Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of New York for 2023. With nearly 20 million residents, and the most populous city in the U.S., New York State has the highest concentration of lawyers in the country. For many legal practitioners, the Empire State serves as a desirable location to excel in their careers. This appeal stems not only from the prominence and scale of the state's law firms – and involvement in prestigious global transactions – but also from the chance to collaborate with some of the most esteemed legal professionals in the world, as exemplified by this year's awardees. Working in a wide range of fields, the men and women highlighted this year provide legal leadership to some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including Showtime, the Yankees, Atlantic Records, and The New Yorker.
Thanks to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Stuart Rosen, BMI has been able to represent the public performance rights of its over 20.6 million musical works owned by a diverse community of more than 1.3 million songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Likewise, as a Partner at international law firm WilmerHale, Preet Bharara is leading more than 1,000 lawyers across 13 global offices. No stranger to responsibilities, Bharara previously served in the government, where he is recognized as one of the most effective and transformative U.S. attorneys in the history of the SDNY. Another prime example is Katherine Forrest, a Partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, who previously presided over numerous high-profile investigations during her service as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Attorneys of New York for 2023.
1. Julian Vasquez
Partner, Head of Legal and Compliance, Compass Group
Julián is the Head of Legal and Compliance and a Partner at Compass Group. With over 25 years of experience, Compass specializes in managing assets for institutional investors, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. The firm, founded in New York in 1995, operates across Latin America with a team of over 340 professionals in 9 offices.
Vasquez has extensive experience in advising multinational companies on legal, tax, and regulatory matters across multiple jurisdictions. Before joining Compass, he spent 11 years as a member of the financial services team at PwC in New York. He provided assistance to Fortune 100 companies, global asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity firms on global business operations and transaction structuring in the U.S. and overseas.
Vasquez holds an LLM with a specialization in U.S. securities and structured finance from Duke University, a Master's in U.S. taxation from Fordham University, and a diploma in Chilean taxation from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
2. Shawn Bradia
SVP & General Counsel, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Shawn Bradia serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, a prominent American company specializing in tax preparation services. Established in 1982, the company operates a network of retail tax preparation outlets throughout the United States. Jackson Hewitt assists individuals and small businesses in preparing and filing their federal and state income tax returns. Known for its personalized customer service, the company offers various tax-related services such as tax planning, electronic filing, and refund anticipation loans. With a strong emphasis on accessibility, reliability, and tax expertise, Jackson Hewitt has gained the trust of millions of customers annually.
Bradia brings 23 years of experience to his role. He began his career in 2000 and has held senior positions such as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Imperial PFS and AIG. Prior to that, he worked as an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Bradia earned his JD from Boston College Law School.
3. Brad Green
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Brad Green is an Investment Funds Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, based in their New York office. Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm renowned for its expertise in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, investment fund formation, and litigation. With 19 offices worldwide and a team of 6,500 professionals, it is among the largest and most successful law firms globally.
Green specializes in advising investment management clients on structuring, registering, and operating investment vehicles for retail and high-net-worth asset management platforms. Additionally, Green serves as legal counsel to investment companies, independent board members, investment advisers, and sponsors. He provides guidance on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters under federal securities laws.
Beyond his legal practice, Green is actively involved in serving underserved communities in New York City. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Union Settlement, a nonprofit organization providing education, wellness, and community-building services to East Harlem residents. Green holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
4. Mark Leeds
Partner, Mayer Brown
Mark Leeds is a Tax Transactions & Consulting Partner based in Mayer Brown's New York office. His practice focuses on the tax implications of various capital markets products and strategies, including over-the-counter derivatives, swaps, tax-exempt derivatives, and tax attribute optimization such as net operating losses.
Mayer Brown is a global law firm known for its expertise in advising leading companies and financial institutions on complex transactions and disputes. With a strong presence across four continents, it is the only integrated law firm with significant representation in New York, London, and Hong Kong, the key hubs of the global economy.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Leeds held positions as a managing director and senior tax counselor at Deutsche Bank in New York. He also served as the general counsel of a credit derivative company and was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, where he led the capital markets tax practice. Leeds holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
5. Deneen Donnley
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Con Edison
Deneen Donnley is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison). Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, with $16 billion in annual revenues and $63 billion in assets. They provide electricity, natural gas, and steam to approximately 3.6 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.
Donnley joined Con Edison in 2019 after holding key positions at USAA in San Antonio. During her time at USAA, she served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, as well as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of USAA's federal savings bank. She also served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ING Direct USA, overseeing legal and compliance matters for the bank and its subsidiaries.
Before her roles at USAA and ING Direct USA, Donnley worked as an associate at the Pepper Hamilton law firm; and as a staff attorney for the board of governors at the Federal Reserve. She holds a JD from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
6. Kai Liekefett
Kai Liekefett is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense practice at Sidley in New York. With over 20 years of experience, Liekefett focuses on shareholder activism, proxy fights, and hostile takeovers. He has successfully defended over 100 proxy contests in the past five years, the most of any defense attorney globally. Sidley is a global law firm with over 2,300 lawyers across 21 offices, offering comprehensive legal services in litigation, transactions, and regulation.
Liekefett serves on the board of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a member of the Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Board. He frequently speaks on shareholder activism at conferences and universities, and is often quoted by major media outlets.
Liekefett holds a Ph.D. magna cum laude from Freiburg Law University, an Executive MBA summa cum laude from Münster Business School, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School as a James Kent Scholar.
7. Joe Castelluccio
Partner, Mayer Brown
Joe Castelluccio is a Partner and Co-Leader of Mayer Brown's Fintech and Digital Assets, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency groups in New York. He represents companies in diverse industries such as fintech, asset management, banking, insurance, and transportation. Castelluccio's expertise lies in corporate and securities law, including transactional liability insurance practice related to mergers and acquisitions.
