Corporate Counsel Section

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    Register Now: October 23, 2014 1:00pm-4:30pm Corporate Counsel Biennial Ethics Fall Meeting CLE Experienced Attorneys: Satisfy your ethics requirement for the full two-year biennial reporting cycle. Newly admitte attorneys may statisfy their ethics requirement for one year. Networking and Membership Appreciation Reception Following Program 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • Cornell Club
    October 23, 2014 Networking and Membership Appreciation Event The Cornell Club NYC, 6 East 44th Street, between Madison and 5th Avenues
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    Welcome to the Corporate Counsel Section! Click to view video for more information about what our Section has to offer.
  • Upcoming Events
    • September 17, 2014, Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting

      Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Corporate Counsel Section

      Macy's, New York City 

      Please contact Pat Johnson if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee. 

      Patricia Woods Johnson
      Section Attorney Liaison 518.487.5688

    • Women on the Move 2014 LPM CLE Program


      $75 Members* | $250 Non-Members

      Women on the Move 2014: Negotiating Your Own Value | Tips from the Front Line

      Wednesday, October 8, 2014 
      CLE Program | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      4.0 MCLE Credits

        Women on the Move Brochure


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      Larchmont Shore Club | One Oak Bluff Avenue | Larchmont, NY 10538

      Sponsored by the Committee on Women and the Law, the Law Practice Management Committee, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association 
      Program Chairs
      Linda A. Redlisky, Esq.
      Rafferty & Redlisky, LLP
      Pelham, NY
      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq.
      Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC
      Armonk, NY
      As female attorneys we are asked to juggle our professional and personal lives often for less compensation than our male peers. This CLE program highlights practical skills that have helped other women attorneys successfully navigate the complicated world of negotiating their compensation in the income gender trap. Many women feel social pressures to refrain from asserting themselves in an overtly aggressive manner, yet fear that using softer language will cause them to be perceived as weak and diminish their worth. Learn the tools and tips recommended by a professional negotiator, including methods to evaluate your goals, language selection in negotiations, and other techniques women attorneys have developed to negotiate for themselves. A panel of respected attorneys, both male and female, will explore and debate various means of negotiating, such as in person, e-mail and telephonic, negotiating with the same or different gender, whether or not your style should be tailored to your audience, as well as the ethical issues that arise in the context of negotiating your worth. Join us for an afternoon of learning on how to start the discussion and project your best self-worth when representing yourself.

      12:30 p.m.                Registration

      1:00 - 1:10 p.m.       Welcome and Introduction to the Program

      1:10 2:00 p.m.       Keynote Presentation
                                        Victoria Pynchon, Esq.
                                       Co-founder, She Negotiates Consulting and Training
                                        (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:00 2:50 p.m.       Salary & Fee Negotiation - Successes, Pitfalls and the Law
                                        Cara E. Greene, Esq. | Outten & Golden LLP
                                        Alan J. Harris, Esq. | Alan J. Harris, PC
                                        (1.0 MCLE Credit)

      2:50 3:00 p.m.       Break

      3:00 3:50 p.m.       Ethical Considerations in Negotiating Your Value
                                        Deborah A. Scalise, Esq. | Scalise & Hamilton, LLP
                                        Josephine Belli, Esq. | Goldberg Segalla, LLP
                                        (1.0 MCLE Ethics Credit)

      3:50 5:00 p.m.       Panel Discussion and Q&A
                                       (1.0 MCLE Credit)

      5:00 7:00 p.m.       Networking Reception with Section Co-Sponsors

      4.0 MCLE Credits
      (2.0 areas of professional practice, 1.0 skills, 1.0 ethics)

      *$75 Pre-Registration Rate | Valid through September 30, 2014.  Register early to guarantee your seat at the program. Program fee includes refreshments and cocktail reception.


      Co-sponsored by the Business Law Section, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Corporate Counsel Section, the  Dispute Resolution Section, the Elder Law and Special Needs Section,  Family Law Section, the General Practice Sectionthe Intellectual Property Law Section, the Real Property Law Section, the Senior Lawyers Section, the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Also co-sponsored by the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and the following chapters: the Mid-York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, the Queens Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, and the Westchester Women's Bar Association.


