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Ethics in Context: Summer 2013

 
Author(s): Carole L. Basri, Cristina R. Yannucci, C. Evan Stewart, Nicole Hyland, Stephen D. Brody, Helen V. Cantwell
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Jun 2013
PLI Item #: 42804
CHB Spine #: F240

Ben Wasserman is the founder of LegalMalpractice.com and serves as its Vice President and General Counsel. Ben has litigated, arbitrated, mediated and served as consulting and testifying expert in more than 1,000 legal malpractice, legal ethics, law firm billing and lawyer advertising disputes.  Counsel for plaintiffs, defendants and their Professional Liability Insurance companies regularly call upon Ben to serve as their strategic consultant and expert witness on liability and causatlon issues in legal malpractice litigation. A Hofstra Law School faculty member since 1990, Ben has taught advanced law students and practicing lawyers the law of Lawyer Malpractice. He is the Editor in Chief of the Legal Malpractice Law Review, a popular blog that comes up to the top on a Google search for "legal malpractice".

Separate and apart from his consulting and expert witness work at LegalMalpractice.com, Ben serves as Chair of the Legal Malpractice Law Department of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, where he prosecutes and defends  substantial legal malpractice claims. Ben is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with specialization in Legal Professional Liability and is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Brett A. Scher is a Partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP, where he serves as the Co-Chair of the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group. His practice includes litigation in the fields of professional liability, insurance coverage disputes, commercial matters, securities, and general liability. Brett's practice addresses litigation on the trial and appellate levels throughout the United States in both state and federal courts. In the area of professional liability, Brett's practice includes complex attorney malpractice claims arising from underlying commercial litigation, securities law, real estate, personal injury, corporate governance, entertainment law and patent/trademark issues.

He also represents several companies with respect to the defense of class action claims under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Brett also represents accountants, actuaries and insurance brokers/agents and third party administrators on errors and omissions claims. He also specializes in claims involving real estate issues - including the defense of home appraisers, surveyors, home inspectors, real estate agents, lenders, building management companies, and real estate brokers. His insurance coverage practice focuses on policy drafting and coverage services with respect to professional liability policies, technology policies, investment management policies and commercial general liability policies. He is currently serving as international coverage/monitoring counsel for two of the largest domestic insurers, supervising securities law class actions and professional negligence claims arising from the collapse of the real estate market and several financial institutions.




Mr. Stewart’s practice focuses principally on the financial services industry, where he handles litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the “Top Trials of 2005” for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for “late trading” mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.

Mr. Stewart previously served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., and as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to, among other things, oversee and litigate all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.

Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990 and has published over 200 articles on diverse legal subjects. He is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Stanford D Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject." In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She is currently the Compliance Advisor of the Fordham Corporate Compliance program, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance launched in 2012. From 1995 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor of Corporate Law with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held The Grant Irey Lectureship. She also has been an adjunct professor with New York Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Basri, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, also was a visiting professor at Hebrew University Law School in March 2008.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

For ten years, she served as co-chair of PLI’s Conferences on Corporate Compliance. She has chaired the Ethics for In-House Counsel seminar since 2004, chaired the Global Financial Crisis conference from July 2008 to 2010, and chaired and created the Ethics and Law Department Management Seminar in 2012. She has also been Co-Chair of the Fordham University Law School Corporate Investments Compliance Forum, which was held on April 2, 2012.

From 2010 until 2012, Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006). She also currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association; a member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate General Counsel Advisory Committee; a member of the International Council of the Bar of the City of New York and former co-chair of the International Legal Education and Certification Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association; and a member of the task force on the Future of the Legal Profession of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues. Since the first Corporate Lawyering Accreditation Conference in 1999, the Corporate Lawyering Group has developed conferences and programs on corporate and international law, as well as on ethics. She has served on the Academic Committee of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy from June 2007 until 2011, where she has worked on creating a curriculum for addressing corporate corruption.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms.  Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance.  She is co-author of Corporate Legal Departments (4rd edition) published by the PLI, which was translated into Chinese in 2010 by China Free Press, and the editor of International Corporate Practice, published by PLI. She is the co-editor of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for West Publishing and the editor of Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance, which was published by Lexis Nexis in 2009. She is also the editor of three PLI Handbooks on the Global Financial Crisis published from 2008 to 2010 and the PLI handbook Ethics and Law Department in 2012. Ms. Basri received the 2001 Lexis Nexis/ Corporate Legal Times Leadership Award and was the keynote moderator at the LegalTech West Coast Conference in June 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.


