ESQ 2013 Alumni Attendees

The Business Law Society is excited to welcome over forty distinguished alumni back to campus for ESQ 2013! All our attendees and their bios are listed here.


Keynote Speaker


Colin Brown

Mr. Brown has led a highly successful and varied career in law and business. He is currently President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., one of America’s largest private companies, and is often recognized for his corporate and community leadership.  Mr. Brown’s full biography can be found here.




Tiaunia Bedell

Ms. Bedell is an associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department with a practice that focuses primarily on antitrust, breach of contract and transactional tort cases. She has represented clients in various industries including the medical device, media and entertainment, semiconductor, oil and gas, paper manufacturing and information technology consulting industries.


Ms. Bedell received her Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws in Comparative and International Law from Duke University School of Law. While earning her degrees she was also a member of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. In 2003, Ms. Bedell graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.


Ms. Bedell is co-chair of the firm’s Los Angeles-Area Diversity Committee and also serves on the firm’s Associates Committee. She currently serves on the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel and the Executive Committee of the Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court, an affiliate of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.


Julie Bellware

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, Julie interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and 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.


Valerie Broadie

Ms. Broadie has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations as a development professional for nearly 30 years – from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the University of Maryland College Park, Howard University and Morgan State University, to health care institutions like Penn Medical Center and Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC).  Putting her diverse fundraising experience and expertise to work, she established her own fundraising consulting practice, Valerie T. Broadie, Fundraising Counsel in 2005, which she operated for two years before joining the DC office of Campbell & Company, a national fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, as a Senior Consultant. Most recently, after nearly four years as Director of Development at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in NY, she joined the senior leadership team at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW) in January 2013 as its chief development officer. Throughout her career, she has created programs that increased the visibility and viability of the non-profits she has been privileged to serve.


In addition to her commitments to her professional duties, Ms. Broadie has served as a board member, speaker and volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Capital Gift Planning Council, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


Ms. Broadie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University School of Law and is a life member of the Board of Visitors at the Law School.


Scott A. Cammarn

Mr. Cammarn is a partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in the Financial Services Department, responsible for bank regulatory matters.  He has more than 20 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, Mr. Cammarn 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, he 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. Before 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 named Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America for Banking and Finance Law in Charlotte, North Carolina, a recognition given to only a single lawyer per practice and metropolitan area. He has also been an adjunct professor at Duke University School of Law, teaching the US 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 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.


Scott 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 and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


Y. Lin Chua

Ms. Chua is Managing Director and Associate Global General Counsel of GE Capital’s global structured trade finance business where she provides legal leadership on strategic business initiatives and new product introductions. She also manages a global legal team responsible for all global corporate governance, regulatory and policy matters at the business. Ms. Chua has worked on numerous domestic and international corporate finance transactions, including leveraged financings, loan syndications, securitizations and accounts receivable financings.


Prior to that, Ms. Chua was Senior Counsel, and then General Counsel of the Americas, of GE Commercial Finance’s global structured trade finance business where she led a global legal and compliance team to successfully build and grow the business in North America, Latin America and Asia. She helped develop the business’s capital markets activity, including starting up its businesses in the emerging markets. Ms. Chua is the recipient of various GE Growth Value Awards.


Before joining GE, Ms. Chua practiced with the law firm of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she specialized in pan-European corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this role, she was a corporate associate in New York with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where she focused on leveraged finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions primarily for private equity clients. Ms. Chua began her legal career in Greenwoods & Freehills (Sydney, Australia) where she spent her time advising international clients on structuring and tax matters.


Ms. Chua is the founding member of and leads Duke Law School’s International Advisory Board and also sits on the board of directors of Duke Law School’s Law Alumni Association. She is the former cochampion of GE Capital’s Asian Women initiative.


Ms. Chua completed her Master of Laws at Duke Law School where she served as an special editor of Duke Law Journal of International and Comparative Law. She received her Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) from Sydney University School of Law (Australia) and spent her junior year at Hua Dong Law School in Shanghai, China on a legal studies exchange program. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University (double major in Accounting and Economics).


