How Firms, State and Local Government Attorneys Can Conquer Top Challenges



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There’s a new legal landscape for government attorneys and the law firms that work alongside them. State attorneys general are approaching their work in new ways, spearheading litigation in targeted areas like data privacy and public health. And in the private practice world, there’s a complementary trend – a number of law firms are creating or building up their state AG practices in response.

Join this webcast to gain an understanding of the legal landscape for state attorneys general and other government attorneys, including how law firms are responding to the demand for state AG work, the challenges and triumphs of modern state AGs and the issues they are targeting most through litigation

7 critical issues will be addressed during this webcast:

  • What areas of litigation have recently been priorities for state attorneys general and other government attorneys?
  • How have law firms responded to the increase in demand for state attorney general work? 
  • How can state attorneys general and other government attorneys work within budget constraints and other resource limits to get mission-critical litigation and transactions accomplished?  
  • How do they ensure justice is served despite complex legal issues in myriad areas requiring special knowledge?
  • How are state AGs using technological innovation to simplify work processes?
  • What are some best practices for staying abreast of legislation and federal developments, decisions and trends?
  • We’ll also discuss how to advance research skills and keep knowledge updated.

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Karl A. Racine • Attorney General   Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia 

Attorney General Racine draws on over 25 years of legal and leadership experience in his work on behalf of District residents. Over the course of his career, he has worked at the D.C. Public Defender Service, where he represented District residents who could not afford a lawyer, served as Associate White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, and worked on criminal cases and complex civil litigation at private firms. While in private practice, he was elected managing partner of his firm, Venable LLP, and became the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 American law firm.


Natalie O. Ludaway • Partner  • Crowell & Moring LLP

Natalie O. Ludaway is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of its State Attorneys General Enforcement & Investigations and Advertising & Media groups. With both government and private practice experience, Natalie approaches matters with a true appreciation for the complexities of the regulatory, enforcement, and litigation spaces. She counsels and represents clients in connection with investigations, enforcement matters, and litigation. Natalie also provides unique representation for clients engaged in matters with the government of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Council.


Betsy Miller • Partner   Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Betsy A. Miller is a partner at Cohen Milstein and co-chairs the firm’s Public Client practice. Miller represents state attorneys general and municipalities in investigations and litigation involving consumer fraud. Previous roles for Miller include serving as the chief of staff and senior counsel to the D.C. attorney general and as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Miller is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.


Lisa Helem • Editor-in-Chief  • The National Law Journal | Legal Times 

Lisa Helem is the editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal. In this role, she oversees content and strategy for the publication, which covers the U.S. Supreme Court, litigation, federal agencies and key players in the legal profession. She also oversees publication of the NLJ’s monthly magazine, contributed columns and special reports—which include the NLJ 500 and the D.C. Litigation Departments of the Year. Lisa also writes about law firm leadership, key D.C. lawyers and diversity. Earlier in her career, Lisa, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, practiced commercial litigation at an AmLaw 100 firm and wrote for outlets including Newsweek and People magazines.


Cheryl Miller • Senior Writer  • The National Law Journal

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the California legislature, the state judiciary and state and local agencies, including the attorney general’s office. She also reports on emerging industries, such as state-legal cannabis. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law.



Teresa Harmon • Vice President, SLG  LexisNexis 

Teresa Harmon is Vice President of the State & Local Government business for LexisNexis North American Research Solutions. In this role, she serves practicing attorneys and government professionals in state & local government agencies. In this space, she is responsible for Market Strategy, Marketing, Customer Satisfaction, and Sales for legal research and practical guidance products.

Previously, Teresa led product and go-to-market strategy for law schools and law firm markets (with 50 attorneys or more).

Teresa joined LexisNexis in Dayton, OH in 2008 after obtaining her MBA from the University of Chicago. She also has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Michigan.

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