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Program Panelists

Bernard A. Burk

Bernie is a visiting professor at Campbell Law. He spent four years at the UNC School of Law, a year at Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and over 25 years in private practice in San Francisco at what is now Arnold & Porter LLP. He is the co-author of Big But Brittle: Economic Perspectives on the Future of the Law Firm in the New Economy, published in the Columbia Business Law Review. He received a B.A. at Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford.

Andrew T. Knowles

Andy is the Assistant General Counsel Legal Operations, US Pharma IT client group with GlaxoSmithKline. He focuses on supplier relationship sourcing, governance and dispute resolution issues. He works with US Pharma business clients regarding legal issues related to online marketing initiatives and other business unit clients involved in global IT outsourced services relationships. He was a long-time systems analyst for Delta Air Lines providing mainframe software development and systems support. Knowles received his undergraduate degree from Emory and his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

Bradley D. Kohn

Brad is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with Cree, Inc. in RTP. Prior to joining Cree in 2013, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. He also spent 8 years as a Partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP where he represented a variety of leading Silicon Valley technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities transactions, and general corporate matters. Kohn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

John McHugh

John McHugh is a Strategic Partnership Associate in the Citrix ShareFile Business Development team. Prior to Citrix he worked in the offices of two different North Carolina Governors. Under Governor Easley he worked in the Legislative Office, tracking legislative and regulatory changes, researching legal issues, drafting legislative language, and supporting the Governor’s Liaison team. He was also the Governor’s Office’s first Ethics Liaison. In Governor Perdue’s administration John was the senior policy analyst for the Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, overseeing more than $22 billion in federal funding. In his role current role he develops partnerships within the legal industry, focusing primarily on relationships with Bar Associations, Law Schools and the creation of educational content. John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina Law School.

James K. Wagner, Jr.

Jim is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Apogee Legal, a technology-enabled professional services organization focused on the legal and regulatory fields. Jim began his career at Bryan Cave in Atlanta, practicing in the fields of M&A, private equity and global outsourcing. Since then, he has served as an entrepreneur, founder, and executive at some of the industry’s greatest success stories. He has been responsible for the startup and operation of companies that have executed dozens of acquisitions, combinations, and recapitalizations representing hundreds of millions of dollars in enterprise value. Jim is co-inventor for multiple patents related to the field of analytics and automation for electronic discovery. In addition to his role at Apogee Legal, Jim is a principal at Lean Law Ventures, an investment firm focused exclusively on investing in better solutions for the business of law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Lee M. Whitman

Lee is a trial attorney with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP whose practice focuses on complex litigation, including healthcare and shareholder derivative actions. Lee has tried jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association. He also litigates health care Certificate of Need (CON) cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and has appeared many times in the North Carolina Business Court, North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Whitman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Christopher M. Zochowski

Chris is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Washington, D.C. office and serves as co-chair of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions, securities, & corporate governance practice, and chair of the firm's permanent capital solutions group. He is a general corporate practitioner who works extensively with both domestic and international clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities transactions, specialty finance transactions, cross-border and domestic project and structured finance transactions, and debt restructurings. He has worked across a wide range of practice areas and industries, with a particular focus in recent years on the financial services, energy, automotive, and paper and packaging industries. Zochowski received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Program Directors

Lissa L. Broome

Lissa is the Wells Fargo Professor of Banking Law and Director of the Center for Banking and Finance. Professor Broome teaches Banking Law and Secured Transactions. She is the co-author of the Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, a banking law casebook, and co-author of Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets. She also directs the Director Diversity Initiative which works to increase the diversity of corporate boards of directors through its training programs, advocacy, research, and diverse director database. She also serves as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. Broome received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Thomas Lee Hazen

Tom is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law. Professor Hazen teaches Business Associations and Securities Regulation, and is the author or co-author of casebooks in corporations, corporate finance, broker-dealer regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation. Hazen is also the author of a widely regarded six-volume treatise on Securities Regulation, a three-volume treatise on derivatives regulation, and a two-volume treatise on broker-dealer law. He has served as an expert witness in a number of high profile securities cases. Hazen received his undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University.

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