April 15, 2019

2018 Corporate Counsel

2018 Corporate Counsel
CLE Seminar

February 15–17, 2018
La Quinta Resort & Club | La Quinta, CA

Written Materials and Speaker Biographies

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CLE Plenary: Litigation Management Roundtable

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

A roundtable discussion, led by in-house and outside counsel, discussing the newest and best techniques to manage litigation and client expectations.

Moderator: Anthony J. Carriuolo, Berger Singerman, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Speakers: Yoon Ettinger, Southern Gas Company, Atlanta, GA, Robert Manne, The Ultimate Software Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL, Maria L. Kreiter, Godfrey and Kahn S.C., Milwaukee, WI, James Vitrano, Ruby Tuesday, New Orleans, LA

Written Materials

CLE Plenary: General Counsel Forum

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

In this consistently popular program, outstanding general counsel from diverse industries candidly share their perspectives on developing trends in business and law, as well as how in-house and outside counsel can best serve the companies they represent.

Moderator: Koji Fukumura, Cooley LLP, San Diego, CA

Speakers: Brian K. Beeler, Horizon Pharma, Chicago, IL, Robert Bostrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, OH, Jason Brown, Dyson, Chicago, IL

Written Materials

Friday, February 17, 2017

CLE Plenary: Decrypting Cybersecurity Trends: 2016 Year in Review and Looking Forward to 2017

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Laws governing cybersecurity and data privacy constantly evolve; hackers keep changing their methods; and data breaches happen regularly.  An experienced panel of lawyers and a FBI cyber-law specialist will explore recent legal developments, security trends and data breaches and provide practical guidance on mitigating cyber-risks and preparing for the future.

Moderator: Gail Gottehrer, Akerman LLP, New York, NY

Speakers: Stacey Keegan, Home Depot, Atlanta, GA, Amie Taal, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY, Aaron Michael Wais, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You (and Your Company)

9:40 am – 10:40 am

Complying with laws “banning the box,” legalizing marijuana and providing paid sick leave, plus new overtime regulations, wellness program guidance and NLRB social media decisions is challenging for employers.  This boot camp will give in-house counsel tips and tools to address these, and other, recent labor and employment law

Moderator: Heather White, TIAA-CREF, Charlotte, NC

Speakers: Nikki Odom, Akzo Nobel Inc., Chicago, IL, McCray R. Pettway, Expeditors International, Seattle, WA, Patti Ramseur, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro, NC, William E. Weinberger, Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian, APC, Los Angeles, CA

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Killer Class Actions:  Recent Developments and Emerging Trends

9:40 am – 10:40 am         

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have altered the class action landscape, with rulings on issues ranging from the use of statistical sampling evidence to whether a plaintiff who merely asserts a technical statutory violation has Article III standing.  This panel will discuss the impact and other hot issues and trends.

Moderator: David R.  Singh, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Redwood Shores, CA

Speakers: Chad Doellinger, Walmart Stores Inc., Bentonville, AR, Jeffrey J. Greenbaum, Sills Cummis & Gross, Newark, NJ, Dawn E. Rodda-Stoewe, Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando, FL, Denise V. Zamore, UnitedHealthCare, Hartford, CT

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Technology-Related Ethics and Risk Management Issues for In-House Counsel

9:40 am – 10:40 am         

This panel discussion will address ethical and risk-management issues such as: 1) the use of personal mobile devices; 2) access to company information by employees; 3) use of encryption; 4) benefits and risks of cloud computing; 5) privacy compliance issues; and, 6) use of social media.

Moderator: Pamela A.  Bresnahan, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers: Kendra L. Basner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, San Francisco, CA, Lucian T. Pera, Adams and Reese LLP, Memphis, TN, Marguerite S. Walsh, Littler Mendelson PC, Philadelphia, PA

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Is Time Management a Dead Concept?  Concrete Practices and Technology Tips for In-House Lawyers

10:50 am – 11:50 am

In-house lawyers face tremendous challenges in budgeting their time.  Our in-house panelists will offer concrete tips, on how in-house lawyers can prioritize tasks and budget their time wisely.  Our tech savvy attorney will then provide novel time management aimed at in-house lawyers and the "outhouse" lawyers who work with them.

Moderator: Beatrice O'Donnell, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Speakers: Jennifer Demay, TCS Education System, Chicago, IL, Randy E. Hayman, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Washington DC, Sean Antone Hunt, The Hunt Law Firm, Memphis, TN

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Don't Be Fooled Twice:  The Role of the General Counsel in the Remediation Process

10:50 am – 11:50 am

Management, boards and regulators have little tolerance repeated bad conduct, especially after an investigation or embarrassing disclosure.  Panelists will discuss solutions for GCs challenged with keeping companies focused on fixing the causes of their problems and remediating the failed controls or processes that allowed the bad conduct to occur.

Moderator: Jonathan T. Marks, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Lawrenceville, NJ

Speakers: Alexander Arato, NeuLion, Inc., Plainview, NY, Hailyn J. Chen, Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Christina M. Ibrahim, Weatherford, Houston, TX, Joan E. Meyer, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Washington, D.C.

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: The False Claims Act after Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar:  Assessing Risks and Avoiding Liabilities

10:50 am – 11:50 am

The Supreme Court's decision in Escobar set a new standard for liability under the False Claims Act, but it is not the only recent development redefining the risks of doing business with the government.  We’ll discuss the state of the law and how to minimize risks and manage FCA cases.

