Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation Palo Alto Forum 2019 - Agenda June 20, Sheraton Hotel, Palo Alto






Contact us

Download the brochure here

8:30 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 Chair’s opening remarks

9:05 Managing complex litigation for successful outcomes

  • Coping internally: risk assessment, due diligence, privilege
  • M&A activity including private equity M&A
  • Unique issues in class action suits
  • Using litigation financing as protection
  • Cost management strategies to track, control and project litigation costs and alternative fee arrangements

Laina Miller Hammond, litigation finance investment manager, Validity Finance (moderator)
Deborah McCrimmon, director of litigation, Ripple Labs
Bethany Quinn
, corporate counsel, Infosys
Lauren Segal
, general counsel, Phoenix Technologies

9:55 Protecting privacy

  • Why privacy and data security matter
  • Operational challenges for CCPA
  • Privacy concerns in the news
Alexandra Ross, director global privacy and data security counsel, Autodesk (moderator)
Jacquie Haggarty
, deputy general counsel, 23andMe
Laura Hamady
, deputy general counsel and CPO, Chronicle
Christiana State
, associate general counsel, Wave Computing

10:45 Networking coffee break

11:05 Adapting with the new California employment laws

  • State laws on #METOO
  • Cannabis and the workplace
  • Pay equity
  • Immigration and background check challenges
  • Gig economy concerns
Chrysty Esperanza, counsel lead, litigation, employment, legal operations, Square
Tess Keppler
, general counsel, Access Softek
Alyson Palmer
, associate corporate counsel, Google
Candice Petty
, Senior Counsel, Employment, Tesla

11:55 Informal table discussions

12:10 Managing a great legal workplace with agility and resilience

  • Coping with limited budget for headcount, technology and outside legal providers
  • Enabling team to deal with stress and become more agile
  • Negotiation strategies with outside counsel
  • GC insights on dealing with regulatory, market and reputational risk uncertainties
Mindy Baggish, legal recruiter, Swan Legal Search (moderator)
Sabiha Chunawala
, VP deputy general counsel, Juniper Networks
Diane Gabl Kratz
, senior IP counsel. Seagate Technology
Minh Hoang Merchant
, associate general counsel, global director litigation & employment, Myriad Genetics
Mariëlle Reints
, VP legal, Elastic

1:00 Networking lunch

1:50 Smashing the glass ceiling breakout sessions

Attendees participate in all 3 breakouts for a 30-minute facilitated discussion and produce a list of recommendations which are then shared to all at the conclusion.

  • Engaging majority allies to become advocates of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives
    Sarah Wight, senior director, legal- litigation, competition and enforcement, LinkedIn
  • Build your “brand”: credibility, confidence, resilience and creativity
    Dimitra Alexopoulos, senior managing counsel, Align Technology
    Flavia Naves
    , general counsel, Velo Payments
  • Mentoring programs and the “Mike Pence Effect”
    Ruchika Agrawal, senior counsel IP & Litigation, Palo Alto Networks

3:20 Networking coffee break

3:40 Latest updates on IP litigation

  • Dealing with IP in the cloud
  • Alternative strategies to litigating: ADR, settlements, TTAB
  • IP licensing litigation
  • The potential impact of Helsinn v. Teva on collaborations that involve R&D

Susan Krumplitsch, partner, Cooley (moderator)
Kamrin MacKnight
, associate VP of IP & Chief Patent Counsel, Codexis
Li Westerlund
, VP Global IP, Bavarian Nordic

4:30 Navigating cross-border activity with new compliance laws

  • Define “compliance” for your industry/organization
  • Keeping up on compliance, anti-corruption enforcement and regulatory changes
  • Managing legal, procedural and cultural differences

Jessica Heim
, partner, Vinson & Elkins
Mariana Chapei
, associate general counsel, SynapseFI
Nell Clement
, senior counsel, Gilead Sciences
Suchitra Narayen
, VP, Commercial Legal, North America, Informatica

5:20 Cocktail reception

6:30 Forum adjourns

We will be applying for CLE credits for California after the Forum concludes. You can earn up to 8 credits. Any questions, please contact Anne de Franca: