Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces that alongside Erika Schenk, general counsel and vice president of compliance at World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), attorneys Brian Kaveney and Brad Bakker have been selected as the recipients of a 2018 Law360 Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. The Burton Awards program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress, recognizes Schenk, Kaveney and Bakker for an article they co-authored. They were chosen from nominations submitted by the nation’s top 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms.
The article, titled “How Employers Can Mitigate Insider Threats,” appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket magazine. The article discusses the use of unique, proactive background checks during hiring decisions to ensure companies retain trustworthy individuals. In addition, the article discusses laws that impact how private and publicly traded companies, particularly growing entities, work to mitigate insider threats.
“Our attorneys regularly deal with very complex matters and because of their deep understanding, are able to clearly explain such matters to our clients,” said John Beulick, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale. “We are very proud of Brian, Brad and Erika and will continue to look for opportunities to partner with clients and share key insights and cutting-edge developments across industries.”
For example, the article also covers regulatory guidance on the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. Many gray areas remain, including exceptions for national security positions and the wide variability among state and local laws. The article highlights the need for collaboration among human resources, security and legal counsel to analyze issues in a proactive manner to protect the company.
Schenk joined WWT, a $10 billion privately held global IT systems integrator, in July 2014 as its first general counsel, and in this role has been responsible for building the legal and compliance function for the global organization. She is a member of the company’s Executive Team, and also serves on the Advisory Council of the WWT Women’s Leadership Forum. Schenk came to WWT from The Boeing Company, where she served as Senior Counsel, and prior to that worked in private practice. Schenk earned her law degree at St. Louis University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class. Prior to law school, Schenk earned her degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During college, she also worked part time at the local NBC affiliate as a both reporter and producer.
Kaveney, a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry captain and writer for the Secretary of the Navy’s office, is nationally recognized in the field of industrial security law. He founded and leads Armstrong Teasdale’s Industrial Security practice area in its representation of universities, research and development laboratories, key employees such as dual citizens, and trustworthy individuals. He also serves as counsel to numerous large privately held and publicly traded companies that have both government and commercial work. In addition, Kaveney has extensive experience with facility clearance issues, government contracts, and federal administrative and regulatory issues. His team, including former industrial professionals and government agency personnel, implements strong prevention programs with collaboration to avoid costly delays in line with the culture of the client’s organization.
Bakker is an experienced employment counselor and litigator at Armstrong Teasdale whose clients include public and private companies. He conducts workplace investigations and represents employers on issues before the EEOC and other administrative bodies. He also addresses risks related to Title VI and Title IX for large educational institutions. Bakker regularly counsels universities about the shifting and complex regulations for Title IX compliance.
The full text of the article is available at www.armstrongteasdale.law. An award ceremony will be held on May 21 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress to recognize all winners.
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