2016 Steering Committee
This elite group has developed the Agenda which forumlates the basis of our discussion,
and personally selected all invitees.
and personally selected all invitees.
Nicole Lavallee, the managing partner of Berman DeValerio’s San Francisco office and member of the Firm’s executive committee, focuses her practice on securities litigation. She is also an integral member of the Firm’s new case investigations team, which advises the Firm’s 100-plus public pension fund and other institutional investor clients on securities litigation matters.
Over the last two plus decades, Ms. Lavallee has prosecuted numerous high-profile securities fraud cases on behalf of the Firm’s public pension funds earning judicial praise for her work. Most recently, she represented the Wyoming State Treasurer and the Wyoming Retirement System as co-lead plaintiffs in the IndyMac Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation, which settled for $346 million in 2015 – one of the largest private mortgage-backed securities class recoveries and the largest where the issuer bank was in bankruptcy. She also oversaw the prosecution of In re Zynga Securities Litigation, which settled for $23 million in February 2016.
A native of Canada, Ms. Lavallee is a graduate of the French civil law school at Université de Montréal and obtained a Common Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She articled at then firms McDonald & Haden in Toronto and Ogilvy Renault in Montreal before moving to San Francisco. Ms. Lavallee has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has published various articles and presented at various conferences on securities litigation matters.
McCarthy Térault LLP
F. PAUL MORRISON is a Senior Partner in the Litigation Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He is a past-Chair of the Toronto Litigation Group, past-Chair of the National Class Actions Group, and past-member of the firm’s Board of Partners. His practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, class actions, securities litigation, competition litigation, product liability and professional liability.
Engagements of note include representation of the Toronto-Dominion Bank in proceedings before the Competition Tribunal and in class actions with respect to the Visa and MasterCard credit card networks; representation of: Government of Ontario in class actions arising out of contamination of the water supply in Walkerton, Ontario; BCE Inc. in successful defence of two class actions by shareholders and debenture holders of former subsidiary BCI Inc.; Hollinger International Inc. in multi-faceted proceedings against Lord Conrad Black and affiliated companies; and, Degussa AG in cross-border class actions alleging worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for feed additives. Other clients in significant cases include General Electric Co., Unilever PLC, Pepsico Inc., Bank of Nova Scotia, Xstrata Inc. and CGI Inc.
Mr. Morrison is profiled in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading 100 Canada/US Cross-Border Litigators in Canada and in LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He is profiled as a leading commercial litigator in the Legal Media Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers; in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers; in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; in the PLC Which Lawyer Guide; in Best Lawyers in Canada; in Who’s Who Legal; and in Legal Media Group Benchmark Canada Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Attorneys. He is an inducted Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America and an Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association, England and Wales (COMBAR). He was admitted to Ontario bar in 1977; Alberta bar in 1982.
Sidley Austin LLP
GARY BENDINGER, a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s New York office, is an accomplished complex commercial litigator, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Member in the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been brought in as lead trial counsel on matters in a variety of jurisdictions, including California, New York, Alaska, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. He is recognized in Chambers USA (Securities Litigation). Chambers USA notes that Gary “draws on significant experience in securities work, and has an impressive reputation for his courtroom skills.” He is described “as ‘the quintessential trial lawyer,’ stating that ‘he focuses on what’s important and knows how to let go of inconsequential details.’” He has been recognized for more than 20 years in The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law) and is recognized by Benchmark Litigation (Litigation Star, nationally in Securities and in New York). Gary is also recognized in Super Lawyers in the areas of Securities Litigation, Business Litigation and Antitrust Litigation.
Gary has devoted 40 years to complex commercial litigation in courts across the nation involving many different substantive areas of law and involving billions of dollars in damages claims. He has tried antitrust, securities, breach of contract, professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and other complex commercial litigation matters. Among his successes, he was hired to act as lead trial counsel in a significant securities case after it had been litigated by another firm for a number of years. Following completion of a five-week trial, judgment was entered in favor of his client on all claims. Gary was also recently hired to act as lead counsel on retrial in a breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and negligence matter in federal court in Massachusetts. He also served as lead counsel for one of two individual auditors in an administrative action brought by the SEC claiming unprofessional conduct. (In the Matter of Kevin Hall and Rosemary Meyer.) After a two-week trial, the ALJ found that both auditors had complied with professional standards and dismissed all charges. On appeal, the Commission issued a decision agreeing with the ALJ, and all charges were dismissed.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
A partner in the Litigation Department, Chris Boehning focuses on complex commercial and civil litigation matters, insurance counseling and litigation, criminal, civil and other regulatory inquiries, internal investigations and international arbitrations.
