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. This  year we will be adding a philanthropic component to the event.

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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!

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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. – 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: 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!

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: 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

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

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

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6:30 p.m. – 7:30 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

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 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
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9:45 a.m. - 10:45 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.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

CLE Session: Ratatouille, Hold the Rat! Rapid Response Action Plan to Food Safety Issues and Customer Complaints

This presentation will give an overview of how to appropriately handle restaurant customer claims involving food, from the time of reporting through collection, establishing chain of custody, choosing a laboratory, investigation and risk assessment. How to control brand reputation through social media will also be addressed. case studies will be offered. Perez & Morris regularly handles claims and cases which deal with food borne Illness and foreign object claims involving major restaurant brands.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

CLE Session:  The Client List: Ethical Considerations in the Relationship Between Corporation and Outside Counsel

This CLE would explore ethical issues that arise when working with in-house counsel.


Susan Hannagan, Okon Hannagan

Lawrence Morgan, Republic Services, Inc.

Travis Torrence, Shell

Paul Garcia, Paul Garcia & Associates

10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

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

It is the modern attorney’s duty to protect client information. The FBI has warned that cyber-attacks against the legal industry are constant. Indeed, 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. This session will answer:

  • What can you do to increase your security levels?
  • What do you need to know about the threats facing law firms?
  • What resources are available for further education?
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10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

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

In a lively rendition of “The Dating Game,” panelists will illustrate the emerging legal framework for pay equity.  Despite being on the books for over 70 years, the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and state analogues have not narrowed gender wage gaps.  In response, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington, have eliminated the notoriously narrow “equal” work standard in favor of a more flexible “comparable” or “similar” work standard.  In addition, a significant number of states and local governments have passed laws restricting 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. Pulling from real-world scenarios, panelists will engage attendees in discussions about proactive steps to identify legal risks and appropriate risk-mitigation strategies and solutions.

10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

CLE Session: Advertising Law for Social Media Advertisers

This session will provide an overview of the development of advertising law in the context of social media and digital advertising, highlighting case law decided under the Lanham Act and guidance from the Federal Trade Commission.

10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

CLE Session: 60 Minutes: 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.

11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Lunch and Learn Pick-Up

Pick up your lunch and head to a CLE session.

12:05 p.m. - 1:05 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, Senior Associate at Wargo French

12:05 p.m. - 1:05 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

12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

CLE Session:  TBA

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12:05 p.m. - 1:05 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.



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

Law Firm Expo

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

In-House Only Session: TBA

In-House Counsel ONLY

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.

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Emerging Leaders Initiative Session: NTV The Real World: Male Allies ELI Annual Meeting Session

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.


Jerry Hamilton, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP

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
  • LaTanya Langley, Vice President & General Counsel, BIC
  • Steve McManus, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Catherine M. McEvilly, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Honda North America, Inc.

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: CCPA SportsCenter: How to Win in the Game of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Our program will cover information related to compliance and liability under the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by commenting on scenarios built upon a fictional Superbowl game between two corporations playing for the least number of CCPA violations.  The program will be divided into three sections: Rules and Regulations; Half-Time Commentary on Regulations, Enforcement, and Consumers’ Private Right of Action; and Post-Game Recap on Key Takeaways.

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: Meet the Financial Industry – What In-House Litigation Management 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.

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.

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, Hunter Holmes Maguire VAMC

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


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1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Breaking Down Diversity and Inclusion Barriers in IP

The panel will discuss challenges and problems relating to diversity and inclusion which are specific to the IP profession, particularly in the field of patent law, which requires both a science degree and a law degree, each of which are each still typically white male dominated fields. The panel will also discuss some thoughts/ideas and suggestions for addressing these challenges and issues in an effort to foster more participation of women and minorities in this area and pathways for their success.

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?

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: 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.

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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 Law360.com.

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.


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

David Piem, Honda North America

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: LET’S PLAY SILICON BEACH JEOPARDY! What are 6 Essential Tips for In-house Counsel and Outside Legal Counsel when Managing Venture Capital & M&A Transactions in Technology and Other Industries         

Deal activity—technology-driven deals in particular—is on the rise, from companies negotiating service contracts and license agreements, to acquiring intellectual property or other assets, to investing in or acquiring whole businesses. In-house counsel are increasingly involved in not just managing but playing an active role in these deals. This program will take an informative and 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, (2) enforceability issues (especially in the cross-border context), (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 mechanisms. The materials covered are relevant to both transactional and non-transactional attorneys.

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

At times in our lives we, from childhood on, we have to become superheroes to overcome unique obstacles in our paths. When we become lawyers, however, we are often forced to adopt more boring and mundane identities, retreating to lives considered “normal” for attorneys. Like Helen and Bob Parr in “The Incredibles,” we are itching to get back into action and show what we can really do. Unlike the Parrs, however, we don’t have to travel to a remote island for a top secret assignment. Given the complex, multi-faceted challenges our clients face, we have an enormous opportunity to leverage the powers we developed from our diverse backgrounds to build our practices and help our clients succeed in a perilous world. Our unique abilities and backgrounds become our strengths, and they have never been more important. In a world of multi-faceted challenges and diverse stakeholders, clients need a diverse mix of talents, skills and perspectives to understand and successfully resolve complex issues and identify new opportunities for growth. Topics covered by this CLE session will include: (1) leveraging diversity to elevate legal services and advice-giving and to establish new areas of expertise that address emerging issues; (2) enbling clients to build their diversity and inclusion capabilities to improve governance, fulfill commitments to stakeholders and deliver business goals.

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


Michelle Fang, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Turo

Katherine Minarik, Group General Counsel, cleverbridge


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.

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

NAMWOLF Gala Awards Dinner

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

PAC Business Meeting