Time Event and description Other info

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Amazing Race

Join us as we do a mini version of The Amazing Race! The Emerging Leaders created this fun, lively and interactive networking session and it has become one of the most popular events. You will be assigned a team and given a list of tasks to complete. The first one back to the Hyatt Regency Chicago is the winner!

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tennis: Sponsored by Potter & Murdock

 Join your fellow attendees for some friendly competition to start the event!

Sponsored by:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Business Partner Expo Set-Up


12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Law Firm Expo Set-Up

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Law Firm Member First Time Attendee Orientation

If you are a first time attendee to any NAMWOLF event, please plan on attending this session. Important information about your Law Firm Membership with NAMWOLF will be covered and you will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with other NAMWOLF Law Firm Members.  This session is for NAMWOLF Law Firm Members ONLY.

Law Firm Members ONLY

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

In-House Counsel First Time Attendee Orientation

If you are a first time attendee to any NAMWOLF event, please plan on attending this session. Important information about NAMWOLF, navigating the Annual Meeting and other important information will be covered. You will also have an opportunity to mix and mingle with other In-House Counsel.  This session is for In-House Counsel ONLY.

In-House Counsel ONLY

1:55 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Advisory Council Session
In-House Counsel ONLY

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Law Firm Cross Marketing Session: Hey Neighbor! Making Connections and Finding Business with Other NAMWOLF Firms

The Cross Marketing Committee session will focus on developing practices for effective cross marketing within the NAMWOLF law firm community.  We will discuss the not-always-obvious business opportunities that can be harnessed through initial and continuing connections with other law firms, and highlight a few cross-marketing success stories among our NAMWOLF law firms.  We will then embark on a fun and competitive activity that will keep you meetin’ and greetin’ other law firm members throughout the entire annual meeting.  Not only will members with the most connections be on their way to developing connections that will lead to new business but they will also win valuable prizes.

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Inclusion Initiative Meeting
In-House Counsel ONLY

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Session: The Role of Lawyers During Times of Crisis

Gary Kennedy, Author and Former American Airlines General Counsel

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

In-House Counsel Meet & Greet
In-House Counsel ONLY

 Sponsored by:




6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

Location: For The Win

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

General Session

Keynote Speaker: Wanji Walcott, SVP and General Counsel, PayPal

9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

CLE Session: Avoiding the Crosshairs of Consumer Protection Regulators and Class Action Lawsuits

The consumer protection landscape continues to evolve and confuse businesses subject to its changing standards. Leveraging the experience of consumer protection defense attorneys, regulators, and in-house counsel, our panel will discuss the greatest risk areas and share key strategies to avoid becoming a target of consumer protection regulators and opportunistic litigators. Key topics covered will include: Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP) concerns related to social media, price disclosures and general marketing & advertising; privacy law developments; and the ever-changing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).


Helen Mac Murray, Mac Murray & Shuster LLP


Lauren Krasnodembski, Cardinal Health

Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

Nathan B. Wilcox, Vivint, Inc.

Philip J. Kantor, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

 CLE Session: “Dude, Where’s My Car?” – The Emergence of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

Over the last several years, automobile manufactures have made several semi- autonomous vehicle technologies standard in new vehicles, leading towards the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles that will navigate roads of tomorrow. This presentation discusses those technologies as well as the benefits and dangers they present. Additionally, the course will discuss current and proposed regulations which will govern autonomous vehicles and the impact of fully autonomous vehicles on claims investigations, negligence liability, and products liability.


Sharhonda Robinson-Edwards, Roig Lawyers

Marla Gilreath, Nationwide Insurance Company

Wendy Wilcox, Skane Wilcox LLP


9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

CLE Session: Technology? Not billable…not for me. Technology Proficiency an Ethical Obligation to your Client

The practice of law exists in the world of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. Law departments are now managing heavier litigation loads paired with tighter budgets and limited resources.  Technology can help by increasing productivity, saving time, and earning credibility in a fast-changing world.

