Student Affairs
Date: November 14, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Location: 401 Lerner Hall
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Rebecca Curtin by sending email to or by calling 212-854-9196.
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Students interested in the law are invited to a panel discussion, Q&A session, and reception with Columbia alumni who have gone to Law School and are practicing careers in the field.

Sponsored by: Center for Career Education, Columbia College Alumni Affairs and Development, Columbia Pre-Law Society, Engineering Development and Alumni Relations, Office of Preprofessional Advising, Student and Alumni Programs

Legally Speaking - Panel Members


Nathan Assor SEAS í72, í73

Nathan Assor is a Partner at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP, which he helped to found in 1982.  Before that, he was associated with the New York City law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.  His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions and private equity fund and portfolio company transactions (including in particular transactions involving media, publishing and information services companies), debt and equity financing transactions, and licensing and other transactions involving software, technology and other intellectual property.  A graduate of Harvard Law School in 1976 and an editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1975-1976, he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 1972 and 1973, respectively.  Mr. Assor is a member of the Business Law Section (and its Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee) and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association.


Bruce Paulsen CCí80

Bruce G. Paulsen graduated from Columbia in 1980 and from Tulane University School of Law in 1985. He is now a member of Seward & Kisselís Litigation Group.  Bruce has practiced law since 1985, and has been a partner since 2002. Described as a "compelling and effective" litigator (Legal 500 2010) Bruce specializes in handling complex commercial disputes.  Commercial disputes handled by Bruce have included contract and other business disputes, fraud, insurance, reinsurance, investment funds, trade claims, securities, commodities, derivatives, international disputes (including international arbitration), banking, real estate, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, regulatory disputes, and others.  He handled the first piracy of a ship owned by an American-based shipping company and has been deeply involved in handling piracy issues before U.S. government agencies. Bruce also handles finance-related shipping disputes.  He has represented bondholders, bond issuers as well as secured lenders in matters arising from some of the most significant financing defaults in the shipping business.  Bruce has successfully defended securities claims brought against publicly financed shipping ventures including claims brought in offshore jurisdictions.  Further, he has acted for ship owners, charterers, lenders, borrowers, marine insurers, shipyards and others in litigations and arbitrations involving more traditional maritime disputes, including environmental matters. Bruce is a member of the Committees on Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation of the American Bar Association and the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association.


Barry Rashkover CC í83

Barry Rashkover graduated from Columbia in 1983 and from Cornell Law School in 1986. He is now a partner in Sidley Austinís New York litigation group and co-global coordinator of Sidley's SEC Enforcement Practice group. His practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement cases brought by government agencies and other regulators including the SEC, FINRA, other self-regulatory organizations, and criminal authorities. Mr. Rashkover generally represents Wall Street financial services firms, investment advisers, public companies, and individuals. Until June 2004, Mr. Rashkover was a senior official in the SECís Enforcement Division where, among other positions, he served as Co-Head of Enforcement and Associate Regional Director for the SEC's Northeast Regional Office. At Sidley, Mr. Rashkover's matters have involved, for example, mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations, investment adviser fiduciary duty, alleged insider trading, alleged stock manipulation, SEC Regulation SHO and other short-sale issues, broker-dealer trade execution, broker-dealer regulatory reporting and operational issues, and financial reporting by public companies. Mr. Rashkover also defends clients in class actions and other securities-related private litigation, counsels regulated entities on securities compliance, and conducts internal investigations.


Stephanie Vogel CC í97

Stephanie Vogel graduated from Columbia in 1997 and from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000. Stephanie Vogel's primary areas of practice at DLA Piper are compliance counseling, internal investigations and commercial litigation. Ms. Vogel has significant experience with all aspects of corporate compliance, including policy development, monitoring, training, risk assessment and reporting. Ms. Vogel also has advised on compliance matters related to data security and privacy, employment, anti-corruption, international trade, antitrust, codes of conduct, corporate governance, records management and financial controls. Ms. Vogelís clients include companies in the fields of insurance, health care, financial services, consumer product manufacturing and telecommunications. Ms. Vogel has conducted internal investigations and represented companies in disclosures to regulators concerning suspected fraud, accounting irregularities, bribery and other misconduct. Ms. Vogelís litigation practice focuses on business, class action, securities and insurance coverage disputes. She has served as national coordinating counsel for a welding wire manufacturer in defense of welding fumes mass tort litigation pending throughout the United States.

Lauren Zuffante SEAS '07

Lauren Zuffante is an associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on complex patent and Hatch-Waxman litigation in the pharmaceutical and chemical arts. While in law school, Ms. Zuffante served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Association and as a member of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board. As an undergraduate, Ms. Zuffante researched alternative energy sources as part of her senior design project. Also as an undergraduate and during the summer prior to starting law school, Ms. Zuffante interned at the law firms of Brown, Raysman, Millstein, Felder & Steiner and Frommer, Lawrence & Haug for a patent prosecution partner.

Ms. Zuffante graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010 with a concentration in intellectual property law and from Columbia University in 2007 with a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in History. Ms. Zuffante is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Zuffante is a member of the Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


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