Chris’ significant regulatory and civil litigation experience includes representations of Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank in a variety of securities inquiries and litigation. He represents Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in a nationwide class action concerning the harmful effects of concussions. He also has an active insurance practice, which includes representations of Chubb, ING, the captive insurance companies of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Nexen, as well as Boeing in post-9/11 litigation.
Chris frequently represents Japanese companies in litigation and regulatory inquiries, and handles international arbitrations in Paris, London and Tokyo. He is an Honorary Member of COMBAR.
Characterized as “extremely bright, calm and very articulate,” Chris is recognized by Chambers Global 2015 as “Up and Coming” in international arbitration, by Chambers USA 2014 as a highly regarded arbitration practitioner, and by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star.”
Chris is regarded as an expert on e-discovery issues. He has lectured on litigation strategy and e-discovery at the University of Michigan Law School, is a regular contributor to The New York Law Journal’s Technology column on the topic, and is an ongoing participant in The Sedona Conference Working Group Series.
Chris received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, (Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington University Law Quarterly), and his M.S. in Public Policy Analysis and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester (Rochester National Scholar). He serves on the Arts, Sciences & Engineering National Council of the University of Rochester, on the National Council for Washington University School of Law, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School.
Eimer Stahl LLP
Nate Eimer co-founded Eimer Stahl LLP in July 2000. Prior to that he was a partner at Sidley & Austin. At Sidley & Austin, Mr. Eimer was a member of the firm's Executive Committee, General Counsel to the firm, and co-head of the Commercial and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Eimer also served as head of the firm's litigation practice in its New York office. Mr. Eimer's practice at Sidley & Austin centered on complex litigation and antitrust matters, including criminal antitrust investigations and proceedings.
Mr. Eimer is a trial lawyer who has acted as trial counsel in numerous federal and state courts and arbitration settings. He specializes in complex commercial litigation with emphasis on antitrust litigation. He was named "Antitrust Lawyer of the Year" for 2011, 2013, and 2014 by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers, and is one of only two antitrust lawyers in Illinois and one of only eight antitrust lawyers in the United States to receive Chambers & Partners' "star" rating. Mr. Eimer has played a principal role in dozens of grand jury investigations and criminal and civil antitrust cases, including several in which he has been national lead counsel for all defendants.
Mr. Eimer also represents clients in a broad variety of complex commercial matters. He also has been rated by Chambers &Partners as one of the top 20 Water Quality Litigation counsel in the United States. For example, he currently represents CITGO Petroleum Corporation in connection with numerous civil actions claiming that an additive to gasoline is defective and contaminates ground water. Mr. Eimer has been lead counsel for a group of dairy cooperatives, led by Land O' Lakes, Inc. in a complex series of adversary proceedings surrounding the bankruptcy of an oil refinery owned by the cooperatives. Mr. Eimer was one of two lead counsel for the lending banks in connection with a massive bank fraud and surrounding adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy resulting from the detection of the fraud.
Since the founding of Eimer Stahl, Mr. Eimer has continued his practice for clients such as CITGO Petroleum Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Gerdau Steel Corporation, Hollinger, Inc., International Paper Company, Praxair, Inc., Land O' Lakes, Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., LG Display Co., Ltd., Ingredion Incorporated and Union Carbide Corporation. In a recent survey of Fortune 1000 companies, Mr. Eimer was one of only 90 lawyers recognized for outstanding client service.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gary Kubek is a litigation partner engaged primarily in antitrust litigation, merger review and counseling; federal securities, shareholder class and derivative actions; merger and acquisition litigation and counseling; and general commercial litigation.Mr. Kubek’s antitrust practice includes private civil litigation, government review of proposed mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and other government investigations. He also counsels clients with respect to antitrust issues involved in a wide variety of distribution and other commercial arrangements. His shareholder litigation practice includes representation of corporations and their directors and officers in federal securities class actions, state court litigation challenging acquisitions, derivative actions, and independent special committee investigations.
