Jonathan Abernethy represents clients in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. He is a recognized authority on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and regularly advises global companies on FCPA matters. Additionally, he represents companies and individuals in sensitive investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, public corruption, antitrust, commodities fraud, health care fraud, and other white collar matters. He has extensive experience with various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.
Prior to joining the firm, Jon served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was a lead prosecutor on FCPA, money laundering, and financial fraud cases, and practiced at Fulbright & Jaworski.
Jon has been recognized in Chambers USA’s white collar and government investigations category each year since 2015. He is also recognized in Legal 500’s United States coverage for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense and has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers for white collar criminal defense each year since 2010.
Jon is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jon is a frequent lecturer and has written articles for the New York Law Journal, the ABA Securities Litigation Journal, and other publications.
Kwaku Andoh’s practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions, as well as general corporate counseling. Kwaku has substantial experience in deal negotiation and documentation across a broad spectrum of industries, including information technology, biotechnology, consumer products, and the financial services sector.
Prior to joining the firm, Kwaku served as Managing Director & Associate General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase, where he advised on over $10 billion in investments in FinTech startups, mergers and acquisitions transactions, and venture capital transactions for all JPMorgan Chase lines of business worldwide.
Previously, Kwaku practiced with Fenwick & West LLP in Palo Alto and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School, where he was Notes Editor for the Stanford Law Review and Associate Managing Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. Kwaku has a Masters’ Degree in Economics from Boston University and he received his undergraduate degree in Economics, cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Karen Bromberg is the chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology group and leads the U.S. Privacy and Data Security practice. Her intellectual property practice focuses on litigation, counseling, and dispute resolution in all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets, and internet-related issues. She regularly negotiates and drafts license agreements for software and other IP assets as well as a variety of commercial agreements in support of her clients' technology transactions, including outsourcing agreements, cloud computing agreements, infrastructure agreements, distribution agreements, and partnership agreements. Karen also represents companies in connection with the due diligence review and evaluation of target companies’ intellectual property assets in connection with joint ventures, asset purchases, and mergers and acquisitions.
Karen has been ranked by Chambers USA as a “Leading Individual” for patents each year since 2014. She has been named as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property each year since 2014 with recognitions for her work in patents and trademarks, included as a leading patent practitioner in Intellectual Asset Management’s “Patent 1000,” and recognized in Benchmark Litigation. Karen has been named as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property each year since 2010. She has been selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers each year since 2014 and, in 2015 and 2016, Karen was selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.
In addition to her intellectual property practice, Karen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) with certifications covering both U.S. and European privacy law. She advises clients on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters, including privacy policies and procedures, regulatory investigations, global compliance, cross-border data transfers, cybersecurity and network intrusion issues, and contractual issues involving privacy and security with an emphasis on litigation avoidance.
She also counsels management on a variety of employment matters, including employment contracts, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, consulting and work for hire agreements, and best practice employment policies with a focus on litigation avoidance and strategic planning.
Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Marketing at a television advertising firm where she negotiated the rights to over $100 million in advertising properties and handled all legal aspects of the company’s affairs.
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Mark Cohen is a partner of the firm, which he co-founded in 2002, and is head of the firm's Litigation and Arbitration and White Collar Defense groups. Mark’s litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, shareholder, securities, and derivatives litigation, employment litigation, corporate control and M&A litigation, and antitrust litigation. He also focuses on white collar defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations, where he represents companies, financial institutions, corporate boards and their committees, and individual clients in white collar criminal cases, federal and state regulatory proceedings, proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, and corporate internal investigations.
Since 2011, he has served as a court-appointed monitor for the largest fire department in the country following his appointment by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The monitorship involves implementing the Court’s remedial order following a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.
Mark 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 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Mark has been ranked by the Chambers USA guide as a “Leading Individual” in the white collar crime and government investigations category each year since 2013 and has been recognized in its securities litigation category since 2016. He is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in the categories of corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and general commercial disputes. He is regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category, and has been a member of Law360's editorial advisory board for its white collar coverage since 2014. He has also been named a “Local Litigation Star” in the last five editions of Benchmark Litigation and has been included as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Business Litigation each year since 2008. Mark has been selected by Super Lawyers each year since 2014 as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area. He was recently a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne University in Paris and taught a course to French law students called “U.S. White Collar Criminal Law.”
Gale Dick’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation, U.S. and cross-border corporate investigations, white collar criminal and enforcement matters, general commercial litigation, and securities litigation and arbitration. His clients have included domestic and multinational corporations in the financial services, media, manufacturing, engineering, construction, health care, and consumer products sectors; boards of directors and audit committees; individuals; governmental and quasi-governmental entities; and law firms and other professional service providers. Gale has also represented clients in matters involving intellectual property, defamation, and related First Amendment issues. Gale is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its coverage for corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and commercial litigation.
Gale is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and was formerly a Teaching Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he focused on media law issues. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and a former Managing Editor of the World Arbitration & Mediation Report and the American Review of International Arbitration. He has published widely on international arbitration, FCPA enforcement, and corporate investigations.
