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Isabella Bellera Landa, L ‘14
Investor-State Relations: An Arbitration Case Study

Ms. Bellera Landa is an associate at White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C. in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice and Commercial Litigation groups. She represents and advises private companies, foreign sovereigns, and state entities in the resolution of international disputes. She has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as in litigation in US federal district and appellate courts. Ms. Bellera Landa has experience in disputes in a wide range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, textiles, and sovereign debt. A native of Venezuela, Ms. Bellera Landa is multilingual in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Her dual training and experience in civil and common law jurisdictions allow her to understand the differences between various legal systems and structure advice accordingly. Ms. Bellera Landa received her JD from Duke Law School.

 

Stuart Berkson
Practice and Strategic Development of International Transactions: Investment in Latin America

Mr. Berkson is a partner at DLA Piper in Chicago, where he chairs the firm’s global Latin America practice.  Mr. Berkson specializes in international business transactions and is a widely recognized expert on Latin American tax issues. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Law School and a frequent lecturer on international tax and commercial transactions. Additionally, Mr. Berkson is a certified public accountant.  He received his law degree from Harvard in 1980.

 

Erika J.S. Buell
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context

Professor Buell is a Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching) at Duke Law, where she draws on her extensive experience in corporate law and working with technology companies to teach courses in the area of entrepreneurship, financing and transactions, and direct the Law & Entrepreneurship Program. Over the last 15 years, she has advised startups and other technology companies on issues such as tax and corporate structure and board and other corporate governance matters. In addition to her experience working directly at technology companies, Professor Buell was a corporate and tax associate at Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston (now WilmerHale) where she began her career advising both private and public clients during the technology boom of the late 1990s. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law.

 

Brandi Bush Percy
Litigation Management

Ms. Bush Percy is managing counsel at a global commercial insurance company. She has spent her entire legal career as in-house counsel managing corporate litigation. Her practice involves advising corporate litigants on litigation strategy, efficiency, cost-effective and preventative measures. She has handled a broad range of cases including premises liability, product liability, construction defect, insurance bad faith and extracontractual liability and was a member of the in-house legal team for the corporate defendant in a landmark Supreme Court case decided in 2014. Her article discussing the use of data analytics to predict legal strategy and legal spend was recently published in the Association of Corporate Counsel's Docket publication. She received her JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law and her LL.M. from Baylor Law School.

 

Jason Cowley
Prosecutorial Ethics

Mr. Cowley is a partner with McGuireWoods, where he is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation departments. He joined the firm after serving as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York since 2011, where he held roles including Co-Chief of the Office's Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and Chief of the Office's Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit. Mr. Cowley has prosecuted a number of individuals and entities for a wide array of white-collar offenses including securities fraud, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), tax evasion and related violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Cowley served for four years in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. As a prosecutor, he has tried over a dozen federal criminal jury trials.

 

Collin Cox, L ‘01
Hearings Practice

Mr. Cox is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Houston, Texas, where he leads the firm’s litigation practice and focuses on representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial cases.  Mr. Cox was formerly a partner with Yetter Coleman LLP and has extensive experience in the energy and financial services sectors, and has also been a lead trial lawyer in computer software trade secrets cases, fraud cases involving the Madoff bankruptcy, and antitrust actions. Prior to moving to Texas, he practiced with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Cox received his J.D. from Duke Law School in 2001.

 

Professor James D. Cox, Brainerd Currie Professor of Law
Basics of Accounting

Professor James Cox joined the faculty of Duke Law School in 1979, where he specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law.  He has authored texts including Financial Information, Accounting and the Law; Cox and Hazen on Corporations; and Securities Regulations Cases and Materials (with Hillman & Langevoort). Professor Cox has also published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance as well as having testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading, class actions, and market reform issues.

 

Joe Creech, T ’01, L ‘04
Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Litigation: A Primer

Mr. Creech is a partner with Venable LLP in Washington, DC, where he specializes in commercial real estate law with a focus on the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of real property. He has represented institutional lenders, commercial developers, real estate advisers, investors and real property owners in connection with commercial real estate transactions in major markets across the United States. Often providing strategic transactional planning, he has experience with a broad range of corporate real estate matters including the origination of conventional loans and the servicing of securitized loans, sales and work-outs of distressed assets, joint venture financing, office and retail leasing, the acquisition and development of mixed-use projects and commercial shopping centers, and other sales and dispositions involving real property. Mr. Creech also has experience in legal affairs relating to the management of portfolios of real estate, as well as construction and design contracting and property management. He earned a JD from Duke Law School in 2004.

