2018 SuperConference


Earn Up To 11 CLE Credits Including: 1 Ethics Credit,
1 Substance Abuse Credit, and 1 Diversity/Elimination of Bias Credit

8:00 am - 8:40 amBreakfast & Registration
8:40 am - 8:45 amOpening Remarks
8:45 am - 9:45 amCorporate Citizenship in the #MeToo Era: When Companies Speak Out on Social Matters, What to Say and How to Prepare for Purposeful Attention
Speaker: Talita Erickson, General Counsel, Americas, Barilla
Speaker: Erica Kirkwood, Vice President, General Counsel, GMA Construction Group
Speaker: Morgan Ruey, Labor & Employment Counsel, PepsiCo
Speaker: Kim Taylor, Vice President, General Counsel, University of Chicago
Moderator: Amy Swenson, Executive Vice President, KRW International

With all of the attention on workplace ethics in the media this past year, there is a new emphasis on transparency between management and employees. Employees (and customers alike) are expecting more definitive statements of what is acceptable behavior in the workplace. Meanwhile, companies are now more aware than ever of the repercussions of a PR crisis and are taking careful steps to mitigate risk -- such as speaking out on important issues. But when is it appropriate to weigh in, and how are executives sure they are expressing the “right” sentiment? This session explores how to do just that.
9:45 am - 10:45 amResource Conversations: Making the Case for Budgets, Headcount and Technology to Move the Law Department Forward
Speaker: Amy Au, Corporate Counsel, BCD Travel
Speaker: D. Cameron Findlay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Archer Daniels Midland
Speaker: Chad Hamilton, Executive Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs, General Counsel, Sargento Foods
Moderator: Chris Pinnington, CEO, NextLaw In-House Solutions

As the role of the GC has grown to encompass more than litigation, GCs are expected to influence business decisions in addition to leading their own departments. In order to grow a law department, one must consider how much the resources are being distributed across the board, and then plan for the future -- by means of adding more bodies, succession planning and incorporating new tech to aid in the day-to-day. This session discusses the steps that GCs can take to move their law departments forward.
10:45 am - 11:15 amNetworking Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pmCyber & Data SecurityBusiness Partner Strategies: Managing C-Suite RelationshipsLitigation
GC + CIO: Joining Forces to Avoid Becoming the Next Target of a High-Profile Cyber Attack
Speaker: Brett Creasy, President & Director of Digital Forensics, bit-x-bit, LLC
Speaker: Robyn Eckerling, Chief Privacy & Security Counsel, Allscripts
Speaker: Rebecca Fruchtman, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Moderator: Brett Doran, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

It’s no surprise that cyber attacks bring about a whole myriad of risks for an organization. From concerns about the “dark web”, dealing with cyber criminals who target large corporations to steal customer and employee info, to ransomware and data regulation, this session explores how GCs and CIOs are working together to prevent their companies from becoming the next target of a high-profile breach.
GC + CEO: Becoming a Strategic Advisor that Enables Innovation
Speaker: Sarah Erickson, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Red Wing Shoe Company
Speaker: Ekumene Lysonge, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Cafe Press
Speaker: Jennifer Schott, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Discover Financial Services
Speaker: Brian Vandenberg, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, American Medical Association
Moderator: James Beckett, CEO, Qualmet

The role of the GC has evolved into more than just counsel. GCs are working more closely with the C-suite, and acting in a role of a strategic advisor to help influence business decisions. This session will discuss how GCs align the law department with the strategic priorities of the corporation to provide strategic value proactively to the business beyond basic risk management and compliance. We will explore how innovative approaches to partnerships with external legal service providers, the CEO, internal customers, the Board, Risk Committees and Audit Committees, can provide more value to the business.
Litigation Crisis Management: Building an Action Plan to Guide Your Brand through a Corporate Crisis
Speaker: Curt Kramer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Navistar
Speaker: Peter Lieb, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Aon Corporation
Speaker: Hillary Victor, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Empire Today
Moderator: Stephen A. Weisbrod, Founding Partner, Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC

With all of the different types of lawsuits and litigation that an organization will encounter, how do you prepare an action plan for a “corporate crisis”? From tackling issues with class actions, regulatory fall out, managing the media, PR, insurance and more -- this session will discuss how to manage complex litigation and regulatory enforcement before they manage you.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCyber & Data SecurityBusiness Partner Strategies: Managing C-Suite RelationshipsLitigation
Revamping Employee Data, Cloud & Social Media Policies and Training to Mitigate Legal Risks
Speaker: Leila Borbor, Vice President, Head of Global Legal Communications & Reputation Risk Program, JLL
Speaker: Ella Liberman, Assistant Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Zurich North America
Speaker: Tami Reinglass Horton, Chief Compliance Counsel, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Moderator: Reena Bajowala, Partner, Litigation Group, Ice Miller

Nowadays, everybody is on social media -- including your bosses and employees. Because today’s employee is always-on and connected 24/7, companies are having a harder time determining the right balance between instilling a culture of data protection vs. where to draw the line on employee monitoring. Having a predetermined company policy on social media is the norm, but its open forum still presents a huge risk that many organizations don’t know how to deal with. This session will discuss how companies can train their employees to mitigate legal risks on social media.
GC + CHRO: Tackling Employment Issues and Ensuring Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace
Speaker: Mike Berendt, Head of Talent Engagement & Relations, Wayfair
Speaker: Christine Binotti, Lead Counsel, Motorola Solutions
Speaker: Kim Metrick, Director & Managing Counsel, Employment Law, Walgreens
Speaker: Stephanie Shirley, Labor, Employment & Ethics Counsel, Brunswick Corporation
Moderator: William Bogot, Partner, Cannabis Law, Fox Rothschild

Every organization has HR policies that are in place to help protect the company and its employees, and having a competent drug and alcohol policy is a must for any organization, large or small. Most corporations have zero-tolerance policies for drugs and alcohol, but with many US states now legally prescribing marijuana for medical use, organizations are beginning to reassess their drug testing policies to keep up with the new laws while ensuring fairness to all employees, regardless of the medications they may be prescribed. In this session, we’ll discuss how GCs and HR executives are teaming up to reevaluate employee drug testing policies -- including (but not limited to) medical marijuana, how to incorporate cannabis issues into your current drug policy, and how to find the right balance between zero-tolerance and reasonable accommodation, while avoiding unnecessary discrimination.
Simplifying Workflow Processes for Complex Litigation Issues
Speaker: Janelle Carter Anderson, Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Employment, Adtalem Global Education
Speaker: Robyn Martin, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Potbelly Sandwich Works
Speaker: Steven Martin, Assistant General Counsel - Litigation, Ryan Specialty Group
Moderator: Julian Dayal, Partner, Akerman

How does one deal with a complex case these days? It seems that more often than expected, a seemingly simple case can transform into a complex situation. In such instances, the skills and endurance of in-house counsel are tested. In this session, we’ll discuss everything from how to recognize the signs of not-so-simple cases, initial tasks to reduce overall risk, appropriate resource allocation, types of case management software that GCs are using, and cost management strategies that can go a long way.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmSession Transition Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pmCyber & Data SecurityBusiness Partner Strategies: Managing C-Suite RelationshipsLitigation
Building a Comprehensive Legal Response Plan to Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks
Speaker: Gretchen Herault, Senior Privacy Counsel, USCAN Privacy Leader, HIPAA Privacy Officer, GE Healthcare
Speaker: Tejal Vakharia, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Counsel, Allscripts
Speaker: Georgia Vlamis, Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & HR, FreightCar America
Moderator: Cuyler Robinson, Vice President, Charles River Associates

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, and because most corporations don’t know to expect an attack, they aren’t able to prepare how to handle these issues. This session will explore how to build a comprehensive legal response plan to data breaches and cyber attacks, as well as what corporate executives should -- and shouldn’t -- do in the aftermath of an attack.
GC + CFO: Risk Mitigation in M&A and Beyond
Speaker: Brenda Furlow, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bio-Techne
Speaker: Jan Hamblin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Cramer-Krasselt
Speaker: Jim Pyle, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Cars.com
Speaker: Zoe Vantzos, Assistant General Counsel, Compass Minerals
Moderator: Libby Kitslaar, Partner, Jones Day

