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Marylou Fabbo Interview

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Marylou joined the firm in 1995 after practicing in the Employment Law Group of a large, Hartford, Connecticut law firm, and she became a partner of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. in 2001. Marylou received her undergraduate degree from Bryant College (magna cum laude) in 1988. In 1993, she received her law degree from Western New England College School of Law (magna cum laude) after serving as a Note Editor for the Western New England Law Review. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has experience in all aspects of employment litigation and has successfully defended employers in lawsuits before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Marylou has defended multiple class action lawsuits involving alleged wage violations. Marylou also conducts extensive management training for employers and associations on a variety of topics, including harassment prevention, wage and hour law, interaction of the Family Medical Leave Act with other leave laws, and ADA compliance. Marylou has been named a "Super Lawyer" in Employment Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, which recognizes the top 5% of the lawyers in specific practice areas.

Michele Lyerly Interview

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Ms. Lyerly is currently serving as the Firm's Commercial Real Estate practice area leader. Ms. Lyerly's practice is devoted primarily to the representation of developers, investors and users of commercial real estate in the acquisition, construction, financing, development, leasing and sale of shopping centers, office buildings and mixed-use developments. Ms. Lyerly has significant experience in the acquisition of land for large-scale retail, mixed-use and "lifestyle" developments and in the preparation and negotiation of retail tenant leases. Her experience also includes negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, easements, restrictive covenants, development agreements, management agreements, ground leases and both retail and office leases. Her practice also includes real estate financing such as traditional acquisition and construction loans, new market tax credit financing and tax-deferred exchanges.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1997 B.A., International Studies, magna cum laude,
  • University of South Carolina, 1993


  • South Carolina
  • California

Academic Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Wig and Robe

Professional Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar Association (Real Estate Section)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

Civic and Community Service

  • United Way, Young Philanthropists
  • March of Dimes, Past Real Estate Fund Raiser Committee Member
  • Christ Church Episcopal Preschool Volunteer
  • Furman University Connections Leadership Program, 2008

Neda Mansoorian Interview

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As McManis Faulkner’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Neda Mansoorian works across multiple client service teams to leverage her courtroom know-how and business acumen to benefit the firm’s clients. A restaurateur at age 21, Mansoorian founded a successful business before entering law school. This real-world business background gives her a keen and pragmatic insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by businesses, both large and small.

Although Mansoorian’s practice has frequently emphasized high-technology litigation matters, her clients are diverse and include corporations, small businesses, and individuals with legal disputes covering a wide range of issues.

Mansoorian has extensive trial experience. She continues to try cases before juries and the bench. She also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), having participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. Her ability and perseverance in representing clients in cases involving intellectual property, professional negligence, products liability and general negligence, high-asset marital dissolutions, wrongful termination, real estate disputes, and breach of contract, has resulted in many successful outcomes.

• Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1999
• University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, 1994

Admitted to Practice
• California, 2000
• U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Representative Experience
• Lead trial attorney in a complex professional negligence case.
• Co-lead trial attorney in a four-month products liability action in Central California.
• Mansoorian’s experience includes serving as lead counsel in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

Professional Activities
• State Bar of California
• Santa Clara County Bar Association (President, Women's Lawyer Section; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Board of Trustees; Commissioner, President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity; Judge Pro Tem, Santa Clara County Superior Court)
• American Association for Justice (Member and Mentor, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus and Mentor Program)
• California Women Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors)
• University of San Francisco (Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program)

Articles and Publications
• "Expert Discovery: Never Overlook the Obvious," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Business Torts Section, Vol. 10, No. 3, Spring 2006
• "How to get Expert Testimony Admitted Into Evidence," National Business Institute, Co-Author and Presenter, Fall 2006

Awards and Honors
• Women of Influence Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2010
• TWIN Award, YWCA, 2010
• 40 Under 40 List, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2008
• Fellow, The American Bar Foundation

• Next Door Battered Women's Shelter Support Network
• Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

• Farsi

Shannon Davies Interview

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Davies is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and a member of the Employment Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She has been listed as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer and A Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel. She is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section, the Litigation Section, the Women in Law Section and the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association. She is a former member of the Employment Management Association, a Professional Emphasis Group of the Society for Human Resource Management, and was formerly active in the Oklahoma Society of Human Resource Managers.