Clients today, including jurors, expect that counsel have a general understanding of technology with regards to proficiency, security, and trends within the legal industry.    Attorneys have a professional duty and ethical obligation to their clients to represent and protect them by making sure they are doing everything they can to present the facts of the case in the best way possible. This cannot be accomplished if counsel is not cognizant of modern trends and technological advancements available to them. 

Technology is a lawyer’s best advocate and embracing it during your discovery phase and into your trial will give your clients the competitive advantage they need.  Join KusarGlobal Litigation Services and our panel of experts as we discuss leveraging change with the following topics: changing trends, the duty of competency, obstacles, immediate solutions, as well as trial integration and presentation.


Darth Vaughn, Sanders Roberts LLP

Casey Flaherty, Sanders Roberts LLP/Procertas

Dennis Garcia, Microsoft

Crystal L. Van Der Putten, Livingston Law Firm

Stefani Washburn, KusarGlobal Inc.

10:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session:  Keeping the Bad Guys Out: Critical Security Updates

The emergence of cloud computing and other information technologies has been a boon for the legal industry but the ability to effectively secure sensitive information has never been more challenging. Data breaches grow more numerous with each passing year – both in the rise of criminal activity – but also because many are the result of employee or system error.  This workshop will review the legislative and business needs driving security and offer practical “best practices” for protecting your law firm and client data security.


Michael Kraft, Kraft Kennedy

John Kogan, Kraft Kennedy

Julanne Montville, American Express Corporation

Damian J. Martinez, Andrade Gonzalez LLP

Catherine Castaldo, Nuance Communications

10:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session: OMG Did We Actually Say That?  Avoiding Defamation Liability in the Age of Fire, Fury, and Fake News

This CLE will focus on the practical aspects of defamation litigation, analyzing a series of potentially defamatory statements.  Hypotheticals may be presented under a scenario in which a client has recently issued a statement and has been placed on notice that it may be sued over that statement, or on a “pre-publication” basis – e.g., the client plans to issue a given statement about an identified third party, and seeks advice on potential exposure to defamation claims.


Marc M. Berg, J. Selmer Law, P.A.


Jim McGuire, Thomas & LoCicero

Melanie Okon, Okon Hannagan

Stephanie Zapata Moore, Vistra Energy

Lawrence Morgan, Republic Services


10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session: Verdict Vigilance: Preventing, Spotting, and Preserving Verdict-Related Issues 

Civil juries sometimes deliver perplexing verdicts, reflecting inconsistent liability findings or a jury compromise (as when a jury resolves a disagreement about liability by awarding inadequate damages). Though not always apparent, these verdicts sit on a razor’s edge, and an attorney must exercise “verdict vigilance” at every juncture: pre-verdict, post-verdict, and on appeal. With proper attention, verdict inconsistencies can often be avoided altogether. And when verdict-related issues do arise, preserving those issues for appeal can make or break your entire case.


Jessica Currie, BSP Law

Sarah Nicolas, Ramon Worthington Law Firm

Jessica Zacharski, Ford Motor Company

Jasmin Morad Rinna, Honda North America, Senior Counsel

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Learn Pick-Up

Pick up you lunch and head to a CLE session.

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

CLE Session: Master the Tools, Master the Courts

Technology is the new standard – a currency that the world uses to advance and get ahead. In this world, winners and losers are determined by who possesses, and can capably wield, current technology.

In this CLE for credit, we look at how this applies to the courts, where failure to demonstrate such competence can have serious repercussions, resulting in collection errors, misidentification of data, and insecure handling of the data. At best, the client will suffer excessive legal fees, and at worst, sanctions.

With new advanced technology emerging all the time in eDiscovery and forensic collection, attorneys and their staff must be able to keep up with a moving target. Join RVM as we examine what it means to be technologically competent in a changing legal environment, and how you can master the tools of the trade.


