|Pamela L Carter Award winner||Mary Ann Hynes Award winner||Anastasia D. Kelly Award winner|
|Thomas A. Mars Award winner||Firm Wide Policies Award winner||Rainmaker Award winner|
|2012 Program Guide|
Pamela L. Carter Award
The award recognizes a woman whose unyielding vision, core values and philosophy of using her achievements as inspiration are critical to her roadmap for success. Pamela L. Carter was General Counsel at Cummins, Inc. before becoming President of the Cummins Distribution Business.
Vicki O’Meara, Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes Services Solutions
|Vicki O’Meara, Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes Services SolutionsVicki O’Meara leads Pitney Bowes’ global services companies including Management Services, Mail Services and Marketing Services (comprising nearly $2 billion in revenue), and the Government Relations and Postal Affairs areas. Formerly, Vicki was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
Previously, Vicki was President, U.S. Supply Chain Solutions, for Ryder System, Inc. During her ten years at Ryder, she also served as Chief of Corporate Operations and as General Counsel.
Vicki has served as the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division for the U.S. Department of Justice (nominated by President George H.W. Bush) and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was a 1986-87 White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the White House Counsel and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Domestic Policy Council. Vicki was a Captain in the Army and served as Assistant to the General Counsel in the Pentagon.
Vicki was a partner and global practice group leader at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. She received her B.A. (cum laude) from Cornell University in 1979, her J.D. from Northwestern University in 1982, and her MA from George Washington University in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in 1985.
Mary Ann Hynes Award
The award is presented to a woman general counsel that has transformed being the “first” into being a catalyst for change. She indelibly raises the bar for attorneys and corporations by consistently demonstrating her dynamic expertise, core values and ideals that drive unprecedented collaboration, innovation and achievement to deliver sustainable results. Her strong sense of purpose transcends the legal profession, as she is devoted to both professional and civic leadership, policy reform and the economic advancement of others to achieve success. Mary Ann Hynes is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Corn Products International, Inc.
Christine A. Edwards, Partner, Winston & Strawn
|Christine A. Edwards,
Partner, Winston & StrawnChristine Edwards represents Boards of Directors; special committees; chief legal officers; and financial services companies. Ms. Edwards focuses on the regulation of the financial services industry— particularly the securities and banking industries—as well as corporate governance and public and regulatory policy issues. She is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s corporate practice group.Ms. Edwards provides proactive counsel to clients on corporate governance, public company boards of director issues, banking and securities industry regulation, consumer banking and securities transactions, and privacy and identity theft matters. She also has extensive experience supervising complex internal investigations and regulatory defense matters.
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Ms. Edwards was executive vice president and chief legal officer at Bank One Corporation, a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest bank holding companies. She was in charge of Bank One’s 500-person legal, compliance, government relations, and regulatory management department, with responsibility for the bank’s worldwide legal and compliance needs. Previously, Ms. Edwards served as chief legal officer for large, international financial services firms, including Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO, North America.
Anastasia D. Kelly Award
The award honors a general counsel who has manifested a sustained commitment to accelerate the ascendancy of women to senior leadership roles in the law department and beyond. Her unselfish commitment to advancing women has made a significant impact professionally and personally on those she entrusts. Anastasia Kelly is Partner, White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations Practice at DLA Piper.
Janet Langford Kelly, Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary ConocoPhillips
|Janet Langford Kelly,
Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary ConocoPhillipsJanet Langford Kelly is senior vice president, legal, general counsel and corporate secretary for ConocoPhillips. She has more than 25 years experience in roles of increasing responsibility at private law firms and corporations.Kelly’s ConocoPhillips career started in August 2006 as deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, she was partner at Zelle, Hoffman, Voelbel, Mason and Gette and an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. In 2003, Kelly joined Kmart Corporation as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer. She also spent time at Kellogg Company where she was executive vice president of corporate development and administration, general counsel and secretary. Prior to Kellogg, she was senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at Sara Lee Corporation.
Kelly began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable James Hunter III of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She was an associate in the corporate and securities group with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, where she became partner in 1991.
Kelly serves as a trustee for Columbia Funds and on the Board of Directors for the Houston Grand Opera. She previously served on the boards of United Airlines, Grinnell College, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Thomas A. Mars Award
The award will be presented to a General Counsel or law department leader whose courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity have carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women in law firms. Thomas A. Mars is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Walmart U.S.
Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice President – General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Walgreens
|Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice President – General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, WalgreensThomas J. Sabatino, Jr. is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois.
He joined Walgreens in September 2011 after having held general counsel roles with United Airlines, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Baxter International Inc., and American Medical International, Inc.
After beginning his career with a law firm and then moving into corporate law, Sabatino was named president and CEO in 1990 of privately-held medical products manufacturer and distributor Secure Medical, Inc., of Mundelein, Illinois. In 1992, he joined American Medical International, a Dallas-based for-profit hospital chain with 40 acute-care hospitals. Three years later he joined Baxter International and was named senior vice president and general counsel for the company in 1997.
Sabatino moved to Schering-Plough in 2004 as executive vice president and general counsel for global law and public affairs.
In March 2010, he was appointed general counsel of United Airlines and immediately took a leading role in its merger negotiations with Continental Airlines, Inc. Sabatino left United Continental Holdings, Inc. in 2011 after completion of the merger.
Sabatino earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1983.
He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Illinois, California and New Jersey. He serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel; the advisory board of Corporate Pro Bono; and is on the general counsel committee of the American bar Association.
His current charitable affiliations include the board of directors of both Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ and senior advisor for One Hundred Women Making a Difference.
Economic Empowerment Award
Presented in three categories—Firm Wide Policies, Rainmaker and Sharing the Power, these awards recognize progress women have made by measuring what matters—the percentage of women on the executive or management committee, equity partnership and the percentage of women who are relationship managers.
Firm Wide Policies: This category recognizes a law firm that has made significant strides in advancing women by measuring what matters: the percentage of women on the executive or management committee, equity partnership committee, compensation committees, and the percentage of women who are relationship managers.
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Rainmaker Award: Presented to a woman partner who manages a substantial amount of business exceeding $2.5 million annually, this award recognizes outstanding business generation efforts and exemplary client service.
Lawrie Demorest, Alston & Bird
Alston & BirdLawrie Demorest is a first chair trial lawyer with thirty years’ experience that includes leading national trial and litigation teams in multi-district litigation, mass torts and class actions. She has tried more than 60 cases to juries with a highly favorable success rate, and has regularly been retained as lead trial counsel shortly before the start of trial. Lawrie has extensive experience defending toxic tort, medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer products cases in a variety of jurisdictions around the country, all of which involve in-depth work with expert witnesses in various fields of science and medicine.Representative cases and matters include:
Serves as national trial counsel (1st chair) for a Fortune 50 major supplier of asbestos. She served as lead trial counsel on over a dozen such teams in the last three years, taking several cases to jury trial and verdict;
Ms. Demorest is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of products liability litigation. In addition to trying cases, her representation includes pre-litigation counseling, crisis management, developing and implementing strategies to shut down pending and potential individual and class actions, managing local counsel and mass trial dockets, and effecting settlements through various forms of alternative dispute resolution and non-litigation solutions.
Ms. Demorest is former Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. She currently serves on the Boards of the HRC Foundation and the National LGBT Bar Foundation. She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.