Overview (Program Summary)
An all day in-person conference that is designed for the in-house practice. 7 hours of CLE (including Ethics and Implicit Bias) for $35! The included breakfast and lunch.
Panel topics will include:
How to Avoid Criminal Prosecution for a Cyber Breach: What Companies Must Know About Increasingly Stringent Cybersecurity Transparency Rules
The conviction of Joe Sullivan and the SEC’s proposed rule on cybersecurity has telegraphed to public and private companies alike regarding their potential criminal and regulatory enforcement exposure from cybersecurity incidents. The panel will explore the concept of resilience in the face of almost-inevitable cyber incidents and determining what the C-suite members, GCs, and board members need to do to stay in compliance with increasingly stringent regulations and rules regarding cybersecurity.
Confronting Bias in Divisive Times: The Impact of Bias on the Practice of Law and How to Overcome It.
This presentation will feature an interactive and thoughtful discussion regarding conscious and unconscious bias and the impact on the legal profession from client relationships, hiring, promotions, trials and beyond. Panelists will discuss the true definition of bias, including how and why it is impacts the legal profession so significantly, how it impacts our evaluation of talent, people and situations, and how it impacts cross-cultural communication and diversity efforts. Engage in awareness exercises that will help you (and help you help others) identify unconscious biases and learn ways to overcome them individually and organizationally.
How to Lose the Privilege in IP – Ethics
Privilege protections are a cornerstone of our legal system, and it’s crucial that corporations understand the various kinds of protections that exist, the privileges they afford, and misconceptions about them. In this seminar, Mike and Lauren will help attendees understand the intricacies of privileges like attorney-client privilege, common interest privilege, and work product doctrine in both domestic and international contexts. They will walk attendees through common privilege pitfalls that occur before and during litigation, as well as between co-pending litigation and inter partes review. And, they’ll help attendees understand the waiver of privilege and its scope.
Modifying Vendor Contracts To Save Money And Improving Customer Collections
With the sharp rise in interest rates this year, many companies are finding it harder to obtain cash. It is therefore in companies’ interest to evaluate contracts with vendors where the vendors are being overpaid and/or not delivering the products or services required under the contract. On the flip side, companies are also experiencing higher rates of nonpayment on customer accounts and must take measures to ensure that customer accounts are brought current in a timely fashion. This presentation will discuss the substantive law concerning modifications of vendor contracts and strategies for negotiating more favorable contract terms with vendors, which can result in significant savings. The presentation also discusses collection strategies for managing overdue customer accounts and bringing them current.
The New Board Table Is a Standing Desk: Navigating Today’s Risks and Rewards Serving as a Board Member
While board service still has its rewards, board members of public companies face increasing scrutiny in the execution of their duties, and challenges are multiplied in the post-pandemic world. Join a discussion with Akin Gump panelists experienced in corporate governance and securities litigation to examine how board members can actively manage and mitigate risks in delegation and oversight, crisis management, director and officer compensation, and complex conflicts of interest. This presentation provides an overview of board member duties and potential risks and explores current best practices and recent litigation trends with interactive examples and answers for in-house counsel and outside counsel alike.
Recent Developments in Wage and Hour PAGAs and Class Actions: Strategies for Defense and Settlement
With a focus on minimizing defense costs and achieving favorable settlements, the panel will provide a primer on the Private Attorney General Act and discuss recent developments including the Supreme Court’s 2022 enforcement of agreements to arbitrate individual PAGA claims in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana. Attendees will learn how the courts are handling PAGA and class action cases and how to use the recently adopted model settlement agreements to save fees and costs.
Insurance Coverage – The Art of Negotiating With Insurers.
In this program, Pasich LLP attorneys will provide tips on effectively navigating disagreements with insurers. The speakers will address negotiations with insurers regarding the selection of defense counsel, hourly rate caps proposed by insurers, the payment of underlying third-party settlements, and settlement negotiations with insurers regarding disputed claims and losses. The presentation also will address the role of insurance brokers in negotiations, when to involve coverage counsel, and the use of mediations as a forum for resolving disputes with insurers.