Our Leadership Team
The HLSA of Washington, D.C. is an alumni volunteer managed organization. We thank our Officers and Board Members for their dedication and support of HLS alumni activities.
For more information about our leadership team or to get involved, please email us at email@example.com
Tony Chan J.D. '03
Tony Chan is a partner in the corporate and securities group at Dechert LLP, where he advises strategic buyers and sellers, as well as financial sponsors and their portfolio companies, in complex corporate transactions. With significant experience with international and cross-border matters, Tony focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and growth equity transactions, as well as corporate finance, emerging company formation and financing, public company governance, and general corporate matters for clients with an emphasis in the life sciences, financial services, and technology sectors. In addition to his practice, he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, where he teaches Mergers and Acquisitions. He also serves on the steering committee for the Corporate and Securities Community of the DC Bar and the board of the Arlington Arts Center.
John Dey J.D. '14
John T. Dey is Senior Counsel in the Office of Law and Policy in the Legal Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to joining the CFPB, John was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Ropes & Gray LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Litigation and Enforcement practice group. While at Ropes, John maintained an active pro bono practice, in which he has worked on the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges and other constitutional and administrative law challenges to federal and state government actions, investigated conditions at a maximum security state prison facility, and represented low-income clients in family law and Social Security benefits matters. At HLS, John was a member of BLSA and served as co-president of HLS Lambda, was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Harvard International Law Journal, and served as a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. During his law school summers, John interned with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. John holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
Omeed Alerasool J.D. '22
Omeed Alerasool will be joining the litigation practice at Elias Law Group in the fall of 2022, after taking the bar exam in his home state of New Jersey. During law school, he worked at the National Redistricting Foundation, Campaign Legal Center, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. He also served as president and co-founder of the Equal Democracy Project and as two-term editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Before law school, Omeed lived in Washington, DC for four years, working as a consulting associate in the antitrust and competition practice of Charles River Associates, an economic and litigation consulting firm. Omeed received his undergraduate degree in economics and international studies from Boston College.
Juanita Hernandez J.D. '85
Juanita C. Hernández is a Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C, focusing her practice on litigation matters. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, served in the Justice Department as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and was a litigator practicing in major law firms in San Antonio. She clerked for the Hon. William Wayne Justice, then Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Within the American Bar Association (ABA), Juanita serves on the Commission for Women in the Legal Profession. She is also previously served on the ABA’s 360 Commission Diversity and Inclusion and the Presidential Appointments Committee. Juanita received her law degree and undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.
Juanita currently serves as president of the HLSA Club of Washington, D.C. She chaired her 30th HLS Reunion, and previously chaired the HLSA Alumnae Network of Washington, D.C. Juanita also co-chairs the HLSA Planning Committee for the Celebration of Latino Alumni 2017. A founding member and chair of the HLSA’s Latino Alumni Committee, Juanita served as a speaker and co-chair of the planning committees for the HLSA Celebration of Latino Alumni in 2005 and 2012 and chaired the HLSA Latino Celebration in San Antonio in 2000. She currently serves on the HLSA Advisory Council and is assisting with planning the HLSA Celebration 65 alumnae reunion in 2018. In 2017, Juanita was awarded the Harvard Alumni Association Award for her outstanding service to Harvard University through her many alumni activities.
Neel Sukhatme J.D. '05
Neel U. Sukhatme is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2021–23, and the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Neel combines his training as an economist with his experience as a practicing attorney in his empirical research, covering topics in criminal law, courts, and patents and innovation. Recently, he co-founded Free Our Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit that helps restore voting rights for people with past felony convictions. Neel’s work has been profiled by various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and ProPublica.
Neel received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Neel clerked for the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Hon. Ann Claire Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Neel previously worked at Latham & Watkins LLP, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois. Neel also co-founded Spindrop, a music technology and Internet radio startup with a novel approach for automatically mixing songs.
Milana Karayanidi LL.M. '16
Milana Karayanidi is a Special Legal Consultant at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. She advises clients on screening of foreign investments by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), U.S. export controls, and U.S. economic sanctions, including in the context of complex corporate transactions and internal investigations. Milana’s practice focuses on renewable energy companies and companies driven by tech & innovation. She holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Viviana Ruiz LL.M. '15
Communications and Technology Co-Chair
Viviana Ruiz is an Attorney at Mayer Brown, LLP. Viviana has extensive experience in developing and managing global intellectual property portfolios for clients in the entertainment, media, pharma, chocolate & confectionery, and spirits & wines industries. She holds an LL.B., magna cum laude, from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Viviana is also an IP Law Specialist graduate of Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), where she graduated top of her class. In addition to her HLSA-DC Board service, Viviana serves as Co-President of the HLS Recent Graduate Network.
Troy Brown J.D. '03
A lawyer and scholar of nearly fifteen years, Troy Brown has practiced at the highest levels of the legal profession serving individuals and companies of all sizes in commercial civil and securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and government investigations. Troy brings to bear the wisdom and diverse skills developed through his background as an attorney with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s Asset Management Unit, a former associate with several large law firm representing clients in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, including franchisors, Fortune 500 companies, and major financial institutions in a broad range of litigation matters, as well as his background as an associate professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University Law School.
Timothy R. McTaggart J.D. '85
Tim McTaggart is the General Counsel for Forethought Advisors LLC, a start-up lobbying firm with a focus on housing finance, fintech and financial services legislative and regulatory issues. Tim also separately maintains a law practice with McTaggart law firm in Washington, D.C., where he addresses financial services issues, general corporate law issues for financial services companies as well as custody, and privacy issues. Tim has served as an expert witness and previously led financial services groups in the D.C. offices of major law firms, including Pepper Hamilton, Willkie Farr, and Nixon Peabody as a partner for 20 years. In addition, Tim served as the Bank Commissioner for the state of Delaware and as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, as well as a lawyer for the Federal Reserve Board. Tim has served as a mentor to HLS students, as a HLS class agent, as a HLS reunion committee member, and as a member of the board of directors of the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. for two terms. An active volunteer, Tim has served as the General Counsel and Director of the Women in Housing & Finance group; as President, Vice President, and Director of the Chevy Chase Recreation Association (which included a national historic landmark structure); as Finance Committee member and Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society of Chevy Chase, MD; as Secretary and Director of CCBCCC, children's pre-school in Chevy Chase, D.C.; and in other nonprofit roles. McTaggart is a Harvard College economics graduate who taught introductory economics at Harvard college.