ACC National Capital Region

2016 CORPORATE COUNSEL AWARDS -
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FINALISTS

The finalists for the 2016 Corporate Counsel Awards are:
Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:
  • Kristin Campbell, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hilton Worldwide
  • Mark Dorfman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, DRS Technologies, Inc.
  • Eric Reicin, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, MorganFranklin, Inc. and MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC
  • Donald Saelinger, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Opower, Inc.
  • Jim Winner, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary, GardaWorld Federal Services    
Outstanding In-House Counsel:
  • Michael Abejuela, Associate General Counsel, American Registry for Internet Numbers, Ltd. (ARIN)
  • David Kessler, Group Counsel, Intel Security Public Sector LLC
  • Ilona Korzha, Counsel, Sprint Corporation
  • Mark Learn, Assistant General Counsel, Altria Client Services LLC
  • Sharis Pozen, Vice President, Global Competition and Antitrust, General Electric  
Outstanding Paraprofessional:
  • Katie Greenwell, Senior Paralegal – Dispute Resolution, Hilton Worldwide 
  • Sharon Williams, Director – Public Sector Contracts Administration, CA Technologies  
Outstanding Law Department:
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • Constellis
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise – U.S. Public Sector
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • WeddingWire, Inc.  
Community Service Award:
  •  Leslie Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas
  • Hilton Worldwide (legal department)
  • Washington Gas (legal department)
The 2016 Corporate Counsel Awards Reception will take place on Wednesday, October 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.  Registration is now open at http://www.cvent.com/d/7vq00m.



Previous Winners of the
Corporate Counsel Awards:


2015:

  • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer: Judith Branzelle of Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (small department) and Evan Farber of The Advisory Board Company (large department)
  • Outstanding In-House Counsel: Heather French of American Capital, Ltd.
  • Outstanding Paraprofessional: Reine Blackwell-Moore of Marriott International, Inc.
  • Outstanding Law Department: Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (small department) and Leidos Inc. (large department)
  • Community Service Award: Amy Sue Leavens of Capital Impact Partners (individual) and The Advisory Board Company (department)
  • In-House Innovator Awards: Hilton Worldwide and Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Drew McKay of The Fairfax Group

2014:

  • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer: Brett Coffee of CSCI (small department) and Brian Miller of The AES Corporation (large department)
  •  Outstanding In-House Counsel: Mike Kallens of Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Outstanding Paraprofessional: Joyce Ramirez of The Advisory Board Company
  • Outstanding Law Department: Fannie Mae
  • In-House Innovator Awards: AARP, ATK, CoStar Group and General Dynamics AIS
  • Service Award: Michael Wu of Carter's Inc.
  • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Janine Greenwood of National Student Clearinghouse

2013:

  • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer: Michael Bisignano, senior vice president and general counsel, Blackboard Inc., and Ho Shin, general counsel, chief privacy officer and corporate secretary, Millennial Media, Inc. 
  • Outstanding In-House Counsel:  Buddy Omohundro, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Apex Systems, Inc. 
  • Outstanding Paraprofessional:  Philip Fletcher, legal assistant and contracts administrator, HMSHost Corporation.  
  • Outstanding Law Department:  ACADEMI LLC.
  • Community Service Award:  Evan Farber, general counsel and corporate secretary, The Advisory Board Company.

    Jonathan L. Spear, vice president and deputy general counsel, Verizon Business, received the 2013 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.  


    2012:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:  Dean A. Manson, Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Hughes Communications Inc.
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel:  Jeffrey Lobb, Assistant General Counsel, Choice Hotels International Inc.
    • Outstanding Paraprofessional:  Barbara Lee, Corporate Paralegal, Blackboard Inc.
    • Outstanding Large Law Department:  AOL Inc.
    • Outstanding Small Law Department:  CoStar Group, Inc.
    • Community Service Award:  Amy Hutchens, General Counsel & VP, Compliance and Ethics Services, Watermark Risk Management International LLC, and Christopher M. Kerns, VP & General Counsel, Fort Myer Construction Corporation.

    Mary E. Kennard, VP, General Counsel, & Secretary, American University, received the 2012 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award. 


    2011:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Stephanie Tsacoumis, Georgetown University
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — Joseph C. Figini, CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc.
    • Outstanding Law Department — The AES Corporation (large); Carey International, Inc. (small).
    • Community Service Award — Patrick McGlone, Ullico Inc. (individual); Verizon Communications Inc. (legal department)

    Frederick J. Krebs, former president, Association of Corporate Counsel, was honored with the 2011 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.


    2010:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Scott D. Chaplin, Stanley, Inc.
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — Joshua J. Izenberg, Alion Science and Technology Corporation
    • Outstanding Law Department — The George Washington University Office of the General Counsel
    • Community Service Award — Robert E. Gans, CSC

    Robert Stern, senior vice president and general counsel of Sodexo Inc., who is also a former Board member and president of the chapter, received the 2010 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.

    2009:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Michael J. Huppe, SoundExchange, Inc.
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — John Thorne, Verizon Communications
    • Outstanding Law Department — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ("PhRMA")
    • Community Service Award — Paul Mamalian, Apptis, Inc.

    CG Appleby, senior vice president and chief legal offices of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., who is also a former Board member and president of the chapter, received the 2009 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.

    2008:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Simone Wu, XO Holdings Inc.
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — Christopher R. Ryan, K12 Inc.
    • Outstanding Large Law Department — Capital One
    • Outstanding Small Law Department – XM Satellite Radio Inc.
    • Community Service Award — Brett Coffee, Computer Systems Center Inc.

    Sol Glasner, then vice president, general counsel and secretary of The MITRE Corporation, who is also a former director and treasurer of the chapter, received the 2008 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.


    2007:

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Deborah Fox, QinetiQ North America Operations LLC
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — Andrew E. Shipley, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Outstanding Law Department — American Capital Strategies, Ltd.
    • Community Service Award — Kristin P. Walinski, Circuit City Stores, Inc.

    Robert S. Lavet, then Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae), who was also a former chapter Board member and president, and ACC Board member, received the 2007Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.

     

    2006: 

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer: James C. Fontana, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Alion Science & Technology Corporation;
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel: Sherrese Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive
    • Outstanding Law Department: Marriott International Inc.
    • Community Service Award: Adam Palmer, Director of the Office of Legal Counsel, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

    Stephen A. Bokat, then Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who was also a former chapter and ACC Board member, received the 2006 Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award.



    2005:


    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer — Curtis L. Schehr, Anteon International Corporation
    • Outstanding In-House Counsel — Jonathan L. Spear, MCI (now Verizon Business)
    • Outstanding Law Department — Nextel Communications, Inc. (now Sprint Nextel Corporation)
    • Outstanding Community Service Award — Choice Hotels International and Sodexho, Inc.

    Frank H. Menaker, then Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Martin Corporation and former chapter Board member and President, received a special WMACCA Service Award.



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