LWOB Leadership

Meet our board

Joel Cohen
Joel M. Cohen,
the Chairman of the LWOB Board, is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

A former federal prosecutor, Joel is currently Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, and a member of its Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Antitrust Practice Groups.  Joel has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts.  His experience includes all aspects of FCPA/anti-corruption issues, insider trading, cross-border tax issues, securities and financial institution litigation, class actions, sanctions, money laundering and asset recovery, with a particular focus on international disputes and discovery. 

Joel is on several other boards including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Jericho Project. Joel was an LWOB trainer in both Kenya and Liberia.

Jessica Ling
Jessica Siaw-Lung Ling
is Counsel in the Financial Restructuring Group of Akin Gump LLP, London, with a focus on complex cross-border financial restructurings and insolvencies. In 2017, Jess was one of LWOB’s trainers at its TIPTAN program in Tanzania. Jess has also drafted appeals for individuals on death row in Malawi and is currently a Trustee of the PCC of All Souls, Langham Place, London.

Amanda Raad
Amanda Raad
is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s London office and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Global Anti-Corruption and International Risk practice. Amanda has substantial experience negotiating with U.S. regulators on behalf of companies and individuals concerning cross-border matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud. 

In addition, Amanda proactively works with clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate risk as well as advise clients on corporate social responsibility, supply chain compliance and responsible sourcing. Amanda frequently publishes and speaks on cross-border challenges in the corporate crime and investigations space, including on sexual misconduct.

Anne Beane Rudman
Anne Beane Rudman
started working with LWOB in 2007 when she went to Liberia to lay the groundwork for LWOB’s first trial advocacy training program. She has since gone to several other countries representing LWOB in different capacities. Anne is a criminal defense lawyer in NYC after spending twenty-five years as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was  a trial prosecutor,  Senior Appellate Counsel. She established the Office’s  Asset Forfeiture Unit and was the Chief for fifteen years focusing on both state and federal forfeiture cases.

Anne has served on several not-for-profit boards, most recently New York Road Runners and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She was previously Chairman of the LWOB Board and served as LWOB’s Interim Executive Director from October 2019 through September 23, 2020.

Paul S
Paul Strecker
is the Global Head of the Private Capital Industry Group and a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Shearman & Sterling in London. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in cross-border M&A transactions, including public and private company acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures and asset sales across a wide range of industries.

Paul also has extensive experience advising private equity clients, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other financial investors on transactions globally.  Paul previously headed the Firm’s Asia M &A practice. In addition to his LWOB Board work, Paul helped develop one of LWOB’s training manuals for its CESTI program in Kenya.

Patricia Sullivan
Patricia Sullivan
is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Financial Crime Compliance for Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Trish was the Europe & Americas Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered. Trish has more than 20 years of experience in Financial Services, Criminal Prosecution, Litigation and Financial Crime Compliance.

Based in New York, she is a member of the Conduct Financial Crime & Compliance Management Group, a member of the Board and Group Financial Crime Risk Committees for Standard Chartered Bank, and the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Compliance, Financial Crime & Conduct teams.  Trish was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she led several securities fraud and insider trading investigations and served as Sex Crimes and General Crimes prosecutor.

Steven Wade
Steven Wade
has been on LWOB’s Board of Directors since 2010. He is currently Dean’s Executive Lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He previously served as a Consulting Chief Financial Officer for several California start-up companies as well as Chief Financial Officer for Finnigan Corporation, Micronics Computers, Inc., and Aptix Corporation. Steve has held offices and board positions at various charity and non-governmental organizations such as Catholic Charities of San Jose, New Sudan Generation, and Survivors International. He also founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2007.

Ben Campbell
Ben Campbell
is the General Counsel of Deloitte USA LLP.  He joined Deloitte as the Deputy General Counsel for the Disputes, Consultations and Regulatory Affairs group in the Office of General Counsel in April 2014 after three years as a partner at Latham & Watkins in New York. 

Prior to his tenure at Latham & Watkins, Ben served for more than 16 years with the Department of Justice, where he held a number of positions including, among others, Interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 2007 to 2010, member of the Enron Task Force, and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division in Washington, DC. 

