Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Los Angeles for 2023. The City of Angels isn't just a haven for the arts and entertainment industry – it's also a prime destination for legal professionals. Renowned worldwide for its stunning beaches, Hollywood celebrities, and delightful climate, LA's hidden gem is its formidable economy. In fact, its 2021 real GDP exceeded $950 billion, placing it among the top 20 global economies if it were a sovereign nation.
Benefitting from its remarkably diversified economy, Los Angeles has experienced substantial growth in the legal sector. High-growth industries like technology and media have generated substantial demand for legal expertise. Additionally, the city's close ties to the booming entertainment industry offer abundant opportunities for specializing in entertainment law, one of the most lucrative legal fields. Proximity to state and federal courts, a rich cultural tapestry, and a dynamic environment collectively nurture robust professional networks and personal development within LA’s thriving legal community.
This year's honorees include Michael Woronoff, a transactional Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Los Angeles office, who has provided strategic counsel to top private equity firms for more than three decades across various industries. Another recipient, Brenda Radmacher, serves as a Construction and Litigation Partner at Akerman LLP, boasting a distinguished career as an industry veteran and influential thought leader. Notably, Radmacher played a pivotal role in the largest construction settlement in U.S. history.
In addition, Phil Recht, a Partner at Mayer Brown, is recognized for his accomplishments. Beyond his private sector work, Recht brings extensive government experience to the table, having previously held roles such as Chief Counsel and Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Top 50 Attorneys of Los Angeles for 2023.
1. David Young
David Young is a Partner of Cooley. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Notably, Cooley has over 1,300 lawyers across 18 offices in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and a total workforce of nearly 3,000. Young, who first joined the company in 2012, is a co-founder of Cooley’s Santa Monica office. He represents emerging growth companies at all stages – as well as the venture capital firms, strategic investors, and investment banks that finance these companies.
Prior to joining Cooley as a co-founder of its Santa Monica office, Young was a partner at DLA Piper, serving as the chair of its Corporate and Finance Group for its Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix offices. Prior to that, after spending time working with emerging companies in San Diego, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, Young was the founder of the Los Angeles office of Venture Law Group. Young earned a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree in government from Pomona College.
David Young Insight
The amazing part of my practice is getting to work with so many amazing entrepreneurs. We strive to really understand their businesses and underlying opportunities, challenges, and metrics, and then have a front-row seat to help guide companies from an early stage through liquidity events (and beyond, if an IPO). We’re able to add value through leveraging our experience and expertise, but it is the clients that are doing great things, and we are riding their coat-tails.
2. Yoni Tuchman
Partner, DLA Piper
Yonathan Tuchman 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. Tuchman, who has 19 years of experience, represents sponsors and investors in forming, investing in, and operating private funds.
Tuchman’s practice focuses on representing sponsors of leading venture capital, real estate, private equity, and other fund products in their global fundraising activities, investments, operations, and exits. Before joining DLA Piper, Tuchman was a counsel at Latham & Watkins and, before that, an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with Dewey Ballantine LLP as an associate. Tuchman graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and from Yeshiva University with an undergraduate degree in history.
3. Jennifer Doyle
General Counsel, Beautycounter
Jennifer Doyle is the General Counsel and Head of Human Resources at Beautycounter, based in Santa Monica, California. Doyle joined Beautycounter in 2017 as its first General Counsel. Beautycounter is the leader in clean personal care products like skincare and makeup, with a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Beautycounter sets the bar in clean beauty through its high standards and scientific approach relating to ingredient safety assessment and transparency, packaging sustainability, responsible sourcing, and climate protection. Beautycounter sells through a variety of channels in both the U.S. and Canada, including through its consultants, its own retail stores, online, and through wholesale partners like Ulta.
Before joining Beautycounter, Doyle was the first General Counsel at Hatchbeauty, a consumer product development and marketing company that received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award. She also worked at Guthy-Renker, the industry leader in direct marketing, which sells products like JLo Beauty® and Meaningful Beauty®. Earlier in her career, Doyle was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins and a law clerk for the Central District of California. Doyle graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
4. Jeremy Rossen
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Ziff Davis
Jeremy Rossen is the Executive Vice President of Ziff Davis, a vertically focused digital media and internet company whose portfolio includes leading brands in technology, shopping, gaming and entertainment, connectivity, health, cybersecurity, and martech. Notably, Rossen oversees Ziff Davis’ legal team and is responsible for managing all of the company’s global legal issues, including merger and acquisition matters, intellectual property, litigation, compliance and regulatory affairs, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the company in May 2015, Rossen served as senior vice president at The Gores Group, a private equity firm; and general counsel at Helio LLC, a wireless telecommunications carrier; and Somera Communications, Inc., a telecommunications equipment company. Prior to joining Somera, Rossen served as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Rossen holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
5. Michael Woronoff
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Michael Woronoff is a transactional Partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. For over three decades, Woronoff has advised some of the leading private equity firms in their most complex transactions, spanning a wide variety of sectors. In addition, he is a trusted advisor to a number of senior PE fund managers, entrepreneurs, and family-owned businesses. At Kirkland & Ellis, they are united in their ambition and drive to move forward. They share core values that help them achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect, and gratitude. Woronoff graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from Purdue University Daniels School of Business with an undergraduate degree in industrial management.
