General Counsel & Legal Panel
Louie Pastor is executive vice president and general counsel of Xerox Corporation. He joined the company and was appointed an officer on Oct. 1, 2018.
Louie oversees all of Xerox’s legal affairs, including all of the legal aspects of the company’s various strategic and operational initiatives, and leads the company’s corporate security, government relations, and public policy activities on domestic and international affairs.
Louie joined Xerox from Icahn Enterprises, where he was deputy general counsel, responsible for, among other things, numerous long-term strategic initiatives, including the acquisitions and dispositions of various operating companies, and investments in and engagements with various public and private companies. Prior to Icahn Enterprises, Louie began his career at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where he advised public companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance and other general corporate matters.
Louie serves on the Board of Directors of Herc Holdings Inc., one of the leading equipment rental suppliers in North America, and is a member of The Economic Club of New York.
Louie received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Timothy “Tim” Goodell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.
In this role, Goodell leads the Legal function, Corporate Aviation, Government and External Affairs, Compliance, and Security.
Prior to joining Hess, Goodell spent 24 years with the New York City-based law firm White & Case. He served as global co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and a member of the Partnership Committee. He also advised public and private corporations on general corporate and corporate governance matters. From 1979 to 1981, Goodell was with the Washington, D.C. based business consultancy, Strategic Planning Associates.
Goodell holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1985.
Arina Shulga is a corporate and securities attorney with significant experience in startup law, securities offerings, corporate governance, private and public company representation, business entity formation, licensing, and investment fund formation. Ms. Shulga is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Prior to joining MSK, Ms. Shulga co-founded Ross & Shulga PLLC and Shulga Law Firm PC. She started her legal career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where she represented a wide range of clients from individuals and startups to the Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, banking, technology, fashion, apparel, entertainment and health care. Ms. Shulga is a member of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. She is a native Russian speaker. In her free time, Ms. Shulga teaches Entrepreneurial Law at Fordham Law School.
Brian R. Sahn is co-head of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, where he broadly concentrates his practice in all facets of commercial real estate transactions, including representing clients in purchase and sale agreements, acquisition financing transactions, industrial/economic development projects, transfer of development rights transactions, easement, and right-of-way negotiations and commercial lease agreements in the office, retail, and industrial markets. Brian also has extensive experience in real estate brokerage matters, including representing clients in connection with real estate portfolio management service agreements, corporate global solutions agreements, lease administration agreements, and disputes over commissions and entitlements.
Mr. Sahn represents several large public and private companies and not-for-profit entities concerning their real estate portfolios, involving the management, disposition and acquisition of corporate real estate holdings, frequently involving complex environmental, title, and facilities problems. In addition, he represents many clients in connection with ground-up real estate development projects, and institutional lenders in commercial real estate, and multi-family loan transactions. Mr. Sahn also has represented corporate clients in facility closures and divestitures, and in negotiations with local redevelopment agencies and municipal representatives.
Brian also counsels clients in green and sustainable building projects and helping them achieve green objectives. Regarding green and sustainable practices, Brian manages the Firm’s green and sustainable initiatives, and oversaw the Firm’s LEED certification process for its office space, which was awarded LEED Silver status. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council—Long Island Chapter, and has authored several articles and presented several panels on developments in green building practices and advocates on behalf of sustainable development and use of buildings.
Mr. Sahn joined the Firm as an associate in 1995 and became a partner in 1998. Prior to joining the Firm, he was associated with two large New York-based firms where he also concentrated his practice in real estate matters.
Brian has been awarded an "AV" legal ability and ethics rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – the very highest rating this nationally recognized publication has established. This rating is based upon extensive confidential peer review surveys. He was named one of Long Island's Top Business Leaders Around 50 by the Long Island Business News, a Long Island Pulse Legal Eagle and a New York SuperLawyer.
• Real Estate
• Banking and Finance
• Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1983
• University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, B.A., 1980
• New York State Bar
• New Jersey State Bar
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• New York State Bar Association (Real Property Law Section’s Green Real Estate Committee and Real Estate Finance Committee)
• Nassau County Bar Association
• U.S. Green Building Council—Long Island Chapter (Board of Directors)
• Queens Chamber of Commerce
Erica R. S. Goldman represents a wide array of financial services companies in state and federal litigation including class actions. She regularly defends financial services providers against individual and class claims brought pursuant to RESPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA, and TCPA. Additionally, Erica defends mortgage lenders, servicers, and other financial services providers against borrower complaints alleging violations of state statutes, wrongful foreclosures, and debt collection statutes. Before returning to Akerman, Erica was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Marc is a leading expert in legal advocacy issues that have traditionally been of concern to the Jewish community, in particular in the field of religion and the law and in the new field of “lawfare”—pursuing war through the use of international legal procedures. He came to AJC after 33 years at the American Jewish Congress, where he was General Counsel since 1999 and acting co-executive director since 2008. Marc has authored numerous legal briefs, published many articles, and has participated in arguing four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned a B.A. at Yeshiva University and J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. In 2012 Marc received the Religious Liberty Award from the First Freedom Foundation.
