Keynote Speaker

 

Karen Roberts

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Karen Roberts is executive vice president and general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart).  In this role, she oversees the legal department, which is responsible for handling all legal matters affecting the company in its domestic and international markets.

As the leader of Walmart Legal, Karen ensures the company’s compliance with the laws and regulations in the regions it operates, forecasts possible issues and works ahead of them to ensure the company’s readiness and heads department initiatives such as its Medical-Legal Partnership Program and its diversity and inclusion efforts.

Karen was previously executive vice president and president of Walmart Realty, where she was responsible for Walmart’s real estate operations and a portfolio of close to 1 billion square feet. In this role she ensured the company fulfilled its commitment to be a good neighbor by working with communities to generate jobs, spur economic growth and continue its mission to save people money so they can live better.

Prior to her move to Realty, she served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Walmart. She managed operations and pharmacy compliance, environmental compliance, immigration and financial services compliance, product safety compliance, food safety and quality assurance and the privacy office. Since joining Walmart in 1995 as a real estate manager, Karen has held various positions within the company, including vice president and general counsel for real estate and construction.

Karen obtained her bachelor of science in public administration from Harding University and her juris doctor from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate. Karen also serves as a board member for Institute for Legal Reform, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and The Association of General Counsel.



 

Julio Avalos

General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
GitHub

Julio Avalos is the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer at GitHub, one of the world's most important tools for software development and the largest repository of open source code. This year, Julio has been named the top in-house technology lawyer in the country by Legal 500 and GC Magazine and was a recipient of The Recorder's inaugural award for legal innovation. Julio believes strongly in people, collaboration, and in the need to rethink legal services and the role of attorneys in society.

 

Sabrina A. Beldner

Senior Counsel
McGuireWoods LLP - Moderator

Sabrina Beldner represents employers in employment-related litigation and traditional labor law, including wage and hour class, collective and representative actions, and state and federal litigation of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA/CFRA, and unfair competition/trade secret violations claims. She has extensive experience representing clients in employment mediations and arbitrations, Labor Commissioner proceedings, and at trial, and she regularly provides employer training, policy guidance and drafting, and advice and counsel on discipline, discharge, reduction in force, and leave and accommodation issues.

In unionized settings, Sabrina represents management in grievance arbitrations and in unfair labor practice proceedings before the Region and the NLRB, and she also works with and advises management on union avoidance, union campaigns and collective bargaining issues.

 

 

Janice Brown

Founding Partner,
Brown Law Group

Janice P. Brown is the owner of Brown Law Group (BLG), a Southern California law firm specializing in business litigation with an emphasis in employment. As a trial lawyer and arbitrator with the AAA, Ms. Brown is known for her professional distinctions as well as her commitment to the legal community.

Ms. Brown's commitment to excellence has earned her numerous accolades throughout her career. AV-Preeminent rated, Ms. Brown has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2007.

Ms. Brown is a 1984 graduate of Gonzaga Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1981 from the University of Montana.

 

Eric Burton

Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
Fox Sports Media Group

Eric Burton is responsible for business affairs and related legal matters on behalf of FOX Sports and its wide array of multi-platform sports assets distributed through TV, digital, mobile, web, and broadband.  Since joining Fox in 2006, Eric has structured television and media deals for FOX Sports and its affiliated regional sports networks (RSNs) and advertising divisions.  Eric’s work includes drafting and negotiating telecast, programming, production, talent, sponsorship and advertising agreements on behalf of FOX Sports. Eric serves as primary in-house counsel to several of the Fox RSNs--advising them on various business, programming content and operational matters, and to Home Team Sports, FOX Sports’ advertising sales division—advising it on complex advertising sales and representation matters. Eric received a B.A. in Political Science/African-American Studies from Stanford University, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

 

Roger Cerda

Partner
Alston & Bird LLP

Roger Cerda is a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice Group, Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group, Products Liability Group and Insurance Group.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, environmental litigation, product liability claims and insurance coverage disputes. 

