Lisa M. Passante is Vice-President and Associate General Counsel at Thomson Reuters, where she serves as the senior U.S.-based legal advisor to the Intellectual Property & Science business unit. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ms. Passante was a member of the legal department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for 19 years, where she served in a variety of capacities, including General Counsel for DuPont Performance Coatings through its transition from DuPont to a privately held company, and where she was the founder of the acclaimed DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network. Ms. Passante chaired the 2009 General Counsel Institute and co-chaired the 2011 and 2014 Mid-Year Meetings, and she has held multiple offices and committee leadership positions with NAWL. Ms. Passante was co-chair of the Delaware Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section from 2010 to 2013, and is a member of the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women and the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. Ms. Passante can be reached at email@example.com.
Marsha L. Anastasia is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – The Americas at Pitney Bowes Inc. In that capacity, she is responsible for legal affairs of business unit operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes in 1997, Ms. Anastasia practiced at Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney LLP) in Hartford and Stamford, Connecticut. Ms. Anastasia is admitted to the Connecticut bar. She received a B.S. from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Ms. Anastasia currently holds the office of President-Elect of NAWL for 2014-2015. She previously served as Vice President of NAWL for 2013-2014 and co-chair of NAWL’s Program Committee. Ms. Anastasia was NAWL’s Treasurer in 2012-2013, a recipient of NAWL’s Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award in 2008, and served as Chair of the 2008 NAWL General Counsel Institute. She also serves on the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation Board of Trustees. Ms. Anastasia can be reached at 203.351.7940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Richards-Yellen is a bond attorney with over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. Ms. Richards-Yellen frequently serves as borrower’s, underwriter’s, and issuer’s counsel, and work out counsel. In addition to her public finance practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Richards-Yellen serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and as Chair of its Diversity Committee. Prior to relocating to Chicago, Ms. Richards-Yellen was Associate General Counsel with The Vanguard Group, where she provided legal services and analysis for the Fixed Income Group. Ms. Richards-Yellen was a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Steering Committee. In 2014, she was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She is the immediate past chair of the board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and sits on the boards of NAWL and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, as well as the advisory board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Ms. Richards-Yellen can be reached at 312.704.3562 or email@example.com.
Angela Beranek Brandt is a Partner with Larson King, LLP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Brandt is an accomplished first chair trial lawyer and has earned favorable results for clients in front of juries, arbitrators, and judges. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, and products liability. Ms. Brandt has served as co-chair of NAWL’s Program, Mentorship, and Membership Committees and has chaired a number of NAWL programs, including Backpack to Briefcase, Taking Charge of Your Career, and the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting. She also has served as the national chair of the NAWL Nights of Giving. In 2008, Ms. Brandt received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from NAWL. In addition to her work with NAWL, Ms. Brandt is Past President of the Ramsey County Bar Association. She has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and American Board of Trial Advocates. Ms. Brandt has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Her work with women is balanced out at home where she has three sons—a nine-year-old and six-year-old twins. Ms. Brandt can be reached at 651.312.6544 or abrandt@ larsonking.com.
Sarretta C. McDonough, a member of the California Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales, regularly represents multinational clients in connection with competition and corruption issues around the globe. She is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition and White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Groups. Ms. McDonough was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2007.
