Legal Affairs Committee


The Legal Affairs Committee was created in 2003 to address, discuss, and seek solutions to the numerous legal, regulatory and legislative issues advertisers face that relate to challenges to their advertising content and practices. All ANA members with an interest in the legal and regulatory issues confronting advertising and marketing are welcome.

The committee also helps plan the annual ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference. The 2016 conference took place April 6-7, 2016 in Chicago, Ill, and the 2017 conference is scheduled for March 28-29, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Committee Chair:  Catherine Mennenga, Global Executive Brand Counsel, General Electric Company

ANA staff managing the Legal Affairs Committee are Meghan Salome and David Buzby.


Discussion Topics

  • Legislative and regulatory issues affecting advertising
  • Protecting advertisers' free speech rights in the courts at both the federal and state levels
  • Legal challenges in managing relationships with advertising agencies and media
  • Confronting copyright and trademark infringement claims
  • Violations of rights of privacy and publicity
  • Legal challenges in the network clearance process
  • International advertising and marketing legal issues
  • Emerging issues, such as the legal threats posed by online piracy, patent trolls, and native advertising

Industry Initiatives

ANA-4A's Statement of Best Practices Addressing Online Piracy and Counterfeiting:  The Legal Affairs Committee was instrumental in drafting this Statement of Best Practices dealing with the issue of online piracy. Our members' ads were often appearing on sites trafficking in pirated or counterfeit media content, unintentionally providing financial support or otherwise lending an air of legitimacy to these sites. The Statement of Best Practices calls on our members to include conditions in their placement contracts or insertion orders with ad networks and others that prevent their ads from being placed on sites whose purpose is to infringe on the intellectual property rights of others. More information can be found here.