Cynthia Parks, Parks IP Law

Jeanne Somma, RVM Enterprises

Jason M. Ryan, CenterPoint Energy

Francine Friedman Griesing, Griesing Law, LLC

Sponsored by: 

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

CLE Session: NAMWOLF, M.E.: Autopsies of Failed Investigations

Under a wide range of different laws, a company’s response to an internal or external complaint, and the investigation that underlies that response, may provide a valid defense to limit or even avoid liability.  At a minimum, the investigation will assist the company in being able to quickly assess potential liability in order to then map out an appropriate strategy going forward at an early stage.  This CLE will provide case studies of where investigations have gone wrong and how misteps in those investigations led to unfortunate consequences for companies.  In addition to analyzing these investigiations, the CLE will provide best practices and practical tips to consider when conducting an investigation.


Brian L. Lerner, Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP

Ann Chen, Abbott Laboratories

Frank Bear, Walgreen Co.

Holly English, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.

Laurie A. Rompala, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel P.C.

Kimberly W. White, Ingredion Incorporated

Brooke Bathras, Bank of America

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

CLE Session:  Labor Board and Employee Handbook BINGO: How the New NLRB is Making Life a Little Less Complicated

This lively and interactive program will review recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board that impact the lawfulness of employee handbook provisions and workplace employment policies. The panel will also review and examine other recent NLRB decisions and pending cases before the agency, which could have a significant impact on all workforces – both unionized and unrepresented.


Kirsten B. White, Schwartz Hannum PC

Jonathan Andrews, Andrews Lagasse Branch and Bell

Angela Ruggiero, Eversource Energy

Maureen Maley, Penn National Gaming

1:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Law Firm Expo

Sponsored by: 


3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In-House ONLY Session: How In-House Counsel and NAMWOLF Firms Can Effectively Work together to Manage Cybersecurity Risks

In-House ONLY Session


Jason Straight, UnitedLex

Justi Rae Miller, State Farm

Kelly Harris, Prudential

Sponsored by: 


3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Law Firm Management Session: Law Firm Management: Instilling an Ownership Mentality & Assembling the Right Team

The Law Firm Management’s session will focus on methods to cultivate a culture of autonomy and inspire team members to take ownership in their jobs and the firm. We will also discuss the “who”, “how” and “what” of assembling, compensating, and utilizing the right team members to maximize team success.



3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders Session: CLE Session: Bias Busting In the Courtroom, the Boardroom and Every Day

This panel discussion on the ethical issues currently trending in diversity including biases at work, the courtroom, the board room, and in our daily lives with a specific focus on whether or not we as attorneys have been equipped with the correct tools to determine whether the biases we encounter impact how we practice.


Robin A. Wofford, Wilson Turner Kosmo

Schuyler A. Smith, Hamilton Miller Birthesel

Raven Moore, McDonald’s Corporation

Maureen M. Deskins, Ocean Properties, LTD

Janeen N. Lofton, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Hey, that’s MY client! Protecting Client Lists and Confidential Customer Information When a Star Employee Jumps Ship

A company’s client lists and related intelligence, such as risk tolerance or purchasing history, are extremely valuable and must be protected.  This program will explore the application of trade secret law to client lists, provide practical steps to safeguard these lists and quickly detect misappropriation, and identify the litigation options available when a former employee pilfers the company client list and uses it to solicit clients.  With a Chicago pop culture theme, the program will help you answer three critical questions: (1) Are my client lists and information protected trade secrets? (2) What steps should the company take to protect this information and our client relationships?  (3) Our employee just resigned, copied our client list and is soliciting our customers – how can I stop her? 


Jennifer E. Novoselsky, Reyes Kurson

Cindy S. Stuyvesant, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Donyelle Gray, Illinois Human Rights Commission

Gavin McCarty, WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Anna Aguilar, Aguilar Bentley LLC

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Big Brother Is Watching: Do Employers Have the Right to Police Employee Off-Duty Conduct?

