August 23, 2018

2018 Honorees

Ricardo Bonilla

Fish & Richardson
Dallas, TX

Ricardo Bonilla

Ricardo Bonilla is an Associate in Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office. Mr. Bonilla’s practice includes all areas of commercial and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patents. Mr. Bonilla has represented hundreds of clients in federal courts around the country in intellectual property disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including e-commerce and web site systems, computer network architecture, computer software, encryption, telecommunication, and mobile applications. Mr. Bonilla’s intellectual property practice has also involved multiple appeals where he has represented clients as both appellants and appellees before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Mr. Bonilla is heavily involved in various diversity initiatives in the community, including serving as a co-chair of the firm’s Latino affinity group, Dallas’s city lead for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Mentorship Program, and a co-chair of the committee for Lawyers Promoting Diversity.


 

Megan Browdie

Cooley LLP
Washington, DC

Megan Browdie

Megan Browdie is a senior associate in Cooley’s antitrust practice group. She solves clients’ antitrust issues, focusing on guiding transactions through merger review and representing clients in government investigations before the DOJ, FTC and state antitrust authorities. Megan works with companies in a number of industries, including automotive, biotechnology, consumer goods, computer hardware, internet of things, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, software and telecommunications. Megan maintains a vibrant pro bono practice, working with families and caregivers in the Washington, DC, area. She has successfully secured safe homes for vulnerable children and special education rights for elementary-aged students. Megan received Cooley’s 2017 Pro Bono Award and is a member of the DC office pro bono committee. She is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and currently serves as a vice chair on the Federal Civil Enforcement Committee.


 

Alex Chan

Tensegrity Law Group
Redwood City, CA

Alex Chan

At Tensegrity Law Group, Alex Chan focuses his practice on patent litigation and represents clients in guarding their key products and services both by enforcing patent rights and defending against patent infringement allegations. In addition to his legal practice, Alex serves his legal community in various key leadership roles. For example, appointed by the Supreme Court of California, he serves on the Committee of Bar Examiners, which oversees the admission to practice law in California. He is also a delegate of the ABA’s House of Delegates and a fellow of the ABA’s Law Practice Division.The National Law Journal has recognized Alex as an “IP Trailblazer in Intellectual Property” and for “raising the bar” in IP law. In 2016, he was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s list of “40 Under 40” emerging leaders. Since 2016, he has been listed as a “Rising Star” in Northern California Super Lawyers.


Natalie C. Chan

Sidley Austin LLP
Chicago, IL

Natalie C. Chan

Natalie C. Chan litigates on a broad array of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant issues.  She also regularly counsels employers on various workplace issues and advises on employment- and labor-related issues arising in corporate transactions.  As an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Natalie has maintained a robust pro bono practice and is actively involved in recruiting and mentoring diverse law students and attorneys.  She is passionate about enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and improving workplace culture.Natalie is also committed to the community, serving as a leader of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and volunteering with other organizations.  She earned her J.D., Order of the Coif and magna cum laude, from Washington University School of Law, and her B.S. in Journalism, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University.


CiCi Cheng

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LL
Denver, CO

CiCi Cheng

CiCi Cheng is a commercial litigator at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver, Colorado. She devotes her practice to developing cohesive and captivating case theories and strategies, aiming to resolve disputes efficiently—and, more often than not, creatively—for her clients. She has handled cases in a myriad of fields, including breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, antitrust, and business-related torts. CiCi served as a judicial clerk to Judge R. Brooke Jackson at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. CiCi thrives on her pro bono commitment and her avid community involvement. She is Co-President of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity, a key nonprofit in the Colorado legal community dedicated to forging the pipeline of diverse attorneys in the Denver area. CiCi is a proud University of Colorado Law alumna and an even prouder Georgia Bulldog, graduating with University of Georgia’s premier undergraduate academic scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship.