It is worthy to note that Woronoff has been lead counsel in acquisitions and dispositions by, among others, Apollo Global, Ares Management, Freeman Spogli, The Gores Group, Great Hill, The Jordan Companies, Leonard Green, LightBay Capital, Oaktree, Parthenon, SilverLake, and Platinum Equity. His impressive transactions include the sales of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra Estates (two of the first large-scale transactions to monetize a celebrity’s name and likeness); the acquisitions of MGM Studios, Hannah-Barbera, GNC, and Neiman Marcus; and the innovative IPO of Ares Management (which became a publicly traded partnership); and the subsequent conversion of Ares to a C-corporation, the first time a publicly traded investment firm made the switch.
Michael Woronoff Insight
"I’ve been fortunate to work at great firms with outstanding colleagues and fantastic clients throughout my career. The talent at Kirkland today is the best I’ve ever seen and this makes me incredibly optimistic about our future in Los Angeles."
6. Andrea Lucan
Partner, Allen & Overy
At Allen & Overy, Andrea Lucan is a Partner in the global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Notably, Allen & Overy is a global law firm that helps the world's leading businesses grow, innovate, and thrive. For almost a century, they have built a reputation for their commitment to think ahead and bring original solutions to their clients' most complex legal and commercial challenges. Lucan focuses her practice on project development and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on representing companies engaged in the development, construction, and operation of solar power, wind power, energy storage, and alternative energy projects.
In addition, Lucan’s experience extends to all elements of alternative energy development and financing, including merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt financing, equipment purchase and sale agreements, and power purchase agreements. Initially, Lucan got her start in 2006 as an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. From there, she went on to Chadbourne & Parke LLP, before eventually rising to partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Allen & Overy. Lucan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate degree in classical languages.
7. Allison Gray
EVP, General Counsel, Paramount Pictures
Allison Gray is the EVP and General Counsel of Paramount Pictures, a leading global media, streaming, and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount's portfolio includes: CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, and Pluto TV. Notably, Gray first joined the company in 2012 as SVP and associate general counsel.
Previously, Gray was a global compliance group at Viacom, and before that, she was a VP, senior counsel, corporate, and securities at Viacom. Earlier in her career, she worked with TV Nova Czech as a manager of business and legal affairs. Gray earned a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
8. Hila Pooli
General Counsel, First Team Real Estate
Hila Pooli is the General Counsel at First Team Real Estate. Headquartered in Irvine, California, First Team Real Estate is the #1 independent real estate company in Southern California. It was ranked #11 brokerage in the nation in 2014 and has sold more homes than any other brokerage firm in Orange County, California. Founded in 1976 by Cameron Merage with five agents in one office, First Team Real Estate and its family of companies have over 27 offices throughout Southern California. Notably, Pooli holds a certified real estate broker’s license and has represented hundreds of clients in the full spectrum of professionals within the industry, including corporations, brokers, managers, agents, and trustees.
Graduating summa cum laude from UCLA with a BA in both Political Science and Public Affairs/Public Policy, Pooli then earned her JD at Southwestern Law School’s two-year honors law program, graduating in the top 15% of her class. Prior to working at multiple prestigious civil litigation firms, Pooli had the great honor of serving as the judicial extern for Judge Robert Hess at the Stanley Mosk Superior Court in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Pooli worked for Jamboree Housing Corporation, a large non-profit development corporation responsible for building higher-density and higher-quality housing in areas of employment and commercial centers.
Hila Pooli Insight
"As general counsel, what is most important is to anticipate the possible legal issues that your agents or clients may encounter so that you can arm them with the skills, tips, and strategies to protect themselves so that, in turn, they can also assist in protecting their own clients."
9. Paul Sweeney
Partner, K&L Gates
Paul Sweeney began his professional career 44 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of K&L Gates, a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group, as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. Sweeney graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and from The University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in business administration and finance.
Sweeney is a member of the Los Angeles office's business litigation group, where he focuses his practice on the defense of lawsuits and trials, both individual actions and class actions, alleging claims of unfair business practices (e.g., violations of California laws such as the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), and the False Advertising Law (FAL)), and violations of privacy laws (including such laws as the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA).
Paul Sweeney Insight
“I’ve been fortunate to work at great firms with outstanding colleagues and fantastic clients throughout my career. The talent at Kirkland today is the best I’ve ever seen and this makes me incredibly optimistic about our future in Los Angeles.”
10. Jessica Bina
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Jessica Bina is a Partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm with more than 3,000 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Their success is grounded in their devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon their deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork, and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering.
Bina, who first joined the firm in 2015, represents media, entertainment, and technology companies in complex, high-stakes, and reputationally sensitive disputes and investigations. She counsels clients from the earliest stages of investigation through trial and appeal in state and federal courts. She has tried complex cases to successful jury verdicts and regularly achieves client victories in arbitration and mediation. Previously, Bina was a counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Bina earned a JD from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of North Florida.
11. Colin Morris
General Counsel, Tebra
Colin Morris is General Counsel for Tebra, a leading cloud-based healthcare technology platform. As the head of the legal team at Tebra, Morris is responsible for developing and leading the legal and compliance functions. Morris helps guide the company through a wide variety of complex corporate and regulatory matters in the heavily regulated healthcare and financial technology industries.
