Shalev Amar

Shalev Amar is the Founder and Manager of Amar Law Group. Prior to founding Amar Law Group, Mr. Amar was a Managing Partner for twelve years of a consumer law firm that exclusively handled motor vehicle claims on behalf of consumers. Since 2004, Mr. Amar has successfully litigated and/or settled over 1,533 Lemon Law and breach of warranty claims with motor vehicle and RV manufacturers. Additionally, his current and predecessor law firms have handled over 4,267 Lemon Law cases.

Although Mr. Amar is an experienced litigator who has repeatedly defeated manufacturers in court when necessary, settlement is often preferable to litigating through trial for both consumers and car or RV companies. To that end, Mr. Amar has developed diplomatic and professional relationships with the representatives of motor vehicle and RV manufacturers over the years. Ultimately these relationships benefit the consumers that Amar Law Group represents, by aiding in the speedy and amicable resolution and settlement of their legal claims out of court, generally within only 1-3 months. That’s why 95% of the cases that Mr. Amar and his firms have been involved in have settled out of court without any litigation. Mr. Amar has trained and guided the Amar Law Group legal team to continue such positive relationships to resolve claims on behalf of consumers. He also ensures that all of the Firm’s attorneys always put clients first.

Mr. Amar has an outstanding academic background having graduated Cum Laude (top 20%) from both the University of Arizona (where he majored in Political Science) and the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Mr. Amar was the Philanthropy Chair of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Social Fraternity while he attended the University of Arizona. In Law School, Mr. Amar participated in Junior Law, a program where middle school students are taught debate. Mr. Amar is an animal lover and donates 2% of Amar Law Group’s yearly net profits to the Humane Society. Over the years, Mr. Amar has appeared in several television interviews on abc15 providing consumers with both alerts to be aware of and guidance about their rights.

Mr. Amar is licensed in Arizona (State and Federal Bars), The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District- Northern District of Indiana, United States District Court- Eastern District of Wisconsin. Mr. Amar has litigated in the area of consumer protection focusing on Lemon Law, Consumer Fraud and Breach of Warranty cases since 2004. During this time, he arbitrated over fifteen cases through Court Mandated Arbitration, prevailing in twelve, and was counsel in seven jury trials, prevailing in five. Mr. Amar’s mission is to change the way consumer representation is carried out by training and supervising his team in a client centered approach to representation where clients’ interests ALWAYS come First!

In his personal life Mr. Amar is an avid reader and audio book fan. He is into self development, meditation, fitness, nutrition, sports, public speaking, and even karaoke (or singing in the shower).

Roger W. Ferguson Jr.

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organisation.

Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralysed.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Jose A. Baez

Few trial lawyers have ascended to national prominence as quickly and spectacularly as Jose Baez. Known for his passion, hard work and brilliant courtroom strategies, Jose Baez has brought a new hard-hitting style of trial work to the courtroom.

Jose A. Baez is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in the full range of criminal and civil cases. He is best known for “shocking the world” in what TIME Magazine dubbed the “Social Media Trial of the Century”. While he won an acquittal in the Casey Anthony murder trial, Mr. Baez has had continued success in and out of the courtroom. In 2011, he flew to Aruba and helped free millionaire and businessman Gary Giordano from prison. Mr. Giordano was a suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner. He was named “Lawyer of the Year for 2011″ by LawyersUSA magazine and also named as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Baez is also well known for representing many victims of negligence and serious crimes. In 2012, he began representing multiple victims in the “Dark Knight” shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. He also represented a rape victim in one of Chicago’s high-profile negligent security cases.

Mr. Baez’s practice has a particular emphasis on representing clients in complex and high-profile criminal and civil cases. However, many of Mr. Baez’s successes never make it into the spotlight as he has represented celebrities and athletes who prefer anonymity. This is where his knowledge and experience with the media helps best serve his clients. Few lawyers understand the importance of media relations and its inner workings. Mr. Baez has gained extensive experience in successfully defending scientifically and medically intensive criminal and civil cases. He has worked on issues including shaken baby syndrome, pediatric head injuries, sexual assault cases with medical evidence, and cases involving DNA evidence. Additionally, his experience extends to civil cases that involve suing some of the biggest insurance companies in the country. Once called “the most hated lawyer in America”, Jose A. Baez wears that title like a badge of honor. Despite personal criticism, serving his clients is his highest priority.

