Our Team

The quality of our services starts with our people. Our team has practiced at the world's leading law firms and in-house departments. Now their job is to make you better at yours.

PLC Antitrust

Rawia Ashraf

Rawia Ashraf joined PLC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she was a litigation associate focusing on antitrust matters. Rawia specialized in complex antitrust litigation, regulatory approval of mergers and acquisitions, and government enforcement actions.


Jennifer Coon

Jennifer Coon joined PLC from Dechert LLP, where she was an associate in the antitrust group handling a variety of merger, counseling and litigation matters. Jen was responsible for managing the US premerger notification program at Dechert, including analyzing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and preparing required HSR filings.


Nancy Hawkins

Nancy Hawkins joined PLC from Greenberg Traurig LLP, where she was a shareholder in the antitrust group handling a variety of merger, counseling and litigation matters. Previously she worked at Greenberg Traurig as an antitrust associate and counsel. She heads the Antitrust team at PLC US.


Jessica King

Jessica King joined PLC from Salans LLP, where she was an associate in the corporate practice group and assisted with premerger filings.


PLC Commercial

Susan Feingold

Susan Feingold joined PLC after many years at EMI Music North America, where she most recently served as General Counsel. Previously she was a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.


Lawrence Hsieh

Lawrence Hsieh is the author of the Corporate Transactions Handbook and The Small Business Contracts Handbook. He writes a regular column on contract drafting for the New York Law Journal and teaches a Business Law class at the University of New Haven. He practiced in-house with Nissho Iwai American Corporation. Prior to that, he was with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver (New York), Komatsu & Koma (Tokyo) and Shea & Gould (New York).


Sylvia Motz

Sylvie Motz joined PLC from CompuCredit Corporation, where she was Assistant General Counsel. Previously she was the General Counsel of CompuCredit UK in London. Before that she was Senior Attorney on the aircraft finance team at Delta Air Lines, a finance associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and a corporate associate at Alston & Bird LLP. She heads the Commercial team at PLC US.


Laszlo Serester

Laszlo Serester joined PLC from Chinook Sciences, LLC, where he was Corporate Counsel. Previously he was Assistant General Counsel at Minerals Technologies, Inc. and an associate in the corporate and securities department of Baker & McKenzie LLP in New York.


Lisa Temple

Lisa Temple joined PLC from IBM, where she was Counsel in the Systems and Technology Group. Previously she was a corporate finance associate at Seward & Kissel LLP.


PLC Corporate & Securities

Ashley Behan

Ashley Behan joined PLC from Jones Day, where she was an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group. Her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies and general corporate governance issues.


Valerie Bifulco

Valerie Bifulco joined PLC from Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a senior paralegal in the private equity group. Previously she was at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a senior paralegal handling M&A and general corporate matters. She also has held managerial positions at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey and in the international corporate finance division of Citibank, N.A.


Jerry Carannante

Jerry Carannante joined PLC from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a senior associate in the corporate finance group, specializing in a variety of securities transactions and general corporate matters.


Catherine Chang

Catherine Chang joined PLC from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where she was an associate in the corporate group. Previously she was an associate at both Morrison Cohen LLP and Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.


Emily Colbert

Emily Colbert is the group editorial head of the Corporate, Commercial and Antitrust teams and directly manages the Corporate team. Before joining Practical Law US in 2007, Emily was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in the M&A group where she represented both private equity and strategic clients in public and private M&A transactions.


Melanie Arad Fitzpatrick

Melanie Arad Fitzpatrick joined PLC from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she was an associate in the tax department. Previously she was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.


Lauren Hakala

Lauren Hakala joined PLC from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she handled a broad range of domestic and international capital markets matters.


Ashley GuerreroAshley Guerrero joined PLC from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where she worked as an associate in the business transactions group.