Morris brings more than 20 years of experience to Tebra, including as a public company general counsel and as a corporate securities attorney at international law firms representing public and private technology companies. In 2021, Kareo and PatientPop merged to form Tebra and Morris was named the general counsel to oversee the company’s corporate legal and compliance functions. Morris joined PatientPop in 2020 as General Counsel. Morris holds a bachelor’s from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Colin Morris Insight
“I have some business wisdom from John C. Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard Group, that I like. No business can count everything and trust nothing, nor can any business count nothing and trust everything. It's all a question of balance, because statistics and numbers can be used to support almost any proposition. Things like wisdom, judgement, ethics, and character matter, and numbers don't provide all the answers and are subject to interpretation. Judgement should triumph over process.”
12. Naseem Sagati Aghili
General Counsel, Ares Management
Naseem Sagati Aghili is a Partner, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ares Management Corporation, a leading global alternative investment manager offering clients complementary primary and secondary investment solutions across the credit, private equity, real estate, and infrastructure asset classes. Furthermore, Naseem Sagati Aghili serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee, Enterprise Risk Committee, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. In her role as General Counsel, Naseem Sagati Aghili oversees Ares' Legal and Enterprise Risk Management functions. She also serves as Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation ("ARCC"), Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund Inc. ("ARDC"), CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund ("CADEX") and Ares Private Markets Fund.
Prior to being named the firm's General Counsel in 2020, Naseem Sagati Aghili served in a variety of roles at Ares, including most recently as co-general counsel, deputy general counsel, and general counsel of private equity. Prior to joining Ares in 2009, Naseem Sagati Aghili was with Proskauer Rose LLP, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and general corporate matters. Naseem Sagati Aghili holds a BA from the University of California - Berkeley in political economy of industrial societies and a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
13. Adam Fox
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Adam Fox is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. He first joined the company in 1998 as an associate. Squire Patton Boggs is a full-service global law firm providing insight at the point where law, business, and government meet, giving you a voice, supporting your ambitions, and achieving successful outcomes.
Previously, Fox was a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fox earned a JD from Cornell Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Adam Fox Insight
“I really do love the work I do and consider myself particularly fortunate to have worked with many great clients and a wonderful firm filled with talented lawyers who have challenged me to be better than I thought possible on complex and interesting matters that have allowed me to try cases to verdict all over the country. My career has also been fulfilling because of the many opportunities to give back through a variety of pro bono activities.”
14. David Simonds
Partner, Hogan Lovells
David Simonds is a Partner at Hogan Lovells. Their 2,600+ lawyers work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you're expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, they help you stay on top of your risks and opportunities. For more than 30 years, Simonds has been advising on financial restructuring matters across several industries. He has been involved in first-of-their-kind,complex restructurings both in the U.S. and internationally, including cross-border transactions and insolvencies.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Simonds was most recently with a prominent international law firm for 19 years – 15 of which were as a partner in the financial restructuring group. Simonds also previously served as Director of Operations for a leading apparel company. He is also a certified public accountant, registered in South Dakota (inactive). Simonds graduated from the New York University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Albany, SUNY, with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
15. Blase Dillingham
General Counsel, BPM
Blase Dillingham began his professional career 37 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel at BPM, one of the 35 largest public accounting and advisory firms in the United States. Recently recognized as one of IPA's 100 Fastest-Growing Firms, BPM works with clients in the agribusiness, consumer business, financial and professional services, life science, nonprofit, wine and craft beverage, real estate, and technology industries. As a certified B Corp, BPM's diverse perspectives, expansive industry knowledge, and progressive solutions come together to create exceptional experiences for individuals and businesses around the world.
Dillingham got his start in 1986 as a partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. From there, he went on to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff, LLP, before eventually rising to partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, his most recent position prior to joining BPM. Dillingham graduated from the University of Southern California with a JD and from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in English.
16. Jon Hawk
Partner, White & Case
Jon Hawk is a litigation Partner based in White & Case LLP’s Los Angeles office. White & Case is 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. They guide clients through difficult issues, bringing their insight and judgment to each situation.
Hawk has an international practice focused on technology, internet, and social media law. He represents clients throughout the world in complex civil litigation involving multinational and multidisciplinary legal issues. His representations frequently involve disputes regarding intermediary liability, privacy and defamation, unfair competition, consumer protection, contractual obligations, intellectual property, and fundamental rights. Hawk’s international practice also includes regular, cross-functional mandates to advise on regulatory, legislative, product, and related policy issues that impact technology and social media companies. Hawk earned a JD from the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Richmond.
17. Chris Pflug
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Prime Focus
Chris Pflug is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs of Prime Focus, a filmmaking partner to international studios and film production companies, providing world-class creative services, pioneering technology services, and intelligent financial solutions on a global scale.
Pflug has 20 years of experience. Before joining Prime Focus, he was a senior associate at Latham & Watkins and, before that, an associate at Polsinelli. Pflug graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD and from Washington University in St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in political science.
18. Michael Mallow
Managing Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P
Michael Mallow began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is a Managing Partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. For more than a century, the world’s leading companies have turned to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to obtain favorable results under the most contentious circumstances. Their clients expect more than wins. They engage Shook both inside and outside the courtroom to protect their business investments and maximize opportunities for growth. Mallow is a highly experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in class action and complex litigation matters. This includes cases related to: economic product defects, unfair competition, false and deceptive advertising, business torts, privacy, entertainment, and intellectual property.
