ACC Announces Winners of 5th Annual 'Top 10 30-Somethings' Awards at Corporate Counsel University

Posted: Jun 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 40,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, today announced winners of its fifth annual 'Top 10 30-Somethings' awards at its Corporate Counsel University (CCU) in San Diego.

Sponsored by Saul Ewing, LLP, the award program distinguishes the outstanding achievements of in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39. Nominations are based on the individual's contributions to the legal department, company, or organization, as well as the depth and context of their participation in efforts to advance advocacy, pro bono and community service work, and diversity in the legal profession.

"The winners have made remarkable contributions to their corporate law departments and the in-house counsel community at large, truly raising the bar for the next generation of in-house counsel," said Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of ACC. "By having innovative approaches to challenges and opportunities, these individuals have paved the way for future corporate lawyers to build upon such superior client service."

The 2016 'Top 10 30-Somethings' awards are presented to the following:

  • Julie J. Gresham, Director of Compliance and Senior Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (Biloxi, Miss.)
  • Matt Nolan, Senior Counsel, Dow Corning (Midland, Mich.)
  • Benjamin Stone, Managing Director and General Counsel, MCE Social Capital (New York)
  • Lorne Richard O'Reilly, Senior Counsel, Dow Chemical Canada (Toronto)
  • Charlene Yaneza, Managing Director, Corporate Investigations and Chief Security Officer, US, BMO Financial Group (Chicago)
  • Aliya Ramji, Director, Business and Legal Strategy, Figure 1 Inc. (Toronto)
  • Rustam Juma, Legal Counsel, Deloitte LLP (Toronto)
  • Farida Alkaff, Regional Compliance Officer, META, Ingram Micro (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • Courtney Gregoire, Senior Attorney, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft (Seattle)
  • Brett Dakin, General Counsel, Child Mind Institute (New York)

The ACC CCU program is specifically designed for attorneys who are new to in-house practice. Hailing from Lands' End, Hulu, Marriott International, Inc., Redbox, Intel Corporation, and Nestle USA, Inc., among others, conference panelists will highlight topics such as contracts, outside counsel management, corporate litigation, protecting intellectual property, and employment regulations.

Additionally, Scott L. Rogers, M.S., J.D., director of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law, will give the keynote address on Monday, June 13. He will explore how lawyers and corporate boardrooms can use mindfulness to cultivate greater emotional intelligence.

"CCU is a great experience for new corporate lawyers as it offers them the chance to gain skills and exchange information that can be leveraged throughout their in-house careers," added Richardson.

To learn more about the 'Top 10 30-Somethings' award recipients, check out the upcoming July/August issue of ACC's award-winning magazine, ACC Docket.

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 40,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

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