The Top 50 Attorneys of DC for 2023

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of DC for 2023. The legal community in Washington, DC is dynamic and diverse, reflecting the city's central role in shaping the legal landscape of the US. At the core of the nation’s legal landscape, it hosts a myriad of legal institutions and entities including government agencies, Capitol Hill, advocacy groups, and last but not least, the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Attorneys play crucial roles in drafting legislation, providing legal advice to lawmakers, and participating in the legislative process. Awardees this year come from extensive backgrounds from prestigious law firms that handle a wide range of legal matters, from corporate law to constitutional law.

Among this year's awardees, Elizabeth Conti, Corporate Counsel at Aimmune Therapeutics, contributes her expertise to a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies. Earl G. Matthews, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer at Albers Aerospace, brings extensive experience from senior roles in the White House and continues to serve as a Colonel in the Army Reserve, with a veteran background in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, Mark A. Klapow, a Partner at Crowell & Moring, has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Alcoa, AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Intel, Lenovo, Molson Coors, and Western Union, in federal and state courts nationwide.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of DC for 2023.


1. Tony Lin
Partner, DLA Piper

Tony Lin is a Partner of DLA Piper, 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. Lin represents new and established satellite and communications companies. He has assisted numerous space companies, including many entrepreneurs, in obtaining spectrum and imaging licenses and addressing other regulatory matters for novel satellite services, such as radiofrequency sensing and geolocation, mission extension, synthetic aperture radar, hyperspectral and multispectral imaging, on-orbit transportation and deployment, IoT, weather forecasting, lunar activities, and orbital debris removal.

Lin first joined DLA Piper in 2021. Previously, he was a Partner at Hogan Lovells and before that, a counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Earlier in his career, he worked with Spiegel & McDiarmid as an Associate. Lin earned a PhD in economics and a JD from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Virginia.


2. Marlon Paz
Partner, Latham & Watkins

Marlon Paz is a Partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with more than 3,500 lawyers in offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. The firm has practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Paz began his career in 1999, drawing a great deal of experience from serving in senior positions with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He played a key role in developing the SEC’s positions on over 100 important regulatory and enforcement matters. These complex securities issues included fraud, anti-manipulation, credit rating agency reform, the respective fiduciary duties of broker-dealers and investment advisers, hedge funds, and enhancements to capital and financial controls over broker-dealers.

Before joining Latham & Watkins, Paz served as the Principal Integrity Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank, leading a team of lawyers and investigators in the development, investigation, and prosecution of fraud and corruption cases. He was also responsible for compliance procedures related to issues such as integrity due diligence, anti-money laundering, offshore financial centers, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control Specially Designated Nationals List. Paz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD, from Georgetown University Law Center with an LLM in securities and financial regulation, from Wesleyan University with an MA in liberal studies, and from Trinity College-Hartford with an undergraduate degree in philosophy.


3. Gahee Lee
Corporate Counsel, MongoDB

Gahee Lee serves as Corporate Counsel at MongoDB, the leading modern general-purpose database designed to unleash the power of software and data for developers and the applications they build. In her role, Lee oversees MongoDB’s corporate governance as well as matters that relate to investments, M&A, ESG, equity, and compliance. In addition to her legal role, Lee contributes to the community through her involvement as a BoD of Washington DC’s Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund.

Before joining MongoDB, Lee was an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she guided emerging companies through various stages of the business lifecycle and supported public companies with ongoing corporate governance needs. Before that, Lee was an Associate at Milbank where she provided counsel on a range of M&A, capital markets, and bankruptcy matters. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School and an undergraduate degree in Chinese and international studies from Emory University.


4. Paul Brinkman
Intellectual Property Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Paul Brinkman is an Intellectual Property Partner at Kirkland & Ellis. 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. The law firm extensively handles investment fund formation and alternative asset management, restructurings, high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation, and government regulatory and internal investigations. Brinkman focuses his practice on Section 337 litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). He has won 17 out of 19 trials at the ITC and won or favorably settled many more before trial. His work for plaintiffs has led to orders excluding competitors’ products from the US and high-value settlements and license agreements. On the defensive side, he has a near-perfect track record of wins following trial, has caused several complainants to abandon their cases before the hearing, and has even persuaded the ITC to decline to institute an investigation.

Brinkman began his legal career at Kirkland and previously led Quinn Emanuel and Alston & Bird’s ITC practices before returning to the firm in 2017. Brinkman is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is currently listed in Chambers (Band 1), Who’s Who Legal (recommended in both IP Patents and International Trade), Super Lawyers (top rated), Legal 500 (leading lawyer), and IAM Patent 1000 (highly recommended). Brinkman earned a JD in law from the University of Virginia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in political science from Yale University.


5. Kenita Barrow
Deputy General Counsel, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies

Kenita Barrow began her professional career 17 years ago. Today, she is the Deputy General Counsel of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies, a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy of ‘Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide’. The company researches, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health. Otsuka is a leader in the challenging areas of CNS, kidney, and cardiovascular health. They also have additional research programs in oncology and on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue.

Barrow first got her start in 2006 as an Attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, before her tenure at Arnold & Porter, Barrow’s most recent position before joining Otsuka. She graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with a JD in law and from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with an undergraduate degree.