Mr. Cerda has successfully defended clients in a broad range of commercial litigation matters involving business torts, breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud and insurance coverage disputes.  Mr. Cerda also represents clients in environmental litigation involving hazardous-waste soil contamination and groundwater contamination, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and California’s Proposition 65, a practice group in which he serves as Co-leader.  In addition to these matters, Mr. Cerda has developed an extensive products liability practice, defending manufacturing clients against claims involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death.

 

Paul Chan

Principal
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C.

Paul Chan is the co-managing director of Bird Marella. His practice focuses on the trial and arbitration of complex business disputes, including commercial fraud, class action, securities, and intellectual property litigations. He also represents companies and individuals in regulatory and parallel civil/criminal investigations. Mr. Chan has particular expertise litigating cases involving the False Claims Act, allegations of false advertising and unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major financial institutions, professional partnerships, and technology companies.

Mr. Chan is listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”  by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, and was previously named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  He is the former President of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.

 

Navneet Chugh

Managing Partner
The Chugh Firm

Navneet S. Chugh is the Managing Partner of Chugh, LLP founded in 1985. He is an Attorney-at-Law, a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a MBA from USC.

Chugh, LLP provides corporate, tax, litigation, immigration, employment, media & entertainment, M & A, and business strategy services to emerging growth and mature companies. Chugh, LLP has a staff of 280 employees with 136 attorneys and CPAs; and has ten offices in: Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Edison NJ, Atlanta, Washington DC, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh.

He is on the board of HAB Bank, Ignify Consulting, Dhandho Holdings, India Community Center, Sikh Center of OC, Pratham LA, and Premier Media, Inc. (India Journal). He has served on the boards of TiE Global, American India Foundation, and Asia Society and a member of the World Presidents Organization.

 

Jeffrey Dasteel

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law

Jeff Dasteel is a mediator, arbitrator and adjunct assistant professor of law at UCLA School of Law where he teaches international commercial arbitration.  Mr. Dasteel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Executive Committee of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Co-Chair of the ADR Committee of the California State Bar and Co-Chair of the Southwest Arbitration Subcommittee for the United States Council for International Business.  Selected publications include:  International Commercial Arbitration for Law Students (2014); Chapter III.10-United States, Practitioner’s Handbook on International Arbitration and Mediation, 3rd Ed. (2012); “International Commercial Arbitration,” California Business Law Practitioner, Vol. 26/Number 3 (Summer 2011); Co-Author, “American Werewolves in London,” Arbitration International, Vol. 18, No.2, October 2, 2002.

 

Ramina Dehkhoda-Steele

Partner,
Wong Fleming

Ramina Dehkhoda-Steele is the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Bellevue, Washington office of Wong Fleming.  Ms. Dehkhoda-Steele is Co-Chair of the Commercial Litigation practice group. She is an avid litigator and has extensive experience in various areas of the law, including, insurance defense, general liability, premises liability, and real estate.  Ms. Dehkhoda-Steele also has a growing litigation practice with a focus on employer representation, which includes providing training to employees. She is also a frequent speaker at seminars on pertinent issues relating to employment law.

Ms. Dehkhoda-Steele has represented many Fortune 500 companies in employment and racial discrimination matters. Ms. Dehkhoda-Steele has been representing large companies with respect to general liability, premises liability, and insurance defense for the past 10 years.

 

Robert C. DeMoss

Vice President, General Counsel
Employment Division
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Bob DeMoss is currently Vice President and General Counsel for the Employment Division of the Legal Department at Walmart Stores, Inc. Since joining Walmart in 1997, Bob has been responsible for a varying range of employment law functions, including litigation management, benefits, and labor relations. In his current role, he leads the group providing legal services to all parts of the Company on employment related matters other than matters involving class-action litigation.

Prior to joining Walmart, Bob served as Senior Labor and Employment Counsel for The Coastal Corporation, a diversified energy company based in Houston, and as Vice President of Human Resources for its Colorado based freight transportation subsidiary. Bob received his B.A. from Auburn University in 1978 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1982. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and a number of other federal and state courts. Bob also serves as Walmart’s delegate on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.

