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Alumni Helping Alumni

A New Way to Look at Your Career Options

Alumni Helping Alumni is a new program through which alumni volunteers and members from the Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors will share ideas with fellow alumni who are exploring their career options.

This program may be helpful if you are:

  • Questioning whether your current career is as rewarding as it could be or is in line with your true passions or,
  • Interested in exploring new career options by leveraging your experience and Cornell Law education. 

The Alumni Helping Alumni program is designed to help you step back and assess where you are and explore ways to enhance your career. In the Program, you will have one on one discussions with an experienced Cornell Law School alumnus who can help point you in a new direction and uncover options you haven't considered.

You'll get objective feedback from a knowledgeable Law School alumnus who can serve as both a sounding board and advisor to help you review different aspects of your work history, education, values, life experiences and future plans. Together you will consider possible choices, decide which are right for you and come up with a game plan to get there. The Program will help you gain a better understanding of your strengths and passions and how they can be incorporated into a new career strategy.

The Alumni Helping Alumni program will expand your vision of your career. Although some job assistance may result, the Program is not designed for generating jobs or networking leads.

If you would like to talk with someone or learn more, email Mary Griffin.  She'll match you with a selected Cornell Law School alumnus and your exploration will begin.  (NOTE: Only Mary Griffin and the alumnus with whom you'll be speaking will be given access to information about you or your inquiry.)

PANEL OF ADVISORS

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HONORABLE ARIEL E. BELEN, JD '81

Brooklyn, NY
Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.) was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department since 2008 and has served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court trial and appellate terms since 1995. Justice Belen helped create the Kings County Commercial Division and then presided as a Justice handling complex commercial cases from 2002 to 2005. Over the course of nearly 18 years of distinguished judicial service, he developed a reputation as a calm, intelligent, fair, and hardworking jurist. He presided over countless matters covering the gamut of civil litigation from administrative to zoning law. A prolific writer, Justice Belen co-authored New York Trial Notebook, a comprehensive trial practice treatise. He was an instructor for many years at the New York State Judicial Institute where he taught all newly appointed or elected New York judges in the art of judging  Additional background here.

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ANDREW BERGER, AB '66, JD '69

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, New York, NY
Andrew has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, licensing and commercial litigation. His clients include publishers, content creators, illustrators, filmmakers, including a 2010 Academy Award winner, advertising agencies, software developers and new media companies. He helps his clients enforce their rights when others have infringed his clients' intellectual property without permission. Andrew also assists his clients to monetize their intellectual property through licensing, joint ventures, sales and related transactions.  Additional background here.

Dave Boehnen

DAVID L. BOEHNEN, JD '88

Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Minneapolis, MN
Mr. Boehnen is Of Counsel to Dorsey & Whitney law firm effective July 1, 2011. He retired from SUPERVALU as Executive Vice President December 2010 and served as Senior Counselor to the SUPERVALU CEO thru June 2011. He also served as Interim General Counsel at Armstrong World Industries, Inc. from March thru June 2011. Mr. Boehnen joined SUPERVALU in 1991 as one of six senior vice presidents reporting to the then CEO Michael W. Wright. He was elected Executive Vice President for SUPERVALU in 1997 with responsibility for real estate and store development, corporate development, legal and government affairs. 

Suzanne Dressler Brown

SUZANNE DRESSLER BROWN, JD '94

Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ
Suzanne has worked for a major NYC law firm and for a non-for-profit Children's Hospital.  Over the past six years she has advanced from running the hospital's events, to creating a new major and planned giving program, to now directing all corporate and foundation giving.  She has a B.A. in History from the University of Vermont. Additional background here.

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STEVEN C. BROWNE, JD '88

Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston, MA
Steven is co-leader of the firm's Corporate Practice Group and managing partner of the Boston office.  He concentrates on business and securities law, with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate finance, private equity financing transactions, public offerings, SEC compliance, and technology transfer and licensing.  He is general counsel to public and privately held companies in a variety of industries and at all stages of growth.  Additional background here.