6. Antonio Elias
Corporate Counsel, Sales & Marketing, Volkswagen of America

Antonio Elias began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is the Corporate Counsel, Sales & Marketing of Volkswagen of America, an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America (VWoA). Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. VWoA’s operations in the US include R&D, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, and financial service centers, at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Elias first got his start in 2010 as a Campaign Manager at LeGrow for Congress. From there, he went on to Virginia House of Delegates before eventually rising to Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, his most recent position before joining Volkswagen of America. Elias graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from William & Mary with an undergraduate degree in government.


7. Kellen Dwyer
Partner, Alston & Bird

Kellen Dwyer is the Partner of Alston & Bird, a leading international firm with over 800 lawyers in 13 offices throughout the US, Europe, the UK, and Asia.. Their workplace culture has been praised as one of the most open and receptive in the US among all businesses. Dwyer previously served in the Justice Department in cyber and national security roles. As an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, he prosecuted dozens of cases involving hacking, wiretapping, national security, intellectual property, fraud, and public corruption. He obtained a computer hacking indictment against Julian Assange and represented the US at Assange’s extradition hearings in London. Dwyer received the Attorney General’s Award for leading the trial and arguing the appeal of a Russian hacker for conspiracy to commit one of the largest data breaches in US history.

As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division, Dwyer led the department’s national security and cybersecurity policy on issues such as encryption, cryptocurrency, ransomware, GDPR/Schrems II, breach notification, supply-chain security, and foreign election interference. He testified before Congress, represented the DOJ on the National Security Council, advised Cyber Command, approved sanctions, and helped coordinate a whole-of-government response to cyber incidents, including the SolarWinds breach. Dwyer also oversaw the division’s appellate unit, which advised on sensitive investigations and litigated before the Supreme Court, the circuit courts, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. Dwyer teaches cybercrime at George Mason Law School. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit and the Southern District of New York. Dwyer earned a JD from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College.


8. Mark A. Klapow
Partner, Crowell & Moring

Mark A. Klapow is a Partner in the Crowell & Moring’s Litigation Group and its prior Co-Chair. Crowell & Moring is an international law firm with operations in the US, Europe, MENA, and Asia. Drawing on significant government, business, industry, and legal experience, the firm helps clients capitalize on opportunities and provides creative solutions to complex litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and corporate and transactional issues. The firm is consistently recognized for its commitment to pro bono service as well as its programs and initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Klapow has represented Fortune 500 companies, including Alcoa, AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Intel, Lenovo, Molson Coors, and Western Union, in federal and state courts across the country.

Klapow is a recognized leader in trade secrets cases. He serves on the Trade Secrets Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference and as Co-Chair of the ABA-IPL Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee. He previously served as Chair of the AIPLA Trade Secret Law Committee. Klapow is also an Editor of the firm's Trade Secrets Trends blog. He is the creator of the firm's annual Litigation Forecast, a guide for in-house counsel managing litigation in the coming year. Klapow also serves as outside general counsel for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation as well as on the board of Adat Shalom and the AJC DC region. Klapow graduated from Syracuse University College of Law with a JD in law and economics and from Washington University in St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in history and political science.


9. Adam Cohen
General Counsel, SoFi

Adam Cohen began his professional career 14 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of SoFi, a values-driven company on a mission to help its members get their money right. They create modern financial products and services that help people borrow, save, spend, invest, and protect their money better so that they can achieve financial independence and realize their ambitions—from owning a home to saving for retirement, paying off their student loans, and more.

Cohen first got his start in 2009 as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. From there, he went on to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, before eventually rising as a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, his most recent position before joining SoFi. Cohen graduated from Columbia Law School and Duke University.


10. Beverly Allen
General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, Inovalon

Beverly Allen currently serves as Inovalon’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, and Corporate Secretary. Inovalon is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions empowering data-driven healthcare. The Inovalon ONE® Platform brings together national-scale connectivity, real-time primary source data access, and advanced analytics into a sophisticated cloud-based platform empowering enhanced outcomes and economics across the healthcare ecosystem. Allen is responsible for the planning, management, execution, and oversight of all legal, corporate governance, compliance, and privacy matters for Inovalon and its subsidiaries. She also oversees Inovalon’s corporate compliance program.

Before joining Inovalon in 2016, Allen was Chief Integrity Officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, a nationally recognized health care provider. Her previous experience also includes various leadership positions with Booz Allen Hamilton, SRA International, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Department of Education’s District of Columbia Enforcement Office. Allen received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.


11. Steven Pelak
Partner, Holland & Hart

Steven Pelak is a Partner of Holland & Hart. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at the law firm and are essential to their success. They strive to embed these fundamental principles throughout their firm and continue to build a workplace that embraces and supports everyone.

Pelak began his career in 1989. Before joining Holland & Hart, he was a Principal Deputy Chief, Counterespionage Section, National Security Division at the US Department of Justice, and before that, an assistant US Attorney at the US Attorneys Office District of Columbia. Pelak graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from Kalamazoo College with an undergraduate degree in economics.


12. Michael Flanagan
General Counsel, Consilio Global

Michael Flanagan is General Counsel for Consilio Global, the global leader in eDiscovery, document review, flexible legal talent, and legal technology consulting services. Through its Consilio Complete suite of capabilities, the company supports multinational law firms and corporations using innovative software, cost-effective managed services, and deep legal and regulatory industry expertise. Flanagan has extensive experience in litigation, HSR second requests, internal and regulatory investigations, eDiscovery, document review, information governance, compliance risk assessments, cybersecurity, law department management, contracts management, legal analytics, paper discovery, and digital printing, as well as legal recruiting and placement.

