Corporate Counsel Section

  • Fifth Annual Corporate Counsel Institute
    Sixth Corporate Counsel Institute October 22 and 23, 2015 | Cornell Club
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  • Upcoming Events
    • October 20th: Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee Meeting

      Tuesday, October 20, 2015: Corporate Counsel Section

      Macy's, New York City 

      Please contact Beth Gould if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee. 

      Beth Gould
      Section Liaison 518.487.5674

      Upcoming EC Meetings:
      October 20, 2015 
      November 3, 2015
      December 8, 2015
      January 12, 2016

    • October 22-23, 2015: Sixth Corporate Counsel Institute


      Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2015

      9:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m. on October 22nd 
      8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on October 23rd  

      Cornell Club
      6 East 44th Street
      New York, NY  10017

      Sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Section and the Intellectual Property Law 
      Corporate Counsel and Intellectual Property Law Section members: $325 | NYSBA members: $375 | Non-members: $475


      Sponsorship Opportunities 

      Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Benjamin Lawsky, Former Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services

      This program is approved for up to 10 CLE Credits (4.0 Ethics and Professionalism Credit; 5.0 Professional Practice Credits; 1.0 Skills Credit) This program is transitional and suited for all attorneys including those that are newly admitted.
      Program Description
      The Corporate Counsel Institute brings together a distinguished faculty to address the wide array of issues important to in-house and corporate counsel.  In seven content packed plenary sessions, the Institute faculty will cover vital topics, including employment hot topics, managing the arbitration process, ethics, human trafficking, cybersecurity privacy, update on not for profit law, and valuing your company’s intellectual property. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from key in-house counsel and outside practitioners.

      AGENDA: October 22nd 
      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.             Registration and Continental Breakfast 
      9:00--9:15 a.m.               Introductory Remarks 
      9:15--10:05 a.m.             Employment Hot Topics for In-House Counsel  
                                                      • Medical marijuana and the workplace ramifications;
                                                      • NLRB update - new employer approaches to protected concerted activity and handbooks;
                                                      • Religious accommodation issues post-EEOC vs. Abercrombie decision;
                                                      • Immigration reform and associated employment issues.

      Panel Chair: Mitchell F. Borger, Esq., Group Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.

      Moderator: Philip B. Rosen, Esq., Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP

      Speakers: Mercedes Colwin, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP; Gary H. Glaser, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Vicki Walcott-Edim, Esq., Senior Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.

      10:10—11:00 a.m.            A Guide for In-House Counsel To Realize the Intended Benefits of the Arbitration Process   
      Some would argue that the arbitration process no longer conjures up visions of fast and expeditious dispute resolution.  But with rising litigation costs and shrinking corporate legal department budgets, arbitration can be a cost-effective solution.  This panel of experienced advocates and arbitration professionals will explore best practices for reigning in the process and realizing the intended benefits of a quicker, less expensive result.  Topics to be covered include clause drafting techniques; selecting and working with arbitration counsel; active involvement of the corporate legal department in the process; selecting the best arbitrator; and arbitration advocacy skills.  

      Panel Chair: Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., 
      Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

      Speakers: Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Richard H.  Silberberg, Esq., Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., Vice President, American Arbitration Association; Eric Koster, Esq. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Ethan Allen Global, Inc.,  

      11:00-11:15 a.m.               Morning Break  

      11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.        Ethics: The Corporate General Counsel’s Perspective 
      This session is designed to help business lawyers do their jobs better and faster while fulfilling their ethical obligations and professional responsibilities.  The session will focus on improving the quality and maximizing the value of legal services for corporate clients.  The panelists will engage in a candid discussion about particular ethical dilemmas which corporate counsel frequently encounter.  The session will identify significant ethics challenges which delivery of corporate legal services presents and will show business lawyers how to select and implement strategies which address those challenges as effectively as possible.  The format for the session will be an interactive panel discussion in which the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator.  This format is intended to encourage a lively give and take among the panelists, the moderator, and the audience.

