CLM Further Expands in the Corporate Sector

Appoints Senior Counsel from Verizon and Kraft Foods to Advisory Board and Forms Commercial Litigation Committee.

New York, NY, May 21, 2009 --( The Council on Litigation Management (CLM) has announced the appointment of two corporate Senior Counsel to the CLM Advisory Board. Patrick Oot of Verizon and Paul McDonald of Kraft Foods have accepted the Board appointments, effective June 1, 2009. In addition the Council has developed a Commercial Litigation Committee focused on creating and implementing a strong platform for collaboration and education among CLM members who manage commercial litigation.

“The appointments to our Advisory Board and formation of the Commercial Litigation Committee are intended to fortify the tri-partite relationship,” said Domenick DiCicco, Zurich’s SVP, Chief Legal Officer and CLM Advisory Board Chairman. “We welcome these accomplished corporate officers to further promote the depth, diversity and experience of the board, whose members include top insurance and corporate executives.”

Mr. Oot is Director of Electronic Discovery and Senior Litigation Counsel at Verizon in Washington, D.C. Inside Counsel Magazine named Verizon's e-discovery team as one of the ten most innovative legal groups of 2006 and 2007. Patrick has extensive experience in discovery practices involving commercial litigation, regulatory filings, and antitrust matters. He is charged with advising Verizon's business units on electronic discovery while developing new technologies and strategies that meet the goals of Rule 1 of The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He has also testified as Verizon's 30(b)(6) witness for discovery-related inquiries in other matters. Patrick has testified before the United States Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence where he presented Verizon's position and contributed language included in its draft to the Judicial Conference. Patrick actively participates in The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Product. He lectures regularly at educational events, legal conferences, and general counsel round tables internationally. Mr. Oot received both his B.A. and J.D. from Syracuse University and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts and is also registered corporate counsel in Virginia.

Mr. McDonald is Senior Counsel in the Corporate and Legal Affairs Department of Kraft Foods at headquarters outside Chicago, IL. He provides antitrust and sales counseling for Kraft’s North America Sales, and Global Supply Chain, organizations, and also supports marketing, corporate governance, and acquisition and divestiture functions. Prior to joining Kraft, Mr. McDonald was an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and subsequently, as an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, he participated on litigation teams representing Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation; Verizon and MCI; and Auto Alliance, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Mr. McDonald currently serves as a Division Co-Director for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation; for the upcoming Bar Year, 2009-2010, he will serve as a Vice Chair for the Section’s Corporate Counsel Committee. He is a Planning Committee member for the 2009 ABA National Conference for the Minority Lawyer. Mr. McDonald received his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Advisory Board member Michael Boutot will be leaving the Board to focus on his new business endeavors. “Michael was instrumental in the growth of the Council,” said CLM’s Executive Director Adam Potter. “We value his past contributions and look forward to his continued involvement with the Council.”

About the Council on Litigation Management
The Council is a nonpartisan alliance committed to furthering the highest standards of litigation management. The Council sponsors educational programs, provides resources, fosters communications, and recognizes lawyers who meet high standards. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only, based on nominations from CLM Fellows. . CLM members include risk management professionals, attorneys and litigation support professionals. For further information, please visit


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Adam Potter