 

William J. Curtin III, T ‘92
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context

Mr. Curtin is a partner and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Hogan Lovells, where he also serves as a member of the Board.  His practice focuses on corporate transactions in the global arena; he has substantial experience representing multinational clients across industries in complex cross-border transactions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  At Hogan Lovells, Mr. Curtin has worked out of the firm’s Paris, London, and New York offices; he is now based in Washington, DC. He received his A.B. from Duke University and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Legal and Policy Aspects of U.S.  Civil-Military Relations

Professor Dunlap joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010, after serving as Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force.  His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, and military justice.

 

Lily Farel, L ‘06
Deposition Practice

Ms. Farel works as legal counsel at SAS Institute in Cary. Prior to her current position, she was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where she represented the Commission in litigation matters before federal district courts and other tribunals. She previously served as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the US Department of Justice, which she joined through the honors program, and defended the United States against challenges to the constitutionality of government programs such as the No Fly list, certain economic sanctions imposed by the Departments of State and Treasury, and the Controlled Substances Act. Ms. Farel received her JD from Duke Law School in 2006.

 

Paige Gentry, L ‘13
Leadership and Communication in the Law

Ms. Gentry is an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Klein Hornig LLP, where she focuses her practice on a wide range of affordable housing and community development issues, including public housing/mixed-finance development, New Markets Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and non-profit compliance with 501(c)(3) rules and regulation. She previously practiced with Nixon Peabody, representing equity investors, lenders, and developers on issues relating to the development and financing of solar and wind developments and businesses located in low-income areas nationwide. Prior to law school, Ms. Gentry worked with a community economic development corporation in Oregon. She received her JD from Duke Law School in 2013.

 

Elle Gilley, JD/LLM ‘13
Leadership and Communication in the Law

Ms. Gilley is the Director of Programs and Strategy at Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a role she took after serving as legal advisor to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Iran-United States Claim Tribunal in The Hague. She previously practiced law as an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray. Ms. Gilley received her JD/LLM from Duke Law School in 2013.

 

Caroline Gottschalk, L ’90
Basics of M&A: Deal Process and Documentation

Ms. Gottschalk is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. She advises private equity funds, public and private companies, and investment banks in a wide range of corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, strategic investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and special committee representations. Ms. Gottschalk regularly advises boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities. She received her JD from Duke Law School in 1990, where she also serves on the Board of Visitors and the Duke Women’s Impact Network Leadership Council.

 

Brody Greenwald, T ‘01
Investor-State Relations: An Arbitration Case Study

Mr. Greenwald is a partner in White & Case's international arbitration and litigation practices. He represents companies and sovereign states in high-stakes, complex international disputes, and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in international arbitration by Law360. Mr. Greenwald has significant experience representing clients in investment treaty arbitrations before major arbitral institutions such as ICSID and the PCA and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules. He has advised clients regarding matters arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty, free trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA-DR, and national investment laws. His experience spans industries such as mining, mineral processing, oil and gas, electricity, construction, industrial production, telecommunications, manufacturing, tourism, and consumer and retail services. Mr. Greenwald holds a BA from Duke University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

 

Cari Grieb, L ‘06
The Right to Bargain in Professional and Amateur Sports

Ms. Grieb is a partner in Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where she practices in their Banking and Financial Services Department. She has represented a range of clients in large corporate and middle market spaces in connection with senior, first lien/second lien, silent second lien, subordinated, and mezzanine financings; credit facilities; joint ventures; stock and asset acquisitions; leveraged buy-out transactions; and restructurings. She primarily focuses her practice on acquisition financing, sponsor finance, commercial lending, cross-border lending, franchisee financings and leveraged finance in the middle market, and has experience representing both professional teams and banks in stadium finance transactions and other sports law matters in Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Football League, and the National Premier Soccer League. Ms. Grieb is a sports law contributor to the Sporting News and regularly serves as a commentator about legal aspects of various sports controversies. She received her JD from Duke Law School in 2006.