Prior to joining the firm, Gale practiced for ten years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Angéline Duffour is a partner at the firm’s Paris office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment law in a diverse range of industries (including hospitality and leisure, life sciences and healthcare, chemical industries, luxury, fashion and transportation).
She regularly drafts and negotiates employment contracts, collective agreements, wage and incentive plans, and internal rules and regulations. She also represents companies in restructurings, sales of a business under the Hamon law, closing of sites under the Florange law, and mergers and acquisitions (including due diligence reviews, compliance with staff representatives’ information and consultation obligations, and compliance with TUPE regulations). Angéline regularly provides advice on status, remuneration, and social coverage of top management/executives and corporate officers, working hours, collective redundancies, and group/international mobility. She also manages relationships with trade unions and personnel representatives with respect to elections, conflicts, and negotiation of collective agreements and litigates employment and labor-related disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Angéline was Of Counsel with the Employment group at Dentons (formerly Salans) in Paris. She studied business and economic law at the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, business and tax law at the University of Nancy 2, and received a Certificate of Specialty in employment from the University of Montpellier. Angéline is fluent in French and English.
Robert Gavigan’s practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, supply and distribution arrangements, secured and unsecured loan financings, venture capital investments, private placements, complex commercial joint ventures and alliances, and general corporate counseling. He has substantial experience representing companies in the life science, healthcare, and consumer products industries.
Prior to joining the firm, Bob practiced with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, where he focused on corporate law and corporate finance. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Article Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Prior to law school, Bob spent more than a decade working in the oil and gas business in the Middle East, North Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and South America in various petroleum engineering and management positions.
Muriel Goldberg-Darmon is a partner in the firm’s Paris office. With more than 20 years of experience in financial markets and financial services in consulting and litigation, her practice focuses on advising listed companies and their managers, investment funds, insurance companies, and financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues, investigations, and corporate transactions. Muriel has significant experience in investigation, control, and sanction proceedings before the French financial market authority (AMF), in international cooperation with foreign regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and others, as well as in related court proceedings. Her transactional experience spans M&A, tender offers, IPOs, and other securities issuances, and she also regularly advises on corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and financial communications matters.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Muriel was a partner at Dentons (formerly Salans) and then at DLA Piper in Paris. Muriel holds a Ph.D. on the legal aspects of the IPO, and she holds Master’s degrees (DEA) from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in law philosophy and in business and economic law. Muriel is a lecturer at HEC in Paris regarding investigation, control, and sanction proceedings before the AMF. She is fluent in French and English.
Lawrence T Gresser is the Managing Partner of the firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Larry's practice focuses on advising clients on complex commercial matters, including international litigation and arbitration, securities law, real estate litigation, partnership and LLC law, executive compensation, and private equity transactions. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies and private equity funds.
Larry is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Order of the Coif and was an Executive Note Editor of the Law Review. Following graduation, Larry served as a Law Clerk to Honorable William C. Canby, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
Larry has been recognized in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Chambers USA guide in the General Commercial Litigation category. He has been recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide for securities litigation since 2013, he has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers for Business Litigation each year since 2007, and he has been recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" for New York by Benchmark Litigation. In 2016, Larry was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Johannes Jonas is head of the firm’s Paris office and has over 25 years of experience managing sophisticated corporate transactions for European and North American clients. His practice focuses on cross-border transactions and investments, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, and general commercial law.
Fluent in French, German, Dutch, and English, Johannes has extensive international experience. He maintains a significant base of clients worldwide, particularly in the automotive, life sciences, luxury goods, and technology sectors. Johannes is admitted to practice law in Paris, New York, and Germany.
Johannes has also volunteered for many years with not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of the World Scout Foundation. Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Johannes was a partner at Dentons (formerly Salans) in Paris. He also previously practiced in the New York and Paris offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and the Frankfurt office of Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann (today Freshfields).
Nicholas Kaiser began his career at the Wall Street law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel as a transactional tax attorney focused on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, and tax-structured real estate investments including state, federal and international issues. He now has over thirty years of experience as a real estate, corporate and tax lawyer, providing business solutions to publicly and privately held companies. Nicholas advises clients in structuring corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships to acquire real estate, operating businesses and other investments. He also represents clients in structuring sales, mergers, spin-offs, and other commercial transactions and in the day-to-day tax issues that arise in operating businesses. He works seamlessly with clients’ internal and external accountants and advisors to optimize clients' outcomes.
Nicholas’s broad-based real estate practice focuses on all aspects of property acquisition, development, construction, finance, disposition and leasing. He serves as general counsel to one of the largest boutique hotel owners/operators in Manhattan. Nicholas is also general counsel to one of the earliest developers of luxury property in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and closed the largest development site acquisition in North Williamsburg in 2013 for this client. He is also lead counsel to the developers of the two largest hotels and mixed use projects in Williamsburg. Nicholas also represents national and individual retail tenants in leasing matters. He has represented borrowers and lenders in over $750 million of mortgage loans since 2010. Nicholas structures tax-free 1031 exchanges, sponsor/investor operating agreements with complex waterfalls, and local and state tax, transfer tax, and mortgage recording tax matters. He also has extensive experience advising both lenders and borrowers on asset-based and project financing.
