Time Event and description Other info

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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. This  year we will be adding a philanthropic component to the event.

Sponsored by:

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tennis: Sponsored by Potter & Murdock

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

Sponsored by:

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Business Partner Expo Set-Up

12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo


12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Law Firm Expo Set-Up

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

General Session

Keynote Speaker: Yara Shahidi, Actress, Model, Activist and Breakout Star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe- Nominated Comedy Series “Black-ish”

Sponsored by:

2:10 p.m. – 2:55 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

2:10 p.m. – 2:55 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

3:05 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Law Firm Cross Marketing Session: Thank You For Being a Friend…Succeeding through Cross-Marketing with Your NAMWOLF Network

As NAMWOLF has grown, so have the opportunities for community, connection, and cross-marketing!  Join us for a session designed for both new and seasoned law firm members, where we will discuss best practices for developing and maintaining lasting relationships within the organization.  We will hear success stories of NAMWOLF relationships leading to business opportunities, followed by a hands-on exercise that will show you how easy it is to cross-market with other NAMWOLF lawyers and may provide some exciting prizes for participants!

Law Firm Members ONLY

3:05 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Advisory Council Session
In-House Counsel ONLY

3:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Inclusion Initiative Meeting

In-House Counsel ONLY

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

General Session: CLE Session: Contempt of Court

This case and story from a century ago exemplifies why lawyers as advocates for the poor and downtrodden are best positioned to take the steps necessary to uphold the rule of law.  Through the eyes and actions of the lawyers in this case, attorneys are able to see what it is like to represent a client who is the curse of society.  And it also shows how lawyers should use the law and the courts for the protection of individual rights even when the courts itself are part of the problem.  This case is a gut-check for lawyers about why they entered the legal profession.


Mark Curriden, JD

6:05 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.

Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

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: Vernā Myers, Vice President, Inclusion Strategy, Netflix

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

CLE Session: Expedition Unknown: Navigating Emerging Technology and How eDiscovery Experts Are Guiding Clients

With continuous advances in technology, namely mobile devices and the burgeoning area that we call the Internet of Things, come exponential increases in the potential volume of discoverable data. But how does eDiscovery keep up in this changing landscape? In this session, we will address the state of the law and best practices in information governance, preservation, and production. We will also examine how eDiscovery experts employ these tools to defensibly collect and sort through the terabytes of data that are created by new technology to find the most pertinent information. This course covers collecting and sorting through data from:

  • Social media (including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices including wearables (e.g., Fitbits), smart home devices, and even “connected” cars
  • Collection of data from smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices
  • Cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Docs) and security issues
  • Web-based email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail
 Sponsored by:


Anna Aguilar, Founding Partner, Aguilar Bentley LLC

Arthur Strollo, Strategy Consultant, RVM

Sage R. Knauft, Walsworth WFBM, LLP

J.B. Perrine, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Nora Platt, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company


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

CLE Session: Opportunity Zones — The New Horizon and The Next Frontier

The Opportunity Zone program, heralded as one of the most impactful federal incentives for encouraging capital investment in low income, distressed communities ever to be enacted, was established under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, and codified in new IRC Sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2.  The program offers tax incentives for those who reinvest capital gains and provide long-term investments (in real estate and/or operating businesses) in designated community census tracts. As of October 2018, the designations have been made in all 50 states, creating more than 8,700 designated census tracts throughout the United States, referred to as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.”  The CLE will review the basic provisions of the program and compliance requirements of the new legislation.


Lisa Love, Love and Long L.L.P.

Julie Wenah, Airbnb

Raul Escatel, Alvarado Smith, P.C.

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

CLE Session: Ratatouille – Hold the Rat (Crisis Management for Customer-Focused Businesses and the Lawyer’s Role)

This presentation will focus on the handling of “crisis” level complaints for businesses and the lawyer’s role (in-house and outside counsel) in reacting to the complaint and protecting the brand.  The presentation will discuss the initial handling and response to a complaint and the formation of a “rapid response team” to involve in such response.  The presentation will also discuss protecting the company brand following the complaint through social media and other “messaging” while at the same time planning for the potential of litigation.


