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Overview (Program Summary)
This panel will offer suggestions on how to approach the drafting of commercial contracts in a way to minimize the risk of expensive disputes. In particular, the panelists will address subjects such as ambiguities created by choice of law clauses, termination provisions, indemnification obligations, and limitations on consequential or indirect damages. In addition, the panelists will bring their own backgrounds – as in-house counsel, outside transactional counsel, and outside litigation counsel – to the question of how to handle a dispute right at the moment it starts brewing.
Eve Bolkin, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Capgemini North America
Eve Bolkin is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, at Capgemini North America. Eve has been with Capgemini since 1993. Over her career, she has negotiated numerous contracts covering a wide range of topics, including multi-million dollar complex outsourcing engagements. In her current role, she supervises the provision of legal support to the majority of the North American business units. She manages a team of attorneys and serves as a point of escalation for contract negotiations. She is also instrumental in settling dispute resolution strategy for transactional matters. Before joining Capgemini, Ms. Bolkin was an associate, with a focus on commercial civil litigation, in the New York office of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.
Jordan Toumey Razza, Director of Litigation & Antitrust, Diageo North America, Inc.
Jordan Toumey Razza is the Director of Litigation & Antitrust for Diageo North America, Inc. She manages North American litigation and regulatory investigations and has oversight for antitrust, the U. S. Virgin Islands and certain supply and environmental matters. She supports the consumer care division in North America, and provides counsel on high risk compliance matters. She advises global colleagues on key litigation risks and provides extensive training across the business on a variety of subjects. Jordan also supervises and coordinates all e-discovery, as well as North America records management. Prior to joining Diageo, Jordan was a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell in both the DC and NY offices. Jordan has a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and a law degree from Duke University. In between college and law school, Jordan worked as an investigator at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, a public interest law firm that provided pro bono legal services to people in all stages of the capital conviction process.
Elizabeth A. Edmondson, Partner, Jenner & Block
Elizabeth A. Edmondson is a partner in the firm’s International Arbitration and Complex Commercial Litigation groups. Her practice focuses on counseling clients in complex contractual disputes, particularly in the aerospace, energy and manufacturing sectors. She has substantial experience resolving disputes without litigation, but is also trial-ready, having represented clients in eleven trials and arbitration merits hearings. Ms. Edmondson also has substantial experience with intellectual property disputes, financial litigation, and class action defense. She was named a “Rising Star” in 2016 by the New York Law Journal and has been described as “highly rated” in International Arbitration in Legal 500 USA.
Edward L. Prokop, Partner, Jenner & Block
Edward L. Prokop is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Prokop has advised clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border public and private transactions, both on the buy-side and sell-side, including mergers, stock and asset purchases, restructurings and leveraged acquisitions, as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and other complex commercial transactions. He has also represented private equity and asset management clients on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, portfolio company transactions and the formation of private investment funds. Mr. Prokop also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, fiduciary, ethics and disclosure matters. Mr. Prokop has worked closely with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including, among others, financial, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, food production and distribution, manufacturing, media, technology and investment management.
Michael W. Ross, Partner, Jenner & Block
Michael W. Ross is a litigation partner in the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation Practices. Mr. Ross represents corporate clients in complex disputes, investigations and regulatory challenges. His practice spans numerous industries and areas of law, with much of his work focusing on financial services, technology and intellectual property. Mr. Ross’s diverse practice covers the range of legal challenges that businesses face. He represents companies in their most demanding cases in industries as diverse as financial services, media, real estate, and aviation. His practice covers a wide array of legal areas, including commercial contracts, securities law, trade secrets, antitrust, class actions and intellectual property, and he has substantial experience at all stages of the litigation process, and he regularly represents clients in arbitration and mediation. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to government and internal investigations.