Ms. Chua has lived in four countries, worked in three continents, and speaks five languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


Jonathan Claiborne

Mr. Claiborne is a partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore, MD. He has represented litigants in more than 100 bench and jury trials in state and federal courts and was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2011 and 2012. He serves on the board of the Duke Law School Alumni Association.


Lea Courington

Ms. Courington is a partner at Curran Tomko in Dallas, TX. In over 30 years as an active litigator, Courington has handled a wide range of cases, ranging from antitrust, securities fraud, libel and slander, and other types of commercial cases to health care, products liability, and toxic tort cases. Her experience includes both civil cases and the prosecution and defense of white-collar criminal matters.


Anne E. Croteau 

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.


D. Paul Dietrich II

Born and raised in Central Florida, Mr. Dietrich is a transactional lawyer with expertise in areas related to real estate and lending. His practice includes the representation of clients in matters related to purchase and sale transactions, business and asset acquisitions, banking and loan collateralization, private equity, land use and development, condominiums and time-sharing. He has substantial experience with business entities at all stages of development, including structuring and formation matters, traditional and non-traditional financing arrangements, employment and other business agreements, and regularly advises clients in connection with corporate governance matters, fiduciary duty issues and transactional matters.


Mr. Dietrich has served as a counsel for several banks, and currently serves as a director of Seacoast National Bank’s Advisory Board. He also oversees the firm’s satellite television anti-piracy initiative on behalf of DirecTV.  He attended Princeton University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1987, and later received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1990.


John C. Duffy

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 was born in Purchase, New York. He 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

Mr. Dunn is a partner in Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP’s Corporate Department. His diverse corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and securities-related matters.


Mr. Dunn’s recent assignments include representing Genpact in connection with an approximately $1 billion investment by Bain Capital; Pentair in its $10 billion “reverse Morris Trust” combination with Tyco Flow Control; Aptuit in the sale of its CTS business to Catalent for $407 million; Ashland in its $3.2 billion acquisition of International Specialty Products; Gerber Scientific in its $281 million leveraged buyout by Vector Capital; The Special Committee of the J.Crew Board of Directors in its $3 billion leveraged buyout by TPG and Leonard Green; Barnes & Noble in its successful proxy contest with Ron Burkle and Yucaipa; Terra Industries in connection with its $4.7 billion sale to CF Industries; Jones Apparel Group in its acquisition of Stuart Weitzman; Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Medarex; Chemed in its proxy fight with MMI Investments; RHJ International and its portfolio company, Asahi Tec, in connection with the restructuring of Metaldyne Corporation; Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $4.7 billion bid for ImClone; Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $4.1 billion sale of ConvaTec; and Alcoa in the $2.7 billion sale of its packaging and consumer business to Rank Group Limited.


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.


David Farrell, Jr.

An admiralty lawyer since 1984, Mr. Farrell’s passion for maritime commerce began in high school when he worked at a Cape Cod boatyard. He ran a tour boat during college summers and later fished commercially up to 100 miles offshore in 30-36 foot vessels. He also has time at sea on tugs, ferries, container ships, and oil tankers.


Having personally evaded multiple maritime casualties, Mr. Farrell’s practice primarily involves litigating them, typically for the defense on appointment by marine insurers, international and domestic.  The Admiralty Law Office of David J. Farrell, Jr. is available 24/7 to attend casualty scenes, appoint marine surveyors and forensic experts, and deal with government authorities so that cases can be intelligently managed with positive results for our client from the outset.


With trial and appellate court victories from Alaska to New England, Mr. Farrell is a frequent speaker and author on maritime law and public policy. He is proud to serve as Secretary of The Maritime Law Association of the United States and as an Associate Editor of American Maritime Cases.


Mr. Farrell received his BA cum laude with Honors in Political Science from Williams College in 1977, his MPA from Columbia University in 1979, and his JD from Duke University School of Law in 1984.


