Chicago Chapter

Downtown Lunch CLE - Staying Out of the In-House Doghouse: Managing Relationships with Outside Litigation Counsel


321 North Clark, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654


A contract dispute with a major supplier. An accusation of employment discrimination or sexual harassment. An SEC or DOJ investigation. A competitor’s threat to the intellectual property assets at the heart of the business.

These issues can become nightmares for corporate counsel.

Yet the first time many corporate counsel think about selecting, hiring and managing outside litigation counsel is often the worst time – when their company is threatened with a law suit or investigation. High costs, wasted corporate resources and the risk of disastrous and even business-ending outcomes are the often the result.

Join our panel of experienced corporate counsel for a fast-paced and informative discussion on managing the outside litigation counsel relationship, including how to hire the right lawyer for the matter, establish preferred provider lists, craft RFPs, and tackle “convergence” the right way. They’ll address how to formulate a litigation strategy to manage costs, expectations and “unknown unknowns,” and provide practical advice for how to communicate effectively with outside counsel – during litigation and in general – to maximize the benefit from those relationships. The panel will also explore the importance of diversity and how the choice of outside counsel can properly reflect your company’s corporate culture.


Michael Cohen, Patent Counsel, Baxter Healthcare Company

Clinton Hallman, Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property, LBP Manufacturing

Matthew Kelly, Managing Director, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)

Michael Martinez, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Dispute Resolution, Marriott International

Tracy O'Flaherty, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Ernest Tuckett III,  General Counsel, Americas,  AkzoNobel

Moderator: Adam Kelly, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP


11:45 am: Registration & networking
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:15 pm: Presentation
1:15 pm: Q&A

Online Registration Preferred:  To set up your ACC Chicago registration account, please follow the site instructions as a "New User" upon your first visit.  You will receive a confirmation at the end of your registration process.


Credits: One Hour
State: Illinois
Category: General Credit Hour


Chapter Administrator, Lisa Carreras
Phone: 815-464-8336
Fax: 815-464-8334


Attendance is complimentary, but limited to ACC members, in-house prospective ACC members and guests of the sponsor.

Sponsored By:

Loeb & Loeb LLP

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