Caldwell G. Collins

Baker Donelson
Nashville, TN

Caldwell G. Collins

Caldwell Collins, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson, concentrates her practice on the defense of healthcare providers in personal injury, wrongful death, and government investigation matters. She also defends commercial business owners against premises liability claims; defective product, drug, and medical device claims; and in complex contract disputes. She serves as the Chair of Baker Donelson’s Nashville Women’s Initiative and is the author of the Firm’s innovative parental leave policy. n 2016, she was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for the ABA Health Law Litigation Committee and is the Editor of the upcoming ABA book, Common Issues in Long-Term Care Litigation.  Ms. Collins has been selected as a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers every year since 2014.  During law school at Washington University in St. Louis, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy and the President of the Women’s Law Caucus.


RaShelle Davis

Washington State Governor's Office
Olympia, WA

RaShelle Davis

RaShelle Davis is a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Inslee of Washington State. Her diverse portfolio includes education, civil rights, and general government. Over her five years with the Governor, she has led several efforts including the Governor’s initiatives to increase high quality early learning opportunities, creation of the State’s Charter School Commission, and successful passage of legislation expanding voting rights and access. A true politico at heart, she’s been elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and spends her free time engaged in local politics by volunteering on candidate and issue campaigns. She is also active in the legal community and has served in leadership positions in various bar associations including most recently as a member of the ABA House of Delegates. An avid traveler and world citizen, RaShelle has visited over 45 countries, speaks Chinese, and is always looking for her next adventure. RaShelle received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.


Elizabeth Del Cid

Wiley Rein LLP
Washington, DC

Elizabeth Del Cid

Elizabeth Del Cid guides professionals and businesses involved in customer disputes throughout the U.S. She is a bicoastal lawyer at Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. with an extensive background handling professional liability and securities matters. Elizabeth has participated in countless hearings for bench and jury trial, arbitration, dispositive motion, and ex parte application on both the civil and criminal side. She has negotiated confidential settlements for a fraction of the amount in dispute. Elizabeth is also a FINRA arbitrator, an ABA Law Practice Fellow, Hispanic National Bar Association’s Top Lawyers under 40 Award recipient, Super Lawyers’ Rising Star honoree, and alumna of the American Bar Association’s prestigious Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. She graduated cum laude from UCLA and on the Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Law School. She credits her father with teaching her how to regatear (“bargain” in Spanish). She is admitted to practice law in California and New York.


Laura El-Sabaawi

McGonigle, PC
New York, NY

Laura El-Sabaawi

Laura El-Sabaawi is a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s International Trade Practice. Ms. El-Sabaawi represents numerous domestic industries—including steel and related steel products, solar cells, hardwood plywood, and aluminum extrusions—in trade litigation and trade policy matters, including AD/CVD investigations, export controls, and FCPA compliance programs. She represents clients before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security and International Trade Administration, and the U.S. Court of International Trade, among other government agencies. She has been instrumental in winning vitally important remedies for U.S. industries harmed by unfairly traded products. Ms. El-Sabaawi assists clients in navigating new and innovative trade remedy proceedings, such as a recent Section 201 investigation on solar products and a Section 301 investigation on Chinese unfair trade. She serves on the ABA’s International Trade Committee in the Section of International Law, and is vice-chair of the Publications Subcommittee.


Daedrea D. Fenwick

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
Atlanta, GA

Daedrea D. Fenwick

Daedrea D. Fenwick is an Associate Attorney with the Atlanta office of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr, & Smith. Daedrea is an experienced litigator, who focuses her practice on general liability defense, including products liability, trucking and transportation, construction, and premises liability cases. Daedrea has handled cases throughout the state of Georgia, in both state and federal court. Daedrea obtained her J.D. from Texas Southern University, with summa cum laude honors. As a law student, she was an award winning Mock Trial competitor, a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review during her second year of law school, and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Vanessa Gilmore at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Daedrea obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from Clark Atlanta University in 2005. She has also studied International Law and Policy as part of a study abroad program at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

Daedrea is committed to professional excellence. She is an active member of a number of legal organizations, including the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA), where she currently serves as a 2017-2018 TIPS Now! Fellow and she was recently appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee for the 2018-2019 bar year. Daedrea also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Committee on Outreach to Young Lawyers within the TIPS Section. Additionally, Daedrea is actively involved in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the ABA, where she most recently served as a 2017-2018 Vice-Chair of the Minorities In The Profession Committee, and previously served as Vice-Chair of the YLD Women in The Profession Committee. Daedrea is also active in local bar organizations, including the YLD Litigation Section of the state Bar of Georgia, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and Defense Research Institute. Daedrea is also active in a number of service organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., United Way of Greater Atlanta and Junior League of Atlanta.