 

Marissa Dennis

Partner,
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, LLP

Marissa Dennis is a litigation partner in our Los Angeles office. Marissa's litigation practice is focused on commercial, real estate and financial services litigation. Marissa commonly represents commercial landlords and developers in a variety of breach of contract and tort actions, as well as national lenders and servicers in complex consumer finance litigation. Marissa has chaired three trials and a four-week arbitration, and has argued before the California Court of Appeal and federal and state courts throughout California.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Marissa served as a judicial extern for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and interned at the White House, Office of Media Affairs, and at the Los Angeles Regional Office of United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Before becoming a lawyer, Marissa was a social worker working with abused and neglected children and the homeless population in South Los Angeles.

 

Nicole A. Diaz

Senior Associate
Willenken, Wilson, Loh & Delgado, LLP

Nicole Diaz is a senior associate at Willenken, Wilson, Loh & Delgado, LLP a premier litigation boutique in downtown Los Angeles.  Nicole’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on consumer class actions, data privacy, and intellectual property.  She also has a background in white collar matters and internal investigations.  Her practice is distinguished by significant trial experience in a wide range of complex matters in both state and federal court.  Before joining Willenken, Nicole worked at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP.  Nicole also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford in the Central District of California.   She graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2007. Nicole was born in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

 

Kevin Fong

Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Kevin M. Fong is leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s appellate practice.  He has appeared in more than 110 published decisions, including arguments in six cases before the California Supreme Court (prevailing in five of the six).  Kevin has authored briefs in leading cases in the federal appellate courts, including a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.  Chambers USA has ranked Kevin as one of California’s leading appellate lawyers, recently writing that he “is recognized by peers as being one of the most talented appellate attorneys in the state.” 

A leader in promoting diversity in the legal profession, Kevin has served as president of the Asian Pacific Bar of California and as president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.

 

John Gibson

Partner
Crowell & Moring LLP

John S. Gibson, a Partner in the Orange County office of Crowell & Moring LLP, is a trial lawyer with 25 years of experience. His practice focuses on antitrust and other complex litigation involving information and communications technology, patent-licensing, standard-setting, and health care. He served as lead trial lawyer for the Los Angeles Clippers in historic litigation against NBA-banned owner Donald Sterling, resulting in a widely-acclaimed sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. John’s practice also includes successful post-trial rescue missions for companies facing substantial jury verdicts.

John is rated AV Preeminent 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell for practice “at the highest level of professional excellence.” He is a fellow in The Litigation Counsel of America honorary society and is listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America.

 

Veronica Hayes Gromada

Senior Associate General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Veronica Gromada is Sr. Associate General Counsel and the Section Head for Walmart’s Litigation Support Group.  She leads a team of nearly 70 legal professionals with nationwide and some global responsibilities for developing and managing discovery strategies for litigation and Global Investigations across subject matters including class actions, commercial, employment, products & premises liability, as well civil investigated demands, subpoenas & government investigations.  She collaborates with corporate stakeholders in Walmart’s Global Governance—Legal, Ethics, and Compliance, Information Systems Division, HR, and business teams to develop best practices around information governance, e-discovery, and cross-border discovery.

Veronica is an active member of the bar who has spoken on panels and served on committees for the ABA, DRI, MCCA, NAWL, and CCWC, regarding an array of legal and diversity issues.  She also proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Voorhees College.

 

Kimberly Higgins

Associate,
Squire Patton Boggs

Kimberly Higgins is a Labor and Employment Associate with Squire Patton Boggs.  She represents employers in wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour litigation.  Kimberly also provides practical employment law advice to clients regarding employment policies and practices, terminations and wage and hour compliance. Each year since 2011, she has been selected as a Thomson-Reuters’ Southern California Rising Star

Kimberly is a 2015 CMCP Conference Committee Member and has served for many years as an Adjunct Trial Advocacy Coach for the nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She is also a newly appointed member of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s Leadership Council, an organization committed to providing free, holistic legal services to domestic violence survivors and their families.

