Who We Are
Scott D. Gilbert is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coabana Holdings LLC. Scott brings to Coabana more than 35 years of experience using fresh perspectives and innovative strategies to help clients solve a broad array of intractable problems. His accomplishments include a range of unique solutions involving such controversial issues as asbestos, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, environmental contamination, natural disasters and other mass torts, as well as major commercial disputes, professional liability, and political and policy issues in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Scott worked with both the United States and Cuban governments to negotiate Alan Gross’ release from a Cuban prison and facilitate the first major change in United States policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years. Scott has been described by high-ranking State Department officials as “Perhaps the best ‘civilian’ expert on the Cuban government.” Scott has been quoted in print and network media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, the National Law Journal, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. He is an internationally recognized innovator in the field of strategic alternative dispute resolution (ADR), where he has represented parties and also served as a mediator and arbitrator. At Coabana, Scott focuses on strategic analysis, deal structuring, and government-related coordinating in connection with Coabana’s projects. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Security Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st century. He is a practicing lawyer.
Craig J. Litherland is the President of Coabana Holdings LLC. Craig has more than 30 years of experience developing ground-breaking concepts and strategies for his clients to navigate successfully complex claims resolution proceedings and bankruptcy reorganizations. Craig’s innovative ideas have enabled his clients to restructure business operations and entities to resolve claims, to manage liability risks, to obtain necessary financing, to improve profitability, to eliminate structural operating patterns, and, in many cases, to operate businesses successfully despite historic difficulties. At Coabana, Craig focuses on strategic consulting, deal structuring, legislative and lobbying services, financing, operations management, and opportunity development. Craig received his B.A. from Rice University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a practicing lawyer.
Emily P. Grim is a Project Manager with Coabana Holdings LLC. She has helped clients across a variety of sectors develop creative solutions for their most complex problems. At Coabana, Emily focuses on strategic analysis, legislative and lobbying, government-related consulting, and PR and marketing strategy. Emily worked with both the United States and Cuban governments to negotiate the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and to facilitate the first major change in United States policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years. Emily received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Hamilton College. She is a practicing lawyer. In addition to her work, Emily is active in social justice causes. She is an Associate Trustee of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and a firm leader for the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia’s Generous Associates Campaign.
Michael P. Hatley is a Project Manager with Coabana Holdings LLC. He has worked with companies of all sizes to solve their most intractable problems and create new, revenue-producing opportunities. At Coabana, Michael focuses on strategic consulting, structuring deals, market research and analysis, obtaining U.S. and foreign government licenses, drafting business proposals, managing PR and marketing plans, and coalition building. Prior to joining Coabana, Michael helped startups grow their business through Internet-based marketing campaigns. Michael received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Saint Louis University before becoming a Fulbright Scholar to Freiburg, Germany. He received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he focused on international law, economics, and negotiation. Michael received his J.D. from The George Washington University and is a practicing lawyer.