Christina B. Dugger is the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she has held since April 2012.  Ms. Dugger first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1999, serving as Deputy Chief of the Office’s Criminal Division, Chief of the General Crimes Section and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics and Money Laundering Section.  After leaving the Office in 2008, Ms. Dugger was a Vice President for Compliance in the Global Securities Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., and an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she helped manage the bank’s Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Group.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1999, Ms. Dugger was an associate at the New York law firm of Rogers & Wells, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.  She received an A.B. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review.


Claudia T. Morgan is an eDiscovery attorney in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  She focuses her practice on electronic discovery and information management, both domestically and abroad. Her responsibilities include responding to litigation, and regulatory requests for information, and assisting with internal investigations.

Ms. Morgan has managed all aspects of discovery, including coordinating with clients’ litigation departments, directing and consulting with vendors, and hiring and managing teams of contract attorneys and paralegals. She also has experience working with expert witnesses to collect and analyze relevant data.

Ms. Morgan counsels clients on a range of information risk management issues, including eDiscovery and Records and Information Management (RIM) best practices and litigation preparation.  She has worked with clients in overhauling their corporate RIM policies and procedures.

Ms. Morgan received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in 1992 and completed her J.D., with honors, from George Mason University School of Law in 1998.

Ms. Morgan is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production.


Cristina R. Yannucci serves as Vice-Chair of the firm's Legal Malpractice sub-committee for the firm-wide Professional Liability Practice Group. Her practice focuses on litigation in the fields of professional liability, insurance coverage and municipal liability. The professional liability practice encompasses claims against attorneys, accountants, appraisers, brokers, title companies, real estate managers, directors and officers. Many of the attorney malpractice claims arise from underlying complex real estate transactions, commercial litigation, international law, the Uniform Commercial Code and corporate governance. Cristina’s practice is venued in both the state and federal courts, including many professional liability matters arising in the context of adversary proceedings commenced in the bankruptcy courts. Additionally, Cristina handles appellate matters at both the state and federal levels.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Yannucci developed her legal expertise as a partner in a large litigation firm, and was a criminal defense attorney with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society.


David Boyd Booker is a New York corporate attorney specializing in fixed income derivative transactions.  Since 2007, he has been with the New York office of the Paris based corporate and investment bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, where he currently is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel and is the Head of Fixed Income Derivatives for the Americas – Legal.  Previously Mr. Booker practiced for several years in the New York legal department of Credit Suisse.  In addition, prior to going in-house, he practiced for a number of years in New York with the law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and then the law firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.  Mr. Booker holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Mr. Booker has previously been a presenter at various programs conducted by the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association, ACI, FTF and SIFMA and he has spoken at classes at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fordham University Law School.  In addition, Mr. Booker is a member of the New York State Bar Association (where he is a member of the Derivatives and Structured Products Committee), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (where he is a member of the Futures and Derivatives Regulation Committee) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (where he is a member of the Energy Committee and the Financial Services Committee).  Mr. Booker is also a member of SIFMA’s Derivative Task Force Committee and ISDA’s Credit Derivatives Committee among others.

Mr. Booker is a native Manhattanite and resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children.  He is also an avid wine collector, traveler and skier.


Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations. Ms. Cantwell represents a wide range of individuals, companies, schools, and nonprofits, and she frequently advises clients on their compliance obligations. She is also a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Chambers USA (2014) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. Clients note that she is a “very confident advocate” and commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

While much of Ms. Cantwell’s work is not public, some of her representative white collar and regulatory matters include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with various state and federal investigations;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the District Attorney for New York County into allegations of money laundering and fraud;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ into mortgage-related matters;
  • A major U.S. bank in various investigations regarding subprime auto lending;
  • A bank executive responsible for the setting of LIBOR in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, and DOJ;
  • The Chief Risk Officer of a hedge fund in civil litigation and investigations relating to the Bernard L. Madoff matter;
  • A payments processing company in an internal investigation regarding accounting fraud and embezzlement;
  • Private equity clients in governmental investigations and litigations relating to fallout from the financial crisis and the collapse of MF Global;
  • Ongoing compliance advice to clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB, consumer finance, and anti-money laundering;
  • Current and former corporate executives in DOJ, SEC, and CFTC investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, theft of trade secrets, and other matters;
  • Various matters before the District Attorneys in New York, the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and other state attorneys general; and
  • Ongoing advice and counseling to schools and other educational institutions in sensitive sexual abuse investigations.

Her civil experience includes:

  • Representation of a leading insurance company in the successful settlement after jury selection of a securities litigation arising from its demutualization;
  • Representation of Metromedia International Group in a trial in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Metromedia); and
  • Representation of Syracuse University in a defamation suit arising out of comments made by the basketball coach during an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the US Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

Before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.


Jason Sabot is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase, where he leads a Group within Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement that manages responses to non-routine government inquiries, and conducts internal investigations relating to the firm’s consumer lines of business.  Jason also manages the New York Subpoena Escalation Team, which reviews grand jury and regulatory subpoenas and escalates where appropriate to various areas of the company.  Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Jason spent five years in-house as Senior Managing Counsel at The Bank of New York Mellon, managing investigations and enforcement actions.  Before that, Jason spent over ten years as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, including over 5 years on the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.  He began his legal career as an Enforcement Lawyer with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in New York.  He presently serves on the Government Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  He is an active member of the Closter, New Jersey Lions Club, and a graduate of Hofstra Law School.  He coaches baseball and soccer teams that his two sons play on.


Mark Cohen is a partner of the Firm, which he co-founded in 2002, and head of the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration and White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations groups. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Law Review. He formerly practiced with the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Cohen’s litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and antitrust litigation. He also focuses on white collar defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations, where he represents companies, financial institutions and individual clients in white collar criminal cases, federal and state regulatory proceedings, proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, and corporate internal investigations.

Mr. Cohen has been selected as a leading lawyer in the White Collar category of the forthcoming 2013 Chambers USA guide. He is named as a “Local Litigation Star” in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation and has been included as one of a New York’s Super Lawyers each year since 2008.

Practice Areas

Litigation and Arbitration; White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations

Education and Bar Admissions

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1987); Cornell University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1984). New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Nicole Hyland is a partner in the Litigation Group and Professional Responsibility Group at Frankfurt Kurnit. Her practice focuses primarily on legal ethics, professional responsibility, and legal malpractice.

Ms. Hyland counsels attorneys and law firms on conflicts of interest, legal fee disputes, escrow issues, disqualification motions, multijurisdictional law practice, business transactions with clients, lateral transitions, law firm formation and break-ups, advertising and social media use, and other professional responsibility issues. Ms. Hyland also represents defendants and plaintiffs in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.

In addition to her legal ethics and professional responsibility practice, Ms. Hyland has an active litigation practice, focusing on art, literature, and entertainment industry disputes. She handles copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and defamation claims, as well as disputes over financing, production, distribution, and talent agreements. She counsels art, literature, and entertainment industry clients on content issues, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, television formatting rights, privacy, defamation, and fair use.

Ms. Hyland is Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA). In that role, she oversees the City Bar’s ethics hotline, which provides ethical guidance to lawyers from all over New York State. She also oversees the drafting of informal and formal ethics opinions on a variety of topics, including: non-refundable flat fee arrangements, the use of Professional Employer Organizations by law firms, the ethics of using a virtual law office, ethical guidelines for accepting credit cards, and business arrangements between law firms and nonlegal organizations.

