The Top 25 Attorneys of Virginia for 2022

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 25 Attorneys of Virginia for 2022. This year’s awardees cover a range of specialties including business, M&A, taxation, litigation, corporate affairs, patents, and copyrights, among other areas, all of which require focused expertise. Serving in an economy well balanced with diverse sources of income, their profession requires knowledge across various industries. These individuals have excelled with serving clients both big and small, regionally and globally. They perform at the top of their field and embody the qualities needed to succeed for the long run.

Among this year’s awardees is Elizabeth Zane, Partner of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, who regularly advises clients on Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Awardee Reginald Goeke, Partner of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, has represented clients in arbitrations, mediations, and before federal regulatory agencies, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Labor, the US Department of Justice, and the International Trade Commission. Also awarded is Matthew Drossos, Partner of White & Case, who has represented matters that have included disputes involving metals and mining, construction, textiles and financial instruments for both corporations and sovereign states.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 Attorneys of Virginia for 2022.


Thomas Hendershot
Partner, Corporate & Finance, DLA Piper

Thomas Hendershot is the Partner, Corporate & Finance of DLA Piper. He first joined the company in 2003 as associate of corporate & finance. DLA Piper is a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, they represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Their lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. They have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology.

Hendershot focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions where he represents public and private companies and private equity investors in domestic and cross-border transactions. In addition, he represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds in growth equity and venture capital investments. Hendershot also counsels clients on general corporate law and the resolution of day-to-day legal issues. Previously, Hendershot was a law clerk at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and before that a corporate finance at Heller Financial. Hendershot earned a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an undergraduate degree in American government and politics from the University of Maryland.


Matthew Drossos
Partner, White & Case

Matthew Drossos is the Partner of White & Case, a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter today. Their on-the-ground experience, their cross-border integration and their depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help their clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. Their innovative approaches create original solutions to their clients’ most complex domestic and multijurisdictional deals and disputes. By thinking on behalf of their clients every day, they anticipate what they want, provide what they need and build lasting relationships.

Drossos is a Partner in the International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Groups of White & Case LLP. He has assisted on matters involving foreign investments, construction, and oil & gas before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, and under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.Drossos graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in economics and government.


Candi Wolff
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Candi Wolff is a Partner of Hogan Lovells. Their 2,600+ lawyers work to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, they work diligently for their clients. A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. And while imagination helps at every level, their legal solutions are aligned with their client’s business strategy. Their experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives them the market perspective to be a global partner. They believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Wolff first got her start in 2001 as an assistant to the VP for legislative affairs at the Office of the Vice President of The White House. Wolff graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD.


Nichole Dejulio
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Nichole Dejulio is the Partner of Kirkland & Ellis, which she first joined in 2014. As one of the world’s leading law firms, they serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. They handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because they don’t just meet industry standards, they create them. They bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees operating from offices in 18 cities across the United States, Europe and Asia, they are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Previously, Dejulio was an office manager at Fogelson, Nadel and Sadja. After that she interned with the U.S. Department of Justice. Dejulio earned a JD from The George Washington University Law School, and an undergraduate degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Susan Pascocello
General Counsel, Chemonics International

Susan Pascocello is the General Counsel of Chemonics International. For them, development is more than a passion or a calling, it's a profession. Doing it well takes experience, ingenuity, and a stubborn insistence that tomorrow’s work must be better than today’s. In nearly 70 countries around the globe, their network of 4,000 specialists delivers results. They are an international development company that combines broad regional experience with technical depth and unparalleled management skill. Their portfolio covers agriculture and food security, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth and trade, education and youth, environment and natural resources, gender equality and social inclusion, health, supply chain solutions, and water, energy, and sustainable cities. Pascocello has 32 years of experience and began her career in 1990.

Before joining Chemonics International, Pascocello was general counsel (Acting) and deputy general counsel at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and before that a senior counsel at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Pascocello was selected for the DC Bar's 2022 Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service. Earlier in her career she was an Associate/Corporate International with Dechert LLP and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Pascocello graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in English literature.


Elizabeth Zane
Partner of International Trade & Compliance, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Elizabeth Zane is an international trade and compliance lawyer in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's Washington, DC, office. She advises companies on international trade investigations, CFIUS national security examinations, and export controls and economic sanctions compliance, including Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition, she provides strategic and legal guidance to industry associations and consortia.

Zane graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree.


Reginald Goeke
Partner, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw

Reginald Goeke is the Partner of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, which he first joined in 2003 as an associate. Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, they are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. They have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including their signature strength, the global financial services industry. Their diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by their clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything they do.

