Registration and Continental Breakfast
Mission Critical: The Role of the General Counsel in Managing Corporate Relations and Public Opinion
The role of general counsel entails a number of responsibilities, including advisor to the board or senior management and counsel in times of crisis. A shrewd advisor understands that corporate communications affect how the general public perceives an organization—including, of course, how regulatory bodies or potential investors view the company’s short and long-term health. This opening conversation outlines several key strategies for protecting the company under trying circumstances and restoring order in the court of public opinion.
Juda Engelmayer, Senior Vice President, 5W
Michael Brizel, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, FreshDirect
Jonathan Brennan, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Bank of America
Justin Connor, Director of Chief Legal Officer Services, Association of Corporate Counsel
Michael D. Fricklas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Viacom Inc.
The Company We Keep: General Counsels, Vendor Management & Third Party Liability (Breakout)
With an ever-growing array of third party contracts in place at many corporate legal departments, keeping tabs on the direction and ethical standards of these relationships can become, at times, quite arduous. Getting a better grasp on who you work with and how they work on your behalf is crucial when considering a number of potentially devastating liabilities, including data privacy, conflicts of interest and more. This panel will examine how to achieve better insight into the policies and processes of one’s business partners. Attendees will develop a thorough understanding of how best to ensure that third-party entities comply with a given organization’s policies and procedures.
Mark A. Berman, Esq. Partner, Ganfer & Shore
Wayne Kaufman, Vice President & Senior Counsel, ORBCOMM, Inc.
Sophia Lee, General Counsel, IEX Group, Inc.
Brandon Spurlock, Senior Vice President, Operations &Client Relations, Strategic Legal Solutions
Kimberly Williams, Founder, RedShift Legal, Inc.
Beyond Borders: Building Strategic Outsourcing Initiatives from the General Counsel's Office (Breakout)
Outsourcing has become a key business strategy for corporate legal departments. In addition to cutting costs and improving overall organizational efficiency, legal process outsourcing has helped catalyze the potential of both large and small departments to be more fully integrated in the enterprise. How does one begin formally strategizing a strategic legal outsourcing initiative? What steps are required for a given organization to maximize the strategic value of LPOs?
David Obarowski, Chief Strategy Officer, Business Process Services, IBM
Nadia Dombrowski, SVP & General Counsel, Community Federal Savings Bank
Michael Sonsteng, Head – Legal Process Outsourcing, Infosys BPO
Arvind Vij, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, J.P. Morgan
Opening Salvos: A General Counsel's Guide to Pricing Negotiations (Breakout)
The ability to engage law firms in pricing negotiations is an essential skill for legal department professionals and corporate counsel. Recognizing what is—or is not—on the table during negotiations can mean the difference between fair or one-sided agreements between parties. This session will focus on the changing nature of negotiations between law firms and legal departments as well as explore how outside forces may impact the development of an agreement. Our panel of experts will share their own experiences, both positive and negative, and will focus on techniques that work, strategic considerations and how exchanges around pricing between in-house and outside counsel can be beneficial for both parties.
Mark Haddad, Vice President, Customer & Channel Marketing, Thomson Reuters
Josette Grippo, Director of Strategic Pricing & Legal Project Management, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Mike Milazzo, Director of Strategy Pricing, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Bjarne Tellmann, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Pearson PLC
Leading Change: General Counsel-Led Collaboration between Law Firms & Legal Departments (Breakout)
Though they certainly speak the same language, law firms and legal departments often operate in different worlds. As frequently as they interact, it is sometimes difficult to get both to play together in a sandbox of transparency. In this session participants will discover some of the most effective ways clients can engage their firms in sustained conversations around improved engagement outcomes, enhancing value and building more rewarding relationships.
Roger E. Barton, Managing Partner, Barton LLP
Eric Sarner, Associate General Counsel & Chief Litigation Counsel, Praxair,
Gary Kalbaugh, Deputy General Counsel and Director, ING Financial Markets
Fred Paulmann, Founder, The Counsel Management Group, LLC
Darkness Descends: The General Counsel's Role in Business Continuity Management
One of the sad realities of the “new normal” is the escalating specter of terrorism-related crises in the workplace. Though not exclusively tethered to data privacy concerns or security incidents, a business executive’s ability to manage unforeseen trauma is an essential (and largely unspoken) part of the modern day job description. This session offers timely and practical advice on how to handle the unforeseen at a moment of supreme hardship. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of core tenets off business continuity management, as well as key techniques for coping with or better understanding terrorism’s ineffable vicissitudes.
Sean Murphy, CEO and President, Lootok, Ltd.
Peter Duda, Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick
Joshua P. Galper, Co-Founder & Partner, Davis, Goldberg & Galper
Dan Liutikas, Chief Legal Officer, CompTIA
Serge Todorovich, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Prosiris Capital Management LP
The Long and Winding Road: Career Transitioning for the General Counsel
According to several recent studies, the average tenure of a US general
counsel is approximately seven years. During this period, the broad legal and business experience a given individual may acquire presents a unique—and potentially nebulous—path forward for new opportunities either within or outside the legal profession. This closing discussion examines how general counsel can prepare for the next step in their professional careers. Our seasoned
panel will discuss how, when, and where each participant elected to embark on an otherwise unconventional path forward from law school to the general counsel’s office and beyond.
Jan Anne Dubin, Principal, Jan Anne Dubin Consulting
Christopher Blum, Former General Counsel, AIG
Brian Burlant, Managing Director, In-House practice, Major, Lindsey & Africa LLC
Karen Gray, Human Resources Director – Americas, Christie’s
Marla Persky, President & Chief Executive Officer, WOMN LLC
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