      For questions about this event, please contact Kathy Suchocki, Director, Law Practice Management at (518) 487-5590 or

      To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.



    • October 23, 2014 Ethics for Corporate Counsel CLE Program

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      October 23, 2014
      1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
      Cornell Club
      6 East 44th Street (between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue)
      New York, NY 10017

      The Corporate Counsel Section continues its series of well-received, timely programs on ethical issues facing attorneys working for corporations and other business entities.  With in-house counsel facing greater scrutiny and regulation on both the federal and state level, it is necessary for all corporate counsel to be fluent in regulation not only of the corporations and other business entities that they represent, but in rules governing the practice of law by corporate counsel.  This program will assist in-house attorneys and other corporate attorneys in understanding and applying their ethical and legal obligations and provides essential MCLE credits in ethics and professionalism.

      This transitional program, which provides four (4.0) credits in ethics and professionalism, will satisfy the ethics requirement for the full biennial reporting cycle.  For newly admitted attorneys, it will satisfy their ethics requirement for one year (newly admitted attorneys cannot carry over ethics credits from one year to the next).

      For more information regarding the panelists and the topics to be covered, click here to view the brochure.

      Register Now

    • October 23, 2014 Corporate Counsel Section Membership Appreciation Event

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 Corporate Counsel Section Complimentary Member Appreciation and Networking Event

      - Location -

      Fall Creek Room
      Cornell Club New York
      6 East 44th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues)
      New York, New York

      Come and enjoy tasty food and drinks with the Executive Committee.

      4:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.

      RSVP to or 518.487.5669

      We appreciate your support of our Section and look forward to meeting you and sharing in this enjoyable event. 

      Don't forget to save the date and stay tuned for more information regarding the October 23rd CCS Biennial Ethics Program 1-4:30 pm Cornell Club, NYC

    • October 23, 2014, Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014: Corporate Counsel Section

      Kelley Drye 

      Please contact Pat Johnson if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee. 

      Patricia Woods Johnson
      Section Attorney Liaison 518.487.5688

    • November 10, 2014 Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting

      Monday, November 10, 2014 Corporate Counsel Section Macy's, New York City  Please contact Pat Johnson if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee.  Patricia Woods Johnson Section Attorney Liaison 518.487.5688

    • Hot Topics in Law Practice Management 2014 Summit & CLE

       $150 Members | $250 Non-Members


      Hot Topics in Law Practice Management | 2014 Security Summit

      Security Concerns for Law Firms | What You Need to Know about Cybersecurity, Data Security, Office Security and More


      Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      7.0 MCLE credits


      Join us for the first annual Hot Topics in Law Practice Management summit on security concerns for law firms. Panelists will cover what you need to know about cybersecurity, data security, office security and more.  Get practical advice.



      Co-sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee and the Corporate Counsel Section.


      Agenda Topics


      Office Security | Physical Security

      Employer duty for employee physical security | Building/Premises Security and Specific Office Security

      Concerns about weapons in the workplace


      Technology in the Workplace | Equipment Security

      Bring Your Own Device Policies | What You Need to Know 

      IT and Computer Security | Network and Replacement of Equipment


      Cyber Security and Information Security

      Protecting Confidential Information

      Use of Social Media

      Use of Third Party Vendors | Credit card payment processing, efax, web based email, data storage, practice management


      Metadata, eDiscovery and Litigation | Security Concerns

      Response to data subpoenas

      Metadata | Use in Litigation and Eliminating Possible Use in Litigation

      E-discovery Agreements Pretrial






    • December 16, 2014, Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting

      Tuesday, December 16, 2014: Corporate Counsel Section

      Kelley Drye 

      Please contact Pat Johnson if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee. 

      Patricia Woods Johnson
      Section Attorney Liaison 518.487.5688

    • January 7, 2015, Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting

      Wednesday, January 7, 2015: Corporate Counsel Section

      Macy's, New York City 

      Please contact Pat Johnson if you have information or questions for the Executive Committee. 

      Patricia Woods Johnson
      Section Attorney Liaison 518.487.5688

  • 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:  

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     View Sarah Feingold's Perspective here.                    View Mitchell Borger's Perspective here.      

