Fall 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Message


Summer has ended…and as usual, the ACC-NYC Chapter enters a very active and exciting autumn. If you attended our Compliance Institute and Annual Meeting on September 13th at the Paley Center, you saw three fantastic panels as well as a presentation from Joe Muoio, Assistant Chief, New York Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. You also got to socialize with the presenters and fellow Chapter members at a post-event reception at that NY classic, the 21 Club. During the annual meeting, I was honored to be elected your Chapter President for a second year, along with Ashley Miller, VP of Sponsorship and President Elect; Tia Gilford, Secretary; Jeffrey Schultz, VP of Programming; Charles Chen, VP of Membership; Daniel Rosenberg, VP of Practice Groups; and Suzanne Cruse, Treasurer. The Chapter said goodbye to our very capable former Secretary, Steven Seltzer, who has left the in-house world to start work at a law firm. The board will miss Steve and his very effective time keeping skills! We welcome to the Chapter four new directors, also voted in by our members at the annual meeting: Rachael N. Clark, Anna Erenburg, Kevin Fumai, and Jonathan Jung. For a complete list of board members, please visit our leadership page.

Please be sure to attend our last core programing event of the year Cybersecurity Summit - Our Davos for Data Protection on November 15th, at FIT. And check our calendar and your emails for additional CLE and social events coming up in the months ahead. Also, the Chapter has a great new initiative allowing you to share your membership -- up through December 31, 2017, you can invite your non-member in-house counsel friends to attend our events as your guest at no cost to them. Further details are available on the chapter website at, or contact our Assistant Executive Director, Rosalyn “Roz” Essex-Cope at 718-869-0681. I hope you will take advantage of this program - our Chapter offers some amazing benefits and this is a fantastic way to show non-members what we are all about.

As always, please contact me or other board members with feedback, questions, or concerns, and I hope to see you at an upcoming Chapter event, and at the ACC’s Annual Meeting in DC.

Best regards,

Simon Kyriakides
President, ACC New York City Chapter

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Featured Articles

If Sports Betting Goes National, AML Risks Will Proliferate
By: Katya Jestin, Reid J. Schar, Wade A. Thomson and Sarah F. Weiss of Jenner & Block

In a few months, the US Supreme Court will decide whether federal law can continue to prohibit sports betting in most states.  If the federal prohibition ends, new sports books – both brick-and-mortar venues and online – will undoubtedly proliferate.  Along with the many new sports books will come an exponentially higher volume of cash and web-based transactions associated with sports betting.  For independent sports books and those attached to casinos, the cash infusion will bring additional money laundering risks to these businesses. [Read More]

Trademark Law Alert - Should you be concerned about the Amazon Brand Registry? 
By: William M. Borchard of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

The Amazon Brand Registry is a way for an online retailer to improve its control over unauthorized changes to the text and images shown on the Amazon product detail page for products displaying the retailer’s own trademark (or displaying the trademark of another brand owner who has given the retailer written permission to manage a product’s detail page on Amazon).  Enrollment also may facilitate Amazon’s removal of infringing or counterfeit products. [Read More]

Unsettling Developments In The Settlement of Wage & Hour Litigations
By: Laurent S. Drogin of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

It is widely understood that the vast majority of lawsuits settle before trial. From a company’s perspective, early resolution ensures certainty and limits legal expense, business distraction and – of course – liability. In recent years, corporate counsel have been dealing with a massive increase in wage and hour issues, often in the form of a lawsuit, Department of Labor investigation or an in-house compliance audit. [Read More]

The New Standard for Copyright Protection Of Useful Articles: Star Athletica And Its Impact On The 3-D Printing Industry
By: Preetha Chakrabarti and James K. Stronski of Crowell & Moring

The Supreme Court had us biting our nails this term, as we waited for its decision on the copyrightability of useful articles. In March, the Supreme Court addressed the copyrightability of cheerleading uniforms in Star Athletica, LLC. v. Varsity Brands, Inc, No. 15-866, 137S. Ct. 1002 (2017), holding that chevron-patterned uniforms met its new separability test for copyright protection. [Read More]

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We Value Member Feedback

The ACC-NYC Chapter greatly values the feedback of its membership, as we continuously look to deliver value-added services and programs that best serve the evolving needs and interests of our members, both current and prospective.  To this end, linked below is a survey aimed at understanding your specific interests and needs. 

To thank you for completing this survey, you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and will also be eligible for a drawing of a $200 Amazon gift card (with two winners to be selected).** Survey responses are due back no later than October 29, 2017. The survey is open to members only, please see complete details and rules here.

Complete the ACC-NYC Membership Survey Today to be eligible for the drawing

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Welcome New Members

ACC-NYC is pleased to welcome new members to the Chapter!