For any global organization, the integration of legal and finance departments is critical. While the CFO analyzes financial reports, the GC will address business and society issues such as regulation, enforcement, geopolitical risk, etc. Both of these roles are highly experienced risk managers, and this session will highlight the many ways that GCs and CFOs can collaborate to manage M&A transactions, and across the board.
Alternative Litigation Funding: Is it Right for You?
Speaker: John Harabedian, Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF
Speaker: Paul Seeman, Chief Business Officer & General Counsel, UI Labs
Moderator: Stephen A. Weisbrod, Founding Partner, Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC

There’s a lot of talk that third-party litigation funding is on the rise in civil cases, however most lawyers haven’t yet used it. According to a report from Burford Capital, in the U.S. in 2015, 28% of lawyers said their firms used litigation financing -- up from 14% the previous year, and we can only expect that will continue to grow. But how does the funding process actually work, and what are the risks involved? This session will discuss the bare bones of litigation funding, as well as the pros and cons for all involved.
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmNetworking Break
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmRoundtable Sessions

Roundtable 1: Women, Influence & Power in Law Networking Roundtable
(led by: Heather Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel & Texas Lawyer)

Roundtable 2: The Value of Analytics in Litigation & Internal Investigations: Using Case Examples to Illustrate Benefits, Including Cost Savings, of Using Analytics
(led by: Brett Creasy, President & Director of Digital Forensics, bit-x-bit, LLC and Ron Blackwood, Senior Account Executive, bit-x-bit, LLC)

Roundtable 3: Getting What You Need From Your Law Firm
(led by: Alex Geisler, Partner, Duane Morris LLP)

Roundtable 4: Leveraging Analytics in Document Review: Including Active and Passive Learning
(led by: Kevin Melfi, Senior Data Manager, Strategic Legal Solutions)

Roundtable 5: Don't Get Wrecked by the Reckoning: Responding to Harassment in the Age of #MeToo
(led by: Paul Bateman, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C. and Jennifer Schilling, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.)

Roundtable 6: Workplace Culture Counts: Effective Strategies for Minimizing Risk
(led by: Gray Mateo-Harris, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP)
5:15 pm - 6:15 pmCocktail Reception
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8:00 am - 8:40 amBreakfast & Registration
8:40 am - 8:45 amOpening Remarks
8:45 am - 9:45 amGDPR Triage: In the Midst of 10,000 Contracts to Review, Picking the Spots to Mitigate the Biggest Risks
Speaker: Bénédicte Dambrine, Privacy Counsel, OneTrust
Speaker: Jennifer Handa, Managing Director, Legal Group, Accenture
Speaker: Jean Janes, Senior Counsel, Global Legal Compliance, JLL
Speaker: Brock Wanless, Managing Counsel - Global Privacy & Regulatory, Groupon
Moderator: Lei Shen, Partner, Mayer Brown

The General Data Protection Regulation is finally going into effect in the EU, and for global organizations, that means a whole new set of standards for data breach notifications, vendor management and data portability, among other things. With this new framework about to take shape, where are the biggest risks for global corporations, and what steps can GCs and Corporate Counsel take to mitigate these issues? In this session, we’ll uncover what in-house practitioners need to know going in as this new regulation takes effect.
9:45 am - 10:45 amThe GC Up-At-Night Index: Benchmarking Across the Fortune 1000 on Strategic Priorities, Investments & Targets
Speaker: Robert Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch
Speaker: Jerry Kilgore, Member, State Attorneys General Practice, Cozen O'Connor
Speaker: Steve Kovalan, Senior Analyst, ALM Intelligence
Speaker: Gina Oka, General Counsel, Department of Procurement Services, City of Chicago
Moderator: Patrick Fuller, Vice President, ALM Intelligence