Before joining the company, Flanagan spent more than 20 years with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, spending his last 11 years as a Partner. In that role, he counseled public and private companies on a broad range of legal matters, including the resolution of commercial disputes, the negotiation of corporate transactions, and various compliance issues. Flanagan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD in law and from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree.


13. Jeffrey W. Ferguson
Managing Director and General Counsel, The Carlyle Group

Jeffrey W. Ferguson is a Managing Director and General Counsel for The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit, and Global Investment Solutions. With $385 billion of assets under management as of 2023, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies, and the communities in which they live and invest. The firm employs more than 2,200 people in 29 offices across five continents.

Ferguson joined Carlyle in 1999. In his capacity as the global General Counsel, he serves as the head of the firm’s legal and compliance functions. He is also a member of its Executive Committee and Operating Committee. Before joining Carlyle, Ferguson worked as an Attorney with Latham & Watkins and Vinson & Elkins. Ferguson received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. He also received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ferguson is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia.


14. Joseph Santucci
Partner, Stinson

Joseph Santucci is the Partner of Stinson, a law firm collaborating with clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises, to national companies and international public corporations. Santucci advises clients on collective bargaining, labor and employment counseling and litigation, contract administration, and arbitration. He has successfully negotiated national, industry, and local collective bargaining agreements in a variety of industries and with most labor unions. Santucci has advised clients in a wide variety of industries including energy, technology, defense, transportation, food service, shipping, manufacturing, professional sports, and government contracting.

For the past 30 years, Santucci represented numerous management clients at a large, international law firm and most recently, at a labor and employment boutique. He also served as a consultant to one of the world's leading professional services firms. Early in his career, Santucci served as Associate General Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC. He also gained extensive knowledge of the NLRB and the NLRA as an Advisor to the National Labor Relations Board. Santucci has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught labor law. He graduated from the Catholic University of America with a JD in law and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in history.


15. Anne Scott
Deputy General Counsel, Covington & Burling

Anne Scott is the Deputy General Counsel for Covington & Burling. With offices in Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, Covington & Burling practices as one firm, holding closely to core values that start with a deep commitment to their clients and the quality of their work on their behalf.

Scott manages a team of attorneys and staff in the US and UK who clear each lawyer’s work of any conflicts of interest or anti-money-laundering concerns accurately, and expeditiously. They work across the firm’s offices worldwide, assisting its lawyers with AML client due diligence, conflict waivers and engagement letters, and shepherding prospective lateral attorneys through the conflict vetting process. Scott graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in women’s studies and political science.


16. Quillan Byam
General Counsel, HHAeXchange

Quillan Byam is the General Counsel of HHAeXchange, the premiere homecare management software for the Medicaid LTSS population. At HHAeXchange, they believe that healthcare should be simple, effective, and transparent. Since 2008, the company has been at the forefront of delivering better home care by helping payers and providers achieve operational efficiency, increase compliance, and improve patient outcomes. Their acquisition of Annkissam, a leading provider of enterprise software for self-direction services, allows them to deliver the most complete, end-to-end homecare management solution in the market.

Byam first joined the company in 2023. Previously, he was a Deputy General Counsel at Blackboard and before that, a Senior Legal Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Earlier in his career, he worked with WilmerHale as an Associate. Byam earned a JD from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Virginia.


17. Ricardo N. Jackman
Partner, Morris Manning & Martin

Ricardo N. Jackman is a Partner and Chair of Morris Manning & Martin (MMM)’s Sports and Entertainment Law practice. MMM is an Am Law 200 law firm with national and international reach. Jackman served as counsel in business-related matters for clients in the sports and entertainment sector. He has negotiated contracts and business deals totaling hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of 20 years. Jackman has closed production deals in the music, television, and film industries including in acting, modeling, sponsorship, appearance, and live performance agreements, recording contracts, credits for executive producers and producers, marketing endorsement deals, literary and podcasting deals, licensing and sales agreements for professional franchises, and more.

Additionally, Jackman has extensive experience representing and advising student-athletes and educational institutions regarding the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) issue. He has successfully negotiated numerous marketing, branding, endorsements, personal appearances, and influencer deals for student-athletes in the NIL space, and he also works with businesses and brands to negotiate their NIL deals with student-athletes. Jackman is also a certified NFLPA Contract Advisor and conducts contract negotiations for players involved in professional football leagues ranging from the National Football League to the Canadian Football League, United States Football League, Indoor Football League, and XFL. Jackman graduated from the New England School of Law in Boston with a JD in law and from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree.


18. John Hill
General Counsel, Insitu

John Hill began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of Insitu, an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision-making. The company designs, develops, and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software, and services solutions for our commercial, government, and defense customers worldwide. Founded in 1994, Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

Hill first got his start in 2008 as an Associate at Vinson & Elkins. From there, he went on to the US Attorneys'​ Offices where he eventually rose to Chief and Superior Court Division, his most recent position before joining Insitu. Hill graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in political science and Russian.


