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June 25, 2014
9:15am Internal Investigations
Honorable Peter G. Veniero, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Peter G. Verniero is Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups. Since joining the Firm in September of 2004, he has worked on a number of significant matters. He has, for example, advised numerous entities in matters pending before various state and federal regulatory or law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of N.J. and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has conducted internal investigations of large, public companies, in addition to advising business entities on document retention policies and on the rules governing discovery of electronically stored information. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Verniero served in senior positions within the executive and judicial branches of state government. Appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman as her chief counsel, Mr. Verniero served in that capacity from January 1994 to February 1995, when he became the governor’s chief of staff. He remained in that position until July 1996, when he became Attorney General of New Jersey. Mr. Verniero was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1999.
Bart M. Schwartz
Mr. Schwartz has served as a trial lawyer, corporate advisor and CEO of a private company and a unit of a public company. For more than 30 years, he has managed complex investigations, prosecutions and security assessments, and provided sophisticated investigative services to a wide array of clients. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of SolutionPoint International, Inc., which owns Guidepost Solutions, LLC; Bode Technology Group, Inc.; and NSM Surveillance. Mr. Schwartz also serves on the board of HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) where he serves as the Chairperson of the Compliance Committee. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schwartz served under U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York. In that post, he had direct responsibility for overseeing prosecutions related to financial and business fraud, organized crime, and other types of white collar crime.
Lend Lease Americas
Emme Thompson is an Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of Lend Lease Americas with a focus on Ethics and Compliance. Since 2009 she has supported compliance initiatives in the Americas Region of Lend Lease, including the implementation and continuous improvement of Lend Lease Americas’ current compliance program. Prior to 2009 Ms. Thompson was a commercial litigator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She successfully handled a wide variety of civil disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts including, as second chair, defending coverage claims alleging over $300 million and, as a second year associate, working on a team that brought a successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Thompson graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall (n/k/a Berkeley Law).
Sheldon M. Finkelstein, Esq.
Shelly Finkelstein is a litigator with more than thirty-five years of experience. He regularly publishes articles on current legal issues (see listing below of publications). Shelly received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, with highest departmental honors. He received his law degree from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Jerome Michael Prize for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Shelly served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1978-1979. Shelly served as an arbitrator for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey beginning in 1985 and for the National Association of Securities Dealers (now part of FINRA) since 1983. He is admitted to the state and federal bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. In addition, he is admitted to the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Ninth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Shelly has performed in various leadership positions as an active member of the American Bar Association’s Sections on Litigation, Criminal Justice, and Business Law.
Nathaniel Huber-Fliflet is a Director in Navigant’s Legal Technology Solutions practice. Based in Washington, DC, he has more than 9 years of experience consulting with Am Law 100 law firms and corporations in the Banking, Automotive, Oil & Gas and Healthcare industries. Mr. Huber-Fliflet specializes in developing and implementing discovery management strategies, administering non-linear attorney reviews incorporating the use of analytics, and helping companies with discovery technology design and implementation
Anthony S. Lowe is associate general counsel and managing attorney for Litigation Operations at Freddie Mac. He assists senior management to define and manage business operations to optimize the delivery of legal services. Anthony designed and established the Litigation Support & eDiscovery group to bring eDiscovery in- house at Freddie Mac in 2010, which he now leads. He also handles general litigation matters and serves as eDiscovery counsel for the company. Before moving to the legal division, Anthony served as a director in the Operations Management Group at Freddie Mac. In addition to successfully achieving objectives in a highly regulated commercial industry, he is also adept in achieving results working within the public policy arena. Anthony served as senior legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a senate-confirmed Presidential Appointee in the Department of Homeland Security, where he focused on technology issues and all hazard risk management. He is a frequent speaker and contributor on various eDiscovery topics.
