Karen M. Litsinger today began her term as the 32nd President
of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association
(WMACCA), the region’s premier professional association for in-house
With nearly 2,200 members from more than 700 corporations and
private-sector organizations, WMACCA is a significant professional
resource for in-house counsel in Washington, D.C., Virginia and suburban
Maryland. WMACCA is a leading regional bar association for in-house
lawyers, and one of the largest chapters of the Association of Corporate
The WMACCA Annual Meeting program featured Lauren Stevens, former Vice
President & Associate General Counsel with GlaxoSmithKline, who in 2011
was cleared of criminal charges brought by the U.S. Department of
Justice. She had been accused of obstructing a U.S. Food and Drug
Administration investigation into off-label marketing of a GSK
More than 150 attendees listened in silence as Ms. Stevens recounted her
four-year ordeal as the target of a federal investigation and
indictment. “You can’t go through this and not be changed personally and
professionally,” she said. The support of family, friends, co-workers
and others helped sustain her, as did words she attributed to the late
Elizabeth Edwards, that bad things happen and “you have to deal with it.”
Ms. Litsinger began her one-year term as President at WMACCA’s Annual
Meeting, held at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Previously, she had served
as President-elect and a Board member of WMACCA. Ms. Litsinger plans to
emphasize ways to build stronger relationships between members through
many formal and informal networking opportunities.
Ms. Litsinger is senior vice president, corporate development, and
general counsel of Mirixa Corporation, which provides a web-based
clinical platform used by pharmacists to improve the quality and
accessibility of healthcare to patients. She has fifteen years of
experience assisting technology companies with their legal and business
development activities. She previously was a partner at Sonnenschein
Nath and Rosenthal LLP (now SNR Denton) and vice president in charge of
transactions in the America Online (AOL) Legal Department. Ms. Litsinger
has long been active in WMACCA and ACC, often speaking at continuing
education programs and the ACC Annual Meeting. She also serves on the
Boards of Directors of Ayuda, Inc. and the Holton-Arms Alumnae
At the Annual Meeting, the following WMACCA officers were elected:
Dean A. Manson, executive vice president, general counsel, and
secretary, EchoStar Corp., as President-elect.
Luise M. Welby, managing associate general counsel, Freddie Mac, as
Vice President, External Relations.
Robert N. Falk, general counsel, Human Rights Campaign, as Vice
David A. Kessler, senior director – legal McAfee, Inc., as Vice
President, Public Policy.
Evan S. Stolove, vice president and deputy general counsel, Fannie
Mae, as Secretary.
Tamara Jack, assistant general counsel, LMI, as Treasurer.
The other members of the WMACCA Board of Directors, who were elected,
reelected or continue to serve, are:
Afsanah Ambrose, general counsel, Acumen Solutions Inc.
Michael Finn, vice president and general counsel, General Dynamics
Advanced Information Systems.
Samuel Flax, executive vice president and general counsel of American
Carol Rick Gibbons, vice president and senior associate general
counsel of Capital One Financial Corporation, as treasurer.
Navid Haghighi, executive vice president, general counsel and
secretary, XO Holdings, Inc.
Maryanne Lavan, senior vice president and general counsel of Lockheed
Anne Milem, vice president and associate general counsel of Sallie Mae.
Sherry Rhodes, vice president and general counsel of Noblis Inc.
James Williams, vice president and general counsel of Liquidity
Michael Wu, general counsel of Rosetta Stone.
Simone Wu, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate
secretary, Choice Hotels International.
With almost 2,200 members, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate
Counsel Association (WMACCA) serves the professional needs of in-house
counsel in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia, and suburban
Maryland. WMACCA is a professional association for the in-house bar, and
a leading chapter of the global Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
WMACCA fosters advancements in the standards of corporate legal practice
and provides its members with more than 70 substantive networking,
education, and professional development programs each year. More
information about WMACCA is available on its Web site: http://wmacca.acc.com.