A 1999 graduate of Leadership Edmond, Davies served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Edmond Alumni Association. Davies was a member of the Board of Directors of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Board of the Edmond Chamber in 2005. She served as co-creator and also co-chair of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Women in Business creating a network of women business owners. Davies also served as Chairman of the Chamber’s Finance Committee. She previously served as a Trustee of the UCO Foundation. Davies is a former member of the Executive Women’s Forum International. Davies has served on the Children and the Law Committee of the OBA Young Lawyers Division and the OBA Women in Law Committee. Davies served on the Board of Directors for the Terry Neese Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Center for Excellence. She also served on the Board of Citizens for Edmond, Inc.

Davies’ law practice emphasizes labor and employment litigation and business litigation. She consults with corporate clients in virtually all areas of employment law, including non compete agreements, the Fair Labor Standards Act, civil rights litigation, OSHA compliance and litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issues, and employment contract disputes. She works with business and not for profit clients advising them on business matters including contracts, corporate duties and board of director compliance matters. In addition she practices in the area of constitutional law.

Davies holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. with honors from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Davies is married and lives in Edmond.

About Lester Loving & Davies
Lester Loving & Davies offers vast experience in virtually every area of the law — from complex multi-district litigation to uncontested divorces or simple wills. The Firm practices in state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma and is also licensed in Colorado, Texas, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In addition to the Firm’s trial practice, they regularly appear and argue before the various appellate courts, which have jurisdiction over Oklahoma cases.

Since their founding in 1996, Lester Loving & Davies’ success has been built on a philosophy of loyalty, leadership, and respect. They strive to earn each client’s trust through diligent representation that takes into consideration both the client’s legal needs and the most streamlined, cost-effective way to achieve success.

Lester Loving & Davies is an A-V rated law firm – the highest rating available to law firms in the United States. Additional information may be found at www.lldlaw.com.

Kim Gatling Interview

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Kim Gatling concentrates her practice in patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Particularly, she prosecutes computer software, business method, and mechanical patent applications, as well as trademark applications, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also drafts and negotiates agreements for IT transactions, including software development and maintenance agreements, and advises clients on computer law and Internet issues. Ms. Gatling further advises clients with regards to copyright registration and litigation. In addition, Ms. Gatling is an active member of the firm's alcohol and tobacco regulatory teams.

• J.D., George Washington University, 1999
• B.S., cum laude, North Carolina A&T State University, 1996

• North Carolina, 2000
• United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
• United States Supreme Court, 2009

Academic Honors
• Staff member, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Volume 26

• 2009 Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire Award
Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2009
Triad Business Journal's Forty Under 40 (2003), awarded to the Triad's outstanding young business and community leaders

Professional Memberships
• North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Past Chair of Intellectual Property Section
• Greensboro Bar Association, Past Director and Secretary, Past Co-Chair of Mentorship Committee, Past Co-Chair of Law Day Committee
• Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers
• Guilford Inn of Court (2005-2008)

Civic and Community Service
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors
• Triad Stage, Board of Directors, Secretary
• United Way of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors, Chair of Women's Leadership
• Women's Resource Center, Board of Directors
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 1960's Club Fundraising Committee
• Gateway Gardens, Fundraising Committee (2007-2008)
• Reading Connections: Board of Directors (2006-2009)
• Leadership Greensboro Class of 2007
• Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: Grant-making Committee (2001-2003)

• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, summer internship, 1996; completed Patent Examining Introductory Training course
• Sughrue Mion Zinn Macpeak & Seas, Washington, D.C.; law clerk, 1997-1999

• "Claiming Your Biotechnology Company's Intellectual Property: Guidelines for Claim Construction of United States Patents" – National Law Journal, Vol. 25, No.17, December 16, 2002
• "Safe Share – What Colleges and Universities Can Do to Stop Illegal File Sharing" – Campus Counsel, Winter 2004

Presentations and Speaking Engagements
• "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
• "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Women In Law for Women In Business Seminars