August 28 Power Players: Women Leading in Law

“In-house lawyers should routinely ask themselves: ‘Can this work be conducted by a minority- and women-owned law firm?'”
Ann Kappler, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Prudential Financial

What You Need to Know

Barbara Becker and Saee Muzumdar represent PepsiCo in $3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream.
The New York partners and other counsel guided the American food and beverage company in buying the Israeli at-home carbonated drink maker, which will allow them to reach customers in their homes. Law360 & CNBC

Betty Huber advises Tyson Foods’ $2.16 billion acquisition of Keystone Foods.
Along with her colleagues, Huber is counseling Tyson on its global expansion. Keystone is a top supplier of meat to the world’s largest restaurant chains. Global Legal Chronicle 

Anna María Farias files housing discrimination complaint against Facebook.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity alleges the social media company allows advertisers to consider user data related to race, gender, and disability to target housing-related advertisements. Fortune 

Claudia Mortimore hands KPMG £3 million fine.
The interim executive counsel at the U.K. Financial Reporting Council found that the accounting firm breached ethical standards and independence guidelines by providing expert witnesses to client Ted Baker, the British fashion retailer. Independent  

Attorney General Barbara Underwood sues Purdue Pharma for deceptive opioid marketing.
The New York attorney general alleges the Connecticut-based company understated the risks of opioids and emphasized their benefits. The state seeks civil penalties for each unlawful act, relinquishment of all profits connected to the unlawful conduct, and restitution. Bloomberg Law 

Tina Mohanty builds legal team at Plated.
“The way I’ve built out our team from the outset is to really function as partners with the business, rather than being viewed as service providers,” says the first general counsel for the meal kit maker. Law360 

Geri Edens and Susan Harris fight for government funding for children’s hospitals.
Winning six cases and two more to go, the partners are challenging a new Medicaid payment regime that would strip hospitals that treat Medicaid patients of hundreds of millions of dollars of supplemental funding. Next up is the Texas Children’s Hospital appeal. 

Dianne Seltzer Torre represents Federal Housing Finance Agency employee in equal pay suit.
The government special adviser claims she was paid $70,000 less per year than her male predecessor and that the pay discrepancy was connected to her turning down the director’s advances. The federal employee is also filing harassment and retaliation claims against the agency and director. American Banker

Power Moves

Kelly Brunetti Rose named general counsel of Houston-based energy company ConocoPhillips. Chron 

Noga Rosenthal hired as chief privacy officer and general counsel of New York-based NCC Media. 

Jolie Siegel named first general counsel to cancer drug developer Neon Therapeutics in Massachusetts.

Michelle Rosen hired as general counsel of Collibra, a New York-based data enterprise and catalog software company. 

Tonit M. Calaway promoted to chief legal officer of BorgWarner, an automotive industry components and parts supplier based in Michigan. MarketWatch 

Amanda M. McMillian promoted to general counsel of Anadarko Petroleum headquartered in Texas. MarketWatch 

Christine Magarian joins Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck in Los Angeles. Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck

Joan Loughnane moves to New York office of Sidley Austin. General Counsel News 

Mariah Passarelli and Bethany Salvatore join Cozen O’ Connor in Pittsburgh.

Karen Laub moves to Morgan Lewis in Orange County, California. 

Candice T. Zee joins Los Angeles office of Vedder Price. Vedder Price 


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