Business Law in the New Millennium

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Getting into the Game

Our large alumni base features scores of attorneys who have forged impressive careers in government, corporations, and major law firms throughout the United States and abroad.

Many of our International Business Law Fellows have secured prestigious federal judicial clerkships and are working in such law firms as Baker & McKenzie; Brown & Wood; Coudert Brothers; Cravath; Clifford Chance; Davis Polk; Fried, Frank; Kelly Drye & Warren; Linklaters; Milbank, Tweed; Proskauer Rose; Robinson Silverman; Schulte Roth; Skadden, Arps; Stroock & Stroock; Weil, Gotshal; and Willkie Farr. Corporate employers have included: KPMG; Bankers Trust Company; Citibank; and McKinsey & Co.

Other recent graduates pursuing business law careers have assumed roles at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Attorney General’s Office of New York, the Internal Revenue Service, and many other government and public policy positions. Some are working at international accounting and professional service firms, others are working in corporate, bankruptcy, and securities departments at major law firms, and others have established their own practices. Career opportunities are limitless. Our business law alumni are working from coast to coast, as well as internationally. They are active, generous members of the Law School community when it comes to assisting those who plan to follow in their footsteps.

Select Notable Alumni

Francis Aquila ’83, a member of the BLS Board of Trustees, is partner and co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s General Practice Group. This group includes the Firm’s corporate, financial institutions, securities, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, real estate, leveraged finance, private equity, project finance, restructuring and intellectual property transactional practices.

Dennis J. Block ’67 is a prominent shareholder and Senior Chairman of the Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, who also teaches Advanced Corporate law as an Adjunct Professor. The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law was named in honor of his generosity to the Law School.

Stephen J. Dannhauser ’75 is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Recognized for many years as a leading practitioner, Mr. Dannhauser has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and finance, including securities offerings, syndications, and other partnership transactions.

Barry Hochhauser ’89 is Deputy Director for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in its Central Review Group, Preliminary Investigations within FINRA’s Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence. FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms operating in the United States.

Ruth Goodstein ’84 is founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Central Park Group, LLC, an independent investment advisory specializing in alternative investment strategies. Ms. Goodstein has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including serving as Chief Operating Officer of an institutional hedge fund-of-funds, and as senior vice president of a large investment group.

Robert E. Grossman ’73, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, was formerly a partner in the Corporate and Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring practice groups at Duane Morris LLP. Judge Grossman focused a significant part of his practice on providing advice to troubled or newly restructured companies and investors with respect to their financing needs across a wide range of industries, including real estate and health care.

Noah J. Hanft ’76 is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Integrity Officer of Mastercard Worldwide, where he is responsible for overseeing legal affairs and public policy as well as Payment Systems Integrity, which includes oversight of Fraud Management, Security and Risk Services, and Global Product and Information Security. Mr. Hanft also serves as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Warren T. Lazarow ’86 is a partner in the Silicon Valley office and Firmwide Chairman of the Transactions Department of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Mr. Lazarow counsels technology-focused companies and investors, as well as emerging growth corporations, public companies, venture capital firms, private equity funds, and investments banks on a diverse range of transactional matters. Mr. Lazarow has been named four times on Forbes Magazine’s “Midas List” of the Top 100 DealMakers Worldwide.

Eileen T. Nugent ’78 is a partner at the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP. A leading practitioner in the field of mergers and acquisitions and Head of the firm’s Private Equity Group, Ms. Nugent is senior legal, business and strategic advisor to many Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Nugent is a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees and was named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers.

Geoffrey Richards '95 is the Managing Director and head of the Special Situations and Restructuring Group at the Chicago-based global investment firm of William Blair & Company. Mr. Richards has over 15 years of complex transaction experience in an extensive range of more than 125 restructuring and distressed mergers and acquisition engagements, both in and outside Chapter 11.

Barry Salzberg ’77 is Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations providing audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services. He also serves as a member of the Deloitte U.S. Firms’ Board of Directors, the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Global Executive Committee, and the DTT Global Board of Directors.

Henry Schachar ’77 is Executive Vice-Chairman and co-founder of Marquis Jet. Mr. Schachar has previously held senior management positions with several major commodity trading firms and serves as a principal in a private venture capital firm.

Jeffrey S. Sherman ’80 is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD). Headquartered in the Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with offices in nearly 50 countries worldwide, BD is a medical technology that manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products.

Lawrence A. Sucharow ’75  is Chairman of Labaton Sucharow LLP, one of the country's top plaintiffs' firms in the field of securities, fraud, derivative and antitrust class actions. Mr. Sucharow has successfully recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of institutional investors such as state, city, county and union pension funds, shareholders of public companies, and purchasers of other securities.

Antonio Yanez Jr. ’96 is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Mr. Yanez represents issuers, officers, directors, underwriters, and accounting firms in securities class actions, SEC proceedings, and other matters and also focuses on internal and independent investigations into financial and accounting matters.