    Meet the Section Chair

    Tom Reed Headshot
    Thomas A. Reed is the 2014 Chair of the 1,780 member Corporate Counsel Section.  

    Thomas A. Reed biography

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    Mr. Reed specializes in in-house counsel including commercial contracts, drafting and negotiation especially dealing with high tech and intellectual property, communication, regulatory matters, antitrust and managing and supervising litigation. 

    Reed, from Manhattan, is a longtime member of the New York State Bar Association. He serves as Membership Chair for the CCS as well as a NYSBA Delegate.   

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    MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR (click to view video)

    To the Members of the Corporate Counsel Section:

    Having previously served as your Chair in 2002, it is an honor and a privilege to do so once again in 2014. I want to thank Howard Shafer for a job very well done during his term as Chair in 2013, with special thanks for the most excellent and very well received Fifth Corporate Counsel Institute, ably co-chaired by Anne Atkinson and Steve Nachimson, that the Section presented under his chairmanship last November. It covered such timely and forward-looking topics as “Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Future of the Billable Hour” and “Advertising and Brand Protection in the Digital Age,” and featured a Keynote luncheon address by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as well as a panel of prominent General Counsel who examined ethics issues from an in-house standpoint, ably moderated by the Section’s long time friend and mentor, Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

    There are several topics I would like to bring to your attention as I start my second term.

    Annual Meeting 2014

    This year on January 29th the Section joined forces with the Business Law Section to present a two-part Annual Meeting program. In the first part the focus was on Ethics in Transactions; in the second part a three-speaker panel examined issues arising for New York lawyers in handling international matters.

    KGS Diversity Internship Program

    The Section continues its long-standing strong commitment to the Kenneth G. Standard internship program for law students who self-identify as “diverse.” The program is named in honor of past NYSBA President Ken Standard because of his commitment to initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. This year’s recipient of the New York Bar Foundation Fellowship (funded by the Section) that funds and places a second or third year law student as an intern in a charitable or not for profit organization is The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In addition to the Foundation intern, the program expects to place 7 additional law student interns with law departments in ACE(2), Alliance Bernstein, NYSTEC,, Pepsi Co., and Pitney Bowes. The program identifies and financially supports 50% of two in-house internship opportunities for law students from a diverse range of backgrounds to provide them with the chance to experience in-house legal practice. This year ACE, Alliance Bernstein, NYSTEC, Pepsi Co., and are enabling the Section to extend the scope of the program by supporting the full salary of their student interns. The annual reception to honor the year’s Diversity Interns and their employer sponsors was held on July 23, 2014. Photos are available here.  The Section has also instituted the practice of appointing an alumnus or alumna of this program to our Executive Committee; this year’s alumnus is Richard Kim.

    Mentoring Program and Young Lawyers

    The Section maintains its mentoring program for current and past student interns. It also continues to be a generous sponsor of and provides a scholarship to the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy for a deserving candidate. This year the Liaison from the Young Lawyers Section serving on the Executive Committee is Naomi Hills.

    Continuing Legal Education Programs

    I have already mentioned the biennial Fifth Corporate Counsel Institute (“CCI”) offered last November. Both the CCI and the CCS Spring Meeting CLE held on June 11, 2013 examined issues relating to the use of social media in the workplace and employment decisions. An Update CLE program on these hot cyber liability topics, which also addressed how companies can best deal with a security breach once it has occurred, was presented in conjunction with the Intellectual Property Section on April 3, 2014. Our Section’s signature Ethics for Corporate Counsel CLE program will be offered once again this year on the afternoon of Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Cornell Club in Manhattan under the guidance of longstanding Program Chair Steve Nachimson; please save the date and keep an eye out for further details as they become available.

    Member Appreciation Events

    The Corporate Counsel Section regularly provides no-cost “Membership Appreciation and Networking” receptions to benefit its members. We held the last one on October 24, 2013 at Upstairs at the Kimberly in NYC. The first 2014 MA&N event is being planned for June (please watch for the announcement with details), and a second one in conjunction with the Ethics for Corporate Counsel program on October 23rd.

