Ms. Cohen was an attorney for more than a dozen years with Arent Fox in Washington, D.C., where she handled complex issues in civil litigation at pretrial, trial and appellate stages in state and federal courts. She conducted all aspects of discovery; briefed and argued motions during all phases of trial court proceedings; prepared for jury trials, arbitrations and mediations; and drafted appellate court briefs. Her work involved litigation on a wide range of business matters.
She has also served as counsel to a Washington, D.C. firm where she has provided legal advice and analysis on all aspects of labor-related arbitration proceedings and federal court litigation.
In 1995, she worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where she handled personnel and employment matters involving members of the Foreign Service and other Department employees in proceedings before the EEOC, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Foreign Service Grievance Board and the federal courts.
She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986 and with Highest Honors and Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1983, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Doughty was an associate and then partner at Hopkins & Sutter for more than a decade, and thereafter spent over eight years as a partner at the successor firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. He has litigated extensively at both the trial and appellate levels and before administrative agencies, and has played principal roles in major utility rate cases, multibillion-dollar bankruptcies, and constitutional challenges, as well as matters involving trade secrets, real estate, banking, foreclosure, telecommunications, class actions, and general commercial disputes.
Mr. Doughty has also overseen comprehensive compliance programs, prepared dozens of detailed opinions analyzing laws and regulations, and managed the implementation of mass claims procedures. He has conducted and defended against multiple investigations and audits of corporate practices, managerial decision-making, and operations. He has also counseled senior executives on a broad range of strategic issues, including business planning for major industry restructuring, risk reduction and litigation prevention, and crisis management.
He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he received the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for excellence in writing and was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forum. He was a 1986-1987 Rotary Scholar to the University of Hong Kong and is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Princeton University.
Mr. Thompson's legal career began with Bank of America's Legal Department. In 1979, he joined The First National Bank of Chicago Law Department's Corporate Banking Section, where he focused on commercial loan documentation. He subsequently transferred to the Law Department's Bankruptcy, Litigation & Workout Section in 1981, and joined a specialized Law Department Bankruptcy Practice Group formed in 1983 to concentrate on commercial loan workouts and bankruptcies. He was asked to manage that group in 1985 and did so for 19 years and through the mergers creating First Chicago NBD, and then Bank One. Starting in 1998, he served contemporaneously as General Counsel and Secretary of American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, which merged with Bank One in 2002.
After Bank One's merger with JPMorgan Chase, he became Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Chase Commercial Banking in July 2004. At the time of his 2008 retirement, Commercial Banking served more than 30,000 clients nationally, including corporations, municipalities, financial institutions and not-for-profit entities with annual revenue generally ranging from $10 million to $2 billion. The Commercial Banking businesses included Middle Market Banking, Mid-Corporate Banking, Real Estate Banking, Chase Business Credit, Chase Equipment Leasing, and Chase Capital Corporation.
He holds an associate degree with honors from Kankakee Community College (1973), an economics degree with high honors from Illinois State University (1975), and a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law (1978), where he was a member and editor of the University of Illinois Law Forum (now Law Review). He is a member of the bars of the State of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (general bar), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.