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, fashion, media and entertainment and technology.
While in law school, Mr. Yavinsky served as a law clerk for a leading Argentine law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was a member of the Harrison Institute Housing and Community Development Clinic, which provides transactional services to tenant organizations to purchase, finance, rehabilitate and manage multifamily cooperatives and condominiums.