ACC Financial Services Committee June Newsletter
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Leadership Team

The ACC Financial Services Committee Leaders 




Howard Lindenberg


Christina Rogers


Kareem Dale


Miriam Lefkowitz

Chapter Relations

Dawn Haghighi

Sponsor Relations

Debbie Hoffman


John Kirtley


Barry Parsons


Mark Carberry


Doug Cohen


Debbie Silodor


Debbie Hoffman


Macaire Moran


Rebecca Fox


Laura Dorman

At Large

Andrea de Koning

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Haghighi, Dorman Saluted at Mid-Year Meeting!

The Financial Services Committee’s own Dawn Haghighi and Lara Dorman took the spotlight at the 2017 ACC Mid-Year Meeting, April 2nd through 4th in New York City, as they were honored with the ACC’s Advocacy Award! Congratulations Dawn and Lara

Their words…

"From shaping relationships with regulators to raising our visibility in legislative affairs to educating the broader business community on issues affecting in-house law, we are delighted to see the positive impacts this year's award recipients have made in advancing the unique perspective of in-house lawyers across the globe," said Veta T. Richardson , president and CEO of ACC.

Building upon members' strong interest in developing relationships with regulators, Haghighi and Dorman created the ACC Regulatory Working Group, which provides regulators and public officials with an opportunity to update in-house counsel on various regulatory developments in real-time throughout the year. Haghighi and Dorman's efforts have maximized corporate counsel's ability to understand and adjust to new regulations, as well as to educate policymakers about the impact of these roles on their businesses.

"ACC has been an invaluable resource for me over the years, and I am happy to contribute to the programs that benefit its members," Dorman said. "Berkeley Research Group has long recognized the value of ACC and supported my active involvement in the association, for which I thank them. I am delighted to learn, from receiving the Advocacy Award, that my efforts have also benefited my fellow members of ACC."

Dorman and Haghighi organized "Meet Your Regulator" meetings across the United States, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Boston, and Phoenix. These in-person meetings allowed in-house lawyers, members of Congress, and senior officials from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and US Securities and Exchange Commission, among others, to advance the unique perspectives of in-house counsel and have open dialogues about about public policy issues.

"ACC has been part of my entire in-house journey, starting with my first in-house position at Nordstrom," said Haghighi. "Joining ACC is the best career decision I've made. It has proved to be an exceptional resource for me, both personally and professionally."

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Upcoming Legal Quick Hits

June 28, 2017 (3PM EST/ 7PM GMT)
Standing after Spokeo – What Does it Mean for an Injury to Be “Concrete”?

Description: In its recent Spokeo decision, the Supreme Court clarified that an alleged injury must be sufficiently “concrete” to give a plaintiff Article III standing to sue in federal court for a violation of federal statute. But unfortunately, the Court did not reach the question whether the injury alleged in the case before it even qualified as concrete, deciding instead to remand the question to the lower courts. This presentation will examine the possible implications of the Spokeo decision and survey some of the key decisions on statutory standing in the lower courts following Spokeo. 

Speakers: Paul G. Karlsgodt, Partner, BakerHostetler

Click here to register!



Speakers: Chris Niewoehner and Jason Weinstein - Partners, Steptoe & Johnson

The topic will relate to the DOJ investigation of VW and government investigations more broadly. More details coming soon! Click here to pre-register.
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Recent Programs


FBI Cyber Squad Briefing for Financial Services (April 26, 2017)

Description: Join the Financial Services Committee for a briefing with a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the President of InfraGard Orlando regarding the cybersecurity landscape in the financial sector. The briefing will include current events and trends with cyber-attacks and cybersecurity in the financial sector, internal measures that businesses have taken to address hacking, security breaches, and other cyber-attacks, as well as hosting and technology vendor due diligence and contracting issues to address data security risks.

From Wheelchairs to Websites -- the ADA's Evolution in Light of Advances in Technology (May 24, 2017)

Description: In recent years, there has been a rash of lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against private businesses by disability advocacy groups and individual plaintiffs claiming businesses' websites are inaccessible to disabled users.  The presentation will focus on how the ADA is being applied to websites, and whether businesses owning and operating such websites have obligations to comply with the Act.  We will examine how courts around the country are viewing and interpreting the ADA in these cases, and further provide guidance on what actions businesses can take to protect themselves from ADA lawsuits.



Fintech: Reshaping Banking Through Mobile Devices and Online Platforms (June 7, 2017)

Presented by ACC's Financial Services Committee and Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig 
Please join us for an informative program to get the latest information on the US regulatory approach to Fintech and current business and legal developments in a banking landscape that is changing dramatically.  

The hallmarks of Fintech-driven banking are quick decisions, short-term, and easy access to financial products and services.  It is driven by a desire of banks to adapt to the behaviors and preferences of millennials and other tech-savvy customers.

VIEW ARCHIVE (CLE/CPD is available)

Be Compromise Ready: Key Takeaways from More than 450 Cyber Incidents (June 13, 2017)

Presented by ACC's Financial Services Committeeand Sponsored by BakerHostetler 
On May 12, 2017, thousands of companies across the globe saw the first signs of a prolific malware outbreak. Clearly, cyber threats are here to stay. No company, large or small, is immune. But there are basic measures you can take to prepare for the legal and business risks associated with an attack. 

Please join us to learn best practices developed through helping executives identify risks, appraise response metrics and apply company-specific risk mitigation strategies. Also, attendees will learn the primary causes of data security incidents, industries affected and more about ransomware, a growing threat to data security.

VIEW ARCHIVE (CLE/CPD is available)

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Member Spotlight
Andrea de Koning, Luther Burbank Savings

Andrea is FVP & Associate General Counsel at Luther Burbank Savings, a state-chartered commercial bank in California.  Closing in on three years, Andrea advises all business units on a wide range of business, operational, and provides strategic direction on legal issues facing the bank. Her responsibilities include compliance, risk and litigation management.  She also oversees the Human Resources Department and other members of the legal team.

Prior to LBS, Andrea was an associate at Seyfarth Shaw in San Francisco.  A Napa Valley native, Andrea graduated from UC-Berkeley before attaining her JD from Santa Clara.  Andrea values the ACC because it provides her small law department with the resources of a big firm; the chance to network and bounce ideas off of other attorneys in her practice area.

Andrea is also a newlywed, tying the knot in late May!  And don’t mess with her – she was her high school weightlifting champion and has hiked Machu Picchu.  Andrea loves to cook, and even wrote her senior year thesis at Berkeley on the development pre-packaged foods in the 1950s.

Welcome Andrea to the Financial Services Committee!

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Sponsor Spotlight
Brett Wall, BakerHostetler

Brett Wall is a partner of BakerHostetler in Cleveland, and is excited about Baker’s sponsorship of the Financial Services Committee this year. “ACC is the gold standard of in-house counsel groups, and it is an honor and privilege to sponsor this group,” Wall said.


BakerHostetler employs about 940 lawyers in 14 offices around the country, making the largest domestic law firm in the nation. Its financial services practice packs a punch, highlighted by its representation of the Bernie Madoff victim’s trust, its consumer protection class action defense team, and its representation of multinational companies in data/privacy breach disputes.

A native of Columbus, Wall is 20 years into his career at BakerHostetler after attaining undergraduate and law degrees at Ohio State. An avid musician, he owns a recording studio in downtown Cleveland and is a diehard fan of the Cavs, Indians, Browns, and Buckeyes.

The Financial Services Committee is grateful for BakerHostetler’s sponsorship this year. You may reach Brett at
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