Kristin Sostowski is a Director (Partner) with Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, where she is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law Department and E-Discovery Task Force. Ms. Sostowski provides strategic counsel to clients at all phases of the employment relationship, including compliance with federal and state workplace laws, pre-litigation risk avoidance, and defense of workplace-related disputes. She represents companies and managers in employment litigation in state and federal courts and agencies, with an emphasis on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower matters. Ms. Sostowski currently serves as NAWL’s Secretary, Board liaison to the Amicus Committee, and Co-Chair of the Pipeline to Equity Partnership program. She also serves as a Trustee at Large of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Sostowski was recently named to NJBIZ’s “Forty Under 40” list and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2007. In 2010, she received NAWL’s Outstanding Member Award. Ms. Sostowski received her B.A. from Swarthmore College with High Honors and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She can be reached at 973.596.4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer M. Guenther is General Counsel/Director for FirstCarbon Solutions, a company devoted to working with its clients to improve profitability through sustainability consulting and energy & environmental data management solutions. Ms. Guenther, a former shareholder with Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, is an experienced land use and environmental attorney in controversial environmental, development, and litigation matters. Working with Fortune 500 companies on commercial and residential, mining, railroad, and alternative energy development, she has appeared before local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the California Court of Appeals. Ms. Guenther is the immediate past president of the San Bernardino County Bar Association and a past recipient of the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from NAWL. She was listed as a Southern California Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Deborah S. Froling is a Partner in Arent Fox LLP’s Corporate/Securities and Real Estate Groups in the Washington, D.C. office. She has extensive experience in public and private offerings of debt, equity, and convertible securities as both issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel primarily for real estate and equipment leasing companies. Ms. Froling also has extensive experience in the real estate syndication industry. She has had responsibility for closing public and private debt and equity offerings, primarily for REITs, tenant in common syndications, equipment financing companies, and other real estate companies. Prior to private practice, Ms. Froling served as an attorney-advisor in the Division of Coporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alternative and Direct Investment Securities Association and Chair of its Legislative and Regulatory Committee, and has previously served as Editor of The Women Lawyers Journal. Ms. Froling can be reached at 202.857.6075 or email@example.com.
Peggy Steif Abram is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. She advises clients on business matters, including corporate governance, compliance, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, and major corporate transactions, and for the past several years has provided general counsel services for a Minnesota-based global technology manufacturer. Ms. Abram is President of the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation, which funds social, cultural, and legal nonprofit organizations, and she chairs the firm’s Sponsorship Steering Group. She is a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Forum for Achievement, and a member of the Forum’s Leadership Council, and the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group. Ms. Abram serves on the national U.S. Law Firm Group Corporate and Securities Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Breast Cancer Education Association. In 2013, she was honored with a “Women in Business” award from the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal. Ms. Abram graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College, earned her M.A. from The University of Chicago Divinity School, and received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and is the proud mother of two daughters. Ms. Abram can be reached at 612.766.8509 or peggy.abram@FaegreBD.com.
DeAnna D. Allen is a Partner in Cooley LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on patent litigation and she counsels clients in a variety of areas such as telecommunications, semiconductors, and computer related technologies. Ms. Allen serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She also co-chairs the Programs Committee of the Intellectual Property Subsection of the ABA Section of Litigation, and she is a member of AIPLA and the National Bar Association. Ms. Allen previously served as in-house counsel to Burger King Brands and as a design engineer for Florida Power & Light. She has received multiple Benchmark Litigation recognitions. Ms. Allen has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in the Washington, D.C. area (National Diversity Council, 2010), and “WomenWorthWatching®” (Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2009), and a member of the “Hot List” of “professional and entrepreneurial powerhouses under the age of 40” (Black Enterprise, 2007). In 2012–2013, she co-chaired NAWL’s Membership Committee and is the Board Liaison to NAWL’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Allen can be reached at 202.842.7896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane E. Ambler is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates LLP, practicing in the area of financial institution regulation under federal securities laws. She is a frequent speaker and writer in this area and has testified as an expert witness in her field. Ms. Ambler focuses her practice on mutual fund governance, compliance activities of mutual funds, private funds, and variable insurance product issuers and distributors, and activities of related service providers. She champions women’s leadership initiatives in the profession, including as a charter member of the K&L Gates Women in the Profession Committee. Chambers USA has ranked Ms. Ambler as a top lawyer practicing in the areas of Investment Funds, Registered Funds, and she is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Mutual Funds and Private Funds Law. Ms. Ambler has an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale- Hubbell, reserved for lawyers who have been recognized for having the highest levels of skill and integrity, and she is listed in the Martindale- Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, exclusively for women attorneys who have received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers. Ms. Ambler is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a member of the Board of Consultors for Villanova University School of Law, an Executive Board Member of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and Chair of the International Committee for NAWL. Ms. Ambler can be reached at 202.778.9886 or email@example.com.