Kevin L. Murch, Perez & Morris, LLC

Raven Moore, McDonald’s Corporation

Paul J. Loh, Willenken LLP

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

CLE Session:  The Top 10 List: Ethics and Practice Tips Seen Through the Eyes of In-House and Outside Counsel (Ethics )

A fast-paced review of issues confronting in-house and outside counsel today.  This panel will examine ten topics facing inside and outside counsel, looking at each topic from different perspectives.  The panel will discuss how to avoid pitfalls and effectively serve as co-counsel to a mutual client. 


Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC

Lawrence Morgan, Republic Services, Inc.

Jennifer Morris, AT&T

Paul Garcia, Paul Garcia & Associates

Susan Hannagan, Capital One

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

CLE Session: How I Met Your Hacker: Cybersecurity For Your Firm and Clients

The FBI has warned that cyber-attacks against the legal industry are constant and most law firms have been under some level of cybersecurity threat. Attorneys should know and understand best practices, including easy-to-implement measures, for protecting their firms and clients against cybercriminals who exploit privileged data for financial gain.

 Sponsored by:


Michael Kraft, Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

Dawn Haghighi, VRM Mortgage Services

Joan Lebow, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

John Murdock, Potter & Murdock, P.C.


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

CLE Session: Mary Tyler Moore’s Dream Come True? The Emergence Of New Pay Equity Laws

The Federal Equal Pay Act and its state corollaries, which despite being on the books for over 50 years, have not helped to narrow the pay disparity gender gap.  In response, a handful of state legislatures have enacted new pay equity laws and laws that restrict employers’ ability to obtain information about applicants’ prior compensation, to help stop the perpetuation of existing gender pay differences.  Told through the perspective of three “contestants” (two candidates for an open position and a current employee in a similar position), attendees will learn about how to identify potential pay equity claims under the existing federal and emerging state legal standards, and will discuss proactive steps to identify legal risks and appropriate risk-mitigation strategies and solutions.


Sarah H. Fay, Schwartz Hannum PC

Aaron J. Longo, Bank of America

Rebecca Weir, Legal Services Corporation

Barbara Johnson, Potter Murdock


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

CLE Session: The Expanse of the Internet-of-Things – Are You Ready for the Future?

Soon, no one will be looking at a smart phone and laptops will be a thing of the past.  Is your company ready?  Have you analyzed and considered what it is going to be like when you communicate and interact with your clients/users through virtual assistants or send a reminder to their vehicle or microwave?  Have you planned how your product, marketing, risk, and business development will need to change and adapt?  I bet you haven’t and your legal department likely isn’t looking that far into the future even though these changes will be here sooner than we know it.   There are many things that can subject your company to legal risk and there are a number of intellectual property concerns you should be aware of. This panel will analyze the world of internet-of-things from several different legal standpoints. The panel will discuss privacy laws and user data concerns.  We will analyze the best modes of intellectual property protection, including the current state of patenting software, as well as trademark and copyright protections.  We will also analyze the complex issues of privacy, personal data, and ethical concerns.  Join us for this engaging and informative panel.


Sarah Knight, Talem IP Law

Won Hur, Fair

Heather Clauson Haughian, Culhane Meadows

Milan Kapadia, Boeing

Abhishek Pakhira, Aureus Tech Systems


11:35 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Lunch and Learn Pick-Up

Pick up your lunch and head to a CLE session.

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

CLE Session:  Your TV Knows (and Shares) What You Watched Last Summer: Data Privacy in the Television Industry

As targeted television advertising methods continue to evolve, challenges arise in the television industry when the goals of target marketing conflict with data privacy protections.  This CLE will discuss these challenges and identify best practices that television manufacturers, online viewing platforms and others in the television industry can implement to protect customers’ rights while also monetizing the data collected from such customers.  A panel of professionals will address, among other issues, the following topics: case studies of major industry players who have allegedly violated customers’ data privacy rights; the implications of the evolution of data privacy laws; issues to consider when drafting privacy policies to protect companies’ and customers’ rights; and approaches to balance business interests and customer-privacy interests when collecting television viewing data from customers.  The audience will have an opportunity to ask the panel questions and engage in discussion.