Mayer Brown is a global law firm known for its expertise in advising leading companies and financial institutions on complex transactions and disputes. With a strong presence across four continents, it is the only integrated law firm with significant representation in New York, London, and Hong Kong, the key hubs of the global economy.
In addition to his legal role, Castelluccio contributes to the community through his involvement with nonprofit organizations. He serves on the Legal Advisory Council for Sanctuary for Families, a leading New York-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting domestic violence victims and sex trafficking victims. He is also a member of the Northeast Advisory Board for Youth About Business, an organization that offers leadership development programs to high school students from diverse and underserved communities. Castelluccio holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics and medieval studies from Georgetown University.
8. Scott Seamon
Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Compliance, Dexia
Scott Seamon serves as the Managing Director, General Counsel, and Head of Compliance at Dexia, a bank jointly operated by Belgium and France. Dexia is currently focused on the run-off management of its asset portfolio, which amounts to 135 billion in assets. With 23 years of experience, Seamon has played a crucial role in overseeing the legal, regulatory, and compliance functions of Dexia's operations in the United States.
As part of his responsibilities, Seamon actively participates in strategic initiatives, advises senior management locally and internationally, addresses complex legal issues, manages and mitigates risks, and navigates the federal and state regulatory landscape.
Prior to joining Dexia, Seamon worked as a counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP and previously as a corporate associate at Hutchins Wheeler & Dittmar. He holds a JD from Emory University School of Law, an MBA in finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, and an undergraduate degree in finance from Boston University.
9. Corey Greenwald
Partner, Clyde & Co
Corey Greenwald is a Partner at Clyde & Co, specializing in litigation and arbitration of complex insurance and commercial disputes. Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a strong focus on sectors crucial to global trade and commercial activity, including insurance, transport, infrastructure, energy, and trade and commodities. With over 60 offices and associated offices worldwide, the firm boasts 480 partners, 2,400 lawyers, 3,200 legal professionals, and 5,000 staff.
Throughout his career, Greenwald has provided counsel to insurers and reinsurers across various lines of coverage, including energy, property, marine, liability, construction, and reinsurance. He has successfully represented both US and international insurers in litigation and arbitration involving high-value insurance coverage disputes related to property damage, business interruption, pollution, and product liability. Additionally, he frequently acts as defense counsel for insured parties facing claims from third parties arising from their operations or products. Greenwald's expertise also extends to handling complex commercial disputes in areas such as commodities trading, major marine casualties, international sale of goods, and environmental incidents.
Greenwald collaborates closely with Clyde's offices worldwide, including those in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Toronto, Dubai, and Mexico, to handle large-scale insurance coverage and commercial disputes. He obtained his JD from Albany Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
10. Matthew Biben
Partner, King & Spalding
Matthew Biben is a Partner at King & Spalding. He specializes in complex negotiation and litigation of disputes, including regulatory and enforcement matters for individuals and organizations. With experience representing financial institutions and FinTech companies in civil disputes, securities litigation, and bankruptcy cases, Biben has a diverse litigation practice.
Previously, Biben held executive positions at JPMorgan Chase and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Chase Consumer & Community Banking. Later, he also served as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Additionally, he supervised various corporate functions, including the Office of the Corporate Secretary.
Before entering private practice, Biben spent 12 years in government service, working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. Biben earned his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
11. Eric Yoon
Partner, K&L Gates
Eric Yoon is a Partner resident in K&L Gates’ New York and Seoul offices. He focuses his practice in cross-border M&A, financing, investments, and banking and financial services regulation. Over the past 25 years, he has represented major multinational corporations, financial institutions, and foreign sovereign entities in the regulatory and transactional aspects of their geographic and product-line expansions as well as strategic divestitures.
K&L Gates is 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.
In addition, Yoon counsels his corporate and financial services clients on prevention and management of disputes, both with private-sector parties and governmental entities. Yoon graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in applied math.
12. Stuart Rosen
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Broadcast Music Inc.
Stuart Rosen serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BMI, a leading global music rights management organization. In his role, Rosen has overall responsibility for the Legal Department's operations worldwide, overseeing legal affairs and managing the team of attorneys within the company.
BMI, known as Broadcast Music, Inc., is a respected advocate for the value of music and represents the public performance rights of over 20.6 million musical works owned by a diverse community of more than 1.3 million songwriters, composers, and music publishers.
Rosen began his career at BMI in 1996 as an Associate Attorney and steadily progressed through the ranks, becoming a Senior Attorney. Over the years, he has held various positions within the company, including Vice President of Legal and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. In 2011, he was promoted to his current role as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining BMI, Rosen practiced law at Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP. He obtained his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
13. Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara is a Partner at WilmerHale, a leading international law firm with over 1,000 lawyers across 13 offices worldwide. As a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Bharara is highly regarded for his focus on investigations and criminal litigation matters.
During his tenure as US Attorney, Bharara oversaw a team of over 200 Assistant US Attorneys and led significant criminal and civil litigations in the SDNY. He made a lasting impact on the office and is recognized as one of the most effective and transformative US Attorneys in the history of the SDNY. Bharara's achievements include the establishment of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, which prosecuted prominent terrorists and international criminals. He also led high-profile public corruption cases against members of the New York City and New York State governments, exposing systemic issues.
Before his role as US Attorney, Bharara served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer and held positions in the US Senate Judiciary Committee. He also worked as an Assistant US Attorney, handling cases related to organized crime, securities fraud, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking. Bharara earned a JD degree from Columbia Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University,
14. Daniel Fisher
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Daniel Fisher is a Partner and Co-leader of Akin Gump's special situations group, specializing in restructuring, finance, M&A, and securities. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a global law firm with over 900 lawyers across 19 offices worldwide, known for its client dedication, pro bono work, and expertise in complex transactions and litigation.