Prior to joining the firm, Nicholas practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Kaiser has a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University.
Franck Le Mentec is the head of the firm’s French Tax practice and a partner in the Paris office. His practice focuses on cross-border taxation, both for multinational enterprises and private clients. He has substantial experience in inbound and outbound transactions and represents his tax controversy clients in front of the French tax administration and the French Courts. He also advises on mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, real estate taxation, and corporate tax matters. He counsels his private clients in their investments into and out of France, plans their immigration or expatriation from France, and advises them on all aspects of their asset management, including international family tax planning.
Franck often speaks at international conferences, including the International Fiscal Association and Confédération Fiscale Européenne. His practice has been recognized in the “highly notorious” category of the Décideurs Tax Guide 2015 as well as in Legal 500.
Prior to joining the firm, Franck was a tax partner at Cotty Vivant Marchisio and Lauzeral. Previously, he practiced in the London and Paris offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his Master’s Degree in Business and Tax Law from the University of Lyon III, and currently teaches international taxation at the University of Paris I – Sorbonne.
Melissa H Maxman is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She has decades of litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, primarily in the areas of antitrust, RICO, environmental law, complex commercial disputes, and white collar defense. She has extensive experience advising domestic and foreign corporations on global antitrust issues. She has represented clients in complex civil and criminal matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and in private civil matters. Melissa is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its coverage for both commercial litigation and white collar defense.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Melissa was the Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. offices of two large national law firms. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry T Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Melissa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.
Melissa has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2003. She is also an Advisory Board member for the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and is Co-Chair of the ABA National Institute on Class Actions. She chairs the Dean's National Advisory Council for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. She serves as Vice Chair of the Global Private Litigation Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section.
Nathaniel Read is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who regularly appears before federal and state courts and international and U.S. arbitration forums. His practice focuses on complex business and financial disputes, with a particular emphasis on securities, commercial litigation, and real estate litigation. He has also handled a significant number of products liability, antitrust, and other class actions for telecommunications and consumer products companies, as well as other clients. Nate also has extensive experience in trademark, employment, and white collar criminal and enforcement matters.
Nate is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its coverage for both commercial litigation and securities litigation. He was also named one of New York's Super Lawyers for Business Litigation in 2016. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Florence Allen Scholar. Before joining the firm, he practiced at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in New York City. He is proficient in Spanish.
Bonnie Roe has over thirty years of experience as a corporate lawyer advising publicly and privately held companies and funds. Her practice focuses on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and private equity. Bonnie regularly advises public companies and their boards of directors on public disclosure, SEC compliance matters, corporate governance, and executive compensation. She has served as counsel for issuers, investors, and placement agents in connection with public and private offerings, including cross-border offerings. She also represents companies and investment funds in early and later stage financing transactions and has significant experience in fund formation and investment. Bonnie has counseled numerous buyers and sellers of publicly and privately held businesses, helping to develop and execute strategies for achieving business goals in an efficient manner. Her clients include both U.S. and internationally based companies.
Bonnie is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner in the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Bonnie has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Securities & Corporate Finance each year since 2011. Bonnie is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a member of Law360’s editorial advisory board for its private equity coverage. She is proficient in French.
Guillaume Seligmann is a partner in the firm’s Paris office and leads its French technology, privacy, and data protection practice. His practice focuses on all aspects of technology, advising clients on a broad range of technology transactions, disputes, and regulatory matters, both within France and internationally. He counsels clients on software licensing and disputes, outsourcing, cloud computing, data privacy, cybersecurity, big data, digital media, and other e-commerce and internet-related issues. He also has substantial experience advising on matters related to telecom networks, VoIP, and satellite telecommunications as well as technology pertaining to the defense, aerospace, and robotics industries.
Guillaume’s practice has been recognized by Legal 500 France in the IT, Telecoms, and Internet category and by Chambers Europe in the Information Technology category. He also lectures at HEC / Ecole 42 for its Masters in Management program.
Prior to joining the firm, Guillaume was a partner at Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral in Paris. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne and his LL.B. with honors from King’s College London at the University of London. Guillaume is fluent in French and English.
Steve is recognized by Legal 500’s U.S. guide for his work in securities litigation and corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense.
S.C. Sohn is the head of the firm’s Korean office. His practice focuses on international arbitration, cross-border litigation, and international business transactions. He also has substantial experience in technology transfers and licensing. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Barun Law, a highly regarded international law firm located in Seoul, Korea, where he advised industry leaders on both foreign and domestic business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital investments, joint ventures, licensing, and technology transfers. S.C. also served for five years as General Counsel of TG Trigem Computer, Inc., one of South Korea’s leading computer companies, where he managed the company’s domestic and overseas litigations and international arbitrations, including patent infringement suits, products liability class action cases, and securities disputes and supervised the legal departments of the company’s subsidiaries in the U.S., Japan, China, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. While at Trigem, S.C. led numerous financing transactions with GE Capital, Merrill Lynch, and CSFB among other prominent financial institutions. S.C. also served as Senior Legal Counsel at the World Headquarters of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., where he was a lead counsel for the company’s overseas transactions. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is fluent in English and Korean.
