Alston & Bird LLP sponsors LBDC in London

Alston & Bird LLP

alston-bird-logo-main-siteWe are delighted to announce that Alston & Bird LLP, a leading US AmLaw 50 law firm, has confirmed it will sponsor the LBDC’s (“Lawyers’ Business Development Club”) exclusive Guest Speaker event in London, England.

Our event will take place on Thursday 25 September in the “Great Hall” at the stunning Innholders’ Hall in the City of London.

Guest Speaker:  Peter D Sutherland SC  (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)

Our Guest Speaker will be PETER D SUTHERLAND SC, one of Europe’s most distinguished businessmen.

Peter D Sutherland SC:  Biography


Mr Peter Sutherland is Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995 – current). He is Chairman of the London School of Economics and is currently UN Special Representative for Migration and Development.

Of Irish nationality he was born on 25 April 1946 and was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Mr. Sutherland graduated in Civil Law. He was also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. From 1969 to 1981 he practised at the Bar. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple, London and is an Honorary Bencher of the King’s Inns. He was admitted to the Inner Bar in Ireland.

In addition to his Chairmanships listed above he also serves on the Board of Directors of Allianz, Koc Holding A.S. and BW Group Limited and is a member of the Advisory Board of Eli Lilly. He has served on the Boards of thirteen major companies in Europe and the US. He is also associated with the following organisations:

  • The Federal Trust, President
  • The Royal Irish Academy, Member
  • Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
  • Consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See
  • Trilateral Commission Honorary Chairman (2010- )
  • Governor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Mr Sutherland has previously served as:

  • Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984)
  • EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989)
  • Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993)
  • Director General of The World Trade Organisation, formerly GATT (1993-1995)
  • Chairman of BP p.l.c. (1997 – 2009)
  • Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (1997-2009)
  • Trilateral Commission (Europe) Chairman (2001-2010)
  • World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member (1995-2013)

His awards include an honorary Knighthood (UK 2004), the Gold Medal of the European Parliament (1988), the First European Law Prize (Paris 1988), the David Rockefeller International Leadership Award (1998), the Grand Cross of Civil Merit (Spain 1989), the Grand Cross of King Leopold II (Belgium 1989), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal (1990), Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (France 1993) Commandeur du Wissam (Morocco 1994) the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil 1996) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (Portugal 1998). He was also presented with the Robert Schuman Medal for his work for European Integration. Furthermore, he received the European Person of the Year Award (1988), the Irish People of the Year Award (1989), the Consumer for World Trade Annual Award (1994) for distinguished service, the Dean’s Medal (1996) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the Foundation Day Medal from University College Dublin (2004).

He has received fifteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America. He was awarded an honorary fellowship of the London Business School, the Oxford University Institute of Economics and more recently St Benet’s Hall University of Oxford. He was Heffernan Visiting Fellow at Harvard University 1989 and has received Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Dublin Society (2013).

His publications include the book ‘Premier Janvier 1993 ce qui va changer en Europe’ (1989) and numerous articles in law journals. He Chaired the Committee that reported to the EEC Commission on the functioning of the Internal Market after 1992 (The Sutherland Report). He recently co-chaired a group of high-level trade experts to provide an analysis and recommendations in support of trade liberalisation and revitalisation (World Trade and the Doha Round, May 2011).

Mr Sutherland is married and has three children. His leisure interests include reading and sport.


Peter D Sutherland SC has kindly agreed to tell the LBDC about his personal career journey.

LBDC Event Details

InnholdersHallGuest Speaker:  Peter D Sutherland SC (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)

Date:  Thursday, 25 September 2014

Time:  7.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.

Venue:  The “Great Hall” in the stunning and prestigious City of London venue: Innholders’ Hall (photo above)

Sponsor:  Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

alston-bird-logo-main-site“With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm.

The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with industry focuses in energy/sustainability, health care, financial services and public policy.

The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, Ventura County and Washington, D.C.

With over 160 lawyers, including 100 legal professionals registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group is one of the largest in the United States. One of our preeminent practices within the IP scope is the IP litigation practice. Our litigation professionals comprise one of the largest and deepest US-based practices, with jury and non-jury experience in U.S. patent litigation for domestic and foreign based clients. We have obtained eight-figure jury verdicts for plaintiffs and summary judgment victories for defendants. We have obtained eight-figure jury verdicts for plaintiffs and summary judgment victories for defendants.

Our patent preparation and prosecution team practices in all areas of emerging and traditional technologies. Not only do our patent prosecution attorneys draft and file over 1,500 U.S. and foreign patent applications each year, they are on the forefront of patent portfolio management strategy and protection. These often involve a variety of post-grant review procedures and other forms of opposition proceedings and hearings. “

Aoife Elizabeth Butler: Alston & Bird LLP

AoifeButlerA special thank you to Aoife Elizabeth Butler of Alston & Bird LLP for sponsoring our exclusive LBDC guest speaker breakfast event in London on Thursday 25 September, 2014.

Aoife Elizabeth Butler is a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s New York Intellectual Property Litigation Group.

Aoife has worked on patent litigation matters covering a broad range of technologies, including financial software, pharmaceuticals, electronics and mechanical devices; and, as a research scientist, investigated delivery methods for cancer treatments and developed quantitative analytical methods.

Aoife has been honored as one of the Irish Legal 100 and one of the Top 40 Under 40 Irish/Irish Americans; was selected to the Super Lawyers 2013 and 2014 New York Metro Rising Stars lists; and, was named one of Fortune magazine’s Women Leaders in Law for 2013 and 2014.”

More information

If you would like to receive more information about this exclusive LBDC event, please email Colin Carroll (

We look forward to hearing from you.

Colin Carroll


LBDC   (“Lawyers’ Business Development Club”)

London │ Dublin │ New York

Telephone: 0044 7917 301 070







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