I have practiced law for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of which I have spent in-house at Interpublic Group, where I have headed global litigation, managed the Latin American legal team and served as chief of staff for the legal department. I have served as an arbitrator since 2009. I have served in complex cases involving several months of hearings with amounts in controversy exceeding $15 million. While I have served as arbitrator in a variety of commercial disputes, the areas that come up most frequently for me include: • Franchise law and agreements • Hotel and restaurant management • Fashion and design • Trademark infringement • Asset purchase agreements • Sales of professional practices (accounting, dental and medical) • Usury, fraud and breach of fiduciary obligations • Adequacy of software deliverables
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC., New York, NY (2002- Present) Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Managing Attorney and Regional Coordinator for LATAM (Latin American) Region: Responsible for overseeing all litigation matters for multinational advertising and marketing corporation with in excess of 50,000 employees worldwide. Responsibilities include: advising management on global litigation strategy and risk assessment in a variety of areas including advertising, contracts, intellectual property, bankruptcy, internal investigations, FCPA compliance and insurance; hiring and supervising outside counsel and managing all aspects of matters litigated before various courts and tribunals; supervision of team of seven lawyers. As Managing Attorney (Chief of Staff), responsible for working with General Counsel to develop policies for the Legal Department relating to issues including organization, staffing, retention of outside counsel, budgeting, attorney education and pro bono activities. As LATAM Regional Coordinator, responsible for managing the six lawyers in the region and for generally advising the regional business units on litigation and regulatory matters. KAY COLLYER & BOOSE LLP, New York, NY (1995-2002) Litigation Associate: Experience in copyright, trademark, licensing, defamation, First Amendment, employment, white-collar crime, contract, negligence, trade secret and complex commercial matters. Responsibilities included: representing clients in hearings, trials and arbitration proceedings; drafting and arguing appeals and motions; negotiating and drafting settlement agreements; retaining and supervising local counsel and public relations firms; conducting legal research; and coordinating discovery issues. DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL, New York, NY (1993-1995) Associate (Litigation and Securities): Experience in general civil litigation including securities, contract, antitrust, products liability and insurance matters. Responsibilities included: conducting legal research and writing legal memoranda; preparing and examining witnesses; and drafting motions, affidavits and other court documents. Transactional experience included coordinating due diligence reviews, and negotiating and drafting various agreements and public disclosure documents relating to IPOs.
I have served as arbitrator in nearly 230 matters administered by AAA, ICDR and ICC.
ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; ACE 20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; AAA Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor - Meeting Participant Expectations ACE18; Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition, 2017; AAA Best Practices Franchise Arbitration, 2017; AAA Imposing Sanctions in Arbitration, 2016; AAA New York Commercial Arbitrator Meeting, 2015; AAA “Exceeded Powers”: Recent Trends in Challenging Arbitrator Authority, 2014; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2011; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2009; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, 2009.
New York State (January 1994- )
American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution
AAA-ICDR Council (2020- ) NYSBA-DRS, Co-Chair of Arbitration Committee (2021- ) LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, Board Member (2015- )