Jennifer L. Franklin

Ms. Franklin is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she practices in the Exempt Organizations Department.  She advises a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including both private foundations and public charities, and has worked on several transactions involving hospitals and other health-care organizations.


In addition to working on donor-advised fund projects, Ms. Franklin has experience in the areas of charitable gift-planning and charitable economic development activities, as well as in corporate tax law, particularly in the area of federal income taxation of mergers and acquisitions.


Ms. Franklin’s professional associations include membership with the ABA Section of Taxation’s Exempt Organizations Committee, where she currently serves as the Co-Chair of its Subcommittee on Small Tax-Exempt Organizations.  She also serves on the Teleconference CLE Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Professional Services Committee.  She was named a John S. Nolan Fellow of the ABA Section of Taxation for 2002-2003 and served as the Secretary of the ABA Section of Taxation’s Exempt Organizations Committee from 2001-2003.


In August 2001, May 2002, October 2002 and May 2003, Ms. Franklin participated on a panel discussion sponsored by the ABA’s Section of Taxation entitled “The Tax-Exempt Tool Kit,” which provided basic legal guidance to small not-for-profit organizations.  She has co-authored an article with David Shevlin entitled “Heading Into the Year-End:  Issues for Donors and Charities to Consider When Making and Accepting Gifts of Restricted Stock,” published in Tax Notes Today (electronic format) on December 19, 2001, and republished in the February 2002 edition of The Exempt Organization Tax Review.  She has also published an article entitled “Final Regulations Provide Guidance on the Treatment of Corporate Sponsorship Payments in the July/August 2002 edition of Taxation of Exempts and wrote the “Letter Ruling Alert” in the July 2002 edition of The Exempt Organization Tax Review.  Ms. Franklin recently spoke at the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, The New York Estate Planning Council and the AICPA’s National Not-for-Profit Industry Conference on current topics of interest to grant-makers and charitable gift-planning professionals, including the application of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 to tax-exempt organizations.


Ms. Franklin currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Baby Buggy, Inc., a charity dedicated to providing needy families in New York City with essential clothing and gear for their infants and young children. She earned her J.D. at Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and earned her B.S. degree from Georgetown University, where she also graduated magna cum laude.


Thomas Giegerich

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.


Caroline Gottschalk

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.


Mary Lou Guttmann

Ms. Guttmann manages the Investment Banking and Securities Section of the Wells Fargo Law Department.  The Investment Banking and Securities Section advises Wells Fargo’s Investment Banking Division, which includes Wells Fargo’s corporate finance, M&A and securities origination businesses, its Markets Division’s equity and fixed income trading, market linked products and equity derivatives businesses, its Research Division and its Capital Markets Banking businesses which include leveraged finance, government and institutional banking, loan sales and trading and US corporate banking.


Ms. Guttmann previously worked at Citibank, N.A. and the law firms of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Chadbourne & Parke.  She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and Smith College.


John L. Hardiman

Mr. Hardiman is a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  He was resident in the firm’s London office for nearly five years, where he was co-head of the European Litigation and Arbitration Group, returning to the New York office in 2010.  Mr. Hardiman has worked on a wide range of high stakes contests for corporate control starting with British Petroleum’s purchase of Standard Oil in 1986.  He also has considerable experience handling regulatory investigations for Sullivan & Cromwell’s broker-dealer and corporate clients, as well as representing boards of mutual funds.


Mr. Hardiman received his B.A. from Fairfield University in 1979, and graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1982.  He was named a top lawyer in securities litigation in 2004 and 2005 by Chambers USA. He has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation in 2006 and 2007 by The Best Lawyers in America.


Jim Hedrick, Jr.

Mr. Hedrick is a Partner at McGuire Woods LLP.  He 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.


Kirkland L. Hicks

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.


Michael K. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman is a member of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Investment Management Group. He represents public and private investment funds, business development companies, investment advisers, underwriters and investment banks in connection with the structuring and distribution of financial products in U.S. and cross-border transactions. Mr. Hoffman regularly counsels investment funds and their boards of directors, advisory boards and investment advisers in connection with transactional, regulatory and compliance issues.


