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Grace Speights, a partner in Morgan Lewis' DC office, whose labor and employment-focused work in 2018 made her an ally of the #MeToo movement, was named the Attorney of the Year at the American Lawyer Industry Awards on Wednesday night. As head of the labor and employment group at Morgan Lewis, Grace has led a group of lawyers across multiple practices in litigation, investigations and cultural assessments within organizations. Please click here to read the in-depth profile of Grace and the work of her team over the last year.
Singleton McAllister, Of Counsel in Husch Blackwell's D.C. office, has been named to Women Inc.'s Most Influential Corporate Directors list for 2018. Singleton is on the boards of Alliant Energy and Pacific DataVision, Inc. Please click here to see the complete list.
Glenn E. McKeown was recently appointed General Counsel of Argonne National Laboratory after serving in that position in an interim capacity since April, 2017. Argonne National Laboratory is a multi-purpose science and engineering research center operated by UChicago Argonne, LLC on behalf of the United States Department of Energy. Glenn was formerly Associate General Counsel for the University of Chicago.
Kristen D. Hardy, Compliance Counsel at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, was recently elected to WAAL’s Board of Directors as the President-Elect. Beginning August 2018, Kristen will serve as the President of WAAL for a one-year term. She has been an active WAAL board member since 2014, serving as the chair of several committees in past years. In addition to WAAL, Kristen is also on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Young Lawyers Division, as well as active on other non-profit boards throughout Wisconsin.
Ghillaine A. Reid, a former branch chief in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has joined McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department and will co-lead the financial institutions industry team’s broker-dealer practice. Based in the firm’s New York office, Ghillaine represents corporations and individuals in investigations conducted by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other government agencies. She has handled numerous high-profile SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings involving insider trading, accounting fraud and sales practice violations, as well as complex financial services and commercial litigation.Monty Cooper with Sedgwick LLP was recently featured in the DC Bar's new series titled "I Am The DC Bar," where the Bar profiles an active member and conducts an interview regarding the law, the member's practice, and outside interests. Monty's profile is running in the DC Bar magazine's (Washington Lawyer) June 2016 edition and can also be viewed in the members’ section of the website.
David Cade, vice president of contracts, pricing, estimating and procurement financial analysis at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, has been named a Diverse Business Leader by St. Louis Business Journal. David spends a lot of time in Washington, D.C., with government officials figuring out what information can be shared with the government and what information can be shared internally at Boeing. Most recently he spent a significant amount of time negotiating with the U.S. Air Force on specifications of Boeing’s contract to build two Air Force One presidential aircraft (Boeing’s 747-8 jumbo jets), which is valued at $1.65 billion.Damien Atkins, General Counsel of Panasonic North America, has been named New Jersey Business Group General Counsel of the Year for Public Companies. The NJBIZ awards honor the state's most dynamic general counsels and chief legal officers, who help their companies and the business community at large excel through their valuable legal experience and service.
Lawrence Brown, an enforcement attorney at the CFPB was instrumental in securing the largest fine ever levied by the agency—$100 million—for alleged illegal practices involving account openings and bogus fees charged to account holders. The CFPB alleged Wells Fargo employees, spurred by sales targets and compensation incentives, secretly opened deposit and credit-card accounts in customers’ names. The bank’s own analysis showed more than 1.5 million accounts were opened by its employees without consent of the customers. In some cases, funds were transferred from customers’ existing accounts, with some 85,000 accounts incurring about $2 million in overdraft fees. For complete details on the fine, please click here.
Damien Atkins, General Counsel of Panasonic North America, has been named New Jersey Business Group General Counsel of the Year for Public Companies. The NJBIZ awards honor the state's most dynamic general counsels and chief legal officers, who help their companies and the business community at large excel through their valuable legal experience and service.
Monty Cooper with Sedgwick LLP was recently featured in the DC Bar's new series titled "I Am The DC Bar," where the Bar profiles an active member and conducts an interview regarding the law, the member's practice, and outside interests. Monty's profile is running in the DC Bar magazine's (Washington Lawyer) June 2016 edition and can also be viewed in the members’ section of the website.
Laurie N. Robinson Haden, senior vice president and assistant general counsel at CBS Corporation, has a new role in the company’s Litigation Department: overseeing and managing outside counsel, directing legal strategy, and participating in alternative dispute resolution. She will continue to spearhead important law department initiatives, including our in-house CLE program, records retention program, and the development and maintenance of the law department Intranet.
Phyllis Turner-Brim, Vice President, Chief IP Counsel of Intellectual Ventures Management LLC has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The IPO is a premier trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secret. Phyllis is also a member of the boards of both the IPO Education Foundation and the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation.
Nimrod “Rod” Chapel, Jr., founder of the Chapel Law Group, LLC, was re-elected to a two-year term on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors, holding the Western District Diversity Seat. Prior to starting the Chapel Law Group, which is dedicated to protecting the rights of workers and their families, Rod was Commissioner of Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission.
Dorothy Capers is the new Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel for National Express, a leader in transit and student transportation, based in Warrenville, IL. Dorothy joins National Express with six years of experience at US Foods serving as their Associate General Counsel, where she led the litigation and bankruptcy team for more than 70 locations in 39 states. Prior to US Foods, Dorothy held positions with the City of Chicago Department of Law, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Metra Railroad.
President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Joseph K. West, addressed leaders of diversity in the legal profession during the Legal Intelligencer's Bi-annual Diversity Awards Dinner last Thursday, June 18, 2015. West, who was the keynote speaker, originally intended to discuss the lack of diversity in the legal space, but was struck by the tragic shooting in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Instead, he eloquently discussed how we all have an obligation to consciously and proactively fight against racism in our society. Click here to watch the full video of West’s speech.
Patricia Brown Holmes, a partner in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin, will be installed as the next President of the Chicago Bar Association on June 25. Holmes is a trial attorney (former federal, state and local prosecutor) and former state court judge whose diverse practice includes corporate and criminal investigations. Patricia is also on the firm’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of its Diversity Committee.
Rhonda S. Ferguson has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Union Pacific Corporation. Rhonda joins Union Pacific from FirstEnergy Corp., where she was vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer since 2007. Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation. One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain.
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker was named the 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Association. Parker has been with the city attorney’s office for more than 20 years before being elected to the agency’s top post in 2012. As Oakland’s top legal counsel, Parker has focused her efforts on the city’s illegal sex trade, which includes underage youth who are exploited in the industry. Her work on ensuring access to reproductive health clinics, the city’s support of medical marijuana and the city’s anti-predatory lending ordinance are among some of the issues she has shepherded through the legal process.
Doneene Keemer Damon, a partner at Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, was presented with the American Bar Association’s 2015 Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award during the ABA Spring Meeting on Friday, April 17. This prestigious award, named for Jean Allard, the first woman to chair the ABA Business Law Section, is given annually to an exceptional woman business lawyer who has made significant contributions to her profession. Doneene was presented with the award in recognition of her professional excellence, her dedication to the work of the Business Law Section, and her demonstrated commitment to mentoring and serving as a role model for other women members of the section.
Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., is rejoining WilmerHale as a partner in its Investigations and Criminal Litigation (ICL) Practice. As United States Attorney, Mr. Machen earned a reputation for investigating and prosecuting corruption and fraud involving financial institutions, government contractors, healthcare companies and public officials. He was the longest-serving US Attorney in nearly four decades while leading the nation's largest US Attorney's office. Ron was a partner in WilmerHale’s ICL practice group before his appointment as US Attorney.