With extensive experience in distressed and special situations, Fisher serves as outside general counsel to post-restructured public companies, offering guidance on governance, liability management, securities compliance, and tax matters. He also advises companies, boards of directors, and special committees on crisis management during regulatory scrutiny, public scrutiny, and executive transitions.
Before joining Akin Gump, Fisher worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates. He earned his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in history from Columbia College, Columbia University.
15. Patricia C. Vaughan
Vice President & General Counsel, The Population Council
Patricia C. Vaughan is the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Population Council. With over 20 years of experience, she has led the Council's legal group and played a crucial role in the development and licensing of the Council's pharmaceutical products, benefiting millions of women worldwide. Vaughan has also been instrumental in establishing subsidiary and affiliated organizations in various countries. In addition to her legal responsibilities, she oversees the Council's global enterprise risk management program and Institutional Review Board.
Vaughan is actively engaged in health, education, and development initiatives through her involvement in international and domestic organizations. She serves as the chair of the board for Population Council-Kenya and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. She is also a director of Literacy Solutions NY and Vennue Foundation, and an advisor to the ICA Foundation, focusing on improving access to healthcare services in low- and middle-income countries. Vaughan's contributions extend to the African Population Health and Research Center and Solutions for Innovative Policies, Programs, and Technologies.
Vaughan holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in public and international affairs from Princeton University. She has also received a business management certification from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With her extensive experience and leadership in global health and development, Vaughan plays a vital role in driving the mission of the Population Council.
Patricia C. Vaughan Insight
“My law practice over the past 25 years has been the perfect mix of commercial and public sector work. My practice includes drug development and global distribution, and projects involving the US and foreign governments, UN agencies, and other public sector partners that are working to achieve sustainable development goals.”
16. Harald Halbhuber
Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Harald Halbhuber is a Partner in the Capital Markets practice at Shearman & Sterling, a respected law firm known for its extensive experience advising corporations, financial institutions, and governments. Halbhuber specializes in complex corporate finance transactions, representing issuers and investment banks in debt and equity offerings, high yield financings, debt restructurings, and equity derivatives. He also provides guidance on critical disclosure and financial reporting matters and has authored several publications on the subject.
In addition to his legal work, Halbhuber serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, teaching a course on Capital Markets Transactions. With his wealth of knowledge and expertise, he contributes to the development of aspiring lawyers in this field.
Before joining Shearman & Sterling in 2011, Halbhuber held positions at other prominent law firms, including Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He also worked as a Research Fellow at NYU School of Law's Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance. Halbhuber obtained a JD in banking, corporate, finance, and securities law from South Texas College of Law Houston, an LLM from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from Louisiana State University.
17. Regan Shulman
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Arch Insurance Group
Regan Shulman serves as the General Counsel of Arch Insurance North America, a role she has held since June 2020. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing all legal functions, including litigation, regulatory compliance, and business operations support for both the United States and Canada. Shulman also serves as the Corporate Secretary of Arch U.S. affiliated insurance companies. Arch Insurance provides specialty risk solutions to clients globally across various industries, with a focus on offering comprehensive coverage and efficient claims handling.
Shulman joined Arch's legal team in 2012 as a Vice President before assuming her current role. With over 30 years of legal experience, she has developed expertise in insurance, reinsurance, product liability, employment, commercial, land use, medical malpractice, and health care litigation and arbitration. Her extensive background includes handling complex class action, securities, and allocation matters.
Prior to joining Arch, Shulman worked as a Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. She holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University.
18. Marc Goldfarb
EVP, General Counsel, Centric Brands
Marc Goldfarb has served as the EVP and General Counsel of Centric Brands since August 2022. In this role, he oversees Centric’s global legal operations and teams, including all legal services, compliance and ethics – serving as a strategic advisor to executive leadership and consulting on corporate affairs.
Centric Brands is a leading lifestyle brand collective that designs, sources, markets, and sells high-quality products in the kids, men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, beauty, and entertainment categories.
Most recently, Goldfarb served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Kid Brands, Inc. and assumed the same role at Fullbeauty Brands. Earlier in his career, he served as a partner in the law firm of Bachner, Tally, Polevoy & Misher LLP and as an associate attorney at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Goldfarb earned his JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University.
19. Harsha Marti
Managing Director and General Counsel, Warburg Pincus
Harsha Marti is the Managing Director, General Counsel, and a member of the Executive Management group at Warburg Pincus. In his role as General Counsel, he oversees legal and regulatory matters for the firm. Warburg Pincus is a private equity-focused partnership with over 55 years of experience in growth investing, building successful businesses worldwide. Notably, the firm adopts a thesis-driven investment approach, targeting various sectors and geographies.
Before joining Warburg Pincus, Marti worked as an Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P. in New York, specializing in Private Equity Transactions. He is a licensed member of the New York bar. Marti is actively involved in the legal community, serving on the Law Board of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Additionally, he holds the position of Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
Marti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He further pursued his education at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management, earning a JD and an MBA.
20. Ernest Badway
Partner, Fox Rothschild
Ernest Badway is the Partner, Co-Chair of the Securities Industry Practice and Co-Chair of the Fashion Industry Practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with a focus on exceptional client service and attracting talented attorneys. With a strong emphasis on responsiveness, Badway advises clients on a wide range of legal matters, including securities, commodities, intellectual property, employment, corporate governance, litigation, and disputes related to partnerships and shareholders.