Mallow got his start in 1998 as a Partner at Kirpatrick & Lockhart, et al. From there, he went on to Loeb & Loeb LLP, before eventually rising to co-head and partner in consumer class action defense practice at Sidley Austin LLP, his most recent position prior to joining Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Mallow graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in English, literature, and rhetoric.
19. Jonathan Feldman
General Counsel, Therabody
Jonathan Feldman is the General Counsel at Therabody, a pioneer in the wellness technology space, developing products and services that optimize human performance and unlock the body's natural ability to achieve health and well-being. Therabody is a team-oriented, high-energy, creative workplace that thrives on ideas and collaboration. In keeping with their philosophy on innovation, their team members are out-of-the-box thinkers who thrive in their forward-thinking culture.
Feldman has been part of Therabody since 2021. Previously, he was a co-general counsel and secretary at Rubicon Project, and before that, he was a counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Feldman earned a JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and an undergraduate degree in music industry studies from California State University, Northridge.
Jonathan Feldman Insight
"As general counsel, I navigate the intricate labyrinth of regulations and negotiations, crafting legal solutions that not only protect our company but also pave the path for innovation and growth. With help from my talented team, we guide the company through the ever-shifting legal and compliance landscape, helping our internal clients navigate their complex legal and business issues."
20. James Tsai
General Counsel, Toyo Tires
James Tsai is General Counsel and Secretary at Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, the holding company for the North American operations of Toyo Tire Corporation of Itami, Japan. The TTHA group consists of the tire sales companies, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Toyo Tire Canada Inc., and Toyo Tire North America O.E. Sales LLC, and the manufacturing entity, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.
Tsai joined TTHA’s law department in 2011 and was promoted in 2016 to general counsel and secretary of TTHA. Prior to joining TTHA, Tsai worked for 15 years in private practice, specializing in corporate law. Tsai earned a BS in Accounting from New York University and a JD from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the bar in Illinois, California, and Washington, DC. Tsai is also a certified public accountant (inactive).
21. Phil Recht
Partner, Mayer Brown
Phil Recht is a Partner at Mayer Brown, a company that 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. Notably, Recht is also a co-leader of the firm’s Public Policy, Regulatory, and Government Affairs practice and a former managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office (2009–21). Recht represents clients in legislative, regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters.
Recht also has extensive government experience. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Chief Counsel (1994–95) and Deputy Administrator (1995–99) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US Department of Transportation. He also worked as a legislative assistant in the Office of US Rep. David L. Cornwell (Ind.) (1976–78), as a consultant with the Joint Center for Political Studies in Washington, DC (1975), and as a legislative aide with the Office of US Rep. John Moakley (Mass.) (1975). Recht graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with a JD and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in literature.
22. David Chernek
General Counsel/Head of Legal, OS National
David Chernek is an accomplished lawyer, General Counsel and Senior Executive business leader with over 30 years of experience. Notably, Chernek spent 15 years in private practice as a litigator, first at Latham & Watkins and subsequently at Heller Ehrman, where he practiced for ten years, including five years as a Shareholder. Prior to joining OS National, Chernek held general counsel, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary roles at prominent nationwide lenders, where he gained a reputation as an expert in state and federal laws related to real estate and lending. Chernek attended college at UCLA and law school at Boston College, where he was a member of the law review. In addition, Chernek is a regular participant in lending and legal conferences.
23. John Chi
General Counsel and Head of Corporate Development, Kingston Technology
John Chi is the General Counsel and Head of Corporate Development at Kingston Technology, a company that has grown to be the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 3,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the "Best Companies to Work for in America" by Fortune magazine, Kingston's tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility, and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture.
An industry veteran, Chi began his career in 2008. Before joining Kingston Technology, Chi was a VP and deputy general counsel at Fair.com. Before that, he served as a general counsel and corporate secretary at PeerStreet. Earlier in his career, he worked with Paul Hastings as a senior associate attorney. Chi graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in international relations.
24. Joe Moschella
EVP, General Counsel / Corporate Secretary, Jukin Media
Joe Moschella is the EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Jukin Media, a global entertainment company built on the belief that the future of storytelling is user-generated. Jukin provides a wide range of solutions that allow premium brands, publishers, and media networks to commercially utilize user-generated video content. Moschella is a lawyer, MBA, and media executive with a 20-year background in intellectual property, corporate transactions, domestic and international operational issues, and employment law. He is notably experienced in scaling businesses, deal-making, and dispute resolution,among other areas.
Additionally, Moschella has experience driving operations and regulatory compliance efforts for subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, standing up offices and leading operations, managing real estate and lease negotiations, developing and executing expansion strategies, securing vendors, and providing guidance to HR on local compliance. Moschella graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with a JD and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in political science. Moschella helped to shepherd the sale of Jukin Media to Trusted Media Brands in 2021.
Joe Moschella Insight
"With over a decade in GC roles, I can't recommend this form of practice enough for the intellectually curious. Transactional, labor, litigation, M&A, and more—it's the best place to be for depth and breadth of legal work."
