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January 2018

New York Partner Mercedes Colwin Featured Speaker at the 2018 PLUS D&O Symposium

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani New York partner Mercedes Colwin will shed light on "toxic" corporate culture in a TED talk format presentation titled "The Corporate Culture Effect" at the 2018 PLUS D&O Symposium on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Colwin's presentation is part of the PLUS D&O Annual Symposium which runs from January 31 to February 1, 2018 at the Mariott Marquis in New York City.

Colwin will provide insight on what can be learned from companies that have operated with "toxic" corporate cultures. Culture is fostered by "those at the top"- yet news continues to spread more and more about instances of “toxic” cultures in very prominent companies. In this day and age when brand equity is tantamount to success- there is a struggle to understand when cultural toxicity can be the demise of the brand. Is inept oversight or faulty framework to blame? Are employees not seen as the key to a company’s success? Through Colwin's presentation, the audience take away clear understanding of creating corporate culture from those who have clearly done it wrong- along with those that may have it right.

Colwin is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s New York office. She handles a wide variety of litigation including employment law, commercial litigation, products liability, civil rights violations and criminal law. Colwin has successfully tried 49 cases to verdict in various jurisdictions throughout the nation and regularly defends executives from Fortune 500 companies charged with allegations of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct. Prior to entering private practice, Colwin devoted several years in the public sector where she was a gubernatorial appointee as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her nine year service, while a partner at a major regional New York Law firm, she presided over three-thousand cases under the Federal and State antidiscrimination laws. Forbes Business American Airlines named Colwin one of the six most influential women in America's list that included former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Notre Dame Law School also presented Colwin with the prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award for her outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer of the highest ethical and moral standards who exemplifies commitment to community service. Additionally, she was selected as one of the “Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resource Executive Magazine. Widely regarded as one of the top national legal analysts for the FOX News Network, she appears to discuss critical legal issues and high profile cases dominating the news.

For more information on the 2018 PLUS D&O Symposium, please click here.

Mercedes Colwin