The Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) Advisory Board

Topics: Leadership, Thomson Reuters

The Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) Advisory Board is a critical element of Thomson Reuters’ company-wide commitment to foster an inclusive workplace where all employees are valued and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

These are the members of  TWLL Advisory Board:

Sophie Anger

In her role as Marketing Properties, Associate General Counsel – Global Petcare, Systems & Processes at Mars, Sophie is responsible for the collaborative development and execution of global business and marketing brand strategies and the coordination and oversight of the day-to-day Global Petcare TM portfolio, including trademark and copyright clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and related domain name, trade dress and online/social media activities.

Among the company’s portfolio are brands such as PEDIGREE, WHISKAS, ROYAL CANIN, CESAR and SHEBA. Under the “TM Systems” hat, Sophie takes an active role in the enhancement of the IP Systems and Docketing tools for the broader Marketing Properties team.

Read more about Sophie’s view of TWLL’s influence.

 LeeAnn Black

LeeAnn Black is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Latham & Watkins, a leading global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 30+ offices across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

LeeAnn is a member of the Latham & Watkins Executive Committee and oversees Latham’s global operations and is responsible for the firm’s strategic financial management.

Before joining Latham & Watkins, LeeAnn was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of the New York State Certified Public Accountants Association.

Bindu Dhaliwal

Bindu Dhaliwal is Ombudsman at BMO Financial Group. Prior to her current role, Bindu was Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), responsible for BMO’s sustainability performance disclosure; identifying and evaluating emerging ESG issues; and engagement activities with stakeholders on sustainability matters. Bindu was also the founding chair of BMO’s Legal & Compliance Diversity Council.

Bindu is a frequent speaker on sustainability trends in the financial services sector, social finance and diversity & inclusion in the legal profession. In 2014, Bindu was awarded the Top 10 30-Something award by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Also of note is her work outside the legal profession. Bindu has been a longstanding community leader and advocate for diversity and equity issues. She currently sits on the board of two not-for-profit organizations and has co-authored educational tools on equity issues. For these and other efforts, Bindu has received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Prior to her current role, Bindu supported the Wealth Management lines of business. Prior to joining BMO, Bindu was an associate at a national law firm and clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has a LL.B. from Queen’s University.

Kim Koopersmith

Kim Koopersmith is the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Kim guides the strategic direction of the firm, heads the firm’s management committee and plays a leading role in ensuring the firm’s continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence. She has played a key role in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership.

Prior to her role in management, Kim was a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters and served as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.

Throughout her career, Kim has taken on a substantial role in pioneering many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent. She has been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including the firm’s participation in numerous scholarships and pipeline efforts. She is also an active participant in legal industry efforts to address diversity.

See what Kim is saying about TWLL’s focus on action

Sheila Murphy

Sheila Murphy

Sheila M. Murphy is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife. She leads the Distribution and Products Unit where she provides litigation support and advice to the Retail Group of the Americas. Sheila’s focus is on disputes relating to the sale, suitability or performance of life insurance products, annuities and investments and matters arising from alleged sales of unauthorized products and investments.

In addition, to her litigation responsibilities, Sheila has assumed leadership roles across all of MetLife. She serves on the Advisory Board to MetLife’s Women’s Business Network, the Legal Affairs IT Governance Committee, and co-chairs the Management Development Committee of Legal Affairs Academy. She was previously a member of the Retention and Development Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee and is also a mentor in the Legal Affairs Mentoring Program. Sheila is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, where she participates in its International Committee and is chair of the Logistics Subcommittee of the General Counsel Institute Committee.

Because of her commitment to nurturing other women in business, in 2010, Sheila was presented with the Highest Leaf Award from the Women’s Venture Fund. In 2011, she was named a Most Influential Irish Woman by the Irish Voice.

Sheila is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she worked on the Comparative Labor Law Journal and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to joining MetLife, Sheila was a litigation associate at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Her practice focused on complex financial litigation.

See why Sheila thinks TWLL is a “natural fit” for her mission!

Therese Pritchard

Therese Pritchard serves as Co-Chair of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. She previously served on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees, as the leader of the White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group and as Asia Coordinator, overseeing the firm’s offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She has concentrated on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation for more than 30 years.

Therese has represented major public companies, banks, accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, the DOJ, FINRA and the federal banking agencies. She also has extensive experience conducting independent investigations on, behalf of, and providing counsel to, boards of directors and audit committees of public companies.

Therese was with the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1982 to 1991. Therese served as an assistant director from 1986 on and handled many of its most notable Wall Street cases. In October 2013, she was honored by Securities Docket as being among the top 40 securities enforcement defense attorneys in the industry in its inaugural “Enforcement 40.”

Read more about Therese’s view on TWLL’s advocacy role.

Valerie Radwaner

Valerie Radwaner is Deputy Chair of Paul Weiss, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and a partner in the Finance Practice Group of the firm’s Corporate Department. As Deputy Chair of Paul Weiss, Valerie works with the Chair of the firm and the firm’s Management Committee to develop, oversee and implement the firm’s strategic priorities.

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Valerie has extensive experience representing major corporations, financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity sponsors in acquisition financings, bank financings, mezzanine financings, second-lien financings, asset-based loans, restructurings and DIP and exit facilities.

In addition to serving on the Thomson Reuters Women’s Transformative Leadership Advisory Board, Valerie is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Women in Law Empowerment Forum.  Valerie’s advocacy for women has been recognized by various organizations. She was profiled in LEADERS Magazine’s “Women Leaders” January 2018 edition, featured in Crain’s New York Business’ inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City in 2017, and was recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group in the “Best in Corporate Governance” category of its Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She is a member of the 30% Club and a member of the Center for Talent and Innovation. Valerie is also a member of the Northeast Board of Directors of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation.

Read more about Valerie’s view on TWLL’s collaborative role.

Deirdre Stanley

Deirdre is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Thomson Reuters. In this capacity she oversees all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department, which includes over 120 lawyers in 15 countries. She also is responsible for the company’s government and regulatory affairs function, and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Deirdre is a member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Board of Directors of Con Edison, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters as General Counsel in 2002, Deirdre held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel at IAC (previously USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Deirdre served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz McKeon is Partner and Chair of Morgan Lewis and directs the firm’s strategic growth and its steadfast commitment to client service. In her practice, she counsels clients in high-stakes crisis litigation and investigations involving business disputes, fraud, class and mass action cases.

Before her election as Chair, Jami led the firm’s global litigation practice — its largest practice. She is a longtime advocate for diversity throughout the legal profession.

Jamie is a longtime advocate for diversity throughout the legal profession. With Jami’s election as Chair, Morgan Lewis is the world’s largest law firm led by a woman.




Tope Yusuf


Tope Yusuf is currently Vice President, Employment at NBCUniversal where she serves as the primary employment lawyer for several of NBCUniversal’s businesses including Ad Sales and NBC Sports. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, she was a partner in the New York office of Arent Fox LLP. She graduated from Columbia Law School where she serves as an Adjunct Professor for Legal Writing. She resides in Harlem with her husband and two children.

Ms. Yusuf was also a member of the 2018 Rising Stars Cohort.

Read more about Tope’s reasons for joining TWL’s Advisory Board.