Laurie Selkowitz, Wargo French

Liz Wheeler, UP Entertainment

Isaac S. Crum, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi

Sarah Tuell, WarnerMedia

Mark DeVitre, Entertainment Studios

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

CLE Session:  Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway

According to a recent U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, over 60 million Americans are affected by bullying. While the workplace bully is less obvious than the playground bullies of our childhood, the result is at least as harmful. The executive bully uses fear or the threat of humiliation to silence critics or contrarian voices. In a corporate setting, this results in lost opportunities, higher turnover, lower morale, lower profits, and a host of other negative outcomes. Employees’ voices go unheard; product defects are covered up; unethical practices go unchecked; untenable financial risks are ignored; brilliant ideas never see the light of day. People are intimidated into keeping quiet.  Significantly, the younger generation of employees finds this behavior increasingly unacceptable, to the point where more workplaces are viewing bullying as a threat not only from a legal standpoint but also from a business standpoint. This CLE will discuss case law showing that discrimination/harassment cases were essentially caused by bullying. It will also review the causes of bullying, how employees typically react to it, and what can be done to combat it within workplaces. The audience will not only gain an overview about why and how bullying occurs, and the legal risks associated with it, but also will learn best practices for avoiding bullying, dealing with it as a legal matter and helping to minimize and eradicate it from companies.


Holly English, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Employment Attorneys

Nicole King, Los Angeles Chargers

Jenny Champlin, EdwardJones

Stacy L. Fode, Brown Law Firm

Mary Ulmer Jones, Bank of America

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

CLE Session:  The Twilight Zone: 5th Dimension California Employment Laws Coming Soon to Your State

We will review unique California labor and employment laws that are leading the nation: such as pay equity and sexual harassment legislation, wage/hour laws including predictive scheduling, paid sick leave and independent contractor classification as well as benefits laws such as the newly upheld CalSavers statute, the ACA, the fiduciary rule, etc.


Sherrie Boutwell, Boutwell Fay LLP

Shannon Jenkins, TLD Law

Christopher Yost, FedEx

Alyssa Coon, Pacific Life Insurance

Katie Short, Bank of America

Punam Sarad, Intel Corporation


1:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Law Firm Expo

Join us for NAMWOLF’s signature event. Our Law Firm Expo is the perfect opportunity for in-house counsel to meet our law firm members in a relaxed environment. In-house are able to schedule interviews with law firms or walk through the Expo to meet our Law Firm Members.  In-house counsel can also request their own table to set up interviews. It is a great way to network and start conversations. For more information click here (and scroll to the bottom of the page) to watch a Prezi explaining the Law Firm Expo in greater detail.

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

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

 Sponsored by:



5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Innovation Nation:  Different Approaches to More Diverse Spend in Corporate Legal Departments

Algorithms, Mansfield Rule, walking the walk, Rising Stars, and top down…OH MY! Join us as we provide an interactive TED Talk-style presentation where you will hear from five corporate legal departments about the innovative and effective ways they are increasing diverse spending and inclusion of diverse firms and counsel, and leave with several useful takeaways for your own company.

In-House Counsel ONLY


Jeff Hoeh, NBCUniversal

Melanie D. Margolin, Wabash National Corporation

David Peim, Honda

Lani Quarmby, Bank of America

Nan Fosen, State Farm


8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Law Firm Management Session: Billions — All Things Compensation

We will address all things compensation for Law Firms, including Partner compensation models, compensation of Of Counsel, Associates and Staff. We will share results from our internal survey of NAMWOLF firms and bring in experts in the field to share their experiences as well.

Law Firm Members ONLY

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Emerging Leaders Initiative CLE Session: NTV The Real World: Male Allies

This panel has been picked to speak about balancing the scales of leadership for women in the legal profession.  Find out what happens when people stop being biased, and start getting real! The Real World: Male Allies Edition will address fact and myth issues that women encounter in the workplace and especially on their quest to climb the leadership ladder. The discussion will touch on topics of hiring and the candidate selection process, mentoring, giving/receiving assignments, fair pay, and promotions. Hear honest real world experiences regarding observations of bias shown towards women in the workplace and solutions employed in the past from a male ally perspective and success stories from women who had a male ally on their side.