Jason B. Freeman

Freeman Law, PLLC
Frisco, TX

Jason B. Freeman

Jason B. Freeman is a dual-credentialed attorney-CPA and the founding member of Freeman Law, PLLC.  A trial attorney with a dynamic practice and style, he is known as an articulate and resolute advocate for his clients.  He serves as a law professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, and is a sought-out national speaker and prolific author.  He serves as president of the North Texas chapter of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, sits on the executive board of the Texas Society of CPAs, and is a council member to the Tax Section of the Texas State Bar.  Jason has been recognized multiple times by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for both tax law and white-collar criminal defense.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazine, and was recently named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List.  Jason has been featured on Fox Business News and other national news media for his work in high-profile disputes against the IRS. Other notable representations include defending a client charged with hacking servers owned by EA Sports and Microsoft in an alleged effort to mine millions in virtual currency, and serving as defense counsel in a tax conspiracy jury trial in the United States Virgin Islands.


Weston Graham

Barney & Graham, LLC
Sheridan, WY

Weston Graham

Weston Graham is a Wyoming native, born and raised in Basin, Wyoming.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in 2005, and graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2008.  In 2012, Weston opened up his own law firm, Barney & Graham, LLC, with his wife Brooke Barney. Weston is licensed to practice law in the States of Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, and his practice focuses on workers’ compensation matters and representing local small business owners.  In addition, Weston serves as appointed counsel for patients in involuntary hospitalization proceedings.Weston is the current President-Elect of the Wyoming State Bar, and serves as a member-at-large on the Board of Officers and Commissioners.  He will serve as the next President of the Wyoming State Bar in 2018-2019, being the youngest attorney ever in Wyoming to hold the position at 36 years of age.


Samuel Greenberg

Munger, Tolles & Olson
San Francisco, CA

Samuel Greenberg

Sam Greenberg, a tax partner in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson, focuses his practice on the taxation of domestic and international transactions. His experience includes advising clients on tax issues related to M&A, divestitures, financings, bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings; structuring and implementing complex formation transactions for both master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts; counseling clients in tax-free reorganizations and split-offs; representing investment banks and issuers in a variety of debt and equity offerings; and establishing, obtaining and maintaining tax exemptions for non-profit organizations and structuring transactions between non-profit and for-profit entities. Mr. Greenberg serves on the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Tax Section. Mr. Greenberg also teaches partnership tax at University of Southern California and income tax timing at Loyola Law School as an adjunct professor. He has written extensively on a variety of tax law issues.


Bryan H. Heckenlively

Munger, Tolles & Olson
Los Angeles, CA

Bryan H. Heckenlively

Bryan H. Heckenlively is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Heckenlively established himself as successful first-chair trial lawyer. He won a jury verdict for UCLA in a case involving the technical security of medical records, a complete victory for Morgan Stanley in an employment arbitration and a complete victory against a certified class following a nearly-three month arbitration hearing. These results have earned Munger, Tolles & Olson recognition from the Daily Journal, Law360 and The Recorder.  Mr. Heckenlively also advises tech clients on cutting-edge privacy and data security issues. Currently, he is lead counsel in a high-profile litigation involving conservative speakers at UC Berkeley where the University largely won a motion to dismiss even after DOJ weighed in on the plaintiffs’ side. Mr. Heckenlively co-chairs his firm’s associate development committee, is involved in leadership roles in local bar organizations and has an active pro bono practice


Meegan Hollywood

Robins Kaplan LLP
New York, NY

Meegan Hollywood

Meegan Hollywood is a principal in Robins Kaplan’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation group in New York. She prosecutes class actions involving price-fixing, unlawful monopolization, and other anticompetitive practices, and has helped recover more than $1.5 billion for victims of anticompetitive conduct. She served as the lead Robins Kaplan associate in In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, the massive litigation against 32 global airlines in which a class of direct purchasers recovered more than $1.2 billion in settlements for an alleged global conspiracy in the market for airfreight services.


