WMACCA To Honor Jonathan L. Spear of Verizon Business With 2013 Corporate
Counsel Career Achievement Award
— Award will be given at October 17 awards gala —
WASHINGTON -- October 8, 2013
Today, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association
(WMACCA) announced that Jonathan L. Spear, vice president and deputy general
counsel of Verizon Business, will receive the organization’s Corporate Counsel
Career Achievement Award at its 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards Reception.
The Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award is designed to recognize the
professional accomplishments of a senior member of the in-house bar for
service both to the lawyer’s employer and to WMACCA.
Mr. Spear is Verizon’s senior government contracts lawyer. Since joining
Verizon’s predecessor company, MCI, in 1992, he has seen huge changes in
technology, as well as in government procurement practices and regulations
affecting the telecommunications industry. Over his time with the company, its
public sector business has grown from $70 million to $2 billion in revenues.
Mr. Spear says he has always taken great pleasure in “figuring out how to use
the law to solve a business problem.” His skills were put to the test in
2004/05, when Mr. Spear played an instrumental role in successfully steering
MCI through a U.S. government responsibility investigation and debarment
proceedings that threatened to disqualify the company from federal government
contracting. He also provided critical support for MCI’s merger with Verizon
Mr. Spear served on the WMACCA Board of Directors and was president of the
organization in 1998. During his term as president, he transformed WMACCA from
a volunteer-run organization into a professionally run one, setting the stage
for expansion of its services. He has remained an active member of the
organization, speaking on panels and serving as a co-chair of one of its local
practice-area committees. He also participates in Verizon’s pro bono program,
including the team that teaches Street Law at South Lakes High School in
Fairfax County, Va.
In addition to honoring Mr. Spear at the 9^th Annual Corporate Counsel Awards
Reception, WMACCA will announce the winners of its competitive awards at this
event. The reception will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in
McLean, Va., on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
The 15 finalists for those competitive 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
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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