 

Chris Hart, L ‘05
Litigation Strategy in the Corporate Context

Mr. Hart is a partner with Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, MA, where he co-chairs the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice. With significant trial litigation, appellate advocacy and data privacy and security experience, Mr. Hart has counseled and represented sovereign nations, Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, non-profits, and individuals in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. He represents clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, argues in appellate courts across the country, including successfully before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court; and advocates on behalf of clients in federal and state courts nationwide. He also frequently represents clients in significant internal investigations. Mr. Hart also represents companies and individuals in investigations brought by federal and local law enforcement authorities, including the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office. Mr. Hart received is B.A from Harvard in 2000, his M.A. from St. John’s 2002 and his J.D. from Duke Law School in 2005.

 

Alexandra Johnson, T ‘99
Basics for the Finance Lawyer

Professor Johnson is a Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law, where she teaches various practical skills courses in the areas of finance and private equity transactions.  She is also a practicing associate in the Transportation & Space group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York.  Her practice involves the representation of Fortune 500 companies and top financial institutions in their roles as, among other things, issuers, lenders, underwriters, and placement agents in a wide variety of international financial and corporate transactions in the worldwide transportation industry.  Professor Johnson graduated from Duke University and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law.

 

Kip Johnson, T ’88, L ’94, B ’94
Excel for Lawyers

Professor Johnson was the founding director of Duke Law’s Start-Up Ventures Clinic, and continues to teach as a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the area of transactional law.  A founding partner of the Morningstar Law Group, Professor Johnson is an experienced securities and technology attorney who works with clients from seed-stage start-ups to mature operating companies. He was formerly a member in the corporate and securities practice group of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's Research Triangle park office, which he co-founded in 1997. He also is an active angel investor locally and in Silicon Valley. He holds three degrees from Duke University: his B.A., J.D., and M.B.A.

 

Dan Katz, L ‘83
Deposition Practice and Strategy

Mr. Katz is a partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, and an experienced litigator who has tried cases all over the country, in state and federal courts, before both judges and juries, as well as numerous arbitrations and administrative proceedings.  He has practiced in a diverse array of fields, representing both corporate and individual clients in cases involving financial services, franchise, automotive, employment, real estate, construction, healthcare, RICO, securities, and antitrust law.  He received his law degree from Duke in 1983.

 

Suzanne Katzenstein
Compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Professor Kazenstein is a research scholar and project director at the Human Rights Center at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.  From 2011 to 2014, she was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School, where she taught in the areas of international and transactional law.  Her current research and teaching focuses on financial sanctions and business and human rights. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School.

 

Rakesh Kilaru
Government Lawyering

Rakesh Kilaru is a Partner at Wilkinson Stekloff. He specializes in crisis management and delivering favorable results to clients at every stage of litigation. Before joining the firm, Rakesh was a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, where he provided legal advice and strategic counseling to the Obama Administration on its domestic policy agenda. He also helped to develop and implement the government’s litigation strategy in cases arising under the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

Senator Mike Lee
Government Lawyering

Elected in 2010 as Utah's 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the fundamental liberties of all Americans and advocating for America's founding constitutional principles. Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early in life while watching his father, Rex E. Lee, serve as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan. He attended most of his father's arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique and up-close understanding of government. Senator Lee serves as the Ranking Republican on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, and on the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. In addition, Senator Lee continues to lead Republicans on the Joint Economic Committee as the Ranking Member, after spending the last two Congresses as Vice Chairman and Chairman, respectively. He also serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.

 

Dean David F. Levi
Government Lawyering

David F. Levi is the Levi Family Professor of Law and Judicial Studies and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute. Levi was previously the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. The 14th dean of Duke Law School, he served from 2007 to 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and a United States district judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

 

Michael McAuliffe
Life or Death: The Decision-Making Process in a Death Penalty Case

Michael McAuliffe is a partner in the firm Atherton, McAuliffe & Reeder PA in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2008, Mr. McAuliffe was elected and served as the State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), leading an office of 125 lawyers and 200 support staff. After leaving public service, Mr. McAuliffe served as general counsel for a global, privately held company. He has been a litigation partner at a major law firm and a visiting law professor in the Czech Republic in the early 1990s. Mr. McAuliffe also served as a supervisory assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division through the Department of Justice Honors Program. McAuliffe received his JD from the law school at the College of William & Mary in 1989.

