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Monday, April 30, 2018

  • General Session: Solicitors' General Perspective

    Location: Platinum Ballroom DE,
    Conference Center Level 2


    Speaker(s)

    Elaine J. Goldenberg, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

    Roman Martinez, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

    Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel, Mortgage Bankers Association

    General Session

    Join us for a panel discussion featuring speakers who’ve served in the Office of the Solicitor General for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Learn their perspectives on the Supreme Court docket and matters moving through the Courts of Appeals.

    Speaker(s)

    Elaine J. Goldenberg, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

    Elaine Goldenberg is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals.  Ms. Goldenberg joined the firm in 2017 from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. She has argued 12 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. During her five-year tenure in the Solicitor General’s Office, she briefed 20 Supreme Court cases at the merits stage and more than 100 cases at the certiorari stage, as well as helping to formulate the government’s positions and appellate strategy in the lower courts. Ms. Goldenberg has extensive experience in securities law, foreign-state immunity, constitutional law, and extraterritoriality questions.  Ms. Goldenberg has played a critical role in numerous significant matters before the Supreme Court. In the area of securities law, she argued for the government in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission and in Chadbourne and Parke LLP v. Troice, and she wrote the government’s brief in Salman v. United States, an important case about the standard for insider-trading liability. With respect to foreign-state immunity and extraterritoriality, Ms. Goldenberg argued for the government in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company, which clarified the meaning of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and RJR Nabisco v. The European Community, which explained how to conduct an extraterritoriality analysis. She also argued various other cases involving the interpretation of federal statutes. In recognition of her work, Ms. Goldenberg was awarded the DOJ’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Handling of Appeals.  Prior to her government service, Ms. Goldenberg spent more than a decade in private practice. During that time, she focused on appellate litigation, with a particular emphasis on communications, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and government contracts, and she argued cases in a number of federal and state appellate courts.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Goldenberg clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Jed Rakoff in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Roman Martinez, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

    Roman Martinez is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. As a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, he focuses primarily on appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts. Mr. Martinez has handled civil and criminal matters involving a wide range of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues, and he has argued cases in the Supreme Court and the D.C., Ninth, and Federal Circuits, among other courts.  Mr. Martinez recently rejoined Latham after serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the US Department of Justice. In that role, he represented the United States in litigation before the Supreme Court and advised the Solicitor General with respect to the government’s appellate litigation throughout the country.  Mr. Martinez has argued seven cases in the Supreme Court, including important cases in the fields of patent law, criminal law, civil rights, and civil procedure. He has filed over 70 briefs in the Supreme Court involving a wide range of legal issues, including tax, securities, intellectual property, criminal, environmental, education, civil rights, immigration, and First Amendment law. In recognition of his achievements, he recently received the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s 2016 “Rising Star Award.”  At Latham, Mr. Martinez handles civil and criminal matters involving an array of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues. He also consults with clients to develop creative approaches to difficult legal questions that arise in and out of litigation.  Mr. Martinez previously served as an associate at Latham in the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. During that time, Mr. Martinez led a team that successfully invalidated a Department of Veterans Affairs regulation depriving veterans of important due process rights when seeking disability benefits. Mr. Martinez was awarded the National Organization of Veterans Advocates’ “Veterans Community Service Award” for his work on the case. Mr. Martinez also authored appellate briefs in high-profile cases in a broad range of substantive areas including administrative law, civil procedure, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, voting rights, product liability law, and the law of arbitration.  Before joining Latham, Mr. Martinez served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit.  Mr. Martinez also previously served as an advisor on the Iraqi Constitutional Process to the US Ambassador to Iraq in 2005; as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2005; and as an advisor on Iraq’s postwar political transition at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism and the US Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award for his service in Iraq.  Mr. Martinez is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and he serves on the US Chamber of Commerce's Administrative Law & Government Litigation Advisory Committee. He previously served as a member of the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and other publications.

    Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Helen R. Kanovsky is General Counsel at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where she oversees the association's internal legal affairs, compliance and human resources operations. Prior to joining MBA, Helen was the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Helen served stints as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at the AFL-CIO Housing Trust, and as General Counsel at both GE Capital Management and Skyline Financial Services. Additionally, Helen worked in private practice and on Capitol Hill, where she served as Chief of Staff to then-Senator (and former Secretary of State) John Kerry.