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
William B. McManus is a founder of Ryley Carlock& Applewhite’s nationally-known Document Control Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Bill concentrates his practice on helping companies address litigation in creative and cost-effective ways.He focuses on providing tools and ideas on streamlining litigation, including maximizing value for clients, creating effective staffing solutions, and managing legal spending.He frequently presents on topics including discovery, litigation management and cost control. Bill has served as lead counsel in a number of multi-state, high-stakes litigation cases, and has counseled companies nationwide in litigation matters and on the subject of Document Control. Bill has a perspective developed while serving as the Chief Legal Officer for a publicly traded company and as the Chief of Litigation for a Fortune 100 company. Heis a member of Ryley Carlock’s Document Control Group consisting of more than 80 attorneys and other professionals and representing Fortune 500 companies from coast-to-coast with comprehensive compliance and litigation support services.
11:15am Settlement Techniques
Honorable Joel B. Rosen, Esq.
Joel B. Rosen is a partner with Montgomery McCracken and concentrates his practice in alternative dispute resolution, as well as white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and commercial litigation matters. Serving as a United States magistrate judge from 1987 to 2006, Mr. Rosen has mediated thousands of cases, presided over numerous civil jury and bench trials and criminal misdemeanor trials. He has negotiated multi-million dollar settlements and resolved all manner of complex cases and class actions in the areas of employment law, commercial law, environmental law, intellectual property, anti-trust, admiralty, civil rights, construction law, and torts. He served as an assistant United States attorney and was the attorney-in-charge of the United States Attorney’s Office in Camden, New Jersey. During his tenure, he received several commendations from the Department of Justice for his efforts in connection with prosecutions involving organized crime and political corruption. He is also a former deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice where he was chief of the Special Prosecutions Section.
Robert Priestley, Esq.
Clyde & Co
Rob has been at the forefront of insurance coverage litigation for the past twenty years, having been a leading participant in virtually every major APH coverage case in New Jersey during that time. It is not too much to say that Rob is the go to attorney for coverage work in New Jersey. This fact is confirmed by his serving as lead/liaison defense counsel in coverage litigation with dozens of Fortune 100 Companies and his selection by New York Magazine as one of the Top Insurance Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area for the past several years, his selection by Corporate Counsel Magazine as one of America’s Best Insurance Lawyers and his being named a New Jersey Super Lawyer. Rob is regularly in court on coverage matters and defense matters and recently completed over thirty days of trial in the first phase of a multi-phase trial involving coverage claims for silica, asbestos and pneumoconiosis claims. Rob also defends general and professional liability claims, commercial matters and product liability claims brought against domestic and foreign manufacturers / distributors.
NJ Trial Consulting LLC
Jerry Goldstein began his career as a trial attorney, specializing in major litigation including catastrophic injuries, products liability and medical malpractice, and over the course of his 35 year career, he has selected nearly 400 juries throughout the state of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. After leaving the trial practice, he began to act as a consultant for attorneys that sought out his expertise in jury selection, case analysis and valuation. In 2001 he began to conduct focus groups, mock trials and jury consulting and developed unique methods to obtain results that more accurately reflect the ultimate outcome in the courtroom. Because of his experience and reputation he has been sought after by Plaintiffs and Defendants alike and has conducted hundreds of focus groups and mock trials using the unique methods he developed as they apply to personal injury, malpractice and commercial cases equally. As the owner of NJ Trial Consulting, LLC, he has expanded the company’s services to include in-court “hot seating” and technology to assist the trial attorney. Jerry is also currently completing his 11th year as an Adjunct Professor of American History at Kean University. He is a graduate of Monmouth University and American University Law School.
Carrie Parikh is a Claims Manager for Technology, Media and Business Services claims at Beazley. She handles complex E&O claims in the tech and media world as well as privacy and health care breaches. Prior to joining Beazley, Carrie was an associate at Manfredi & Associates, a small law firm in Hoboken where she practiced housing law representing many of New Jersey’s Public Housing Authorities. After a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Esther Salas (D.N.J.), and most recently, she spent six years as an associate at DLA Piper, a large New York City law firm, where she focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on insurance and securities law. Carrie received her B.A. from Syracuse University and J.D. from Rutgers University-Newark. She is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey. In 2013, Carrie was named as a Super Lawyers, Rising Star for the metro New York area.
