MARGARET L. WATSON is Of Counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group in the New York office. Ms. Watson has more than 20 years litigation experience in employment law, primarily in the areas of discrimination and retaliation claims. She is also well versed in strategic initiatives around diversity in the workplace, affirmative action plans and EEO-1 reporting obligations. Ms. Watson is dedicated to partnering with clients to reduce litigation expenses, proactively prevent employment claims and enhance employee performance.
Prior to joining the firm Ms. Watson was with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. where she served as a Director and Senior Counsel within the Office of General Counsel’s Employment Law Group overseeing employment law litigation and most recently as the Corporate Ombudsman for Merrill’s Global Wealth Management (GWM) business, serving 28,000+ U.S. employees. Ms. Watson spearheaded the creation of GWM’s ombudsman program to improve corporate governance and also played a leadership role in Merrill’s diversity initiatives, serving as Head of GWM’s Strategic Initiatives and Best Practices group within the Office of Diversity.
Ms. Watson began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Whitman Knapp in the Southern District of New York and was formerly a partner with the firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., where she represented employees as plaintiffs in discrimination matters. She has served as trial counsel in both federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations before FINRA (formerly NYSE and NASD), AAA and JAMS, and agency actions, including EEOC, NYSDHR, NYCCHR, OSHA and DOL. She has served as a trained neutral.
Ms. Watson is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where she received her Juris Doctorate cum laude, and Swarthmore College, where she graduated with Distinction in Course and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has served on several pro-bono and community organizations, including most recently, the Labor and Employment Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as The HOPE Program, a not-for-profit that assists impoverished individuals and ex-offenders in finding job placements. She is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Someera F. Khokhar is a project and asset finance partner and has advised lenders, borrowers and sponsors on financings and restructurings in the renewable power, shipping, rail, aviation and infrastructure sectors.
Her transaction experience includes secured debt transactions, revolving credit facilities, letter of credit facilities, asset-based structured financings, US Export-Import Bank and other export credit agency-supported financings, warehouse facilities, pre-delivery financings, securitizations, cross-border leveraged operating lease financings, and tax-based leasing structures.
Examples of recent transactions include representing the underwriters in the financing of a drillship for operation in Mexico, a European financial institution in restructuring various structured debt facilities to a US solar power company, a Dutch utility in connection with its corporate restructuring including the restructuring of certain financing facilities, sponsors on financings involving the US Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program and a South American airline in its export credit agency-supported financings.
Ms. Khokhar closed an export credit supported financing which was awarded “2008 Debt Deal of the Year – South America” by Jane’s Transportation Finance.
Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Solicitor of England and Wales
The College of Law, London, 1994
LLB, University of Southampton, 1993
Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing, fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education, environmental justice and more. A prominent leader in the civil rights community, Ms. Arnwine also continues to fight for the preservation of affirmative action and diversity programs.
In Addition to Ms. Arnwine’s instrumental work leading to the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, she has served in numerous other prestigious capacities, including international civil, human and women’s rights matters. Under her leadership, the Lawyers’ Committee continues to participate in monitoring treaty compliance and responding to reports written by the United States regarding the requirements of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination following the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, which last occurred in November 2010.