name title company
Catherine Mennenga (Chairperson) Global Executive Brand Counsel General Electric Company
Kelesha Armand Managing Director & Chief Marketing Counsel, Chase Consumer & Community Banking JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Matthew Aufman Corporate Counsel Welch Foods Inc.
Heidi Baltes-Braniff Corporate Counsel InterContinental Hotels Group
Vanita Banks Counsel Allstate Insurance Company
Kathryn Barrett Park Senior Counsel, Advertising and Brand Management General Electric Company
Elliot Basner SVP and Asst. General Counsel, Intellectual Property Diageo North America, Inc.
Mary Bedell Senior Counsel Tyson Foods, Inc.
Lee Beers Executive Director JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Maria Benedis Senior Associate General Counsel Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Andrea Bernard VP, Sr. Assoc. Gen. Counsel / Gov't Affairs, Regulatory & Chief Mktg. Counsel Colgate-Palmolive Company
Adrienne Biddings Policy Counsel Google (Marketing)
Trino Boix Director of Administration Visit Philadelphia
Joanna Bolton Senior Counsel Dell Inc.
William Brennan Vice President - General Counsel BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
David Buzby Director, Government Relations ANA
FRANCIS CONWAY CORPORATE COUNSEL Meyer US
Jeff Calfa Chief Intellectual Property Attorney Navistar Inc.
Kris Carey Vice President and Associate General Counsel Constellation Brands, Inc.
Mary Carragher Chief Counsel-Trademarks NA/LA Mondelez International, Inc.
María jimena Cobreros Associate Director - Latin America The Procter & Gamble Company
Marilyn Colaninno Director of Rights and Clearances Reed Smith LLP
Michael Cronin Associate General Counsel - Corporate IBM Corporation
David Cutler Legal Director, IP Transactions and Legal Affairs Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Maureen David VP and General Council University of Maryland University College
Mary-Ellen Devlin Executive Director & Executive Counsel, Intellectual Property Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Isabelle Dorlan Attorney United States Postal Service
Elyssa Dunleavy AVP, Advertising Attorney L'Oréal USA
Jeff Ehrich Associate General Counsel Vista Outdoor
Adam Ekonomon Director & Assistant General Counsel The J. M. Smucker Company
Robert Flax Senior Counsel California State Automobile Association (CSAA)
Sonya Florence Sr. Contracts Specialist Genentech USA, Inc.
Alexander Francis Market Analysis Almond Board of California
Amy Funk Senior Group Counsel Target Corporation
Chris Garber Managing Counsel Nationwide
Sheila Garber Attorney InterContinental Hotels Group
Alexander Gavis Vice President & Associate General Counsel Fidelity Investments
Joanne Gemo Director, Senior Counsel Americas Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Jenevra Georgini Associate General Counsel American International Group, Inc.
Jay Golder Corporate Counsel Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Evan Goldstein Head of Legal, eBay Advertising EBay, Inc.
Marisa Gomez Assistant General Counsel Capital One Services, Inc.
Mark Gustaferro Associate General Counsel General Mills, Inc.
Geri Haight Director, Litigation and Intellecutal Property Panera Bread, LLC
Jennifer Hale Vice President, Global General Counsel Vitamix Corporation
Tiffany Hall VP, Marketing Transactions Counsel MasterCard Worldwide
Jennifer Hamilton Director and Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property Diageo North America, Inc.
Scott Henderson Deputy General Counsel; Attorney Bank of America
James Hess Sr. Corporate Counsel CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc.
Beth Hill General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer FordDirect
Ann Hirsch Associate General Counsel, Marketing & Innovation Pernod Ricard USA
David Hubbard VP & Deputy General Counsel - Marketing Verizon Communications
Sabrina Hudson Associate Director - Corporate Counsel H. J. Heinz Company
Umeadi Ifeonye Attorney - U.S. BU Britvic America
Megan Ivory Carr Manager, Government Affairs 3M
Daniel Jaffe Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations ANA
Jane Jeannero Vice President, Chief Counsel, Global Brands Kellogg Company
Aaron Johnson Director, Business Strategy American Licorice Company
Edward Kabak SVP Law ANA
Catherine Karol Counsel General Motors Company
Asim Khan Counsel II Gilead Sciences
Sharon Kohn Chief Counsel Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
Cassandra Kosofsky Marketing & Support Analyst Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Beth Kotran Counsel Ferrero USA, Inc.
James Lancheros Counsel Kellogg Company
Paul Laskow Secretary & General Counsel AAA Club Partners
Liza Levitt Assistant General Counsel Intuit Inc.
Jim Lewis Global IP Counsel Kellogg Company
Michele Lieber Chief Public Policy Officer Ally Automotive Financial Services Group
Margaret Lu Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property Diageo North America, Inc.
Michael Madigan Managing Counsel - Brands and Trademarks R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Jennifer Magyar Director Global Contracts & Advertising Subway
Lauren Mandell Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Sun Products Corp.
Nadia Martel Legal Counsel Bombardier Recreational Products
Sabrina Mays-Diagne Corporate Attorney Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.
Robin McDougall Paralegal Lufthansa German Airlines
Patrice McInnis Senior Manager, Paralegal Panera Bread, LLC
Michael McSunas Senior Counsel - Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Fiat Chrysler Automotive NA
Michael Monahan Director - Regulatory Affairs Mattel, Inc.
David Morales Sr. Associate General Counsel AARP
Heather Moyer Associate Counsel Vanguard Group, Inc.
Cathy Mulrow-Peattie Vice President, Counsel MasterCard Worldwide
Keith Murphy Vice President, Government Relations and Regulatory Counsel Viacom, Inc.
Sigrid Neilson Senior Counsel Equinox Fitness Clubs
Tracy Nipp Senior Counsel Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Dan Noonan Legal Director Dell Inc.
Sara Page Corporate Counsel Costco Wholesale Corporation
Clayton Parkhill Marketing Analyst Libman Company
Ken Patel Vice President & General Counsel The Procter & Gamble Company
Rachael Pileggi Senior Attorney Kellogg Company
Steven Rapp Vice President, General Counsel Unilever United States, Inc.
Michelle Recchion Staff Attorney Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Chris Roblyer Senior Managing Counsel, Strategic Marketing Coca-Cola Company
Amy Rodgers Senior Attorney Shell Oil Company
Jennifer Sager Senior Vice President Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Meghan Salome Senior Manager, Government Relations ANA
Brent Sanders Associate General Counsel Microsoft Corporation
Kevin Saul Associate General Counsel Apple Inc.
Keith Scarborough Senior Vice President, Government Relations ANA
Linda Schneider Assistant General Counsel GlaxoSmithKline
Cassidy Sehgal Vice President, Advertising and Social Media Counsel L'Oréal USA
Melissa Sellers Counsel, Global Marketing & Sales The Hershey Company
Joseph Sena Associate Marketing Counsel Campbell Soup Company
Stephanie Sernau Director and Senior Counsel Pernod Ricard USA
Kevin Sheehan Partner KPMG LLP
Valyncia Simmons Senior Counsel, Marketing Altria Group, Inc.
Mert Simons General Attorney AT&T Services, Inc.
Yvonne Skasko General Attorney AT&T Inc.
Christopher Sloan Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel Liberty Mutual Group
Rosa Son Senior Counsel Johnson & Johnson
Donna Stamp Marketing Procurement Director Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Ann Stanley Managing Counsel Bank of New York Mellon
Barbara Stevens Vice President and Corporate Counsel Prudential Insurance Company of America
Lindsay Taylor Associate Counsel Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Gloria Teves Paralegal Expedia, Inc.
Dawn Thrift Attorney Wells Fargo & Co.
Paola Tornabene Director and Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property Diageo North America, Inc.
Sidney White General Attorney AT&T Consumer Services
James Williams Attorney General Motors Company
Douglas Wood (Consulting Member) Partner Reed Smith LLP
  • Name