Ms. Hyland serves as Co-Chair for the Ethics Committees of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and the New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) – WBASNY’s New York City chapter. For the past two years she has hosted the NYWBA annual meeting at Frankfurt Kurnit followed by an Ethics CLE program for NYWBA members and attendees.

Ms. Hyland serves on the Board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee for Standards on Attorney Conduct (COSAC). She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Ms. Hyland writes and lectures frequently on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. She recently joined Professor Roy Simon as a co-author on his seminal treatise: Simon’s New York Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated (2015 ed.). She is on the editorial board of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter and contributes to the Legal Ethics Forum blog. Ms. Hyland is admitted to practice in New York.


Noah J. Hanft is general counsel and chief franchise integrity officer for MasterCard Worldwide. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, public policy and compliance. Mr. Hanft also has responsibility for Franchise Development, Global Diversity, Corporate Security and Payment System Integrity, which includes oversight of Fraud Management, Security and Risk Services, and Global Product and Information Security. He is a member of the company's Executive Committee.

Since first joining MasterCard in 1984, Mr. Hanft has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Law Department, including that of senior vice president, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.

He briefly left MasterCard from 1990 to 1993 to become senior vice president and Assistant General Counsel of AT&T Universal Card Services, where he successfully defended numerous legal and regulatory challenges initiated against AT&T's start-up credit card operation.  He was previously associated with the intellectual property law firm of Ladas & Parry in New York. He began his career as a trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Hanft currently serves on the boards of the Legal Aid Society and of Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In 2012, he was named General Counsel of the Year at the Global Counsel Awards.

Mr. Hanft has a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law in trade regulations, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a bachelor's degree from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.


As Practice Leader of the E-Discovery and Data Management Group, Mr. Yannella manages litigation involving complex eDiscovery, leveraging his experience as National Discovery Counsel for more than a dozen companies in nationwide litigations. He advises clients in a wide range of industries on the creation of records retention policies and schedules, and the implementation of worldwide information governance programs.


Raja is responsible for the company’s Compliance program, including Financial Crimes Compliance, as well as other global risk responsibilities.  He also participates in Tishman Speyer’s Investment and Management Committees.

Raja previously worked at Morgan Stanley for ten years as the Global Head of the Anti-Corruption Group, the Global Head of Special Investigations, and the Firm’s Global Franchise Committee Officer.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Raja was a prosecutor for ten years, most recently at the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, in Washington, DC.  Raja also served as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office.


Jeanine Conley, the Hiring Partner for summer and fall recruitment in BakerHostetler's New York office, focuses her practice on employment and complex commercial litigation. She has tried a number of employment and commercial disputes in both federal and state court successfully. She also has spent numerous years representing companies and their officers, directors and employees in white collar matters and corporate investigations, including, whistleblower, insider trading and anti-kickback matters. Ms. Conley counsels clients primarily in the health, media and entertainment, hospitality and financial services industries on a range of employment, compliance and regulatory issues. She has represented clients before several government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, United States Department of Justice, United States Attorneys' Offices and New York State Attorney General's Office. She advises companies on a variety of employment matters, including age, gender, race and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour claims and assists them with corporate policy matters and internal trainings and investigations.

Since 2009, Ms. Conley has been a member of the BakerHostetler team that serves as Counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, working on the global investigation of the Ponzi scheme-the largest financial fraud in history-and related litigations seeking recoveries for the Customer Fund.

Before joining BakerHostetler, Ms. Conley clerked for the Honorable William G. Bassler in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and worked at Arnold & Porter. Throughout her career, Ms. Conley has maintained an active pro bono practice and is very active within her community.  Ms. Conley is on the board of various nonprofit organizations, including the New York Urban League and Early Stages. She is chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Minorities in the Profession and past chair of the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School of Criminal Justice. Ms. Conley also is past president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys, a former delegate to the New York State Bar House of Delegates and a former fellow of the Council of Urban Professionals fellowship program. She is a member of the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association and recently was named to the Power 100 List by On Being a Black Lawyer ("OBABL") as one of the Top Ten to Watch and as one of the Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Bar Association and Impact and as the Network Journal's 40 under Forty. Ms. Conley also received the Diversity Champion Award from the New York City Bar in 2011.   