Founded in 1991, RLR has substantial experience, both in litigation and transactional matters, covering many areas of the law, including general commercial litigation, intellectual property, employment, arts, securities, construction and matrimonial and family law, as well as real estate acquisitions and sales, real estate financing, cooperatives and condominiums, and trusts and estates. With broad experience and hands-on responsiveness, RLR also serves as outside general counsel for small- to mid-sized companies that need, but cannot afford to hire, in-house general counsel. See www.rlrpclaw.com.
Mark’s diverse practice focuses on business, securities, real estate and employment litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as transactional real estate, corporate and employment matters. Mark regularly handles business-dispute matters relating to the break-up of closely held businesses, including law and accounting firms, medical practices, manufacturing businesses, service businesses, and other privately owned entities. He also has expertise representing securities broker-dealers and Wall Street professionals and investment/hedge fund managers in transactional as well as arbitration/litigation and disciplinary matters. He often handles fast-paced litigation involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements and intellectual property litigation involving injunctive actions. Mark is also an experienced mediator and is regularly appointed by the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York to mediate disputes.
Mark is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey and splits his time between RLR’s New York City and New Jersey offices. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 1982, where he served as a member of the Annual Survey of American Law. He attended Rutgers College, where he received a B.A., cum laude, in philosophy, in 1979.
Mark has served as an Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing/Moot Court Program, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (1987-1989), and authored the 1989 Supplement to the Arbitration Chapter, New York Corporate Practice Guide (Matthew Bender, 1989). Mark is member of the Board of Directors of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, and is a trustee of Project Bright Future, a charitable organization that raises funds to promote children’s’ health and welfare programs. He was a founding member in 1983 of the Lawyers’ Alliance for Citimeals-on-Wheels, which raised funds for New York City’s Citimeals-on-Wheels programs and served as its Chairman from1988 through 1990.
Mark has for more than thirty years been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Mark has been consistently selected for several years for inclusion as a one of New York’s and New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers®” in the area of Business Litigation. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Mark has also been selected over several years for inclusion as a one of “Bergen’s Top Lawyers” in the area of Business, Corporate and Commercial Law by (201) Magazine, based upon the results of the annual Bergen’s Top Lawyers peer-review survey, conducted by Professional Research Services (PRS) of Royal Oak, Michigan.
Matan Balas is the General Counsel and part of the executive team at littleBits Electronics Inc. (www.littlebits.com), the New York-based education startup that invented the modern electronic building block, and owns one of the largest children’s educational communities in the U.S., in www.diy.org and www.jam.com, which teach kids to turn passions into creative skills. At littleBits, Matan oversees all legal matters for the company, including M&A and investment initiatives, commercial transactions, product safety and privacy compliance.
Prior to joining littleBits, Matan headed the legal and internal audit teams of XO Group Inc. (then publicly traded (NYSE: XOXO; NASDAQ: KNOT), and now privately held as The Knot Worldwide), a family of multi-platform brands that guide people through transformative lifestages, from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. At XO Group, Matan advised the executive team and board of directors on corporate governance and ethics, M&A and investment activities, SEC and NYSE reporting and compliance, and other initiatives. In addition, he and his team tackled a litany of legal and operational matters for the company’s most successful brands, including The Knot, a wedding marketplace and planning resource; The Bump, a leading pregnancy and parenting resource; and GigMasters, an event-booking website; and a number of other internal “start-ups”.
Prior to working at XO Group, Matan was a corporate associate in Proskauer’s Technology, Media & Communications Group, where he advised and represented technology, digital media, advertising, entertainment, e-commerce, and other start-ups, venture-backed and public companies on corporate, intellectual property, and commercial matters, as well as M&A, investments, licensing transactions, and data protection and security.
Matan received his B.A. from Yeshiva University and J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Serena Rakhlin holds the position of General Counsel and Development Director for JDS Development Group, a real estate development, construction, and acquisition firm responsible for the creation of top-tier residential, hospitality, and mixed-use projects in New York City and Miami.
Prior to joining JDS, Rakhlin held two roles at the Trump Organization as Vice President, Development and Acquisitions, Americas and Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development. In her roles, she was responsible for global strategy and development, and sourcing and negotiating growth opportunities for Trump-branded hotels and residences throughout the world. Prior to joining the Trump Organization, Rakhlin was a real estate attorney at the New York office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP where she was involved in a number of hospitality and real estate acquisition and development transactions and work-outs.
Rakhlin earned her B.S. from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, serves as a member of industry-related advisory boards and is a panelist for various development and investment conferences globally.
Keith Hallam is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Mr. Hallam’s broad mergers and acquisitions experience spans numerous industries, including consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrials, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. He has also represented numerous companies and boards of directors in defending against activist hedge funds and advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters.
Mr. Hallam was recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 from 2016 through 2018 and by IFLR1000 from 2017 through 2019. He received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2018 Americas Rising Star Award for “Best in Mergers & Acquisitions.” In addition, Mr. Hallam was recognized for his transactional work in the technology industry by The Legal 500 in 2016 and was named a “Next Generation Lawyer” in technology transactions by the 2018 edition of The Legal 500.
Mr. Hallam was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review.
This event starts on April 29th at 6:00 PM.
On April 29th, 2019, YJP will be hosting its General Counsel & Legal Panel.
The forum will bring together top General Counsels to discuss best practices, insights, and ideas with legal professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to dine with the panelist, join in a Q&A session, and mingle with other rising stars over cocktails and gourmet bites.
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