In the public investment company area, Mr. Hoffman has advised issuers and underwriters in more than 50 offerings of common and preferred shares of open-end and closed-end investment companies. His experience in this area includes representing closed-end funds for BlackRock, Guggenheim, The Invesco Van Kampen Funds, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and Fortress Investment Group. Business development companies advised by Mr. Hoffman include BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation, Apollo Investment Corporation and THL Credit, Inc.


Mr. Hoffman counsels operating companies, such as Yahoo! Inc., in connection with investment company status issues. He advised Fortress Investment Group LLC and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC in connection with their initial public offerings. He has counseled numerous mortgage REITs in connection with investment company status issues, and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


Cory Kampfer

Mr. Kampfer is the General Counsel of On Deck Capital, a small business lender headquartered in NYC with offices outside of Washington DC and Denver.  On Deck leverages technology to provide capital to small businesses nationwide.  Prior to joining On Deck in 2011, Cory was an associate in the M&A group at Paul Weiss in NYC for approximately 5 years.  He began his career at Winston & Strawn in Chicago.


Mr. Kampfer graduated First in Class from the University of Georgia, and holds a law degree from the Duke University School of Law and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He is certified to practice law in both New York and Illinois.


Stephen M. Kessing

Mr. Kessing is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  His practice involves advising financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters, including syndicated loan transactions, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.


Mr. Kessing’s clients have included Cincinnati Bell, CyrusOne, Genpact, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Orbotech, Stanley, Universal Orlando and Xerox. Mr. Kessing has also represented J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. in syndicated loan, equity, high‑yield bond and leveraged acquisition transactions.


Mr. Kessing was born in Akron, Ohio. He received a B.S. from Miami University in 1995 and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2001. Mr. Kessing received his J.D. magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2005 where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was also awarded the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy. Mr. Kessing joined Cravath in 2005 and became a partner in 2013.


Craig Kornreich

Mr. Kornreich is a partner in the Houston and New York offices of Latham & Watkins and serves as the Chair of the Houston Finance Department. Mr. Kornreich represents both arrangers and borrowers in syndicated financings with particular expertise in: master limited partnership financings, sponsor-backed acquisition financings, asset-based lending facilities, reserve-based lending facilities, first and second lien financings, and project financings. His clients include some of the world’s leading financial institutions, energy companies, private equity funds, project developers and hedge funds.


Mr. Kornreich’s practice has been profiled in Law360, Texas Monthly, The Legal 500 US and The Times (London), and he has been recognized as a leader in Banking & Finance by Chambers USA 2012.


Mr. Kornreich received his JD and MBA from Duke University.


Karl Leo

Mr. Leo is the founding member and President of Leo Law, LLC.  In addition Mr. Leo is currently Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer of ABC Supply Co., Inc., a member of Board of Directors and Audit Committee of ABC Supply Co., Inc. and its parent corporation, a Member and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Gem Pharmaceuticals, LLC (a biotechnology development company), Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Hendricks Holding Company, Inc., Vice-President and Director of The Westmoreland Company, Inc. (a commercial real estate developer), and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Construction and Commercial Panels.  Although his law practice is substantially focused on ABC, HHC and their affiliates, Mr. Leo advises the firm’s other clients on matters regarding corporate governance, acquisitions and other business legal matters.


Mr. Leo graduated from the University of Redlands in 1980 where he was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, and from the Duke University School of Law in 1983, where he was a Parkinson Scholar and Editor of the Duke Law Journal.


Jeffrey Libson

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.


Linda H. Martin

Ms. Martin is a Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Litigation Department, with extensive experience resolving commercial disputes in a broad range of industries and practice areas for her Fortune 500 clients through litigation, arbitration, and negotiation.  With a demonstrated record of facilitating win-win business resolutions, building consensus among disparate stakeholders, and managing client and attorney teams in dynamic environments, she brings sound judgment and creative thought to solving complex business problems.


Ms. Martin provides strategic counsel to client leadership teams based on an understanding of the client’s business objectives, fact and legal investigation, and a pragmatic risk-reward analysis.  Her clients are global in scope, and she has represented and advised them in all stages of business dispute resolution, both within the United States and across international borders.


Ms. Martin’s experience includes litigating and achieving a highly favorable settlement for her bank client of a $1.6 billion fraudulent conveyance litigation involving lenders and other parties with diverse financial incentives in the Chapter 11 proceeding of a global petrochemical manufacturer; obtaining an arbitration victory for her insurance company client while defeating the attempt of a dissatisfied counter-party to rescind its purchase of a $300 million disability income insurance business; and effectively counseling clients in the United States and overseas through disputes involving theft of trade secrets and violations of confidentiality agreements.  In another matter, Ms. Martin helped secure a $370 million trial verdict on behalf of a bank syndicate in a breach of guarantee contract action involving a satellite telephone company and obtained summary judgment in a related $243 million reserve capital call litigation, while managing expectations of the various syndicate members, including her agent bank client, other financial institutions, distressed debt traders and hedge funds.  Ms. Martin’s clients have included Accenture, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Duke Energy Corporation, GAF Corporation, Hanwha Group, Intertek/Caleb Brett USA, Inc., ITC Limited, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Radian Guaranty Inc., TD Bank N.A., Travelers Casualty and Surety, UBS Securities, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., governmental agencies in Latin America, and others.


Ms. Martin is an officer on the Board of Directors of the Law Alumni Association of Duke University School of Law, and is a past recipient of the Duke Law Young Alumni Award in recognition of her professional achievements and work on behalf of the law school.  Ms. Martin also is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding research and finding a cure for neurofibromatosis.  Within the Firm, Ms. Martin serves on the Recruiting, Technology, and Women’s Committees, and she is chairperson of the Litigation Training Committee.


Ms. Martin received her B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, and received her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where she was an editor for the Duke Law Journal.


Valerie Mason

Ms. Mason is a partner at Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C. in the firm’s Finance Department, specializing in the representation of banks, hedge funds, commercial finance companies and other institutional lenders in structuring and documenting secured and unsecured credit facilities, including working capital facilities, financings for leveraged acquisitions, term loans, and second lien loans, as well as loan workouts and restructurings and debtor-in-possession and exit financings.  In the course of her career, Ms. Mason has worked on numerous financing transactions confronting a wide range of legal issues raised by Federal, State and international law.  She has served as counsel to the administrative agent and lead arranger in syndicated credit facilities to among other companies, major national retailers, telecommunications companies, steel manufacturers, and transportation companies.


In addition to her substantive law responsibilities, for the last 14 years, she has been the Hiring Member of the firm, and serves as a member of its Diversity Action Committee.


Outside of her firm activities, Ms. Mason serves on the Board of the Duke Law Alumni Association, she is the past president and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Prison Association & Home, Inc. and is an Elder at The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, currently serving as the chairperson of its stewardship committee.


Ms. Mason received her A.B. from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1980 and graduated from Duke Law School in 1983.


Chris McDermott

Mr. McDermott’s principal practice with Cadwalader involves the representation of commercial banks and other financial institutions in commercial lending and other financing transactions, including general secured and unsecured lending transactions, refinancings, leveraged buy-outs and other acquisition financings, various asset-based lending transactions, and hedge fund financings. He serves financial clients in New York, Charlotte, and other markets.


Mr. McDermott graduated from Williams College, cum laude, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal.


Mr. McDermott is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar.  He is admitted to practice in the States of New York and North Carolina.


Kevin McGinnis

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.


Joseph A. McManus

Mr. McManus is a partner at McManus & Darden.  Prior to founding the firm, he served as General Counsel to Clark Construction Group and The George Hyman Construction Company and practiced with Smith, Currie & Hancock in Atlanta, specializing in construction and government contracts litigation.


