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Debra Bowen

Debra Bowen, Secretary of State of California since January 8, 2007, is only the sixth woman in California history elected to a statewide constitutional office. Secretary Bowen was reelected to her second term in November 2010. As California’s chief election officer, Debra is responsible for overseeing state and federal elections. This role has many responsibilities, including helping to carry out election laws and campaign disclosure requirements, as well as testing and certifying voting equipment. In her first year in office, she commissioned an independent, top-to-bottom review of voting technology as well as a thorough investigation of California’s decades-old election auditing standards. Secretary Bowen’s dedicated efforts were recognized in May 2008 as she received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for personal or professional consequences. The award is named for President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profile in Courage, which tells the stories of individuals who risked their political careers, incurring the wrath of constituents or powerful interest groups, by taking principled stands for unpopular positions. Prior to being elected Secretary of State, Debra served in the California State Assembly (1992-1998) and in the California State Senate (1998-2006.) She is the author of the first-in-the-world law that put legislative information on the Internet, giving the public access to various government information. This law has served as a model for other U.S. states and countries. She was also the first California lawmaker to voluntarily put her campaign finance reports online, several years before all candidates for state office were required to do so. Debra was born in Rockford, Illinois, and graduated from Michigan State University in 1976. She received her J.D. in 1979 from the University of Virginia School of Law, and worked as a summer associate during the summer of 1978 at Hughes Hubbard. From 1982-1984 she was an associate in Hughes Hubbard’s Los Angeles office before starting her own law firm in 1984. Secretary Bowen is married to Mark Nechodom, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate in the Office of Environmental Markets at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

W. Burlette Carter

A litigation associate in both the New York and Washington, D.C. offices from 1985 to 1992, Burlette Carter moved from private practice to academia out of her desire to influence a broader audience. While working on a political history of academic and practicing lawyers, Carter developed a passion for teaching law at the George Washington University Law School. Asked about the biggest change she has witnessed since her own days as a law student, Carter noted that far fewer law professors have actually practiced law themselves. This is a gap she helps to fill, teaching evidence, sports and the law, trusts and estates, and civil procedure. Carter offers her view of law as both a fertile ground for scholarly study and a powerful agent for change, noting that "you can do a lot with a law degree," and encourages students to use law school for a "broad-based experience." Happy where she is, Carter admits that she made life-long friends while at Hughes Hubbard and that "the brightest people [she's] ever worked with were at Hughes Hubbard."

Carol A. Chase

Carol Chase exemplifies the well-rounded lawyer. After leaving her position as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard's Los Angeles office in 1983, Chase worked for several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (criminal division) in Los Angeles. An active member of the California bar, she has written articles on a wide range of legal topics, including child abuse, privacy and police accountability, and has appeared on various television networks. Chase is currently Associate Dean for Academics and teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and trial practice at Pepperdine University School of Law, where she has been honored as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.

Ken Chen

Ken Chen is the 2009 recipient of The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious poetry prize. He is the first Chinese-American to win the award in over twenty-five years. The current judge of the contest, former Poet Laureate Louise Gluck, selected Ken’s manuscript as the most promising work by an American poet under the age of 40. (Previous Yale Younger Poets include Robert Hass, Carolyn Forché, Adrienne Rich, James Tate and John Ashbery.) Yale University Press published Ken’s first book, titled Juvenilia, in April 2010. Ken’s work has also been published or recognized in Best American Essays 2006, Best American Essays 2007, and The Boston Review of Books. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2005, Ken joined Hughes Hubbard’s New York office as a litigation associate. After writing many legal briefs, Ken left Hughes Hubbard in 2008 to become Executive Director of the Asian-American Writers’ Workshop. The Workshop, founded in 1991, is the most prominent Asian-American literary organization in the country. It has nurtured the careers of a whole generation of Asian-American writers, such as Pulitzer prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies author Jhumpa Lahiri, Free Food for Millionaires author Minjin Lee, This Is a Bust author Ed Lin, and The Book of Salt author and HH&R alumna Monique Truong.

Renée Y. Chenault-Fattah

Best known as an evening news anchor for NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, WCAU, Renée Chenault began her legal career in New York at Hughes Hubbard in 1981. Chenault graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and later received a masters' degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Highly popular among her viewers, Chenault has shown objectivity in her coverage of national political conventions and countless issues of national and local importance. Chenault is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the NAACP, and continues to be a member of the New York State bar.