19. Roy Englert, Jr.
Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Roy Englert is the Partner of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Kramer Levin is headquartered in New York with offices in Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, and Paris and fosters a strong culture of involvement in public and community service. For four decades, Englert has been arguing high-stakes cases that address cutting-edge legal issues. His 21 arguments before the Supreme Court of the US — covering such disparate issues of law as antitrust, bankruptcy, the False Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act, civil RICO, employment discrimination, administrative law, Article III standing, separation of powers, and the death penalty — have resulted in an exceptional record of 18 wins, two losses (one by an equally divided Court) and one split decision.

Englert has argued numerous multimillion-dollar and multibillion-dollar appeals, including two appeals resulting in reinstatement of more than $4.5 billion worth of avoidance claims brought by the Madoff trustee; cases resulting in recoveries totaling billions of dollars for clients; and cases relieving clients of liability valued in the hundreds of millions. Englert earned a JD in law from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Princeton University.


20. Michael Burke
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory

Michael Burke is a Partner in the Corporate & Finance practice, Co-chair of the Life Sciences industry team, and the Administrative Partner of Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG). As an Am Law 200 law firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC, their client-service model is rooted in taking a ‘business sensibility’ approach to fully understand how their clients’ specific legal matters fit into their overall business objectives. AGG’s transactional, litigation, and regulatory counselors serve clients in healthcare, real estate, litigation and other dispute resolution, business transactions, fintech, life sciences, technology, intellectual property, global commerce, economic development, public finance, and government investigations.

Burke leads the firm’s Ireland & Northern Ireland practice where he advises Irish companies on the growth and expansion into the US. He is a guest author and contributor to Ireland INC, which connects US private sector networks and government agencies with Irish counterparts to maximize the commercial potential of Irish business across the US. He also authors the Irish Export Insights blog, a resource for Irish and Northern Irish businesses expanding to the US. market. Burke is on the Board of the Ireland America Science Forum, a project supported by the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme. Burke graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD in law and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in foreign service.


21. Owen Denby
General Counsel, SecurityScorecard

Owen Denby is the General Counsel of SecurityScorecard and leads the company’s legal function. Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than twelve million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard’s patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight.

Denby’s team supports SecurityScorecard’s business units, operations, and strategic initiatives on a global basis. Before SecurityScorecard, he worked for Rally Health, a high-growth healthcare technology company. Before Rally Health, Denby advised a variety of emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies on corporate law matters for leading international law firms in New York, London, and Washington, DC. Denby graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Trinity College-Hartford with an undergraduate degree.


22. John Ketcham
Partner, Chapman and Cutler

John Ketcham serves as a Partner in Chapman and Cutler's Asset Securitization Department. Chapman and Cutler, a finance-focused law firm, is composed of professionals with top-tier technical skills and industry insight, deeply committed to their clients, colleagues, and co-workers. In his practice, Ketcham specializes in structured financial products, derivative securities, corporate advisory work, and securitization projects related to credit card and automobile receivables. His extensive work with structured products includes representing major banks and financial institutions in developing, negotiating, and documenting various financial products, such as structured notes and municipal capital market securities like tender option bonds.

Ketcham has also represented major multinational corporations and financial institutions in internal reorganizations and corporate advisory matters. Before joining Chapman and Cutler, he was Counsel at Ashurst and an Attorney at JONES DAY®. Earlier in his career, he worked with KPMG as a Tax Associate and international executive services. Ketcham holds a JD from The Catholic University of America and an undergraduate degree in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia.


23. Bryan Sims
General Counsel, HUMAN

Bryan Sims is the General Counsel of HUMAN, bringing over 20 years of experience as a seasoned business and legal software executive. His expertise encompasses diverse legal and business roles, including significant international experience within publicly traded technology companies.

Before his role at HUMAN, Sims served as a technology attorney at Squire Patton Boggs, and before that, he held the positions of SVP, General Counsel, and Secretary at SolarWinds. In the earlier stages of his career, he worked as an Associate at Arter and Hadden. Sims holds a JD in law from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in English and business administration from Howard University.


24. Jeremy Moorehouse
General Counsel, Figure Markets, Figure

Jeremy Moorehouse is the General Counsel at Figure Markets of Figure. The company, founded in 2018 by serial technology entrepreneur Mike Cagney—also the founder of SoFi—has grown into a multi-billion dollar business. Figure is revolutionizing the trillion-dollar financial services industry through blockchain technology. In just four years, the company has introduced several fintech innovations using the Provenance Blockchain for loan origination, equity management, private fund services, banking, and payments sectors. Today, Figure holds the distinction of being one of fewer than a thousand companies globally considered a unicorn.

Moorehouse embarked on his professional journey 13 years ago, starting as an Associate at WilmerHale in 2010. He then transitioned to Kraken Digital Asset Exchange before rising to the position of General Counsel at Slingshot Finance, his most recent role before joining Figure. Moorehouse earned his JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his undergraduate degree in economics and legal studies from Northwestern University.


25. Jennifer Gary
Managing Partner, Trustpoint.One

Jennifer Gary is the Managing Partner of Trustpoint.One, a leading provider of language translation services. She first joined the company in 2014. Trustpoint.One is thrilled to announce the unveiling of its newly redeveloped translation platform, revolutionizing the way businesses and individuals connect with professional translators worldwide. With an enhanced user experience, a vast network of over 40,000 skilled translators, and support for over 100 language combinations, is poised to deliver human translation services with unmatched ease, speed, and accuracy.