 

Gray McCalley, L ‘79
In-House Practice

Mr. McCalley is Counsel with Taylor English in Atlanta, where he co-leads t|e General Counsel, the firm’s fractional general counsel practice. Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. McCalley was Vice President and General Counsel of Printpack Inc., an Atlanta-based, privately-held manufacturer of flexible packaging. He worked for over 15 years in the domestic and international operations of The Coca-Cola Company in a variety of positions, including as Vice President and Deputy General and General Counsel Europe (based in London) for Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Mr. McCalley has also served as a Foreign Services Officer for the US Department of State and practiced as an associate with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.  He received his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1979.

 

Bryan McGann, LLMLE ‘15
Counseling & Creating a New Entity

Bryan McGann is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic at Duke Law School. Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty in 2016, McGann had a broad career as a lawyer, entrepreneur, and commercial banker. He is of-counsel to the Smith Anderson firm in Raleigh, an entrepreneur in residence at the University of North Carolina, and a contributor to the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. McGann is the inventor and founder of the Pill Pockets® brand pet treats, the world’s leading medicine delivery aid for animals. After building and commercializing the brand, McGann’s company was acquired by Mars, Incorporated and today the Pill Pockets® brand is sold across the United States and around the world under various Mars’ divisions. He also co-owns Sundial Homes, a general contracting firm building lakefront, residential property, and McGann has recently been granted a U.S. patent on a medical brace to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of orthopedic surgical patients. Prior to his practice of law, McGann was vice president of a regional commercial bank, and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking. He received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

 

Jose Meirelles
Practice and Strategic Development of International Transactions: Investment in Latin America

Mr. Meirelles is a partner at Pinheiro Netto Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Mereilles specializes in corporate finance and has written on securitization and structured finance in Brazil. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois School of Law. Mr. Mereilles received an LL.B. degree from São Paulo University in 1986 and an LL.M. from the University of Illinois in 1989.

 

Allen Nelson, T ‘86, L ‘89
In-House Practice

Mr. Nelson is a partner with Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, where he focuses his practice on advising boards of director and senior executives of both public and private companies. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nelson was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer for Crawford & Company, the world's largest independent provider of claims management solutions to the risk management and insurance industry, as well as self-insured entities. In those capacities, he handled all legal matters for the company, and directed the firm's Quality and Compliance, Corporate Communications, Corporate Real Estate, Ethics and Compliance, and Internal Audit functions. He previously served as chief compliance counsel for BellSouth Corporation and practiced with Atlanta-based firms Hawkins & Parnell and Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman & Ashmore. Mr. Nelson received his B.A. from Duke University in 1986, and his J.D. from Duke Law in 1989.

 

Peggy Nicholson
Lawyering for Systemic Change

Peggy Nicholson joined the Duke Law faculty in 2020 as a lecturing fellow and supervising attorney in the Children’s Law Clinic. In this capacity, she works with law students to represent children and their families in special education, school discipline, and public benefits cases. Before joining Duke Law, Nicholson served as director of the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, where she worked with directly impacted youth, parents, and communities to advocate for legal and policy solutions to North Carolina’s school-to-prison pipeline. She earlier practiced public interest law at Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she provided legal advice and representation in education cases to hundreds of low-income students and families across the state. Nicholson has represented children and their families in administrative hearings and state and federal court. She has also provided continuing education for attorneys, judges, social workers, and other professionals on a variety of education matters including special education, school discipline, and racial equity. Nicholson received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

 

Richard Nicolaides, T’ 86
Insurance Law

Mr. Nicolaides is a managing partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, where his diverse experience includes evaluating and successfully resolving insurance coverage disputes arising under primary and excess property, commercial, and professional liability policies. Richard’s litigation practice also includes representing insurers in claims handling and bad faith lawsuits. In addition, Richard advises his clients on policy drafting, as well as claims handling practices. He frequently lectures to insurance industry professionals around the world on a variety of insurance-related topics. Mr. Nicolaides received a B.A. from Duke University in 1986 and a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1991.