What’s keeping GCs up at night? With the role of the GC expanding to encompass more strategic leadership across the organization and collaboration with the C-suite, corporate counsels are concerned with driving business more than ever. This session will explore how GCs and corporate counsel are dealing with the most pressing challenges their organizations are facing.
10:45 am - 11:15 amNetworking Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pmLaw Department Operations: Playing the Offense for Increased EfficiencyRisk & Regulatory Updates
Operational Transformation & Best Practices
Speaker: Bruce Daise, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, H&R Block
Speaker: Ahna Severts, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Wilton Brands
Speaker: Mark Sproat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Follett Corporation
Moderator: Vandana Dhamija, Founder & CEO, Legal Operations Consulting

Law departments are going through a transformation. With the emergence of legal ops teams handling more of the day-to-day and operational aspects of the role, GCs and counsel are taking on more strategic and managerial roles within their departments. This session will look at how law departments continue to evolve and best practices for moving yours forward -- from developing KPIs for your team to separating the legal operations function, to expanding the team and thinking in global terms.
Regulatory Updates & Impacts from the First Year of the New Administration
Speaker: Sarah Fisher, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, The Parking Spot
Speaker: Mark Jaeger, Senior Vice President, HR, General Counsel & Secretary, Jockey International
Moderator: James Schultz, Chair, Government & Regulatory, Cozen O'Connor

We’re one year into the new administration, and the times, they are a’changin’... This session will cover regulatory changes such as Obamacare, the National Labor Relations Board, foreign trade compliance, outsourcing, and more. In-house counsel will weigh in on how these changes are impacting their businesses, and what they are expecting going forward.
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmNetworking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLaw Department Operations: Playing the Offense for Increased EfficiencyRisk & Regulatory Updates
The Rise of A.I.: How Technology is Transforming the Legal Profession
Speaker: John Albright, Chief Legal Officer, HUB International
Speaker: Alison Harkins, Data Privacy Counsel, Accenture
Speaker: Javaid Iqbal, Adjunct Professor, Digital Customer Innovation, DePaul University & CEO, transformx.io
Speaker: Daniel Linna, Jr, Director of LegalRnD, The Center for Legal Services Innovation & Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law
Moderator: David Holme, CEO, Exigent

A.I. is huge, and it’s got everybody talking, but few have really done it right. As A.I. continues to take center stage in terms of emerging tech that will impact the legal space, robots and machines can be utilized to complete time-consuming and tedious tasks such as data collecting, searching records, fact verification, etc -- which will impact the jobs of many interns and junior lawyers. So how will the professional structure accommodate for this shift? As the technology frees up time and makes the profession run more smoothly, does this mean that junior lawyers will be able to take on the tasks of more mid-level executives? And will mid-level executives in turn, find themselves taking on more senior-level tasks? In this session, we’ll explore the possibilities of how tech -- not just A.I. -- will impact the legal industry going forward.
Global Risk Management & Compliance Strategies
Speaker: Luis Avila, Former Interim General Counsel, US Foods
Speaker: Christine Castellano, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion
Speaker: Noel Elfant, Vice President, General Counsel, DeLaval, Inc
Moderator: Kenneth Yeadon, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

This session will cover how to address common risks that global organizations are facing, as well as compliance strategies to aid in preventing issues in the first place. We’ll take a look at how to manage your organization’s employees, supply chain, 3rd party vendors, foreign policy, and what strategies you can implement to avoid risk.
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmSession Transition Break
2:10 pm - 3:10 pmCreating a Talented & Diverse Legal Workplace: Mentoring, Coaching and Supervising Your Team to Increase Success
Speaker: Jason Brown, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Dyson
Speaker: W. Scott Nehs, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Speaker: Tracy O'Flaherty, Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Litigation, Baxter International
Speaker: Brandon Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Tenneco
Moderator: Miriam Frank, Partner, Vice President & Leader of Talent Management Consulting, Major, Lindsey & Africa

A great legal workplace starts from the top. To build a successful team, you must be not only a skillful and experienced executive, but also a good leader. This session will explore strategies for growing your law department by being a mentor to your team, building a diverse staff to better suit client needs, strategies on uncovering unconscious bias, and helping employees define and refine their specific skill sets to increase overall success in your organization.
3:10 pm - 3:15 pmClosing Remarks