Bruce Jackson, Microsoft

Rick Hammond, Walmart

Richard Amador, Sanchez & Amador

Felicia Gardner, Bank of America

Daniela B. Abratt, Thomas & LoCicero PL

9:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

General Counsel Panel


  • Katherine Adkins, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, TFS US & Chief Legal Officer, TFS Global
  • Malissia R. Clinton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary The Aerospace Corporation
  • Steve McManus, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Jim Oliva, Senior Corporate Counsel, Honda North America, Inc.
  • Ellen Yang, VP and General Counsel, Penske Motor Group, LLC

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: Meet the Financial Industry: Selecting and Managing Outside Counsel – What In-House Litigation Management from the Financial Industry wants you to know

Most law departments employ a wide range of outside counsel management practices. This panel discussion will focus on the strategy, policy, and best practices in determining what factors drive the decision to work with outside counsel, and what are the best practices in the selection and retention of outside counsel.  Specifically, this panel will also explore the ways in which litigation management teams partner with law firms to achieve improvements in service delivery to the financial institution, global portfolio management strategies, and alternative fee arrangements which often result in significant savings in outside counsel fees as well as predictability for the outside counsel.


Juan A. Gonzalez, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo

Nick Miller, Bank of America

Jim Crowe, Edward Jones

Kathy Wood-Wagner, Citibank

Noel Johnson, JPMorgan Chase

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session:  Kicked For Cause: The Science of Getting Bad Jurors Out of the Jury Box

Many lawyers think jury selection is a “like me best” contest. It’s not. It’s about getting bad jurors removed for cause and saving peremptories to fine tune the jury box. Getting biased jurors kicked for cause is a science, a set up. In this CLE, we propose to provide detailed strategy for getting jurors to discuss their biases openly, using the key words and phrases to confirm the extent of those biases, and then getting them kicked for cause through a mastery of applicable case law.


Justin H. Sanders, Sanders Roberts LLP

Sean Andrade, Andrade Gonzalez LLP

Mishell B. Kneeland, Culhane Meadows PLLC

Tanya A. Guzman, Southern California Edison

Reuben Camper Cahn, Keller Anderle LLP

David Perlut, Vinson & Co.

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: Litigation “Mythbusters”: Challenging TBI Claims in Personal Injury Litigation

This CLE will address the use of eye movement testing to identify/assess traumatic brain injuries. The eyes are known to be the windows to the soul… but they are also the windows to the brain! TBI claims inevitably include claims of complete lost earning capacity, total disruption of daily living, loss of cognitive function, etc. Mild concussions can turn into million-dollar cases and civil Defendants are often forced to be the “bad guy” by arguing malingering/symptom exaggeration.

THE MYTH: TBI cannot be detected using objective medical testing because traditional imaging modalities (MRI, CT, X-ray) only identify large, structural changes in the brain. Therefore, subjective complaints by a plaintiff as to TBI symptoms are nearly impossible to disprove.

THE MYTH BUSTED: Eye movement testing can tell us whether or not a brain injury/dysfunction exists. Anything that affects a person’s brain function will affect their eye movement. Medical science has utilized eye movement testing/technology for over fifty years to test/assess numerous neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, tremors, strokes, and alcoholism. This same trusted technology/medical science is now being utilized to assess the existence/extent of traumatic brain injuries (FDA approved). Testing can provide insight into whether a TBI exists or, whether symptoms can be attributed to a different neurological condition.