Kristin L. Bauer is a Shareholder with the Dallas office of the national workplace law firm, Jackson Lewis PC. Ms. Bauer represents management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. In addition to handling an active employment litigation docket, she counsels management on preventive strategies, including termination decisions, investigations, employment agreements, non-compete issues, wage and hour laws, policies and handbooks, and other issues affecting the workplace. Ms. Bauer also advises employers on the numerous laws touching ill and injured workers, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and strategies to manage those risks. She has been recognized as a 2014 “Texas Super Lawyer” and seven times as a “Rising Star.” Ms. Bauer has served as pro bono general counsel to The Family Place, a Dallas-based nonprofit agency serving the victims of domestic violence and their families, since 2005. In 2012, Ms. Bauer received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from NAWL. Ms. Bauer can be reached at 972.728.3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Ng Cassidy is a seasoned financial services attorney with more than 20 years’ experience providing senior level business advice and counsel on a full range of legal matters that arise in connection with retail broker-dealers and investment advisers. Most recently, she was the Chief Legal Officer of Pruco Securities, LLC, the retail securities firm within the Prudential Financial enterprise. Her prior work experiences include the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Gruntal & Co., Shearson Lehman Hutton, and The Chicago Board Options Exchange. In 2013, NAWL honored Ms. Cassidy with the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her J.D. from The National Law Center at George Washington University. Ms. Cassidy can be reached at 973.725.0402 or email@example.com.
Jennifer A. Champlin is a Director of HR for Walmart U.S., and she partners with business leaders in Merchandising and Health & Wellness to develop and execute HR business plans and advises business partners on a variety of HR issues, including but limited to performance management, talent planning, talent development and diversity & inclusion. Prior to this role, Ms. Champlin was an attorney in the Walmart Legal Department where she supported the company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigative efforts. Prior to joining the FCPA team, Ms. Champlin was a member of the Employment Division of the Legal Department, and she partnered with company leadership and field management to provide legal advice on employment issues. She also managed the defense of employment litigation and administrative charges nationwide for Sam’s Club and the California employment litigation for Walmart U.S. Before joining Walmart, Ms. Champlin was a commercial litigator with specialized expertise in electronic discovery at Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that, she was a white collar criminal defense attorney in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP. Ms. Champlin has been actively involved in NAWL since 2010. Most recently, she chaired the Co-Sponsorship Committee for the 2014 GCI and is co-chairing the upcoming Women’s Initiatives Leadership Boot Camp and a Regional GCI in Minneapolis. Ms. Champlin is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and when not cheering for the Sox, she spends her time gleefully chasing after her two children, Grant (5) and Mallory (3), and volunteering on the Advisory Board of the collegiate chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Arkansas. Ms. Champlin also volunteers for the Amazeum, a new children’s museum coming to Northwest Arkansas. She obtained her B.A. in English with honors from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Ms. Champlin can be reached at 479.277.2766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth L. Kaufman is a senior partner and head of litigation at Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Stern LLP, an AV® Preeminent™ Law Firm based in New York and one of the largest women-owned law firms in the United States. Ms. Kaufman concentrates her practice in complex litigation, including commercial matters, employment defense, product liability and toxic tort matters. Ms. Kaufman is a past President of NAWL (2012-2013), recently concluded a four year term, from 2010 to 2014, as Secretary of the ABA Section of Litigation and, from 2009-2012, served as the Second Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary from 2008-2013, appointed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Ms. Kaufman has been elected by her peers to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in New York, as a New York Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2000 to 2004 and chaired its Committee on the Judiciary from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kaufman can be reached at 212.661.5030 or email@example.com.
