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Isabella Bellera Landa, L '12, 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 and LLM 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.

Kathleen Blanchard L '17
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context
Ms. Blanchard is an associate at Hogan Lovells, based in Washington, DC. She focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, and other corporate transactional matters. Ms. Blanchard helps public and private clients navigate corporate issues ranging from complex business combinations to joint ventures and investments. She has advised companies in a variety of industries including technology, aerospace, defense, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and real estate. Ms. Blanchard received her JD from Duke in 2017.

Libby Magee Coles, L '08
Designing Creative Legal Solutions
Libby Coles serves as Executive Director of JusticeMatters, which she founded in 2009 to address the roots and repercussions of human trafficking by providing trauma-informed legal services and promoting just policies and practices. Libby was appointed chair of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission upon its creation in 2013, and served in this role through 2019 by appointment of Governor McCrory and reappointment by Governor Cooper. Libby has received Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award (2016) and Duke University School of Law's Young Alumni Award (2018). Recognized as an expert on human trafficking, Libby speaks and trains across North Carolina and nationally. Previously, she worked as a civil litigator with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh and on the legislative staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. Libby received her JD from Duke University School of Law and lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and three children

Collin Cox, L '01
Hearings Practice
Mr. Cox is a partner at Yetter Coleman LLP in Houston, Texas.  His practice focuses on representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial cases.  Mr. Cox 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
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context
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.

Jason Cowley
Prosecutorial Ethics
Mr. Cowley has been with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York since 2011 and has served as Co-Chief of the Office's Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force since January 2017. Prior to assuming that position, he served as 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.

Thomas Croft, T '76, L '79
Basics of Accounting
Mr. Croft is the owner of Croft Law LLC, where he specializes in medical stop-loss insurance litigation and consulting, and general commercial litigation. Previously he was a partner for nearly 20 years at King & Croft LLP in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Croft received his BA from Duke University in 1976 and his JD from Duke Law School in 1979.

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.

Professor Elisabeth de Fontenay
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context
Professor Elisabeth de Fontenay joined the Duke Law faculty in 2013, where she teaches Business Associations, Corporate Finance, and Private Equity & Hedge Funds. Her broad research agenda focuses on how market actors behave in the less-regulated spaces of the financial markets. Her work has examined questions such as the ongoing decline in U.S. public companies and the rise of private capital, private equity firms' role in the debt markets, public versus private financial markets, and value creation by transactional lawyers and elite law firms. Prior to coming to Duke Law, she practiced as a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, debt financing, and private investment funds.

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.

Crystal Grant
Professional Communication for Lawyers
Crystal Grant joined the Duke Law faculty in 2018 after serving as a clinical fellow in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She earlier practiced public interest law in Michigan for seven years and served as an adjunct professor at Spring Arbor University. Grant’s research interests are in special education and using interdisciplinary collaboration to address the social determinants of health. She has represented children and their families in administrative hearings and federal court.  She has provided continuing education for attorneys and medical providers on special education and related topics such as trauma informed care, bullying and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Grant received her MSW from the University of Michigan and JD from Michigan State University College of Law.

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
Negotiating Domestic Violence Policies and Gender Inequality Reform in Professional 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, magna cum laude, from Duke Law School in 2006.

Chris Hart, L '05
Litigation Strategy in the Corporate Context
Mr. Hart is of council at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, MA, where with significant trial litigation, appellate advocacy and data privacy and security experience, he 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.

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.

Casandra Laskowski
Designing Creative Legal Solutions
Ms. Laskowski joined Duke's Goodson Law Library in December 2016. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2015, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona in December 2016. She worked in both schools' law libraries performing reference and technical services.  She has a BA in Philosophy from Florida International University. Prior to pursuing her career as a law librarian, Cas worked as a geospatial analyst in the United States Army and served a fifteen-month tour of duty in Iraq.

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 and his BBA, cum laude, from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Gray McCalley, L '79
In-House Practice
Mr. McCalley is Vice President and General Counsel of Printpack Inc., an Atlanta-based, privately-held manufacturer of flexible packaging.  Prior to joining Printpack, he served for over 15 years with 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 senior lecturing fellow and interim 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 J.D., with honors, 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.

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.

Brendan Oldham, T '12
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context
Mr. Oldham is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells, where he advises public and private companies on a wide range of corporate and securities matters as a member of the firm's corporate group. He received his B.A. cum laude from Duke University in 2012, and his law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2016.

James Rhee
The Way It All Works: Investing, Negotiating, and Operating in the Real World
Mr. Rhee currently serves as the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Stewart, in addition to his role as founder and President of FirePine Group, LLC.  Previously, he was a Principal of Gordon Brothers Group, overseeing a successful turnaround and management of the firm's private equity efforts through GB Merchant Partners, a $270 million institutional fund.  Mr. Rhee was also a senior investment professional at J.W. Childs Associates, a leading middle-market private equity firm with over $3.5 billion of committed capital, where he played a leadership role in multiple platform investments.  He has significant public and private board experience (distressed, growth, and otherwise), and has chaired numerous audit committees and board meetings.  Mr. Rhee holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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 General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C.  He represents USAID in interagency activities as well as foreign and domestic intergovernmental engagements.  Some of his areas of specialization include international governmental relations, legislative oversight and inquiries, and comparative constitutional law and constitutional design.  Prior to joining USAID in July 2015, Mr. Simpkins served for two years as the Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.  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.

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.

Lee Tiedrich, E '88
Artificial Intelligence: Navigating the Evolving Legal Landscape to Capitalize on Opportunities and Mitigate Risk
Ms. Tiedrich is a partner at Convington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., where she brings together an undergraduate education in electrical engineering and over twenty-five years of legal experience to counsel clients on a broad range of intellectual property and technology transactions matters. She co-chairs Covington's global, multidisciplinary Artificial Intelligence ("AI") initiative. Ms. Tiedrich has been recognized in Legal 500 as a Leading Lawyer for patent licensing and transactions and has been recommended in Legal 500 for her “ability to identify critical issues” and her “extremely strong work ethic.” She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. Ms. Tiedrich received her BSE from Duke University in 1988 and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991.

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.

Jenna Watson, T '04
The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context
Ms. Watson is Vice President and Counsel for Corporate Transactions at Viacom, Inc. She previously practiced with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. She is a 2004 graduate of Duke University and received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2008.

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 Vice President and General Counsel for Ethics and Compliance at SAS Institute, where he is responsible for worldwide compliance activities for the world's largest privately held software enterprise.  In his role, Mr. Zuercher has counseled SAS clients in every region in which SAS operates, and worked to establish legal and contract centers in Mexico and Brazil.  In 2007 he was given the opportunity to consolidate SAS's compliance efforts and augment SAS's anti-corruption, export, privacy, respect in the workplace, and travel law compliance programs.  Mr. Zuercher holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.