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The General Counsel Initiative Leadership Team

The General Counsel Initiative leadership team has over 100 years of cumulative experience in the areas of law most relevant to small and medium-sized businesses, such as employment law, contract drafting, risk management, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, commercial transactions, and estate and succession planning.

Michael G. Trachtman

Director, General Counsel Initiative

For over 40 years, Michael G. Trachtman has counseled businesses in the myriad of legal issues that affect their growth and profitability, and he serves as the outside general counsel to an association of over 500 mainly midsized businesses. Mr. Trachtman is the author of two nationally published books on the intersections between law and business, and teaches Law and Entrepreneurship at the Villanova University School of Law.

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Jason J. Herron

assistant Director, General Counsel Initiative

Jason J. Herron focuses his practice on the negotiation and documentation of commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and leases. In addition, Mr. Herron represents lenders and borrowers in various types of commercial financing transactions, and has substantial experience in zoning and land use, contract law, commercial transactions, and general business representation.

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Adam L. Fernandez

assistant Director, General Counsel Initiative

Adam L. Fernandez’s practice focuses on structuring and implementing estate, tax and succession planning strategies for individuals and closely held businesses, as well as assisting clients with the legal and tax aspects of the formation and operation of various business entities, and navigating the complexities of business and real estate transactions. He holds a Master of Laws in taxation.

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Brian R. Elias

assistant Director, General Counsel Initiative

Brian Elias has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex disputes involving diverse areas of law, including breach of contract, construction law, bankruptcy, unfair trade practices, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property, information technology and government investigations.  Based on this experience, Mr. Elias is uniquely positioned to counsel business clients in litigation avoidance, risk management and business planning.

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Mary J. Pedersen

assistant Director, General Counsel Initiative

Mary J. Pedersen’s practice focuses on representation of businesses involved in employment practices claims, shareholder/partnership disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, breach of contract matters and other commercial litigation matters. Ms. Pedersen also assists clients in employment compliance matters, including issues involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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