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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

Lisa Buckley Interview

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Lisa M. Buckley joined Pryor Cashman in 1996 and has been a partner since January 2000. Her major practice area is litigation, including complex commercial, securities, intellectual property and entertainment litigation and arbitration, primarily involving music licensing, publishing and recording. Lisa advises clients on securities-related issues, participates in National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) arbitrations and represents clients in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and other matters. She also represents entertainment clients in cases alleging copyright and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets and violations of the rights of privacy and publicity.

Lisa is a 1989 honors graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and a Tischler Scholar.

Nicolle Schippers Interview

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Nicolle brings to ARAG a breadth of experience having worked five years in the Air Force as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) during which time she held the roles of criminal prosecutor, family law attorney, claims and tax attorney, and defense counsel. After her service as a JAG, she worked as a Consultant for a large insurance company. Nicolle received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University, and attended Drake University Law School in Des Moines, where she received her juris doctorate degree.

In her role at ARAG, Nicolle writes and reviews contracts, advises on legal and liability issues and evaluates all attorney communications and processes, in addition to managing nine employees and three departments: the Legal Department; the Regulatory Compliance Department which creates all plan documents and ensures all state and federal regulatory requirements are met; and the Provider Relations Department which ensures all prospective and current network attorneys’ needs are met and effectively negotiates and places referrals with out of network attorneys.

Nicolle serves on the Small Law Department Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). She also served on the board of the Polk County Women Attorneys as well as the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, for both of which she is currently a member. Nicolle is also a member of the Polk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is also involved in children’s ministries and youth outreach programs.

A mother of three, Nicolle currently published her first novel, “An Airman’s Deadly Affair” which can be reviewed on or

Ann Morgan Interview

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Ann Morgan is a partner and member of the Board of Directors of Jones Vargas, a Nevada law firm with offices in Reno and Las Vegas, and is one of the first 100 women attorneys in the state of Nevada. Morgan's practice focuses on employment law and human resource issues and most of her clients are individuals who own businesses or who have retired from business. Her practice is split nearly in half between advising employers concerning human resource law and estate and trust litigation, with the balance falling under the rubric of general business law. She has represented most of her clients for many years, the longest being 29 years, and she serves in a general counsel capacity to private individuals and physicians groups as well as the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

Morgan began practicing law in Reno, Nev. in 1980 with the law firm of Guild, Hagen and Clark after meeting her future partner and mentor, Clark J. Guild Jr., while on a jog in Las Vegas in 1979. She left the firm after 14 years to run the Reno office of Morris, Brignone and Pickering, which later became Schreck Morris. She joined Jones Vargas in 2001 as a general business/civil litigation attorney.

Ms. Morgan has served on the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners since 1991. During that period, she has served in all of the offices of the County Bar Association including chairing its Judicial Survey Committee, as well as on several other State Bar committees. She is currently a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative. Morgan is a recipient of the Young Lawyers' Award and the Washoe County Access to Justice Foundation's Pro Bono Award. She is the author of a selection of legal articles, including "Subject Matter Jurisdiction," "Business Torts in Nevada" and the editorial, "Sexual Harassment: What Is – What Is Not." She is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars, most recently on the topics of Wage and Hour Issues and E-mail Etiquette. She is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers as one of the top employment law attorneys in Reno.

Morgan has been happily married for 30 years to Bruce Beesley, the man she met at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and chased to law school. They are the proud parents of two college students. Ann graduated from UNR with a bachelor’s degree in English degree and she obtained her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Nevada and California and is a member of the Washoe County and American Bar Associations. She is very active in her church, Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as its Chancellor. She also serves on the Board of the Nevada Women's Fund, a non-profit organization that supports the education and funding of women and families.

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1979
B.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 1975

Member – Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
Member – American Bar Association, Women Rainmakers'
Interest Group Vice-Chair – Nevada State Board of Bar Examiners
Board Member – Nevada Women’s Fund
Chancellor – Trinity Episcopal Church

Kathleen Bilderback Interview

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Kathleen graduated from St. Louis University with degrees in Accounting and Theatre. She received her law degree and LL.M. in Taxation from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She is the recipient of the Gary I. Boren Memorial Award for attaining the highest overall grade point average in the LL.M. program.

Kathleen specializes in estate, business and executive benefits planning and estate and executive compensation planning with life insurance. Formerly, she was a member at of the Advanced Markets Group of MetLife, where she provided training and advanced underwriting support for the top producers of MetLife and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining GenAmerica Financial (a MetLife company) in 1996, she was in private practice with a firm in St. Louis County concentrating in Estate Planning and Administration, Corporate Law and Corporate Litigation.

She is a member of the Missouri and Illinois bars as well as an active member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author and adjunct professor in the LLM program at Washington University’s School of Law. She is a founding member of Affinity Law Group, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing legal services to businesses, their owners and executives at every stage of their life cycles. She is a member of the Business Insurance & Estate Planning and Regulatory Reform Committees of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU), and a Registered Financial Advisor for the National Football League Players Association. She is past volunteer Legal Chair for the Junior League of St. Louis and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Charitable Foundation, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Legacy Advisors, the Society of Financial Service Professionals (St. Louis Chapter), the St. Louis University Bequest and Gift Council. She was recently named one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers and received the Accredited Estate Planner designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.