Badway's expertise extends to providing legal counsel to clients in the cryptocurrency industry, including the creation of cryptocurrency exchanges, compliance with regulatory requirements, such as Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), data privacy, and cybersecurity. He assists financial services firms in obtaining licenses, complying with examinations, and adhering to regulations set forth by various authorities, including the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, and the New York Department of Financial Services.
Badway has a background in white-collar criminal defense and regulatory compliance. He has represented both individuals and corporate clients in internal investigations. Badway holds a JD degree from Duke University School of Law, a Master of Arts degree in British history from Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an undergraduate degree in European history and economics from Boston University.
21. Katherine Forrest
Partner, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Katherine Forrest is a Partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, where she is a litigator, co-chair of the Digital Technology Group, and a member of the Antitrust Practice Group. With over 30 years of experience, she has handled sensitive investigations, complex commercial and antitrust litigation, and intellectual property matters, particularly in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and blockchain.
Previously, Forrest served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. She has led high-profile investigations involving the DOJ, FTC, and other regulators. Additionally, she has litigated cases in areas such as antitrust, copyright, patent, media, sports, entertainment, and high technology.
During her tenure as a judge, Forrest presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases, including trials and appeals at the Second Circuit. She also served on the Judicial Patent Task Force, handling patent cases and Markman hearings. Before her judicial role, Forrest worked on antitrust, intellectual property, employment, and contract issues for clients in various industries, including media, airline, banking, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing. Furthermore, Forrest is actively involved in charitable and professional organizations, serving on the advisory board of the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law and the board of trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall.
22. Fabio Bertoni
General Counsel, The New Yorker
Fabio Bertoni is a General Counsel of The New Yorker magazine, where he is responsible for all legal matters, including pre-publication review of all articles, website posts, podcasts, videos and other content published by The New Yorker. In addition, he supervises legal issues surrounding The New Yorker Festival and other events. Bertoni has worked closely The New Yorker’s reporters on its most groundbreaking journalism of the past decade, including the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation into Harvey Weinstein by Ronan Farrow; incisive reporting on the Sackler family and the opioid epidemic by Patrick Radden Keefe; and reporting on dark money’s corrupting influence in politics by Jane Mayer.
Prior to working at The New Yorker, Bertoni was assistant general counsel at HarperCollins Publishers. There he conducted pre-publication review of non-fiction books, handled legal issues for the Children’s Division; negotiated author-publisher agreements; and advised on licensing, copyright ,and trademark issues. Prior to that, Bertoni was vice president and deputy general counsel for ALM Media, publisher of The American Lawyer, the New York Law Journal, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines across the United States.
Bertoni also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches a seminar on Media Law Drafting. He began his legal career at the firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, after graduating from Columbia Law School and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Bertoni occasionally writes articles on First Amendment issues for the newyorker.com website.
23. Robert Rosenberg
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Showtime
Robert Rosenberg is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Showtime, an American entertainment company known for its premium cable and streaming television services. Founded in 1976, Showtime has become a prominent player in the television industry. It offers a diverse range of original programming, including acclaimed shows like "Dexter," "Homeland," and "Billions," as well as documentaries, sports, and comedy specials.
Rosenberg has 33 years of experience. He began his career in 1990. Before joining Showtime, he was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Earlier, he served as an account supervisor at Ogilvy & Mather. Rosenberg graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD in law and from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in communications.
24. Peri Fluger
General Counsel, Ruder Finn
Peri Fluger is the General Counsel at Ruder Finn Group, Inc., where he serves as the chief legal advisor to all of the company's global public relations, marketing, communications, and creative agencies. With expertise in public relations, communications, advertising, marketing (including social media and influencer marketing), entertainment, intellectual property, and corporate law, Fluger plays a crucial role in providing legal guidance to the organization.
Ruder Finn, a PR agency with 75 years of experience, is known for shaping communications that drive industry-defining brands, companies, and leaders towards the future. The firm offers innovative communication strategies based on a global perspective and local market knowledge, redefining leadership, transforming the marketplace, and enhancing customer experiences with a shared sense of purpose.
Fluger's career began as a research assistant in legal analysis at Widener University School of Law in 2007. He then worked at Rhoads & Sinon LLP before progressing to the role of senior counsel II at Re:Sources, A Publicis Groupe Company, prior to joining Ruder Finn. He holds a JD in law from Widener University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
25. Sean Weissbart
Partner, Blank Rome
Sean Weissbart is a Partner at Blank Rome, an Am Law 100 firm with 14 offices and over 650 attorneys worldwide. His practice focuses on trusts and estates law and tax-exempt organizations. Weissbart specializes in domestic and international estate planning, trust and estate administration, and representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. He advises clients on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and modifying trusts after divorce. He also provides guidance to tax-exempt organizations on formation, obtaining IRS tax-exempt status, and compliance with tax-exemption laws. Weissbart has litigated against the IRS in federal courts.
As an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and Fordham University School of Law, Weissbart teaches courses on trusts and estates and international estate planning. He co-authored "The Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates" textbook and is a regular faculty member at prestigious trusts and estates conferences.
Weissbart is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, recognizing his professionalism in the field. He serves on the boards of philanthropic organizations, including the Ment'or BKB Foundation and as chair of the "NextGen" Trusts and Estates Committee of the UJA Federation of New York. Weissbart holds a BA magna cum laude from New York University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and an LLM from New York University School of Law.
26. Osamu Watanabe
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Moelis
Osamu Watanabe is General Counsel at Moelis & Company, where he leads the Firm’s legal and compliance department. Moelis & Company is a leading global independent investment bank that provides innovative strategic advice and solutions to a diverse client base, including corporations, governments and financial sponsors. The Firm serves its clients from 23 locations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Prior to Moelis & Company, Watanabe was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Sagent Advisors. Prior to that, he held senior positions at UBS, Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Watanabe started his career in private practice at Sullivan & Cromwell, working in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Melbourne. He also clerked for the Honorable Morey L. Sear, Eastern District of Louisiana. Watanabe holds a BA in history from Antioch College and a JD from Yale Law School.