Mark Spatz has extensive experience handling complex litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on defending manufacturers in products liability litigation and consumer class actions. In addition to managing all aspects of complex litigation, he works with clients to devise litigation strategies and handles large-scale complex settlement programs for multi-district actions. Mark has both trial and appellate experience and recently represented two international companies in mediations and settlement negotiations regarding thousands of lawsuits in large multi-forum products liability actions..
Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Associate and Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, earned a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and graduated from Brown University with honors. Prior to joining the firm, Mark was a litigation associate at Kaye Scholer LLP. He has been recognized as one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Civil Litigation: Defense each year since 2013.
Mr. Stewart’s practice principally focuses on the financial services industry, handling 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.
With substantial experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Stewart served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., as well 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 be responsible for, among other things, overseeing and litigating all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.
Mr. Stewart has been recognized by Legal 500 since 2015, Super Lawyers since 2009 for securities litigation, and has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2009. 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.
Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He is a contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal, New York Business Law Journal, and the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, and has published approximately 300 articles on a variety of 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.
Daniel Tabak has experience in commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, complex securities litigation, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. Dan has been recognized by Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its securities litigation coverage each year since 2013 and in its commercial litigation category. He has also been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Business Litigation each year since 2014. Dan is a member of Law360's editorial advisory board for its legal ethics coverage. He is co-chair of the firm's Ethics Committee, chair of its Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
Dan is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is also a graduate of Harvard College, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and a Harvard College Scholar. Prior to joining the firm, he was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Alexandra Wald’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. She has counseled numerous employers and employees in connection with separation from employment and restrictions on competition. Alexandra was one of 140 attorneys nationwide who received a 2008 and 2009 BTI Client Service Award, which is an award granted on the basis of unsolicited recommendation by a Fortune 500 client for outstanding service. Alexandra was selected to become a member of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. She has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Business Litigation each year since 2013.
Alexandra is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was on the Editorial Boards of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Alexandra formerly served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and she practiced with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. She is fluent in written French.
Thomas Bezanson has more than three decades of experience in commercial arbitration, the defense of products liability, and other civil actions, representing both U.S. and European clients. Tom is recognized by the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation category. He was awarded the title Empire State Counsel for pro bono representation yearly from 2006 – 2011, and in 2008 he was also awarded the first New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Pro Bono Leadership Award. He has been listed in The Legal 500 United States for litigation, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and he has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers for Products: Defense each year since 2006, as well as in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. He has been in Law Business Research Limited’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, as well as Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. Tom was “highly recommended” for dispute resolution in Global Counsel 3000, he was selected “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London, and he is rated “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and “Superb” by AVVO.
Tom successfully represented the judges of the State of New York in Larabee v. Governor of the State of New York, in which the firm won summary judgment against the Governor, the State Legislature, and the State of New York for unconstitutionally failing to adjust judicial compensation. Tom also served as lead counsel in the firm's successful defense of the Larabee judgment on appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals.
Tom has served on the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors, the Board of the Legal Aid Society, the Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Board of Directors of the Westchester Philharmonic, and on the University of Massachusetts College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advisory Board, as well as on the boards of numerous additional charitable organizations. Tom joined the firm from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
Colin Bridge has experience in white collar defense and regulatory enforcement, multinational FCPA investigations, securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, bankruptcy litigation, and accountants’ liability. Collin is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Business Litigation each year since 2013.
Damir Cefo’s practice focuses on patent litigation and patent portfolio evaluation and management in the areas of computer hardware and software, electronic and electromechanical devices, and MPEG video compression arts as well as in trademarks and copyrights. He also has experience with post-grant patent proceedings, including ex parte reexamination, reissues, AIA inter partes review, and covered business method review for patent owners and petitioners. Damir also frequently assists clients with due diligence, opinion work, licensing, trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation, and data privacy compliance matters. He counsels clients across multiple industries, including computer and electronics, manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, aerospace, medical device, consumer products and retail, on the effective commercialization and monetization of intellectual property and on efficient defensive strategies.
Damir is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) in the United States, as well as a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Damir has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property: Litigation each year since 2014. Managing IP recognized Damir as an "IP Star" in its 2016 and 2017 rankings.
Prior to joining the firm, Damir practiced at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Baker Botts LLP, where his focus was patent prosecution, patent litigation, and IP portfolio management. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University Law School and Ohio State University, where he received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, cum laude, and was a member of an OSU National Robotics Team which won first place at the 4th Annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Robotics Competition. He is fluent in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, and is proficient in French.
Lara Kroop Delamarre’s practice focuses on white collar investigations, antitrust, trade regulation, and international arbitration. Lara has led internal investigations in both private practice and at the U.S. Department of Justice. Her extensive civil and criminal antitrust experience has included assisting corporate clients in both cooperative and adversarial roles, as well as investigative and prosecutorial matters. Her international arbitration experience includes both commercial and investor-state arbitration, with particular focus on matters involving Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Lara has represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including telecom, oil & gas, construction, biotechnology, and financial services.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Lara was a senior associate in the International Arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris. Previously, she served five years as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.