This presentation will address the issues relating to how far an employer may legally go to monitor and discipline employees for off-duty conduct. With the increase in state legalization of marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes, how do these new laws impact an employer’s ability to enforce its alcohol and drug use and testing policies? Is it legal for an employer to discipline an employee whose off-duty posts on social media have a potentially negative impact on the employer’s business including its reputation and that of its management and employees? May an employer inquire about criminal activities including arrests and convictions of applicants and can it discipline existing employees for off-duty criminal activity? Is it legal to monitor an employee’s movements with GPS tracking? Attendees will learn about applicable state and federal laws and the best practices for navigating the delicate balance between employees’ off-duty conduct and the need to maintain a safe, productive and secure work environment.


Laurie E. Sherwood, Walsworth 


Mary Ulmer Jones, Bank of America

Cheryl Jackson, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Cos.

Scott Freedman, Southern California Gas

Daniel N. Ramirez, Partner, Monty Ramirez Law

Chad K. Lang, Partner, SMGQ Law

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Perfecting Your Pitch and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls

Pitching to clients is as much art as it is science.  This session will highlight the do’s and don’ts of face-to-face marketing of law firm services.  See successful pitch decks, a model pitch, and real-life examples of pitching foibles with insights from in-house counsel and successful law firm marketers. Get practical tips for effective marketing and brush up on the professional and ethical rules that may impact your firm’s marketing materials and strategy.   


Bacardi Jackson, Tucker Law Group

Richard Amador, Sanchez & Amador

Elizabeth Brannen Carter, Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black P.C.

Nannette Fosen, State Farm

Rick Hammond, Walmart

9:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

General Counsel Panel


  • Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, United
  • Susan L. Lees, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allstate
  • Thomas S. O’Neill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
  • Karen Roberts, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Walmart Inc.

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: Did you say Mobile App?

This CLE will analyze mobile app development from several different legal standpoints. The panel will discuss privacy laws and user data concerns, software development open source considerations, and analyze the best modes of intellectual property protection for Apps, including the current state of patenting software as it relates to Apps, trademarks, and design patents.


Wendy Zimbone, Talem IP Law

Stephanie Gayden, Goldman Sachs

Sanjana Mangalagiri, Allstate Insurance Corporation

Heather Clauson Haughian, Culhane Meadows PLLC

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session:  Breaking Down Blockchain: It’s Not Just Bitcoin!

This presentation will provide a high-level overview of blockchain technology.  Through the lens of a wide variety of use cases, we will explore the general characteristics and types of blockchain platforms, as well as the emerging legal and regulatory landscapes which underpin this technology.  In this session, we will also highlight the benefits of leveraging blockchain technology across myriad industries.    


Dawn Ingley, Patrick Law Group

Inderpreet Sawhney, Infosys

Victoria Libin, Accenture 

Dauna Williams, Burgher Gray, LLP

Dorothy Giobbe, JPMorgan Chase


11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: #MeToo, Now What?  

This topical program examines best in-house practices for responding to sexual harassment claims in the modern workplace, when to tender harassment claims to your insurer, common coverage hurdles for harassment claims under Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance policies, and how to effectively manage business reputation in the face of media scrutiny.


Darlene Gartrell, Aon Risk Solutions

Ellen Davis, Sard Verbinnen & Co.

Jennifer Yu Sacro, Sacro & Walker LLP

Michele Ballard Miller, Managing Partner, Miller Law Group


12:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Luncheon Panel: Alternative Fee Arrangements: Friend or Foe?

Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) have been discussed in the legal industry for decades, but they are used and implemented much less often.  Corporate counsel have increasingly sought out AFAs, and yet, attorneys often wring their hands and view AFAs as an attorney’s worst enemy.  But can alternative fee arrangements create allies between clients and attorneys?   During this panel discussion, you will learn about AFAs put to real practice, the pro and cons of AFAs, and the risks and rewards of choosing to utilize AFAs.  You decide: Friend or Foe?