 

Allina M. Hightower

Associate
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Allina Hightower is an associate in the Trial Department of Rutan & Tucker where her practice involves a variety of business and civil litigation matters. Since joining Rutan in 2013, Allina has worked on a variety of cases involving class actions, business contracts, partnership disputes, intellectual property matters, business and intentional torts, employment disputes, and personal injury defense matters.  In addition, she firmly believes in helping, through pro bono work, those individuals who are unable to afford legal representation. Through her pro bono work, she has assisted individuals in familial disputes and refugees seeking asylum in the United States.  Allina previously served her community through the East Bay Community Law Center where she represented clients seeking to clear their criminal convictions, and through the Alameda County Juvenile Hall where she taught incarcerated and detained youth their legal rights and basic criminal procedure.

 

Lily Yan Hughes

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Public Storage

Lily Yan Hughes is SVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Public Storage, a member of the S&P 500 (with $33+ billion market cap) and FT (Financial Times) Global 500.  Public Storage is listed on the NYSE and operates 2,200 company-owned self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe, totaling more than 142 million net rentable square feet of real estate.  Its PS Business Parks interest adds another 28 million rentable square feet of commercial and industrial space.  Prior to joining Public Storage in January 2015, Ms. Hughes was VP and Associate General Counsel-Corporate, M&A and Finance at Ingram Micro Inc., a Fortune 100 NYSE company with operations in 39 countries, which she joined in 1997.  Ms. Hughes was previously a partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

 

Audra Ibarra

Appellate Attorney
Law Office of Audra Ibarra

Audra Ibarra is an experienced civil and white-collar appellate attorney.  She also consults on attorney fee and dispositive motions, as well as trial strategy.  She has over a decade of appellate experience and has personally tried 40 jury trials.  She is a former supervising Assistant US Attorney, litigator at a large national law firm, and Deputy District Attorney.  She has received national recognition and awards for her cases.  Last year, she won a reversal in an important case before the California Supreme Court on appellate attorney fees in Conservatorship of McQueen.

Audra serves on the Committee on Appellate Courts of the State Bar of California, the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers (CWL), and the Board of Directors of the California Minority Counsel Program.  She is also the Chair of the Amicus Committee of CWL.

 

Kirsten Jackson

Associate,
Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP

Kirsten C. Jackson works on behalf of companies to recover insurance assets.  She assists in obtaining millions of dollars in insurance coverage for clients under commercial general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions liability, and life insurance.  Kirsten is experienced in all stages of litigation and non-adversarial dealings with insurers, including coverage analysis and advising, claims correspondence, mediations, pleadings, written discovery, document production, depositions, motion practice, trial preparation and settlement.  Kirsten was recognized in 2015 as a California Super Lawyers Rising Star.

 

Paul T. Kirchner

Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Paul T. Kirchner serves as Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Tyson Foods, Inc., a $40 billion, multi-national, protein-centric food company located in Springdale, AR.  Tyson employs 113,000 team members in over 400 facilities.  A member of the legal department for over 20 years, Paul leads the employment, labor, and health & safety legal group, which primarily manages all employment-related litigation and also represents Tyson in labor and health & safety matters.  In addition to litigation management and trial work, the group focuses on proactive counseling, training and process improvement, and works closely with Tyson’s HR and EHS functions.  Representative actions include single and multiple plaintiff claims based upon fair employment, labor, and civil rights laws, health & safety, and wage and hour collective and class actions.

 

Cynthia Lange

Partner
: Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP

Cynthia Lange leads the firm’s High Tech practice in the heart of Silicon Valley. As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice, she directs the strategic representation of companies ranging from large fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs.  She also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e. EB-5).

Cynthia is a long time Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law where she has taught since 1988. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.

Cynthia is also the Managing Partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. She is experienced in government investigations, audits and establishing compliance programs for companies.

Cynthia has served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Cynthia joined Fragomen over 23 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.

