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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 2015 conference is scheduled for March 31-April 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Committee Chair:  Christopher Sloan, Assistant Vice President & Senior Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual Group

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
Christopher Sloan (Chairperson) Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel Liberty Mutual Group
Douglas Wood (Consulting Member) Partner Reed Smith LLP
Kathryn Barrett Park Senior Counsel, Advertising and Brand Management General Electric Company
Michael Allen Vice President - Law, Marketing and Sales Sprint Corporation
Eric Andrews Vice President & Senior Counsel American Express Company
Kelesha Armand Chief Counsel-Marketing, Chase Consumer Businesses JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Matthew Aufman Corporate Counsel Welch Foods Inc.
Vanita Banks Counsel Allstate Insurance Company
Roger Bartos Director and Senior Counsel, Law and Compliance Discover
Mary Bedell Vice President Food & Regulatory Law Hillshire Brands Company
Maria Benedis Senior Counsel Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Andrea Bernard VP, Sr. Assoc. Gen. Counsel / Gov't Affairs, Regulatory & Chief Mktg. Counsel Colgate-Palmolive Company
Trino Boix Director of Administration Visit Philadelphia
William Brennan Vice President - General Counsel BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
Mary Carragher Chief Counsel-Trademarks NA/LA Mondelez International, Inc.
Suzanne Catanzaro Senior Counsel ConAgra Foods Inc.
Karen Chin Staff Counsel, Marketing and Consumer Law Verizon Wireless Inc.
Marilyn Colaninno Director of Rights and Clearances Reed Smith LLP
Anca Cornis-Pop Senior Counsel, Global Marketing Avon Products, Inc.
Michael Cronin Associate General Counsel - Corporate IBM Corporation
Jodi Daniels Director of Privacy AutoTrader.com, LLC
Mary-Ellen Devlin Executive Director & Executive Counsel, Intellectual Property Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Isabelle Dorlan Attorney United States Postal Service
Jim Dudukovich Marketing Counsel, CCNA Coca-Cola Company
Adam Ekonomon Assistant General Counsel, Marketing and Regulatory The J. M. Smucker Company
Robyn Ettricks Associate Counsel Vanguard Group, Inc.
Vicky Ferrazza Vice President, Corporate Counsel Prudential Insurance Company of America
Sonya Florence Sr. Contracts Specialist Genentech USA, Inc.
Alexander Francis International Programs Coordinator Almond Board of California
Jennifer Fuller Advertising Counsel The Scotts Company
L. Lynnette Fuller-Andrews Assistant General Counsel Hanesbrands, Inc.
Amy Funk Senior Group Counsel Target Corporation
Chris Garber Managing Counsel Nationwide
Alexander Gavis Vice President & Associate General Counsel Fidelity Investments
Jenevra Georgini Associate General Counsel American International Group, Inc.
Jay Golder Corporate Counsel Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Marisa Gomez Assistant General Counsel Capital One Services, Inc.
Kimberly Griffin Vice President and Corporate Counsel 24 Hour Fitness
Mark Gustaferro Associate General Counsel General Mills, Inc.
Geri Haight Director, Litigation and Intellecutal Property Panera Bread, LLC
Tiffany Hall VP, Marketing Transactions Counsel MasterCard Worldwide
Beth Hill General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer FordDirect
Christy Hubbard Senior Counsel, Marketing, Operations and Services PetSmart, Inc.
David Hubbard VP & Deputy General Counsel - Marketing Verizon Communications
Sabrina Hudson Associate Director - Corporate Counsel H. J. Heinz Company
Megan Ivory Carr Manager, Government Affairs 3M
Jonathan Jackman Legal Counsel Nestle USA, Inc.
Jane Jeannero Senior Corporate Counsel Kellogg Company
Aaron Johnson Director, Business Strategy American Licorice Company
Naomi Johnson Public Affairs Specialist State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
Rebeca Johnson Chief Marketing Officer Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Mariola Kalinska Senior Client Manager Corbis Entertainment
Catherine Karol Counsel General Motors Company
Sharon Kohn Chief Counsel Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
Beth Kotran Counsel Ferrero USA, Inc.
Lauren Lacey Associate General Counsel - North America, Global Commercial & Growth The Hershey Company
Sheila Lehr Managing Counsel of Marketing & Intellectual Property McDonald`s Corporation
Liza Levitt Assistant General Counsel Intuit Inc.
Jim Lewis Global IP Counsel Kellogg Company
Michael Madigan Managing Counsel - Brands and Trademarks R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Jennifer Magyar Director Global Contracts & Advertising Subway
Robin McDougall Paralegal Lufthansa German Airlines
Michael McSunas Senior Counsel Chrysler Group LLC
Michael McVickar Associate General Counsel General Growth Properties, Inc.
Michael Monahan Director - Regulatory Affairs Mattel, Inc.
Smitha Mortis Legal Counsel PayPal, Inc.
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.
Dan Noonan Legal Director Dell Inc.
Clayton Parkhill Marketing Analyst Libman Company
Ken Patel Vice President & Associate General Counsel The Procter & Gamble Company
Chris Roblyer Senior Managing Counsel, Strategic Marketing Coca-Cola Company
Amy Rodgers Senior Attorney Shell Oil Company
Brent Sanders Associate General Counsel Microsoft Corporation
Kevin Saul Associate General Counsel Apple Inc.
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
Valyncia Simmons Senior Counsel, Marketing Altria Group, Inc.
Mert Simons General Attorney AT&T Services, Inc.
Yvonne Skasko General Attorney AT&T Inc.
Rosa Son Senior Counsel Johnson & Johnson
Barbara Stevens Vice President and Corporate Counsel Prudential Insurance Company of America
Sidney White General Attorney AT&T Consumer Services
James Williams Attorney General Motors Company
David Buzby Director, Government Relations ANA
Daniel Jaffe Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations ANA
Meghan Salome Manager, Government Relations ANA
Keith Scarborough Senior Vice President, Government Relations ANA

Next Meeting(s)

Legal Affairs
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
New York , NY

Prior Meeting(s)

Legal Affairs
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
New York , NY

Legal Affairs
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
New York , NY

Legal Affairs
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
New York , NY

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Eve Reiter, VP, Global Agency Relations, American Express and Chair of ANA Agency Relations Committee

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