      Panel Chair: Robert L. Haig, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

      Speakers: Ricardo A. Anzaldua, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.; Sheila K. Davidson, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, New York Life Insurance Company; Michael D. Fricklas Esq., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Inc.; J. Kevin McCarthy, Esq., Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Thomas A. Russo, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, American International Group, Inc.; Michael J. Sharp, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Leucadia National Corporation; Gerson A. Zweifach, Esq., Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

      12:05—1:35 p.m. Lunch 
      Keynote Luncheon Speaker Benjamin M. Lawsky, Former Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

      1:35 - 2:25 p.m.                   Human Trafficking: An Overview for Corporate Counsel
      An overview of human trafficking issues as it pertains to corporations and in-house counsel.  

      Panel Chairs: Rachelle Stern, Esq., Associate Counsel, Macy's, Inc.,  Jessica Thaler Esq., Bliss Lawyers and Yamicha Stephenson, Esq., Associate, Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP

      Moderator: Hon. Toko Serita, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Queens Criminal Court

      Speakers: Ms. Tenaz H. Dubash, M.S., Victim Assistance Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) New York; Evelyn Chumbow, National Survivors Network, Survivor of Child Labor Trafficking in the United States; Michael E. Ryan, Esq., Brooklyn DA, Former Head of Human Trafficking Bureau; Martina E. Vandenberg, Esq., Founder and President, Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center 

      2:30 – 3:20 p.m.                How Do I Know What My Company's IP is Worth?
      Corporate counsel face a variety of complex issues relating to their company's intellectual property, including, enforcement, protection, purchase/sale/licensing and supply chain issues, among others. This presentation provides corporate counsel with the tools to understand how to value the intellectual property at issue and how to use those same valuation tools to determine the best course of action from a financial perspective. Attendees will gain an understanding of the opportunities and threats that can arise in the intellectual property context and how to assess the impact of such opportunities and threats on a company's bottom line.

      Panel Chairs: Charles Chen, Esq., Hickies, Inc,  Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director, Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services, Stout Risius Ross, Inc. and Natalie Sulimani, Esq., Sulimani & Nahoum P.C.  . 

      Speakers: Daniel Boglioli, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel, Time Warner Cable, Inc.; Marc Lieberstein, Esq., Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP; Michele Riley, Esq., Managing Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Alphonse Valbrune, Esq., Vice President, Genpact, Inc.

      3:30-4:20 p.m.                  Update: Not For Profit Law 
      Updates since the passage of the NYS Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

      Panel Chair:  Jessica Thaler Esq., Bliss Lawyers and Jana Behe, Esq., Director of Contracts & General Counsel, NYSTEC 

      Moderator: John D. Feerick, Esq.,  former Fordham Law School Dean and Founder of the Feerick Center for Social Justice 

      Speakers: Courtney Darts, Esq., Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership; Karin Kunstler Goldman, Esq., Deputy Bureau Chief, Charities Bureau, Office of the Attorney General; Lesley Rosenthal, Esq., VP, General Counsel & Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York; John R. Vero, Esq., Partner, Couch White, LLP- Albany

      4:25—5:15 p.m.               Cybersecurity & Privacy Laws: What In-House Counsel Needs To Do   After The Breach
      This session will discuss the legal impact of cyber breaches and the applicable privacy laws.  A data breach could affect profits so in-house counsel needs to know how to minimize the impact of a data breach.  This session will identify the cyber criminals, address the regulatory impact, discuss the reporting obligations and notification laws and highlight the impact of global laws.

      Panel Chair: Yamicha Stephenson, Esq., Associate, Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP

      Speakers: Austin Berglas, Senior Managing Director, K2 Intelligence, Cyber Investigations and Incident Response; Chris Lang, Esq., Global Privacy Officer, UPS; Joseph V. DeMarco, Esq., Partner, DeVore & DeMarco LLP; Lisa Sotto, Esq., Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

      AGENDA: October 23rd 
      8:15 – 8:45 a.m.                Registration and Continental Breakfast 

      8:45-11:30 a.m.                Ethics for Corporate Counsel 

      Panel Chair: Steven G. Nachimson, Esq., Compass Group USA, Inc.

      Speakers: Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Jorge Dopico, Esq. Appellate Division, First Department, Departmental Disciplinary Committee; Michael S. Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross; Jerome Snider, Esq., Professional Responsibility Counsel, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP; Michele Coleman Mayes, Esq., Vice President & General Counsel, New York Public Library


      For Questions, please email Beth Gould, Section Liaison. To Register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

    • November 12, 2015: Managing Your Legal Career


      November 12, 2015
      6:00PM - 8:30PM

      Location:  Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
                       101 Park Avenue
                       New York, New York 10178
      (Meet and greet will begin at 6:00 PM and panel discussion will begin at 6:30 PM)
      Cocktail Reception will follow panel discussion

      Sponsoring Committee:  Corporate Counsel Section
      Not a section member? Join today for $30

      Navigating your legal career can present a variety of challenges and its own complexities.  Attorneys assume various roles, especially those who serve as corporate counsel.  This event is for attorneys seeking assistance with their career as corporate counsel or those seeking to transition to a corporate counsel role. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to  a  panel of attorneys share their individual stories about their career path. This event is designed to provide an opportunity to meet, listen and engage in an informative discussion with corporate counsel. This program is suitable for attorneys seeking guidance with his/ her legal career. Some topics will include:

      ·    Rebounding from pitfalls,
      ·    Understanding the role of corporate counsel,
      ·    Landing the corporate counsel role,
      ·    How to successfully utilize your resources,
      ·    How to make yourself marketable,
      ·    Developing skills to transition to a corporate counsel role,
      ·    Networking effectively with the ability to attract and develop new relationships.

      Naomi K. Hills, Esq.  
      George Lence, Esq., - President, Nicholas & Lence Communications, LLC
      Natalie Sulimani., Esq.- Partner, Sulimani & Nahoum, PC & General Counsel Prov International
      Elizabeth Shampnoi, Esq.,- Attorney/Director, Stout Risius Ross

      Register Now

      Please email Tina Rothaupt with any questions.

  • About the Section

    The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Section sponsors CLE, networking and other events and offers LinkedIn and Facebook pages where members can reach out to each other with questions and advice. 

    View Member Perspectives on the Corporate Counsel Section: 

    View Chair Natalie Sulimani's perspective here.
    View Secretary Yamicha Stephenson's perspective here.
    View Member Barbara Levi's perspective here.

    Meet the Section Chair
    SulimaniNatalie Sulimani is the new chair of the 1,659–member Corporate Counsel Section. 

    Natalie Sulimani is the founder of Sulimani Law Firm, PC.  She is engaged in a wide variety of intellectual property, technology and general corporate matters with a strong focus on start-ups and entrepreneurs.  She has represented both domestic and international clients in an array of industries, including internet and new media, entertainment, jewelry, consulting and the arts.

    Natalie started her legal career in commercial litigation at one of the top international law firms located in New York City. With this invaluable experience, she then served as in-house counsel at a start-up jewelry company. This company introduced non-conflict Canadian diamonds to the American market. She oversaw the many foreign concerns in the jewelry industry and fully realized the importance of intellectual property in the online world. Working closely with seasoned marketing professionals and members of the jewelry industry, she honed her skills to understand the impact marketing, trademark, copyright and internet law have on building a brand.

    Sulimani is a graduate of University of Manchester at Kiryat Ono, Israel with an LLB.

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  • CCS Online Communities

    Coming Soon! Corporate Counsel Section Members Professional Online Private Community

    We are pleased to announce that the Corporate Counsel Section will soon offer a Private Online Professional Community—for Corporate Counsel Section members only. 

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!

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