Peter C. Flory

Peter Flory practiced law at Hughes Hubbard's Washington, D.C. office from 1993 to 1997, leaving to become Chief Investigative Counsel and Special Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, he served as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Paul D. Wolfowitz, from 1989 to 1992, and as an Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State from 1992 to 1993. In July 2001, Peter left the Senate to become Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In January 2007, he became the Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), where he is responsible for promotion of NATO’s armaments cooperation policies and programs. In addition, Flory is chairman of NATO’s Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) and Chairman of the Board of Directors for NATO's Consultation, Command, and Control Organization. His division also has responsibilities in the areas of defense against terrorism, intelligence support, airspace management, air and missile defense, and collaboration with non-NATO partner nations. Flory also is Chairman of the NATO Cyber Defense Management Board.

John C. Fontaine

John C. Fontaine, a former managing partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, was elected in 2003 to the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; he served until 2007 and was the Board’s chair from 2006 to 2007. The Board consists of nine trustees, five elected and four ex officio, including the Chief Justice of the United States and the Secretaries of State, Treasury and the Smithsonian Institution. In commenting on his election, Mr. Fontaine credited the work he did as a young associate at Hughes Hubbard where he first worked on corporate matters for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through his work, Jack came to know Dr. Franklin D. Murphy, at that time the Chancellor of UCLA and later Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror Corporation. Dr. Murphy was Chairman of both the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the National Gallery of Art and, in 1975, he asked Jack to serve on the Kress Board. On Dr. Murphy's death in 1994, Jack succeeded him as Chairman of the Foundation. There is a close connection between the Kress Foundation and the National Gallery of Art. When the National Gallery first opened, The Kress Foundation, which had assembled a collection of more than 3,000 works of art, donated more than half of them to the National Gallery; the Foundation has continued to fund many of the National Gallery's acquisitions and initiatives in conservation as well as in fellowships. In 1984, Jack was asked to become a member of the National Gallery's Trustee's Council, which is a national advisory body to the Board of Trustees. He served intermittently through the present and served as its chair from 2003-2006. In expressing his pleasure and appreciation in becoming a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Gallery of Art, Mr. Fontaine said, "It's a good example of how practicing law at Hughes Hubbard can enrich your life well beyond the practice of law itself."

Terry D. Garcia

Before embarking on a career dedicated to the environment, Terry Garcia served as a partner in Hughes Hubbard's Los Angeles office from 1991 to 1994, as well as chairman of the Firm's West Coast Financial Services Group. Prior to joining the partnership, Garcia held numerous political positions, including Legislative Consultant for the International Development Cooperative Agency, Legislative Representative for New Directions, Research Director of the United Nations Associations, and Counsel to the California Democratic Party.

Garcia's strong background in finance, law and politics led then-President Clinton to appoint him in 1997 to serve as Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for the Department of Commerce. Garcia currently serves as Executive Vice President for Mission Programs for the National Geographic Society, a position he has held since 1999. Garcia is responsible for the Society’s core mission programs, including programs that support and manage more than 400 scientific field research, conservation and exploration projects annually. In June 2010, President Obama appointed Garcia to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission. The Commission is tasked with providing recommendations on ways to prevent, and mitigate the impact of, any future spills that result from offshore drilling. President Obama described Garcia and the other members on the commission as bringing “tremendous expertise and experience to the critical work of this commission. I am grateful they have agreed to serve as we work to determine the causes of this catastrophe and implement the safety and environmental protections we need to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.”

Charles Evans Hughes

In "National Symbol," Charles Evans Hughes declared, "The flag is the symbol of our national unity, our national endeavor, our national aspiration." In many ways, Hughes himself embodied the flag's inspiration. During the late 19th and 20th centuries, Hughes dedicated himself to the public service and law reform, serving as Governor of New York State from 1910-1916, the Republican presidential candidate in 1916 (narrowly defeated by Woodrow Wilson), Secretary of State under Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge from 1921-1925 and finally Chief Justice of the United States from 1930 until his retirement in 1941.

Charles Evans Hughes, Jr.

Charles Evans Hughes, Jr. carried on the family tradition of public service. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover appointed him United States Solicitor General. Although Hughes, Jr. had to resign not long thereafter - when Hoover appointed Hughes' father as Chief Justice - he went on to serve for many years as the Firm's senior partner. Senator Patrick Leahy grouped him with William Howard Taft, Thurgood Marshall and others as "extraordinary people [that] serve[d] this country as our Solicitors General."

In the Firm's offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Jersey City, Tokyo and Paris, that integrity and commitment live on in our practice of law. The living legacy of Charles Evans Hughes, father and son, Hughes Hubbard is dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation and defending the laws and freedoms for which they stood.