Jeff Hess

Jeff Hess joined PLC from Goodwin Procter LLP, where he was a partner in the private equity group. Previously he was an associate general counsel at American Capital Strategies specializing in private debt and equity financings and before that was a partner in the private equity group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


Tasha Hutchins

Tasha Hutchins joined PLC from Pfizer Inc., where she worked as a corporate attorney specializing in M&A transactions for Pfizer's business transactions group. Previously she was a corporate associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and before that worked in the M&A group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


Robert LaplanteRobert Laplante joined PLC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was an associate in the capital markets and securities group in the New York and Tokyo offices.


Sharon MakowerSharon Makower joined PLC from Cablevision Systems Corporation, where she was associate general counsel. Previously she was a senior corporate attorney for Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, specializing in securities and M&A. Before that she was an associate in the corporate group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.


Sara McLeod

Sara McLeod joined PLC from UBS AG, where she was a director and senior counsel in the tax group. Previously she was a special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, specializing in M&A transactions and partnerships.


Heather McMaster

Heather McMaster joined PLC from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a senior attorney in the securities department. Before that, she worked as a securities attorney at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto and Eastern Europe. She heads the Securities team at PLC US.


Miriam Patterson

Miriam Patterson joined PLC from the London office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she was a knowledge management attorney. Previously she was an attorney in the international capital markets department at the London office of Allen & Overy.


Matt Riportella-Crose

Matt Riportella-Crose joined PLC from Boston University School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law. He also worked as a freelance licensing associate for Condé Nast Publications and Menuez Archive Projects.


Daniel Rubin

Daniel Rubin joined PLC from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was counsel in the M&A group. Previously he was a corporate associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.


Carl Smith

Carl Smith joined PLC from private practice, where he was an attorney specializing in corporate and securities law. Previously he was a corporate attorney with King & Spalding LLP, focusing on mergers and acquisitions.


Natalie Torsiello

Natalie Torsiello joined PLC from the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Previously Natalie worked on a variety of intellectual property, corporate and entertainment law matters at boutique law firms and in-house legal departments.


PLC Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Gia BrockGia Brock joined PLC from Roberts & Holland LLP, where she was an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney. Previously she was an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney at both White & Case LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.


Jessica CherryJessica Cherry joined PLC from the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she was a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation department. Previously she worked as an associate in the global equity services department of Baker & McKenzie in San Francisco.


Ray KaplanRay Kaplan joined PLC from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he was an associate in the Employee Benefits department. Previously he was with Deloitte LLP and the Segal Company specializing in employee benefits and executive compensation.


Gina LaurieroGina Lauriero joined PLC from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was an associate in the employee benefits and executive compensation group. Previously she was an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.


Kyle MurrayKyle Murray joined PLC from the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), where he worked as an ERISA attorney focusing on health and welfare plan issues. Previously he was an employee benefits associate at Ogletree Deakins.


David Rodgers

David Rodgers joined PLC from Smith Valliere PLLC, where he was an associate specializing in commercial litigation and intellectual property law.


Heidi Winzeler

Heidi Winzeler joined PLC from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she was Counsel in the Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation Department. Previously she was an associate at both Proskauer Rose LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She heads the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team at PLC US.


PLC Finance

Stephanie Backes

Stephanie Backes joined PLC from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor for the Circuit Review. Previously she was a legal intern at The Medicines Company, where she worked on corporate, intellectual property, and contract law matters.


Maria Barclay

Maria Barclay joined PLC from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a senior corporate attorney in the finance group. Previously she was an attorney in the banking and finance team at the Auckland, New Zealand office of Bell Gully.


Eric Berman

Eric Berman joined PLC from Sidley Austin LLP, where he worked as an associate in the corporate finance group, specializing in derivatives, securitization and structured finance, prime brokerage and securities lending.