25. Benjamin Sadun
Benjamin Sadun is a Partner at Dechert. He first joined the company in 2020. Dechert is a global law firm that advises asset managers, financial institutions, and corporations on issues critical to managing their businesses and their capital, from high-stakes litigation to complex transactions and regulatory matters. They answer questions that seem unsolvable, develop deal structures that are new to the market, and protect clients' rights in extreme situations. Their 1,000+ lawyers across 21 offices globally focus on the financial services, private equity, private credit, real estate, life sciences, and technology sectors.
Sadun is nationally recognized for his expertise in artificial intelligence and large language models, the Biometric Information Privacy Act and related privacy laws, product liability and mass tort disputes, securities litigation, and antitrust litigation. Prior to joining Dechert, Sadun was a partner at another major international law firm. Sadun earned a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Northwestern University.
26. Brenda Radmacher
Brenda Radmacher is a Construction and Litigation Partner at Akerman LLP. With nearly 30 years' experience, Radmacher’s practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration or litigation on projects in California, nationwide, and internationally. She played a lead role in the Champlain Towers South Condominium case, resulting in a resolution exceeding $1.1 billion, the largest construction settlement in U.S. history, which was resolved in just under one year. Additionally, she has skillfully settled multiple complex construction disputes involving multiple parties and complex issues with great results. In addition, she has handled various construction disputes, including construction debates, through to successful arbitration and trial results, with her last jury trial resulting in a unanimous award in favor of her client.
Radmacher is a prolific contributor to thought leadership, being a sought-after speaker and trainer. She has provided hands-on workshop training on negotiation and contract risk management. She has also been a presenter at the top construction conferences for the ABA Forum on Construction, American Arbitration Association, Society of Construction Lawyers-North America, Women Construction Owners and Executives, and Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, among others. Some of the topics she has covered include: resolving construction disputes and the psychology of disputes; mitigating risks and using construction contract terms effectively; and fundamentals of construction law, to name a few.
Brenda Radmacher Insight
“Having the opportunity to work with clients in the building industry to solve their problems and allow them to achieve their business objectives is rewarding. I appreciate being able to have the opportunity to daily bring my negotiation skills to the table to achieve results and enjoy helping my clients find creative solutions to the challenges in the built environment.”
27. Stewart Reid
Firmwide Managing Partner, Wood Smith Henning & Berman
Stewart Reid is the Firmwide Managing Partner of Wood Smith Henning & Berman. He first joined the company in 1997 as a partner. Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman offers world-class representation for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 corporations, with an emphasis on small to middle-market firms. They offer services across a comprehensive range of practice areas.
Notably, Reid is responsible for the operation of the firm across a national platform. In this role, Reid also serves on WSHB's Management Committee, which oversees all aspects of the firm’s wide and diverse practice areas. Furthermore, Reid has a broad range of experience and skill in litigating professional liability, subrogation, class action, product liability, and commercial business matters. He has particular expertise in alternate fee arrangements and litigation management. Reid earned a JD from the University of La Verne and an undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA.
28. Anet Drapalski
Partner, Fisher Phillips
Anet Drapalski is a Partner at Fisher Phillips. With more than 550 attorneys across the United States, nearly 30 lawyers in Mexico, and a vast network of attorneys in jurisdictions across the globe, Fisher Phillips advises and advocates for employers on a truly international scale. Through their technology-driven approach and commitment to diversity and inclusion, they partnered with companies to achieve their business objectives, anticipate potential disruption, and provide the legal guidance to navigate and resolve workplace matters critical to their success. Drapalski, who began her career in 2014, primarily focuses on counseling and defending employers in the fashion, emerging companies, technology, automotive, financial services, entertainment, and hospitality industries.
Drapalski’s practice consists of defending employers against a wide range of employment law claims, including disability, race, age, and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and unlawful termination of employment. Drapalski also defends employers against multi- and single-plaintiff wage and hour claims, including claims under the Private Attorney's General Act. Before joining Fisher Phillips, Drapalski was an associate at Arent Fox. Before that, she served as an associate at Wilson Elser. Drapalski graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
29. Peter Morrison
Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Peter Morrison is a Partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, a firm that 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/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.
Morrison has a broad litigation practice with a particular emphasis on securities, M&A, and tax litigation. He advises corporations on matters involving both federal and state securities laws, the duties of corporate directors, SEC and stock exchange inquiries and investigations, contests for corporate control, and tax reporting. Morrison first got his start in 1999 as a law clerk to Chancellor William B. Chandler III at the Delaware Court of Chancery. Morrison graduated from the New York University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree.
30. Roman Silberfeld
Partner, Robins Kaplan
Roman Silberfeld is a Partner at Robins Kaplan. He first joined the company in 1995. Robins Kaplan LLP is among the nation's premier trial law firms, with more than 250 attorneys in eight major cities. Their attorneys litigate, mediate, and arbitrate client disputes, always ready for an ultimate courtroom battle. When huge forces are at play, major money is at stake, or rights are being trampled, they help clients cut through complexity, get to the heart of the problem, and win what matters most.
Over the course of Silberfeld’s career as a trial lawyer, he has developed a record of courtroom success across many complex civil litigation’s challenging disciplines. His trial and appellate experience includes business and high technology matters, product liability, professional negligence, and mass tort litigation, with particular emphasis on multi-state, multi-party, and class action litigation. Along with a meticulous dedication to the demands of the courtroom, he brings a courteous and easy-going demeanor to every case. Silberfeld graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Roman Silberfeld Insight
“My focus as a trial lawyer has always been on the art of storytelling to judges and juries. Success in the courtroom is often defined by the ability to clearly articulate right and wrong, condense complex sets of facts into understandable bits of information and have the moral story, coupled with compelling facts, lead to a positive outcome for your client.”