 

James Rhee
The Way It All Works: Investing, Negotiating, and Operating in the Real World

Mr. Rhee is the founder and President of FirePine Group, LLC and the former Chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart. He lives a life focused on multi-dimensional transformation, the intersection of capital and race/gender, and values-based investing and leadership. Prior to founding FirePine Group and leading Ashley Stewart, he played a senior role managing billions of dollars of capital at institutional private equity firms, where he helped lead numerous platform investments. He has significant public and private board experience (distressed, growth, and otherwise), and currently serves on the governing board of JP Morgan Chase Advancing Black Pathways and the CEO Action for Racial Equity.  Mr. Rhee holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and serves as a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Brian Schwalb, T ‘89
Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Litigation: A Primer

Mr. Schwalb is Partner in Charge of the Washington, DC, office of Venable LLP, where he represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries and issues, including real estate ownership; leasing and development; commercial and contract litigation; corporate, LLC, and partnership ownership; governance and management disputes; business tort cases; employment and executive compensation disputes; estate and trust contests; intellectual property licensing; and tax controversies. He graduated from Duke University and received his JD from Harvard Law School.

 

Laura Scott
Introduction to Research for Public Interest Practice

Ms. Scott is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law, where she teaches introductory and advanced legal research courses. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in the litigation and bankruptcy departments of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts. She later received her M.S.L.S. from Simmons College and worked as Choate's reference librarian for five years. She joined Duke Law as a reference librarian in August 2005. Ms. Scott is a member of the Massachusetts bar, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries.

 

Ian Simmons
Select Problems in Antitrust Litigation

Mr. Simmons is a partner at O’Melveny in Washington, D.C. where he is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice and has been lead counsel in more than 32 multi-district litigation (MDL) antitrust proceedings and has achieved precedent-setting results. With 28 years of experience in antitrust litigation, Mr. Simmons is one of a few lawyers listed in both the Litigation and Competition Who’s Who Legal directories. In addition to his extensive experience with cartel cases, Ian litigates matters involving intellectual property issues, including the competitive implications of standard essential patents and FRAND obligations. He has taken more than 30 expert economist depositions. An alumnus of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Mr. Simmons uses his prosecutorial skills to maximize his clients’ interests. He has argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits and the highest courts in New York and South Dakota. Ian has tried seven cases to verdict. His efforts were recognized by Law360, which named Ian an MVP of the Year in Competition in 2011. Mr. Simmons holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

John Simpkins, L ‘99
Lawyer as International Development Professional

Mr. Simpkins is President of MDC, which was founded in 1967 as Manpower Development Corp. out of Governor Terry Sanford’s North Carolina Fund, in collaboration with the US Office of Economic Opportunity and the National Association of Manufacturers. MDC develops and implements programs in areas such as training and employment, community college improvement, rural economic development, strategic philanthropy, workforce competitiveness, school reform, and grassroots community leadership, to foster economic progress in the South. Prior to joining MDC, Mr. Simpkins held various leadership roles in efforts to promote equity, access, and inclusion at the state, national, and international level, including serving as vice president of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute, General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC. He received his J.D. and LL.M. from Duke Law School in 1999.

 

Lisa Simpson, T ’91, L ’94
Advising Clients on Use of Trademarks and Copyrighted Material

Ms. Simpson is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups. Her practice focuses on the representation of retail, entertainment, technology, and pharmaceutical companies in matters involving copyright, trademark, false advertising, rights of publicity, defamation, product liability and consumer class action litigation.  She serves as counsel to Oracle in its litigation with Google regarding whether Google’s use of the Java APIs in Android is a fair use under the Copyright Act.  She also served as counsel to DISH Networks, LLC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, and served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng on his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the copyright first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad.  Ms. Simpson received her B.A. from Duke University in 1991, and her J.D. from Duke Law in 1994.

 

DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith
The Right to Bargain in Professional and Amateur Sports

Mr. Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the Labor Union for Players of the National Football League (NFL). He was reappointed to his fourth term as Executive Director by the NFLPA’s Executive Committee in spring 2018. In March 2020, he successfully negotiated his second long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Football League. The eleven-year deal will introduce an additional game into the regular season but also provide players with their guaranteed highest share of NFL revenue in history. He also led the negotiations to create comprehensive Covid-19 protections and protocols for his membership, obtained comprehensive testing and opt out provisions for players and designed the return to play agreements that secured NFL Players being paid their full salary for the season despite a projected $3billion shortfall for 2020. On August 4, 2011, Smith signed an historic 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. The two Collective Bargaining Agreements remain the longest standing agreements between labor and management in any sports league. Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Mr. Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. He also served as a Partner in the law firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters. Mr. Smith received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Zachary Smith
Advising a Distressed Enterprise and Its Stakeholders