27. Eric Treichel
General Counsel, Riskified
Eric Treichel is the General Counsel of Riskified. He first joined the company in 2018. Riskified empowers businesses to grow eCommerce revenues and profit by mitigating risk. The world’s largest merchants and prestige brands partner with Riskified for guaranteed protection against chargebacks, to fight fraud and policy abuse at scale and to improve customer retention. Supported by the largest team of eCommerce risk analysts, data scientists and researchers, Riskified’s machine learning platform analyzes the individual behind each interaction to provide real-time decisions and robust identity-based insights.
Previously, Treichel was a general counsel at Eleven James, and before that a senior counsel at Zocdoc. Earlier in his career, he worked with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as an associate. Treichel earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Eric Treichel Insight
"As the General Counsel of a publicly traded tech company, I find the constant innovation and ever changing legal landscape both fascinating and challenging. Navigating new regulations - for example, regarding use of AI, and supporting and driving growth and efficiency are rewarding challenges that drive our success."
28. Greg Reilly
Partner and Member, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
Gregory Reilly is a Partner of Bond Schoeneck King, PLLC, which was founded in 1897. It is a full-service law firm that clients trust to deliver top-tier, cost-effective legal services. The firm has 10 offices across New York State as well as offices in Boston; Kansas City; Naples; West Palm Beach and Red Bank, New Jersey.
Reilly is an experienced litigator and counselor practicing labor and employment law. Benjamin Franklin famously stated that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To this end, Reilly advises clients utilizing proactive, practical strategies for legal compliance for the entire spectrum of the employment relationship from initial recruitment and hire to separations from employment. Reilly has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law including wage and hour laws, wrongful termination, non-compete and non-solicitation litigation, and litigation involving discrimination and workplace harassment, among other employment issues. Reilly represents employers in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Reilly also is a co-chair of the firm’s class action practice. Reilly has substantial experience with class and collective actions in many industries defending against a variety of legal claims. Reilly received his law degree from Harvard Law School and a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
29. Andrew Hamelsky
Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Andrew Hamelsky is a Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, a client-focused law firm known for its commitment to value, service, and trust. With a team of 200 lawyers, the firm offers tailored solutions to meet clients' needs across various areas of expertise. Hamelsky specializes in life, health, disability, and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) matters, along with commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing health care insurers in both ERISA and non-ERISA issues, including tiered and narrowed health plans, out-of-network coverage disputes, fraud and abuse claims, and contractual disputes.
Additionally, Hamelsky represents a range of clients, such as insurance companies, banks, hotels, biotech companies, and closely held companies, in commercial disputes involving trade secrets, shareholder disputes, corporate defamations, the Lanham Act, tortious interference with contract claims, FINRA disputes, construction issues, and defense of personal and property damage claims. Hamelsky holds a JD from Western New England University School of Law and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Andrew Hamelsky Insight
“For the past three decades, I have dedicated myself to being a litigator, specializing in life, health, disability and ERISA law. I am honored and privileged to have made an impact for my clients in assisting them through the complex legal landscape of the healthcare industry. Beyond my legal expertise, I have fostered strong relationships with clients, colleagues, and industry stakeholders guiding them through the legal process and providing them insight which has shaped the healthcare landscape.”
30. George Wukoson
General Counsel, Everyday Health Group
George Wukoson joined Ziff Davis in September 2017 and serves as General Counsel of Everyday Health Group. Wukoson is a seasoned media and technology business lawyer. He and the team he manages advise Everyday Health Group and its leadership about all matters legal, including regulatory compliance, product development, transactions, disputes, M&A, and other corporate matters.
Prior to joining Everyday Health Group, Wukoson was a litigator and counselor at Davis Wright Tremaine and Dechert, primarily in intellectual property and securities law. He also previously served as a senior corporate counsel at Ziff Davis – and before that, an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Dechert LLP as an associate. Wukoson received a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College.
31. Andrew Lerner
General Counsel, Moelis Asset Management LP
Andrew Lerner is a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel for the Americas at Moelis & Company. Moelis & Company is a leading global independent investment bank that provides innovative strategic advice and solutions to a diverse client base, including corporations, governments and financial sponsors. The Firm serves its clients from 23 locations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Lerner was a Director and Counsel for the Investment Banking Department at Credit Suisse. Previously, he was in private practice as a corporate attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Lerner holds an A.B. from Muhlenberg College, a MA from the New School for Social Research and a JD from New York University School of Law.
32. Ben Love
Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner
Ben Love is a Partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, a renowned firm known for its expertise in trial advocacy, crisis management, and strategic advisory services. Love has gained global recognition as a leader in international arbitration and public international law, having represented clients in over 50 commercial and investment disputes. He has extensive experience in handling high-profile cases submitted to international arbitration tribunals.
Boies Schiller Flexner is widely respected for its innovative, tenacious, and efficient approach to achieving successful outcomes for clients. The firm is home to a team of accomplished trial lawyers who excel in navigating complex legal challenges.
Love's legal career began in 2006 as an associate at King & Spalding LLP. He later joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and eventually became a counsel at Reed Smith LLP before joining Boies Schiller Flexner. He holds a JD degree from The University of Texas School of Law and an undergraduate degree in philosophy and Asian studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ben Love Insight
“Recognized as a global leader in international arbitration and public international law, Ben has represented clients in more than 50 commercial and investment disputes under all major arbitral rules, including some of the most high-profile matters submitted to international arbitration over the past decade. In other leading directories he has been “singled out by peers and clients as ‘the consummate advocate’ thanks to his ‘encyclopedic knowledge of international investment law, strong strategic awareness and relentless focus on securing the best outcome for his clients.”