Michael Canaras, The Home Depot

Lani Quarmby, Bank of America

Tiffany Ferguson, Allstate Insurance

Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Sapientia Law Group

Felicia Long, Hill Hill Carter Franco Hill & Black

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session:  The New Age of Privacy: GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a tremendous impact.  Failure to comply can result in fines up to 4% of a company’s annual revenue.  This program will offer a primer of recommendations, tips, and information on getting compliant to avoid further risk. 


Tsan Abrahamson, Cobalt LLP

Gary Lafayette, Lafayette & Kumagai

Rebecca Strutton, New York Life

Noel Elfant, DeLaval Inc.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Untangling the Knots of Conflicting Priorities in Corporate Internal Investigations – Best Practices in Today’s Age

Public and private corporations are today being scrutinized and investigated as never before by numerous U.S. government enforcement agencies as well as local, state, and foreign government agencies. Also, private whistle-blower cases involving corporate conduct continue to be on the rise. Corporate internal investigations are complicated enough, but the situation can become even more complex when conflicting priorities-whether from a legal, strategic, or corporate governance stand point-arise. Today, these problematic tensions are more likely to arise given the international and multi-jurisdictional scope that occurs in many investigations, as  well as the frequency of company’s internal or outside agencies parallel investigations. In this CLE the panel will explore and offers ways to avoid -and hopefully resolve -conflicts that can arise from the intertwined nature of modern internal investigations. Specifically, we will discuss:

  • Coordinating the priorities, including consideration of privilege waivers and potential conflicts of concurrent government and company internal investigations.
  • Navigating the potentially competing focus and interests of concurrent Board and company internal investigations.
  • How best to handle internal investigation of employee claims of assault or harassment.
  • Best practices in handling internal investigations of data privacy conflicts and security breaches.


Anthony L Schumann, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Jelahn Stewart, Walmart

Patty Eakes, Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC

Lawrence Oliver II, The Boeing Company

Andres Rivero, Rivero Mestre

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Emojis Speaking Louder Than Words? – The Import of Emojis, Emoticons and Hashtags as Evidence at Trial # 🙂 

This CLE will focus on the new body of law relating to emojis and emoticons that is just starting to develop across  the United States. While emails and text messages have been common forms of evidence for the better part of two decades, emojis emoticons and hashtags are just starting to make their way into evidence (or, maybe not). In 2017, the number of people who owned a smartphone in the United States was estimated to be more than 223 million and over 2 billion worldwide. It  is now estimated that more than six billion emojis are exchanged daily throughout the world. Many smartphones, such as the iPhone, have pre-programmed emojis, available for use during texts. Further, there are numerous apps that can be purchased for smartphones that give the user access to different emojis. As such, the texts and emails that are being used as evidence in court are increasingly including emojis and emoticons, as well as hastags, and the courts are left with many questions to answer, the most obvious of which is how these emojis, emoticons and hashtags should be interpreted in a certain situation. Emojis, emoticons and hashtags are no longer just for texts or social media; they are for the courts, as well. As emojis and hashtags continue to be increasingly used, it is important that lawyers be aware of their import, as well as be ready to argue issues relating to an emoji or hashtag’s meaning and admissibility to the benefit of their client.


Edward T.Kang, Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC

Linda Wong, Wong Fleming

Courtney Fong, CompTIA

Carol Payne, Estes Thorne & Carr

Cheryl Nicolson, Nicolson Law Group

David Schaffer, Allstate Insurance Company

Scott Garnick, Accenture

David Schaffer, Allstate Insurance Company


2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: Public Posts, Politicking, and Protected Speech: The First Amendment at Work… Literally

Surprisingly, there is still a lot of confusion regarding protected speech in the workplace. As a general rule, the First Amendment doesn’t apply in the private sector workplace, rather it only prevents the government from limiting free speech. However, there are a number of federal and state employment laws, most notably the National Labor Relations Act, that do protect certain speech and actions by private sector employees (unionized as well as non-unionized), both within and outside of the workplace. This interactive CLE will dig into the complexities of the First Amendment and its impact on the workplace, including recent high-profile examples of employee and employer free speech wins and losses.