Previously, Gary was an Of Counsel at Blank Rome. Earlier in her career, she worked with the US Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney and Attorney General's honors program appointee. Gary earned a JD from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in liberal studies in women and the law from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


26. Patricia Donkor
Corporate Counsel, Steampunk

Patricia Donkor is the Corporate Counsel of Steampunk, a change agent in the federal contracting industry, bringing new thinking to clients in the Homeland, Federal Civilian, Health, and DoD sectors. Through their Human-Centered delivery methodology, they are fundamentally changing the expectations our federal clients have for true shared accountability in solving their toughest mission challenges. As an employee-owned company, they focus on investing in their employees to enable them to do the greatest work of their careers and rewarding them for outstanding contributions to their growth.

Donkor began her career in 2007. Before joining Steampunk, she was an Attorney at Law at Littler, and before that, a Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Officer at the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Motley. Donkor graduated from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD in law, and from Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in psychology and marketing.


27. Sheila Millar
Partner, Keller and Heckman

Sheila Millar, a Partner at the international law firm Keller and Heckman, leads the firm’s consumer protection regulatory practices and brings deep experience to a range of public policy and regulatory matters. Her expertise encompasses advertising and promotions, sustainability and environmental claims, connected products, privacy, cybersecurity, and product safety.

Millar counsels US and international businesses on compliance questions and processes, represents them in regulatory enforcement matters, and advocates on their behalf before federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies.


28. Shane Morgan
General Counsel, CBG Building Company

Shane Morgan is the General Counsel of CBG Building Company where he first joined the company in 2022. Since 1993, CBG has been one of the most experienced, and respected, multifamily builders in the country. Their professional construction team builds 5,000 homes each year across a diverse portfolio of geographic areas and product types, including P3, luxury, mixed-use, and campus housing, as well as affordable, military, and senior living communities. They draw on the knowledge gained through building more than 105,000 housing units to provide unsurpassed experience, safety, and service to their clients.

Previously, Morgan was a VP at Clark Construction Group and before that, a Corporate Associate at WilmerHale. Earlier in his career, he worked with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a Corporate Associate. Morgan earned a JD in law from The University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in letters and classics from the University of Oklahoma.


29. Karen Goldberg
Deputy General Counsel, Bates White Economic Consulting

Karen Goldberg is Deputy General Counsel at Bates White Economic Consulting. The company specializes in providing advanced economic, financial, and econometric analysis to law firms, companies, and government agencies. They help clients tackle tough issues with confidence and pride themselves on delivering top-notch consulting and expert testimony. In this role, Goldberg advises on a range of legal matters, including contract negotiation, risk and compliance, and matters involving Bates White experts.

Previously, Goldberg was an associate in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, where her practice focused on securities and complex business litigation. She has represented both US and international clients in a variety of industries, including the accounting, financial services, and consumer products industries. Goldberg graduated from Columbia University School of Law with a JD and from Bates College with an undergraduate degree in political science.


30. Lisa Hemmendinger
Partner, Banner Witcoff

Lisa Hemmendinger is the Partner of Banner Witcoff. For more than 100 years, Banner Witcoff has provided sound protection and inventive IP solutions for some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Their team of seasoned litigators fiercely protects, enforces, and defends its clientele’s IP and interests, all over the world. Hemmendinger focuses her practice on the prosecution and management of worldwide patent portfolios in the life sciences industry. She provides counseling, including patentability and freedom to operate opinions and validity studies, and assists clients with IP due diligence investigations in connection with licensing, acquisition, and investment. She has a knack for developing relationships with pharmaceutical clients ranging from industry giants to small ventures. Her involvement with commercial products includes small molecule pharmaceuticals, antibodies and cell-based immunotherapies, vaccines, and nucleic acid therapies.

Hemmendinger earned her PhD from the University of Chicago, where she focused her research on developmental neuroscience and earned her BA in molecular biology from Smith College. Before graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, Hemmendinger gained valuable experience as an Assistant Research Professor in the Neurology and Cell Biology departments at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and as a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the Eunice Shriver Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she held concurrent research positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


31. Neil Sitron
General Counsel, Scout Motors

Neil Sitron is the General Counsel of Scout Motors. The Scout, originally produced by International Harvester from 1960 to 1980, was the world’s first utility vehicle capable of both off-road adventure and family duty. It was the 8-day-a-week truck. Scout is now an American icon whose heritage is kept alive by a dedicated community of doers who continue to push their vehicles on the farm, in the wilderness, and on family outings. Scout Motors was formed to craft all-electric trucks and rugged SUVs, rooted in the same tradition that made the original Scout an American icon.

He first joined Scout Motors in 2023. The company, headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, is revitalizing a legend and returning manufacturing to American shores. Previously, Sitron was a General Counsel at Rivian and before that, a counsel at Crowell & Moring. Earlier in his career, he worked with Intel as a financial analyst. Sitron earned a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan.


32. Joseph Dimonte
Founder and Managing Partner, Planet Depos

Joseph Dimonte is the Founder and Managing Partner of Planet Depos, a global court reporting company, providing best-in-class court reporting, interpretation, and trial services throughout the US and abroad. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices around the globe. As a forward-thinking company, they are conversant with the latest technologies and work closely with clients to implement case-winning tools including streaming text and video, realtime to iPads, mobile videoconferencing, and digital deposition exhibits.