As the General Counsel of Deloitte USA LLP, Ben is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Deloitte U.S. Firms and their leadership and managing a team of attorneys who address legal issues, contracting and governance needs, global and network matters, civil and regulatory litigation, policy review and development, internal reviews and investigations, and consultations with engagement teams on all aspects of the Deloitte U.S. Firms' operations.

Ben has extensive trial, appellate, and litigation experience as a prosecutor and civil attorney in a wide variety of matters.  He also served as an ex officio commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission from 2006 to 2007.  Ben is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Yale University. 

Bart Gombert
Bart Gombert
 is a Managing Director and the Global Private Equity General Counsel at Bain Capital Private Equity.

Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity in 2011, Bart was an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in London and focused on private equity M&A. Prior to Simpson Thacher, he was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in London and New York. Bart also worked as a corporate lawyer in Brussels for several years.

Bart received an LLM degree with distinction from Northwestern University School of Law, and he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ghent School of Law.

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Judge Morrison C. England JR.
joined the Board of Directors at the beginning of 2021. He was nominated to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California by George W. Bush on March 21st, 2002 and served as Chief Judge from November 1, 2012 to May 1st, 2017. He assumed senior status on December 17th, 2019.

Before his appointment, Judge England received his B.A. from the University of the Pacific and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He also worked as a Partner for Quattrin, Clemons & England for numerous years in Sacramento, CA, as well as serving as a judge in the Municipal Court in the County of Sacramento. Judge England additionally served as a judge on the Sacramento Superior Court for the State of California between 1996 and 2002. Finally, Judge England was a free agent with the New York Jets Football team in 1976, and went on to become the assistant football coach at California State University, Fullerton, and California State University, Sacramento.

Meet our founder

Christina Storm
Christina M. Storm, Founder

Our founder & Executive Director from 2000-2019, Christina M. Storm, launched LWOB in 2000 to create a global association of lawyers committed to internationally oriented Pro Bono service and rule of law.

During Christina’s twenty-year tenure leading LWOB, she not only constructed an organization that managed, framed and guided the legal profession’s commitment to give back on a global level, she created an organization that worked to cultivate an array of legal resources, unique rule of law strategies and designed programming that featured outside the box” and innovative approaches.

Christina recognized from the outset that one of LWOB’s most valuable resources would be the pro bono lawyers it recruited from the full spectrum of the legal sector that included lawyers from major international law firms to solo practitioners, as well as government and public interest lawyers.

"LWOB represents one of the very few of its kind–an international initiative whose work is anchored by volunteer lawyers working pro bono from around the world with a singular common objective–to cross borders to make a difference."

-Christina M. Storm

Meet our Executive Staff

Jessica Ryckman
Robin R. Taylor, Executive Director

Ms. Taylor became LWOB’ Executive Director in September 2020. Prior to this, she was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) for over 20 years. Robin worked internationally as the USDOJ advisor to the U.S. European Command, a military base in Stuttgart, Germany. She was part of a 15-member U.S. interagency team (with FBI, Treasury, Energy, State, DHS and others) advising the Commander and leadership on transnational threats, foreign influence, illicit finance, cyberspace challenges, and security issues from 2016-2020. Before that, she was the resident legal advisor to the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta (2014-16) and Kenya (2011-2014) leading efforts to strengthen rule of law frameworks and case development to combat terrorism, financial crime and money laundering, cybercrime, bribery, wildlife crime, and human trafficking. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of California, Ms. Taylor investigated and prosecuted international cyber and fraud crimes, organized crime, money laundering, copyright and trademark infringement, public corruption, and other offenses, handling more than a dozen jury trials to verdict. She established the District’s first cybercrime unit in 2005.

Jessica Ryckman
Jessica Ryckman, Deputy Director

Jessica Ryckman joined LWOB as a volunteer in 2010, stayed as a Project Manager, and now serves as Deputy Director. Her experience includes a decade of work in international rule of law and access to justice programming, working closely with governments, communities, and the private sector to develop capacity building projects. She has managed and/or overseen projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South America, and the Middle East, on topics ranging from combatting human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, and child labor to counter terrorism and more. Prior to joining LWOB, she began her career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP in the Public Policy and National Security practice group. She also taught National Security Law at the University of Arkansas Law School. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, a J.D. (law) degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the D.C. and Virginia Bars and has served on the Board of Directors for multiple international NGOs.