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Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Robert Bostrom started his new role as Abercrombie & Fitch’s senior vice presi- dent, general counsel, and corporate secretary in January 2014. Bostrom joins Abercrombie from interna- tional law fi rm Greenberg Traurig, where he served as co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. Prior to that, Bostrom was executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, where he played a pivotal role directing the company’s legal strategy. During his tenure, he was named one of the most infl uential in-house counsels in Washington, D.C., by The National Law Journal. Bostrom holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.


2014 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award

Akerman LLP Partner Karen Meyer Buesing received the 2014 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award for her out- standing pro bono service in the legal fi eld. It is Florida’s highest pro bono service award, named for Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. Buesing was selected for the award by a Florida Supreme Court committee after its review of nominations from across Florida’s 20 Judicial Circuits. The award was presented by Chief Justice Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court. Buesing has donated countless hours to various Tampa Bay area organizations. She chaired a selection committee for the board of directors of Bay Area Legal Services. Buesing earned both her J.D., with honors, and her B.S., with high honors, from the University of Florida.


Director of Attorney Development and Diversity

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Don Smith is expanding his role at Friend, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP by serving as the director of the diversity and inclusion department. For nearly seven years, Smith has led train- ing programs for the fi rm’s approximately 500 attor- neys—including Fried Frank University, the third-year asso- ciate graduate program, and initiatives for affi nity groups. In his new role, Smith will lead Fried Frank’s diversity and inclusion department and pro- mote best practices related to the diversity of attorneys and staff. Among other initiatives, the department champions affi nity groups that foster community and support for attorneys of color and LGBT attorneys. Smith received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jenner & Block

Two years after being named a ‘Rising Star” in this magazine, Tarsha Phillibert is a partner in the litigation department and a member of the white collar defense and investigations practice. Her practice includes counseling individuals and companies in criminal, regulatory, and complex civil matters. She has conducted internal investigations into fi nancial, accounting, and other fraud. She recently represented the court-appointed exam- iner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case. Phillibert is active in pro bono mat- ters, including successfully representing a victim of domestic violence in a New York appellate court. She holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and earned a B.A. from Boston University.

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