Debevoise Lawyers Lead ABA Litigation Section Conference

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Debevoise Partners to Be Featured Panelists

New York, April 20, 2010 – The American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Annual Conference will be led by Debevoise lawyers Lorna G. Schofield, Chair of the Section of Litigation, and Shannon Rose Selden, Co-Chair of the Section Annual Conference, and will feature as speakers Debevoise lawyers Catherine M. Amirfar, Mark P. Goodman, Michael B. Mukasey and Bruce E. Yannett. Held April 21-23 at the Hilton New York, the Conference is the largest gathering of trial lawyers in the country, with two full days of programs offered by leading practitioners, state and federal judges, government and in-house counsel.

Along with her Co-Chairs, Ms. Selden has been instrumental in providing the leadership and experience necessary to spearhead the Conference, which features 50 CLE programs over 12 substantive tracks. Ms. Selden’s practice focuses on corporate governance, securities litigation and complex commercial litigation, particularly in the financial services industry. She represents individuals, companies, and directors in a wide range of matters and provides advice on corporate governance and litigation issues.

“Having worked with Shannon over the years, I know she understands cutting edge litigation issues and has the exceptional leadership qualities needed to make this premier conference happen,” said Ms. Schofield. “I’m incredibly proud that the conference features some of my partners at Debevoise, who are all at the forefront in the areas on which they’re speaking.”

Debevoise partner Catherine M. Amirfar will speak at the panel “Globalization of Procedural Law in International Arbitration.” Focusing on international litigation and arbitration and on commercial litigation, Ms. Amirfar has acted as counsel in commercial arbitration cases involving Latin America and dealing with long-term gas supply contracts, share purchase agreements and currency exchange issues.

Debevoise partner Mark P. Goodman will speak at the panel “From Ethics to Tactics: Deposition Dos and Don’ts.” In his practice focusing on products liability defense and white collar criminal defense and as a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Goodman has handled many federal jury and non-jury trials. Chambers USA (2008) noted that he is “an excellent trial lawyer.”

Debevoise partner Michael B. Mukasey will speak at the panel “Trying the Arbitration Case: Winnable Strategies.” As U.S. Attorney General from November 2007 to January 2009, Judge Mukasey oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law. From 1988 to 2006, Judge Mukasey served as a district judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming Chief Judge in 2000.

Debevoise partner Bruce E. Yannett will speak at the panel “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Strategies and Responses.” Mr. Yannett recently represented Siemens AG’s Audit Committee in connection with a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and internal investigations and has been recognized as a leading white collar lawyer by IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide (2009), Chambers USA (2009) and The Legal 500 US (2009).

Ms. Schofield herself will be a speaker at the panel “Iqbal/Twombly Fallout: Are General Federal Rules Passé?” A long-time member of the ABA, Ms. Schofield has been active in the Section of Litigation and has served in numerous litigation positions prior to being named the Chair of the Section. For her year as Chair, she has been focused on reforms to civil litigation. As a former federal prosecutor and a skilled trial lawyer, Ms. Schofield focuses her practice on litigation in complex commercial matters, particularly the defense of companies and individuals in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations.

The ABA Section of Litigation represents about 68,000 lawyers, judges and others involved in all aspects of litigation and the dispute resolution process. With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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