Stephen D. Brody is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office, Co-Chair of the firm-wide Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice, and leader of the practice’s Drug and Medical Device subgroup. He also works frequently with attorneys in the firm’s Consumer Class Actions, Appellate, and White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practices.

Steve is a trial lawyer and works on a wide variety of complex, aggregated litigation, with a primary focus on pharmaceutical, health care, and product liability matters, including State Attorney General investigations and litigation. He has defended class actions and State AG cases involving pharmaceutical marketing, consumer fraud, state Medicaid reimbursement, health insurance plan benefits, preferred provider agreements, and 401(k) fees and retirement plan investment selection. He also has an active appellate practice, and has recently handled appeals in the 4th, 8th, 10th,11th and DC Circuits, and state appellate courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 2014, he obtained reversal of $1.7 billion in consumer fraud judgments for his clients.

Before joining O'Melveny, Steve was the Acting Director of the Tobacco Litigation Team at the US Department of Justice. In that role, and in his prior role as the team's Deputy Director, Steve led a team of 35 Justice Department lawyers through four years of discovery on three continents and a nine-month civil RICO trial against major cigarette manufacturers in one of the largest civil cases ever brought by the Department of Justice. During the course of the litigation, Steve not only led the government's prosecution, but also represented the interests of almost 20 executive branch agencies. The case resulted in a 1,653-page opinion from the district court awarding judgment for the United States against all defendants. The judgment was upheld on appeal. Steve’s work on the tobacco case has been described in several journal articles and books, including Harvard medical historian Allan Brandt’s  The Cigarette Century  (Basic Books 2007) and  Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry  (American Public Health Assn. 2012).

Steve is a member of the faculty for the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, one of the nation's premier trial advocacy programs for practicing lawyers. He is also a frequent speaker on state Attorney General investigations and litigation and product liability issues.

Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.


Susan J. Kohlmann is a litigator in Jenner’s Content, Media & Entertainment Practice and Chair of the Trademark, Advertising, and Unfair Competition Practice.  Clients seek her counsel on a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.  She has represented companies in various class action and other complex commercial matters, as well as counseled large corporations on a variety of intellectual property issues.  In addition to her extensive experience in jury and bench trials and arbitration proceedings, Ms. Kohlmann has extensive experience briefing and arguing appeals in the New York appellate courts and several federal circuit courts.

Ms. Kohlmann has been recognized by Legal 500 for her work in the Intellectual Property: Copyright and Appellate and Supreme Court practice areas.  She also received recognition as a New York Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation for 2006-2013 and was named as an Outstanding Woman of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers Association in 2004.  Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment Practice was recognized as a Band 1 practice in Chambers USA’s Media & Entertainment Category in 2012 and one of only three firms nationwide to be ranked Tier 1 in the 2012 Legal 500 Intellectual Property-Copyright category. Ms Kohlmann serves on the Firm’s Policy Committee, the senior governing committee of Jenner & Block and  as Chair of the Diversity Committee.

Ms. Kohlmann has lectured and published on copyright issues.  She was a panelist on “The Future of Intellectual Property: An Evening With Judge Alex Kozinski and Friends” at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and spoken on Fair Use in the Digital Age at the New York City Bar and discussed termination rights under the U.S. Copyright Act at The Copyright Society in New York City.  Ms. Kohlmann has served as a member of the New York City Bar's Nominating Committee, Chair of the New York City Bar's Committee to Enhance Diversity, and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar. She is also a member of the boards of Legal Momentum, the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Legal Services NYC. 


Mr. Stewart’s practice focuses principally on the financial services industry, where he handles litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the “Top Trials of 2005” for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for “late trading” mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.

Mr. Stewart previously served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., and as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to, among other things, oversee and litigate all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.

Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990 and has published over 200 articles on diverse legal subjects. He is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Stanford D Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject." In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She is currently the Compliance Advisor of the Fordham Corporate Compliance program, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance launched in 2012. From 1995 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor of Corporate Law with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held The Grant Irey Lectureship. She also has been an adjunct professor with New York Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Basri, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, also was a visiting professor at Hebrew University Law School in March 2008.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

For ten years, she served as co-chair of PLI’s Conferences on Corporate Compliance. She has chaired the Ethics for In-House Counsel seminar since 2004, chaired the Global Financial Crisis conference from July 2008 to 2010, and chaired and created the Ethics and Law Department Management Seminar in 2012. She has also been Co-Chair of the Fordham University Law School Corporate Investments Compliance Forum, which was held on April 2, 2012.

From 2010 until 2012, Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006). She also currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association; a member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate General Counsel Advisory Committee; a member of the International Council of the Bar of the City of New York and former co-chair of the International Legal Education and Certification Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association; and a member of the task force on the Future of the Legal Profession of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues. Since the first Corporate Lawyering Accreditation Conference in 1999, the Corporate Lawyering Group has developed conferences and programs on corporate and international law, as well as on ethics. She has served on the Academic Committee of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy from June 2007 until 2011, where she has worked on creating a curriculum for addressing corporate corruption.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms.  Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance.  She is co-author of Corporate Legal Departments (4rd edition) published by the PLI, which was translated into Chinese in 2010 by China Free Press, and the editor of International Corporate Practice, published by PLI. She is the co-editor of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for West Publishing and the editor of Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance, which was published by Lexis Nexis in 2009. She is also the editor of three PLI Handbooks on the Global Financial Crisis published from 2008 to 2010 and the PLI handbook Ethics and Law Department in 2012. Ms. Basri received the 2001 Lexis Nexis/ Corporate Legal Times Leadership Award and was the keynote moderator at the LegalTech West Coast Conference in June 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.


Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations. Ms. Cantwell represents a wide range of individuals, companies, schools, and nonprofits, and she frequently advises clients on their compliance obligations. She is also a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Chambers USA (2014) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. Clients note that she is a “very confident advocate” and commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

While much of Ms. Cantwell’s work is not public, some of her representative white collar and regulatory matters include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with various state and federal investigations;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the District Attorney for New York County into allegations of money laundering and fraud;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ into mortgage-related matters;
  • A major U.S. bank in various investigations regarding subprime auto lending;
  • A bank executive responsible for the setting of LIBOR in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, and DOJ;
  • The Chief Risk Officer of a hedge fund in civil litigation and investigations relating to the Bernard L. Madoff matter;
  • A payments processing company in an internal investigation regarding accounting fraud and embezzlement;
  • Private equity clients in governmental investigations and litigations relating to fallout from the financial crisis and the collapse of MF Global;
  • Ongoing compliance advice to clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB, consumer finance, and anti-money laundering;
  • Current and former corporate executives in DOJ, SEC, and CFTC investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, theft of trade secrets, and other matters;
  • Various matters before the District Attorneys in New York, the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and other state attorneys general; and
  • Ongoing advice and counseling to schools and other educational institutions in sensitive sexual abuse investigations.

Her civil experience includes:

  • Representation of a leading insurance company in the successful settlement after jury selection of a securities litigation arising from its demutualization;
  • Representation of Metromedia International Group in a trial in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Metromedia); and
  • Representation of Syracuse University in a defamation suit arising out of comments made by the basketball coach during an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the US Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

Before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.


Nicole Hyland is a partner in the Litigation Group and Professional Responsibility Group at Frankfurt Kurnit. Her practice focuses primarily on legal ethics, professional responsibility, and legal malpractice.

Ms. Hyland counsels attorneys and law firms on conflicts of interest, legal fee disputes, escrow issues, disqualification motions, multijurisdictional law practice, business transactions with clients, lateral transitions, law firm formation and break-ups, advertising and social media use, and other professional responsibility issues. Ms. Hyland also represents defendants and plaintiffs in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.