 

Mimi Lee

Managing Counsel, Litigation
Chevron Global Upstream and Gas

Mimi Lee is Managing Counsel with Chevron Upstream and is based in San Ramon, CA.  Mimi and her team manage litigation, arbitration and pre-litigation disputes stemming from Chevron’s non-US Upstream operations and Chevron Shipping matters.  The team’s case docket includes a variety of matters including commercial disputes, labor and employment, international arbitrations involving other IOCs as well as foreign governments, insurance, personal injury and property damage.  Mimi and her group interact with external counsel located all over the world and are responsible for ensuring that all litigation matters are handled efficiently and in a cost effective manner consistent with Chevron’s Objectives-Based Litigation Technique ("COBALT®"), which is a structured and disciplined technique for achieving reliability, efficiency and world class performance in litigation management.  Prior to joining Chevron, Mimi was in private practice as a litigator.  She was formerly a partner with Thelen Reid & Priest and later with McKenna Long & Aldridge.

 

Suzan Miller

Corporate Secretary, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Intel Corporation

Suzan (Sam) Miller is Corporate Secretary, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Intel Corporation and manages the Intel worldwide Corporate Legal Group. Since joining Intel in 1991, she has held a number of positions including General Counsel of Intel Capital and Vice President of the Business Legal Group. Ms. Miller is the executive sponsor for the Santa Clara Women at Intel Network, a member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women Leaders, an executive sponsor of Intel’s Legal Diversity program and on the Board of National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Board of Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). She also oversees Intel’s Legal Pro Bono Programs, and is an active pro bono participant in the community and holds board positions on the Santa Clara Law Foundation and Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. Prior to joining Intel, Ms. Miller worked for the law firms of Irell & Manella and Morrison & Foerster. She received her B.S. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Santa Clara University.

 

Scott Nonaka

Partner
Sidley Austin LLP

Scott Nonaka is a partner in the San Francisco and Tokyo offices of Sidley Austin where he handles complex commercial disputes in Asia, the U.S. and Europe and represents clients in internal investigations and white collar matters.  For several years, Chambers Global and Asia have ranked Scott in “Band 1” and Legal 500 and GAR have recommended him for Dispute Resolution. Clients praise his “excellent trial advocacy and examination skills” and his “sophistication” and “experience in the field of arbitration, not just as counsel but also as arbitrator.” Scott is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the SIAC.  From 1999 to 2002, Scott served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.  Scott graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Aurelio PĂ©rez

Associate
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Aurelio J. Pérez is an associate at Littler Mendelson, where he advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under state and federal law.  Aurelio assists employers of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to global corporations with compliance and litigation in state and federal court and a number of state and federal agencies.  In his practice, Aurelio has obtained significant experience in wage and hour class action litigation, public and private sector labor relations, single plaintiff litigation, and employment tax practices.  Aurelio practices with enthusiasm and enjoys helping his clients to avoid and resolve problems every day.

 

Daniel Prince

Partner
Paul Hastings LLP

Daniel Prince is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense and Complex Litigation and Arbitration practice groups at Paul Hastings.

Mr. Prince has represented clients in corporate and government investigations and litigation involving allegations of, for example, the theft of trade secrets, healthcare fraud, violation of anti-corruption laws, and obstruction of justice.  In addition, Mr. Prince concentrates his practice on international arbitration and complex multi-jurisdictional matters, including commercial and technology disputes.  He has significant trial and arbitration hearing experience, having successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC and AAA.

A thought leader and former collegiate debater, Mr. Prince is a skilled advocate who develops innovative strategies for handling high-stakes engagements.

 

Dennis J. Rhodes

Of Counsel
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Dennis Rhodes is Of Counsel in Wilson Elser’s San Francisco office and a long standing member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. His practice is focused on defending life, health, disability and ERISA claims. His practice also involves defending long term care insurers and counseling them with respect to their long-term care products. In the life insurance arena, Dennis represents insurers in misrepresentation claims, disputes over life insurance proceeds and rescission actions. He practices regularly before federal and state courts in California and assists with the defense of cases in Nevada, Washington and Oregon. He is a 1977 graduate of Yale University and a 1993 graduate of McGeorge School of Law.