33. Michael Kushner
Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Atlantic Records
Michael Kushner serves as the Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Atlantic Records, a renowned record label founded in 1947. Atlantic Records has a rich history of nurturing and promoting legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, and The Rolling Stones – as well as current talents like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay.
With over 36 years of experience in the industry, Kushner has made significant contributions to the music business. Prior to his role at Atlantic Records, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Island Def Jam Music Group. Additionally, he previously served as Vice President of Business Affairs at PolyGram. Kushner's educational background includes a JD from Columbia Law School and an undergraduate degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College.
34. Barbaros Karaahmet
Partner, Herrick Feinstein
Barbaros Karaahmet is Herrick’s Chief Operating Partner and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. Karaahmet started his legal career at Herrick in 1995. Herrick provides a full spectrum of legal services across industries to clients locally and globally. From Herrick’s offices in New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Istanbul, Turkey, the firm maintains robust corporate, sports, litigation and commercial real estate capabilities, complemented by significant depth in restructuring, employment, government relations, intellectual property, tax, and private clients.
Karaahmet has significant experience advising Herrick's multinational clients on domestic and cross-border corporate, financial, real estate and litigation matters. He also has experience on a wide range of international trade matters, including multinational agreements, international codes, conventions affecting commercial transactions, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Karaahmet assists international companies in establishing their U.S. operations, and frequently serves as their U.S. based general counsel. He often advises multinational companies in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in international markets. Additionally, he assists family businesses in identifying, acquiring, leasing and financing their U.S. real estate assets.
Karaahmet has degrees from New York University School of Law, Istanbul University School of Law and graduated from Harvard University’s executive education program on advanced real estate finance and management.
Barbaros Karaahmet Insight
“As an attorney that practices across borders, I have learned that it is critical to understand how to navigate through different legal and business cultures while remaining cognizant that the role of an attorney may vary from country to country.”
35. Alan Chang
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, New York Yankees
Alan Chang is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of New York Yankees, a professional baseball team based in the Bronx borough of New York City. One of the most successful franchises in professional sports history, the Yankees have won 19 American League East division titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series Championships, all of which are Major League Baseball records. Chang has 31 years of experience. He began his career in 1992.
Before joining the New York Yankees, Chang was an assistant counsel at ESPN. Before that, he was a VP at Cyber Merchants Exchange. Earlier in his career, Chang worked with Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard as an associate. Chang graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from New York University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
36. David Travin
General Counsel & Partner, PJT
David Travin joined PJT Partners in December 2016 – and served as the Deputy General Counsel through December 2020. PJT Partners is a premier, global, advisory-focused investment bank that was built from the ground up to be different. Their highly experienced, collaborative teams provide independent advice coupled with old-world, high-touch client service. This ethos has allowed us to attract some of the very best talent in the markets in which we operate.
Prior to joining PJT Partners, Travin was a member of the legal departments of both UBS AG and Deutsche Bank AG. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Only Make Believe, a nonprofit organization based in New York City. Travin received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.
37. Erica Howard-Potter
Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Erica Howard-Potter is a Partner in the Tax and Wealth Management Department at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, a full-service law firm with offices across the United States and an international affiliation. With a focus on estate planning and administration, charitable giving, trust and estate litigation, business succession planning, and taxation, Howard-Potter brings extensive expertise to her practice.
She develops, structures, and implements comprehensive estate plans, administers complex estates, and handles all aspects of the gift planning process. Howard-Potter also advises clients on offshore reporting obligations, IRS amnesty programs, and represents them in audits and disputes with the IRS. Additionally, she contributes to trusts and estates litigation, including objections to probate and fiduciary accountings.
With previous experience as a partner at McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, and an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf, Howard-Potter is well-versed in the intricacies of tax and wealth management law. She holds an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from Union College.
Erica Howard-Potter Insight
“I am a partner in the Tax and Wealth Management Department of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, a full-service, national law firm. I help clients achieve their goals—financial, tax and personal—with careful, personalized planning. Being at Schnader, which offers a full array of legal services, I am able to address our clients’ many legal needs with a holistic approach.”
38. Joan Sullivan
Partner, Lippes Mathias
Joan Sullivan is a Partner at Lippes Mathias, specializing in federal and state criminal and civil litigation, regulatory proceedings, and government investigations. With a focus on fraud defense, she represents businesses, individuals, and not-for-profits across various industries, including healthcare, retail, construction, energy, IT, and higher education.
Sullivan also advises clients on compliance matters, particularly in government ethics, lobbying, and procurement processes. She reviews policies, procedures, and filings from a compliance perspective, ensuring legal and ethical obligations are met. Additionally, she conducts training sessions to educate employees on their responsibilities.
Having represented clients in high-profile investigations involving government entities such as the U.S. Department of Justice and New York State agencies, Sullivan brings extensive experience to her role. She has conducted internal investigations for Fortune 50 and large privately-held companies, focusing on potential violations of federal and state laws.
Prior to joining Lippes Mathias, Sullivan served as counsel to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity and worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the New York County District Attorney. Her legal career began in a New York City law firm, where she handled medical malpractice defense and accountants' liability litigation. Sullivan holds a JD from St. John's University and an undergraduate degree from SUNY at Oswego.
Joan Sullivan Insight
“36 years of practicing law has taught me a lot and has led to a rewarding career helping individuals and companies with their increasingly complex legal problems.”