31. Lloyd Pellman
Lloyd W. Pellman is a Partner at Nossaman, a national law firm with attorneys and policy advisors located in nine offices throughout the United States. They focus on distinct areas of law and policy as well as specific industries, ranging from transportation, healthcare, and financial services to real estate development, water, and employment. Pellman has extensive experience in municipal law, governmental litigation, land use, and mediation. Prior to joining Nossaman, he served as the ninth County Counsel of Los Angeles County.
Notably, Pellman’s 31 years with the County Counsel's office covered a myriad of responsibilities and legal areas. These included being a legal advisor to the Board of Supervisors, County Districts, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the County Superintendent of Schools, the Superior Courts, and special districts. For 20 years, Pellman was an advisor to the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission. Subsequent to his service as the County Counsel of Los Angeles, he assisted and advised public agency clients and private clients regarding a variety of government law issues. Pellman graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with a JD and from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in education.
Lloyd Pellman Insight
“Serving as counsel to public agencies is as satisfying as the law can be, because you are always assisting the government in delivering its services for its constituents.”
32. Scott Campbell
General Counsel and Head of Operations - Americas Direct Real Estate, CBRE Investment Management
Scott Campbell began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel and Head of Operations in Americas Direct Real Estate of CBRE Investment Management, a leading global real assets investment management firm with over $147 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2023. The firm operates in more than 30 offices and 20 countries around the world. Through its investor-operator culture, the firm seeks to deliver sustainable investment solutions across real asset categories, geographies, risk profiles, and execution formats so that its clients, people, and communities thrive.
Campbell first got his start in 2003 as a title officer at Title One before eventually rising to associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, his most recent position prior to joining CBRE Investment Management. Campbell graduated from USC Gould School of Law with a JD and from Brigham Young University with a master’s and an undergraduate degree in accounting.
33. Jennifer Hagle
Partner, Sidley Austin
Jennifer Hagle is a Partner at Sidley Austin. More than 150 years after the founding of their firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration, and superior client service. Notably, Hagle is a transactional bankruptcy lawyer with over 30 years of experience representing clients in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. She is regularly recognized for her knowledge as a bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer.
In particular, Hagle is recognized for her ability to develop creative exit strategies, drive consensus, and achieve better-than-expected results efficiently and effectively. Hagle’s practice principally focuses on representing holders of senior secured, mezzanine, and subordinated debt in both public and private middle-market and large-cap deals. Hagle earned a JD from the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree in mass communication and media studies from UCLA.
34. Max Fischer
Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Max Fischer is a Partner in Morgan Lewis' Labor and Employment Practice Group. From their offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, they work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. Notably, Fischer represents companies across the United States in labor and employment matters, including: internal investigations and crisis management strategies, wage and hour compliance, employee transition and noncompete issues, reductions in force, voluntary separation programs, and the separation of individual employees.
In addition, Fischer regularly advises clients on all aspects of the employment lifecycle and has extensive experience leading the defense of complex individual and class employment litigation matters. Before joining Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Fischer was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Before that, he served as a judicial law clerk to Hon. Harry D. Leinenweber at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Fischer graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with a JD and from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
35. David Dormon
General Counsel, Downtown Music Holdings
David Dormon began his professional career nine years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of Downtown Music Holdings, a global company that owns, manages, and develops businesses with a vision for a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem. With operations across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, they are the world's leading provider of end-to-end services to artists, songwriters, labels, music publishers, and other rights holders.
Dormon got his start in 2014 as an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. From there, he went on to Vedder Price before eventually rising to attorney at Reed Smith LLP, his most recent position prior to joining Downtown Music Holdings. Dormon graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a JD and from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree in political science and religion.
36. Dana Clausen
General Counsel, Partner Engineering & Science
Dana Clausen is the General Counsel at Partner Engineering & Science, Inc. She first joined the company in 2018. Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. is a national firm offering full-service engineering, environmental, and energy consulting and design services. Drawing on 90 years of experience, their multidisciplinary approach allows them to serve clients at all stages, from initial due diligence and design to development and construction – as well as throughout the ongoing maintenance and optimization of the asset. Clausen earned a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English language and literature from Pomona College.
37. Ariel Robinson
Partner, Holland & Knight
Ariel Robinson is a Partner at Holland & Knight, a global law firm with nearly 2,000 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices throughout the world. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate, and governmental law. Robinson represents private and institutional investors, owners, and developers in complex real estate transactions, with an emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and development. Robinson's experience includes a wide range of asset types, including office and industrial buildings, multifamily projects, land for residential development, and retail, mixed-use, and hospitality projects.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Robinson was a Partner and executive committee member of a boutique national real estate firm in Los Angeles. In addition, Robinson serves as a coach for an annual real estate joint venture competition for law and business students at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Berkeley.
38. Lorraine Echavarria
Lorraine Echavarria began her professional career 23 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at WilmerHale, a leading, full-service international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Echavarria represents public companies, corporate officers, financial institutions, hedge funds, and other financial market participants facing government investigations and enforcement actions. She conducts internal investigations for boards and audit committees and provides advice and guidance to businesses on corporate governance and compliance issues.