 

George Schell

Chief Marketing Counsel-North America,
The Coca-Cola Company

George K. H. Schell is Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he leads Coca-Cola North America’s marketing and advertising legal team’s support of the marketing function in the U.S.  Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Legal Division in 2003, Mr. Schell spent seven years in the Coca-Cola Marketing Division working as a Director of Business Affairs where he was responsible for leading the negotiations for various sports and entertainment contracts including the Company’s relationships with the IOC, FIFA, the NBA, Rugby World Cup and numerous Major League Baseball, NFL and NBA team sponsorships.  Prior to his tenure at Coca-Cola Mr. Schell was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company and Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco.  Mr. Schell began his legal practice as a litigation associate for Steinhart & Falconer in San Francisco after serving as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Schell received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1984.

 

John Schultz

Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Hewlett-Packard Company

John Schultz was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hewlett-Packard Company in April 2012.

Prior to his role as General Counsel, John was the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation Investigations and Global Functions where he managed all major litigation filed against HP globally, including all intellectual property, government investigations, and commercial and employment disputes. 

Before joining HP in September 2008, Schultz was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan Lewis focusing on complex litigation, primarily defending consumer class-action, fiduciary liability, and technology-related commercial litigation.  He was previously at Drinker Biddle & Reath for 14 years, where he also specialized in commercial and product liability litigation.

Schultz holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from Albright College.

 

Richard Tom

Assistant General Counsel
LA City Attorney's Office/LADWP

Richard Tom is the assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipal utility, he oversees a 38-attorney office. Previously, he served in roles as a managing attorney for an electric utility, and as a California deputy attorney general.  He has held various volunteer leadership roles, including as chair of the South Pasadena Planning Commission, president of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, co-chair of the Council of State Bar Sections, and chair of the State Bar's Environmental Law Section executive committee.  He has also served on the boards of the California Bar Foundation, LA Makerspace, and Net Impact Los Angeles.

 

Carlos Vasquez

Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel LAC
Visa Inc.

Carlos Vasquez manages legal affairs for the company’s operations in Latin America and Caribbean.  From 2007 to 2009, he was Deputy General Counsel for Visa, and in that role oversaw the company’s international attorneys, supported sales teams, and assisted with the legal department’s administration. Vasquez led all legal aspects related to Visa’s 2005 – 2007 global restructuring for the LAC region, including strategic legal advisory to the LAC board of directors and senior management.  Prior to Visa, Vasquez practiced as a corporate attorney at Sucre, Arias & Reyes, an international law firm in Panama City, Panama.  Vasquez received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and has a B.A. in business administration with honors from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

 

Stacey Wang

Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

Stacey Wang is a partner in the West Coast Litigation, Compliance Services, and White Collar Defense and Investigations groups of Holland & Knight LLP.  She represents domestic and foreign businesses in commercial and intellectual property disputes, business fraud and antitrust/unfair competition actions (including defending against class actions), and in civil False Claims Act cases.  She also represents companies and executives involved in criminal and regulatory investigations and handles internal corporate investigations, including those involving witnesses and evidence located abroad.

Stacey serves on the ABA Litigation Section’s Federal Practice Task Force, which proposes revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  She also chairs her firm’s Asian Pacific Islander affinity group and serves as the Los Angeles office pro bono partner.  She previously served as president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.  

 

Tracy O. Zinsou

Associate
Covington & Burling LLP

Tracy Zinsou is a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar investigations and enforcement matters.  Ms. Zinsou has a broad range of experience litigating high-stakes cases in federal and state courts, including intellectual property and insurance coverage cases. She also advises clients on anti-corruption compliance issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), assists clients with conducting comprehensive internal investigations and represents clients facing government investigations, including by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and Federal Trade Commission. She also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ms. Zinsou received her law degree from Harvard Law School where she co-founded the Harvard Caribbean Law Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science and Biomedical Sciences from McGill University.

 

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