At Planet Depos they are passionate about what they do, they challenge the status quo and exceed the boundaries of their clients’ expectations. They work only with the most elite professionals and handle all the heavy lifting for their clients without disappointment or unpleasant surprises. Dimonte began his career in 2009. He graduated from UMass Boston, and George Mason University with an undergraduate degree in business management and entrepreneurship.


33. William H. White Jr.
Senior Partner, Kiernan Trebach

William H. White Jr. is a Senior Partner at Kiernan Trebach, a mid-sized law firm with offices throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US – from Maine to Florida. The company represents the evolution of a firm founded in the 1980s that was structured to ensure its vitality and success long after the careers of its founding members. White has over 25 years of experience managing and handling complex insurance coverage actions, appeals in state and federal courts, and multi-party/class action cases in numerous jurisdictions.

White is experienced in insurance, contract, and other commercial matters, as well as in personal injury, professional errors and omissions, and professional malpractice disputes. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing insurers in coverage disputes. He has defended claims ranging from attorney malpractice and professional errors and omissions to construction defects and general negligence. White graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a JD and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree.


34. Fabio Núñez del Prado
Partner, Rebaza Alcázar & De Las Casas

Fabio Núñez del Prado is the Partner of Rebaza Alcázar & De Las Casas. During the last decade, Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas has consolidated itself among the most prestigious studios in Peru, maintaining a position of high recognition both in the Peruvian and international markets. Núñez del Prado specializes in commercial and investment arbitration, civil law, and international commercial law. He is a civil and common law lawyer, having been admitted as a lawyer in Peru, the New York Bar, and the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. Núñez del Prado interned at the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris) and WilmerHale (London) and was an Associate at the International Arbitration Group of Uría Menéndez (Madrid), as well as the International Arbitration Practice of Clifford Chance (Washington DC). Núñez del Prado has participated in more than 50 arbitrations administered by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR), the International Arbitration Center of Madrid (CIAM) and the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).

Additionally, Núñez del Prado has participated in ad hoc arbitrations, ex aequo et bono arbitrations, emergency arbitration procedures, precautionary measures, dispute boards, annulment procedures, international mediations, and treaty planning. Núñez del Prado is Co-Chair and North American representative of the Spanish Arbitration Club under 40 (CEA-40) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). Núñez del Prado graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru with honors. He obtained an LLM at Yale Law School and was Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. In addition, he attended the Hague Academy of International Law and Arbitration Academy in Paris.


35. Ted Stern
Partner, Outside GC

Ted Stern, a Partner with Outside GC (OGC), joined the firm in 2012 and brings 28 years of overall legal and business experience to his clients. Stern works with public and venture-backed private companies of all sizes and in all industries, with a particular focus on commercial contracts in the areas of digital media (content licensing, podcasting, etc.), technology (SaaS, software, etc.), advertising technology, e-commerce, and the provision of professional consulting and development services.

Before OGC, after starting his career in private practice as a licensing and business lawyer, Stern spent many years in various in-house legal roles. He was General Counsel and worked in business development for two startups in Virginia. Before that, he served in senior legal positions at the online division of the Washington Post, Amazon, and AOL. Stern graduated from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and received his undergraduate degree in American history from Columbia College where he graduated in the top 10% of the class.


36. Theresa Bowman
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Theresa Bowman began her professional career 11 years ago. Today, she is the Partner of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK). Since 1908, MSK has displayed an ability to understand the complex, demystify the mysterious, and define the unknown. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC, it is often distinguished as a ‘go-to’ firm by industry and legal insiders. They specialize in a variety of practice areas including Entertainment and IP Litigation, Labor and Employment, Motion Picture, Music, Television Transactions, Immigration, Corporate Securities, Regulatory, Tax, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, and International Trade.

Bowman first got her start in 2012 as an Associate at the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, her most recent position before joining Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. Bowman graduated from George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in journalism and history.


37. Gabrielle Roth
Partner, Sughrue Mion

Gabrielle Roth is a Partner at Sughrue Mion and is a member of the firm's trademark practice.‎ Sughrue is a law firm focusing solely on IP law as a way to ensure that they provide the highest possible expertise to their clients. Based on decades of experience, Roth has become an expert in strategically managing her clients' global trademark portfolios, routinely handling enforcement matters around the world, and successfully resolving disputes, ensuring that business sensitivities and goals are considered when devising both short and long-term trademark strategies and solutions.

Roth is recognized for partnering with the companies she represents, including companies with world-renowned brands in the food and beverages, pharmaceutical, life sciences, energy, and insurance fields, as well as individuals and small start-ups that have grown into large companies. In addition, Roth’s clients are located both in the US and in numerous countries around the world. In addition to her legal work, Roth spent four years serving on INTA's Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee while spending two of those years chairing the committee's task force on Trends and Data Analysis. Roth became more actively involved with AIPLA in 2015 and has since served AIPLA in many capacities, including as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Trademark Relations with the USPTO Committee and as a member of the Public Appointments Committee. Roth graduated from George Washington University with a JD and from the University of Rochester with an undergraduate degree.


38. Allen Jun
General Counsel, Lightwave Dental

Allen Jun is the General Counsel of Lightwave Dental, a dental leadership organization providing world-class business services so dentists and their teams can realize personal, professional, and financial goals. Based in Woodbridge, VA with an alliance of dental practice partners across the Mid-Atlantic, the company provides non-clinical practice management services to help dentists and their teams remove the burdens of insurance negotiations, patient billing, practice marketing, human resources, recruiting, and more.