Thomas Christopher

THOMAS CHRISTOPHER, JD '84

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY
Thomas Christopher has been a partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP since May 2003. Tom's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities, restructurings and related matters. He regularly represents principals and other parties in transactions involving the purchase and sale of companies, subsidiaries, divisions, joint ventures and other assets. In addition, Tom advises companies, hedge funds and other parties in connection with proxy contests, shareholder proposals and similar matters. 
Tom is listed as a recommended lawyer for both mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters in the United States 2010 and 2012 editions of The Legal 500, where he is described as a "great public company M&A lawyer and strong on corporate governance." In addition, each year since 2010 he has been selected for inclusion in Law & Politics' annual list of New York Super Lawyers. Additional Background here.

Arthur Eisenberg

ARTHUR EISENBERG, JD '68

American Civil Liberties Union
Arthur Eisenberg is the Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Over a career at the NYCLU that has spanned nearly 40 years, he has litigated extensively around issues of free speech, voting rights, race discrimination and education. He has been involved in more than 20 cases that were presented to the United States Supreme Court, representing either direct litigants or amici curiae. 
Eisenberg has also served as Chair of the New York State Task Force on Voter Registration and as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Civil Rights, its Special Committee on Election Law, and its Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention.
Eisenberg earned his BA degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He has taught courses in Constitutional Litigation, Civil Rights Law and Constitutional Law at and the University of Minnesota Law School and is currently teaching at Cardozo Law School. Additional background here.

Carolyn Elefant

CAROLYN ELEFANT, JD '88

Attorney-at-Law
Carolyn Elefant is a practicing lawyer in Washington D.C. who blogs, writes, consults and speaks about going and growing solo in the 21st century. Carolyn's blog, MyShingle.com, launched in 2002, is the longest running blog on solo and small firm practice and has been included in the ABA's Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Carolyn is also author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be (Lawyer Avenue 2011), the most up to date book on starting a law practice, and co-author with Nicole Black of Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier. Carolyn was named a 2010 ABA Legal Rebel.  Additional background here.

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DON FREDERICO, JD '79

Pierce Atwood LLP, Boston, MA
Don is a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP where he focuses his practice on representing defendants in class actions and mass tort litigation. He has served as President of the Boston Bar Association, as well as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Don is also a former Chair of the Boston Bar Journal's Board of Editors , a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the New England Legal Foundation. Additional background here.

Tom Gilbertsen

TOM GILBERTSEN, JD '89

Venable LLP, Washington D.C
Tom is a trial attorney focusing on antitrust, intellectual property and a variety of consumer protection issues, including privacy and financial services class action defense. Tom is a partner in Venable's commercial litigation division but, before and during the course of his 25-year legal career, Tom has served clients in a variety of settings in the legal profession. He served in Congressional and state legislative offices, worked in-house for a global energy company, clerked for a leading sole practitioner in the Midwest, and clerked for the Cornell University Office of Counsel while a student at Cornell Law School. Prior to joining Venable, Tom was hiring partner and chaired the litigation section at a mid-sized law firm in Washington. Tom served on the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors (2010-2013) and currently serves on the District of Columbia Bar Lawyers Assistance Committee.  Additional background here.

Frank Goldman

FRANK G. GOLDMAN, AB '87, JD '94

Frank G. Goldman PC, Atlanta, GA
In 2006 Frank G. Goldman created his practice to provide strategic legal guidance to business clients in a broad array of areas, including litigation, corporate, transactional and regulatory matters. Utilizing his lengthy "big firm" and government experience, Frank advises businesses, their owners, key executives, and professionals, serving as trusted "General Counsel" for these clients. Frank has advised clients in various industries, including staffing, financial services, manufacturing, construction, health care, law and food service. He has extensive "first-chair" trial and appellate experience, having successfully argued cases before juries, appellate courts and regulatory agencies. Frank has practiced law in Georgia since 1997, and holds law licenses in Georgia and Maryland. He is an AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Attorney for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability.
Additionally, Frank is a qualified as a Registered Neutral with the State of Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. As a trained Mediator, Frank utilizes his nearly two-decades experience in the courtroom and in the boardroom to help parties resolve their disputes amicably before facing a jury or a judge. Frank is committed to the mediation process as a critical tool to resolve conflicts and to alleviate the tremendous strain on the judicial system. Additional background here.

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ERIC GREENBERG, JD '83

Chicago, IL
Eric Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C. He concentrates his practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation. His food and drug work includes regulatory counseling, new product development, negotiation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.
He is a member of the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is an experienced trial and litigation practitioner in both federal and state courts.
Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law, and Adjunct Faculty at Michigan State University's School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation. Additional background here.