George T. Gitchel, Ph.D. Director of Clinical Research, Department of Veterans Affairs

Randi Lynn Roberts, Gaffney Lewis LLC

Dale Sherman, Allstate

Shawn Cole, Hill, Hill, Carter, Cole & Black, PC

12:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Luncheon and Panel Discussion: The Good Fight: Women In Leadership

In 2016, according to the American Bar Association, for the first time, women made up a majority of law students, holding just over 50% of the seats at accredited law schools in the United States.  Yet, the ACC and LawDeex released a report in November 2018 that women in-house counsel make on average $125,000 less than their male colleagues.  Statistics we read around Gender Pay Gap reporting make uncomfortable reading and many women lawyers have found their careers impeded by bias, resulting in fewer opportunities for good quality client work, promotion and reward.  This program with share data, but more importantly, discuss how women as change makers and leaders, as well as discuss how men can be productive allies and make 2019/2020 years of great progress for women both in the law and in business.


Preston Hobson, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Tetra Tech

Sandra Yamate, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Lia Moeser, Amazon

Rachel Travers, LexisNexis

Aurora Austriaco, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.


Sponsored by:

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Scandal: Gladiators Breaking Down Diversity and Inclusion Barriers in IP Law

In exploring the topic of Breaking Down Diversity and inclusion Barriers in IP, we intend to discuss what the problems and challenges are and propose actions to be taken to address these problems and challenges.


Tracy Kocourek, CDW

Jeffrey Leng, eBay, Inc.

Shar Poormosleh, Southwestern Law School

Wendy Zimbone, Talem IP Law

Jennifer M. Hayes, Jordan IP Law, LLC



1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Shark Tank: Sink or Swim at Trial 

Fast-paced and focused, this series of five 10-12 mintue “TED talk” style presentations will explore five distinct issues that arise during trial.  Experienced trial and in-house attorneys will explain, troubleshoot and provide best practices for how to handle elimination of bias during jury selection, interlocutory appeals, be not only the face of the company but the eyes, ears and even voice of the company during trial, cross-examine experts and successfully counter the multi-million dollar general damages claim?


Jennifer l. Keller, Keller/Anderle LLP

Stephanie Douglas, Bush Seyferth PLLC

Greg Gilmer, Honda North America, Inc.

Jerry D. Hamilton, Hamilton Miller & Birthisel

Beth Boggs, Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, L.L.C.

Renée Welze Livingston, Livingston Law Firm

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

THIS LIFE: Shifting the Inclusion Dial During our Lifetime

This CLE session will include a discussion of Chambers and Partners, its D&I mission and vision, how Chambers can help NAMWOLF firms increase their visibility, and how Chambers can work with in-house legal groups to drive inclusive behaviours across the profession. The session will also discuss innovative steps in-house teams and NAMWOLF firms are taking to tackle biases. The session will also examine the importance of addressing some of the more challenging issues in the workplace such as mental health.

 Sponsored by:


Dee Sekar, Chambers & Partners

Wesley Bizzell, Altria

Seth Bryant, Bryant Rabbino LLP

Anson Lau, Salesforce

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Lawrence & Bundy LLC

Bonnie Hobbs, Accenture

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: And The Winner Is… Navigating Protected Absences

Protected leave – What’s that? Can I fill this position? Do we have to grant more time off? What about our attendance policy? How does worker’s comp impact this scenario? This CLE will tackle some of the most challenging protected absence scenarios related to prolonged leaves, intermittent leaves, returning workers, and the intersection of a seemingly endless set of legal requirements. These tricky situations can cost an employer countless hours and money. Help prevent your client/employer from being the next big headline on


Maria Guadalupe (“Lupe”) Valencia, Snap, Inc.

Niloofar Shepherd, Creative Artists Agency

Cameron Johnson, Hulu

Anna Hartog, Edward Jones

Nicole Torrado, Sanchez & Amador

Amanda Alexander, Alexander Law PA


2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: You Called Saul? What to Do When a Lawyer Crosses the Line

In this interactive, multi-media presentation, our panel of experienced in house counsel and practicing attorneys share strategies clients and fellow practitioners alike can and should use in response to an attorney’s ethical lapse.  Whether it’s a questionable witness prep tactic, a issue of competence, or a substance abuse problem, you’ll leave the seminar with the tools to appropriately and confidently address ethical quandaries


Stacey Austin, Wang Austin LLC

Susan Valentine, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

David Peim, Honda North America

Mariette Castillo, Aon Corporation

Jennifer Kobayashi, Aon Corporation

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: Silicon Beach Jeopardy: 6 Essential Areas to Consider When Managing Venture Capital or M&A Transactions in Technology and Other Industries

This program will take a practical approach to negotiating and documenting a typical investment or acquisition deal, focusing on several key aspects that are often problematic or overlooked, including (1) the interplay of due diligence, disclosure schedules, and indemnification (deal protection), (2) risk management, (3) intellectual property, (4) regulatory issues (such as antitrust pre-merger filing requirements under HSR and the updated U.S. national security requirements under CFIUS and FIRRMA), (5)  data privacy, and (6) employee retention.