39. Arlen Gelbard
EVP, General Counsel, Cross River Bank
Arlen Gelbard is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Cross River Bank, a leading marketplace lending and payment solutions provider. With extensive experience in navigating complex legal and regulatory environments. He is responsible for overseeing the legal, regulatory, compliance, and risk areas of the company, while serving as a trusted advisor to senior management and the board of directors.
Prior to joining Cross River, Gelbard worked as a Senior Advisor at Treliant Risk Advisors, where he provided consultation on various complex compliance and risk management issues. He has held prominent positions in the financial industry, including President of ETRADE Bank and later as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of ETRADE Financial Corporation. Furthermore, Gelbard has held important roles such as General Counsel of Acacia Federal Savings Bank and Chief Administrative Officer at Jefferson National Financial Corp. He has also served as an Executive Advisor at Aquiline Capital Partners. Additionally, Gelbard was a partner at the law firm Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross in New York City.
Gelbard holds a JD and MBA from Boston University, as well as an AB in Politics from Brandeis University, where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars. Gelbard has been actively involved in community initiatives and has served on the Global Board of Directors of Operation Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and economic empowerment. Currently, he continues to contribute to Operation Hope as a member of the Northeast Regional Board.
40. Larry Stoller
Partner, General Counsel, Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC
Lawrence Stoller serves as a Partner and General Counsel at Lord, Abbett & Co., overseeing the legal and compliance functions, including information security, of the investment management company. His responsibilities include extensive interaction with regulatory agencies such as the SEC and FINRA. As a member of the Executive Committee, Stoller contributes to the firm's leadership, strategic direction, and risk management. He joined Lord Abbett in 2007 and became a Partner in 2010.
Headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, Lord, Abbett & Co. is an independent investment management firm offering a range of fixed-income and equity strategies to both individual and institutional investors.
Prior to his current position, Stoller held various roles in the financial services industry, including General Counsel at Cohen & Steers; Associate General Counsel at Neuberger Berman; Assistant General Counsel at Dreyfus Co.; Associate at Dechert LLP; and Special Counsel at the SEC. He earned a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
41. Matthew Dexter
General Counsel, OpenBet
Matthew Dexter has been working in his professional career for 19 years and currently serves as the General Counsel of OpenBet, a renowned online gambling software provider. OpenBet, founded in 1996, is known for its innovative solutions in the industry. Their comprehensive platform enables operators to offer a wide range of betting and gaming products through various channels, including online, mobile, and retail. With seamless integration across multiple platforms, OpenBet's software is highly scalable and flexible, ensuring secure and reliable betting experiences for users. The company prioritizes technological advancements and user-friendly interfaces, making it a trusted and popular choice for operators in the online gambling sector.
Dexter began his career in 2004 as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP before transitioning to BioScrip, Inc. He holds a JD from The George Washington University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
42. Austin Bramwell
Austin Bramwell is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Trusts, Estates and Exempt Organizations Group. Milbank is known for its expertise in handling complex cases and business transactions across 12 offices worldwide. Bramwell specializes in advising high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporate clients on domestic and international tax and estate planning matters.
Additionally, Bramwell’s practice focuses on the formation and operation of family offices, succession planning for closely-owned businesses, and structuring nonprofit ventures. Bramwell also advises tax-exempt organizations on compliance and strategic matters. He represents fiduciaries in trust and estate administration and handles contested proceedings with tax authorities.
Bramwel served in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-chairs the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. Bramwell is a member of esteemed professional organizations, including The American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He holds a JD cum laude from Harvard University and a BA with distinction in Philosophy from Yale College. Bramwell's experience includes clerking for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
43. Stephen Jacobs
General Counsel, iCapital Network
Stephen Jacobs is a Managing Director and General Counsel at iCapital, where he oversees legal and compliance matters for the company. He also serves as co-chair of the firm's Corporate Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Operating Committee. iCapital is a global fintech company that is transforming the alternative investment marketplace through its advanced technology platform. The platform enables clients in the wealth management, banking, and asset management industries to access a wide range of private investments.
Before joining iCapital, Jacobs held the position of Chief Operating Partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Department at Herrick Feinstein, an AmLaw 200 law firm. His practice focused on hedge funds, private equity funds, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He also served as the COO, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer at Spectrum Group Management, a hedge fund and private equity fund specializing in special situations and distressed debt investments.
Jacobs has held various roles such as COO, CFO, General Counsel, and Divisional President at portfolio companies sponsored by private equity firms including Wasserstein & Co. and Quadrangle. He has previous experience as an Assistant General Counsel at AIG and as an attorney in private practice. Jacobs earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Columbia University.
44. Lary Stromfeld
Partner, Member Management Committee, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Larry Stromfeld is a Partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. He is also a member of its Management Committee. With over four decades of experience in the global capital markets, Stromfeld is known for his expertise in providing practical and innovative advice on complex market structures, financial products, legal disputes, and regulatory matters.
Currently, Stromfeld represents the Federal Reserve's Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) in guiding the transition from LIBOR in the cash markets. He played a crucial role in drafting legislation enacted by the State of New York to address contracts reliant on LIBOR, serving as a model for federal laws. In the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis, Stromfeld assisted ISDA in navigating global regulatory reforms for the derivatives markets. He contributed to the development of the Dodd-Frank protocol, the revision of credit support documentation, and the launch of ISDA's first online protocol, ISDA Amend.
A strong advocate of giving back to the community, Stromfeld founded "Justice Served," an annual campaign within the legal community aimed at combating hunger among one in five New Yorkers. The campaign has raised funds to provide over 5 million meals and mobilized countless hours of volunteer work. Stromfeld is also an active member of Cadwalader's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, which focuses on community empowerment initiatives. He holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.