In order to more effectively cross examine many forensic experts, Mr. Baez finds it important to learn the science himself. That is why he has completed hundreds of hours of training in forensic science. Mr. Baez has studied DNA, Blood Pattern Analysis, trace recovery, forensic pathology, and entomology, just to name a few. Additionally, Mr. Baez is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer. He is on the faculty at Harvard Law School where he teaches trial techniques to second- and third-year law students in what is considered one of Harvard Law School’s most popular courses. Mr. Baez is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is extremely active in various charitable endeavors in the Hispanic community. When not in the office fighting for justice, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Melissa A. Jones

Melissa Jones is a trial lawyer who provides experienced and practical counsel in complex business disputes, appellate matters and internal investigations. She has represented clients from a broad range of industries in complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal court, including the agribusiness, and oil and gas industries. Her practice includes an emphasis on Proposition 65 defense as well. Additionally, Melissa has held various leadership roles at the firm. She is the Firm Managing Partner and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Melissa is a former office managing partner for the firm’s three California offices and also recently served as the chair of the Partner Compensation Committee.

Melissa’s experience includes litigating claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, misappropriation of trade secrets, products liability, false advertising and unfair competition. She has worked on internal investigations for both publicly traded and private companies on complex compliance and accounting issues and has represented companies in government enforcement actions, including matters involving the California Attorney General’s office and the Air Resources Board.

Melissa regularly defends companies in litigation claims related to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) and Unfair Competition Law (17200) and advises companies on Prop 65 compliance. She leads the Firm’s Prop 65 defense and compliance team. Her Prop 65 clients range from large retailers to vendors and manufacturers, in industries including apparel, footwear, handbags, eyewear, fitness products, children’s products, furniture, electronics, hobby and crafts, automotive, personal care products and accessories, food and dietary supplements and natural foods. She has defended Prop 65 actions and advised clients in matters regarding listed chemicals including lead, Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates (BBP, DBP, DINP, DIDP, and DEHP), carbon monoxide, cadmium, 4-MEI, crystalline silica, acrylamide, arsenic, tris phosphate (TDCPP, TCEP), Diethanolamine and Cocomide-DEA. She also advises clients on other California regulations.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Melissa was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she worked for 10 years. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

She has been an active member of the legal community, serving as President to the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the Chair of the Eastern District Conference, a Board Member for Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and as a member of the Eastern District’s Judicial Advisory Committee.

Stephen J. Immelt

Steve Immelt is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hogan Lovells. He is responsible for developing and driving our vision as a “bold and distinctive law firm creating valuable solutions for clients.”

Steve spends his time focused on achieving the firm’s strategy and supporting partners in building their relationships with clients and each other around the world. He has introduced into Hogan Lovells a major global initiative known as “Project Redefine,” which seeks to improve the way we do things for the benefit of our clients in a rapidly changing and evolving market.

He is also passionate about leadership behavior, taking the view that everyone at Hogan Lovells should be clear about what is expected of them, whether partners, associates, or members of the business services teams.

Before taking up the role of CEO in 2014, Steve was the global co-head of our Litigation and Arbitration practice and a long-standing member of our International Management Committee. He has decades of experience working across markets and cultures in these roles and in his client work.

A litigator by background, in the early stages of his career Steve was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland prosecuting political corruption, fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy charges.

He then joined the firm in 1989 and built up a very successful practice dealing with complicated litigation in the health care sector. Clients have included pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, academic health centers and medical schools, clinical laboratories, and other providers of health care. Steve has particular experience in off-label and financial relationship cases as well as the Anti-Kickback Act, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the False Claims Act.

Arthur Goldstein

Arthur Goldstein has worked in all aspects of government relations, particularly New York City, New York State and Westchester County government, legislative, and agency processes. His practice areas also include Administrative Law, Land Use, and Regulatory Law. His government experience spans more than twenty five years, including positions with the New York City Council and the administration of New York Mayor Edward I. Koch. Before joining Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, Mr. Goldstein was counsel to New York City Council Speak Peter F. Vallone for several years. Mr. Goldstein’s years of experience have provided him with a keen understanding of the ins and outs of municipal and state government in New York. He represents diverse clients, including major corporations, small businesses, restaurants, and several not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Goldstein enjoys the interaction between government goals and individual entities’ needs. Often the broadness of government’s concerns obscures the impact on specific communities, industries, or businesses. Having worked in government for many years, he can help the decision-makers see how modifications can move a government plan forward and also benefit the larger community. Mr. Goldstein works with many not-for-profits, helping them explain their value to government in order to gain support for new programs or continue financial support to sustain ongoing activities.

Firm Overview:

Our New York City and Long Island practices represent clients on budget, policy, regulatory and legislative matters before County Government (Nassau, Suffolk) New York City Community Boards, New York City Borough Presidents’ Offices, The New York City Mayor’s Office, The New York City Council, and NYC Agencies and Corporations.

We work closely with our clients to develop and implement a strategy that provides access to the right decision makers and government leaders and yield a positive result. Our team includes former top aides to the New York City Mayor and New York City Council, as well as former City Hall and Agency insiders. We are able to routinely tap the talent and extensive knowledge and experience of more than sixty attorneys and professionals spanning the range of legal practices to support our clients in their government relations initiatives.