Focus On The New York City Chapter ~ Winter 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Season’s Greetings!

Winter Scene NYC

During this Holiday season, I hope all of our members are getting time to spend with family, friends, pets, and anything and anyone that makes life a little more enjoyable and meaningful.  Life as an in-house counsel is busier and more complex than ever, and while I have given up on the idea of a “quiet” December, we still need the holiday break to reflect, refocus, look back at the year’s accomplishments, and look forward to the New Year and new goals.

So - I am going to look back on what we as a Chapter accomplished this year and I see a lot to be happy about.  We had a full programing schedule at great venues, including our Ethics Marathon at the New York Public Library.  In November, we had our Cyber Security Summit –featuring three intriguing and timely presentations - at the Fashion Institute of Technology. You can click here to see pictures of this year’s events on Flickr. 

We also instituted our bring a colleague for free program, where you as a member can bring an in-house non-member as a guest for free to our events.  That program has been extended until the end of January, so please be sure to make use of it, and introduce your in-house friends to our great programming and networking events.

Looking ahead to 2018, mark your calendars now for our fourth annual Winter Gala, taking place once again at the beautiful and spectacular Rainbow Room on February 15th.  Remember, attendance is free for members, and you can choose to bring a guest for a fee…so we are giving you a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day just a day late! Registration and additional details will be announced on our website in early January.

Thank you to all members who completed our 2017 Membership Survey, your feedback was valuable – we truly appreciate your time.  Congratulations to Jeff Arnold, one of our grand prize winners!  Our programming committee is hard at work planning a robust core programming schedule for 2018, and as always, these are complimentary for members and a fantastic way to learn and network with other members and sponsors.  

We are pleased that New York State’s Continuing Legal Education board has created a new category of CLE credit which will take effect on January 1, 2018 for Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.  ACC-NYC has been at the forefront of these initiatives for years, and will continue to deliver outstanding programming to our members as our Women’s, Diversity, and All Abilities Groups continue to thrive. As always, the Chapter is looking for volunteers - for 2018 we have a set up a number of committees that could use your help and insight - please contact me or our volunteer liaison, Allison Tomlinson, Director, if you would like to take part. And remember, if you are not a member of the ACC, now is the perfect time to join, enjoy great educational and networking benefits as well as invaluable online resources. Finally, let me wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you at our events in 2018!

Best regards,  

Simon Kyriakides
President, ACC New York City Chapter

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Featured Articles

Twenty-Five Practical Pointers for Getting Your Arbitral Award Paid
By David Zaslowsky and J.P. Duffy of Baker McKenzie

The ultimate objective of a party seeking damages in an arbitration is usually to get paid.  This article offers twenty-five practical tips for achieving the objective of converting an arbitral award into money. [Read More]

Privacy Shield: Year One Updates You Need To Know
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This month we're celebrating Privacy Shield's first birthday (albeit, a bit belated) with an update on everything Privacy Shield. There have been a number of developments on the Privacy Shield-front that companies certified or seeking self-certification under Privacy Shield need to know. [Read More]

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For the last 20 years, approximately half of all law school graduates have been women. Yet, as has been widely reported, women only make up slightly more than 20 percent of the partnership at major law firms, with even fewer women becoming equity partners.While these numbers paint a bleak picture for women, there are reasons to be optimistic that women will gain greater representation at counsel table. [Read More]

Strategic discovery considerations: preservation and analysis of web and social media content
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While the Internet can provide a rich store of information that may be critical for litigation and investigation matters, it can also be a significant challenge to collect, search, and produce the information in a forensically-defensible way. [Read more]


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Welcome New Members

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

Vincent Asaro, Associate Counsel, Lefrak Organization
Andrew Avorn, General Counsel, Pilot Fiber, Inc.
Diane Brayton, General Counsel, The New York Times Company
Aileen Chang, Corporate Counsel, FlightSafety International
William Fenrich, Principal and Chief Legal Officer, AQR Capital Management, LLC
Ayana Free, Director of Legal Affairs, Zocdoc
Joshua Geller, Chief Legal Officer, AxiomSL
Sebastian Gheith, Associate Counsel, amfAR, Foundation for AIDS Research
George Hassapis, General Counsel & VP of Corporate Strategy Division, Nippon Express U.S.A., Inc.
Jason Kaplan, General Counsel, United Wind, Inc.
Randi Kassover, Senior Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel, Helaba
Andrew Kopelman, VP, AGC, Chief Privacy Counsel, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
Hong Lee, General Counsel, The Princeton Review
Marc Levin, General Counsel, Delos Living LLC
Adriana Maestas, Senior Legal Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group plc
Marc Mandel, General Counsel, Jun Group Productions, LLC
Jennifer  McCool , Chief Legal Officer , The Related Companies
Shai Mehani, Corporate Counsel, Axiom
Seth Metsch, VP, Legal & Business Affairs, A+E Networks
Jason Mills, Senior Counsel, The Trade Desk
Kendra Mitchell, Assistant General Counsel, Duo Security
Matthew Neimark, Counsel, Taboola
Patricia Pastor, General Counsel, Construction and Realty Services Group, Inc.
David Peters, Senior Corporate Counsel, Nagase America Corporation
Cristina Porter, Associate General Counsel, Institute of International Education
Gabriella Ripoll, Associate Counsel, Delos Living LLC
Genevieve Roche, Attorney
Adam Seiden, Associate Counsel, Lilis Energy, Inc.
Tagiana Souza-Tortorella, Counsel, Rampart Insurance Services
Yee Wun Szeto, Assistant General Counsel, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Rina Teran, US Chief Counsel, Chief Securities Counsel, Constellium N.V.
Lauren Wolf, General Counsel, Affiliates Risk Management Services, Inc.


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