Attorney & Staff Directory

Alexander E. Dreier

Vice President & General Counsel

Alexander E. Dreier was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in November 2014 and joined the University in March 2015. As Yale’s chief legal officer and legal counselor to the Corporation, he oversees all of the University’s legal affairs, and directs its Office of the General Counsel. In addition, he oversees the University’s federal relations and its program of enterprise risk management.

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Robert Bienstock

Senior Associate General Counsel

Robert joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Robert served as Deputy University Counsel at the University of New Mexico.  Robert earned his B.A. from SUNY at Stonybrook and his J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance, Environmental Health & Safety, Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer, and Research.  Robert serves on Yale’s Tax Exempt Bond Compliance and University Research Compliance Committees. 

Email: robert.bienstock@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Crystal Patenaude (crystal.patenaude@yale.edu)

Cynthia Carr

Deputy General Counsel

Cynthia returned to the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2011, following more than a decade as the General Counsel for Save the Children.  Cynthia previously served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Planned Giving.  Cynthia earned her B.A. from Austin College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her L.L.M. from New York University Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, International & Immigration Law, and Trusts & Estates/Development.  Cynthia serves on Yale’s International Operations & Compliance Committee. 

Email: cynthia.carr@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Richard Pearlberg (richard.pearlberg@yale.edu)

Sheree Carter-Galvan

Senior Associate General Counsel

Sheree joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Sheree served as an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and as outside counsel to several entertainment-related companies.  Sheree earned her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Digital Media, Information Technology, and Intellectual Property.  Sheree serves on the Open Access to Scholarly Publications, Digital Yale Committee, the Open Access Implementation Working Group, and the Collections & Educational Technology Working Group. 

Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Crystal Patenaude (crystal.patenaude@yale.edu)

Vannesa Martinez Cecchini

Associate General Counsel

Vannesa joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2012.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Vannesa served as Assistant University Counsel at Princeton and was an Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLC.  Vannesa earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.  Her work focuses primarily in the practices areas of Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Student & Academic Affairs.

Email: vannesa.martinez@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 432-2111 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Denise Gilmore (denise.gilmore@yale.edu)

Pamela M. Chambers

Associate General Counsel

Pam joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Pam served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Alan H. Nevas and the Honorable Ellen B. Burns, both of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and as an Associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC and at Day, Berry & Howard, LLP.  Pam earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Quinnipiac School of Law.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Digital Media, Information Technology, and Intellectual Property Law and she serves as primary legal counsel to the Yale University Press.

Email: pamela.chambers@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 432-7229 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Crystal Patenaude (crystal.patenaude@yale.edu)

Stephanie S. Chan

Associate General Counsel

Stephanie joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2008.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Stephanie served as an Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  She also served as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.  Stephanie earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  Her work is focused in the University’s Investments Office. 

Email: stephanie.chan@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-0120

Deborah Chung

Associate General Counsel

Deborah joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Deborah served as an Associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  Deborah earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance and Investments. 

Email: deborah.chung@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-0120

Jonathan E. Clune

Senior Associate General Counsel

Jon joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1985.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Jon served as an Associate at Lord, Day & Lord.  Jon earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College and his J.D. from Yale Law School.  His work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Environmental Health & Safety, Labor & Employment, Litigation & Insurance, Student & Academic Affairs, and Trusts & Estates/Development.  He serves on Yale’s Chemical & Laboratory Safety Committee. 

Email: jonathan.clune@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 432-4928 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Denise Gilmore (denise.gilmore@yale.edu)

Alyssa Greenwald

Associate General Counsel

Alyssa joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2009.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Alyssa clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Alyssa earned her B.A. from Yale College, her J.D., cum laude, from Duke Law School, her L.L.M. in International & Comparative Law from Duke Law School, and her M.A. in Political Science from Duke University. Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance, Health Law, International & Immigration Law, and Research.  Alyssa serves on Yale’s International Operations & Compliance Committee. 

Email: alyssa.greenwald@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Richard Pearlberg (richard.pearlberg@yale.edu)

Caroline G. Hendel

Senior Associate General Counsel

Caroline joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1990.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Caroline was an Associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP and clerked for Justice Ruth Abrams of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Caroline earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation & Insurance, and Student & Academic Affairs.  Caroline serves on the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Resources for Students & Employees with Disabilities.  

Email: caroline.hendel@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Denise Gilmore (denise.gilmore@yale.edu)

Maureen Massa

Senior Associate General Counsel

Maureen joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2008.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Maureen was a Partner at Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner LLP and a Partner at Pavia & Harcourt LLP.  Maureen earned her A.B., summa cum laude, from Boston College and her J.D. from Fordham University Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Environmental Health & Safety and Real Estate & Construction.  Maureen serves on Yale’s Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Committee.

Email: maureen.massa@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Karen Bauer (karen.bauer@yale.edu)

Kenneth Miller

Senior Associate General Counsel (Investments)

Ken joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1987.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Ken worked at the Federal Trade Commission and was an Associate at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, and at Berman, Dittmar, & Engel.  Ken earned his B.A. from Yale College, his M.Phil. from Oxford University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School.  His work is focused primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance, Investments, and Trusts & Estates/Development.  Ken serves on Yale’s Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Committee. 

