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June 25, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT

2400 Market Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, USA 19103

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Greater Philadelphia

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Session 1 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
"What to do When the Government Comes Knocking"
Presented by Cozen O'Connor

In today’s enforcement climate, it is inevitable that one or more of your clients will become involved in a federal investigation. How your client responds to an investigation can substantially impact the cost, business burden, and outcome. The government has various investigatory tools at its disposal, and the best strategic response may depend on how an investigation begins, which government agency or team is investigating, and what methods the government chooses to investigate. This CLE will summarize the most common investigatory methods, discuss preparations a client can make if operating in a highly regulated industry, provide a checklist of issues to consider immediately after government contact, and equip you with the tools you need to advise your clients should they find themselves in the government’s crosshairs. 


  • Arthur P. Fritzinger, Member, Cozen O'Connor
  • Calli Jo Padilla, Member, Cozen O'Connor
  • Christina Hud, Senior Compliance Counsel, Global Investigations, Pfizer

Session 2 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
"Protecting Trade Secrets in Light of the FTC’s Vote to Ban Employee Non-Competes"
Presented by Dechert LLP

In April, the Federal Trade Commission adopted a rule which would essentially ban employee non-competes.  This panel will discuss the status and future of this potential ban, given current court challenges to it, and practical steps you can take to protect your company’s trade secrets regardless of whether the ban goes into effect.


  • Diane Siegel Danoff, Partner and chair of Dechert’s Trade Secret Litigation Practice
  • Luke Reilly, Associate, Dechert
  • Rory Gledhill , Litigation Counsel, Vail Resorts Management Company
  • Quinn Wetherall, Associate General Counsel, Gopuff


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Session 3 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
"Five Things to Know in Your First Five Years"
Presented by Armstrong Teasdale

Michael C. Witsch, Gabrielle M. Gesek, and esteemed in-house counsel will present on five key areas in which in-house counsel should sharpen their skills within their first five years of practicing. The panel will provide tips to excel as a new in-house attorney, identify the areas of an in-house attorney's work that are of particular importance, and point to areas where time and effort can be most effective in improving output.


  • Michael C. Witsch, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale
  • Gabrielle M. Gesek, Associate, Armstrong Teasdale
  • Deb Carlos, Vice President, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast


Session 4 - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"Board and Committee Meetings - Agenda, Presentations & Minutes"
Presented by Blank Rome LLP

This presentation will explore in-house lawyer's involvement in meetings of the Board of Directors and committees of the Board, including setting up an agenda for the Board and committee meetings, drafting presentations for the Board and committee meetings and preparing minutes of these meetings.


  • Yelena Barychev, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Frank Borchert, Chief Legal Officer, Best Egg, Inc.


The nearest parking garage is located at 12 South 23rd Street, next to the Aramark Building.


State: PA & DE (NJ is reciprocal self-reporting)
Category: General