Colorado Chapter

Applying Business Principles to In-House Legal Departments- Boot Camp Series presented by Tom Sager, former GC of DuPont


Sponsored By:

Ballard Spahr LLP
1225 17th Street, Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202


4pm-4:30pm – Registration
4:30pm-5:30pm – CLE
5:30pm-6:30pm – Networking Reception

Join Tom Sager, former General Counsel and Senior Vice President of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company for a discussion about applying business principles to in-house legal departments.  We will discuss utilization of junior attorneys, maximizing outside counsel engagements, and embedding firm attorneys into in-house legal departments to share costs and maximize benefits.  Mr. Sager will discuss the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program (aka the DuPont Legal Model) which has become an industry benchmark on how clients and their outside law firms measure success, increase efficiency, and encourage creativity and collaboration.


Thomas L. Sager is the former General Counsel and Senior Vice President at the DuPont Company. In 2014, Mr. Sager joined Ballard Spahr as a Partner, where he leverages his experience steering the legal department at a heavily regulated, Fortune 100 global corporation to a broad portfolio of areas at the firm, including litigation and trial practice, internal investigations, environmental issues, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sager began his career with the DuPont Company as an attorney in the Labor, Benefits & Corporate Security Group and spent more than a decade as chief litigation counsel before being named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw significant litigation involving governmental investigations, product liability, environmental, toxic tort, labor and employment, securities, antitrust, and tax issues.

Damon O. Barry is a Partner at Ballard Spahr’s Denver office, where he advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital raises, joint ventures, and commercial real estate transactions. A former in-house counsel, Mr. Barry routinely advises corporate legal departments and serves as interim general counsel for lower- to middle -market companies. Mr. Barry started his legal career at CSG Systems International, Inc., a publicly traded multinational corporation, and held a series of progressively more responsible positions. For six years, he served as Vice President of Business Affairs, Assistant General Counsel (Deputy) and Corporate Secretary. In that role, he oversaw and advised the executive team on operational and legal aspects for an international division and managed outside counsel and the team of in-house attorneys and paralegals.

Steven W. Suflas is Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Denver and Boulder offices and a nationally recognized thought leader on labor and employment issues. He represents management in all phases of labor and employment matters—from preventative counseling and strategic guidance to collective bargaining, appearances before regulatory agencies and first chair trial experience before judges, juries, and administrative agencies. He works closely with employers—both large and small, national, regional, and local—in responding to the daily challenges of the workplace.



ACC will cover the cost of parking if you park at the Ballard Spahr garage:

1225 17th Street - entrance is located on 18th Street between Lawrence and Larimer. Pull a ticket and ask the receptionist for validation. If you park at another parking lot or garage ACC will not be able to cover the cost. 


Credits: One CLE general credit


Members: $20.00
Non-members: $40.00

Sponsored By:

Ballard Spahr
With more than 500 attorneys in 14 offices, we can respond wherever and whenever our clients need us. We provide results-driven counsel and exceptional service in Litigation, Business and Finance, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Public Finance.

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Thank you 2018 Chapter Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors:

Fisher & Phillips
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Merchant & Gould
Shook Hardy & Bacon

Gold Sponsors:

Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Ballard Spahr
Davis Graham & Stubbs
Gibson Dunn
Lewis Bess Williams & Weese
Littler Mendelson
Snell & Wilmer
Spencer Fane
Stinson Leonard Street
Special Event Sponsors:

Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Barlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
Corporation Service Company
Donnelley Financial Solutions
Fairfield and Woods
HUB International
Jackson Kelly
Moye White
Perkins Coie


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