First Monday in October 2017
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2017 Gould Award Winners
Barry H. Berke
Barry H. Berke, Co-chair of the Litigation department of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents officers, directors, professionals and corporations in sensitive and highprofile investigations and proceedings. Some of his recent notable representations include securing the acquittal of a Deutsche Bank investment professional, and the deferred prosecution of another, in a criminal case that the government described as its largest tax shelter prosecution; successfully representing former SAC Capital Fund Advisors fund manager Michael Steinberg in a prominent insider-trading case that was ultimately dropped by U.S. prosecutors; and successfully representing the Mayor of New York City in connection with federal and local investigations.
Mr. Berke is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation as one of the leading white collar criminal defense lawyers in the United States. In 2017, Chambers USA ranked Mr. Berke in its top band for his success as a trial lawyer nationwide and named him one of the top four “star individuals” among white collar criminal defense lawyers in New York. Quoting market peers, Chambers has described him as a “preeminent trial lawyer” and “one of the top white-collar lawyers in the country” who is known for his “strategic ingeniousness,” “incredibly sharp legal mind” and “great connection with juries.” Legal 500 called Mr. Berke “one of the most high-profile and sought after white-collar attorneys in New York” and “superb.” Benchmark Litigation has consistently named him a litigation star, naming him “the go-to guy for white collar trial work.” Mr. Berke was also named in 2010 and 2014-2016 as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in New York by Super Lawyers. He was selected as the Am Law Litigation Daily’s Litigator of the Week for April 23, 2015, and May 27, 2011.
Mr. Berke is co-author of the textbook The Practice of Federal Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense, published by Thomson/West’s American Casebook Series. He has taught courses on criminal law and professional responsibility at New York University School of Law, and lectures frequently on criminal justice issues in a variety of forums.
Mr. Berke serves as Chairman of the board of directors of the Coalition for the Homeless and is a member and former Chairman (2014-2016) of the board of directors of the Federal Defenders of New York Inc. He was also appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as his designee on the Lincoln Center board of directors, and is a member of the board of advisors of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Prior to joining Kramer Levin, Mr. Berke was a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders office for the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University, and clerked for the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe of the Southern District of New York.
John F. Savarese
John F. Savarese has been a partner in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for over 25 years, and is regularly recognized as one of the world's top litigators, including being selected in International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide and Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 corporations, global financial institutions and senior executives in SEC and other regulatory enforcement proceedings, as well as white-collar criminal investigations, complex securities litigations and internal investigations.
Mr. Savarese worked in the United States Attorneys' Office for the Southern District of New York, where he tried numerous jury trials, received the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, and also served as Chief Appellate Attorney.
Mr. Savarese teaches a course on white-collar criminal law and procedure at Harvard Law School, serves on the executive committee of the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as adviser to the ALI's project on principles of law, compliance, enforcement, and risk management. Mr. Savarese also is chairman of the board of trustees of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, a member of the board of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the former president of the board of trustees of the Brearley School in New York.
Mr. Savarese graduated from Harvard University in 1977 and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
2017 Counsel For Justice Award Recipient
Christopher P. Reynolds
As Managing Officer for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Mr. Reynolds functions at the global parent company as General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Deputy Chief Officer for the General Administrative & Human Resources Group.
As Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), he is responsible for the North American functions of Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Corporate Strategy and Legal, among others. Mr. Reynolds also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for TMNA.
Previously, he was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of TMNA and Group Vice President, Chief Environmental Officer and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2007, Mr. Reynolds was a partner at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in New York City. While at the law firm, he also worked as manager of the New York office's labor and employment law group. He served as a member of the firm's advisory board and as chair of the firm's diversity committee.
Earlier, Mr. Reynolds served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, and as a law clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit in Detroit.
Mr. Reynolds grew up amid the auto industry in Detroit as the son of a Ford River Rouge plant worker and a registered nurse. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with honors at Kalamazoo College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1983. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986.