Julie Ryan, Acceleron Law Group, LLP

Lisa Savitt, The Axelrod Firm, P.C.

Tim Reckart, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.

Chas Rampenthal, Legal Zoom

Kathryn (Katy) Murray, Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Justin Connor, Association of Corporation Counsel

2:55 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: The Incredibles: Making the Most of our Diverse Strengths to Succeed in a Perilous World

This CLE course will explore how women and minority-owned firms can make the most of their diverse strengths to elevate the practice of law, transform the market for legal services and grow their businesses. Case studies will deepen participants’ understanding of how diversity fosters success, and panel members will share mindsets and strategies for transformation and growth.


Barbara Stevens, Prudential Financial

Christine Gregory, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

Stephanie Gayden, Goldman Sachs

Lisa Bentley, Aguilar Bentley

Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz, SRD Legal Group

Matthew Morningstar, Morgan Stanley

4:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

In-House Only Session: General Counsels’ Commitment to Improving Law Firm Diversity: Reflections on the Open Letter
In-House Counsel ONLY


Michelle Fang, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Turo

Katherine Minarik, Group General Counsel, cleverbridge

Thomas Chow, General Counsel, PubMatic, Inc.

Fleur Knowsley, Director and Acting General Counsel, Google Fiber


Justi Rae Miller, State Farm

4:05 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

NAMWOLF Marketing Best Practices Committee Session: Stranger Things: Protecting Your Firm’s Marketing Efforts in the Upside Down

Successful marketing efforts can sometimes put law firms at a larger cyber risk. The firm not only becomes a bigger target through its heightened brand awareness, but often works with outside marketing companies that may have weak cybersecurity programs, leaving the firm vulnerable to malware, ransomware, and other phishing and hacking attacks by digital-age Demogorgons and shadow monsters. This panel will cover best practices for law firm marketing in today’s increasingly scary cyber landscape, including how to lock the gate on digital demons by controlling risk when making information publicly available, safeguarding social media accounts, protecting against account impersonation, implementing best practices for working with marketing vendors, and cybersecurity client communications and PR.


Tracy Kraft, Kraft Kennedy

Terry Isner, Jaffe

Montina Portis, CIA Media Group


Vesatee Merkerson, Patrick Law Group (Moderator)

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Join Allstate Insurance Company On the Road of Transformation

“Transformation is an ongoing process that tends to appear ordinary, when, in fact, something extraordinary is taking place.” Allstate Insurance Company is transforming the methods it uses to retain law firms to represent it and its affiliated companies in key corporate matters. Please join Bruce Goldberg and Tiffany Ferguson of Allstate for an informative session to discuss the changes taking place at Allstate and how its new approaches are creating opportunities for NAMWOLF firms. First, you will attend Allstate University to learn about the various Allstate-affiliated companies, the depth and breadth of their businesses, and their outside counsel needs. Then, you will participate in a discussion regarding the process-driven ways in which Allstate is retaining counsel and how your firm can best participate in this process. There will be opportunities for questions and feedback.

Sponsored by:

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

NAMWOLF Awards Dinner

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

Insurance PAC Business Meeting

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

White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations PAC Business Meeting

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

Products Liability PAC Business Meeting

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

Intellectual Property PAC Business Meeting

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

Labor & Employment PAC Business Meeting

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

Retail Restaurant & Hospitality PAC Business Meeting

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

Financial Services Litigation PAC Business Meeting

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

Transactional PAC Business Meeting

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

International Law PAC Business Meeting

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

Trials PAC Business Meeting