Mr. Kubek has been recognized as a leading lawyer inChambers USA, which describes him as “thoughtful, well-prepared and an exceedingly calm and collected operator” who is “very knowledgeable of [his clients’] specific area of business,” and in Legal 500 US, which describes him as an “extraordinarily knowledgeable” and “cost effective” lawyer who “responds rapidly and makes himself very available.”
Mr. Kubek is a member of the Litigation, Antitrust and Business Sections of the American Bar Association and is Vice-Chair of the Antitrust Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee. He is a co-author of Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions (Wolters Kluwer 3d ed. 2010 & 2016 Supp.) and has frequently written and spoken on antitrust, securities and corporate governance topics.
Mr. Kubek received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College in 1975 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978. Prior to joining the firm in 1979, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Joseph Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Dimitri Lascaris is practicing lawyer called to the bars of Ontario, the State of New York, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991.
Following his graduation, Mr. Lascaris worked in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell. While at Sullivan & Cromwell, he represented the underwriting syndicate in what was, at the time, the largest initial public offering of common stock in United States history. He also acted on behalf of the Republic of France, the Bank of Greece and the German development bank KfW in numerous cross-border securities offerings.
After working at Sullivan & Cromwell, Mr. Lascaris became a partner in the class actions department of the Ontario-based law firm, Siskinds LLP, where Mr. Lascaris has since prosecuted environmental, human rights and securities class actions.
In 2012, Canadian Lawyer Magazine identified Mr. Lascaris as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and in 2013, Canadian Business Magazine identified him as one of the 50 most influential people in Canadian business.
Mr. Lascaris is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Unity Project for the Relief of Homelessness, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Real News Network, an independent, not-for-profit media organization based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Lascaris speaks English, French and Greek.
Sylvie Rodrigue has a broad litigation practice with extensive experience defending class actions across Canada as well as other corporate commercial matters. In addition to leading our Montréal office, Sylvie continues her litigation practice in both our Montréal and Toronto offices.
Sylvie has been involved in a wide range of high profile multi-jurisdictional class actions relating to drugs and medical devices, price fixing allegations, consumer complaints, civil liability, employment matters, securities, mass tort and negligence. She has extensive experience with product liability cases. She has represented clients in the tobacco, retail, technology, manufacturing, communication, railway, aviation and pharmaceutical industries.
Sylvie is the founder and Past Chair of the Class Action Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Task Force on Class Actions, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Multi-jurisdictional Class Action/Collective Redress Working Group, Co-Chair of the International Class Actions Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Reform Commission regarding the Class Proceeding Act and one of the co-editors of the Class Action Journal.
In September 2014, Sylvie was awarded the designation of Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar, a distinction awarded to a limited number of lawyers to honour an outstanding legal career, remarkable contribution to the profession and dedicated efforts to social or community services.
Sylvie has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Quebec and Ontario.
Dentons Canada LLP
Mike Schafler co-leads Dentons Canada’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He is also
a Global Practice Leader for the global Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. His practice
focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, emphasizing securities litigation, including
class actions, auditor's liability, regulatory and appellate energy cases and insider trading and
Mike has experience in a number of industry segments, notably financial services, energy,
mining, transportation and forestry. Mike has appeared in all levels of the Ontario courts, the
Supreme Court of Canada, a number of public regulatory tribunals and numerous private
arbitration tribunals. He is widely recognized for his dispute resolution expertise by a number
of directories including Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal
Mike spearheaded Dentons' commitment to become the first law firm to partner with the
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentorship Program. This, in part,
led to Dentons being named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians for 2011.
Mike has published numerous papers on a wide variety of topics, including with respect to
multijurisdictional issues. He has also spoken at many conferences on topics including class
actions, ADR and arbitration. He spoke about complex multijurisdictional litigation at the 2014
IBA North American Forum in Atlanta.
Mike enjoyed a stellar career as a Canadian Naval Officer from 1983-1992. He is married and
has two children, and a PBGV.
Senior Forum Director – Head of Litigation Programs
With almost two decades of senior management experience, Lisa built her career within the luxury market in Toronto. She began her career in special events, and moved in sales and marketing. Having worked for hospitality industry leaders, such as The Four Seasons and The Park Hyatt, Lisa is best known cultivating the rental housing market in Toronto for the television and film industry through her work with real estate developer Minto. Lisa’s leadership abilities and strong business acumen make her an excellent fit for working with the North American and International litigation programs within Cambridge Forums.