Jun began his career in 2008. Before joining Light Wave Dental, Jun was a VP and Senior Counsel at Marriott International and before that, a Senior Associate at WilmerHale. Earlier in his career, Jin worked with Ropes & Gray as an Associate. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree.


39. Heather Deane
Managing Partner, Kiernan Trebach

Heather Deane is Kiernan Trebach’s Managing Partner. Kiernan Trebach is a mid-sized civil defense litigation law firm with offices throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. They pride themselves on evaluating cases for early resolution to provide certainty and cost containment for their clients. Deane has over 25 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts. She has successfully represented businesses and individuals in class action matters and in disputes involving construction/design defects, construction-related accidents, environmental claims, product liability, toxic torts, premises liability, commercial trucking and transportation, automobile claims, intentional torts, and general negligence matters.

Before joining Kiernan Trebach, Deane worked for the Commonwealth Attorneys’ Office of Fairfax County, Virginia prosecuting criminal cases. This experience gave her a solid background in trial advocacy, allowing her to try hundreds of bench trials and more than fifty jury trials. Deane graduated from The American University Washington College of Law with a JD and from Pennsylvania State University with an undergraduate degree.


40. Ryan Green
Partner, Tully Rinckey

Ryan Green is the Partner of Tully Rinckey, a national, full-service law firm that bases its commitment to client service on developing an intimate knowledge of each client’s needs and objectives. Before joining Tully Rinckey, Green represented a federal agency regarding employment disputes before the EEOC and the MSPB. As an agency representative, Green litigated matters concerning disparate, discriminatory treatment. He also advised senior agency management on performance and conduct-based actions, retirement benefit coverage, and leave issues under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Green obtained his JD at the George Washington University Law School and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While pursuing his law degree, he was offered membership on George Washington’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and participated in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration competitions. Green also served as a Judicial Intern at the DC Superior Court, where he researched and drafted bench memoranda on civil motions related to employment disputes. As an undergraduate, Green earned dual BA degrees in political science and economics.


41. Donn Meindertsma
Partner, Conner & Winters

Donn Meindertsma is a Partner at Conner & Winters. The law firm has diligently pursued a primary objective for more than 90 years; to provide their clients with the best legal services. With over 85 attorneys in offices throughout the central US and Washington, DC, they are one of the leading, full-service business and litigation law firms in the region. While with his former firm, he teamed with Conner & Winters in a trial in Tulsa and quickly bonded with the firm, which he joined in 2005.

For more than 30 years he has represented employers and executives both in litigation and as a counselor on an array of employment law subjects. His work with clients is national in scope. He has appeared in trial and appellate courts in places as diverse as Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas, as well as in less frequented locales. Meindertsma graduated from the University of Michigan with a JD and from Calvin College with an undergraduate degree.


42. Goutam Patnaik
Partner, Desmarais

Goutam Patnaik is a Partner of Desmarais, a law firm focusing on the litigation of complex, often technology-driven disputes. Their lawyers have successfully tried some of the most important IP disputes in recent times for some of the largest companies in the world. They have also argued the appeal of numerous cases that have shaped the substantive direction and development of IP law.

Patnaik has particularly deep experience with Section 337 investigations before the ITC and litigation in key patent venues such as the US District Courts for the Western District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the US Court of Federal Claims. He has litigated matters involving a variety of industries and technologies, including intraoral digital scanner technology, digital audio processing, integrated circuit design, sucralose manufacturing, online medical monitoring systems, interactive online lottery products, and wireless technology. Patnaik graduated from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree.


43. Elizabeth Conti
Corporate Counsel, Aimmune Therapeutics

Elizabeth Conti is the Corporate Counsel of Aimmune Therapeutics, a Nestlé Health Science Company. Aimmune Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies. With a mission to improve the lives of people with food allergies, the company is developing and commercializing oral treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies. The company’s Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT™) approach is intended to provide meaningful levels of protection against allergic reactions resulting from accidental exposure to food allergens by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune has one FDA-approved medicine for peanut allergy and other investigational therapies in development to treat other food allergies.

Conti first joined Aimmune in 2022. Previously, she was an Associate at Mintz and before that, a health law attorney at Quarles & Brady. Earlier in her career, she worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency as a law clerk. Conti earned a JD in law from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.


44. Hannah Eaves
Managing Partner, Elias Law Group

Hannah Eaves is the Managing Partner of Elias Law Group. Founded by Marc Elias in 2021, Elias Law Group is the nation’s largest law firm focused on representing the Democratic Party, Democratic campaigns, non-profit organizations, and individuals committed to securing a progressive future. As voting rights and democratic institutions have come under attack, it has become the nation’s go-to law firm to fight back against voter suppression and election subversion. By protecting voting rights in state and federal court, their attorneys have helped millions of Americans register to vote, cast their ballot, and have that ballot counted.

Before her career at ELG, Eaves spent over a decade on active duty as a lawyer (a JAG) in the US Navy. Throughout her time on active duty, Eaves represented clients as a criminal defense and legal aid attorney, served as a prosecutor, advised on employment law matters, and supervised a compliance and ethics portfolio. In 2017, Eaves assumed the role of International and Operational Law Chief for the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Oahu. She spent her final year of military service managing the JAGs’ diversity and inclusion policy. Eaves received her JD from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she was a lacrosse player on two NCAA Division I championship teams.