Lara is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University Law School, where she was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. She earned her Master’s degree from Dartmouth College and her undergraduate degree from Yale University. Lara is fluent in English and French, and she is proficient in Russian.
Christian Everdell’s practice focuses on white collar defense, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations in a wide range of areas, as well as privacy and cybersecurity. He has extensive experience in matters involving securities and commodities fraud, consumer fraud, international money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, cybercrime and digital currencies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations, trade secrets theft, and economic espionage. Chris has tried a number of federal criminal trials, and he has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris served for nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Previously, Chris was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where his practice focused on FCPA matters and internal investigations, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. Chris also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Chris and his colleagues in the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit were awarded the 2016 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Prosecuting Attorney’s Award for exceptional commitment to consumer protection. In 2014, the Federal Drug Agent Foundation awarded Chris and his team the True American Hero Award for their work in the investigation and apprehension of the former head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico (“Chapo Guzman”).
Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Princeton University.
Guillaume Guérin is a counsel in the firm’s Paris office. He regularly advises financial institutions and insurance intermediaries on regulatory and compliance issues, and he has significant experience in investigation, control, and sanction proceedings before the AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers, the French financial markets authority), as well as related court proceedings. He also has extensive experience advising investors, listed companies, and their managers on financial markets transactions and regulations, public mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, IPOs, the issuance of securities, private placements, corporate governance, and financial communications.
Prior to joining the firm, Guillaume was an associate at Dentons (formerly Salans), a senior associate at DLA Piper’s Paris office, and he spent five years at the AMF. Guillaume holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Master of Laws (DJCE-DESS) in business law and taxation from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III. Guillaume is fluent in French and English.
Oliver Haker has experience representing corporations and individuals in white collar criminal, SEC, PCAOB, and other regulatory enforcement matters, including cases involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, and professional misconduct. Oliver has also conducted sensitive internal investigations and has represented major investment companies and broker-dealers in FINRA enforcement investigations and arbitrations regarding auction rate securities and structured investment vehicles. He additionally has experience handling a broad range of civil litigation, and has represented companies in shareholder derivative actions, and lawsuits involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and unfair business practices. Prior to joining the firm, Oliver practiced with Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and received his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He was named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation in 2013 and 2014 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 and 2012.
Christopher Jackson has substantial experience in products liability and Medicaid fraud litigation, patent litigation, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He has deep experience in the life sciences sector, including cases relating to product licensing, drug development, regulatory approvals, and marketing. Chris has also handled trademark disputes and false advertising litigation as well as privacy law compliance in the context of cross-border litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Chris is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He formerly served as Law Clerk to Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to attending law school, Chris received his M.A. in English and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University, He is also a former world ranked professional squash player and is proficient in French.
Jeffrey Lang has decades of experience representing clients in securities litigation and complex commercial and financial matters in federal and state courts, as well as in mediation and arbitral proceedings. Jeffrey has advised on multiple M&A transactions and he has extensive experience representing boards of directors and their special committees in the context of shareholder derivative and class actions and other matters involving corporate governance and fiduciary duties. Jeffrey regularly represents corporate and individual clients in connection with federal criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as advises boards in connection with internal investigations.
Prior to joining the firm, Jeffrey practiced at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Walter J. Cummings, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jeffrey graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Order of the Coif and was an Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.
Anna Milleret-Godet’s practice focuses on employment law. She advises French and international clients in various aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in the social impact of acquisitions, relocations, reorganizations, and mass layoffs involving the implementation of employment protection plans. Anna’s expertise also extends to personal data management by employers (implementation of internal IT charter, video surveillance, emails, data transfers, etc.). Anna has experience advising clients on all aspects of individual and collective labor law and social security law, as well as litigating on their behalf. Prior to joining the firm, Anna was an associate in the Paris office of Dentons (formerly Salans). She is a graduate of the University of Paris V and the University of Lyon and she is fluent in English and French.
Matthew Povolny is a litigator in the firm’s New York office. He has experience in complex litigation and class actions, including products liability defense, employment litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and general commercial matters. Matthew has also worked extensively on civil rights and employment compliance issues through a court-appointed monitorship, and served as the lead associate in Larabee v. Governor of the State of New York, in which the firm represented the judges of the State of New York in obtaining a favorable ruling regarding judicial compensation. He has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Business Litigation each year since 2012.
Matthew is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member and director of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition team, a participant in the law school tax clinic, and served as a judicial extern at the Minnesota Tax Court. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Boston College and is proficient in French.
Scott Thomson’s practice focuses on U.S. and international commercial litigation, antitrust matters, securities litigation, white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, foreign sovereign immunity litigation, and internal investigations. He is recognized in the 2016 United States edition of Legal 500 in its securities litigation coverage.
Prior to joining the firm, Scott practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Scott is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Before attending law school, he was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and served in the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom. He is proficient in Spanish.
