ACC National Capital Region

2018 CORPORATE COUNSEL AWARDS WINNERS

2019 CCA Winners

The winners of the 2018 Corporate Counsel Awards were:
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


Previous Winners of the
Corporate Counsel Awards:

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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