Bates News - 07-24-20

Welcome to Our New Bates Experts

Bates Group is proud to welcome our newest experts and consultants: 

Amy Bard, Esq.

Sales Practice Litigation, Compliance, Senior Investors

Amy Bard is a Bates affiliate expert with 37 years of litigation experience. After starting her career at a major Wall Street firm, she served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted major narcotic traffickers resulting from investigations by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Ms. Bard has devoted the last 20 years of her legal career to litigation in the securities and financial services arenas. As in-house counsel to UBS Financial Services, and later principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross (a national firm representing major broker-dealers and Investment advisors), she gained extensive experience arbitrating before FINRA and other regulatory tribunals.

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Paula Barnes

Retail Industry Expert, Retail Contracts, Regulatory and Compliance investigations

Bates affiliate expert Paula L. Barnes is currently Senior Counsel for Macy’s, Inc., and serves as a marketing law and retail regulatory law generalist strategically advising Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Bluemercury clients on a variety of matters. Her practice areas at Macy’s include reviewing, drafting, and negotiating vendor contracts, designer collaboration and other apparel distribution/co-branding agreements, sponsorship, data analytics, technology platform agreements, and talent releases. Ms. Barnes also advises on advertising, social media, and digital marketing; corporate social responsibility strategy, including corporate diversity and inclusion efforts and multi-cultural community engagement, cause marketing, and corporate giving objectives, sustainability initiatives and green marketing and other brand protection matters. She is a member of the Macy’s Diversity and Inclusion Business Council and a 2019 participant in the company’s Strategic Leaders Institute. 

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Linda Houston

Wealth Management, Branch Management, Hiring and Recruiting, Retail Securities Litigation and Arbitration

Linda Houston is a Bates affiliate expert with nearly 20 years of leadership experience at Merrill Lynch (1999-2017) with various roles including extensive recruiting of Financial Advisors. She has hired under the known Broker Protocol agreements and was instrumental in training Market Executives nationwide on recruiting practices. Ms. Houston made over 100 recruit hires in her tenure as a Market/Managing Director, and her involvement included initial recruit discussions, proper transitions under broker protocol, financial transition packages, deferred compensation, and incentive compensation. Her in depth and personal knowledge of recruiting practices across the industry makes her a valuable resource to firms.

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Donald Mattersdorff, CFA

Investment Advisory, Risk Management, Securities Analysis (Equity and Fixed Income)

Donald Mattersdorff is a Bates affiliate expert who has over 30 years of experience as a portfolio manager and an investment advisor for families, trusts, mutual funds, and institutional clients. He is highly experienced in the construction of investment portfolios of stocks and bonds for private clients, as well as portfolio management for pension funds. He is also knowledgeable in equity and fixed income analysis, as well as economic analysis currency risk management and mean-variance portfolio optimization. Mr. Mattersdorff has additional experience in portfolio performance reporting, including portfolio performance attribution analysis.

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Need a Consulting or Testifying Expert? Please visit our Expert Search to view our online roster of Bates experts and consultants or call us at 503-670-7772.

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