Category Archives: Year 2018

Nicole Lester Arrindell

Nicole L. Arrindell is currently Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. In this role, Nicole manages a team that helps consumers resolve complaints against city businesses and she manages two litigation teams that investigate and prosecute illegal, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices, with a focus on schemes and scams directed at vulnerable populations, immigrants, and low-income communities.

Before joining city government, Nicole was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Consumer Rights
Project at MFY Legal Services (“MFY”), where she represented low-income and
underrepresented New Yorkers facing legal issues such as unfair debt collection practices,
identity theft, foreclosure, and foreclosure rescue scams.

Barbara Graves-Poller

Barbara Graves-Poller is a Senior Counsel in the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department and Chair of the Women in the Courts Task Force at the City Bar, the committee that has organized public programs on language access in the courts for many years.  Prior to joining the Law Department, Ms. Graves-Poller advocated for low-income New Yorkers at The Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office and MFY Legal Services.  She also served a variety of commercial clients while in private practice before transitioning to full-time public service.  Ms. Graves-Poller earned her law degree and a master’s degree in human rights education at New York University.  

Jomaire Crawford

Jomaire Crawford is a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. In this role, Jomaire specializes in complex commercial litigation and white-collar investigations with a focus on securities and antitrust lawsuits, breach of contract disputes, cross-border criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, Swiss data protection and bank secrecy, and arbitration.

Zalika Pierre

Zalika Pierre is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office. Ms. Pierre is an experienced litigator with a particular focus on defending financial institutions and corporations in all phases of consumer-based litigation in New York and New Jersey, state and federal courts.

Ms. Pierre is well-versed in litigating and arguing complex financial services litigation matters concerning lender liability, consumer fraud, and violations of federal and state consumer protection statutes and regulations, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

In addition, Ms. Pierre has represented a broad variety of corporate defendants in consumer class actions and complex litigation arising from alleged consumer privacy violations and allegations of data misuse.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Pierre focused her practice on defending some of the most prominent insurers and administrators of life, health, disability and annuity policies, in all forms of group and individual policy litigation. Ms. Pierre has experience defending insurers in disputes over policy coverage, lapsed policies and death benefit payments. Ms. Pierre also managed a nationwide portfolio of interpleader actions and litigation involving multistate slayer rules.

Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Board of Directors
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Pathfinder

New York Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Maryland, B.S.

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Karume James

Karume James is currently a staff attorney with The Bronx Defenders in the Criminal Defense Practice, where he has represented hundreds of low-income clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. Karume received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, Associate Research Editor for the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Division, and a recipient of the Regina Crea Memorial Prize at graduation for the most devoted and disinterested service during law school.  Karume began his career as a grassroots organizer, first representing nearly 1,000 unionized healthcare workers at UCLA Hospital, and later as a lead community organizer in South Central Los Angeles and the South Bronx, where he led advocacy campaigns to hold police accountable, increase youth recreational programming to reduce rates of crime and violence, and build community-based resident leadership.  Karume holds a B.A. in African American Studies with a concentration in Psychology from UCLA.

Karume has been actively involved in community-based and civic leadership organizations.  He was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow, and is a member of the Minority Voting Rights Committee of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.  He is currently a board member with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and the co-chair of the MBBA’s Community Service Committee.

Carolyn Edgar

Carolyn Edgar is Managing Counsel – Technology, Intellectual Property and Social Media at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Carolyn works on technology and procurement transactions, including software licenses, application services, SaaS, Cloud, consulting services agreements, software development agreements, information services and business process outsourcing agreements. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Carolyn was Vice President and Legal Counsel for The Estée Lauder Companies. Carolyn is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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Alison L. Moore

alison-mooreAlison L. Moore is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at JPMorgan. Alison works with global, cross-functional teams to address emerging legal issues of strategic importance to the firm identified by the General Counsel and her management team, such as cyber-security and data ownership. She also serves as Senior Counsel to the Global Markets Infrastructure team, advising on matters relevant to how the firm moves cash and securities throughout the world.

In her prior role, Alison was a lead attorney for the Investor Services division of JPMorgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. In that role, she advised senior business leaders on legal and commercial matters; supported custody, fund administration and collateral management products; and managed a team of experienced attorneys.

Prior to joining the Legal Department at J.P. Morgan, Alison was a transactional attorney in private practice at several large law firms in New York City. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Alison is active in the community. In addition to her mentoring activities, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Adams Street Foundation (the non-profit arm of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice High School in Brooklyn, NY).

Among other recognitions, Alison was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List (2014) and honored as one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business (2015).

Alison received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University and her law degree from Columbia Law School.

Calvin Wingfield

wingfieldcCalvin Wingfield is a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Litigation Department and a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. Mr. Wingfield has experience in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark litigation, patent enforcement, and intellectual property counseling. He received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.S. from Morehouse College.