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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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ACC National Capital Region operates local committees (we call them Forums, Interest Groups and Initiatives) that focus on specific practice areas or industries and present programs on issues of significant and immediate concern to their constituencies. 

  • Career Development Forum

    The Career Development Forum focuses on providing attorneys with information about managing their professional lives (and the intersection of career and personal life). The programming it organizes includes general career topics, special gatherings for women and lawyers who are new to in-house practice, as well as sessions to help both active and passive job seekers find the next great in-house job. Non-members in ACC are welcome to participate in the Forum’s programs and networking events; the hope is that those non-members who secure in-house positions will recognize the value of membership and join at a later date.

    The members of the Career Development Forum are:

    • Susan Borke (Co-lead), Attorney
    • Steve Tibbets (Co-lead), Counsel, CA Technologies
    • Cindy Boyle, Managing Counsel - Employment, Willis Towers Watson
    • Shaneeque Brooks, Counsel, Willis Towers Watson
    • Samantha Guo, Associate General Counsel, Origene Technologies
    • Tasneem Karim, Senior Legal, comScore Inc.
    • Sarah Shyr, Associate Counsel - Commercial, Under Armour, Inc.
    • Todd Tabor, Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    • Kathee Troy, Senior Attorney

    ACC National Capital Region
    2018 Professional Growth Partners

    As you plot and manage your career path, it helps to have established relationships with professionals who specialize in career counseling and attorney placement.  If you manage a legal department, you may also want to know attorney search and staffing professionals who can help you with temporary staffing needs and permanent placements.  The following firms are our chapter's 2018 Professional Growth Partners (and local points of contact are provided):

    • Assigned Counsel, Inc.: Alisa Austin, Senior Recruiting Attorney -- Phone: 301-924-0368; E-mail: [email protected]
    • Attorney Talent Strategy Group LLC:  Lisa B. Horowitz, Founder and Principal Advisor -- Phone: 202-294-6709;  E-mail: [email protected]
    • Bridge Partners, LLC:  Debbie Tang, Partner -- Phone: (202) 809-0876; E-mail: [email protected]
    • Garrison & Sisson, Inc.: Nancy Palermo and Martha Ann Sisson, Co-Heads, In-House Practice Group -- Phone: 202-429-5630;  E-mails: [email protected]; [email protected]
    • Major, Lindsey & Africa: Deborah Ben-Canaan, Partner -- Phone: 202-628-0665;  E-mail [email protected].  Bill Mooney, Managing Director, MLA Solutions Practice Group -- Phone: 202-292-1842;  E-mail: [email protected]
    • Robert Half Legal: Jonathan Parella, Regional Manager -- E-mail: [email protected]
  • Corporate Law Forum

    The Corporate Law Forum offers programs evolving around cutting edge legal and regulatory developments affecting both public and private companies. Topics include: issues facing audit committees and other board committees with oversight responsibilities; securities and disclosure developments; and general corporate practice and compliance strategies. It is the intent of the Corporate Law Forum to better enable in-house counsel to successfully address issues facing their respective companies and broaden their knowledge base to provide accurate, ethical and prudent legal counsel.

    The members of the Corporate Law Forum are:

    • Douglas "Doug" Cox (Co-lead), Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Nick Wittich (Co-lead), Corporate Counsel & Director, EchoStar Corporation
    • Eun Ah Choi, Associate General Counsel, M&A, Willis Towers Watson
    • Brent Cotton, Counsel, Federal Systems & Regulatory Control, CSRA, Integrated Solutions & Services - North America
    • Shawn Haque, Corporate Counsel, Accenture Federal Services LLC
    • Joanne Kelly, Chief Counsel, Oath, Inc.
    • Vineetha Pillai, Corporate Counsel, Verisign
    • Joe Turitz, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, EchoStar Corporation
  • Diversity Forum

    The Diversity Forum highlights the importance of promoting diversity in the legal profession -- in particular, in in-house departments and the firms and companies that provide services to those departments. We present programming that addresses diversity topics, both in terms of career development and best practices for promoting diversity.

    The members of the Diversity Forum are:

    • Roberta Aronson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
    • Diane Ennist, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Carey International, Inc. 
    • Brandon Fitzgerald, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, United Negro College Fund
    • Michael Jimenez, Associate Corporate Counsel, WorldAware
    • Kathi Westcott, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • Mark Yeboah, Senior Associate General Counsel, Nasdaq Inc.
  • Employment and Labor Forum

    The Employment and Labor Forum provides programming that addresses the hot topics and particularly thorny issues that arise in dealing with employees and the rules, regulations and practices that come into play in the workplace. The Forum has been particularly successful bringing in speakers from the regulatory agencies that oversee employment and labor matters, including EEOC, OFCCP, the Department of Labor, and the NLRB.

    The members of the Employment and Labor Forum are:

    • Joel Gulick (Lead), Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Ares Management LLC
    • Rebecca Clar, Senior Director and Senior Counsel, Employment and Benefits, Hilton
    • Lesley Marlin, Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment, Northrop Grumman
    • Amit Patel, Associate General Counsel, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    • Ellen Rice, Associate General Counsel, Global Employment Law and Compliance, Pivotal Software
    • Andrew Sakallaris, Corporate Counsel, Logistics Management Institute
    • Zack Stewart, Assistant General Counsel, Serco Inc.
    • Susan Tahernia, Associate General Counsel, CentralCare Incorporated
  • Global Issues Forum

    The Global Issues Forum is designed to explore the legal issues faced by companies that operate in the global economy, either through international operations or by having customers or clients outside the United States. These issues may include intellectual property, compliance, employment, etc.

