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This year’s honorees hail from Israel, Canada, and the US, and include three general counsel

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2020) – Today, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) announced the recipients of the ninth annual 2020 Top 10 30-Somethings Awards. Sponsored by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, the awards are a special opportunity to celebrate the achievements of 10 international in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39. The selection criteria take into account contributions to their corporate law department, company, or organization, as well as the depth and context of their participation in efforts to advance advocacy, pro bono services, and diversity in the legal profession.

“The impressive range of skill and leadership represented by this talented group of young lawyers is unprecedented,” said Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of ACC. “Many have already advanced to the level of general counsel and vice president and others have distinguished themselves as go-to executives within their organizations. The dedication and work ethic each of them brings to the table assures that they deliver value. It’s my pleasure to extend ACC’s warmest congratulations to this next generation of corporate law department leaders and celebrate their many achievements.”

ACC also thanks Saul Ewing for their tireless support of these awards.

The 2020 Top 10 30-Somethings Award winners are:

•    Asaf Alkoby, senior director and executive general counsel, global corporate affairs, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Israel
•    Andrew Buddle, corporate counsel, Teck Resources Ltd, Canada
•    Julisa Edwards, general counsel, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, USA
•    Bassel C. Korkor, vice president, risk management, Charles Schwab, USA
•    Meyling Ly-Ortiz, managing counsel, employment and labor, Toyota Motor North America, USA
•    Vincent J. Montalto, senior litigation counsel, BASF Corporation, USA
•    Ahmed S. Mousa, senior vice president, corporate operations, and general counsel, Pieris Pharmaceuticals, USA
•    Adam Andrew Nagorski, corporate counsel, UL, USA
•    Tyrone H. Thomas, Jr., deputy general counsel, Invenergy LLC, USA
•    Maggie Warren, vice president and assistant general counsel, Vertafore, Inc., USA

ACC received a record 245 nominations, of which 61 came from outside the United States. This year’s cohort was selected by a 15-person judging panel, which included 13 past Top 10 30-Somethings winners and was comprised of members from ACC’s Board of Directors and the ACC Docket Advisory Panel. The awards will be formally presented to the honorees at ACC’s Corporate Counsel University (CCU), which is currently planned to be held on June 24-26, 2020.

The ACC CCU program is specifically designed for corporate lawyers who are new to in-house practice. Experienced in-house lawyers from companies around the globe will lead discussions on risk and compliance, client IP protection, contract negotiation, developing in-house skills, and more.

To read about the accomplishments of the Top 10 30-Somethings award recipients, check out the July/August issue of ACC’s award-winning magazine, ACC Docket.

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organizations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. With more than 45,000 members in 85 countries 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 and follow ACC on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


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