45. Shannon Green
General Counsel, Anomaly
Shannon Green joined Anomaly as Global General Counsel in 2020. In this role she guides business, production, and operations teams across the network to mitigate risk, strengthen legal positioning, and maximize the value of Anomaly.
Anomaly is a response to the widespread recognition in the industry that “the models are all broken” and “the traditional solutions are all becoming less and less effective.” From the company’s inception, it realized intuitively that, in order to succeed, it needed to create something that was, literally, an “Anomaly” – a deviation from the norm.
Before joining Anomaly, Green spent 5 years as General Counsel of progressive advocacy and marketing agency Blue State. She also spent 10 years as a commercial litigator at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. Green's passion is generating solutions and enabling collaboration for organizations large and small. She serves as board president of a Brooklyn nonprofit and advises numerous nonprofits and community initiatives pro bono. She loves mentoring the next generation of legal talent. Green has JD and LLM from Duke University School of Law. She also holds a BA from Stanford University.
46. Alicyn Cooley
General Counsel, Clipboard Health
Alicyn Cooley is the General Counsel at Clipboard Health, joining the company in 2022 as the Head of Legal and Risk. Clipboard Health is a technology-driven platform that addresses the nursing shortage by connecting nursing facilities with qualified nurses in a timely manner. With a focus on solving the employment challenges faced by nursing graduates, Clipboard Health aims to support the millions of nurses in the country, making it one of the top three most common jobs.
In addition to her role at Clipboard Health, Cooley serves as the Executive Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. She also works as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She teaches courses on corporate and white-collar crime, enforcement and sentencing, and co-authors the annually published treatise Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook.
Cooley brings extensive legal experience to her role, having served as an Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York for seven years. In her position as Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, she led and supervised investigations, prosecutions, and trials related to various financial crimes. Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, Cooley practiced at Davis Polk & Wardwell and clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge John Gleeson of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Cooley obtained her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from Yale University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
47. Iliana Ongun
Iliana Ongun is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. Ongun advises both public and private companies in a wide range of industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border and domestic acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, private equity transactions and spin-offs. Ongun also advises companies and sponsors with respect to shareholder activism, takeover defense strategies and other corporate governance matters.
Milbank is a top-tier international law firm known for its expertise in handling high-profile, complex cases and business transactions. With 12 offices globally, their integrated approach allows them to provide exceptional legal services to a diverse client base comprising leading companies and financial institutions. Milbank's areas of specialization include major corporate and finance transactions, litigation, financial restructuring, and trusts and estates.
Ongun is Secretary of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests. Ongun received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Harvard Law School.
48. Daniel Corcoran
Senior Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Nexthink
Daniel Corcoran is the Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel at Nexthink, a leading provider of digital employee experience management software. Since joining the company in 2018, Corcoran has played a key role in shaping the legal and compliance aspects of Nexthink's operations.
Nexthink empowers IT leaders by offering unparalleled insights into employees' daily experiences with technology, enabling proactive optimization and enhancing digital experiences for over 15 million employees across more than 1,100 customers worldwide. With headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Boston, Massachusetts, Nexthink has a global presence with nine offices.
Prior to his role at Nexthink, Corcoran served as a SVP and international general counsel at Marchex, Inc. He also gained experience as an of counsel at Felsberg Advogados and worked as an associate at Mayer Brown. His legal expertise spans banking, corporate, finance, and securities law. Corcoran holds a JD in banking, corporate, finance, and securities law from Fordham University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies in German Literature at Columbia College, Columbia University.
49. Jordan Herman
SVP, General Counsel, Oxford Nanopore Technologies plc
Jordan Herman joined Oxford Nanopore in 2021 as the General Counsel, bringing extensive legal expertise and a deep understanding of the company's growth journey. Previously, he served as a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P., acting as the company's outside counsel for over a decade and playing a pivotal role in supporting its development from a small team to a global industry leader in technology.
As the leader of Oxford Nanopore's in-house legal team, Herman is responsible for overseeing various aspects of the company's legal operations. His primary focus is to enable growth, innovation, and ethical practices while upholding legal compliance and the company's core values. With his vast experience in technology transfer, commercial agreements, M&A, joint ventures, licensing, and venture capital, Herman has supported high-growth businesses across industries such as life sciences, software, medical devices, and digital media. He has worked extensively with companies in the US, Europe, and other regions, providing legal counsel and facilitating their growth strategies.
Before joining Oxford Nanopore, Herman held significant roles at Baker Botts L.L.P., including Chair of the Austin Office Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the Life Sciences group. He obtained his JD from The Ohio State University and clerked for the Hon. James Rosenbaum, former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Additionally, he holds a degree in Political Economy from Washington University. With his diverse legal background and experience, Herman is well-equipped to guide Oxford Nanopore's legal matters and support its continued success in the technology industry.
50. Roberta Yuan
General Counsel, Hudson River Trading
Roberta Yuan is the General Counsel of Hudson River Trading (HRT), a prominent global quantitative trading firm specializing in high-frequency trading strategies. With a foundation dating back to 2002, HRT leverages advanced technology, proprietary algorithms, and data analysis to execute trades across various asset classes, including equities, futures, options, and currencies. Headquartered in New York City, the firm has earned a strong reputation for its innovative approach and ability to make rapid, automated trading decisions in dynamic market conditions.
Yuan brings 26 years of experience to her role as General Counsel. She embarked on her career in 1997 and has since gained expertise in legal and trading matters. Prior to joining HRT, Yuan served as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Crédit Agricole CIB. She also worked as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Earlier in her career, she held a trading role on the FX short-term interest rate desk at J.P. Morgan.
Yuan holds a JD from Columbia Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University. Her legal and financial background, coupled with her extensive experience, positions her well to oversee the legal and compliance functions of Hudson River Trading as it continues to excel in the field of quantitative trading.