Caroline Danford

Caroline Danford is the group editorial head of the Securities, EBEC and Finance teams and directly manages the Finance team. She joined PLC from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was counsel in the bank finance group. Previously she was an associate in the banking and finance group at Emmet Marvin & Martin LLP. She also has held managerial positions at American Express and Citicorp Retail Services and was a National Trust Examiner for the US Treasury Department, Comptroller of the Currency.


Jeremy Estabrooks

Jeremy Estabrooks joined PLC from Axiom Law, where he worked at the general counsel's office of American Express, dealing primarily with banking, M&A and regulatory issues. Before that, he worked in the financial services group at Goodwin Procter LLP in New York. Before that, he worked in the finance and corporate and securities groups at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, also in New York. Jeremy began his legal career as a Stimson Fellow, working on various legal reform initiatives with the Russian government in Moscow, Russia.


Tim Fanning

Tim Fanning joined PLC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was senior counsel in the corporate finance group, representing investment funds, banks and corporations as borrowers and lenders in connection with credit facilities and a range of other financings.


Erlyne Nazaire

Erlyne Nazaire joined PLC from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was a corporate attorney in international practice group handling project finance, private M&A and joint venture transactions.


Sarah Mital

Sarah Mital joined PLC from King & Spalding LLP, where she was an attorney in the finance group.


Peter Washkowitz

Peter Washkowitz joined PLC from Reed Smith LLP, where he practiced in the financial institutions group. Previously, Peter was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he worked primarily on banking and credit matters.


Ilissa Watnik

Ilissa Watnik joined PLC from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was an attorney in the corporate and bankruptcy group. Previously she was an attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a business analyst.


PLC Intellectual Property & Technology

Paul Connuck

Paul Connuck joined PLC from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP (now Winston & Strawn), where he was a partner with a focus on information technology and intellectual property-driven commercial transactions. He was also an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.


Matthew Fagin

Matthew Fagin joined PLC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where he was an associate specializing in intellectual property, technology and media transactions.


Patricia Harley

Patricia Harley joined PLC from Home Box Office (HBO), where she was associate counsel responsible for distribution of HBO's original programming and information technology matters. Previously she was an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, specializing in intellectual property transactions and before that was an intellectual property litigation associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges. She heads the Intellectual Property & Technology team at PLC US.


Eric Lee

Eric Lee joined PLC from Medtronic, Inc., where he was principal patent counsel responsible for the Kyphon intellectual property portfolio. Immediately before joining Medtronic, Eric was chief counsel for patents at Georgia-Pacific LLC, and before that was assistant chief intellectual property counsel at Becton, Dickinson and Company. Previously Eric worked as an associate at Dorsey & Whitney and Fish & Neave.


Eric McCormick

Eric McCormick joined PLC from Duane Morris LLP, where he was a special counsel, specializing in intellectual property law. Previously he was a trademark attorney at Pfizer and Unilever, and before that was an intellectual property litigation associate at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. and a commercial litigation associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP.


Marci E. Sweren

Marci E. Sweren joined PLC from Reed Elsevier Inc's Reed Business Information US business publishing division, where she was vice president and associate general counsel. Immediately before joining Reed, Marci was an associate in Davis & Gilbert LLP's advertising group specializing in intellectual property and new media transactions and before that was associate counsel at Time Warner Cable. Previously Marci worked as an associate in the corporate department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focusing on intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.


PLC Labor & Employment

Chris Alber

Chris Alber joined PLC from Proskauer Rose, LLP, where she practiced immigration law for more than seven years. Before joining Proskauer, Chris spent more than seven years as an attorney practicing immigration with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, an international boutique immigration firm. Chris frequently speaks and writes on immigration topics.


Kate Bally

Kate Bally joined PLC from Littler Mendelson P.C., where she worked as an associate in the employment group. Previously she was also an associate at Day Pitney LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill. She co-heads the Labor & Employment team at PLC US.


Michelle Burg

Michelle Burg joined PLC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she was counsel in the labor and employment section. Previously she worked as assistant general counsel at AIG and clerked for the Honorable Milton Pollack.