12:00pm Partnering: How to Have the Cost-Effective Relationshisp with Outside Counsel
Vaughn McKoy, Esq.
Mr. McKoy is President of the PSEG Foundation and is responsible for the development and implementation of policy, strategy and social investment initiatives that are aligned with the business objectives of the Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc., New Jersey’s largest energy company. He also serves as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, where he oversees corporate giving programs, sustainability initiatives, sponsorships and employee giving programs. Mr. McKoy has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility at PSEG since joining the company in 2006, including positions in Customer Operations, Human Resources and the Law Department. Immediately prior to joining the PSEG, Mr. McKoy was assistant Attorney General and Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, where he led the state’s largest prosecutor’s office. Before joining DCJ, Mr. McKoy was Counsel to the Business Litigation Group of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, LLP in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. McKoy also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he conducted numerous complex investigations and successfully prosecuted several noteworthy cases. A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Mr. McKoy was a scholar-athlete and received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Rutgers Law School, Newark. Mr. McKoy also earned an MBA from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Mr. Steinhart has over 17 years of litigation experience. The last 11+ years he has worked in Sanofi Pharmaceuticals’ US Litigation and Investigations Department. Most recently, as an Associate General Counsel, he manages both Products Liability and Complex Commercial Litigation on behalf of the company.
Jordan is co-head of Reed Smith’s U.S. Commercial Litigation Group. He specializes in Financial Services Litigation, and his representation of financial institutions and hedge funds focuses on litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He also regularly handles arbitrations before NYSE, FINRA and AAA arbitration panels, and defends financial institutions in major class and derivative actions. Additionally, Jordan has represented financial institutions and hedge fund groups in some of the most hotly contested bankruptcy litigations in recent years. Jordan’s practice is at the cutting edge of structured products litigation, including representing liquidators in the largest CDO fund litigation in history, as well as multiple financial industry players in other structured products litigations and out of court disputes, including disputes related to structured investment vehicles.
Counsel Management Group
Fred Paulmann (JD/MBA) is the founder of The Counsel Management Group, LLC, an advisory and data analysis firm dedicated to helping corporate legal departments and law firms achieve greater value with respect to legal services. He specializes in alternative fee arrangements, value-based billing, and financial metrics / processes to improve performance. Prior to launching CMG, Fred served as the full-time Director of Law Firm and Legal Vendor Management at Pfizer Inc, where he helped devise and launch the company’s first-ever partnering program for outside counsel. In this role, Fred helped successfully implement: scorecards to guide the counsel selection process, alternative fees, and key operational processes such as budgeting, forecasting and year-end evaluations of law firm productivity. At Pfizer, Fred also served as an in-house litigator and product lawyer. Prior to that, he was in the Litigation Group at Kaye Scholer, LLP (New York).
Jeffrey Bartolinois the Assistant Vice President, General Claims Department, for New Jersey Manufacturers and has been with the company for 21 years. A graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Mr. Bartolino was Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey Division of Law from 1984-1991.
2:30pm Use of Technology in Litigation
Branly Cadet, a graduate of Cornell University, is a founding partner of ParaDocs. He is responsible for managing the company’s hyperlinked ebrief operations and legal graphics design team. ParaDocs, Inc. is a leader in trial technology solutions and ebrief hyperlinking services. Branly has spent his career helping law firms solve complex litigation problems through innovative technologies. He has over 25 years of experience of working with litigators. Prior to founding ParaDocs, Branly worked at Akin Gump LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.