Ernest D. Holtzheimer

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Ernest D. Holtzheimer

Ernest D. Holtzheimer is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s corporate and securities practice group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and other general corporate matters. Ernie currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section and Young Lawyers Division, and as a Business Law Fellow in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. As an active community member, Ernie serves on several nonprofit boards including the Special Olympics PA-Philadelphia Executive Advisory Board, The Spruce Foundation Board of Directors, and the Covenant House PA Associate Board. He is also an advisor to an institutional venture fund and an international angel investment group. Ernie received his J.D., cum laude, from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, with a Business and Entrepreneurship Law Concentration. He earned an MBA in Finance and B.S. degrees, cum laude, in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, from Rowan University.


Daniel Horwitz

Law Office of Daniel A. Horwitz
Nashville, TN

Daniel Horwitz

Daniel Horwitz is a constitutional lawyer practicing in Nashville, Tennessee.  A graduate of Cornell University and Vanderbilt Law School, Horwitz’s law practice focuses on constitutional litigation, election law, and amicus curiae representation.  Horwitz is also a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and he holds a leadership position in the American Constitution Society.  A former judicial law clerk for the Tennessee Supreme Court, Horwitz’s groundbreaking impact litigation has been featured in national publications including the Washington Post, Forbes, and NPR.  A prolific author, Horwitz has also published award-winning legal scholarship in several law journals including the Harvard Latino Law Review, the University of Memphis Law Review, and the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy.  In 2018, the Tennessee Bar Association awarded Horwitz the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer Award for his dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor.


Richard Scott Kelley

DLA Piper LLP (US)
Washington, DC

Richard Scott Kelley

Richard Kelley is an associate at DLA Piper LLP (US), focusing his practice on internal compliance and investigations and other general litigation.  Prior to DLA, Richard was a senior attorney at the DC Affordable Law Firm, an organization focused on expanding access to affordable legal representation.  While at DCALF, Richard represented individuals in family law and immigration matters, including representing numerous survivors of domestic violence. Richard maintains a strong commitment to pro bono efforts. He volunteers as the Legal Program Coordinator for Center Global, a program of the DC Center focused on creating a supportive space for LGBTQ asylum seekers, and serves as a Guardian ad litem for vulnerable children in D.C. family court, among other endeavors. Prior to entering the legal profession, Richard was an teacher and educator and helped to found a non-profit organization focused on empowering secondary school youth through educational programming in Mamelodi, South Africa.


Alexia Korberg

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
New York, NY

Alexia Korberg

Alexia Korberg practices complex commercial and constitutional litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration and internal investigations.  She represents clients across a range of industries, including investment management, banking, insurance, technology, and biomedicine.  Alexia began her career in private equity and she regularly leverages that knowledge and experience to advocate on her clients’ behalf. Alexia has an active pro bono practice.  She was part of legal teams that successfully litigated United States v. Windsor, which resulted in federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and multiple cases in Mississippi that invalidated the state’s bans on gay marriage and adoption.  She and colleagues are currently challenging Mississippi’s unconstitutional abortion regime. Alexia’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and elsewhere, and she regularly travels and speaks about her cases and creative advocacy.  Alexia graduated from Yale Law School and Columbia University.


Katherine L. Kraschel

Yale Law School
New Haven, CT

Katherine L. Kraschel

Katherine L. Kraschel is the Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.  She also co-teaches the Reproductive Justice Clinic.  Previously, Kraschel was Associate Counsel at Yale New Haven Health, focusing on corporate regulatory work. She was also an associate in the health care practice group at Foley & Lardner LLP. Kraschel has lectured and published on health law and bioethics, focusing on assisted reproductive technologies, health policy & gender, and reproductive rights. She holds a BA in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a student fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Submissions Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. She completed Harvard Medical School’s Bioethics Fellowship.  Prior to pursuing a career in law, Kraschel worked as a scientist at Pfizer.


Natassia Kwan

Greenberg Traurig LLP
San Francisco, CA

Natassia Kwan

Natassia Kwan is a litigator who defends companies in product liability, class action, and commercial matters.  Natassia’s practice focuses on pharmaceutical, medical device, and women's health issues. Natassia has litigated complex matters in state and federal courts, including multidistrict litigation, and has taken over 30 depositions of fact witnesses and physicians in cases throughout the country. Natassia is extremely committed to giving back, and holds leadership roles in numerous organizations dedicated to diversifying the legal profession. Most prominently, Natassia is part of the ABA’s Young Lawyer Leadership Program (4 lawyers selected nationally), and also serves on the California Minority Counsel Program’s Ambassador’s Council.  Beyond the law, Natassia is a classically-trained violist and has performed at Carnegie Hall.  While at the University of Notre Dame, Natassia served as a Parliamentary Researcher in the United Kingdom House of Commons and had the privilege of meeting the Prime Minister


James O. Lang

Greenberg Traurig LLP
Tampa, FL

James O. Lang

James O. Lang focuses his tax incentive, tax credit, and project finance practice on current tax advantaged and incentive programs, including a particular sub-focus in emerging Qualified Opportunity Fund financing structuring and working nationally with investors, funds, fund managers, and project sponsors in the new Qualified Opportunity Zone program in the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Mr. Lang’s practice includes extensive representation in state and federal New Markets Tax Credits financings, affordable housing (Low-Income Housing Tax Credits) transactions, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits deals, and energy deals utilizing Renewable Energy Tax Credits, including the Investment and Production Tax Credits for solar, wind, and related bio-technologies.   Mr. Lang represents market participants in industries as varied as finance, private equity, family offices, governmental units, oil and gas, community development organizations, sports franchises, venture capital, real estate investment, manufacturing, tax-exempt not-for-profits, and housing (market rate and affordable housing) developers. 

He represents investors, lenders, specialized industry groups (Community Development Entities), and for-profit and not-for-profit projects in complex transactions where capital stacks require enhancement through incentive financing, including complex Qualified Opportunity Fund financing structures, state and federal New Markets Tax Credits, affordable housing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and Renewable Energy Tax Credits. Lang works with investors, lenders, project sponsors, and qualifying businesses to structure these tax incentive and tax credit programs along with ancillary governmental and non-governmental financing programs. Jim works with clients on developing complex and unique industry structures designed to increase returns and benefits while ameliorating risks and meeting investor expectations.


Victor Liang

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA

Victor Liang

Victor Liang is a senior associate in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s San Francisco office where he represents borrowers, lenders, development/multilateral institutions, export credit agencies and other financial institutions in connection with domestic and cross-border financial transactions. Victor negotiates deals for clients in a wide range of industries such as large-scale manufacturing, high tech, financial services, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, renewable energies and retail.  He has particular expertise in financing innovative and cutting-edge technology companies in addition to working on bespoke, “outside-the-box” transactions in the impact investment space. He serves as a member of the Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. Victor earned his law degree from Georgetown Law and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California.


Sofia S. Lingos

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA

Sofia S. Lingos

Sofia S. Lingos, Esq. is the founding and managing attorney at Trident Legal LLC, an innovative business law firm, providing transactional legal services, to small businesses and start-ups in diverse industries, throughout all stages of growth, based in Boston, MA.  Attorney Lingos is also an adjunct law professor at Northeastern University School of Law where she teaches Law Practice Management and Access to Justice, and currently focuses her research on career satisfaction. Attorney Lingos often speaks and writes on the topics of law practice management, entrepreneurship and the business of law, and has received notable recognition accepting several professional awards.  She is actively and passionately involved with numerous professional and philanthropic organizations where she holds various leadership positions


Anna Lozoya

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Anna Lozoya

Anna is the Risk Manager at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. In this position, Anna utilizes her immense skill set from her prior experiences as an attorney, auditor, and nurse to ensure that veterans receive optimal medical care. As the Risk Manager, Anna advises the medical center director and other leadership members regarding a myriad of topics which include corporate compliance, medical malpractice, health care standards of practice, and patient safety. Moreover, Anna assists the medical center in developing and implementing policies and procedures that ensure clinical health care providers practice within the standard of care. Anna currently serves as a board member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Region IX Deputy President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and is a Council Member of the Health Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. In 2017, she was named one of HNBA’s Top Lawyers Under 40 and Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for her service on behalf of the elderly and Hispanic community in Chicago. She was recently named one of Negocios Now! Magazine’s 40 under 40 Latinos and Illinois Nursing Foundation’s 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders


Lauren Marsicano

Marsicano + Leyva PLLC
Miami, FL

Lauren Marsicano

Lauren Marsicano is a Founding Partner of the law firm Marsicano + Leyva PLLC. She has a passion for assisting business owners with forming, protecting, and growing their businesses. She has experience taking cases from inception through to trial and post-trial appeal in areas including complex commercial litigation, real estate law, and international law.  Ms. Marsicano graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree in International Business and Finance with Honors from the University of Tampa. Ms. Marsicano currently serves as the Vice-Director of Committees for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and she will continue to serve the division as Vice-Director of Liaisons this coming bar year. A proponent of giving back to the local community, Ms. Marsicano volunteers for the Legal Services of Greater Miami and sponsors a scholarship for high school students in Youth Leadership Broward, which has been given out every year for the past 12 years.


Michael Nguyen

San Francisco District Attorney's Office
San Francisco, CA

Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen is an Assistant District Attorney at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where he currently practices in the general felonies unit. He has tried over 40 jury trials to verdict, in cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Michael currently serves on the Judiciary Selection Committee and was the former Mentorship Chair of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California. With the ABA, he currently Co-Chairs the Criminal Justice Section Young Lawyers Committee. Michael twice served as Vice-Director of the Diversity & Inclusion Team and member of the National Conferences Team of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Next year, he leads the Diversity Team as its National Director, where he will continue to work with young attorneys across the country to promote and embrace diversity within the profession. Michael received his B.A. from Harvard and his J.D. from the University of California Hastings, College of the Law


Karl O. Riley

Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Las Vegas, NV

Karl O. Riley

Karl defends Fortune 50 clients in federal and state forums against various consumer protection statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), as well as state unfair and deceptive acts or practices (UDAP) statutes.  Additionally, Karl has defended millions of dollars of assets against numerous wrongful foreclosure claims, including HOA foreclosures. Karl also defends against discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII, ADA, FMLA, state law, and in wage and hour disputes. Karl served as the Chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 2014-15 and is the Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Nevada’s Young Lawyers Section.  Karl also was the Young Lawyer of the Year for the State Bar of Nevada in 2017 and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation


Kristen Rodriguez

Dentons US LLP
Chicago, IL

Kristen Rodriguez

Kristen Rodriguez is a Partner in Dentons' Litigation and Dispute resolution practice. She handles various complex commercial and class action litigation cases at the trial court and appellate levels, leading discovery, briefing, and strategy in large-scale litigation. She provides counsel to clients regarding contracts, torts, advertising, media law, privacy and insurance. In her media defense and First Amendment law practice, she has assisted publishers and broadcasters in matters involving defamation, invasion of privacy, media access, reporter’s privilege and freedom of information laws. As chair of Dentons' Latino Professional Network, Kristen promotes diversity awareness throughout the Firm, developing educational initiatives that extend to attorneys and clients alike. Her foundation and success in these initiatives stem from her involvement in programs such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows. In 2017, Kristen was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business in its edition of "Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago."


Graham Ryan

Jones Walker LLP
New Orleans, LA

Graham Ryan

Graham Ryan is a business litigation attorney who resolves complex business disputes for regional and national clients through civil litigation in federal and state courts, and through alternative dispute resolution. Graham practices at Jones Walker LLP based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Outside the courtroom, Graham serves on the board of professional and community organizations locally, statewide, and nationally. Graham also leads several access-to-justice initiatives. He served a three-year term leading the Disaster Legal Services program in Louisiana, which provides pro-bono legal assistance to low-income Louisianans following Presidentially-declared disasters. Graham led Louisiana’s first “justice hackathon” which developed smartphone apps that provide legal help to low-income families. Graham was Chairman of a nonprofit volunteer center formed after Hurricane Katrina that engaged 60,000+ volunteers to rebuild south Louisiana. He is a volunteer attorney for homeless veterans. Graham holds a degree in finance from Louisiana State University (summa cum laude), a J.D. and Diploma in Comparative Law from the LSU Law Center (Law Review), and studied constitutional law at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in France.


