A Champion of Conflict Resolution

N. Damali Peterman, a former Corporate associate in our New York office, fully embodies the Weil entrepreneurial ethos. She is the Founder and CEO of Breakthrough ADR, a global conflict resolution firm that helps organizations resolve conflict in everyday situations. She recently joined JAMS, the world’s largest alternative dispute resolution organization, as a mediator, arbitrator and ombudsperson – and as one of the youngest people ever invited to become a member of the prestigious panel. A true trailblazer, Damali has been featured frequently in the media and recently was interviewed by Forbes magazine.

In this month’s edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Damali spoke with Charan Sandhu, a partner in our Technology & IP Transactions practice. Damali explained why she is so passionate about conflict resolution, why her unique career path makes her a “unicorn” in the industry and how her wide international experience has enabled her to navigate the cultural differences that so often must be bridged to successfully resolve disputes.

An Industry Leader Forged by Weil Culture

Distinguished former Weil partner Shai Waisman practiced in our Restructuring Department in New York, where he handled some of the largest and most complex restructurings in history, including Lehman Brothers, American Airlines, Global Crossing and many others. Recently, Shai was appointed President of Kroll, the world’s premier provider of services and digital products related to valuation, governance, risk and transparency. He joined Kroll through the firm’s 2019 acquisition of Prime Clerk – a business he co-founded – where he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

In this month’s edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Matt Barr, Co-Chair of Weil’s Restructuring Department and a member of the Firm’s Management and Philanthropic Committees, talks with Shai about his exciting new position and business objectives, the strong influence Weil culture has had on him, and the huge part that charitable endeavors play in his life.

Building a Latinx Beauty Brand

Even as an associate in Weil’s Dallas office, Regina Merson, Founder and CEO of beauty brand Reina Rebelde, was thinking about her passion – wanting to create a line of makeup focused on the Latinx community. Regina fulfilled that dream, and we are happy to report that she has garnered much media attention for her company, which has been featured in Forbes, Refinery29, Allure, Vogue and O – The Oprah Magazine, and has sold her brand through such retail giants as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Linda D. Domyanic, Manager of Client and Alumni Relations for our Dallas office, talks with Regina about how she built her brand, the advice she has for lawyers considering entrepreneurship, the critical value of her Weil training, and the tremendous diversity within the Latinx community.

A General Counsel's Perspective on Leadership

Former Weil litigator Virginia Johnson recently stepped into her latest role as General Counsel for North America at global energy company Schneider Electric. Virginia oversees a 50-person legal department from the company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston. We’re also happy to report that she’s received notable positive media attention, including from Corporate Counsel, on her move to Schneider.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Weil’s Chief Talent Officer Lisa I. Cuevas talks with Virginia, eliciting her advice for lawyers entering new executive leadership roles, including: focus on the relationships and your internal network. Lisa and Virginia also discuss how her strong commitment to sustainability and equity fits well with Schneider’s priorities.

The Future of AI in Law

Weil is always pleased to welcome back innovative and entrepreneurial alumni who are making a difference in the legal profession. Noah Waisberg (NY/Corporate/’06) is helping to transform aspects of corporate law through artificial intelligence.

Noah is CEO and Co-Founder of Kira Systems, which provides machine learning artificial intelligence software that identifies, extracts and analyzes content in contracts and other documents. In conversation with Robert Lennon, Weil’s Chief Business Development & Communications Officer, Noah discusses his recent book – AI for Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise and Transforming Careers – which made The Wall Street Journal’s Bestsellers list. Topics include the rapid growth of AI in the legal world and how it can benefit law firms and legal professionals.

Leading Social Impact

Robert Powell, Director, Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility, London, talks with Weil alumnus Anthony Murphy, Founder and Managing Director of Prime Advocates, a not-for-profit law firm and social finance consultancy. Anthony discusses the Women of Impact program, which Weil supports, and other Prime Advocates initiatives that help some of the most innovative social enterprises and firms in the world become even more effective.

Our Finest Hours at Weil and Beyond

This year Weil celebrates 15 years since the Firm adopted its groundbreaking pro bono policy, building on the strong history of pro bono service at the Firm since its founding. Weil became one of the first large law firms to formalize its pro bono program by instituting an official policy, which includes the goal of 50 hours per year per attorney, and hiring a dedicated professional staff.

In this video, Pro Bono Counsel Miriam Buhl thanks Weil alumni for their pro bono service and has a wide-ranging conversation with Weil alumna Wendy Fu about her pro bono service at Weil and her work as Pro Bono Manager of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).

Living Strong and Resilient: A Conversation with Candice Toll Aaron

Candice Aaron’s (NY/Lit/'99) life and career have taken some pretty big twists and turns. A winding career path has landed her at the Charles Schwab Corporation, where she serves as Vice President of Corporate Compliance. At the same time, a challenging health journey has brought her to the Livestrong Foundation as Chair of the Board. In a conversation with Courtney Marcus, Weil Dallas Co-Managing Partner and Banking & Finance Partner, and Kito Huggins, Candice shares lessons from her life and career.

Nicole Lazarre

Alumna Nicole Lazarre, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Urban League (NUL), speaks to Business Finance & Restructuring partner Candace Arthur about Weil’s partnership with NUL, growing demands for racial justice, and how lawyers today can get involved.

Vandana Harris

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we spoke to alumna Vandana Harris (LON/Tax/’04), Managing Director of Investment Strategy at Unreasonable Group, about the work she leads at her organization, the skills she learned at Weil that she applies in her current work and how she is pivoting the delivery of services and supporting stakeholders who are navigating out of the current crisis.

Akiko Mikumo

Retired partner Akiko Mikumo (NY/Corp/’82) finds purpose and power in “the human connection.” Read the full feature here.

Chris Smith Alumni

Chris Smith

Read more from Chris Smith, partner at venture firm Playfair Capital.

Stephen Dallas

Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development at Universal Music Publishing Group

Pooja Viswanath

Division Counsel at Indeed

Anthony Murphy

Founder of Prime Advocates

Letters to My Younger Self

Read more from Sharlyn Heslam, Brandy Treadway and Danielle Do

Kristin Brown

Read more from Kristin Brown, President of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Geoff Bailhache

Read more from Geoff Bailhache, European General Counsel at The Blackstone Group

Nichole Hines

Read more from, Nicole Hines, Senior Legal Counsel for Humana Inc.

Wendy Fu

Read more from Wendy Fu, Pro Bono Manager of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Jesse Zigmund

Read more from Jesse Zigmund, General Counsel at M-KOPA Solar

Aaron Ford

Read more from Aaron Ford, Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate

Melinda Katz

Nineteenth President of the Borough of Queens

Kwesi Baiden

Chief Compliance Officer, ENSCO

Michael Luisi

President, WWE Studios

José Ramón González

Chief Legal Officer, QBE North America

Andrew Harting

CEO, Aston Martin Walton on Thames and HWM of Walton on Thames

Melanie Greenberg

President and CEO at the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Chelsea Hirschhorn

CEO & President at Fridababy

The Honorable Brenda T. Rhoades

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Texas

The Honorable Gregg. J. Costa

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit

Peter Dziedzic

Owner, skoah Boston

Amanda Kramer

Assistant U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y.

Monica Risam

General Counsel, Aviva UK Life

Zodwa Velleman

Legal & Corporate Security Director, Heineken South Africa

Tim Greensfelder

Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel, AIG Investments