Kathryn Barcroft's practice focuses on employment law and commercial litigation. She represents clients in a wide range of employment litigation, including claims of discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination, harassment, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and breach of contract under federal and state law. Katie handles cases at the state and federal level, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She regularly negotiates and drafts separation agreements. Katie also has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation matters and represents clients in internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings.
Ellen Paltiel is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an Intern to Honorable David G. Trager of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Her practice includes commercial and securities litigation, white collar defense, and regulatory enforcement matters. Ellen formerly practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton and also served as an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where she taught defamation and libel law. She co-authored the book “Reporter’s Privilege,” as well as numerous articles on various First Amendment issues. She speaks French.
Dr. Walia practices commercial and intellectual property litigation in a variety of disciplines, including pharmaceutical patent litigation, Hatch-Waxman litigation (including ANDA litigation), and products liability. He also practices healthcare, regulatory, and compliance law. Prior to law school, he completed his premedical education from Delhi University and earned a medical doctorate degree from Armed Forces Medical College, the second highest ranked medical school in India. He practiced as an attending anesthesiologist physician in several American hospitals. He has been named by Managing IP as an “IP Star” for patents each year since 2015. Dr. Walia is a co-author and associate editor of the 2016 American Bar Association edition of ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators.
He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Real Property Law Journal, the Articles & Notes Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, president of the Patent Law Society, and as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Walia practiced at Kaye Scholer, LLP. Dr. Walia is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Dr. Walia is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.
Charles Deull’s practice focuses on sophisticated corporate transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities issuances, bank lending, and structured financing for companies engaged in, among others, the publishing, television, oil, steel, automotive, supermarket, restaurant, power, and telecommunications industries. He also has experience conducting offerings and debt negotiations for governments and state-owned entities. In addition to his transactional work, Charles has extensive experience advising on corporate governance and compliance matters and negotiating commercial agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Charles spent over a decade as the Chief Legal Officer of Scholastic Corporation, a publicly-traded global media and publishing company. As a member of the management executive committee, he helped drive the company’s revenue growth from $670 million to $2.3 billion during his tenure, playing a key role in approximately twenty-five acquisitions and divestitures. He supervised a department generating more than 3,000 contracts per year and protecting a broad portfolio of intellectual property, was a key advisor to the company’s board of directors on a wide range of legal and business issues, and managed the company’s regulatory proceedings, investigations, and litigations. Charles began his career as a transactional attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Charles graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, obtained an M.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Management, and received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a member of the board of directors of Ecovative Design, LLC, a bio-materials company, and Clark Transfer, Inc., a leading transporter of theatrical equipment. Charles has also volunteered for over thirty years with not-for-profit organizations involved in international development and served as Corporate Secretary for The Hunger Project for many years.He is proficient in French and Spanish.
Lawrence Gresser is an honors graduate of St. John's Law School and was formerly Associate Counsel to the Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly as well as Law Secretary to a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. He is a former Deputy Borough President of Queens. Lawrence is also a real estate developer specializing in affordable housing.
Drake McKenney's practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial agreements, compliance, and dispute resolution in the cross-border context.
Prior to joining the firm, Drake was an associate with Bryan Cave in New York and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in São Paulo. He has also practiced with French and Brazilian law firms and clerked for the Honorable Claudia House Morcom of the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan.
Drake holds a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Business Law Journal, a degree (C.E.J.F.) from the French law school Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), and an undergraduate degree from Boston University. He has published in the United States, England, and France, and is a former member of the adjunct faculty at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught foreign attorneys enrolled in Fordham’s LL.M. programs. Drake is fluent in French and Portuguese.
Luke Appling’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including securities litigation, class actions, and appellate litigation. He also has experience with regulatory investigations and white collar matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Luke was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Luke is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College. At Harvard Law School, he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.
Stéphanie Binder is a corporate associate in the firm’s New York office. A native of Paris, Stéphanie is fluent in French and completed the French equivalent of a J.D. and an MBA in Paris before moving to the United States, where she earned her J.D. and practiced in Cravath, Swaine & Moore’s corporate department for six years. Stéphanie’s business and legal education in France, along with her corporate experience in the U.S., gives her a unique perspective and ability to work seamlessly with our attorneys in both the firm’s New York and Paris offices.
Stéphanie’s corporate experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, internal restructuring, and capital markets, for which she has represented both issuers and underwriters during all phases of securities offerings, including equity offerings, investment grade corporate bonds, and high yield offerings. She has also advised clients during SEC investigations and on corporate compliance matters.
In addition to her prior experience at Cravath, Stéphanie was a foreign clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the State of Israel and interned in the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania. Stéphanie received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was an editor of the International Law Journal, and a law degree, magna cum laude from Paris XI Law University, with a focus on business law and European and international law. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Essec Business School in Paris with an MBA degree, concentrating in finance and international business.
Joanna Chan has experience in complex commercial disputes, securities and antitrust litigation, products liability, class actions, directors and officers litigation, and investigations. Joanna is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Cantonese and is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Joanna was a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. She also previously worked at Oracle Corporation, where she focused on intellectual property and commercial contract matters. Joanna has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Securities Litigation each year since 2014.