Rachel Byrne

Rachel Byrne joined PLC from Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she was an associate in the labor and employment group. Previously she was an associate at Foster Pepper PLC. She co-heads the Labor & Employment team at PLC US.


Lisa Hargadon

Lisa Hargadon joined PLC from Jackson Lewis LLP, where she was an associate specializing in employment law. Previously she worked as an associate at Duane Morris LLP in the labor and employment group.


Terence McGuire

Terence McGuire joined PLC from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he was an associate in the labor and employment practice group, concentrating in traditional labor law and employment litigation matters.


Helena Sung

Helena Sung joined PLC from MTV Networks, where she was senior employment counsel providing labor and employment-related advice to client groups across all channels, including production teams on scripted and reality television programming. Before that, she specialized in labor and employment law as an associate at Baker & McKenzie and Kauff McClain & McGuire.


PLC Litigation

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang joined PLC from Bloomberg L.P., where he worked on the legal research product. He was previously a litigation associate at Jacob, Medinger & Finnegan LLP.


Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad joined PLC from the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was the firm’s managing attorney. Previously he was a legal analyst at Bloomberg L.P. and before that worked as an associate in the litigation and products liability groups at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.


Cathy DiFiglia

Cathy DiFiglia is the group editorial head of the Litigation, Intellectual Property & Technology and Labor & Employment teams and directly manages the Litigation team. Cathy joined Practical Law US in December 2011 from the NY office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was a litigation partner concentrating on product liability and commercial litigation matters.


Melissa Lorenzo-Herve

Melissa Lorenzo-Herve joined PLC from Fortent, a compliance information management company, where she was legal editor. Previously she was an associate in the M&A group at Troutman Sanders LLP and before that was an associate in the corporate and litigation groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.


Brian Lavin

Brian Lavin joined PLC from Hartman & Craven LLP, where he was a senior associate in the litigation department. Previously he was a litigation associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP, and before that an associate at Clifford Chance LLP.


Ruth A. Braun Marshall

Ruth A. Braun Marshall joined PLC from the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was a litigation associate concentrating on securities litigation and complex commercial litigation. She was previously a litigation associate at the New York office of Bryan Cave LLP.


Laura Sulem

Laura Sulem joined PLC from Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP, where she was a senior associate in the litigation department. Previously she was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.


Beth Tagliamonti

Beth Tagliamonti joined PLC from Winston & Strawn LLP, where she was Of Counsel in the firm's litigation department. Previously she was an associate in the litigation group at Bryan Cave LLP.


Robert Weisz

Robert Weisz joined PLC from the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he specialized in civil appeals in both federal and state courts. Previously he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Katsky Korins LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allen G. Schwartz.


Sarah Heckman Yardeni

Sarah Heckman Yardeni joined PLC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she was a senior litigation associate representing clients on a wide range of matters. Prior to joining Skadden, she clerked for the Honorable Debra Freeman in the Southern District of New York, and before that she was a litigation associate at Moses & Singer LLP. She also is an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Fordham Law School.


PLC Real Estate

Lilly Gerontis

Lilly Gerontis joined PLC from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where she was a senior attorney in the real estate group specializing in project finance. Before that she was a senior associate in the real estate group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.


Practical Law The Journal

Kristin FisherKristin Fisher joined PLC from Latham & Watkins LLP, where she worked as an associate in the finance department specializing in project financings and acquisition financings.


Stephanie Jeshiva

Stephanie Jeshiva joined PLC from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where she was an associate in the asset management group.


Quynh Vuong

Quynh Vuong joined PLC from Xtract Research LLC, where she was a covenant analyst in the bank debt review department. Previously she was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked in the finance group and before that was a structured finance associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.