Jeanine Anderson, Corporate Counsel, NeuroLeadership Institute, Inc.
Jeffrey Arnold, Benefits Counsel, General Electric Company
Dominick Barbieri, Palladium Equity Partners, LLC
Emma Barnett, Sr Counsel Legal/Bus Corp/Sec, The Madison Square Garden Company
Jason Bartlett, Corporate Counsel, Tata America International Corporation-TCS America
Christopher Benecke, Corporate Counsel, Arvato Digital Services LLC
Melissa Berger, Intellectual Property Counsel, Coach, Inc.
Lawrence Joseph Burian, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary (Legal & Business Affairs), The Madison Square Garden Company
Areti Christoforatos, Dir Legal/Bus Aff Venues/Labor, The Madison Square Garden Company
Candisse Collins, VP Legal & Business Affairs, The Madison Square Garden Company
Jim Cooperman, SVP Legal & Bus Aff MSG Ent, The Madison Square Garden Company
Ann Davidson, SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, L3 Technologies, Inc.
Tiffany Davidson, Senior Counsel, Elsevier Inc.
Robert Elliott, Corporate Counsel, Ziff Davis, LLC
Kate Fern, Corporate Counsel, Bertelsmann, Inc.
Eric Fisher, SVP Legal & Bus Affairs - Corp, The Madison Square Garden Company
Jamie Fruchtman, VP Legal & Bus Affairs - Tech, The Madison Square Garden Company
Rosa Henriquez, Privacy Manager, Universal Music Group
Kristin Herring, VP Legal & Bus Affairs MSG Ent, The Madison Square Garden Company
Mia Higgins, General Counsel, Council on Foreign Relations
Shari Holtzman, VP Legal/Bus Affairs - Employment, The Madison Square Garden Company
Aya Horikoshi, The College Board
Jonathan Jacobs, Vice President - Legal, Continental Grain Co. / Arlon Group
Matthew Kane, General Counsel, Anomaly
Jamaal Lesane, SVP Legal/Business Teams/Sports Event, The Madison Square Garden Company
Jerry Lettieri, Counsel, MSCI Inc.
Adam Levine, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Distribution, The Madison Square Garden Company
Gregory Lullo, Counsel Legal & Business Affairs Sports & Marketing Partnerships, The Madison Square Garden Company
William Macholz, Sr. Legal Counsel, The Nature's Bounty Co.
Roxanne Malaspina, Counsel, in transition
John Master, SVP Legal Bus Sports/Mktg Part, The Madison Square Garden Company
Abiskar Mitra, Sr Counsel Legal/Bus Corp Dev, The Madison Square Garden Company
Mark Oblad, GC, JW Player
Lisa Poggi, Mgr Legal & Bus Aff Employment, The Madison Square Garden Company
Riana Positano, Sr Counsel Leg/Bus Sports Mkt, The Madison Square Garden Company
Jonathan Rebell, Vice President, NBC Universal
Michael Rizzo, VP Legal & Business Affairs, The Madison Square Garden Company
Dean Rodrigues, Senior Counsel, Bankrate, Inc.
Denise Rubin-Carter, VP Legal & Bus Affairs - Ent, The Madison Square Garden Company
Marc Schoenfeld, SVP Deputy General Counsel, The Madison Square Garden Company
Miyun Sung, SVP, Chief Corporate Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc.
Tara Talmadge, Legal Counsel, Scholarchip Card, LLC
Arseniy Trakht, Corporate Counsel, Daymon Worldwide
Hal Weidenfeld, SVP Legal & Bus - Venues/Labor, The Madison Square Garden Company
Rebecca Welsh, Associate General Counsel, Mark43, Inc.


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Miss an Event?

Most of our CLE event materials are posted online shortly after the event. Click here to view ACC-NYC Chapter event presentations, and be sure to visit our blog for event recaps and photos!

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ACC Women's Group Program- “Beyond Mentors: Why You Need a Sponsor”

On September 14, 2017, Dechert hosted the ACC New York chapter’s Women’s Group for the program, “Beyond Mentors:  Why You Need a Sponsor.”  Moderated by May Chiang, an associate at Dechert, the panel included Debbie Epstein Henry, Co-founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers and DEH Consulting; Abbi Chen, Partner, Dechert; and Shea Owens, Assistant General Counsel, KPMG.  Offering practical advice and lived experiences, the panelists described the differences between a mentor and a sponsor, the benefits of having a sponsor outside of your organization, and how to cultivate sponsor relationships.  The panelists noted the wide percentage gap of men versus women as well as women of color who have sponsors and called on organizations to facilitate formal sponsor programs to overcome intrinsic biases. The program concluded with a networking reception.

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