Mr. McManus is a past President of American College of Construction Lawyers. He is called upon frequently to serve as an arbitrator of construction disputes. He is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. Mr. McManus was recently inducted into the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). His commitment to education has included roles as Fellow, Duke University Private Adjudication Center, and as a lecturer to the University of Virginia.


Mr. McManus graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969.


Lawrence G. McMichael

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.


Sean Memon

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.


David Morris

Mr. Morris possesses over 15 years of private equity, investment banking and corporate finance experience.  He has acquired and invested in companies across the business life cycle — from early-stage ventures to mature enterprises. A managing director at Oracle Capital Partners, a Midwest-based private equity firm that specializes in providing growth capital, Mr. Morris previously worked as an investment banker in the mergers and acquisitions group at UBS.  He started his career as a commercial banker providing origination support to the hospitality (real estate/gaming), correspondent banking, and private equity groups at a predecessor firm of JP Morgan Chase.


Mr. Morris earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Duke University and his MBA from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.  He is an alumnus of the Venture Capital Institute and previously co-taught the Global Capital Markets investment banking course at Duke University.


Paul J. Pantano

Mr. Pantano is the head of Cadwalader’s Energy & Commodities Group, focusing his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law.  He represents energy companies, commodity and swap dealers, brokerage firms, trade associations and financial industry professionals in a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, legislative and litigation matters.


Mr. Patano regularly represents clients in investigations and regulatory matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal government agencies.


Recognized as a leading energy lawyer by numerous independent commentators, Mr. Patano has been ranked by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee and the editorial board of the Futures & Derivatives Law Report.  In addition, he is a frequent speaker at energy and commodity industry conferences.


Mr. Patano is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law.   He is a member of the Energy Bar Association and the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association.  From 1994 through 1997, he served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he co-taught a graduate law course on the regulation of commodity and derivatives transactions.  He is a member of the Duke Law Alumni Board of Directors.


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Patano was a trial attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the CFTC, where he represented the commission in numerous civil and administrative enforcement actions.


Mr. Patano earned his B.A. from Trinity College and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.


Darla Pomeroy

Ms. Pomeroy was co-founder and vice president of strategic development of Edge Wireless, L.L.C., a provider of wireless voice and data service in the northwest, which was sold to AT&T.  She has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1996.  A graduate of the University of Washington, Duke Law School, and the Wharton School of Business, Ms. Pomeroy is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bar associations.  She is also serves as a member of the Duke Law & Entrepreneurship LLM Alumni Advisory Board.


Mark J. Rosenberg

Mr. Rosenberg is a Partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP in the Intellectual Property Practice Group and has over 20 years of experience assisting clients in acquiring, protecting, enforcing and licensing their intellectual property rights. He is experienced in all areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade dress, privacy and advertising law, and counsels clients in negotiating and structuring a wide variety of licenses, co-branding, distribution, development, hosting, affiliate, procurement and services agreements.   Mr. Rosenberg dedicates a significant part of his practice to e-commerce and Internet marketing law, including CAN-SPAM and Communications Decency Act compliance, advertising, sweepstakes and other games of chance, website development, affiliate, co-branding and hosting agreements, privacy policies and terms of use.  As a litigator, he advises clients in cost-effectively avoiding and resolving legal disputes and has successfully handled complex patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade dress and false advertising actions in federal district and appellate courts, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Mr. Rosenberg received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1986.


Brian E. Rosenzweig

Mr. Rosenzweig is an associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he practices in the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities group.  He has experience advising U.S. and international issuers and underwriters in corporate finance transactions, including high yield debt, investment grade debt, equity and equity-linked offerings, IPOs, acquisition finance, liability management, corporate governance matters and M&A transactions.


Mr. Rosenzweig received his B.A. with distinction from Cornell University in 2005, and graduated from Duke University School of Law in 2008, where he was the Symposium Editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law and Vice President of the Business Law Society.


