Oct 05 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Cathy Hinger moderated a panel discussion on “New Tactics for Case Management: Maximizing Efficiency & Minimizing Cost” at the Women, Influence & Power in the Law (WIPL) Conference. The event took place Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

The panel discussion addressed the management of planning, staffing and technology in high-stakes litigation. In particular, the panelists focused on new case management techniques aimed at controlling costs and bringing a greater degree of predictability to the litigation process.

Hinger, the leader of the firm’s Women of Womble Bond Dickinson initiative, was joined in the case management panel discussion by:

Karin Ashford, Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, Penn National Gaming, Inc.;

Eulonda Skyles, Director & Assistant General Counsel, Capital One; and

Susanna J. Gray, VP, Corporate Counsel - Enterprise Litigation Group and Corporate Investigations Division, The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

In addition, attorneys Lela Ames, Debbie Israel, Julie Meigs and Nellie Shipley Sullivan also represented the firm at the WIPL Conference.

Former Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates were the keynote speakers for the 2018 WIPL Conference. The annual event draws together women attorneys, both in-house and outside counsel, from a range of sectors around the world.

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Cathy Hinger is a veteran trial lawyer who defends companies that face complex disputes with other businesses and the United States or state governments. Her practice includes representing companies in disputes involving real estate development projects, commercial lending, commercial leasing, corporate governance disputes, commercial contracts, business fraud, and employment claims. She also counsels clients under investigation by regulatory authorities or law enforcement agencies and defends clients charged with white collar crimes. Hinger serves on the firm’s Professionalism Committee and leads the firm’s women’s leadership program, Women of Womble Bond Dickinson (WOW).

Lela Ames advises clients and litigates cases in a wide variety of matters involving commercial real estate, financial services, manufacturing, contracts, and business torts. Ames counsels clients at all stages of litigation and practices before a variety of tribunals. Her diverse experience includes successful bench and jury trials, complex electronic discovery, depositions, motions hearings, mediations and arbitrations, emergency injunctive relief, and appeals.

Debbie Israel serves as lead litigation counsel to a broad range of clients, including national and global companies, financial institutions, pension funds, national real estate companies and developers, focusing on complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals. She has extensive experience in cases involving commercial real estate, vendor and supplier relationships, financial services and manufacturing.

Julie Meigs, PhD focuses on the design and implementation of global patent strategies, including life cycle and risk management. She advises clients in a wide range of patent-related areas, including preparation and prosecution of US and international patent applications, freedom to operate and invalidity analyses, due diligence, competitor activity, and strategic partnerships. She has a particular focus on the biopharmaceutical industry.

Nellie Shipley Sullivan has helped drive a broad variety of commercial real estate projects in over 20 years of practicing law. She has deep experience in corporate real estate, including portfolio management, expansions and relocations, and developer projects, including single-family, apartments and assisted living. She also assists clients with economic development incentives and other programs.

Women, Influence, Power in the Law Conference

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Debbie Israel

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