Moderator: Brian A. Hill, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC

Speakers: Florence Crisp, CVS Health, Woonsocket, RI, Hon. Anthony J. Trenga, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, VA, David S. Williams, Deloitte, New York, NY

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: “My Last Day Will Be in Two Weeks …and I’m Taking Your IP With Me”:  Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Leave the Company

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

It’s no secrets that employees don’t always stay forever . . . and sometimes they take the company’s intellectual property with them.  How to prevent this?  This panel will explore ways to let employees go without letting trade secrets and other intellectual property go with them.

Moderator: Christopher Cox, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Redwood Shores, CA

Speakers: Elizabeth McBride, Applied Materials, San Francisco, CA, Lynn McCreary, Fiserv, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, John S. Purcell, Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Tracey Salmon-Smith, Bressler, Amery & Ross, Florham Park, NJ

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Diverse attorneys will share the challenges they have faced in the legal profession, how they overcame the bias (overt and implicit/hidden) they encountered and became “included,” and what they learned from their experiences. These attorneys will also discuss diversity and inclusion programs that have been successful at their law firms and companies, and other steps that can be taken by the legal profession to increase diversity and inclusion, and to eliminate bias. At the end of the presentation, attendees will have a checklist of action items to increase diversity and inclusion to their organizations.

Effie Silva, Duane Morris LLP, Miami, FL

Speakers: Kelesha Armand, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, NY, Hon. Darrin P. Gayles, US District Court for the Southern District of Florid, Orlando, FL, Maria D. Melendez, Sidley Austin LLP, New York, NY, Patricia C. O’Prey, GE Capital Corporation, Norwalk, CT, Hon. Migna Sanchez-Llorens, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, FL

Written Materials

 Saturday, February 18, 2017

CLE Breakout: Can Freud Help?  The Interplay of Psychology and Mediation Strategy

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Because all conflict resolution involves people responsible for negotiations, all mediations are an equal part people and problem.  This experienced panel will explain how psychological issues impact all phases of the mediation and will discuss how a better understanding of emotional intelligence (“EQ”) can help you reach a satisfying settlement.

Moderator: Lara E. White, Adams and Reese LLP, New Orleans, LA

Speakers: Harold Coleman Jr., Mediation.org, Los Angeles, CA, Sarah Cronan, Husqvarna Group, Charlotte, NC, Harrie Samaras, ADR Office of Harrie Samaras, West Chester, PA

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Did You Get the Memo?  What the Yates Memo Means for Companies and Their Counsel

8:00 am – 9:15 am

The 2015 “Yates Memo” announced DOJ’s intention to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals for corporate wrongdoing, and requires new levels of coordination between various counsel.  In this “law school reunion” format, we’ll discuss ramifications of the Yates Memo from the perspectives of a government lawyer and in-house and “outhouse” counsel.

Moderator: Karyl Van Tassel, Navigant, Houston, TX

Speakers: Michael Bishop, General Electric Company, Cincinnati OH, Shari A. Brandt, Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, New York, NY, Marcos E. Hasbun, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Tampa, FL, Ronald C. Machen, WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Less is More:  Assessing and Managing Risk to Prevent Litigation

9:30 am - 10:30 am

How can in-house counsel identify your company’s risks and manage them in a way that avoids litigation?  How can outside counsel augment your clients’ efforts to manage pre-suit claims successfully?  This panel of experienced counsel from various industries will share their innovative, effective risk management and litigation avoidance strategies.

Moderator: Lisa Frye Garrison, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro, NC              

Speakers: William R. Forstner, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC, Cheryl L. Haas, McGuire Woods, Atlanta, GA, A. Chantelle Robertson, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc., Chattanooga, TN, Andrea B. Tecce, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Washington, DC

Written Mateirals

CLE Breakout: The New Frontier: The Rise and Impact of Third Party Litigation Financing

9:30 am - 10:30 am

A diverse group of panelists will discuss the increasingly more common situation of third party litigation financing.  In particular, they will address the ethical considerations and the likely impact on the future of litigation.

Moderator: Catherine Clemons, Rowsey, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, TX

Speakers: Leslie Davis, Riley Safer Holmes and Cancila LLP, Chicago, IL, Tom DeLattre, Orlando, FL, Hon. Robert J. Egan, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Orlando, FL, Ralph Sutton, Bentham IMF, New York, NY

Written Materials

CLE Breakout: Federal Contracting in 2016: Smothered in Compliance Burdens & Risks

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Brought to you by a panel of experts in government contracts, this session will explore the various significant and new compliance burdens incorporated into federal contract awards, including how in-house counsel and compliance officers are dealing with increased risks and practical insights related to these issues.

Moderator: Phillip R. Seckman, Dentons, Denver, CO

Speakers: Doris Gray, Avnet Inc., Phoenix, AZ, Alicia Rigdon, ViaSat, Atlanta, GA, Mary Karen Wills, Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Washington, D.C.

Written Materials

CLE Workshop: Pitch Practice

10:40 am – 12:00 pm

This unique session will provide an overview of the key components to an effective pitch, many of which are often overlooked by outside counsel. The overview will be followed by an interactive program whereby outside counsel will be grouped into client teams so they can pitch hypothetical cases to teams of inside counsel. Inside counsel will provide feedback on the pitches that were most effective.

Speaker: David Ackert, Ackert Inc. Sherman Oaks, CA

Written Materials

Non-CLE Forum: For In-House Counsel Only: Peer-to-Peer Open Forum Discussion

10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Candid, open forum discussion led by in-house counsel for in-house counsel on topics of shared interest. No outside counsel allowed, permitting the group to facilitate a more open discussion.

Leader: Patricia C. O’Prey, GE Capital Corporation, Norwalk, CT