    Corporate Counsel Section “Community”

    As Howard Shafer previously has reported, the New York State Bar Association is gradually rolling out electronic “communities” as an adjunct to the website. The idea is to provide a central electronic forum to bring together NYSBA members around their various common interests, on a purely “opt-in” basis. The Community pages host posted messages that will automatically be distributed to all Community members who choose to receive them, as well has hosting blogs and providing a common space to store documents of interest, start blogs on various subjects, etc. Your Section’s Executive Committee, with my strong encouragement, is currently experimenting with a Community page accessible only to EC members so we can all better understand how this can work to benefit the Section’s members as a whole. We plan to roll out a Community page that will be accessible to all members of the Section later this year. Please watch for an announcement of more details as soon as we are ready to proceed. In the meantime, I encourage you to explore existing Communities, such as the Technology Community, that are already open to all interested NYSBA members and can be accessed from the home page.

    Transition Time at INSIDE

    Finally, I wish to express my great thanks to the wonderful team of Editors of INSIDE, Janice Handler and Allison Tomlinson, who have worked most diligently for the last half-dozen years or more to bring you the many topical and valuable articles and other items that appear in its pages three times a year. Allison and Janice have decided that it’s now time for them to move on to other pursuits, so I’m happy to announce that whereas Allison is editing this issue, and Janice will handle the July 2014 issue, a new team comprised of Executive Committee member Jessica Thaler and another person yet to be named will take over the editorship of INSIDE beginning with the October 2014 issue. Among her many other accomplishments, Jessica co-edited, together with former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals Judith Kaye, the very well received recent special issue of the New York Bar Journal devoted to the topic of Lawyers in Transition. 


    As your Chair, I welcome comments, questions and feedback from Section members at any time. Please feel free to email me at:, and I will respond as promptly as possible.

    Tom Reed

    Helpful Links for Navigating this Section

    Executive Committee Roster

    Archives of Section videos


    List of Section Committees 

    The Corporate Counsel Section committees consist of Publications, CLE and Meetings, Diversity, Technology and New Media, Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program, Membership, and Pro Bono.

    Technology and New Media -  This Committee works to leverage technology and multimedia platforms in order to better serve our members to help them better connect with each other and the Committee activities via social media and by creating a more robust experience on the website. The Committee is also charged with implementing and improving use of technology and emerging media in presenting, preserving and distributing CLE and other Committee events, programs and content.

    Continuing Legal Education and Meetings - This Committee is charged with planning the educational part of the Section’s offerings, including CLE presented at the Annual Meeting in January, the biennial Ethics for Corporate Counsel program given even year autumns, and the biennial Corporate Counsel Institute provided in odd numbered years in the fall.

    Diversity  - This Committee is charged with formulating and implementing the Section’s response to the NYSBA President’s Section Diversity Challenge with the goal of increasing not only the number of “diverse” members in our Section, but also increasing their participation in Section activities and leadership positions, and the ability of the Section to address their needs.

    INSIDE/Publications - This Committee is responsible for putting together and publishing the Section’s newsletter INSIDE that we distribute free to Section members, and that generally comes out three times a year.

    Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program - This Committee is responsible for administering and managing all aspects of the Section’s Diversity Internship program, named in honor of former NYSBA President Kenneth G. Standard. The Section works with various New York State law schools each year to select several “diverse” law students to apply for summer internships in corporate law departments with New York State based companies or organizations that are willing to pay at least half the $6,000 stipend that is granted to each intern, with Section funds supplying the other half. The hiring company decides which applicant(s) to select from the pool supplied by the law schools. The Section also works through the New York Bar Foundation to fund one NFP intern. This Committee has also set up a mentoring program for current interns and internship alumni.

    Membership - This Committee works in various ways to help maintain and increase Section membership each year and sponsors occasional Membership Appreciation and Networking events as a benefit to Section members.  Please contact Pat Johnson if you are interested or complete and mail in the Corporate Counsel Section Member Brochureto become a member of the section and to select any committee you would like to join.

  • Inside Newsletter

    Corporate Counsel (Inside)


    View the Latest Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter)

    Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter) provides updates on Section activities, recent cases, and articles about current issues. Topics of past articles include ethics, privilege, corporate criminal liability and internal investigations. Edited by Allison Tomlinson, Esq. and Janice Handler, Esq., Inside is published by the Corporate Counsel Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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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!

    Now Available! : Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee Community