David DaSilva, Director of Video Operations, has been with Veritext since 2007 and oversees nationwide video services. Veritextis the global leader in deposition related solutions, merging world class court reporters with advanced technologies to enhance the overall value of the deposition. Dave has spent his career developing and managing video departments. Prior to joining Veritext, Dave ran the video department for Doerner& Goldberg, the largest court reporting firm in New Jersey at the time. Dave is responsible for creating many video brands including Native Capture which enables attorneys to display electronic evidence to a witness during a deposition and record everything happening on the screen including mouse movements and key strokes on the computer screen in real-time. Dave was also the chief architect of VeritextVirtual which allows any parties involved in a deposition to participate remotely simply by using their computers or mobile devices with an internet connection. VeritextVirtual allows attorneys to see, hear and interact with a deponent and all other participants live without actually being in the room.
Brian McCann, a graduate of Montclair State University, has been a Regional Vice President with Veritext since 2007 responsible for the company’s nationwide enterprise practice. Veritext is the global leader in deposition-related solutions, merging world class court reporters with advanced technologies to enhance the overall value of the deposition. Brian has spent his career helping companies and law firms solve complex business problems through applied technologies. He has over 25 years of experience running businesses in the information and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Veritext, Brian managed global client relationships for IBM and Nortel Networks, and was the General Manager for an information technology consulting company.
Peter J. Pizzi is the Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office and is a business litigator with substantial experience in a broad range of subject areas. His practice focuses on business litigation, class action defense, internet and IP litigation, internal investigations, labor and employment law, and securities litigation. Mr. Pizzi has handled matters on behalf of corporate clients in a broad array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, finance services, computer technology, cosmetics, industrial equipment, and food service and food processors. Within those industries, he is experienced with contract claims, tort actions, whistleblower and discrimination claims, securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative suits, minority shareholder disputes, and copyright and trademark actions. The Board of Trial Attorney Certification of the Supreme Court of New Jersey designated Mr. Pizzi a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in 1998. He was recertified in 2006 and 2011. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Internet and Litigation Committee. He formerly served as Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Internet and Computer Law Committee. Mr. Pizzi regularly lectures at CLE programs, frequently writes on issues relating to technology law, and is often consulted by news media for insight regarding technology-related topics.
3:30pm Duties and Obligations when Representing a Corporation UnderRPC 1.13 (Ethics Session)
Ronald Israel has a background in several areas of general and complex commercial litigation, including disputes involving intellectual property, entertainment, professional malpractice, trusts and estates, securities, corporate governance and employment. Ron’s experience includes the successful litigation of a broad range of complex commercial matters, including partnership disputes; professional malpractice issues; minority oppression and shareholder derivative actions; trademark and copyright infringement claims; and restrictive covenant, discrimination and bonus cases. He has also litigated numerous bootleg and counterfeit goods cases and supervised the seizure of infringing merchandise. In addition, his experience includes many entertainment-related matters involving well-known artists and entertainers. Ron also advises companies in regard to compliance and ethics programs, whistleblower investigations, regulatory investigations, employment agreements, and employee handbooks and manuals. In addition, Ron serves as chair of the firm’s ethics and conflicts committee, which deals with the Rules of Professional Conduct governing all attorneys as well as client conflicts. He earned his B.A. with high honors from Rutgers University and received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Former GC. Curtis Wright
Michael J. (“Mike”) Denton retired in 2014 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, which he joined in 2001. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, Mike worked for Honeywell International Inc., joining that company in 1993 when it was known as AlliedSignal Inc. During his service at Honeywell, he held a series of progressively responsible positions, including General Counsel to Honeywell Aerospace, a $10B manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and services. Mike graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree magna cum laude in Governmental Philosophy. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude. Following law school graduation, Mike joined the U. S. Department of Justice in its Civil Division as part of the Attorney General’s Honor Law Graduate program. He later worked in the private practice of law in Washington, D.C. and served as corporate counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the General Electric Company.