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ANDREW J. HOLLANDER, JD '91

K & L Gates, Newark, NJ
Formerly chief IP counsel of a global corporation, Andy advises on intellectual property and related issues, including trademarks, patents (registered to practice with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), copyrights, licensing, and contracts. He also advises on protecting technology, as well as on emerging issues in social media law. Additional background here.

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HOWARD K. JERUCHIMOWITZ, JD '97

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago, IL
Howard concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis in the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group, including landlord-tenant and shopping center disputes, mechanics liens and foreclosures. He also represents clients in business and shareholder litigation, HUD marketing and management contracts, and insurance/reinsurance disputes. In addition, he represents clients in a wide range of complex business litigation, arbitration, mediation and trials in both state and federal courts. Additional background here.

Khara-Kelsch

KHARA ASHLYNN KELSCH, BS '05, JD '08

Goodwin Procter LLP, NY, NY
Khara is the Attorney Development Manager at Goodwin Procter LLP. Before that, Khara was the Director of Career and Professional Development at Hofstra Law School. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2004 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2008. While in law school, Khara was an Associate Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal and contributed to Cornell's Legal Information Institute. She also served as a Teacher's Assistant for an LLM writing seminar, during which she ran writing skills workshops and tutored students one-on-one. Khara then practiced corporate law in the Global Business &Transactions practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP for three years, where she was actively involved in the firm's summer associate recruitment process. Before joining Hofstra, Khara was the Assistant Manager of Legal Education and Training at Sullivan &Cromwell LLP.

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DOUGLAS F. MACLEAN, JD '00, MBA '00

Armor Compliance, Boston, MA
Douglas F. MacLean is the founder of Armor Compliance (www.armorcompliance.com), a compliance consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts that provides compliance services to private equity, venture capital and hedge fund managers as well as traditional registered investment advisers. Mr. MacLean is also the founder of Armor Law Group (www.armorlawgroup.com), a boutique investment management law firm that provides fixed fees whenever possible. Mr. MacLean has been an attorney in Boston and New York City for over 12 years and has worked at the international law firms of Bingham McCutchen, K&L Gates and Latham & Watkins. Mr. MacLean graduated cum laude from Harvard College and graduated from Cornell University with a J.D. from Cornell Law School and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has also served as a business law professor at Tufts University and has passed the Series 7, 39, 63 and 65 examinations. Mr. MacLean was also recognized as a 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 New England Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers Magazine. He also recently launched the Armor Karma Foundation (www.armorkarma.org), a non-profit organization that rewards and recognizes Massachusetts high school students who are givers. Additional background here.

Diran Majarian

DIRAN M. MAJARIAN, JD '73

Managing Director, Amalia Tankers Inc., Athens, Greece.
Mr. Majarian is an innovative manager and skilled negotiator with nearly thirty years' experience in business, finance and law. He has had significant successes in business development, start-ups, organization building and crisis management. He has demonstrated ability to analyze effectively and address complex situations that require scope and multitasking. His expertise is in business development, corporate finance and ship management. Additional background here.

Peter Marx

PETER MARX, BA '65, MBA '68, JD '68

Legal Insight Media, Inc., Wellesley, MA
Peter is President of Legal Insight Media which produces website videos and other digital media for law firms.  Peter has been an SEC staff attorney, general counsel, law firm partner, Washington lobbyist, corporate venture capitalist, FINRA arbitrator and entrepreneur.  Additional background here

David Merson

DAVID S. MERSON, JD '93

Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA
David is currently the Associate Director of Professional & Career Services at Suffolk Law School Previously, he served as a Lieutenant & Judge Advocate in the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps; as an Assistant District Counsel & Special Assistant US Attorney for the US Immigration & Naturalization Service; and as an immigration lawyer in private practice for several years, including as a partner in his own firm. David holds a BA in History and Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling at Rhode Island College.