Mr. Smith is a Partner and the Team Leader of Moore & Van Allen’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice, based in the Firm’s Charlotte office.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of distressed situations and bankruptcy, representing lenders, special situation funds, debtors, and other stakeholders in in-court and out-of-court restructurings, including complex matters pertaining to Puerto Rico.  Recent representations include various stakeholders in connection with the Puerto Rico fiscal crisis, FirstBank Puerto Rico as senior secured lender in various chapter 11 cases in Puerto Rico and Florida, international technology start-up company Filip Technologies in chapter 11 cases in Delaware, and the United States Department of Treasury and the Presidential Task Force with respect to the restructuring of General Motors.  He is a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School, a lecturer in law at Boston University of Law, an advisory board member of the ABI’s annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, and a frequent author and panelist on restructuring matters.  He holds a J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.

 

Shane Stansbury, T ’95
Prosecutorial Ethics

Mr. Stansbury the Robinson Everett Distinguished Fellow in the Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security, and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. Prior to returning to Duke, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, representing the United States in criminal prosecutions involving terrorism, cybercrime, money laundering, export violations, public corruption, international narcotics trafficking, and other violations of federal law. Mr. Stansbury previously worked in the international arbitration and litigation group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in New York City. He received his A.B. from Duke in 1995, and his J.D. from Columbia University in 2001.

 

Paul Sun, L ‘89
Deposition Practice

Mr. Sun is an attorney with Ellis & Winters in Raleigh, NC.  His practice focuses primarily on business litigation and appeals.  He has experience in the areas of trade secrets and unfair competition, business and health care fraud (civil and criminal), employment, consumer claims, premises and product liability, and contract disputes.  He received his J.D. from Duke Law in 1989.

 

Casey Thomson
Exploring Gender and Culture in Negotiation

Ms. Thomson joined the Duke Law faculty in 2015, and received the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. She teaches first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, as well as Negotiation for Lawyers and Mediation Advocacy for upper-level students. Prior to coming to Duke, Thomson was an attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. She was a member of the litigation department, and her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, RICO, fraud, and insolvency-related matters. She regularly practiced in both state and federal courts, and appeared in arbitral proceedings before the Players’ Status Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Thomson clerked for the Honorable John F. Walter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Thomson received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000.

 

John Villa, T ‘70
Navigating Dangerous Waters: Internal Corporate Investigations

Mr. Villa is a partner at Williams & Connolly, where he served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 2002 until 2017, and co-chairs the firm’s Financial Services and Banking Practice Group. He focuses on corporate, securities, and financial services-related litigation, both civil and criminal, and legal malpractice defense. Mr. Villa graduated from Duke University in 1970 and holds a JD from the University of Michigan.

 

William Yavinsky, T ‘05
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context

Mr. Yavinsky is a partner at Hogan Lovells, based in Washington, DC.  His practice focuses on U.S. and international business transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as advice on general business matters from initial company organization through maturity.  He is a 2005 graduate of Duke University and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Jeff Zhang L ‘05
CFIUS and Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Zhang is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group, splitting his time between Orrick’s Beijing and New York offices. He represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including financial institutions, Fintech, technology, health care and real estate, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets, corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters. Having practiced for more than a decade in New York, and having served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of CITIC Securities USA, a SEC/FINRA-registered broker-dealer arm of China’s largest full-service investment bank, he offers Chinese clients a unique perspective when advising on U.S. transactional and compliance matters. Prior to joining Orrick, he was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons in New York. Before his in-house position at CITIC Securities USA, he practiced at two leading global law firms in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai for many years. Mr. Zhang received his JD from Duke Law School in 2005.

 

Brian Zuercher
Compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Mr. Zuercher is currently serving Of Counsel for Bagchi Law providing compliance and technology law advice to the global clients of this growing law firm. He is also serving as an Attorney Board Advisor to Gateway Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, a start-up dedicated to helping disadvantaged students gain entry into medical school. He retired in September 2020 from his role as Vice President and General Counsel for Ethics and Compliance at SAS Institute Inc., where he was responsible for worldwide compliance activities for the world's largest privately held software enterprise. In his career, Mr. Zuercher has counseled technology and aviation business clients operating across six continents.  Mr. Zuercher holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.