Email: kenneth.miller@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-0120

Sohail Ramirez

Associate General Counsel

Sohail joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2016.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Sohail served as an Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.  Sohail earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Fordham University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. His work is focused in the University’s Investments Office.

Email: sohail.ramirez@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-0120

Harold Rose

Senior Associate General Counsel

Harold joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1997.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Harold clerked for the Honorable Ellen B. Burns of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, served as a Development Officer for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and as a correspondent for AP-Dow Jones News Service in Hong Kong.  Harold earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.  His work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Corporate Governance, Digital Media & Information Technology, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Student & Academic Affairs.

Email: harold.rose@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Karen Bauer (karen.bauer@yale.edu)

Susan Sawyer

Senior Associate General Counsel

Susan joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1996.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Susan served as Associate General Counsel at Christie’s Inc. and was an Associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  Susan earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.  Her work is focused primarily in the practices areas of Student & Academic Affairs and Trusts & Estates/Development. 

Email: susan.sawyer@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 432-4950 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Denise Gilmore (denise.gilmore@yale.edu)

Peter Steinwachs

Associate General Counsel

Peter joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2016.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Peter served as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and London and was an Associate Fellow at the Office of the General Counsel of the University of Southern California.  Peter earned his undergraduate degree from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany) and his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Southern California. His work is focused in the University’s Investments Office.

Email: peter.steinwachs@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-0120

Mathew C. Varughese

Associate General Counsel (Health and Research Affairs)

Mat joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2011.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Mat served as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs of the New York City Health & Hospital Corporation and as Assistant Corporation Counsel of the Medical Litigation Unit for the New York City Law Department.  Mat earned his B.A. from Syracuse University and his M.P.A. and J.D., cum laude, from Pace University.  His work focuses primarily in the practices areas of Environmental Health & Safety, Health Law, and Research.  Mat serves on several committees, including the Yale Medical Group Billing Compliance Committee and the Research Compliance Committee. 

Email: mathew.varughese@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 436-8049 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Crystal Patenaude (crystal.patenaude@yale.edu)

Eric Veenstra

Associate General Counsel

Eric joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2016.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Eric served as an Associate at Mayer Brown LLP.  Eric earned a B.A. in Russian and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School. His work is focused primarily in the Real Estate & Construction practice area.

Email: eric.veenstra@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Karen Bauer (karen.bauer@yale.edu)

Arabella Yip

Associate General Counsel

Arabella joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2015.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Arabella was in-house counsel at Bridgewater Associates, an Associate at Hogan Lovells, and in-house counsel at the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.  Arabella earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Digital Media & Information Technology and Intellectual Property. 

Email: arabella.yip@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Crystal Patenaude (crystal.patenaude@yale.edu)

Nikki Baade

Law Fellow

Nikki joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2014.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Nikki clerked for the Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and served in the Law Clerk Department of the Rhode Island Superior Court.  Nikki earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from New York University and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Email: nikki.baade@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 436-8367 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Taylor Jones

Law Fellow

Taylor joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2016.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, Taylor served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Taylor earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Email: taylor.l.jones@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Karen Bauer

Senior Administrative Assistant

Karen joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2013.  Karen provides administrative support for Harold Rose, Maureen Massa, Eric Veenstra, Nancy Loucks, Marje Lemmon, and Phil Cundiff. 

Email: karen.bauer@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Harriet Cooper

Paralegal

Harriet joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Harriet served as Senior Litigation Paralegal at Wiggin & Dana LLP.  Harriet earned her B.A. from New England College.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Labor & Employment and Litigation & Insurance.

Email: harriet.cooper@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 432-8826 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Mary Evans

Paralegal

Mary joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2012.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Mary served as an Associate Director for UBS Investment Bank, Senior Vice President Operations for Wachovia, Documentation Specialist for DaimlerChrysler Capital Services, and Senior Paralegal for Emmet Marvin & Martin LLP.  Mary earned her B.S. from Marymount College of Fordham University, her Paralegal Certificate from Mercy College, and her M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.  Her work focuses primarily in the practice areas of Environmental Health & Safety and Real Estate & Construction.

Email: mary.e.evans@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 436-4877 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Denise Gilmore

Senior Administrative Assistant

Denise joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Denise provides administrative support for Jon Clune, Caroline Hendel, Vannesa Martinez, and Susan Sawyer. 

Email: denise.gilmore@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Carolyn Marks

International Operations Compliance Manager

Carolyn joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2011.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Carolyn served as the Director of Compliance at Save the Children.  Carolyn earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond and her M.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Carolyn’s primary role is to provide operational support to members of the University community engaged in international activities.  She serves on Yale’s International Operations & Compliance Committee. 

Email: carolyn.marks@yale.edu | Direct Phone: (203) 436-9049 | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949
Assistant: Richard Pearlberg (richard.pearlberg@yale.edu)

Crystal Patenaude

Senior Administrative Assistant

Crystal joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2005.  Crystal provides administrative support for Robert Bienstock, Sheree Carter-Galvan, Pam Chambers, David Florin, and Mat Varughese. 

Email: crystal.patenaude@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949

Richard Pearlberg

Senior Administrative Assistant

Richard joined the University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006.  Richard provides administrative support for Alex Dreier, Cynthia Carr, Alyssa Greenwald, and Carolyn Marks.

Email: richard.pearlberg@yale.edu | Main Phone: (203) 432-4949