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KATHERINE ‘KATE’ J. SEIKALY MANAGING PARTNER, TYSONS


In her 12 years at global law firm Reed Smith LLP, Seikaly has estab- lished herself in the areas of government and internal investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. She has particular expertise in white collar investigations, financial crime and other fraud and abuse matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act, which penalizes those submitting false claims to the government. She represents clients in health care, manufacturing, defense, and financial and banking services. In 2019, Seikaly successfully co-led the defense of the Russian-owned


Concord Management & Consulting LLC, which was indicted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller for conspiracy to defraud the United States for its alleged role in meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election


PHILIPPE JEAN-CLAUDE


SIGNORE MANAGING PARTNER, OBLON, McCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT LLP, ALEXANDRIA


A patent attorney in the firm’s Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution group, Signore focuses on litigation, monetizing and technol- ogy transfer, representing clients in the fields of energy, soſtware electronics and consumer products. With a doctorate in physics from the University of Florida, he has expertise working with industries such as aerospace, semicon- ductors, optical systems, medical devices, automotive, energy, solid state batteries, oil and gas, consumer electronics, computer hardware, soſtware and artificial intelligence. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Georgetown University Law Center, Signore has been named an “IP Star” by Managing IP Magazine for three consecu- tive years, and he’s been on Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s list of the top 1,000 patent prosecution attorneys in the world from 2016 to 2020. He is widely published on the topic of patents in America, Europe and Asia, where he also regularly lectures. Signore has taught patent law at the George Mason School of Law and at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg, France.


Signore’s doctorate work included solid state physics, superconductivity, semiconduc- tors and magnetic materials. He has won sev- eral national awards for his work in electrical and mechanical patents.


OFFICE, REED SMITH LLP, McLEAN


to sway it in President Donald Trump’s favor. The case was dropped in 2020.


Seikaly earned her juris doctorate from the


University of Virginia School of Law. She has been named to Global Investigations Review’s Women in Investigations 2021 list and is an executive board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam section, which focuses on the False Claims Act.


FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Washington Nationals ONE THING I WOULD CHANGE ABOUT VIRGINIA: More railway!


BROOKS M. SMITH MANAGING PARTNER, RICHMOND OFFICE, TROUTMAN PEPPER, RICHMOND


Smith, whose practice includes compliance, health and safety law, has represented clients such as Dominion Energy, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance. He’s written extensively on developments relating to the Clean


Water Act and other environmental laws, and he has chaired conferences across the United States and Canada. He has advised federal and state trade associations, including the Corporate Environmental Enforcement Council and the Virginia Manufacturing Council, advocating for companies before the Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental agencies. He joined Troutman Pepper in 2013 (when it was known as Troutman Sanders), aſter 13 years


with Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth). Smith is a past trustee of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. A graduate of the Vermont Law School, he serves on the boards of Art on Wheels, the


Richmond Jazz Society and Richmond CultureWorks. He also is a past board member of the Valentine Museum, and a board member emeritus of the Richmond Public Library Foundation.


A. BENJAMIN SPENCER DEAN, CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR OF LAW, WILLIAM & MARY LAW SCHOOL, WILLIAMSBURG


When Spencer was named dean at America’s oldest law school last year, he made history himself as William & Mary’s first Black dean. He also is the Chancellor Professor of Law, covering civil procedure, federal civil litigation and military law.


Spencer has a distinguished career as an educator, having served as the Justice Thurgood


Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center and associate dean for research at Washington and Lee University. He was the 2019-20 Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He started his career teaching at the University of Richmond School of Law. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Spencer is the third genera- tion of men in his family to achieve distinctive firsts. His father is retired U.S. District Court Senior Judge James R. Spencer — the nation’s first Black chief judge — and his grandfather, Dr. Adam S. Arnold, was the first Black professor at the University of Notre Dame. Spencer earned his law degree from Harvard, a master’s degree in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College.


MICHAEL LAURENCE STERLING MANAGING PARTNER, VANDEVENTER BLACK LLP, NORFOLK


In his 36-year career at the Norfolk-based law firm, Sterling has built an expertise in construction law, on a wide array of projects including wind tunnels, cable- stay bridges, highways, stadiums, hotels, hospitals, condominiums and ship construction. He has repre- sented stakeholders from general contractors and design professionals to vendors, manufacturers and owners. Sterling is also versed in nonconstruction areas such as eminent domain and land use, securities fraud, commercial litigation and work disputes. He manages Vandeventer Black’s dispute-resolution area and serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.


A graduate of William & Mary Law School,


Sterling is a past chairman of the Virginia Bar Association Construction and Public Contract Law Executive Council. He serves on the board of directors of Eggleston Services, which provides services for people with disabilities, and serves as treasurer for its foundation. He is also a board member of WHRO, Hampton Roads’ public radio and television station.


WHAT MAKES ME PASSIONATE ABOUT MY WORK: An evolution of challenges each day, and opportunities to do well for others


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Katherine J. Seikaly photo by Stephen Gosling; A. Benjamin Spencer photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret


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