    Catherine Mennenga (Chairperson)

    Title

    Global Executive Brand Counsel

    COMPANY

    General Electric Company
  • Name

    Kelesha Armand

    Title

    Managing Director & Chief Marketing Counsel, Chase Consumer & Community Banking

    COMPANY

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Name

    Matthew Aufman

    Title

    Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Welch Foods Inc.
  • Name

    Heidi Baltes-Braniff

    Title

    Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Name

    Vanita Banks

    Title

    Counsel

    COMPANY

    Allstate Insurance Company
  • Name

    Kathryn Barrett Park

    Title

    Senior Counsel, Advertising and Brand Management

    COMPANY

    General Electric Company
  • Name

    Elliot Basner

    Title

    SVP and Asst. General Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Diageo North America, Inc.
  • Name

    Mary Bedell

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Name

    Lee Beers

    Title

    Executive Director

    COMPANY

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Name

    Maria Benedis

    Title

    Senior Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Canon U.S.A., Inc.
  • Name

    Andrea Bernard

    Title

    VP, Sr. Assoc. Gen. Counsel / Gov't Affairs, Regulatory & Chief Mktg. Counsel

    COMPANY

    Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Name

    Adrienne Biddings

    Title

    Policy Counsel

    COMPANY

    Google (Marketing)
  • Name

    Trino Boix

    Title

    Director of Administration

    COMPANY

    Visit Philadelphia
  • Name

    Joanna Bolton

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Dell Inc.
  • Name

    William Brennan

    Title

    Vice President - General Counsel

    COMPANY

    BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
  • Name

    David Buzby

    Title

    Director, Government Relations

    COMPANY

    ANA
  • Name

    FRANCIS CONWAY

    Title

    CORPORATE COUNSEL

    COMPANY

    Meyer US
  • Name

    Jeff Calfa

    Title

    Chief Intellectual Property Attorney

    COMPANY

    Navistar Inc.
  • Name

    Kris Carey

    Title

    Vice President and Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Constellation Brands, Inc.
  • Name

    Mary Carragher

    Title

    Chief Counsel-Trademarks NA/LA

    COMPANY

    Mondelez International, Inc.
  • Name

    María jimena Cobreros

    Title

    Associate Director - Latin America

    COMPANY

    The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Name

    Marilyn Colaninno

    Title

    Director of Rights and Clearances

    COMPANY

    Reed Smith LLP
  • Name

    Michael Cronin

    Title

    Associate General Counsel - Corporate

    COMPANY

    IBM Corporation
  • Name

    David Cutler

    Title

    Legal Director, IP Transactions and Legal Affairs

    COMPANY

    Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  • Name

    Maureen David

    Title

    VP and General Council

    COMPANY

    University of Maryland University College
  • Name

    Mary-Ellen Devlin

    Title

    Executive Director & Executive Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Name

    Isabelle Dorlan

    Title

    Attorney

    COMPANY

    United States Postal Service
  • Name

    Elyssa Dunleavy

    Title

    AVP, Advertising Attorney

    COMPANY

    L'Oréal USA
  • Name

    Jeff Ehrich

    Title

    Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Vista Outdoor
  • Name

    Adam Ekonomon

    Title

    Director & Assistant General Counsel

    COMPANY

    The J. M. Smucker Company
  • Name

    Robert Flax

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    California State Automobile Association (CSAA)
  • Name

    Sonya Florence

    Title

    Sr. Contracts Specialist

    COMPANY

    Genentech USA, Inc.
  • Name

    Alexander Francis

    Title

    Market Analysis

    COMPANY

    Almond Board of California
  • Name

    Amy Funk

    Title

    Senior Group Counsel

    COMPANY

    Target Corporation
  • Name

    Chris Garber

    Title

    Managing Counsel

    COMPANY

    Nationwide
  • Name

    Sheila Garber

    Title

    Attorney

    COMPANY

    InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Name

    Alexander Gavis

    Title

    Vice President & Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Fidelity Investments
  • Name

