Lisa Willis, Co-Chair
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Willis worked as an associate at an IP boutique and an international law firm based in New York City where she represented clients in all aspects of domestic and international trademark clearance prosecution, enforcement and litigation matters. Ms. Willis has experience in a variety of industries including fashion, sports and entertainment, cosmetics, technology and financial services. She has also litigated trade secrets, employment and general commercial matters.
Ms. Willis is a frequent lecturer on trademark law. She has lectured at the AIPLA Annual Trademark Bootcamp, Parsons The New School of Design and New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Fashion Law Committee. Ms. Willis was recognized as a 2014, 2015 and 2016 New York “Rising Star” in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. She was named a 2016 and 2017 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005.
Conway Ekpo, Co-Chair
Conway Ekpo is in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley where he is an Executive Director covering the firm's international Wealth Management business which has over $2.2 trillion in assets under management. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was in-house counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was part of the legal team tasked with advising the bank's Global Wealth & Investment Management line of business. Conway is also an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, where he teaches a course on New York civil procedure. Prior to transitioning in-house, Conway practiced financial services litigation as an associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, Riker Danzig LLP and the New York office of Heller Ehrman LLP.
Conway was the recipient of the New York City Bar Association’s 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award, the Garden State Bar Association's 2016 Young Lawyer Award, and the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s 2016 Rising Star Award all in recognition for his efforts as a founding member of 1844. 1844 is a group of black male lawyers practicing in New York City in large law firms and in-house legal departments for Fortune 500 companies; the group’s name "1844" is in reference to the year that the first black person, Macon Bolling Allen, was admitted to practice law in America.
Conway was selected as a 2016 Fellow in the Council of Urban Professionals. He currently serves on the National and Northeast Advisory Boards as well as the National Moot Court Board of Advisors for the National Black Law Students Association and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.
Conway earned his B.S. in architectural engineering at the University of Kansas and his J.D. at Rutgers School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.