Maggie E. Schroedter

Higgs Fletcher & Mack
San Diego, CA

Maggie E. Schroedter

Maggie E. Schroedter specializes in commercial litigation, with special emphasis on business disputes, business reorganization, and other insolvency matters. Schroedter represents businesses and individuals as both debtors and creditors under Chapter 7 and Chapter 11, as well as in bankruptcy litigation and bankruptcy appeals before the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the District Court for the Southern District of California. She has experience handling complex business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, intentional business torts, real estate, preference and fraudulent transfer matters in bankruptcy, breach of fiduciary duty claims and other matters. In 2017, and again in 2018, Super Lawyers® selected Schroedter as a “Rising Star.” Schroedter also won the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Young Attorney” award in 2012, and the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” award in 2015. As an active member of the community, Schroedter serves on the board of directors of Lawyers Club of San Diego and as president of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum. Schroedter graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and earned Dean’s List Honors at the Warrington College of Business. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Journal member. In her free time, Schroedter enjoys yoga, cycling, and spending time with friends.


John Spragens

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Nashville, TN

John Spragens

Lieff Cabraser attorney John Spragens represents plaintiffs in large consumer class action and whistleblower cases in federal courts across the country. Currently, he represents a coalition of counties and cities in multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical industry participants alleging that they knowingly caused the nationwide opioid epidemic. John has also represented injured smokers and their relatives against Big Tobacco, winning multimillion-dollar jury verdicts for clients in an unprecedented series of federal jury trials. John also represents robocalling victims in cases under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which prohibits abusive telephone practices, and was instrumental in achieving a $10.5 million TCPA case settlement in 2017. He currently represents a proposed class of consumers who own washing machines that can explode, causing injury, a case in which Lieff Cabraser serves as co-lead counsel. John lives in Nashville, where his wife Claire owns the best bakery in town.


Christopher Suarez

Williams & Connolly, LLP
Washington, DC

Christopher Suarez

Christopher Suarez is a litigator who focuses on technology, privacy, and intellectual property issues.  Chris provides counsel to global clients in cases spanning both the life sciences and high-tech, including cases involving computers, smartphones, semiconductors, and the emerging “Internet of Things” (IoT).  He has published several articles and presented CLEs on numerous cutting edge technology topics, including driverless cars, drones, and the IoT, and is establishing himself as an expert in these fields.  Chris holds leadership positions in several bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and the PTAB Bar Association. Chris maintains an active pro bono practice.  A former teacher, he advocates on behalf of students with special needs and students who have been unfairly disciplined by their schools. In the community, he serves on multiple nonprofit boards directed to education and youth advocacy. Chris is a graduate of M.I.T. and Yale Law School.


Danielle N. Twait

Mandell Menkes LLC
Chicago, IL

Danielle N. Twait

Danielle N. Twait is an associate at the Chicago litigation boutique Mandell Menkes LLC.  She defends clients in complex litigation matters pending in state and federal courts including defamation, invasion of privacy, commercial contractual disputes, class actions, intellectual property disputes and consumer fraud claims. She also has experience defending employers in connection with alleged Title VII violations and litigating disputes arising from employment-related agreements including restrictive covenants, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. She is a member of the trial bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and has trial experience in both federal and state courts. Danielle serves on the board of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and has been selected as a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Coalition for 2018.  She is also actively involved with Girls on the Run Chicago.


Julia Ushakova-Stein

Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, CA

Julia Ushakova-Stein

Julia focuses her practice on U.S. tax planning and tax controversy matters. Julia regularly advises major companies from a diverse set of industries and geographic areas in highly sophisticated domestic and international tax planning that often involve many billions of dollars. She has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. federal income tax matters and has successfully represented clients in federal tax controversies at all levels, including in corporate tax controversies involving millions of dollars in tax, several of which are significant vis-à-vis tax law and are followed closely by the corporate and tax law communities. Julia also regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions transactions – also for major multinationals – that involve deal values in the hundreds of millions and billions and cross-border complexities. Additionally, Julia regularly speaks at major tax conferences for professional tax groups on U.S. corporate and international tax issues and has co-authored several noteworthy articles in prestigious journals and legal publications.