Gordon R. Kanofsky

Gordon Kanofsky typifies the combination of legal skills, business judgment and common sense that has led many Hughes Hubbard partners to increasing levels of professional development and responsibility. In 1985, Gordy joined Hughes Hubbard’s Los Angeles office, where he became a partner in 1989. In September 1999, Gordy joined the management team of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. after having served as that company’s outside general counsel since 1998 and its securities counsel since 1993. Gordy is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Ameristar. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Ameristar has gaming facilities located in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Kansas City and St. Charles, Missouri; Jackpot, Nevada; and Black Hawk, Colorado.

Gordy earned his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received one of the school’s highest honors, the Ethan Shepley Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Service to the Campus Community. He received his law degree with distinction from Duke University, where he was also a member of the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal. Gordy also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and as a Co-Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which is primarily dedicated to spinal cord injury research and treatment.

Amalya L. Kearse

A highly distinguished jurist on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the last thirty-two years, Amalya Kearse began her professional career at Hughes Hubbard as a New York litigation associate in 1962. Invited to become a partner in 1969, the University of Michigan School of Law graduate holds the distinction of being both the first female and the first African-American in the partnership. A 1970 New York Times article profiling female partners in Wall Street firms quoted Orville Schell, then the Firm's managing partner, as follows: "She became a partner here not because she is a woman, not because she is black, but because she is so damned good-no question about it." In 1979, President Jimmy Carter agreed and appointed Kearse to a position on the Second Circuit. Judge Kearse became the first woman and the second African-American to occupy a seat on the federal appeals court in Manhattan. (The first was Thurgood Marshall.)

In addition to her countless awards, published works, committee appointments and other accomplishments within the legal world, Judge Kearse is a championship bridge player who has won national and world titles and authored books on the subject.

Elizabeth Keefer

Libby Keefer joined Hughes Hubbard's partnership in 1992 from the government, where she held a senior position in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State and was later Deputy Undersecretary of the United States Air Force, International Affairs. Her achievements in government posts include reorganization for the Air Force of its international functions and offices, and many negotiations on behalf of the United States relating to U.S. interests overseas, including water rights in the Middle East, military base negotiations in Asia and Europe and the claims of American citizens against foreign governments. While with Hughes Hubbard's Washington, D.C. office, Keefer represented individuals seeking restitution for property taken by the Nazi regime. She also served as the General Counsel of Teledyne, Inc, a technology company based in Los Angeles, and served as General Counsel to Columbia University for more than ten years. She is currently Senior Vice President at TMG Strategies in Arlington, VA, where she brings strong experience in governmental and international affairs as well as intellectual property and trade issues to their clients.

A. Howard Matz

After nearly four decades of experience in the law, Howard Matz found himself embroiled in international controversy over treatment of Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray. Judge Matz presided over the first legal challenge to the United States Government's treatment of those prisoners, in a petition brought by a civil rights group seeking habeas corpus for 158 "detainees." Judge Matz dismissed the petition on the grounds that United States courts do not have jurisdiction over the Cuban base where detainees are held and that the petitioners lacked standing since they had no "significant relationship" with the prisoners. In his ruling, Judge Matz emphasized that "nothing in this ruling suggests that the captives are entitled to no legal protection whatsoever."

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Matz taught police science and clerked for a United States District Judge before joining Hughes Hubbard's Los Angeles office in 1970. From 1974 to 1978, Matz served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and in 1978 returned to Hughes Hubbard to join the Firm's partnership. On June 26, 1998, the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Matz to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

Padraig O’Riordain

Padraig O’Riordain, managing partner of the prominent Irish law firm, Arthur Cox, was named “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” by The American Lawyer in its February 2011 issue. The Irish Government relied on Padraig to negotiate crucial loans in connection with its $113 billion financial rescue package. Padraig has represented Ireland since the banking crisis emerged in 2008. He told The American Lawyer, “the deal is very strong for Ireland because it brings us a level of certainty we didn’t have before. [For the next several years,] we don’t have to rely on the bond markets.” In 2009, Padraig was named European Managing Partner of the Year. Padraig’s Irish charm continues to be put to good use; during his reign as managing partner, Arthur Cox has been recognized as European Law Firm of the Year (2006), Best Managed European Law Firm (2007), Best European Corporate Citizen (2007) and has been ranked by the Financial Times as one of the most Innovative Law Firms in Europe each year since the rankings began in 2007. He joined Arthur Cox as head of their New York office in 1993 and later traveled to Dublin to the firm’s corporate department. Prior to that, Padraig worked as a litigator at Hughes Hubbard’s New York office. He received his LLM from University College Cork in 1989 and his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1990. He is a member of the European Commission’s Insolvency Law Expert Group (ILEG), the advisory body to the European Commission on development of an EU cross-border crisis management regime and resolution for the banking sector.

Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds is Vice President and General Counsel for the legal services group of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA. He is also the corporate secretary and chief environmental officer of TMS. In this role, Chris oversees groups responsible for product liability, advertising compliance, antitrust, business litigation, business transactions, dealer relations, environmental litigation, intellectual property and strategic initiatives. As corporate secretary, Chris is responsible for Toyota’s corporate governance. Prior to joining Toyota in 2007, Chris was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He also served as an assistant US attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to that, he worked as a summer associate and litigation associate in Hughes Hubbard’s New York office and as a law clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Detroit, Michigan.

Dorothy K. Robinson

Following her graduation from Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California at Berkeley, Dorothy Robinson spent three years at Hughes Hubbard in New York before being handpicked in 1978 by Jose Cabranes (now a federal appeals court judge) to assist him following his appointment to the newly-created position of Yale's General Counsel. Robinson rose through the ranks of Yale's legal department to herself gain the top position in 1986. During her tenure at Yale, she has handled numerous nationally reported disputes, including a federal investigation into universities' ability to standardize financial aid evaluations, the 2000 "Yale Four" case brought by orthodox Jewish students challenging Yale's on-campus living policy, and a 2001 dispute concerning the gift to Yale of art purportedly looted by the Nazis during World War II. Robinson serves as an active liaison between Yale and Washington, D.C. in an ongoing quest to explain and explore appropriate limits on governmental regulation of education.

In 1987, Yale elevated its general counsel to one of six officer positions, making Robinson only the second female officer in Yale's history. In 1996, Yale President Richard Levin named Robinson a Vice President of the University as well.

Orville H. Schell, Jr.

Former Hughes Hubbard managing partner Orville Schell devoted his life to linking the legal profession to a struggle for the "greater good." From his retirement from the active practice of law until his death in 1987, Schell served as vice chairman of Helsinki Watch and chairman of Americas Watch, two world-renowned organizations devoted to reporting, condemning and curbing crimes against humanity. His legacy continues through the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, established by the Firm and the Merck family in Orv's honor in 1989. A place where lawyers convene to discuss international human rights issues and examine options to effect change, the Schell Center also sponsors workshops and programs allowing students to apply the Center's goals in locales around the world. In conjunction with the Schell Center, Hughes Hubbard has offered fellowships whereby Yale Law students spend half their summers as associates at the Firm and the other half working on international human rights projects.

John S. Shiely

Beginning his career in 1979 at Hughes Hubbard's Milwaukee office, John Shiely took over the leadership of Briggs & Stratton Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of engines for lawn mowers and other gardening equipment, in 2001. The move fulfilled a legacy: having joined Briggs & Stratton in 1986 as its general counsel, Shiely took over the C.E.O. title from Frederick P. Stratton, Jr., whose grandfather had helped start that company. Stratton had himself acquired the title in 1977 from Vincent Shiely, John's father. Shiely is now a Director at Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, a national financial services provider headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Brennan van Dyke

Brennan van Dyke's commitment to the environment distinguished her at an early age in the field of environmental law. A 1991 graduate of Yale Law School, a Schell summer associate at Hughes Hubbard, and a litigation associate in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office until 1994, van Dyke served as Director of the Trade and Investment Program of the Center for International Environmental Law and as a legislative assistant in the office of United States Senator Carl Levin, advising on a range of issues related to the environment. On May 1, 2000, van Dyke assumed the title of Director of the United Nations Environmental Program's (UNEP) Regional Office for North America. In addition to her role at UNEP, van Dyke served as an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College School of Law, where she educated future lawyers in her field of expertise. Recently, van Dyke joined the Global Environment Facility (GEF) located in Washington, D.C. as Political Advisor to the CEO, Monique Barbut. Her work will focus on providing policy guidance to the CEO, strengthening relations with donor governments, and developing multifocal, multistakeholder initiatives. She is being seconded to the GEF for two years by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Tim Zagat

Their name is synonymous with dining out, dining well, and dining often. Tim and his wife, Nina Zagat, both Yale Law School graduates, are co-founders of the Zagat Survey, the best-selling guides to restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas and nightlife worldwide. This billion-dollar, pocket-sized industry was born out of a tip sheet on dining when Tim Zagat was an associate at Hughes Hubbard's Paris office from March 1968 until August 1969. He returned to New York as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard (until 1976), and continued the practice he and Nina conceived in Paris of informally surveying friends and acquaintances on their dining preferences and distributing photocopies of the results. The idea spread like wildfire and, by 1987, the Zagats' guides earned them half a million dollars monthly. As a result, Zagat left the practice of law for what he had originally thought was just a gastronomically-rewarding hobby.

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