Echavarria previously spent more than 15 years at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she most recently served as Associate Regional Director and head of the enforcement program for the Los Angeles Regional Office. Echavarria graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from UC Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in law.
39. Camilla Eng
General Counsel, LaserAway
Camilla Eng serves as the General Counsel of LaserAway, the nation’s leading medical spa specializing in aesthetics services utilizing cutting-edge technology in 85+ locations across the country. She advises on corporate legal strategy and implementation and guides the company's legal department in managing a range of issues, from patent and employment law matters to contracts, claims, real estate, insurance and risk management matters, and compliance. Previously, Eng served as EVP of Sales & Marketing at JM Eagle, the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer. In that role, she built and led the company's legal department – and in sales, she led a 65+ sales team in executing growth initiatives.
Eng also served as a Deputy City Attorney for several agencies in the City of Los Angeles. As counsel for the Department of Water and Power, she represented and advised the agency on a range of energy business projects relating to renewable energy generation, purchase, and sale. She previously managed all outside counsel for LA and its annual budget of over $33 million. As counsel to the Department of Airports, she practiced real estate and state and federal regulatory law and advised on various issues, from complex, long-term commercial leases to the LAX Master Plan, a $12 billion modernization plan, and related litigation. Eng earned a JD from the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree in psychology and human development from the University of California, Davis.
40. Michael Fernhoff
Partner, Proskauer Rose
Michael Fernhoff is a Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. They are 800+ lawyers serving clients from offices located in the leading financial and business centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. They work with asset managers, major sports leagues, Fortune 500 companies, entertainment industry legends, and other industry-redefining companies. An industry veteran, Fernhoff has 45 years of experience. He practices all aspects of federal, state, and local income tax planning for complex corporate and real estate transactions.
Fernhoff’s practice also focuses on areas such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, partnerships, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and restructurings. Before joining Proskauer Rose LLP, Fernhoff was a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP. Before that, he served as a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Fernhoff graduated from the New York University School of Law with an LLM and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance.
41. Stuart Senator
Partner & General Counsel, Munger Tolles & Olson
Stuart N. Senator is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, a 200-lawyer firm based in Los Angeles with a national practice representing clients in a broad range of complex and high-profile matters. MTO lawyers are known for trying bet-the-company cases and negotiating deals that shape their corporate landscape. The firm has been consistently ranked on The American Lawyer's A-List since its inception in 2004, including nine years in the top spot. Notably, Senator’s practice focuses primarily on complex business litigation in trial and appellate courts, and investigations led by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. Senator’s clients include a diverse group of national and international companies – and his major areas of practice include: antitrust, unfair competition, legal malpractice/malicious prosecution, law firm ethics, and conflicts of interest.
Senator provides antitrust counseling and compliance advice on numerous subjects, including distribution practices, pricing, trade association activity, and mergers. He has also been an invited presenter at various professional conferences regarding antitrust issues. In addition to his work for clients, Senator is General Counsel to the firm, advising on issues relating to legal ethics and law firm management. Senator graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law with a JD and from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree.
42. Donna Wilson
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Donna Wilson is CEO and Managing Partner at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, LLP, an AmLaw 125 firm with offices from coast to coast known for its cutting-edge and successful integration of the best of legal practice and business strategy professional services. Notable business industry areas of the firm include healthcare, media and entertainment, digital media, advertising, financial services, privacy and data security, and real estate, among others. In her practice, Wilson is nationally recognized for her high-profile, bet-the-company work on behalf of clients facing litigation and government enforcement actions, with a focus on both highly regulated industries and the privacy and data security space.
Wilson’s extensive crisis and risk management experience, coupled with her broad subject matter knowledge and precedent-setting litigation experience, make her highly valued by in-house counsel, the C-level suite, and boards for preemptively mitigating risk and navigating those risks that become full-blown exposure. She has successfully and creatively represented her client base in a range of matters ranging from advice and counseling to class and individual litigation to government investigations and enforcement. Wilson earned a JD in law from the University of Virginia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in international affairs and Soviet and Eastern European studies.
43. Noah Steinsapir
General Counsel, Mad Engine
Noah Steinsapir is the General Counsel at Mad Engine, the global leader in consumer products. They create merchandise for anyone and everyone through their full range of private labels, branded products, and influencer celebrity products. Steinsapir has over a decade of legal experience, including leading the legal department for two other medium-sized consumer product companies.
Prior to working as a general counsel, Steinsapir cut his teeth on "bet the company" litigation at some of the country's most prestigious international law firms, including Mayer Brown and McDermott Will and Emery. Steinsapir brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the product, litigation, regulatory, licensing and distribution, intellectual property, employment, and other legal areas. He graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with a JD and from UC Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
44. Kenneth Sulzer
Managing Partner, Constangy
Kenneth Sulzer began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is the Managing Partner at Constangy. Notably, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has more than 200 attorneys across 21 states and the District of Columbia, offering services including the defense of single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; complex wage and hour litigation; workplace safety; affirmative action compliance; workers' compensation; ERISA and employee benefits; immigration; labor relations; cybersecurity; and data privacy.
