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    August 25, 2008  
In-House Wisdom

Announcing Bisnow's Fall Happy Hour co-hosted by the Capitol Riverfront BID and JPI. Come check out the views of the Capitol and the ballpark, have a drink, and network on the rooftop of the just-opened Jefferson at Capitol Yards luxury apartments. Tues., Sept 16, 6-8pm. One-block from the Navy Yard metro (Half St & I St SE), free parking. This event is free, but you must sign up.


A rooftop bar on U Street seemed like an awfully hip locale for a lesson on in-house lawyering on Thursday evening, but we're not complaining. The people at Tabaq slid back their retractable roof and let the sun shine down on a panel discussion hosted by Womble Carlyle for a gathering of 60 attorneys new to the in-house scene.


The title: "If I knew then what I know now." The panelists: Manik Roth, GC of LMI Consulting; Molly Roy, Managing Associate GC at Freddie Mac (90-attorney legal department); and Sol Glasner, GC at MITRE. Molly's great one-liner: "One of the problems of being part of management is that you can't complain about management." She went to Freddie Mac 20 years ago in part as a lifestyle choice, and it didn't hurt her marriage—after the panel, she was off to celebrate her 32nd wedding anniversary.


When Manik, right, took on GC duties at LMI, he searched out a mentor: Sol Glasner, left, of MITRE. Both companies are non-profits in government contracting—MITRE, celebrating its 50th anniversary, does a quiet $1 billion in revenue. Manik just worked on the all-cash purchase of Jasmah Consulting, which does high-level analytical consulting for the intelligence community. Sandwiched between Sol and Manik are Womble's Joe Bowser and Matt Seiler, in-house with the National Reporting Corporation.


Pam Rothenberg, Managing Partner of Womble's DC office, moderated the panel and posed with colleague Kevin Pigott, who gets points for braving a blinding ray of sunshine for your Bisnow photog. Pam tells us that Womble associates came up the idea for the event, as a way to build on the firm's relationship with the Association of Corporate Counsel (Womble is the group's Sponsor of the Year) and its local chapter, WMACCA.


A contingent from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, aka the old NASD): Suzanne Duddy came over a few months ago from Howrey, while Sarah Gill (from WilmerHale) and Stacy Paxson Chittick (from Baker Botts) have passed their one-year in-house anniversaries. In FINRA's double-headed, 15-attorney legal department, the trio works under co-GC Grant Callery on the corporate side, while Marc Menchel handles the regulatory arm.


Kate Gonzalez, in-house at Lafarge North America, and Adam Palmer, policy counsel at the Public Interest Registry. Adam just finished up a week of guest blogging at the Washington Post. Now, we're not saying he invented the Internet, but at his Reston-based company Adam does help keep the .ORG domain running smoothly for its six million domain name registrants. In his spare time, he's been teaching classes on Internet crimes against children at Washington & Lee and the University of Mississippi law schools.


American Charity Enterprises' CEO Jon Gonzalez (husband of Kate in preceding picture) with Kelly Whetstone, Director of Compliance with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Womble associates Lela Ames and Danielle Benoit. Kate and Jon are newlyweds, and in a coincidence discovered just after this pic was snapped, it turns out they got married the same day this summer as Kelly. So both are fresh from honeymoons: Kelly in Jamaica, Kate and Jon in Napa


The "newest of the new" distinction went to Kate Scavello, counsel at Blackboard Inc., who came from Bryan Cave just three weeks ago. Blackboard provides software for online courses to over a third of the nation's 6,400 universities. We found Kate with litigator Elizabeth Grau, just wrapping her first year at Womble. Next up for Womble associates: taking recruits out for a day of golfing at their October "Diversity Open."  

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