Reg Goeke is an experienced commercial litigator. He represents clients in complex commercial litigations, including securities actions, ERISA class actions, complex contract and commercial disputes, and intellectual property actions. He has tried multiple cases to jury verdict, and has represented clients in arbitrations, mediations, and before federal regulatory agencies, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Labor, the US Department of Justice, and the International Trade Commission. In addition, he has represented Boards of Directors and Special Committees in numerous internal corporate investigations into accounting misstatements and securities law violations, and has also represented those entities in shareholder derivative actions. Goeke earned a JD from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from the University of Michigan.


Kady Ashley
Partner of M&A, Corporate and Securities, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Kady Ashley is a Partner of M&A, Corporate and Securities of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, delivers the highest quality advice and novel solutions to legal challenges, enabling clients to achieve their business goals. They are known for the innovative and creative thinking they rely on to handle the most complex transactions, litigation and controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as the open, collaborative relationships they build with clients, including corporations; financial and governmental entities; small, entrepreneurial companies; and cultural, educational and charitable institutions. Their attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across their 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.

Before joining Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, Ashley was a law clerk of Honorable Ernest Torres with the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in public policy and economics.


Laurence Grayer
VP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Creative Associates International

Larry Grayer is the Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Creative Associates International overseeing all legal affairs and the corporate compliance function. Creative is a mission-driven, solutions-orientated government contractor, providing services related to economic growth, education, transportation, training, transitioning communities, and development in more than 30 countries across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

With over 25 years of legal experience, Grayer is a strategic corporate counsel and executive with extensive experience advising CEOs, boards of directors, and business leaders of public, private, and non-profit corporations. Grayer previously served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for DynCorp International, a multi-billion dollar technical services provider ranked number 684 on the Fortune 1000. Grayer also served as a Board Member, General Counsel, and other officer positions with 15 DynCorp subsidiaries and joint ventures. Grayer currently serves as an Executive Board Member for Veterans Moving Forward, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans with physical and mental challenges. Working as a true business partner, Grayer specializes in reducing risks and practical solutions to some of the most compelling problems facing corporations.


Justin Schauer
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, SGS & Co

Justin Schauer is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of SGS & Co, a global brand impact group delivering speed and quality through innovation and insights to drive impact for their world class clients. They combine deep expertise in design, graphic services, production, technology and process optimization with unmatched marketplace understanding, dynamic ideas and client first customer service. They bring the world’s best brands to life and set them up for success in a modern world. SGS & Co shifts brands to impact through the strength of their people. Their team of nearly 5,000 employees across 30+ countries works collaboratively to exceed client expectations today and anticipate how they’ll need to pivot together to win tomorrow.

Before joining SGS & Co, Schauer was an assistant general counsel at NeuStar, Inc. and before that as assistant general counsel at Circuit City Stores, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with Sidley Austin as an assistant. Schauer graduated from Boston University School of Law with an LLM in banking and finance law and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in English.


Brendan Hughes
Partner, Cooley

Brendan Hughes is the Partner of Cooley, an American international law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices worldwide. The firm's practice areas include corporate, litigation, intellectual property, fund formation, public markets, employment, life sciences, clean technology, real estate, financial services, retail, regulatory and energy. Cooley is particularly known for its technology and life sciences practices as well as its experience with marquee initial public offerings and deep-rooted venture capital connections & financings. It has consistently been ranked as an elite law firm for technology and life sciences companies, startups and emerging growth companies, and venture capital firms by Above the Law, and U.S. News & World Report. Cooley represents over a third of the companies on The Wall Street Journal's Billion Dollar Startup Club.

Prior to joining Cooley Hughes was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and before that a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Connie Morella. Hughes graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with a JD and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree.


Matt Rizzolo
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Matt Rizzolo is a Partner of Ropes & Gray, a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Built on a foundation of more than 150 years of dedication to forging strong client relationships, they represent interests across a broad spectrum of industries in corporate law and litigation matters. In addition, they offer counsel on labor and employment issues, tax and benefits, creditors'​ rights, and private client services. Their clients range in size from large to small companies and include financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals and health care organizations, colleges and universities, and families and individuals.

Rizzolo first got his start in 2003 as an operations leadership program at Eaton. From there, he went on to Ropes & Gray LLP, before eventually rising to patent litigation attorney at Dow Lohnes PLLC, his most recent position prior to joining Ropes & Gray. Rizzolo graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Clarkson University with an undergraduate degree in engineering & management.


Terry Wikberg
Partner, Perkins Coie

Terry Wikberg is a Partner at Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to their clients' success. With more than 1,200 attorneys in offices across the United States and Asia, they provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world's most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

Before joining Perkins Coie, Wikberg was an attorney at Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker LLP and before that an attorney at Sughrue Mion PLLC. Earlier in his career he worked with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. as a director of engineering. Wikberg graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a JD in intellectual property law and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering.