Sharonda P. Mills, Wyndham Destinations

John A. Ferguson, Jr., Schmoyer Reinhard LLP

Kathleen K. (Kathi) Lucchesi, Lincoln Derr PLLC

James R. (Jim) Beyer, Infosys


2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: The New Era: Clouding Around with Data

The variety of cloud computing models available today offers tremendous flexibility for businesses with specific needs, but also calls for flexibility in drafting and negotiating data storage and hosting issues rather than a “one size fits all” approach.  This CLE will explore the common legal issues that arise in negotiating agreements for cloud computing models and the current trends in reaching resolutions as the market adapts to evolving technology and new laws.


Alina Singer, Partner, Wargo & French LLP

Peggy A. Miller, MWH Law Group LLP

Ashley Tan, Complex Networks

Ilanit Leibowitz, Prudential Financial

Shantanu Singh, Northwestern Mutual


2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: Highlighting Differences Between International Arbitration and Litigation                             

This presentation looks at how international arbitration and cross-border litigation share a common goal of resolving international disputes, but take fundamentally different approaches. Starting with a historical perspective on the rise of international arbitration as an alternative to litigation in the national courts, the panel would review the differences in tribunals, procedures, rules of evidence, enforceability, culture and courtroom or hearing room dynamics. The panel also provides an overview of the major arbitral bodies that administer international arbitration around the world, and touches on how those bodies are in the process of changing their own procedures and structures to meet the changing needs of international dispute resolution.

Phil Shinn, LimNexus LLP

Mimi Lee, Chevron Upstream

Jorge Mestre Rivero Mestre LLP

Lisa Savitt, The Axelrod Law Firm, P.C.

Steve Andersen, American Arbitration Association

4:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

In-House Counsel Session: Dear In House Counsel: What MIHCA Means to Me

We invite you to join this interactive session to learn why Minority In-House Counsel Association (or “MIHCA,” pronounced MEE-kah) board members, representing some of the country’s most prominent companies, are passionate about their involvement with MIHCA and why they think you should be, too! Throughout the year, MIHCA hosts nationwide programming to help in-house attorneys of color hone EQ/soft skills and build the networks they need to succeed. MIHCA also hosts an annual fall conference, and invites you to continue the conversation at their 2018 Conference in Atlanta, November 1-2.

In-House Counsel Session ONLY

Sponsored by: 



Lata Setty, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, UnitedLex

Asilia Backus, Director & Senior Attorney, Employment Law, American Airlines, Inc. 

Sonya Olds Som, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Julie Mehta, Commercial Attorney, Nalco Water | An Ecolab Company

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA)

4:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

NAMWOLF Marketing Best Practices Committee Presents Presents: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication: How to Read Other People 

It is a given that most attorneys possess good communication skills. But effective communication requires the ability to be able to read other people and know if/how/when to adjust your communication to ensure your message hits the mark.

This session will focus on key elements to improve your communication skills. How can you use your communication skills to improve your effectiveness? How do men and women communicate differently? What does your body language say about you? How to read faces, hands, and even feet? What is the 7%-38%-55% Communications Rule? What techniques foster multi-generational communication? These questions and many more are addressed in a session that will help you adjust and enhance your communication style.


CLE credit pending. 


Lynn Fasi, Practice Growth & Marketing Consultant

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

NAMWOLF Gala Awards Dinner

Sponsored by: 


8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

White Collar Practice Area Committee Meeting

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Products Liability Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Intellectual Property Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Financial Services Litigation Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Restaurant Retail & Hospitality Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Transactional Practice Area Business Meeting

9:55 am. - 10:40 a.m.

Trials Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

International Law Practice Area Business Meeting