General Real Estate and Corporate Counsel
Alterra Mountain Company
Jennifer Ingrassia is Corporate Real Estate Counsel for Alterra Mountain Company, a North American mountain resort and adventure company. Jennifer advises on and negotiates complex real estate, finance, hospitality, resort operations and international transactions. Prior to joining Alterra in 2012, Jennifer gained extensive experience in all facets of commercial real estate and corporate law with law firms in Florida and Colorado. Jennifer has been a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel since 2012 and she is currently chairing the Real Estate Subcommittee of the Colorado chapter's Business Transactions Committee. She also served on the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation's Board of Directors and is the past Chair and Co-Founder of the Developing Leaders Mentor Committee for the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Office Properties. Jennifer is actively involved in community and philanthropic activities and was a Denver Business Journal Forty Under 40 award winner.
Gemma Heckendorf is Chief Counsel at CSG International, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. CSG is one of the world’s largest providers of business support solutions, primarily serving the global communications industry, supporting the management of clients’ revenue, customer interactions, and digital ecosystems. Gemma advises on commercial and corporate transactional matters, domestically and internationally, as well as advising on a wide range of other corporate functions, including the management of data privacy, real estate portfolio, public company compliance and global entities. Prior to CSG, Gemma was Associate General Counsel at Ciber, Inc., a public company providing global information technology consulting and outsourcing to commercial clients, and has held a number of in-house legal positions in the Denver area, including at Vail Resorts and IHS, advising on a broad range of business and legal matters, including intellectual property protection, M&A activity, client and vendor engagement, HR, and strategic planning. Gemma began her legal career in Sydney, Australia, where she earned her Law and Arts degrees from the University of Sydney, and began the practice of law as an attorney at Allens, an international commercial law firm, after which she transitioned to her in-house career at Vodafone, Australia. Gemma has previously served as Chair of the Law Department Management Committee (LDMC) at the national ACC level, and is currently serving as Membership and Strategy co-chair to the LDMC.
Deputy General Counsel
Children's Hospital of Colorado
Megan Zatz is Deputy General Counsel at Children’s Hospital Colorado, a nonprofit hospital for children that provides comprehensive pediatric care at its main hospital campus in Aurora, Colorado and at several locations throughout Colorado. Children’s Hospital Colorado is an organization at the forefront of pediatric research and outreach in the Rocky Mountain region that also focuses advocacy efforts out into communities across Colorado with the goal of making sure kids’ concerns are always heard when public policies are made. Ms. Zatz leads the legal team at Children’s Hospital Colorado and advises on a wide variety of regulatory, corporate and operational issues. She has called many states home, but has found her home base in Denver after working for several health systems in Colorado since 2006. Ms. Zatz earned her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon and her undergraduate degree in English from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Senior Litigation Counsel
Samuel Shapiro is Senior Litigation Counsel at Vail Resorts where he is primarily responsible for the defense of all guest liability and commercial lawsuits and claims against all companies in the Vail Resorts organization. Mr. Shapiro personally litigates cases on behalf of the Company in Colorado and also manages outside counsel in Colorado and other jurisdictions. He is also responsible for overseeing the Company's Claims Department. Prior to joining the Board of the Colorado ACC, he served for 5 years on the Executive Board of the ACC’s Litigation Committee. Mr. Shapiro began his career at a boutique insurance defense firm in Silver Spring, Maryland, litigating a diverse range of cases in the State and Federal Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Vail Resorts family, Mr. Shapiro was Assistant General Counsel for Pepco Holdings, Inc. (now Exelon Corp.), a publicly traded utility headquartered in Washington, DC, where he litigated matters on behalf of the organization. Mr. Shapiro enjoys spending his free time with his family, skiing (of course!) and wakeboarding.
Jessica Borchers is Corporate Counsel at CenturyLink, a global communications and IT services company and the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. Jessica currently supports the state and local government and small and medium business units, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. In this role she advises sales and business clients on legal and commercial issues to manage risk and ensure compliance with laws, company policies, and contract terms. Prior to her current role, Jessica supported strategic enterprise sales at Level 3 Communications, and procurement and technology transactions at CenturyLink. Jessica has been an active member of ACC Colorado’s Emerging Leaders Group since 2015, serving as Co-Chair since 2016. Jessica earned her law degree from the University of Denver, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Jessica is proud to be a Colorado native and enjoys exploring many aspects of Colorado’s outdoors, including road biking, hiking 14ers, and skiing.
Greg Clouser is an attorney with Employers Council, a non-profit employer’s association founded in 1939 that provides in-house counsel, training and human resources services to its members through its offices in Utah, Arizona and Colorado. Greg develops practical business solutions and advice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including hiring, performance management, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, internal investigations, acquisitions, reorganizations and reductions in force, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations. Greg has previously held a number of in-house legal positions in the Denver area, including as Associate General Counsel Red Robin international, Inc., and Senior Counsel at tw telecom, inc. Previously, Greg was an Associate at Holland & Hart LLP, where he practiced commercial, employment, labor and immigration law, including representation of employers against claims for breach of contract, fraud, Title VII violations, wrongful discharge, defamation, and retaliation. Greg hails originally from Illinois and Kentucky and attended law school at the University of Virginia.