Demme Doufekias
Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Demme Doufekias is the Partner of Morrison & Foerster, which she first joined in 2006. Morrison & Foerster transforms complexity into advantage. With their collective intelligence, they shape powerful legal strategies that move business forward while living their shared values. They solve critical multidimensional challenges in a way that provides clarity around the risk. They pair diversity of perspective with a strategic consultative approach to craft the tailored strategies needed. They foster trusted partnerships that are defined by winning when it matters most. Their clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies. Whether established for decades or just an entrepreneur’s idea, they represent organizations as they grow, innovate, disrupt, and develop into leading industry players and household names.

Previously, Doufekias was an associate at DLA Piper. Doufekias earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in American studies from Yale University.


Lisa Crockett White
General Counsel & VP of HR, Electro-Mechanical

Lisa Crockett White is General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for
Electro-Mechanical, LLC, a global provider of products used in the generation, transmission,
distribution and control of electricity. These products are manufactured in Virginia and Mexico
and, along with various electrical equipment repair and maintenance services, are used by a diverse mix of energy, utility and industrial customers.

Prior to joining Electro-Mechanical, Lisa was VP of legal affairs and corporate compliance counsel for King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. While at King, she saw the company grow from a small, privately held business established by John Gregory and his family to an S&P 500 Index company on the New York Stock Exchange with revenues exceeding $1 billion. Lisa also served as EVP of contract administration for SJ Strategic Investments and as general counsel for UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc., two additional companies owned by the Gregory family. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her JD from the University of Richmond School of Law. After law school, she completed a judicial clerkship with the late Honorable H. Clyde Pearson, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in VA and TN and is a former member of the Hearing Panel for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Additionally, Lisa is a member of the Board of Governors for the Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia State Bar. She is a member of the Sullins Academy Board of Directors and a Trustee for the First Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia. She is a past president of the Paramount Center for the Arts Board of Directors and the Bristol Child Study Club and a former board member of the William King Arts Center.


Alexander Baldwin
General Counsel, DISYS

Alexander Baldwin the General Counsel of DISYS, a global technology and consulting firm specializing in Managed Services, Business, Consulting, and IT/Non-IT Staffing Services. DISYS’ Managed Services Provider (MSP) channel comes with a dedicated Centralized Delivery Team that purely focuses on addressing clients’ temporary staffing and Scope of Work needs from new client acquisition, to client operations and management, to delivery. DISYS is a CMMI Level 5 SVC 2.0 company. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in McLean, Virginia, DISYS is defined by its core values of collaboration, respect, accountability, and ingenuity, as well its value-driven partnerships with consultants worldwide. As a leading global enterprise, DISYS’ experts are thought leaders in the industry, who bring best-in-class expertise to more than 250 Fortune 500 companies. Recognized as a Top 20 Staffing Provider and one of the Largest Staffing Firms in the U.S.

Baldwin first got his start in 2012 as a junior partner at Wilmer Hale. From there, he went on to HealthCentral, before eventually rising to general counsel at Hillcrest Labs, Inc., his most recent position prior to joining DISYS. Baldwin graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in history.


Samantha Guo
Acting Head of Legal & Associate General Counsel, China Telecom Americas

Samantha Guo is the Acting Head of Legal and Associate General Counsel of China Telecom Americas. She first joined the organization in 2019. China Telecom Americas, a west hemisphere subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. Ltd., is an international telecom provider for communication, IP and cloud services to multinational companies, organizations and international carriers requiring China domestic services and International access to China and Asia Pacific. A senior in-house leader with broad experience in the life science, telecom and technology industries, Guo counsels on domestic and international transactions, global data privacy issues, government affairs, international trade and general compliance, and employment law matters.

Guo has direct experience leading an in-house legal department and has successfully led teams through organizational changes and major crises. Prior to joining China Telecom Americas, she served as an associate general counsel for OriGene, a global life science company. There she advised on commercial transactions, international expansion, employment law matters, general compliance, human resources, intellectual property, data privacy, and M&A transactions. Guo graduated from the University of International Business and Economics with an undergraduate degree in international commercial law and from the University of Iowa College of Law with her JD.


Alexander Chinoy
Partner, Covington & Burling

Alexander Chinoy is a Partner of Covington & Burling. From their offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, they practice as one firm, holding closely to core values that start with a deep commitment to their clients and the quality of their work, and that includes an emphasis on teamwork among their lawyers and other professionals and a belief in the obligation of lawyers to make legal services available to all who need them. Their lawyers are recognized nationally and internationally for their legal skills and the depth of their expertise. Many have served in senior government positions. Virtually all of them provide public service through pro bono representation.

Before joining Covington & Burling, Chinoy was an attorney at Heller Ehrman and before that an associate at Miller & Chevalier Chartered. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States District Court District of New Jersey as a law clerk. Chinoy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from the University of Virginia undergraduate degree in psychology & foreign affairs.