    The members of the Global Issues Forum are:

    • Bruce Henoch (Lead), General Counsel, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
    • Charlotte Bernard, Senior Legal Counsel, Lotame Solutions Inc.
    • Matthew Bester, Anti-Competition Counsel, Accenture LLP
    • Todd Braunstein, Head of Legal Investigations, Willis Towers Watson
    • Eric Sidle, Senior Counsel, Cvent
  • Government Contractors Forum

    The Government Contractors Forum serves attorneys that practice in the area of government contracting by presenting programs that provide helpful information on the ins and outs of government contracting, from general principles to subtle nuances that are unique to that area of law. Many of the Forum's programs feature prominent government officials from agencies such as DoD and GSA.

    The members of the Government Contractors Forum are:

    • Matthew Dost (Lead), General Counsel and Director of Contracts, Allied Associates International Inc.
    • Kevin Joyce, Associate Legal Counsel, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    • Joelle Laszlo, Senior Counsel, Peraton
    • Won Lee, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Annejanette Pickens, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Jim Winner, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Peraton
  • Greater Virginia Forum

    ACC NCR's service area includes all of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We organize programs and other activities for members outside of the D.C. metro area through our Greater Virginia Forum.

    The members of the Greater Virginia Forum are:

    • Frost Telegadas (Lead), Director of Northern Virginia, ACC NCR

    • Collin Hite, Associate General Counsel, Markel Corp.

    • Sean Beard, Altria Group Inc.,

    • Stephanie Gillard, Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel - Virginia Colonial Downs Group LLP

    • Sakina Paige, Sr. Manager, Sr. Counsel, Capital One

    • Christian Ortego, Senior Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

    • John Oakey, General Counsel, Essex Bank

    • Kindra Kirkeby, Assistant Counsel, NewMarket Services Corporation

    • Lusanna Ro, Vice President, AECOM

  • Nonprofits and Associations Forum

    The Non-Profits and Associations Forum presents programs for counsel who work in all of the various kinds of non-profit entities. Topics include: corporate governance, antitrust, employment law, contracting issues (i.e., hotel contracts, convention contracts), etc.

    The members of the Non-Profits and Associations Forum are:

    • Thomas Cluderay (Lead), General Counsel, Yellowstone Forever
    • Laura Farley, General Counsel, Virginia Association of Realtors
    • Denise Gold, Associate General Counsel, Associated General Contractors of America
    • Susan Hamsher, Attorney, The Nature Conservancy
    • Katherine Karl, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, The Humane Society of the United States
    • Rhonda Lees, Senior Counsel, American Bankers Association
    • Jesse Raben, General Counsel, The Common Application
    • Steve Swartz, Senior Associate General Counsel, The Humane Society
  • Privacy and Data Security Forum

    Recognizing that many aspects of an organization's privacy and data security practices are often managed by in-house legal, the Privacy and Data Security Forum provides continuing education for members who are responsible for these matters.  The group holds roundtable discussions on current issues and organizes high-level CLE programs.

    The members of the Privacy and Data Security Forum are:

    • Amelia Hukoveh (Lead), Legal Director, SAP America Inc.
    • Cecilia Boudreau, Corporate Counsel, Association of American Medical Colleges
    • Mary Chapin, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, National Student Clearinghouse
    • Jessica Geller, Counsel, Blackboard Inc.
    • Hilary Hageman, Vice President, Chief Counsel, SAIC
    • Abby Kortz, Corporate Counsel, HMSHost Corporation
    • Ilona Levine, Senior Counsel, OVH US L
  • Small Law Department Forum

    The chapter's Small Law Department Forum addresses the issues of resource allocation and operational management faced by members who (a) practice in, or are concerned with issues relating to, small corporate law departments or (b) practice in larger departments either as a legal "generalist" or at a remote location with few lawyers.  While there is no specific limit, "small department" generally is defined to refer to those with 1-5 attorneys. This group is not restricted to CLOs.  

    The members of the Small Law Department Forum are:

    • Steve Sherman (Lead), General Counsel, BSI Group, Americas
    • Chris Barker, Vice President, Contract Administration, CRAssociates Inc.
    • Troy Cahill, General Counsel, Lasership Inc.
    • Chi Lam, General Counsel, Guardiar
    • Patrick Samsel, Corporate Counsel, Contracts Manager, Fors Marsh Group LLC
  • Technology and IP Forum

    The Technology and IP Forum hosts formal presentations on current technology and intellectual property issues, as well as informal roundtable discussions among members. The Forum's programming touches on all the different technology sectors -- including computer hardware and software issues, telecom, biotechnology, nanotechnology, etc.

    The members of the Technology and IP Forum are:

    • David Beck (Lead), Director of Intellectual Property, Viavi Solutions Inc.
    • Beverly Chang, Counsel, BSA / The Software Alliance
    • Carleen Griffith, Corporate Counsel, VeriSign Inc.
    • Robert "Bob" Gurwin, Chief Counsel, Oath Inc.
    • Laure Jones, Corporate Counsel, Avaya Inc.
    • Joseph McNamara, Intellectual Property Counsel, Nasdaq Inc.
    • Kevin Minsky, Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
    • Bob Paskow, Vice President, Legal, Symantec Corporation
    • Zoe Sharp, Deputy General Counsel, Optoro Inc.

These groups are designed to provide a higher level of programming to specialists in these practice areas and industries, as well as to provide members with enhanced opportunities to develop a professional network with their colleagues. Each of these groups is described on its own subpage, and contact information is provided for the chairs of the Forum.

FORUM eGROUPS:  ACC National Capital Region has eGroups for the practice-area Forums.  To subscribe to one of these eGroups, go to the ACC Member-to-Member section of the web site, and customize your eGroup participation at


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