Advisory Board

Laura Freedman

Laura Freedman

Laura is an investment advisor who specializes in executive financial planning and working with women to become informed and engaged in long term financial decision-making. Prior to her role at Southpointe Wealth Management of UBS Financial Services, she was a Senior Human Resource Executive for a Fortune 500 company and Executive Consultant. Laura brings over 25 years of experience advising leaders on business strategy and mitigating risk. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and is a Certified Executive Coach.

In addition to her career, Laura is actively involved in the community. She is a board director of St. Clair Hospital and St. Clair Health Corporation, immediate past chair of Strong Women Strong Girls, past president of the Katz Alumnae Council and current board chair of the Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance which is comprised of over 130 women-serving, led and owned organizations committed to making Pittsburgh the foremost region for diverse, professional women to advance and thrive.

Laura and her husband are blessed with four children, four grandchildren and one loyal canine.

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John Unice, Esq.

John Unice, Esq.

John Unice directs the business, strategic and overall operations of bit-x-bit. Providing exceptional high-level expertise and guidance to bit-x-bit’s clients, John draws on two decades of experience as chief corporate counsel and as a trial lawyer in major corporate and large law firm settings.

John’s wide-ranging portfolio includes litigating sophisticated cases, utilizing complex electronic evidence and leading digital risk-mitigation initiatives, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Before joining bit-x-bit, John was Assistant Secretary and a senior legal advisor at the Pittsburgh headquarters of Covestro LLC and, prior, at Bayer Corporation, advancing his clients’ interests in highly regulated industries. At Covestro, he oversaw legal affairs for the company’s U.S.-based polycarbonate business and held global responsibility for the company’s litigation docket. John also led and collaborated on a range of strategic e-discovery, cybersecurity, and digital records management initiatives to mitigate corporate risk and win cases.

As an associate with the Trial Practice Group at Jones Day (Pittsburgh), John’s savvy use of e-discovery and digital forensics helped him secure favorable outcomes in numerous multi-million-dollar cases for both the defense and the prosecution.

John’s achievements also include:

  • Sought-after speaker, sharing expertise on issues including corporate compliance, technology assisted review and e-discovery, information governance, and the conflicts between U.S. discovery and corresponding laws of other countries.
  • Leader in major trade associations, having previously served as President of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and having held various leadership roles with the International Association of Defense Counsel.
  • Faculty member of the Electronic Discovery Institute.
  • John earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (cum laude; topics editor, Law Review; Order of the Coif) and his B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond (summa cum laude).
  • John is on the Board of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and has served on leadership committees and campaigns for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Learn more about John: LinkedIn

John Unice, Esq.

Rocco Cozza, Esq.

Rocco is the founder of the Cozza Law Group PLLC, a business and entertainment law firm
located in Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, and in the fall of 2022, Nashville, TN, as well as the CEO
of Alpha LPO LLC, a strategic legal process outsourcing provider. During his nearly 2 decades of
practicing law, he has advised hundreds of businesses and business owners across the country
on a wide array of matters. He takes a practical, business-first approach to providing counsel to
his clients while helping them navigate the legal landscape in which their businesses operate.
Additionally, Rocco also advises early-stage start-ups in funding transactions and spent 13 years
as General Counsel of an international Information Technology firm.

Rocco also represents entertainers, athletes, artists, and musicians in all aspects of their career,
from protecting their intellectual property to setting up for profit and nonprofit entities.
Additionally, he provides advice and counsel to help his clients find revenue generating
opportunities that are in-line with their personal brand.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Rocco is a sought-after speaker and best-selling author.
He self-published his book “The A.L.P.H.A. Way: 5 Keys to Unlocking Your Greatness and Living
Your Best Life” and it became a best-seller. As a speaker, Rocco frequently speaks to high
school and college students on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development. He is
known for his powerful TEDx talk titled “Radical Kindness: Why the Unbillable Hour Matters
Most in Business.” He has spoken on multiple stages, both nationally and internationally

Contact:
rcozza@cozzalaw.com
Cell 412-527-3561
www.instagram.com/theroccocozza
www.linkedin.com/in/roccocozza
www.facebook.com/cozzalaw

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