45. Earl G. Matthews
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer, Albers Aerospace

Earl G. Matthews is the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer for Albers Aerospace. The company is headquartered in the Dallas area and is comprised of three business units– Manufacturing; Engineering, Aviation, & MRO; and Innovative Technologies. From 2020 to 2022, Matthews served as President of Veeam Government Solutions. Before that, Matthews held senior positions within the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community during the administration of President Donald J. Trump. At the White House, Matthews served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for the coordination and implementation of all defense policy matters which rose to the level of the President.

Previous to his White House service, Matthews was the Acting General Counsel and later, Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Army, where he directly advised the Secretary of the Army. Matthews has also previously served as a Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Special Counsel to the Director of National Intelligence, as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and as both an Attorney and an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency. A veteran of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Matthews continues to serve today as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. He holds a BA from Villanova University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and master’s degrees from the National Intelligence University, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the US Army War College.


46. Chris Hornig
Managing Partner, Klein Hornig

Chris Hornig is the Managing Partner of Klein Hornig, a law firm dedicated to developing and preserving affordable housing and revitalizing communities with legal solutions that are smart, efficient, and durable. They serve clients ranging from local CDCs and housing authorities to national developers and syndicators. Hornig represents for-profit, non-profit, and public sector clients in connection with a broad range of assisted housing and real estate transactions. In recent years, Hornig has placed particular focus on CNI/RAD/HOPE VI/mixed-finance transactions in which he represents both private developers and public housing authorities in complex large-scale revitalization projects involving the demolition of distressed public housing and its replacement with mixed-income, mixed-use developments utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, private debt, and public and private grant funds.

Hornig previously served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In that capacity, he designed and implemented the HOPE VI/mixed-finance program, including overseeing and substantially drafting the Grant Agreement, the Notice of Funding Availability, the Part 941 Mixed-Finance Regulations, and HUD's administrative oversight mechanisms. He also played a principal role in HUD's overall effort to rationalize public housing practices and represented the Federal Government in completing a historic negotiated reconfiguration of Native American housing programs. Hornig graduated from Stanford University Law School with a JD and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree.


47. Edward Waters
Managing Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Edward Waters has been the Managing Partner of the Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell since 2003, and a member of the Health Care and Federal Grants practices since 1992. His practice is focused on helping organizations to solve problems, often in crisis situations. A national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres, Waters advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance, and the never-ending list of grant administration matters.

Waters’ expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a ‘Washington, DC Super Lawyer’ in healthcare for much of the past 10 years. Waters graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from Washington University with an undergraduate degree.


48. Karen Maher
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Getlabs

Karen Maher is the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Getlabs, a company providing the nationwide infrastructure for delivering healthcare anywhere. Patients can book a certified phlebotomist to draw their lab tests at their home or office. Healthcare organizations can dispatch its medical professionals to their patients to collect the diagnostic tests they need. By creating the infrastructure for providers to make informed medical decisions remotely, Getlabs bridges the gap between virtual and in-person care and unlocks the full potential of telehealth. Maher has almost 30 years of experience as a senior in-house counsel for a wide range of healthcare and technology companies.

Before joining Getlabs, Maher served as General Counsel, CCO, CPO, and Corporate Secretary at Pivot Health Solutions, a provider of health and wellness services. She previously served as AVP, Associate General Counsel at Inovalon, a provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare, and Associate General Counsel at LifeBridge Health, a comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the mid-Atlantic region. Maher graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with a JD and from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in political science.


49. Jennifer Hackett
Managing Partner, Zelle

Jennifer Hackett is Managing Partner of Zelle, an international litigation and dispute resolution law firm with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, London, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The firm excels at handling insurance, antitrust, and other complex litigation on both a national and global scale. Hackett is an experienced litigator involved in all aspects of complex antitrust, commercial, and financial services litigation, and has been instrumental in trials, international arbitrations, settlement negotiations, and federal appeals. Hackett has also provided antitrust compliance counseling in a variety of scenarios and has advised clients on all aspects of premerger notification, including Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and gun-jumping issues.

Hackett’s practice focuses on representing corporate clients as ‘opt-out’ plaintiffs in complex antitrust matters and monopolization cases in a wide variety of industries and markets. She has represented clients in the financial services sector, pharmaceutical and life sciences arena, and a variety of commercial industries. In addition to her antitrust work, Hackett has represented clients in many different complex commercial litigation cases. Hackett graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Lewis & Clark College with an undergraduate degree.


50. Evan Farber
General Counsel, The Cranemere Group

Evan Farber joined The Cranemere Group in 2018 and serves as their General Counsel. The Cranemere difference is in their perspective and time frame. They are a long-term partner with permanent capital, business-building expertise, and a global network. They look for companies that share their focus on creating environmental and social value as part of business success. Their active and lasting partnership enables innovative founders, management teams, and family-owned businesses to capture their full potential to build exceptional companies.

Farber has more than 20 years of transactions, compliance, governance, and legal experience, consisting of over ten years as the CLO of The Advisory Board Company, which was a publicly traded company focused on the healthcare and education industries until its successful sale. At The Advisory Board Company, Farber also managed its legal, privacy, information security, business affairs, real estate, and IT functions. Before that, Farber was a partner at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Farber is a graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY) and The George Washington University Law School.