Lisa Cooms’ practice focuses on corporate finance, including the representation of private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and financial institutions in secured lending arrangements, and high yield bond offerings. She also has experience advising clients with respect to compliance and corporate governance matters. Lisa is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review and earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Tufts University. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Duane Cranston represents clients in intellectual property licensing, commercial transactions, data privacy, and employment matters, and serves as outside general counsel for a number of early to mid-stage companies in industries ranging from technology to healthcare. He counsels employers on compliance with Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, and state level employment regulations and develops employment policies including insider trading and data privacy policies. Duane is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also advises on M&A and financing transactions.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Duane was a Senior Director of Business Affairs at ESPN, negotiating technology and content licensing agreements for the distribution of content and applications across digital and traditional media. He also handled a wide variety of corporate transactional matters including the structuring, negotiation, and execution of numerous acquisition transactions and intellectual property due diligence in connection therewith. Duane also regularly advised the company on employment related matters, including the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements with key talent and management personnel with a focus on litigation avoidance.
Duane began his legal career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Staff Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Harvard University where he was a Marshall Field Scholar. Duane is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
Elsa Dalimier’s practice focuses on Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. She advises clients on technology-related transactions and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Elsa interned at Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office, as well as the Tech Start-up Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law in New York.
Elsa holds a LL.M in Intellectual Property from the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law as well as a Masters’ II (J.D. equivalent) in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from the Université de Paris Panthéon-Assas. She also earned her German JD equivalent from the University of Cologne.
Elsa is fluent in French, German, and English.
Erik Hanson has experience in large-scale, complex patent litigation in a variety of areas including computer architecture, networking and wireless communications, data compression and storage, LCD panels, pharmaceutical compounds and delivery systems, and medical imaging equipment. He also has experience in patent prosecution and drafting legal opinions concerning patent infringement and validity. Erik is a graduate of Columbia Law School and earned his M.S.E. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.S. in Physics from Harvard College. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. Erik is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Jason Ingerman has electrical and software experience in intellectual property. In patent litigation, he has been involved in cases concerning streaming video, MMOG systems, VoIP, and wireless networking and delivery of media content. Additionally, he has drafted patent applications, licensing and distribution agreements, and patent and trademark clearance reviews. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Julie Keersmaekers practices in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration and White Collar Defense groups, with an emphasis on clients in the financial and technology sectors. Her practice includes complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, including discrimination and trade secrets issues, as well as tax controversies and general commercial disputes. She also has experience representing companies and individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as regulatory enforcement matters with a variety of regulators, including the DOJ Civil Rights Division, the CFTC, and the SEC. She has represented clients in investigations relating to alleged OFAC violations, market manipulation, insider trading, public corruption, tax evasion, and embezzlement. Julie has been recognized as one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Business Litigation each year since 2014. She was recently a visiting teaching assistant at the Sorbonne University in Paris and helped to develop a course for French law students called “U.S. White Collar Criminal Law.”
Prior to joining the firm, Julie was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and earned a B.A. with distinction, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Sophia Kim is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Journal of Asian Law. She earned her M.A. in International Business from the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha in Seoul, Korea and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Ewha Womans University. Sophia served as a Staff Reporter for two years at the International Herald Tribune-JoongAng Daily in Seoul, where she reported on diverse business, political, and social issues and received two "Articles of the Month" awards from JoongAng Ilbo Media Network. She also externed at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in New York where she assisted in enforcement proceedings alleging violations of FINRA rules against FINRA member firms and associated individuals. Just prior to joining the firm, she worked as a Legal Fellow in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Sophia is fluent in Korean and English.
Pauline Koch’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Pauline holds a Master’s Degree (JD equivalent) in English and North American Business Law, as well as a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Strasbourg and her LL.M. from UCLA School of Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Pauline interned in the International Tax and Banking Department of Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
She is fluent in French and English and is proficient in German.
Erica Lai's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, antitrust, and white collar defense. She has counseled corporate and governmental clients at all levels of complex civil litigation in federal and state courts, and federal agency proceedings. Erica has extensive pro bono experience in cases involving immigration issues, civil rights, and reproductive justice before federal district courts and courts of appeal, and advocacy to the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, she has advised clients on proposed legislation, bills before Congress, government relations initiatives, and congressional investigations, including helping secure congressional resolutions acknowledging the injustice of the Chinese exclusion laws.
Prior to joining the firm, Erica was a senior Litigation and Public Policy and Government Affairs associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Erica clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she served as a Law Clerk for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Erica graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was on the Editorial Board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She also has a Public Policy Analysis Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Pomona College.
Sang Min Lee is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University. While in law school, Sang Min was a research assistant for the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul and a member of the Harvard International Law Journal. She has also held summer analyst positions in the investment banking group of UBS AG in Hong Kong and in the debt capital markets group of Citigroup’s Seoul office. Sang Min is fluent in Korean.
Barbara Luse focuses on corporate transactional matters, white collar defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Barbara practiced at Cahill Partners LLP (now Cahill, Cossu & Noh LLP) in New York, where she primarily focused on art law issues including valuation, fraud, insurance litigation, stolen and illegally exported art, and restitution. Previously, she worked at Loyens & Loeff in Brussels, Belgium.
