WMACCA Names Finalists for 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards
— Winners to be announced at October 17 awards gala —
WASHINGTON -- September 3, 2013
Today, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association
(WMACCA) announced the finalists for its 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards. The
awards honor the work of the region’s leading in-house practitioners over the
past year in the following categories -- Outstanding Chief Legal Officer,
Outstanding In-House Counsel, Outstanding Paraprofessional, Outstanding Law
Department, and Community Service. WMACCA will announce the winners during its
9^th Annual Corporate Counsel Awards Reception at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons
Corner in McLean, Va. on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
The 15 finalists for the 2013 WMACCA Corporate Counsel Awards are:
Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:
*Michael Bisignano, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Blackboard
*Suzanne Rich Folsom, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief
Compliance Officer, ACADEMI LLC
*Ho Shin, General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary,
Millennial Media, Inc.
Outstanding In-House Counsel:
*Andrea L. Charters, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Rosetta
*Buddy Omohundro, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate
Secretary, Apex Systems, Inc.
*Deena Williamson, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and General
Counsel, Williams Lea, Inc.
*Philip Fletcher, Legal Assistant and Contract Administrator, HMSHost
*Marianne Peters, Principal Litigation Specialist, Capital One Services,
*Laura Stevens, Senior Paralegal, Apex Systems, Inc.
Outstanding Law Department:
*The Advisory Board Company
*Apex Systems, Inc.
*Walker & Dunlop, Inc.
Community Service Award:
*Evan Farber, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Advisory Board
*David Miller, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, SkyLink
"WMACCA is delighted to once again highlight the important work done by so
many talented individuals and legal departments in our region," said Anne L.
Milem, chair of the Corporate Counsel Awards and vice president and associate
general counsel, Sallie Mae, Inc. "These finalists illustrate the various ways
in which the in-house legal team plays an integral role in making its
organization stronger and more successful."
The finalists were selected from a large pool of nominations submitted by the
legal community-at-large in response to an open call for nominations. The
panel of judges for the Corporate Counsel Awards is comprised of the following
leaders in the business and legal communities in this region:
*Daniel F. Attridge, Dean, The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic
*Michael J. Baxter, President of the Maryland State Bar Association, and
Principal, Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones PA
*Mike Daniels, Chairman, GlobalLogic, Inc.
*Andrea C. Ferster, President, D.C. Bar, and Principal, Law Offices of
Andrea C. Ferster
*Patricia A. Lenahan, Commercial Team Leader, TD Bank
*Karen M. Litsinger, President of WMACCA, and Interim Chief Executive
Officer, Mirixa Corporation
*Sandra Jones McNinch, Immediate Past Chair, Virginia State Bar Corporate
Counsel Section, and General Counsel, Virginia Economic Development
*Anne L. Milem, Chair of the Corporate Counsel Awards, Member of the WMACCA
Board of Directors, and VP and Associate General Counsel, Sallie Mae Inc.
*Veta T. Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel
The Corporate Counsel Awards were created in 2005 in celebration of WMACCA's
25th anniversary. In just nine years, the WMACCA Corporate Counsel Awards have
become a well-recognized and sought-after honor for members of the in-house
community in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia and suburban
Maryland. For a list of all previous Award winners, please visit
http://www.acc.com/chapters/wmacca/awards.cfm. Registration for the Awards
Reception is now open at http://www.cvent.com/d/54q77x.
With more than 2,200 members, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate
Counsel Association (WMACCA) serves the professional needs of in-house counsel
in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and Virginia. WMACCA is the regional
chapter of the global Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). WMACCA members
participate in more than 90 professional development programs each year and
keep connected through a variety of networking events and communications
vehicles. WMACCA has been active in regulatory issues that affect the in-house
bar, and in providing education to encourage advancements in the standards of
corporate legal practice. More information about WMACCA is available on its
Web site: http://wmacca.acc.com.
Ilene G. Reid
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