Squire J. Servance

Mr. Servance is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s Intellectual Property Practice, where he focuses on patent prosecution, transactions, litigation, and counseling for clients in a wide range of technologies, including financial business methods, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemistry, medical devices, and food science.  Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Servance served as a law clerk for Judge Jerome A. Holmes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Mr. Servance presently serves on the boards of Metro Camden Habitat for Humanity and Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc.  He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Servance was an articles editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy and staff editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. He received his M.B.A. with a concentration in corporate finance and a Certificate in Health Sector Management from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. He received his B.S., with honors, with a double major in biomedical engineering and cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers University, School of Engineering in 2004.


Aaron Singer

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.


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.


Jeffrey Tabak

Mr. Tabak is a founder of the Private Funds practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He regularly represents a number of private investment funds, and their sponsors, in connection with their organization and the acquisition and disposition of their investments. He counsels institutional investors and represents a number of money management firms and has been involved in many acquisitions of money managers. He also has a wide-ranging corporate and securities law practice.


In October 2006, Mr. Tabak was named by Private Equity International as one of the thirty most influential lawyers in global private equity. Mr. Tabak has been cited for excellence in the Private Equity field by Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2001, including in the 2012 edition, and has consistently been recognized by Chambers USA – American’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in the field of private equity and fund formation. Mr. Tabak was ranked by Legal 500 USA 2009 as a “Leading” Lawyer in Investment Fund Formation and Management: Hedge Funds and was listed as one of the ten most highly regarded attorneys by The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2012. Mr. Tabak was also named one of America’s “Top 25 Pre-Eminent Private Equity Lawyers” by The Best of the Best USA 2010.


Mr. Tabak has written and spoken on a variety of topics relating to private investment funds. He is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, and is the Vice Chairman of the ABA Federal Securities Subcommittee on Hedge Funds.  He is also active in pro bono matters and is a trustee and secretary of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and serves as counsel to the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation. He served as a trustee of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) USA from 1996 to 2002, was Vice Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 1999 and continues to serve as counsel. HIPPY awarded Mr. Tabak its Founders award in 2006.


Mr. Tabak received a B.A. (1979) in political science and a J.D. (1982) from Duke University. He graduated magna cum laude and was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Tabak served as Chair of The Advisory Board for Jewish Life at Duke University from 2009-2012.


Richard C. Van Nostrand

Since 1988, Mr. Van Nostrand has been a partner at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie and Lougee, LLP, a 60 attorney firm headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts, with offices in Boston and Westborough.  For the last three years, he has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  Mr. Van Nostrand is a trial lawyer and has extensive experience in general civil trial work, with concentrations in commercial, business and employment litigation.  He provides advice and representation in a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, corporate dissolutions, intra- and inter-company disagreements, and intra-family business disputes.  He also provides ongoing employment litigation and counseling services to numerous clients in the private, public and higher education sectors.


Mr. Van Nostrand has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine and Law & Politics.  He has also been recognized as a New England “Super Lawyer,” and as a Best Lawyer in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment.  He is also frequently selected by litigants to assist in the resolution of their disputes as an independent arbitrator or mediator.


In 2004-5, Mr. Van Nostrand served as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and in 2005-6, as president of the New England Bar Association, an association of the bar leadership of each of the six New England states.  His trial expertise and judgment were recognized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission, a 21-member body that evaluates and recommends individuals for appointment to the bench.  Mr. Van Nostrand served on the JNC from 2007 until 2009.  Following his appointment by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, he served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the statutory entity that oversees the funding and delivery of legal services to the underprivileged throughout the state.  He has also served for more than ten years on the Board of Trustees of MCLE, Inc., the preeminent continuing legal education provider in Massachusetts.  Mr. Van Nostrand currently chairs the nominating committee of MCLE.


For his active and varied contributions to bar, civic and charitable organizations, Mr. Van Nostrand received the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award in 2011.


Will Yavinsky

Mr. Yavinsky 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.


ESQ 2013 is presented thanks to the generosity of our Lead Sponsor, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, as well as Sponsors Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLPCravath, Swaine & Moore LLPHogan Lovells, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

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