Corporate Counsel Section

Corporate Counsel Section



Thursday, January 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 3.5, Ethics 0.5)
Sutton Center and North, 2nd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 4.0 credit hours (3.5 credits in Professional Practice and 0.5 in Ethics). This program will qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys.

Section Chairs
Deborah Masucci, Esq., Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Shampnoi Dispute Resolution and Management Services, Inc.

Program Chairs
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Shampnoi Dispute Resolution and Management Services, Inc.
Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., American Arbitration Association
Ross J. Kartez, Esq., Ruskin Moscou Faltischek

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Paul Weiss | 1285 Avenue of the Americas

12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Paul Weiss | 1285 Avenue of the Americas

2:00 PM - 2:05 PM
Welcome Remarks
Dispute Resolution Section Membership Vote

2:05 PM - 3:20 PM
Navigating ADR Through the #MeToo Movement and the Legislative Response
A flurry of legislative action in response to the #MeToo movement has put confidentiality, non-disclosure, and mandatory arbitration under scrutiny and limited tax deductions as it relates to sexual harassment claims. Workplace internal dispute resolution programs intended to protect employees and companies alike are being reexamined. This panel will examine those new requirements, the pros and cons of the new legislation (including the impact to companies, employees, and dispute resolvers), and practical considerations to ensure compliance.
Panelists: Jill L. Rosenberg, Esq., Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Gregory S. Chiarello, Esq., Outten & Golden LLP

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Class Action Simplicity Under Challenge
Topics to be discussed by this panel: (1) administrative challenges faced by ADR Providers, including the handling of class actions and best practices; (2) in-house considerations when drafting class action-related policies, the benefits and detriments of class action waivers, the costs associated with multiple proceedings, and other related matters; (3) strategies by the plaintiffs’ bar to counter class action waivers, litigation or otherwise; and (4) arbitrator perspectives on the foregoing issues.

The panel will address what motivates companies to adopt processes to avoid class actions or prefer class action processes in arbitration; how they formulate the procedures; challenges in arbitration, including coordination, discovery, sharing testimony across cases and other process/administrative issues; and the law developing in the area.
Panelists: Alfred G. Feliu, Esq., Feliu Neutral Services, LLC
Ann Lesser, Esq., American Arbitration Association
Mitchell F. Borger, Esq., Macy's, Inc.

4:20 PM - 4:45 PM
The Power of Inclusion: Treating Others Well Enhances Our Well-Being
Inclusion is an invitation to reduce our stress and that of our colleagues by becoming more conscious leaders. Join a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in a discussion of today's best practices. If you are not actively including, then you are excluding.
Speaker: Cecilia B. Loving, Fire Department of New York City

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Trends, Successes and Strategies on Mediating Cases in Judicial and Arbitration Forums
Leading judges, neutrals, and advocates will discuss trends and preferred strategies for zealous representation of clients in mediation. Of particular note is the controversial topic of using a sitting judge or arbitrator as the mediator or settlement judge to resolve the case. Attorneys must consider the possibility that the judge or arbitrator may, at some point, try to mediate the underlying dispute. In fact, the New York Commercial Division Rules were recently amended to recognize this possibility and to offer the services of justices other than the justice assigned to the case – but are attorneys and judges utilizing this protocol?
Panelists: David A. Shargel, Esq., Westerman Ball Ederer miller Zucker & Sharfstein, LLP
Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich (Ret.), JAMS
Hon. Richard M. Berman, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Michael A. Cardozo, Esq., Proskauer Rose LLP
Jeffrey L. Kessler, Esq., Winston & Strawn LLP

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Morrison & Foerster LLP | 250 West 55th St

Discounts and Scholarships
New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 3rd, 2019. For more details, please contact Kristina Gagnon in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Kristina Gagnon at 518-487-5669.

For questions about this specific program, please contact Kristina Gagnon at 518-487-5669. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

The New York Women’s Bar Association and the New York Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section are proud
to present a CLE Program

Breaking Through Bias to Achieve Leadership Success in the Legal Profession

Speakers: Andrea S. Kramer, Esq. and Alton B. Harris, Esq.

Date/Time January 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Location American Arbitration Association
150 East 42nd Street, Floor 16, NYC
Cost Free for NYWBA members, Free for NYSBA Corporate Counsel Members
$50 for non-members**
CLE 2 Diversity and Inclusion Credits*
RSVP RSVP By Clicking Here
Beverages and light snacks will be served

*CLE Credits: (2 Diversity and Inclusion Credits): The NYWBA is an accredited CLE provider. Approval of CLE credit is pending in accordance with the requirements of the NYS CLE Board for the above-listed credit hours for established attorneys and as transitional credit hours for newly admitted attorneys.

** Free NYWBA members and NYSBA Corporate Counsel members, $50, non-member: Cost of CLE to be credited against NYWBA membership dues for new members. Full and partial scholarships based on financial need are available. For info on the guidelines and to apply, contact CLE Co- Chairs at All requests are confidential.


GDPR 1 Month to Go 
Previously recorded webinar - Access the recording via the Corporate Counsel Section Community

It is only weeks until the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR brings in a host of new obligations for all businesses with interests in Europe. Find out from experts, peers and colleges what last-minute steps companies can take to prepare for GDPR.  

Agenda Topics:
-Priorities for the next month
-Strategies and tactics for reasonable risk management 

Gerard Stegmaier, Partner | Reed Smith  
Stacy Marcus, Partner | Reed Smith 
David Perlman, SVP and General Counsel
 | Citizen Watch Company of America 
Cassandra Porter, Senior Privacy Counsel
 | Cognizant Technology Solutions

Recorded on April 16, 2018
NO MCLE Credits

Life as In-House Counsel: How to Get There and What to Expect
Recorded April 4, 2018
This free program does not offer CLE Credit.

Co-Sponsored by the In-House Counsel Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel Section and Lawyers in Transition Committee of the New York State Bar Association

Westchester County Bar Association
2 Westchester Park Drive Conference Center | Ground Level | White Plains, NY 10604

Debbie Epstein Henry, Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers and Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing
Vicki R. Walcott-Edim, Esq., Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Mastercard
Janet Baker, Assistant, Esq., General Counsel, EXLService Holdings, Inc, (Secondment via Bliss Lawyers)
Alexandra (Lexie) Pitney, Esq,m Senior Counsel, Global Investigations, Xylem Inc.
H. Douglas Garfield, Senior Director, Global Customs & Trade, PepsiCo, Inc. 



Never fear... We recorded it!

Now available free for Corporate Counsel Section members and Business Law Section Members. (If you're not a Corporate Counsel Section Member... Why not join? Dues are just $30 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys. Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.


Corporate Counsel and/or Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged. Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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Total Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

Presented by the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."

As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks. Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency. But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.

NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
Corporate Counsel Section or Business Law Section Member Price: $35

Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.



See also: Overview of NYS Lobbying; and Challenges of Business in NYS (Business Law Section panel recorded October 14, 2016)

1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys - Discounty for Business Law Section and Corpoarte Counsel Section Members


Bonus Segments (FREE)

Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
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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. 

Meet the Chair

Liz Shampnoi
Elizabeth Shampnoi

View Member Perspectives on the Corporate Counsel Section: 

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

Helpful Links for Navigating this Section
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Archives of Section Videos
List of Section Committees 

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Members can access the Archives here.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Corporate Counsel Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way to well seasoned and experienced attorneys in the Corporate Counsel field. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

The Community is private for Corporate Counsel Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $30/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Corporate Counsel members can search the site or identify other members.

Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)


> enter the Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee Community