MEET OUR TEAM
Our lawyers consistently earn the highest industry accolades for their work on landmark matters for some of the largest companies in the world.
CHRISTOPHER S. HARRISON
Chief Executive Officer
Christopher S. Harrison is the founder of Sterlington. He is focused on innovation in law through the use of process management, data analytics, and technology-enabled services. He is the author of Make the Deal: Negotiating Mergers & Acquisitions, which was published by Bloomberg and ranked as the #1 New Release in Corporate Finance and M&A on Amazon. He comes to the firm with profound experience, having managed billions of dollars in successful investment transactions during his eight years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore as well as his role as Co-Head of the market-leading asset management M&A practice of Schulte Roth & Zabel. For nine years, he has been teaching popular courses on M&A at the NYU School of Law.
David White graduated from Wharton in 2009 with a B.S. in Economics and received a JD from Columbia in 2012. David has been focused on legal innovation since his early days as a lawyer and before, and started applying his business focus and technology skills to everyday practice even as a junior associate. He is in charge of developing Sterlington’s legal technology process management systems, and runs our NDA business.
Partner, Head of Litigation
Mari Bonthuis was an attorney at McKool Smith and Covington & Burling, two of New York’s top commercial insurance firms, after clerking for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mari received her JD cum laude from New York University School of Law and is admitted in New York as well as various New York federal courts.
Partner, Head of Tax Practice
Robert Kantowitz has a master’s degree in physics, a JD from Harvard and a tax LLM from NYU. After first practicing in a law firm setting, Robert worked as a senior tax attorney on transaction structuring and product development for 28 years at prominent banks, including as a Managing Director at Merrill/Bank of America, UBS, JP Morgan Chase and SocGen.
Partner, Head of IP Practice
Cindy Hsu was a patent agent and law clerk at several large law firms prior to moving in house to The Coca Cola Company, where she was an intellectual property and regulatory counsel. After Coca Cola, Cindy started her own IP practice in 2011, providing intellectual property advice to, among others, biotech and consumer products companies. Cindy received her JD from Georgetown University and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as the State Bar of Georgia.
Jamie is a corporate attorney with over 18 years of experience managing complex transactions and corporate matters at law firms (including White & Case and Sidley) and in-house at asset managers (including Credit Suisse Asset Management and Strategic Value Partners). Jamie earned his law degrees in Canada with “Great Distinction” and earned an MBA from McGill University in 1999. Jamie enjoys sailing and has an airplane pilot license, advanced scuba diving credentials and downhill ski instructor credentials.
Erika is an experienced litigator who managed a variety of litigations relating to commercial contract disputes, residential mortgage-backed securities, subprime holdings, and investment strategies. She was a team member in successful three month jury trial involving $900 million insurance coverage claim and international arbitration which resulted in favorable verdict in $1 billion contract dispute. Originally from the Boston area, Erika went to Middlebury College in Vermont and received a BA degree in History. Erika holds a Masters in Political Science from Columbia University and law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of Law Review.
Partner, Director of A.I.
Richard (“Rick”) Canedo is Director of A.I., concentrating on technological solutions to legal services, such as life settlement diligence, general corporate legal management, securities compliance and NDAs. Prior to joining Sterlington, Rick’s practice focused on structured finance and securitizations at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Rick is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he focuses on the application of legal technology. Before practicing law, Rick was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, founded an online education start-up, and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UC-Berkeley. He graduated cum laude at Duke University and at the Duke University School of Law. His pro bono experience includes participating in the 2014 Clemency Project and the Ban the Box initiative.