The 4th Annual Midwest Legal Executive Forum

Event Details

May 11, 2016


Chicago, IL


Few challenges are as widely pronounced in the current business climate as that of cybersecurity and crisis management. Steeped in sensationalist headlines and emotional, often unsettling rhetoric, concerns about data privacy, security and terrorist-inflected behavior are cause to keep even the most self-assured business executive on edge. No matter how improbable a data-related incident or act of workplace terrorism may appear, today’s business leaders must be well-prepared in anticipating and responding to hostile action.

This May, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute proudly presents a critical educational summit for business leaders in both law firms and corporate legal departments. Concerned with the evolving cast of global actors and enterprise-level managerial technique, this forum will offer indispensible advice on how to steer one’s business through the tempest. Register today and engage peers and thought leaders in this key event.

Program highlights include:

  • From Russia (and Asia) with Love: Cyber Warfare, Eurasian Incursions and the Growth of State-Sponsored Hacking
  • Forming the Phalanx: Lessons on Managing Talent and Fostering a Culture of Vigilance
  • Preparing for a Client Security Audit: A Peer-to-Peer Workshop
  • Perilous Pathways: Cybersecurity & Corporate Liability at the Crossroads
  • And more

Why You Should Attend

  • Stay Informed about the current threats to enterprise security at your organization from our elite faculty of thought leaders.
  • Network across industries to gain a better understanding of best practices
  • Gain Practical Takeaways for adoption at your firm or organization through interactive presentations
  • Be prepared to handle any future incidents at the completion of the Forum.

Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm & Corporate Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers & Chief Operating Officers
  • Managing Partners & Executive Directors
  • General Counsel
  • Privacy Counsel
  • Vice Presidents

Event Details

Wednesday, May 11

8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:10 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 AM
From Russia (and Asia) with Love: Cyber Warfare, Eurasian Incursions and the Growth of State-Sponsored Hacking

On the heels of a number of high-profile data breaches at major organizations such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, J.P. Morgan Chase and the federal Office of Personnel Management, scrutiny over the escalating actions of Russian, Korean, and Chinese entities remains a top priority for law firms and clients alike. Concern surrounding the enhanced capabilities of Axiom, Anonymous, APT28 and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398–not to mention the alleged financial backing of these operations by their respective governments –has yielded a perfect storm of paranoia and sensationalism not easily overcome or digested. This opening session looks to dispel the mystery surrounding these and other nefarious actors by offering practical, earnest and nuanced information about the current state of affairs.

Robert E. Barnsby, Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy Department of Law

Austin Murphy, Director of Incident Response, CrowdStrike
Timothy P. Murphy, President, Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC
Keith Smith, Director of Threat Intelligence, root9b

10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Forming the Phalanx: Lessons on Managing Talent and Fostering a Culture of Vigilance

Statistically speaking, data breaches originate far more often from internal—as opposed to external—sources. Whether through sheer human error or lackadaisical employee behavior, today’s corporate leadership faces the unenviable task of cultivating a culture of enterprise vigilance vis-à-vis data security standards and expectations. This panel offers essential guidance on talent management, training, and retention techniques in both private and publicly-held companies large and small.

Joseph Raczynski, Manager, Technical Client Management, Thomson Reuters

William Dixon, Vice President, Security Science practice, Stroz Friedberg
Seth Robinson, Senior Director, Technology Analysis, CompTIA
Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility

11:30 AM
Luncheon and Keynote Address: Business Implications of the Public Cloud

Within an ever-expanding array of federal regulations around data security, firms are being forced to consider the serious implications of a data breach. While the cloud offers a tempting solution to burgeoning data storage management, fears of an attack from hackers, international hoodlums or virus-happy vigilantes cautions firms from entering into this realm of cyberspace. This keynote presentation addresses the pros and cons of a cloud and provides insight as to why the passing dark storms in cloud technology are succumbing to brighter and sunnier cyber-secure skies.

Keynote Presenter:
Paul Gupta, Partner, ReedSmith LLP

12:30 PM
Preparing for a Client Security Audit: A Peer-to-Peer Dialogue

Comprehensive security audits are now routine requests for many law firm clients. Thanks to expanded governing authority by such institutions as the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, financial sector clients (to name only one industry) are scrutinizing their outside counsel and assessing each firm’s cybersecurity controls and risk management processes. This conversation offers peer-driven guidance on best practices and lessoned learned from client audits. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and pose questions or concerns to the group.

William Fowler, Vice President & General Counsel, Profit Recovery Partners

Paul Laurent, Public Sector Director of Cybersecurity Strategy, Oracle, Inc.
Aaron Tantleff, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Sonia Menon, COO, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

1:30 PM
1:45 PM
Perilous Pathways: Cybersecurity & Corporate Liability at the Crossroads

Corporate liability is a major concern in the modern information age. The seemingly limitless amount of headlines regarding data breach incidents and privacy violations can have profound implications for a given company’s brand, executive officers, and board of directors. This interactive breakout offers powerful insight into the increasingly complex and litigious world of corporate risk management and liability. Our panel will address a number of key issues including cyber liability insurance, the evolving regulatory landscape and more.

Eric A. Berg, Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

Karina Gerstein, Vice President and Director, Aon Risk Solutions
David Hallstrom, Practice Leader, Information Risk, CNA Financial Corporation
Matthew F. Prewitt, Partner, Practice Group Leaders , Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Practice Group Co-Leader, Trade Secrets, Schiff Hardin LLP
Aleksandra M. S. Vold, Associate, Thompson Coburn LLP

2:45 PM
3:00 PM
The Situation Room: A Workshop on Crisis Management

One of the sad realities of the “new normal” is the escalating threat of terrorism-related crises in the workplace and no company is immune. Though not exclusively tethered to data privacy concerns or security breaches, a business executive’s ability to manage unforeseen disasters is an essential (and largely unspoken) part of the modern day job description. This closing workshop offers critical and practical coaching on how to prepare for and handle an unexpected crisis. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of what steps to take in order to protect the company’s reputation, as well as key techniques to communicate both internally and externally when crisis strikes.

Cari Brunelle, Founding Partner, Baretz+Brunelle
Jason Milch, Managing Director, Baretz+Brunelle

4:00 PM
Networking Reception
William Fowler

Vice President & General Counsel, Profit Recovery Partners

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David Hallstrom

Practice Leader, Information Risk, CNA Financial Corporation

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University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Our room block cut-off date at the University Club has passed. However, they are still accepting reservations at our group rate ($209/night for Court Rooms, $249/night for Monroe Rooms, $309/night for Michigan Rooms – see descriptions here: University Club Guest Room Descriptions), based on availability. Please contact the Club at 312.726.2840 (ask to be connected to Reservations) and reference “Thomson Reuters”.

For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at or 201.912.3042.

Dress Code: Business Casual. We recommend dressing in layers as meeting room temperatures tend to fluctuate.

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