Minh Vu
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

Minh Vu is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw. Their high-caliber legal representation and advanced delivery capabilities allow them to take on their clients’ unique challenges and opportunities―no matter the scale or complexity. Whether navigating complex litigation, negotiating transformational deals, or advising on cross-border projects, our attorneys achieve exceptional legal outcomes. Their drive for excellence leads them to seek out better ways to work with their clients and each other. They have been first-to-market on many legal service delivery innovations―and they continue to break new ground with their clients every day. This long history of excellence and innovation has created a culture with a sense of purpose and belonging for all. In turn, their culture drives their commitment to the growth of their clients, the diversity of their people, and the resilience of their workforce.

Before joining Seyfarth Shaw, Vu was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. and before that a counselor to the assistant attorney general of civil rights division at US Department of Justice. Earlier in her career he worked with Latham & Watkins. Vu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a JD and from Columbia College of Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in English language and literature and letters.


Mark Braden
Partner, Baker & Hostetler

Mark Braden is the Partner of Baker & Hostetler, a leading law firm that helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With six core practice groups – Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has lawyers in offices coast to coast, serving clients across the United States and in more than 100 countries. Baker & Hosteler LLP was founded in 1916 by Newton D. Baker, Joseph C. Hostetler and Thomas L. Sidlo. Today, they have more than 1,000 attorneys contributing to the success of our clients. The values they share are the same ideals on which their firm was founded: love and respect for the law, respect for each other, and the courage to make hard decisions on the basis of what they know to be right.

Before joining Baker & Hostetler, Braden was a chief legal counsel at the Republican National Committee and before that a counsel at RNC. Braden graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD.


Robert Kaplan
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Robert Kaplan is the Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, which he first joined in 2012. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to them to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. Deep partner commitment, industry experience and a strategic approach enable them to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. They draw on the strength of their culture and structure to deliver the best of their firm to every client through true collaboration. Approximately 800 lawyers work in nine offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. Their lawyers prioritize developing a deep understanding of the business of their clients. They then pursue each matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results.

Previously, Kaplan was co-chief of the Asset Management Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and before that worked as an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Kaplan earned a JD from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Columbia College of Columbia University.


Christophe Lair
Patent Attorney and Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Christophe Lair is a Patent Attorney and Partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a firm of forward-thinking lawyers collaborating seamlessly across disciplines to discover innovative solutions for our clients. A keen industry focus helps them understand their clients’ concerns and proactively resolve their issues. Pillsbury clients operate in today’s most dynamic industries. To serve them better, they structure their practices to address the full spectrum of business and legal issues they face. They make a significant and sustained investment in monitoring the industries in which they compete. They not only attend the same industry events, but are presenters and speakers. As a result, they commence every client matter already well informed of the industry trends that influence strategy and planning.

Lair first got his start in 1996 as an engineer at CEA. From there, he went on to STMicroelectronics. Lair graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a JD and from ESPCI Paris - PSL with an undergraduate degree in physics and chemistry.


Joseph Palys
Partner, Paul Hastings

Joseph Palys is a Partner at Paul Hastings, having first joined the company in 2014. Their engagement with pressing social issues plays a critical role as they navigate new paths to growth for their people. It is intrinsic to our firm’s culture and interwoven into their business objectives. They seek out pro bono matters that make a difference in their communities. They foster a diverse, inclusive work environment—which enables them to provide clients with the innovative thinking of teams rich in talent, experiences, and creativity. They pursue sustainable business practices and engage with environmental issues that impact us all. They support organizations that make a significant, positive impact.

Previously, Palys was an associate and partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and before that a primary patent examiner at U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Palys earned a JD from The George Washington University Law School and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University-Erie Campus.


Erin Kelly
SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Signify Health

Erin Kelly is the SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Signify Health, which she first joined in 2021. Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Their mission is to build trusted relationships to make people healthier. Their solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination, and cost-savings.

Previously, Kelly was a counsel of Aetna Medicare at CVS Health and before that an attorney at Coventry Health Care. Earlier in her career she worked with Swidler Berlin LLP as an.Kelly earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.


Susan Lafferty
Partner in Charge of Washington DC Office, Eversheds Sutherland

Susan Lafferty is the Partner in Charge of Washington DC Office of Eversheds Sutherland. A pioneering global law practice, they provide high quality legal advice and innovation worldwide. They deliver high quality, innovative solutions to complex business issues for a diverse range of clients. Their global teams operate seamlessly to deliver the commercial know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisers to help further their business interests. They shape their advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty every time – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions. What unites them is their commitment to service excellence through a people-focused approach. They know their clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and most of all, they understand that great relationships yield the best outcomes.

Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, Lafferty was an associate at Olsson, Frank and Weeda. Earlier in her career he worked with the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Lafferty graduated from George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in history and foreign affairs.