General Counsel Event

Speaker Bio - November 20, 2009

James Comey
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Comey has served as Lockheed Martin's Senior Vice President and General Counsel since October 2005. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he has served as Deputy Attorney General since December 2003. In this position, he oversaw many important government cases, including terrorism and securities fraud prosecutions. Previously, he served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he had earlier been an Assistant U.S. Attorney and lead prosecutor in the highly publicized United States v. John Gambino racketeering and murder trial. From 1996 through 2001, he was Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In that position, he handled the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing case, arising out of the June 1996 attack on a U.S. military facility in Saudi Arabia in which 19 United States Air Force members were killed and hundreds wounded.

Comey has also worked in commercial litigation, having been a partner with the law firm of McGuireWoods, LLP. He is a 1982 graduate of the College of William & Mary and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.

Thomas P. Dale
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Rolls-Royce North America Inc.

Thomas (Tom) P. Dale is Executive Vice President - General Counsel for Rolls-Royce North America Inc. In this role, he oversees all legal matters affecting Rolls-Royce businesses and operations in the US and Canada, which includes management of the company's legal team, as well as its company secretariat, ethics, trade compliance, defense security and intellectual property functions. Dale also serves as Secretary to the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Board of Directors and its Government Security Committee. He joined Rolls-Royce in 1990 as the company's General Counsel and Company Secretary. He is based at the company's North America corporate headquarters in Chantilly, VA.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Dale was a lawyer in private practice with firms in Philadelphia, New York and Boston, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions.

Dale is a member of the bar in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), and the American Corporate Counsel Association. Dale currently serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, and has been recognized for excellence in corporate practice by the American Corporate Counsel Association. His legal team was recently named as an Employer of Choice by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Dale received an A.B. in History from Princeton University, a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a Certificate in Management through the Executive Education Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Arnold Morse
Chief Legal Officer

Arnold possesses over 15 years of service to CACI International Inc, including the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary from September, 2006 - Present.
He served as General Counsel and Secretary of The Orkand Corporation from June, 2001 - August, 2004.

Karen Wishart
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Karen Wishart, the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for TV One, joined TV One in January 2005. In this position, she oversees the business and legal affairs department, as well as the human resources department for the company. Her responsibilities include the negotiation of agreements for all of the company's business units, as well as corporate governance, risk assessment and strategic planning. In addition, she is the Secretary to the Board of Managers.

Wishart joined TV One from Scripps Networks, where she was Vice President of Business Affairs, serving as a lead negotiator of business agreements for the company's domestic and international television and production units, including Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY-Do It Yourself Network, Fine Living, Shop At Home Network, and Scripps Productions.

Before joining Scripps as a Director in 1997, Wishart spent the first five years of her career as an Associate Lawyer in the entertainment and administrative law division of Cassels Brock & Blackwell in Toronto, Canada. In 1994, she joined YTV, Canada, Inc. & GRC Productions as a Director in the business and regulatory affairs department.

Wishart graduated from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, with a B.A. degree in honors psychology. She earned a J.D. from the University of Windsor and a MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.

David Charles

Mr. Charles counsels clients on corporate, securities, finance and transactional matters involving complex business issues, including the alignment of corporate strategy to accomplish corporate goals. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies operating in a variety of industries including energy, defense, information technology products and services, and aviation services. Mr. Charles has advised clients on more than 50 M&A transactions including divisional and asset divestitures and strategic restructuring plans. Since 2007, Chambers USA has ranked him as one of America's Leading Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions in Northern Virginia.

Holly Emrick Svetz
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Holly Emrick Svetz handles a wide range of matters involving agreements with the government. Her extensive experience includes:

  • bid protests and claims litigation at the United States Court of Federal Claims, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and its predecessors, Government Accountability Office, Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals, Virginia and District of Columbia state and federal courts
  • government grant and contract compliance counseling and training
  • solicitation and proposal review and advice
  • counseling related to intellectual property, domestic preferences, such as the Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act and Berry Amendment, the Service Contract Act, ethics requirements and training
  • advice regarding qualification for Small Business Innovative Research agreements, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business set-asides or sole source awards, and other special programs for small businesses
  • negotiation and disputes in connection with subcontracts, teaming agreements, and joint venture agreements
Taking advantage of her technical background, she has a special interest in issues associated with government agreements with a focus on technology, intellectual property, and innovative forms of research and development grants, contracts and other agreements, such as CRADAs, patent and software licensing, and other transactions.

In support of corporate transactions, Holly performs due diligence; negotiates commercial and government contracts, subcontracts, joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, reseller agreements, and licensing agreements; and counsels clients regarding grants, cooperative agreements, CRADAs, and other transactions.