Sulzer focuses his practice on employment class actions and advising companies, boards of directors, and senior company officials in crisis management and "corporate" campaigns impacting companies and industries' futures. Sulzer has handled industry-defining matters, often in matters involving class actions. Sulzer got his start in 1992 as a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. From there, he went on to Proskauer Rose LLP as a partner. Sulzer graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from Occidental College with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
45. Nathan Roth
General Counsel, Ruggable
Nathan Roth is the General Counsel of Ruggable, a Los Angeles-based, venture-backed e-commerce company revolutionizing the market for residential and commercial rugs. Their patented 2-Piece Rug System allows you to remove the top layer of your rug and wash it in your home washing machine, offering an affordable, stylish, and convenient solution for young families, pet owners, and busy individuals. Roth, notably, joined the company in 2021. He has deep experience with high-growth technology and e-commerce companies.
Roth is highly valued for sound judgment, clear communication, and a practical, business-focused approach to problem solving. He is consistently entrusted with the matters that make or break a business. Previously, Roth was a senior director in partnerships at Virgin Hyperloop. Before that, he served as an assistant general counsel in project development and partnerships at Hypeloop One. Earlier in his career, he worked with TELUS as part of the Leadership Development Program. Roth earned a JD from Columbia Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.
46. Parisa Khademi
Partner, O'Hagan Meyer
Parisa Khademi is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of O’Hagan Meyer and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. As a national law firm defending corporations, non-profits, associations, and their officers and directors in every manner of litigation, O'Hagan Meyer provides the individualized services that clients expect when defending cases against them. Khademi has significant experience defending employers in individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits regarding workplace discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims.
Khademi also handles employment law disputes at all stages: pre-litigation, litigation, trial, and appeals. Her efforts have led her to secure dismissals for her clients both before and during trial. Prior to joining the firm, Khademi worked at one of the nation’s preeminent appellate firms, where she assisted in briefing appeals in state and federal courts, including multiple cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Khademi graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with a JD in law and from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate degree in legal studies.
47. Jacqueline Antonio
General Counsel, GHP Management
Jacqueline Antonio began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is the General Counsel of GHP Management, a diversified real estate company with a commitment to the future of high-quality, investment-grade real estate. The firm, which was founded in 1978, has been involved in a variety of projects, managing the acquisition of land for residential and commercial development. As a subsidiary of GH Palmer Associates, GHP Management is the property operations division of the company.
Notably, GHP Management was formed in 2009 to manage the property operations and resident satisfaction of all of GH Palmer Associates' multi-family residential communities. They manage over 12,500 apartment homes in Southern California. Antonio first got her start in 2007 as a partner at Goodkin & Lynch, LLP. She graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with a JD and from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in communications.
48. Eric Holmberg
Partner, Hawkins Parnell & Young
Eric Holmberg is a Partner at Hawkins Parnell & Young, a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states. Holmberg is a California, Virginia, and DC barred attorney working in Los Angeles, CA. Notably, he is a Senior Associate in the Los Angeles office of Selman Breitman LLP. Holmberg’s prior work as a senior associate at Tressler LLP was in the Litigation practice group handling all types of complex litigation, including copyright infringement, trademark infringement, product liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and numerous other litigated matters.
Holmberg previously worked as an associate at Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar in Long Beach, CA, as an insurance defense litigator; at Robie & Matthai, APC, working on insurance "bad faith" litigation defense and legal malpractice defense cases; and at Arness & Associates as a real estate attorney in DC. Holmberg is active in the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He attended American University and George Washington University Law School. Holmberg was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, is a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, and is an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.
49. Cary Berger
General Counsel, Leia
Cary Berger is the General Counsel for Leia, the leading provider of Lightfield hardware and content services. Lightfield is a new visual medium that lets you experience imagery with complex light effects, such as textures and sparkles, as well as 3D depth and look-around. As a result, Leia's technology transforms existing displays and converts content into an explosion of beauty and emotion. Berger, who has 34 years of experience, focuses on representing public and private companies and their investors and executives in establishing, growing, and operating their businesses.
Notably, he provides strategic advice and counseling to founders, executives, senior management, and boards of directors of companies at all stages of their growth. Berger also has extensive experience in all types of real estate transactions, including representation of owners, developers, landlords, and tenants. Before joining Leia, Berger was a chief legal officer at Shryne Group. Before that, he served as a chief administrative officer and general counsel at Houseplant. Earlier in his career, he worked with Irell & Manella LLP as a partner. Berger graduated from Stanford Law School with a JD and from Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and economics.
50. Susan Germaise
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, LoanMart
Susan Germaise began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of LoanMart. As a lender, marketer, and servicer of vehicle-secured loans, Wheels Financial Group, LLC, d/b/a LoanMart, proudly provides fast, professional assistance to financially stressed or credit-challenged segments of borrowers. They connect with their customers directly or through a vast network of storefront partners in local communities throughout the country. Their place in the community was built over twenty years, growing from a two-person operation with a single-store front in Van Nuys, CA, into the largest auto title lender in California.
In addition, Germaise is a member of LoanMart’s executive team with responsibility for oversight of legal operations for a financial services company. She got her start in 1997 as a senior counsel and associate at Liner Yankelevitz. From there, she went on to McGuireWoods as a partner. Germaise graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law with a JD and from Tulane University with an undergraduate degree in sociology and history.