Benchmark Women in Business Law Forum - Los Angeles 2017 September 28, 2017, Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles






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8:30 Registration and breakfast

9:00 Opening comments

9:10 Building today’s legal department

  • Best practices on creating an efficient, technology savvy, budget-conscious in-house “business”
  • Developing a competent team, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and communicating this to the organization
  • Managing collaborative high-performing teams locally and virtually
  • Developing the new competencies required of today’s in-house counsel as “the trusted business advisor”
  • Shaping an ethical corporate culture

Jigna Patel, general counsel, Smart Circle International
Allison Buchner, general counsel, Dollar Shave Club
Reena Lalji, general counsel, Wilshire Associates

10:00 New California labor and employment laws

  • The most recent employment law developments in California
  • An overview of new significant cases – and what they mean for your company
  • Implementation of new measures and best practices in response to the changing landscape

Victoria Harvey, SVP & chief legal officer, Smile Brands
Rahwa Gheme-Ab, VP business and legal affairs, Lionsgate
Tony Oncidi, partner, Proskauer
Elaine Lee, associate, Proskauer (moderator)

10:50 Coffee and networking

11:10 Navigating the world of cross-border criminal, regulatory and civil investigations

  • Best practices for dealing with the FCC, FTC and other regulators
  • FCPA enforcement concerns
  • Anticipating future compliance and regulatory issues and risks
  • Risk assessment process for ethics compliance
  • Corporate whistleblowing trends and the future of the Yates memo
  • Antitrust issues

Eva Lehman, VP, worldwide legal, Western Digital Corporation
Dawn Haghighi, general counsel, PCV Murcor Real Estate Service
Elizabeth Atlee, VP, assistant general counsel, global litigation, CBRE

12:00 Copyright and trademark disputes

  • Limitations of copyright doctrines
  • Lessons learned from cases gone to the 9th circuit
  • How to handle unfair competition claims
  • The latest in trademark and trade dress infringement

Karen Huoth, head of litigation and IP, Hulu
Cara Magatelli
, counsel, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Helen Omapas, director, senior counsel - IP, Harman International Industries Inc.
Diana Torres, partner, Kirkland & Ellis (moderator)

12:50 Lunch and networking

1:30 Protecting your big data

  • Preparing your data security plan – breach plans and policies
  • How to manage a cyber intrusion
  • Location based advertising – useful or invasive?
  • Privacy concerns

Megan Duffy, privacy and product counsel, Blue Apron
Christina Zabat-Fran, VP, general counsel and corporate secretary, St. John
Melanie Howard, partner, Loeb & Loeb (moderator)

2:20 Crisis management today - fighting on two fronts: the court of law and the court of public opinion

  • Developing a competent team, clearly defined roles and responsibilities and continuing post-crisis communication
  • Using social media to fight the court of opinion
  • Preparing for the liability claims against the company for any class action suits that might follow and shareholder activism

Monica Johnson, assistant general counsel, Ventura Foods
Jennifer Keller, partner, Keller/Anderle
Suzanne Raina Natbony, general counsel, Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

3:10 Coffee and networking

3:30 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • Advice on embracing influence and power and running a successful legal department
  • Differences in working with boomers, gen-x and millennial lawyers
  • Making lateral moves or moving to another company
  • Taking Board positions – why they can help your career
  • What would you tell the younger you?

Chelsea Grayson, former CEO and general counsel, American Apparel
Tammy Brandt, chief legal officer, Dreamscape Immersive
Marissa Dennis, partner, Allen Matkins

4:20 Fishbowl session

Working your way to a chair at the boardroom table is difficult for women as statics clearly show. How can women lawyers help each other to speed up the advance on equality? During this facilitated interactive networking session, our moderator will draw out advice, experiences and ongoing support from the audience.

Megan Chacon, associate, Fisk & Richardson (moderator)

5:00 Networking cocktail reception

6:00 Adjourn


Allen Matkins Fish & Richardson
Loeb & Loeb Keller Anderle Proskauer

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