Matthew Mirow

MATTHEW C. MIROW, JD '86

Florida International University College of Law, Miami, FL
Matthew Mirow is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean of International & Graduate Studies at FIU College of Law. He was a Fulbright U.S. Visiting Scholar to Chile in 2009 and is an Investigador Honorario at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico. Since 2010, he has served on regional review panels for Latin American countries at the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, a review body selecting Fulbright Visiting Scholars at the professorial level. Mirow has held a Golieb Fellowship at NYU School of Law and has Ph.D.s in law from Cambridge and Leiden Universities. For the past 20 years, he has taught and written in the areas of legal history, Latin American law, comparative constitutional history, property, and wills. He is a member of the Florida Bar. Additional background here

Stephanie Mitchell

STEPHANIE J. MITCHELL, AB '78, JD '80

DG Enterprise & Industry, Belgium
Stephanie Mitchell is a lawyer and China specialist by training. Her professional career has taken her from Washington DC (both private practice and public sector work) to Beijing, where she opened a law office in the early 1980s, and around the US and the Asia-Pacific region, where she worked on anti-counterfeiting issues in the 1990s. She also taught law, edited a legal journal and has been an independent consultant on international trade and business issues. From 2000-2002 she was responsible for legal and civil society projects in the EU Delegation in Beijing and since 2004 she has been an official in DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission.
Within DG Enterprise she has served in the unit handling automotive industry legislation, has been team leader for intellectual property rights issues, and is now Deputy Head of Unit for Entrepreneurship. She has written on issues of Chinese law and practice, international trade law, and negotiation and dispute resolution, and served as spokeswoman for a major trade association. Additional background here

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NICHOLAS J. NESGOS, JD '88

Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP, Boston, MA
Nick is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and has experience in a wide variety of litigation matters. The focus of his practice is the prosecution and defense of complex business-related disputes including disputes among shareholders of closely held corporations. He has experience in the areas of debtor/creditor and bankruptcy litigation, construction litigation, real estate and land use litigation, health care litigation, legal malpractice, employment litigation, insurance coverage litigation, reinsurance, and products liability.
In 1993 and 1994, Nick served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Practice Committee Chair, 1999-2000 and is a Board Member of the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. Nick was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer every year from 2008-2013. Additional background here

Duncan O'Dwyer

DUNCAN W. O'DWYER, JD '63

Forsyth, Howe, O'Dwyer, Kalb & Murphy, P.C., Rochester, NY
Duncan W. O'Dwyer is an equity partner in the law firm of Forsyth, Howe, O'Dwyer, Kalb & Murphy, P.C.  Mr. O'Dwyer's practice focuses on eminent domain/tax certiorari proceedings, real estate and mortgage banking. He represents numerous banks, relocation companies and real estate investors. He has tried numerous eminent domain/tax certiorari proceedings in New York State Supreme Court, has argued extensively before the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and the New York Court of Appeals. He spent twenty years as a panelist with the American Arbitration Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary where he has served as outside counsel for over thirty years.  He is an AV Pre-Eminent Martindale-Hubbell Pier Review Rated Attorney for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability and has been so for over twenty five years. Mr. O'Dwyer retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserves, having served as a Division Staff Judge Advocate and Military Judge. He has lectured extensively in the areas of Real Estate Law, Mortgage Banking and Tax Certiorari Proceedings before Bar Association groups, legal societies, real estate boards and municipal associations.   Additional background here.

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DAVID A. PIERCE, JD '92

Pierce Law Group LLP, Beverly Hills, CA
David is Managing Member of PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP a boutique entertainment law firm law with an emphasis on film financing, tax incentives, intellectual property, and employment law counseling for independent film and television production companies. Pierce Law Group has served as legal counsel for marquee film and television production companies such as Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions, David Arquette's Coquette Productions, Morgan Creek, Lions Gate Films, Lions Gate Television, Starz!/Encore, Cartoon Network and Harpo Productions to name just a few. He has performed legal services on films such as the Academy Award ® winning film "The Artist" and the blockbuster megahit "The Hunger Games." He has also been bestowed credit as Co-Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed independent film "Mercy" written, directed by and starring Scott Caan and the independent film "I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With," written, directed by and starring comedian Jeff Garlin.  Additional background here.

Patrick J. Rao

PATRICK J. RAO, JD '94

Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, NY
Patrick is an Assistant General Counsel with Carrier Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation) and previously served as the company's Global Compliance officer.  He is a former trial lawyer and is currently an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's College of Law.  He holds a BA in Political Science from SUNY @ Buffalo.  Additional background here

James Rosenblum

JAMES B. ROSENBLUM, JD '72

Attorney and Counselor at Law - Rosenblum Newfield, LLC
Mr. Rosenblum's practice concentrates in medical liability litigation. He focuses on related health care law, including administrative / department of health investigations and contracts. Mr. Rosenblum has written many articles and some books about the subject. He served on the ABA Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law and was Chair of the Greenwich Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Formerly a partner at Wilson Elser, Mr. Rosenblum established his firm in 1992 and works in New York and Connecticut.   Additional background here.

Wendy Samuelson

WENDY SAMUELSON, JD '93

Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, LLP, New York, NY
Wendy Samuelson joined her father's boutique matrimonial law practice after graduating from Cornell Law School in 1993, and is now a partner of the firm. She is the author of the column "Recent Legislation, Cases and Trends" for the New York Bar Association's quarterly publication, The Family Law Review. She has authored several articles for various CLE programs in matrimonial and family law, and is a frequent lecturer at various law and accounting firms. Ms. Samuelson has been selected as one of Long Island's Ten Leaders in Matrimonial Law, and as one of the New York Metro Area's Top Attorneys in Matrimonial Law by the New York Times' Super Lawyers Section. She received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in practice and ethics. Additional background here.

Chuck Schilke

CHUCK SCHILKE,  JD '88

Washington, DC
Chuck Schilke is the Director of the Edward St. John Real Estate program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Washington DC and Baltimore MD, and previously created and directed the graduate real estate program at Georgetown University. He also teaches real estate law, real estate finance, and real estate development, and consults extensively in these areas. He has practiced commercial real estate, financial, merger and acquisitions, and environmental law for over 25 years at law firms like Cadwalader and McKenna Long & Aldridge, major corporations like Exxon Mobil and Marriott, and nonprofits like The American National Red Cross.  Additional background here.

Neil Torpey

NEIL A. TORPEY, JD '85

Paul Hastings LLP, New York, NY
Neil is a partner in the Corporate Department of Paul Hastings. His practice focuses on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets matters. He was resident from 2002 through early 2013 in our Hong Kong office, where he served as office chair. In addition, he has served as vice-chair of our global Corporate Department and as a member of our Policy Committee, our Recruiting Committee and our Partnership Evaluation Committee.
Mr. Torpey has extensive experience in the representation of public and private business organizations in connection with public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and private equity and venture capital transactions; the representation of sponsors and investors in connection with the establishment of private equity and hedge funds; the representation of investment banks in capital market transactions; and the representation of corporations as general counsel in connection with a variety of general corporate and commercial matters. He has had extensive experience structuring and executing transactions in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. Additional background here.

Neil Underberg

NEIL UNDERBERG,  JD '52

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. (US), New York, NY
Neil Underberg is a commercial real estate transactions partner at Rosenberg & Estis P.C.  He represents major developers and educational and charitable institutions in New York City and throughout the country in the acquisition and assemblage by means of fee acquisition, ground leasing and leasehold condominiums of large tracts and office buildings for the development of shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, and other commercial, educational projects and headquarters for major charitable institutions. He also has represented numerous landlords and large retail chains in their lease negotiations nationwide. Mr. Underberg is particularly experienced with complex layered real estate transactions.
Mr. Underberg is a member of the Association of the Bar of New York, the American Law Institute, and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is a member of the Cornell University Law Advisory Council and is director of the New York University Real Estate Institute. In addition, Mr. Underberg serves on the board of directors of Alexander's, Inc..  Additional background here.

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JOHN VUKELJ,  JD '03

DLA Piper LLP (US), New York, NY
John is a litigator at a global law firm, representing companies and individuals in securities and business litigation, insurance coverage disputes and white collar crime matters.  Before beginning his legal career, he was the editor-in-chief of various intellectual property-related legal and business publications, and he was a radio announcer for college basketball games.  Additional background here. 

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GREGORY R. WATCHMAN,  JD '85

Freddie Mac, McLean, VA
Greg has had a broad range of experiences in the field of employment law and policy. He has practiced both at major national law firms (Morgan Lewis, Paul Hastings) and as in-house corporate counsel (presently as Associate General Counsel at Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia). Previously, Greg served as committee counsel in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, working on employment law legislation, and as an executive branch political appointee (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and Acting Administrator for OSHA at the U.S. Department of Labor). Greg also served as the executive director of a non-profit public interest law firm, and is currently active in the Association of Corporate Counsel and its local Washington, D.C., area chapter (WMACCA).   Additional background here.