Susan L. Lees is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Allstate Insurance Company and a member of Allstate’s senior leadership team. In her current role, Ms. Lees leads the legal team to guide Allstate’s business strategy, ensure sound compliance of government practices, and foster a healthy legal, legislative and regulatory environment. She joined Allstate in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership positions while successfully directing several key Allstate initiatives, most notably during her previous role as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Allstate Financial. During her extensive tenure at Allstate, Ms. Lees led a multitude of complex initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions such as the company’s purchase of American Heritage Life Insurance Company. As the leader of the corporate law division of Allstate’s law and regulation department, she gained extensive experience working with a number of business areas throughout the corporation. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lees built a foundation for business acumen through professional sales roles at Celanese Fibers Marketing Company and Exxon Chemical. She holds an A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Ms. Lees has been a champion of key societal issues and has served as a member of Allstate’s Enterprise Diversity Council. She is the past president of the Board of Directors for the Riverside Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering life enrichment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to sitting on the Board of NAWL, she serves on the boards of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, the Institute for Legal Reform and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel. Ms. Lees’ story is one of challenge and accomplishment, having started her career as a part-time lawyer balancing personal demands with professional expectations and successfully forging a path to the highest levels of corporate law. Her involvement with NAWL underscores her personal commitment to empower more women to pursue a successful career in the law. Ms. Lees has worked to not only promote the mere fact that more women are practicing law, but to celebrate women’s unique contributions to the profession.
Suzan (Sam) A. Miller is Vice President of Intel Legal and Corporate Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, and is on the Board of the Intel Foundation. Ms. Miller manages the worldwide legal teams for Intel’s product and technology groups. Throughout her tenure at Intel, she has held a number of senior legal positions including General Counsel of Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment program. Ms. Miller is the executive sponsor for the Santa Clara Women at Intel Network, a member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women Leaders, the executive sponsor of Intel’s Legal Diversity program, and is on the Board of NAWL. 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. Ms. Miller can be reached at 480.765.1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen S. Morris is Vice President, General Counsel for USAA’s Property and Casualty Group, which offers property and casualty insurance products to members of the military and their families. As P&C General Counsel, Ms. Morris serves as the chief lawyer for P&C, and is responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance to the P&C President and his staff. She also leads the P&C Counsel team, which is responsible for providing solution-oriented counsel on all matters affecting USAA’s P&C business, from product conception through delivery and fulfillment. Prior to joining USAA in September 2010, Ms. Morris spent 21 years with Allstate Insurance Company, where she held a wide variety of positions in Law, Marketing, Corporate Relations and Strategy. Most recently, Ms. Morris was Assistant Vice President, Corporate Relations. In that position she led a team of professionals accountable for driving the company’s reputation, corporate advocacy and CEO executive positioning strategies. Prior to joining Allstate, Ms. Morris was in private practice in Chicago. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Ms. Morris has been active with NAWL since 2008, serving as Vice Chair of the General Counsel Institute in 2010, Chair in 2012 and Sponsorship Chair in 2013. She received NAWL’s Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award in 2012. Ms. Morris can be reached at 210.456.3141 or email@example.com.
Carol Robles-Román is President and CEO of Legal Momentum – The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, the national legal organization that advances and defends the rights of women and girls. Recently, Legal Momentum helped to create workplace protections for federal employees, and offered legal representation to women who were subjected to workplace discrimination and sexual assault, calling for elected officials to respond forcefully to the scourge of domestic violence. Ms. Robles-Román is the former Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg – the first woman to serve as Counsel to a New York City Mayor. She advised the Mayor and the executive branch on governance and compliance, judicial selection, anti-discrimination laws, ethics, police oversight, disability and access laws, domestic violence, and immigration. She led and supervised the overhaul of several city agencies to improve access to justice and City services for New Yorkers. She has been recognized for her innovative, collaborative leadership style and for her work creating public and private partnerships, including New York City’s first state-of-the-art Family Justice Centers. Carol is a national public speaker and appears regularly in the media, speaking about trends in the law and courts, education, women’s rights and empowerment, immigration, human trafficking and violence against women. She was a featured panelist at the November 2014 Thomson Reuters Trust Women Conference in London. Her panel explored the question: “How To Make Mega-Cities Women-Friendly?” Carol is dedicated to higher education and sits on the boards of several institutions including the National Association of Women Lawyers and the City University of New York, the country’s largest and most diverse urban public university system, for which she is a Trustee and Executive Committee member. She is a member of DirectWomen Board Institute, a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women on corporate boards, and she participated in the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) 2014 Global Institute in NYC. WCD is a global membership organization and community of women corporate directors committed to accelerating best practices in corporate governance around the world. Carol holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contributions to the law school community. She received a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.