    Joanne Gemo

    Title

    Director, Senior Counsel Americas

    COMPANY

    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
  • Name

    Jenevra Georgini

    Title

    Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    American International Group, Inc.
  • Name

    Jay Golder

    Title

    Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Name

    Evan Goldstein

    Title

    Head of Legal, eBay Advertising

    COMPANY

    EBay, Inc.
  • Name

    Marisa Gomez

    Title

    Assistant General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Capital One Services, Inc.
  • Name

    Mark Gustaferro

    Title

    Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    General Mills, Inc.
  • Name

    Geri Haight

    Title

    Director, Litigation and Intellecutal Property

    COMPANY

    Panera Bread, LLC
  • Name

    Jennifer Hale

    Title

    Vice President, Global General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Vitamix Corporation
  • Name

    Tiffany Hall

    Title

    VP, Marketing Transactions Counsel

    COMPANY

    MasterCard Worldwide
  • Name

    Jennifer Hamilton

    Title

    Director and Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Diageo North America, Inc.
  • Name

    Scott Henderson

    Title

    Deputy General Counsel; Attorney

    COMPANY

    Bank of America
  • Name

    James Hess

    Title

    Sr. Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc.
  • Name

    Beth Hill

    Title

    General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

    COMPANY

    FordDirect
  • Name

    Ann Hirsch

    Title

    Associate General Counsel, Marketing & Innovation

    COMPANY

    Pernod Ricard USA
  • Name

    David Hubbard

    Title

    VP & Deputy General Counsel - Marketing

    COMPANY

    Verizon Communications
  • Name

    Sabrina Hudson

    Title

    Associate Director - Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    H. J. Heinz Company
  • Name

    Umeadi Ifeonye

    Title

    Attorney - U.S. BU

    COMPANY

    Britvic America
  • Name

    Megan Ivory Carr

    Title

    Manager, Government Affairs

    COMPANY

    3M
  • Name

    Daniel Jaffe

    Title

    Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations

    COMPANY

    ANA
  • Name

    Jane Jeannero

    Title

    Vice President, Chief Counsel, Global Brands

    COMPANY

    Kellogg Company
  • Name

    Aaron Johnson

    Title

    Director, Business Strategy

    COMPANY

    American Licorice Company
  • Name

    Edward Kabak

    Title

    SVP Law

    COMPANY

    ANA
  • Name

    Catherine Karol

    Title

    Counsel

    COMPANY

    General Motors Company
  • Name

    Asim Khan

    Title

    Counsel II

    COMPANY

    Gilead Sciences
  • Name

    Sharon Kohn

    Title

    Chief Counsel

    COMPANY

    Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
  • Name

    Cassandra Kosofsky

    Title

    Marketing & Support Analyst

    COMPANY

    Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Name

    Beth Kotran

    Title

    Counsel

    COMPANY

    Ferrero USA, Inc.
  • Name

    James Lancheros

    Title

    Counsel

    COMPANY

    Kellogg Company
  • Name

    Paul Laskow

    Title

    Secretary & General Counsel

    COMPANY

    AAA Club Partners
  • Name

    Liza Levitt

    Title

    Assistant General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Intuit Inc.
  • Name

    Jim Lewis

    Title

    Global IP Counsel

    COMPANY

    Kellogg Company
  • Name

    Michele Lieber

    Title

    Chief Public Policy Officer

    COMPANY

    Ally Automotive Financial Services Group
  • Name

    Margaret Lu

    Title

    Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Diageo North America, Inc.
  • Name

