Lawyers Serving on Corporate Boards | Women in the Boardroom

Recorded Webinar

Lawyers Serving on Corporate Boards

In today’s climate, lawyers are sought after to serve on corporate boards. What is it like for lawyers who serve on corporate boards?

Topics covered during this webinar include:

  • Attorneys are increasingly serving on boards of directors, both as an adjunct to active practice of law, as well as post-practice as a way of remaining active and utilizing their business knowledge and experience.
  • Board members who are attorneys must navigate some ethical considerations that are important both for corporate governance as well as for legal ethics compliance.
  • Notwithstanding their likely familiarity with corporate governance, lawyers who serve on boards must adopt a “board mindset”, whereby decisions are made by board and committee members as a group, rather than through a “command-and-control” dynamic.


Howard Brod Brownstein, Marcy Sharon Cohen, Roberta D. Liebenberg

Date & Time

January 15, 2020
12:00 PM ET


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About the Speakers

Howard Brod Brownstein

President of Brownstein Corporation

Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marcy Sharon Cohen

General Counsel & Managing Director at ING Financial Holdings Corp.

Ms. Cohen serves on the Executive Management Team of ING Americas with offices in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia in the capacity of Chief Legal Officer and Head of Regulatory Affairs. Her responsibilities include managing the legal function, providing leadership, guidance and support to ING globally in major strategic initiatives, corporate governance, regulatory affairs, transactional matters and litigation as well as serving as a member of the Americas Management Team, Risk and Compliance Committees, and ING’s Global Legal Management Team. Ms. Cohen is a founding member of the ING NY Lioness Group responsible for career development initiatives for women at ING.

Before joining ING in 2005, Ms. Cohen held similar senior positions at the U.S. operations of other major global financial institutions, including BNP Paribas, WestLB, Republic New York Corporation and the National Bank of Greece.

Ms. Cohen is the recipient of the American Legal Media 2017 Transformative General Counsel Award for Collaborative Leadership and has been named as an Outstanding Woman in the Legal Profession by the New York Country Lawyers Association.

Ms. Cohen currently is on the Boards of Directors of KEB Hana Bank USA N.A. serving as Chair of the Compliance Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee and member of the Audit and Oversight Committees, the Museum of American Finance serving on the strategic planning committee, and the Cue Art Foundation. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Ms. Cohen is a 2014 Alumnae of the Direct Women Institute which identifies women ready to serve as non-executive directors of public company boards and serves as co-Chair of their Northeast Regional Alumnae Committee.

Roberta D. Liebenberg

Partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black RPC

Roberta D. Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation. She was appointed by Judge Cynthia Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to serve as Lead Counsel for a plaintiff class in the country’s largest pending antitrust class action, involving alleged price-fixing of generic drugs, and has also defended a number of class actions, including class actions brought against Southwest Airlines and Temple University.

Ms. Liebenberg has received many awards and honors, including induction into the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame, the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the Lynette Norton Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Sandra Day O’Connor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Florence K. Murray Award from the National Association of Women Judges, the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award from the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the ABA Law Practice Division, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel magazines, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Influencers of Law-Lifetime Achievement Award,” the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Leader Award from The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia’s daily legal newspaper, and the “Outstanding Achievement Award” and the “Outstanding Contributions to Gender Diversity and Equality Award” from Chambers Women in Law. She was named by former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell as a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania,” was named by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America,” was named by the National Law Journal as one of the country’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” and was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar.”

Ms. Liebenberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the ABA Retirement Funds; a former member of the national Board of the YWCA USA; and a member of the Board of the American Antitrust Institute. She was a co-founder and Chair of DirectWomen, the only organization whose mission is to increase the representation of women attorneys on corporate boards. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and is a Life Fellow of The American Bar Foundation. She has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of subjects, including antitrust, class actions, and expert witness testimony, and issues pertaining to gender, racial and ethnic fairness in the legal profession and justice system. Ms. Liebenberg is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was the Notes Editor of the Law Review. Thereafter, she served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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