May 7, 2010
Former SVP & General Counsel
Denise Esposito is an attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical law. Denise was an associate and then partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP from 1992 to 2004. While in private practice at WilmerHale, she represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in a variety of matters, including intellectual property and licensing disputes, product liability litigation, alternative dispute resolution, business torts, and counseling on contract and licensing matters.
In 2004, Denise left private practice for the opportunity to join a start-up biopharmaceutical company called Emergent BioSolutions, where she served as vice president and deputy general counsel from 2004 to 2006 and as senior vice president and general counsel from 2007 to March 2010. She is currently in transition to a policy position at the United States Food and Drug Administration. Denise received her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University.
Hogan & Hartson
Raymond Kurz is the head of the firm's intellectual property group and Co-chair of the firm's intellectual property litigation group. Ray has practiced exclusively in the intellectual property field over the course of his career of almost 30 years. His practice covers a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters, including lead counsel roles in complex patent, trademark, and copyright litigation; counseling; and licensing. Ray was lead counsel in the successful defense of a more than $1 billion patent case and has successfully defended and prosecuted patent and trademark cases before numerous U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ray has applied his broad based intellectual property knowledge in connection with varied industries including computer hardware, software, nuclear waste water treatment, semi-conductors, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, apparel, consumer goods, food and beverages, e-commerce, the Internet, and many other fields.
Ray's extensive intellectual property licensing practice includes matters ranging from multimillion dollar patent licenses to movie licensing deals and trademark and copyright licenses in fields ranging from high-tech industries to character licensing to apparel.
Ray writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues and he is the principal author and editor of the book Internet and the Law: Legal Fundamentals for the Internet User
Will is the Managing Director of Axiom's DC office. Axiom is a modern interpretation of the law firm that's purpose-built for the efficient execution of sophisticated legal work. In his role, Will oversees relationship development with new and existing clients and works closely with General Counsel and other senior decision makers to understand their unique needs and to develop innovative solutions to better run their legal departments. Prior to joining Axiom, Will worked in various client development roles at Corporate Executive Board, a leading provider of best practices and benchmarking. Will was a member of the management team that grew Corporate Executive Board from approximately $10mm in sales in 1990 to $500mm in sales in 2007.
Will graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 1990 with dual majors in Economics and Public Policy Studies. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and five children.
Lisa H. Rohrer, PhD
Director of Research
Hildebrandt Baker Robbins
Lisa Rohrer is Director of Research at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins. She oversees the research functions including both on-going surveys and market research as well as customized research for clients. Her areas of expertise include the leadership and strategy of professional service firms, client satisfaction and survey research. She is currently leading research on the changing management models and structures in law firms, including emerging new models for pricing legal services, for managing professional talent, and for redesigning service delivery systems. She also provides direct consulting services to clients on selected matters.
Prior to joining Hildebrandt, Dr. Rohrer was a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, where she coauthored numerous cases on law firms and other professional service firms. She has also served as the President of Sterling Research Group, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries to design, implement and interpret market research studies. While at Sterling, she engineered the largest expansion in the company's 20-year history was recognized as one of the top 50 women business leaders in Florida. Dr. Rohrer also worked for a number of years as a financial analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and London where she was responsible for financial modeling and due diligence for highly leveraged corporate transactions.
Dr. Rohrer has co-authored articles on survey methodology and employee satisfaction and has presented her work on the effects of merger and acquisition activity on law firm partners and associates at conferences and universities throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has also taught organizational behavior at both the undergraduate and MBA level.