    Michael Madigan

    Title

    Managing Counsel - Brands and Trademarks

    COMPANY

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Name

    Jennifer Magyar

    Title

    Director Global Contracts & Advertising

    COMPANY

    Subway
  • Name

    Lauren Mandell

    Title

    Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Sun Products Corp.
  • Name

    Nadia Martel

    Title

    Legal Counsel

    COMPANY

    Bombardier Recreational Products
  • Name

    Sabrina Mays-Diagne

    Title

    Corporate Attorney

    COMPANY

    Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Name

    Robin McDougall

    Title

    Paralegal

    COMPANY

    Lufthansa German Airlines
  • Name

    Patrice McInnis

    Title

    Senior Manager, Paralegal

    COMPANY

    Panera Bread, LLC
  • Name

    Michael McSunas

    Title

    Senior Counsel - Advertising, Marketing & Promotions

    COMPANY

    Fiat Chrysler Automotive NA
  • Name

    Michael Monahan

    Title

    Director - Regulatory Affairs

    COMPANY

    Mattel, Inc.
  • Name

    David Morales

    Title

    Sr. Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    AARP
  • Name

    Heather Moyer

    Title

    Associate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • Name

    Cathy Mulrow-Peattie

    Title

    Vice President, Counsel

    COMPANY

    MasterCard Worldwide
  • Name

    Keith Murphy

    Title

    Vice President, Government Relations and Regulatory Counsel

    COMPANY

    Viacom, Inc.
  • Name

    Sigrid Neilson

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Equinox Fitness Clubs
  • Name

    Tracy Nipp

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Name

    Dan Noonan

    Title

    Legal Director

    COMPANY

    Dell Inc.
  • Name

    Sara Page

    Title

    Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Name

    Clayton Parkhill

    Title

    Marketing Analyst

    COMPANY

    Libman Company
  • Name

    Ken Patel

    Title

    Vice President & General Counsel

    COMPANY

    The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Name

    Rachael Pileggi

    Title

    Senior Attorney

    COMPANY

    Kellogg Company
  • Name

    Steven Rapp

    Title

    Vice President, General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Unilever United States, Inc.
  • Name

    Michelle Recchion

    Title

    Staff Attorney

    COMPANY

    Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Name

    Chris Roblyer

    Title

    Senior Managing Counsel, Strategic Marketing

    COMPANY

    Coca-Cola Company
  • Name

    Amy Rodgers

    Title

    Senior Attorney

    COMPANY

    Shell Oil Company
  • Name

    Jennifer Sager

    Title

    Senior Vice President

    COMPANY

    Nationstar Mortgage LLC
  • Name

    Meghan Salome

    Title

    Senior Manager, Government Relations

    COMPANY

    ANA
  • Name

    Brent Sanders

    Title

    Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Microsoft Corporation
  • Name

    Kevin Saul

    Title

    Associate General Counsel

    COMPANY

    Apple Inc.
  • Name

    Keith Scarborough

    Title

    Senior Vice President, Government Relations

    COMPANY

    ANA
  • Name

    Linda Schneider

    Title

    Assistant General Counsel

    COMPANY

    GlaxoSmithKline
  • Name

    Cassidy Sehgal

    Title

    Vice President, Advertising and Social Media Counsel

    COMPANY

    L'Oréal USA
  • Name

    Melissa Sellers

    Title

    Counsel, Global Marketing & Sales

    COMPANY

    The Hershey Company
  • Name

    Joseph Sena

    Title

    Associate Marketing Counsel

    COMPANY

    Campbell Soup Company
  • Name

    Stephanie Sernau

    Title

    Director and Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Pernod Ricard USA
  • Name

    Kevin Sheehan

    Title

    Partner

    COMPANY

    KPMG LLP
  • Name

    Valyncia Simmons

    Title

    Senior Counsel, Marketing

    COMPANY

    Altria Group, Inc.
  • Name

    Mert Simons

    Title

    General Attorney

    COMPANY

    AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Name

    Yvonne Skasko

    Title

    General Attorney

    COMPANY

    AT&T Inc.
  • Name

    Christopher Sloan

    Title

    Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Liberty Mutual Group
  • Name

    Rosa Son

    Title

    Senior Counsel

    COMPANY

    Johnson & Johnson
  • Name

    Donna Stamp

    Title

    Marketing Procurement Director

    COMPANY

    Enterprise Holdings Inc.
  • Name

    Ann Stanley

    Title

    Managing Counsel

    COMPANY

    Bank of New York Mellon
  • Name

    Barbara Stevens

    Title

    Vice President and Corporate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Name

    Lindsay Taylor

    Title

    Associate Counsel

    COMPANY

    Weber-Stephen Products Co.
  • Name

    Gloria Teves

    Title

    Paralegal

    COMPANY

    Expedia, Inc.
  • Name

    Dawn Thrift

    Title

    Attorney

    COMPANY

    Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Name

    Paola Tornabene

    Title

    Director and Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property

    COMPANY

    Diageo North America, Inc.
  • Name

    Sidney White

    Title

    General Attorney

    COMPANY

    AT&T Consumer Services
  • Name

    James Williams

    Title

    Attorney

    COMPANY

    General Motors Company
  • Name

    Douglas Wood (Consulting Member)

    Title

    Partner

    COMPANY

    Reed Smith LLP