In addition to her legal ethics and professional responsibility practice, Ms. Hyland has an active litigation practice, focusing on art, literature, and entertainment industry disputes. She handles copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and defamation claims, as well as disputes over financing, production, distribution, and talent agreements. She counsels art, literature, and entertainment industry clients on content issues, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, television formatting rights, privacy, defamation, and fair use.

Ms. Hyland is Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA). In that role, she oversees the City Bar’s ethics hotline, which provides ethical guidance to lawyers from all over New York State. She also oversees the drafting of informal and formal ethics opinions on a variety of topics, including: non-refundable flat fee arrangements, the use of Professional Employer Organizations by law firms, the ethics of using a virtual law office, ethical guidelines for accepting credit cards, and business arrangements between law firms and nonlegal organizations.

Ms. Hyland serves as Co-Chair for the Ethics Committees of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and the New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) – WBASNY’s New York City chapter. For the past two years she has hosted the NYWBA annual meeting at Frankfurt Kurnit followed by an Ethics CLE program for NYWBA members and attendees.

Ms. Hyland serves on the Board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee for Standards on Attorney Conduct (COSAC). She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Ms. Hyland writes and lectures frequently on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. She recently joined Professor Roy Simon as a co-author on his seminal treatise: Simon’s New York Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated (2015 ed.). She is on the editorial board of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter and contributes to the Legal Ethics Forum blog. Ms. Hyland is admitted to practice in New York.


Cristina R. Yannucci serves as Vice-Chair of the firm's Legal Malpractice sub-committee for the firm-wide Professional Liability Practice Group. Her practice focuses on litigation in the fields of professional liability, insurance coverage and municipal liability. The professional liability practice encompasses claims against attorneys, accountants, appraisers, brokers, title companies, real estate managers, directors and officers. Many of the attorney malpractice claims arise from underlying complex real estate transactions, commercial litigation, international law, the Uniform Commercial Code and corporate governance. Cristina’s practice is venued in both the state and federal courts, including many professional liability matters arising in the context of adversary proceedings commenced in the bankruptcy courts. Additionally, Cristina handles appellate matters at both the state and federal levels.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Yannucci developed her legal expertise as a partner in a large litigation firm, and was a criminal defense attorney with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society.


Stephen D. Brody is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office, Co-Chair of the firm-wide Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice, and leader of the practice’s Drug and Medical Device subgroup. He also works frequently with attorneys in the firm’s Consumer Class Actions, Appellate, and White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practices.

Steve is a trial lawyer and works on a wide variety of complex, aggregated litigation, with a primary focus on pharmaceutical, health care, and product liability matters, including State Attorney General investigations and litigation. He has defended class actions and State AG cases involving pharmaceutical marketing, consumer fraud, state Medicaid reimbursement, health insurance plan benefits, preferred provider agreements, and 401(k) fees and retirement plan investment selection. He also has an active appellate practice, and has recently handled appeals in the 4th, 8th, 10th,11th and DC Circuits, and state appellate courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 2014, he obtained reversal of $1.7 billion in consumer fraud judgments for his clients.

Before joining O'Melveny, Steve was the Acting Director of the Tobacco Litigation Team at the US Department of Justice. In that role, and in his prior role as the team's Deputy Director, Steve led a team of 35 Justice Department lawyers through four years of discovery on three continents and a nine-month civil RICO trial against major cigarette manufacturers in one of the largest civil cases ever brought by the Department of Justice. During the course of the litigation, Steve not only led the government's prosecution, but also represented the interests of almost 20 executive branch agencies. The case resulted in a 1,653-page opinion from the district court awarding judgment for the United States against all defendants. The judgment was upheld on appeal. Steve’s work on the tobacco case has been described in several journal articles and books, including Harvard medical historian Allan Brandt’s  The Cigarette Century  (Basic Books 2007) and  Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry  (American Public Health Assn. 2012).

Steve is a member of the faculty for the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, one of the nation's premier trial advocacy programs for practicing lawyers. He is also a frequent speaker on state Attorney General investigations and litigation and product liability issues.

Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.