Board of Advisors
Hans Peter Frick
Hans Peter Frick served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Nestlé from 1992 to 2011, and in 2009 was named General Counsel of the Year by the International Law Office and Association of Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Nestlé, Hans Peter served as in-house legal counsel with Hewlett Packard and CEO of AIBD, the regulator of the International Capital Market. Hans Peter currently serves on the Board of Galenica, a large publicly-traded company headquartered in Switzerland as well as of Vifor Pharma. He is an Emeritus Director of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention & Resolution, a member of the Executive Committee of HEAD law school in Paris, and sits on the Editorial Board of Who is Who Legal. In the past he was on the Advisory Committee of Lex Mundi. Hans Peter received his J.D. from the University of Zurich and an LL.M. form the University of Alberta, Canada.
Aric Press currently serves as a partner at PP&C, a high-end consultancy advising law firms on strategy and client relations. Prior to that, Aric was Editor-in-Chief of American Lawyer Magazine (from 1998 to 2010), and Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of American Lawyer Media (from 2010 to 2014). Before joining American Lawyer, he was a writer and senior editor for Newsweek. Since 2012, Aric has been an Adjunct Professor in the George Washington University’s Master’s Program in Law Firm Management. Aric is a bona fide legal industry luminary and thought leader, who is deeply interested in improving the dialogue between outside and inside counsel, as well as the legal industry as a whole. Aric is a graduate of Cornell University as well as New York University School of Law.
Kirkland L. Hicks
Kirkland L. Hicks serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Lincoln Financial. Prior to this he served as general counsel of Towers Watson. In 2014, Kirkland was named one of the 100 most influential corporate counsel in the United States by the Legal 500 and one of the most influential black lawyers in the U.S. by Savoy Magazine. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Kirkland was an attorney at Orrick Herrington as well as at Shaw Pittman. Kirkland has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, and he received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he serves on the Board of Visitors. Kirkland also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s DC Chapter. Kirkland has completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School, and is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Bars.
Catherine M. Kilbane
Catherine M. Kilbane served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Sherwin Williams Company, a Fortune 500 global manufacturer and retailer of paint and coatings, from January 2013 through August 2017. Prior to joining Sherwin Williams, Cathy was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Greetings Corporation (from 2003 to 2012). She also worked for 16 years at Baker & Hostetler, where, as a partner, she chaired the Intellectual Property Transactions Group. Cathy serves on the board of directors of The Andersons (NASDAQ:ANDE), a Fortune 500 diversified agribusiness company, and on the board of trustees of University Hospitals Health System. She received her B.A. and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Jonathan Pearl served as Executive Vice President, Law & Compliance, for Sony Electronics Inc. as well as worldwide General Counsel of Sony Mobile until 2018. Prior to joining Sony Electronics, Jonathan served as Corporate Vice President & General Counsel of Sony Ericsson from 2005 to 2012. He started in-house as legal counsel at Apple UK, and was also a solicitor at Bates Wells & Brathwaite, a boutique City of London law firm. Throughout his career, Jonathan has been a strong advocate for legal industry innovation, and in 2014, Jonathan was named Individual of the Year by the Legal 500 for in-house legal practice in the technology industry.
Steven M. Cook
Steven M. Cook served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of PulteGroup, one of the largest home builders in the U.S. until March 2017. Steve joined PulteGroup in February 2006, after nearly 10 years with Sears, where he was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and acting General Counsel. While at Sears, Steve also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Chicago Chapter. In 2014, the Financial Times named Steve one of just six finalists for North America General Counsel of the Year. Prior to joining Sears, Steve spent 11 years with the Chicago office of Skadden Arps. Steve currently serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Steve received his J.D. from the University of Illinois and his B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
Caren Gordon Cohen
Caren Gordon Cohen is a seasoned executive and legal industry thought leader, having advised hundreds of chief legal officers on their most pressing management challenges, serving as a guest faculty member of Harvard Law School’s executive education program, and, from 2001 to 2005, managing the General Counsel Roundtable (now the CEB Legal Leadership Council). Shortly thereafter, Caren was appointed to the ten-person leadership team of publicly-traded Corporate Executive Board, where she oversaw a significant portion of the company’s business. Beginning in 2011, Caren has been serving as an advisor and sounding board to CEOs and their executive teams, including at Hanover Research (as its Executive-in-Residence) as well as Atlantic Media Company. Caren received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from Princeton University.
Robert S. Marin
Robert S. Marin served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Panasonic Corporation of North America through April 2015, where he had been in-house since 1976. In 2014, Bob was named one of the 100 most influential corporate counsel in the United States by the Legal 500. Under Bob’s leadership, Panasonic North America’s legal team was recently recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative in-house legal teams in North America. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Lehigh University, and his law degree from Fordham University in 1970. In 1970 he served as judicial clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles Brieant of the Southern District of New York. Bob has been quoted on the challenges of outside counsel selection by the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review, and in 2015 he was named a finalist for NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year.
William D. Henderson
William D. Henderson is a Professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where his research focuses on the structure and economics of the legal profession. Bill co-founded Lawyer Metrics (now part of Access Group, Inc.), an applied research company that helps lawyers use data to make better decisions. In 2009, the ABA Journal designated Bill a “Legal Rebel”; in 2013, the National Law Journal included him as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America; in 2015, National Jurist designated him the Most Influential Person in Legal Education. His empirical research has been published in leading law journals and publications, and his observations are frequently quoted in the mainstream press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, and NPR.
Timothy Donovan serves as Chief Legal Officer of Netsmart Technologies, a leading provider of software for the behavioral health and human services community. Prior to Netsmart, Tim served as Vice President and General Counsel for the turnaround management team at Boston Communications Group and previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for NEC USA. As a thought leader and visionary throughout his career in the legal industry, Tim speaks regularly on topics related to the business of law as well as current issues facing general counsel and the in-house bar. He received both his J.D. and his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Johns University.
Brian H. Levey
Brian H. Levey serves as CFO & General Counsel of Upwork, a technology company that provides an online work platform for connecting millions of freelancers with businesses on a global basis. Prior to joining the company, Brian served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of eBay, where he worked for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President Legal at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as well as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins. Under Brian’s leadership, the Upwork legal department was recently named one of the most innovative in-house legal teams in North America by the Financial Times. Brian has also been named one of the Top 20 California Lawyers Under the Age of 40 by the Daily Journal. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
William L. Deckelman, Jr.
William L. Deckelman, Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DXC Technology (a combination of CSC and HP Enterprise Services), a Fortune 200 company operating in over 90 countries. Under Bill’s leadership, the company's legal team was named one of the most innovative in-house teams in North America by the Financial Times. Prior to joining DXC, Bill served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Affiliated Computer Services, and served as a Director from 2000 to 2003, holding various executive positions there since 1989. Prior to that, Bill was a partner at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, and a corporate attorney at MTech Corporation. Bill holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Arkansas State University, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and an L.L.M from Georgetown.