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CORPORATE COUNSEL AWARDS NOMINATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN

Recognizing Stars of the In-House Bar

Each year, ACC NCR recognizes excellence in the local in-house community and honors the work of the region’s leading in-house practitioners and legal departments over the past year by presenting one or more of the following awards:

  • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer
  • Outstanding In-House Counsel
  • Outstanding Law Department
  • Outstanding Paralegal
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service (individual)
  • Outstanding Commitment to the Community (department)
  • In-House Innovator
  • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement
  • ACC NCR Service

Start thinking of clients, colleagues, and friends who had an outstanding 2019.  Or, nominate yourself!  Click here to download the nomination form.  The deadline to submit is FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 3:00 PM. 

Finalists will be featured, and winners announced at the Corporate Counsel Awards Reception on July 15 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va. and in a supplement in the Washington Business Journal, both print-edition and online. 

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The winners of the 2019 Corporate Counsel Awards

ACC NCR CORPORATE COUNSEL AWARDS WINNERS!

The ACC NCR Board of Directors and the Corporate Counsel Awards Co-Chairs and Judges are excited to announce the  recipients of the 2019 Corporate Counsel Awards:  

Outstanding Chief Legal Officer 
Steven Mahon, SAIC

 
Outstanding In-House Counsel 
Leslie Nettleford, AARP

 
Outstanding Paralegal 
Taynisha Williams, Carey International, Inc.
 

Outstanding Pro Bono Service 
Laurence Grayer, Creative Associates International
Robert Lawrence, Freddie Mac
         
                                                                                    

Outstanding Commitment to the Community 
Fannie Mae 
                                                                                  
                                                                                                     

Outstanding Law Department                                                                                                      
The Knot Worldwide Inc.

 

In addition to announcing the winners in the categories listed above, ACC NCR will present the following awards at the Corporate Counsel Awards Reception:

Career Achievement Award
Patrick McGlone, Ullico Inc. and former President of the D.C. Bar                                
        
                                                                                          

Chapter Service Award                                                                                                  
Brandon Fitzgerald, UNCF

 
In-House Innovator 
Melwood                                                                                       
E*TRADE Financial Corp.

Previous Winners of the Corporate Counsel Awards

  • 2019

     

    The ACC NCR Board of Directors and the Corporate Counsel Awards Co-Chairs and Judges are excited to announce the  recipients of the 2019 Corporate Counsel Awards:  

    Outstanding Chief Legal Officer 
    Steven Mahon, SAIC

     
    Outstanding In-House Counsel 
    Leslie Nettleford, AARP

     
    Outstanding Paralegal 
    Taynisha Williams, Carey International, Inc.
     

    Outstanding Pro Bono Service 
    Laurence Grayer, Creative Associates International
    Robert Lawrence, Freddie Mac
             
                                                                                        

    Outstanding Commitment to the Community 
    Fannie Mae 
                                                                                      
                                                                                                         

    Outstanding Law Department                                                                                                      
    The Knot Worldwide Inc.

     

    In addition to announcing the winners in the categories listed above, ACC NCR will present the following awards at the Corporate Counsel Awards Reception:

    Career Achievement Award
    Patrick McGlone, Ullico Inc. and former President of the D.C. Bar                                
            
                                                                                              

    Chapter Service Award                                                                                                  
    Brandon Fitzgerald, UNCF

     
    In-House Innovator 
    Melwood                                                                                       
    E*TRADE Financial Corp.

  • 2018

    The winners of the 2018 Corporate Counsel Awards

    Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:

    • Brian Geoghegan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, SOS International LLC (small law department)

    • Thomas McCabe, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Orbital ATK, Inc. (large law department)

    Outstanding In-House Counsel:

    • Aaron F. Herman, Deputy General Counsel, JBG SMITH Properties (small law department)

    • David Lawson, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, AT&T Services, Inc. (large law department)

    Outstanding Law Department:

    • comScore, Inc. (for-profit organization)

    • The Nature Conservancy (non-profit organization)

    Community Service Award:

    • The Legal Department of Leidos

    In-House Innovator Awards

    • The Legal Department at Fannie Mae

    • The Legal Department at the National Association of Manufacturers

    Career Achievement Award

    • Cynthia (Cindy) M. Lewin

    ACC NCR Service Award

    • Stephen Epstein 

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    • Ilene G. Reid

  • 2017

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:Bill Deckelman, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, DXC Technology Company (large dept.); and Tamara Jack, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Blumont, Inc., and IR&D Inc. (small dept

    • Outstanding In-House Counsel:  Charles Neff, Director of Compliance, Huntington Ingalls Industries,

    • Outstanding Paraprofessional:  Karen Schultz, Legal Assistant, WeddingWire, Inc.

    • Outstanding Law Department:  Appian Corporation (small dept.); and Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (large dept.)

    • Community Service Award:  Stephen Otero, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel - Litigation, Capital One; and the legal department of Freddie Mac.

    • In-House Innovator Awards: HMSHost and Rosetta Stone

    • ACC NCR Service Award: Robin Hayutin, Former Senior Director of Legal Education, ACC National Capital Region 

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Samuel A. Flax, Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary, American Capital, Ltd., former Board member and Forum co-chair.

  • 2016

    • Outstanding Chief Legal Officer: Eric Reicin, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, MorganFranklin, Inc. and MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC (small dept.); and Jim Winner, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary, GardaWorld Federal Services (large dept.).

    • Outstanding In-House Counsel: Sharis Pozen, Vice President, Global Competition and Antitrust, General Electric.

    • Outstanding Paraprofessional: Sharon Williams, Director – Public Sector Contracts Administration, CA Technologies 

    • Outstanding Law Department: Hewlett Packard Enterprise – U.S. Public Sector (small dept.); and Marriott International, Inc. (large dept.)

    • Community Service Award: WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas (legal department); and Hilton Worldwide (legal department).

    • In-House Innovator Awards: Fannie Mae and Sprint Corporation

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Drew McKay, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of the Fairfax Group, who was a former chapter Board member and President

  • 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

    • ACC NCR Service Award: Evan S. Stolove, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Genworth Mortgage Insurance – U.S.

  • 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, who was a member of ACC NCR and an active committee member of the ACC Nonprofit Organizations Committee

  • 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.

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Jonathan L. Spear, vice president and deputy general counsel, Verizon Business, who was a former chapter Board member and President

  • 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.

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Mary E. Kennard, VP, General Counsel, & Secretary, American University, who was a former chapter Board member and President

  • 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). 

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award: Frederick J. Krebs, former president, Association of Corporate Counsel

  • 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

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

  • 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.

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award - 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award - 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

  • 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 InteractiveOutstanding

    • Law Department: Marriott International Inc.

    • Community Service Award: Adam Palmer, Director of the Office of Legal Counsel, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

    • Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award:  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

  • 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.

    • Chapter Service Award: Frank H. Menaker, then Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Martin Corporation and former chapter Board member and President

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