VP, GC & Corp. Secretary for the Americas
Julia Guynn is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Americas with Cardno, a global professional infrastructure and environmental services company. As General Counsel for the Americas, Ms. Guynn is responsible for the management of all legal issues within the region, ensuring proper legal representation for the region's business units. She is also responsible for the management of the regional legal, contracts management, and insurance/risk services teams. Ms. Guynn has earned her BBA, J.D. and LL.M from the University of Denver.
Assistant General Counsel
Corporate Safety & Industrial Hygiene Mgr.
Jennifer Jaskolka is Assistant General Counsel/Corporate Safety & Industrial Hygiene Manager at Xcel Energy, a Fortune 500 company providing gas and electric services to customers in eight states. Jennifer is responsible for the Company's asbestos litigation portfolio, OSHA legal work and ensuring company-wide compliance with federal, state and local safety and health regulations. She is a member of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Executive Committee and a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation Board of Directors. Before joining Xcel Energy, Jennifer was a partner at White & Steele, PC in Denver, Colorado, and a shareholder at Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa. Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety & Health in November 2017 with high honors.
Dennis manages all legal requirements and implements business growth strategies for Appliance Factory and its affiliated entities.
Director of Legal Affairs
Christine Lyman is Director of Legal Affairs at Arrow Electronics, where she negotiates commercial agreements with suppliers of cutting-edge technology such as cloud computing and Internet of Things. Before joining Arrow in 2015, Christine was a trial attorney at a Denver litigation boutique and a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Christine earned her J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law and was a chemistry major at Williams College. She studied oceanography at the University of Kiel, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar and worked in the biotech industry before law school.
President and General Counsel
Carolyn has acted as Corporate Counsel for a group of privately held companies specializing in transportation, real estate acquisition, aviation and third party logistics. While in private practice, prior to moving to in-house positions, she represented lending institutions and contractors in corporate and real estate transactions and litigation. Before engaging in a legal career she was in executive and senior management in the corporate retail sector and included merchandising, new store development, strategic growth and restructuring through mergers and acquisitions of regional retailers and distribution coordination for Payless ShoeSource, as well as financial and revenue stream process management for Sprint PCS and American Express TRS.JD from Washburn University School of Law, BBA from the University of Oklahoma and MBA program with Kansas University. Licensed to practice in Colorado, the 10th Circuit Federal District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.Membership and Professional Associations include:
* American Bar Association: Real Property, Litigation, ADR and Business Law Sections, Vice-Chair of Business Law Section Litigation Committee
* Colorado Bar Association: Real Property, Litigation, ADR and Business Law Sections
* Member - Boulder County Bar Association, Business and Real Estate Sections
* Member - Denver Bar Association
* Member - CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council
* Member – Chief Justice's Commission on Access to Justice
* Member - National Association of Corporate Counsel, Real Estate and Small Law Department and Pro Bono Committees, Program Chair of Real Estate Committee* Board Member - Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, Chair of Pro Bono Committee
* Member - Faculty of Federal Advocates
Senior Corporate Counsel
Linda Ramirez-Eaves is Senior Corporate Counsel at Seagate, a global technology company based in Cupertino, California. Ms. Ramirez-Eaves advises on commercial, compliance and employment-related matters, both domestically and internationally. She is a native of Colorado, earning both her JD and her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Ramirez-Eaves enjoys spending her free time reading, gardening, hiking, or at CrossFit.
Chief Legal Officer
Neo Performance Materials
Randal’s diverse career includes private law practice, real estate brokerage and development, chief financial officer roles at investment banks, and in-house counsel positions in several different industries and includes extensive international business experience throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, and the US. Such broad experiences enable him to provide invaluable perspectives on different ways to solve problems. At Neo, he advises on a wide variety of commercial matters for business units operating in 11 countries, in addition to overseeing a global patent and trademark portfolio.
He is an occasional speaker and panel member on the topic of international business and cross-cultural communication and chairs the Chapter’s International Practice group. Randal received JD and MBA degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Western Union, LLC
Lindsey Schultz is an Associate Counsel at Western Union (WU), where she supports the company’s B-to-B unit that focuses on enabling businesses to efficiently manage cross-border payments. Lindsey focuses primarily on regulatory matters, commercial contracts, and supporting the division’s marketing program. Prior to joining WU, Lindsey wore many hats as one of two attorneys at a mid-sized payments company outside Boston and helped the organization navigate through a successful acquisition before moving back to her native Colorado. Lindsey has been an active member of ACC Colorado’s Emerging Leader Group since its formation in 2014. She has a B.S. From Boston University and a J.D./M.B.A. from Willamette University in Oregon.
Maureen “Mo” Watson
VP and General Counsel
Mo is a VP and the General Counsel at CQG, a global software company that provides high-performance trade routing, global market data, and advanced technical analysis. At CQG, Mo manages all active legal matters and works with a talented team to ensure CQG's global compliance with evolving regulatory regimes. She helps drive business growth in emerging and existing consumer markets through careful contract negotiation and strategic partnerships. She works broadly across the business to identify, understand, and mitigate risk. Outside of the office, Mo enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, drinking wine, and spending time with her family.
Associate GC and Vice President
Molson Coors Brewing Company
Sung Yang is Associate General Counsel and Vice President at Molson Coors Brewing Company. His responsibilities include Legal Operations, Procurement, Supply Chain, Data and Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Global Risk Management. Prior to joining Molson Coors, Sung worked at Starbucks Coffee Company and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. Sung started his legal career in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He earned his B.A. from Whitman College and J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.