Associate Editors

Bryan Kim Butler

Bryan Kim Butler joined PLC from Columbia Law School, where he was a Kenneth V. Santagata Scholar and a Lawrence A. Wien National Scholar. He served as an editor on the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts and published an article on the intersection between the First Amendment and federal criminal law. He has worked at the New York State Supreme Court, an animal rights organization, and two LGBT advocacy organizations.


Priscilla Cheng

Priscilla Cheng joined PLC from private practice, where she was an associate specializing in commercial litigation. She previously served as a fellow for the New York City Law Department and an intern for the U .S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.


Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis joined PLC from Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, where he practiced in the commercial and securities litigation group specializing in broker-dealer misconduct, misstatements and omissions in offering materials and contract disputes. Previously, Chris clerked at the Federal Trade Commission and was a summer associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP, where he worked primarily on corporate and international tax matters.


Kristin Delaney

Kristin Delaney joined PLC from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where she was an associate in the corporate and intellectual property practice groups.


Robert FordRobert Ford joined PLC from Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP, where he was an associate in the litigation group.


Charles Gardner

Charles Gardner joined PLC from Roberts & Bates, P.C., where he practiced in the areas of estate and trust administration and real estate. Previously he clerked for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.


Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes joined PLC from Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc., where he was of counsel to the litigation group. He has also worked with Sokoloff Stern LLP, and interned with the General Counsel's office at HarperCollins Publishers.


Benjamin Heiss

Benjamin Heiss joined PLC from the Center for Appellate Litigation, where he represented indigent criminal defendants in post-conviction matters.


Jeannie Ho

Jeannie Ho joined PLC from the office of New York County Supreme Court Judge Louis B. York, where she served as a judicial clerk. She also interned at Human Rights Watch, Bryan Cave LLP and several prosecutors’ offices.


Leigh Kelly

Leigh Kelly joined PLC from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was an editor on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. She also worked as a law clerk at Askounis & Darcy, PC.


Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly joined PLC from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Executive Articles Editor on the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law. She was also a legal intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Sarah Laimo

Sarah Laimo joined PLC from Garfunkel Wild, P.C. Previously she worked as a law clerk for Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, specializing in labor and employment law.


Marika LawrenceMarika Lawrence joined PLC from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she was an associate in the financial restructuring group.


Sandra LiubicicSandra Liubicic joined PLC from Kaye Scholer LLP, where she was an associate in the corporate and finance group.


Kumari NelsonKumari Nelson joined PLC from White & Case LLP in New York, where she was an associate in the litigation group.


Brooke NuofferBrooke Nuoffer joined PLC from Touro Law, where she was an academic research assistant in the area of wills, trusts and estates law. She won first place in the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition and published an article in the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal on copyright laws pertaining to dance choreography. She has also interned in the areas of students' rights advocacy and entertainment law.


Matthew PearlMatthew Pearl joined PLC from University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was an editor on the University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law. He also worked as a law clerk at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.


Zorik Pesochinsky Zorik Pesochinsky joined PLC from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. He also worked as a legal fellow at Gay Men's Health Crisis.


Adam SasiadekAdam Sasiadek joined PLC from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he was an attorney in the Case Analysis Pilot Program. Previously he was an associate at Frazer & Feldman, LLP, where he practiced labor, employment, and education law.


Jaime SemensohnJaime Semensohn joined PLC from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she was an associate in the litigation department.


Jaclyn SitjarJaclyn Sitjar joined PLC from Saint Louis University School of Law. She was previously an intern for two solo practitioners in New York.


Joan SimJoan Sim joined PLC from Jones Day, where she was an associate in the trial practice group.


Amanda StevensAmanda Stevens joined PLC from Pryor Cashman LLP, where she was an associate in the litigation group, specializing in commercial litigation and intellectual property.


Jilian ValladeJilian Vallade joined PLC from private practice, where she worked as an associate focusing on education and labor law. She previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward A. Jerejian, J.S.C.


"Working at PLC allows me to create the resources I wish I had when in practice."

- Emily Colbert, Editor


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