Speakers / Authors:
Lee Ann Stevenson
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
Lee Ann Stevenson is a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. She has represented clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including contract and business tort cases, securities suits, environmental claims, labor and employment disputes, class action and mass torts, as well as intellectual property matters. Her clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller portfolio companies and individuals. She has tried numerous cases to juries and to the bench in state and federal courts, as well as at arbitrations and hearings. Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Ms. Stevenson was a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Ms. Stevenson has been recognized in legal industry rankings such as Legal 500, which noted her performance in product liability and mass tort defense, and Super Lawyers. She was also named a named a “Rising Star” in product liability by Law360. She has been published in both National Law Journal and New York Law Journal.
Ms. Stevenson earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998, and her B.S., summa cum laude, from Dickinson College in 1995.
John Murphy & Associates
John Murphy began his career as a litigator at White & Case and worked on several large commercial and securities cases, including the Enron securities fraud class action which remains one of the largest matters in US litigation history.
In 2006, he joined international UK firm, Linklaters, to help strengthen its litigation capabilities in the U.S. His work at Linklaters included managing a matter for a UK bank that was being investigated by U.S. and UK criminal, regulatory and civil authorities for allegedly violating US sanctions. The investigation lasted over two years, spanned several countries, and, involved interviews of almost 70 witnesses.
In 2010, Mr. Murphy joined UBS Investment Bank to serve as an in-house litigation attorney. He managed a docket of commercial and securities litigation matters, oversaw the bank’s responses to third-party subpoenas, and, he co-headed the bank’s internal investigation unit. In this role he was responsible for conducting dozens of investigations into potential improprieties by bank employees in both the business and middle and back office support roles. These investigations required a mastery of often complex financial products, as well as the methodologies and technologies by which they are traded, captured and recorded.
Mr. Murphy has developed his court room skills by handling tort claim cases through jury trial verdicts while representing the City of New York during a period in which he worked for Corporation Counsel, and, he also completed a number of arbitration proceedings involving alleged negligence and fiduciary duty violations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Murphy has been active in public service and charitable activities. In 2010, he was honored with Caroline Kennedy by the City of New York for his contributions to the region’s Irish and Irish-American communities. His awards also include being named to the Irish-Legal 100 since 2009 and being named in the “Top-40-Under-40” in 2007.
Mr. Murphy received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and his B.S. from Mercyhurst University in 1997.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Andrew Clubok is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has a diverse practice, mixing trial, appellate and administrative litigation in a wide range of substantive areas including securities law, tax litigation, environmental litigation, telecommunications, restructuring and commercial litigation.
Mr. Clubok’s successful representations have included: Obtaining complete defense verdicts and/or dismissal of dozens of securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits and arbitrations, including those involving IPO-related alleged misconduct, mortgage backed securities, “short swing profits”, “naked short selling”, and preemption under SLUSA; successfully arguing numerous IRS tax appeals and serving as lead trial counsel in successful refund case; achieving class decertification and summary judgment in mass toxic tort cases and dismissals of environmental nuisance claims; successfully defending debtors in numerous bankruptcy proceedings; obtaining an injunction against a state statute that required automobile manufacturers and dealers to sell electric vehicles in violation of the Clean Air Act and an injunction against regulations that required state fuel economy standards; obtaining state regulatory approval for a telecommunications merger; enjoining a state statute that would have unconstitutionally regulated telephone rates; defending automobile manufacturers in government recall actions, including a complete defense verdict after trial; obtaining relief for clients from competitors’ unfair trade practices and successfully suing for false advertising; litigating Internet sales contracts; and defending against individual employment claims. Andrew has also provided significant counseling on such issues as Sarbanes-Oxley, antitrust, federal election law and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Clubok has been recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. from 2009-2013 for Securities: Shareholder Litigation, and was selected as a 2012 "Securities MVP" in Law360's "MVPs of the Year" list as well as being selected to serve on the 2013 Law360 Securities Editorial Advisory Board.
Mr. Clubok received his J.D. with Honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993 and his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College in 1990.
Bernadette Miragliotta is the Senior Litigation Counsel at American Express responsible for overseeing all litigation matters and litigation-related activities and processes, including class actions, antitrust matters, shareholder derivative cases, major commercial disputes, internal and government investigations. Ms. Miragliotta joined American Express in 2012 after spending over 10 years in the legal department of Verizon Communications Inc.
She began her career at Verizon in 2001 as Litigation Counsel and assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure. There she served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel responsible for all of Verizon's major wireline pre-litigation and litigation matters. She also advised on risk mitigation and compliance issues across Verizon's business units.
Prior to joining Verizon in 2001, Ms. Miragliotta was a decorated Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. She investigated and prosecuted scores of complex criminal matters, including those involving domestic terrorism, RICO, and fraud. She was the lead prosecutor in several trials and
has argued extensively before the trial and appellate courts. In 2000, she was awarded the New York City Bar Association's Stimson Medal for outstanding contribution to the Office of the United States Attorney.
Ms. Miragliotta began her legal career as an Associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York. She attended New York University, where
she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and New York University School of Law, graduating with honors.