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ACC Announces Winners of 3rd Annual "Top 10 30-Somethings" Awards at Corporate Counsel University

Posted: Jun 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2014) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 33,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations, today announced winners of its third annual "Top 10 30-Somethings" awards at its Corporate Counsel University (CCU) in Minneapolis, Minn.

Sponsored by Saul Ewing, LLP, the award program recognizes the outstanding achievements of in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39. Nominations for the award are based on the individual's contributions to their legal department, company or organization, as well as the depth and context of their participation as champions of advancing diversity in the legal profession.

"This year's award recipients have demonstrated extraordinary value to their corporate law departments and the overall in-house profession," said Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of ACC. "Their innovation, strong global perspectives and commitment to in-house advocacy efforts set the stage for the next generation of in-house counsel to excel in today's global legal landscape."

The 2014 "Top 10 30-Somethings" awards are presented to the following:

  • Josh Beser, Assistant General Counsel, LONZA America (New York)
  • Robert Carlo Piasentin, General Counsel, Sierra Systems (Canada)
  • Bindu Dhaliwal, Senior Counsel, Environmental, Social & Governance Group, BMO Financial Group (Canada)
  • Shaka Johnson, Senior Attorney, Sony Electronics (California)
  • Megan Jones, USA Counsel, BI-SAM Inc. (New York)
  • Therese Lee, Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel, Google Inc. (California)
  • Jonathan Maphosa, Assistant General Counsel, South African Reserve Bank (South Africa)
  • Manisha Merchant, Associate General Counsel, Banc of California (California)
  • Shannon Orr, Corporate Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, VMware, Inc. (California)
  • Lisa K. Seilheimer, Senior Corporate Counsel, CDW (Illinois)

ACC also recognized Rafael Barreto Garcia, chief legal officer and general counsel at CEITEC Semiconductors (Brazil), and Aurélie Vanden Broecke, senior legal counsel, corporate law at Belgian Post Group (also known as bpost) (Belgium), as "honorable mentions" for their achievements and contributions to the in-house community.

The ACC CCU program is specifically designed for attorneys who are new to in-house practice. During the two-day seminar, in-house counsel from top companies, such as Xerox Corporation, Israel Chemicals Ltd., RGA Reinsurance Company, Siemens Corporation and TELUS International, and many others, highlighted global compliance and corporate litigation, contract drafting and negotiations, outside counsel management and strategic planning.

"CCU is a wonderful program for lawyers who are still new to the corporate counsel role to gain valuable skills to jumpstart their in-house careers and network with their professional peers," added Richardson.

To learn more about the "Top 10 30-Somethings" award recipients, check out the upcoming July/August issue of ACC's award-winning magazine, ACC Docket.

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 33,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit www.acc.com and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

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