Kodi Verhalen

Briggs and Morgan, P.A
Minneapolis, MN

Kodi Verhalen

Kodi Verhalen is a member of the Briggs and Morgan Energy section and she practices in the areas of energy and environmental law. Her practice includes environmental due diligence as part of mergers and acquisitions; obtaining state certificates of need and route permits from Utilities Commissions for energy infrastructure; obtaining other regulatory approvals for energy companies from Utilities Commissions; counseling clients on various real estate, environmental, and natural resources matters; and assisting clients in obtaining state and federal permits, licenses, and approvals for energy infrastructure projects. Kodi is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114 and serves as a mediator for the Hennepin County Court Pro Bono Mediation Project. She is licensed as a professional engineer in Minnesota and served as the 2016-2017 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers – a 31,000-member organization. She was the youngest person in the organization’s history to hold the office of president.


Jill Albrecht Weimer

Littler Mendelson, P.C
Pittsburgh, PA

Jill Albrecht Weimer

Jill Albrecht Weimer is a shareholder with international labor and employment law firm, Littler Mendelson, P.C.  Jill’s practice focuses on litigation, investigations, auditing and training.  She regularly appears in federal and state courts and represents clients in all phases of litigation.  At Littler, Jill is a core team member of the firm’s Associate Committee and manages an annual, year-long project focused on the training and development of associates within her office.  Active in her community, Jill serves on the boards of The Woodlands Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Alumni, and LifeSpan.  Jill is pro bono counsel for a community food organization and she is a founding member of Law Bridge, a non-profit organization committed to harnessing the power of the legal community to provide community outreach and business networks in Pittsburgh.


Sheila Willis

Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Columbia, SC

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Sheila Willis is an associate at the law firm of Fisher Phillips LLP.  She represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, frequently advising clients regarding hiring, discipline, investigations, and other related issues.  She handles matters related to employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation, OFCCP compliance, unemployment proceedings, and provides training for supervisors and managers on harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) compliance, the Family Medical Leave Act and many other areas.  Sheila is the current President of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Directors, the President-Elect of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers’ Division, and is the incoming Membership Director for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Sheila is a member of the Junior League of Columbia, the Richland County Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Columbia chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers. <hr>


Robert Winning

Cooley LLP
New York, NY

Robert Winning

Robert Winning practices in the corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights group at Cooley LLP. He advises clients on all aspects of both in- and out-of-court restructurings, reorganizations and liquidations, with an emphasis on representing distressed companies, buyers of distressed assets and official committees of unsecured creditors appointed in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He has represented official committees in some of the most prominent chapter 11 cases in the country, including RadioShack, Claire’s, Rockport, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Magnetation, Brookstone, Violin Memory, Pacific Sunwear, the Scooter Stores, Midway Gold and Atari, among others. Robert also chairs the Governance & Nominating Committee and is a member-at-large of the Board of Directors of Commonpoint Queens, a human services organization working with more than 50,000 community members each year at more than 40 locations in Queens.


Diora Ziyaeva

Dentons US LLP
New York, NY

Diora Ziyaeva

Diora Ziyaeva is an international arbitration specialist with a decade of experience litigating complex cases and representing clients from around the world from diverse industries under all major international arbitration rules.  She is a member of Dentons LLP's International Dispute Resolution practice group in New York. Her practice focuses on investor-state arbitration, commercial arbitration and cross-border enforcement of arbitration awards. Her cases involve issues and disputes relating to public international law, as well as commercial transactions with an emphasis on the energy sector. Licensed in New York and Uzbekistan, Diora has represented clients in disputes governed by the laws of more than thirty nations across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia, the Americas, Oceania and North Africa. Diora has been recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School where she will teach a course on the Practice of Investor-State Arbitration. Diora publishes extensively worldwide and is a frequent guest lecturer in various U.S. law schools and at international conferences.