Tony Bangs is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., which owns and operates Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores and their respective catalog, online and outlet operations. Mr. Bangs has practiced business law for more than thirty years, and has been a general counsel of large public and private corporations in the manufacturing and retail industries for more than twenty-five years. His areas of emphasis include securities regulation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, intellectual property, antitrust and litigation management. Mr. Bangs has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Trinity University and J. D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He was an associate attorney at two large law firms in Dallas, Texas before joining Dr Pepper Company, where he served as its general counsel for over fifteen years. He has spoken at legal conferences on a variety of subjects, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.