Barbara is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and she earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Barbara is fluent in English, French, and Italian, and she is proficient in Spanish.
Daniel Mandell’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and international arbitration as well as white collar defense matters. He has experience arguing in front of trial and appellate courts, and has advised clients in a broad range of industries, including finance, communications, and real estate.
Prior to joining the firm, Daniel was a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before that, he practiced for five years in Mishcon de Reya’s New York office. Daniel is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, where he was a Lead Editor of the Alaska Law Review and a member of Moot Court. He is also a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University.
Gabrielle Massoulier’s practice focuses on compliance and regulatory enforcement as well as corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, Gabrielle worked in the anti-money laundering department of Natixis. Gabrielle was shortlisted for a “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” award at the 2017 Women in Compliance Awards, a program that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in the regulatory compliance industry.
Gabrielle holds a Masters Degree - JD equivalent - in Arbitration and International Business Law from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and interned at the Paris office of Norton Rose Fulbright and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
She is fluent in French and English and is proficient in Spanish.
Danielle Morello’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, antitrust, and white collar defense. She has counseled clients in state, federal, and appellate courts and in proceedings with federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, and Federal Trade Commission. She also has pro bono experience in cases involving voter protection, civil rights, and advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Prior to joining the firm, Danielle was a litigation associate at Cozen O’Connor. She graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she was an associate of the International Law Review and interned for the Honorable Craig Iscoe of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Danielle was a Teach for America corps member in Miami. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College.
Nicole Paschal’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration in a wide range of areas, including antitrust, class actions, securities, false advertising, and breach of contract. Nicole also has a wealth of pro bono experience, representing clients in cases involving immigration issues, predatory lending, and foreclosure, as well as working with the National Center for Access to Justice to implement its Justice Index Project.
Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and a judicial clerk to the Hon. Marc T. Treadwell of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Nicole graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law where she received the Order of The Coif and was a Notes Editor for the Georgia Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emory University.
Danielle E Perlman’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has particular experience representing banks and other financial institutions, as well as defending companies in class action cases. She also has an active pro bono practice.
Prior to joining the firm, Danielle clerked for the Honorable Beth F. Bloom in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and was an associate at Sidley Austin’s New York office. Danielle earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew J Pinkston’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, antitrust litigation, commercial contract disputes, and shareholder litigation. He also works on regulatory investigations and internal investigations, and has particular experience with investigations in the insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.
Prior to joining the firm, Andrew was an associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to attending law school, Andrew spent five years as a Regional Corps Member for Teach For America and served on Teach for America’s National Admissions Team. He earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College.
Mina Reiman is an associate in the New York office whose practice covers intellectual property, regulatory, and white collar defense matters. Mina’s intellectual property practice focuses on patents, trademarks, and copyrights litigation and counselling, representing clients in a range of industries, including telecommunications, internet, software, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. She also has experience with technology transfer and Free and Open Source Software patent defense and licensing. Mina is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was recognized as a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for Intellectual Property in 2015 and 2016.
Mina’s practice also includes white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, particularly Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and wire fraud investigations by FINRA. Since joining the firm, Mina has represented clients in multiple pro bono matters, including employment matters, unemployment benefits, discrimination against juveniles with a criminal record, landlord-tenant disputes, public housing matters, and judicial name change proceedings on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Mina is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and chairs the Green Initiative Committee.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Mina worked at the Software Freedom Law Center, where she was offered a prestigious one-year fellowship that was later extended by the Law Center. She also served as a law clerk to the University of Michigan General Counsel’s office, with a dual focus on commercial contracts and intellectual property within the Office of Technology Transfer’s chemistry department. Mina is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Productions Editor and Article Editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and was the President of the International Law Society. While in law school, Mina was served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Michael J. Davis, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Reggie Schafer’s practice focuses on white collar defense, regulatory investigations, and complex commercial litigation, including class action, shareholder, securities, and real estate litigation. He has handled regulatory matters relating to the FCPA, insider trading allegations, and other securities fraud claims. Reggie has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Criminal Defense: White Collar each year since 2014.
Prior to joining the firm, Reggie was an associate at Allen & Overy LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Reggie is a graduate of New York University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College.
Harvey B Silikovitz is an associate at Cohen & Gresser LLP. Mr. Silikovitz is an experienced litigator with a focus on securities litigation and arbitration and other complex commercial and white collar criminal defense matters. He has lectured to other attorneys on such issues as professional responsibility and class actions. Mr. Silikovitz is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he served on the Editorial Board of the American Criminal Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and while studying there, competed in the World Debating Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Christopher Wheatley has experience representing leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 corporations in securities litigation matters and complex business disputes as well as extensive experience with regulatory enforcement matters (including Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act investigations) and large scale internal investigations. He also has experience in a variety of intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark litigation, and trademark prosecution. Chris is a cum laude graduate of Washington University School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. Chris has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers Rising Stars for General Litigation each year since 2014.