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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West


On June 27, Bloomberg Law Big Law Business will convene legal industry leaders to discuss the key challenges facing corporate counsel today at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum.

In-house counsel are facing increasing pressure to step up as business executives and their input in the company’s policies and functions is essential to business success. Corporate legal departments must balance complying with rapidly evolving regulations, managing internal issues, and overall business goals.

Join your in-house peers at this unique leadership event to reflect internally on your corporate legal department and your role as an in-house counsel. This program will allow you to exchange insights on opportunities to be an essential part of your business and its strategy.


8:00 AM     Breakfast & Forum Registration

8:30 AM     Welcome

  • Susie Bokermann, Assistant Managing Editor, Bloomberg Law
  • Alex Butler, Vice President & General Manager, Corporate, Tech & IP, Bloomberg Law

8:45 AM     Keynote Interview: Today’s General Counsel as a Business Leader
This stage-setting interview with a leading and innovative general counsel will focus on the key challenges faced by today’s general counsel and how the role has evolved as the general counsel must take a stronger leadership role in the business’ overall strategy.

  • Tony West, SVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Uber

Moderator: Emily Chang, Anchor, Bloomberg Tech

9:15 AM     The Critical Role of General Counsel in Preventing Internal Cybersecurity Threats

Any in-house legal department knows the importance of having a strong cybersecurity plan, but many companies still find themselves unprepared.  This panel will discuss a company’s major cybersecurity threat – its own employees – and what steps general counsel should take to mitigate this risk to avoid harm to the business.

  • Michelle Dennedy, Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco
  • Dr. Michael Gelles, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Kalinda Raina, Head of Global Privacy, LinkedIn

Moderator: James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

10:05 AM     Networking Break

10:35 AM     Building a Litigation Team to Mitigate Risk and Promote Success

As large portions of the litigation process are increasingly being brought in-house for cost-cutting and efficiency, in-house counsel must be more strategic in structuring their litigation teams.  This panel will discuss considerations for a general counsel in developing a successful litigation team, including key members of an in-house internal team, selecting and managing outside counsel, and understanding the potential role of third-party vendors.

  • Klinton Miyao, Assistant General Counsel & Head of Litigation, Sunrun Inc.
  • Joshua A. Jessen, Partner, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher
  • Katherine McDaniel, Senior Litigation Counsel, T-Mobile
  • Jamie Berry, Managing Director – Litigation Services, Integreon

Moderator: Darby Green, Commercial Director, Litigation and Bankruptcy, Bloomberg Law

11:25 AM     Safeguarding Your Intellectual Property in a Changing Landscape

Intellectual property theft is becoming increasingly common with the changing nature of the workforce and confusion surrounding developing regulations.  This panel will discuss recent and upcoming regulatory developments in intellectual property law, the top challenges faced by companies when protecting their intellectual property in light of these developments, and the defensive and offensive measures in-house counsel must implement to protect their business against intellectual property theft.

  • Alex Feerst, Head of Legal, Medium
  • Whitney Hudak, Corporate and Commercial Counsel, Lyft, Inc.
  • Evan McAlpine, Intellectual Property Counsel, Relativity

Moderator: Charlene Morrow, Partner, Litigation, Fenwick & West

12:15 PM     Lunch

1:10 PM     Reconvene and Welcome Back

  • Susie Bokermann, Assistant Managing Editor, Bloomberg Law
  • Eric Wagner, Vice President, Content Marketing, Bloomberg Next


1:15 PM     Keynote: Corporate Legal and Company Culture

This interview with a leading general counsel will discuss the essential role of the general counsel and their legal departments in impacting company culture, including creating a positive corporate environment, ensuring ethical and regulatory compliance, and encouraging strong internal relationships, and how this leads to securing their position as an influential business executive.

  • Wanji Walcott, SVP, General Counsel, PayPal Inc.

Moderator: Casey Sullivan, Senior Editorial Director, Bloomberg Law

1:45 PM     The Legal Department’s Role in Preventing Workplace Harassment

This panel will discuss developments in the legal landscape surrounding workplace harassment, risks that businesses face when harassment exists within the business, and strategies that corporate counsel should use in working with the human resources department to develop procedures and procedures to respond to and prevent harassment.

  • Roberta Steele, Regional Attorney, San Francisco District Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Theodore Borromeo, Assistant General Counsel, Employment and Benefits Law, McKesson Corporation
  • Kimberly King Webb, Deputy General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, CHRISTUS Health
  • Lisa C. Hamasaki, Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Moderator: Paul Gibson, Commercial Director – Labor & Employment, HR

2:35 PM     Networking Break

3:05 PM     Fostering Relationships with Internal Leadership

In-house counsel are increasingly expected to contribute to influence business strategy and to do so must carve out their essential role in working with internal teams.  This panel will how the general counsel, as a business leader, can foster relationships and work with other C-Suite executives to impact board discussions and decisions, influence business strategy, and drive business success.

  • Marie Oh Huber, SVP Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary, eBay, Inc
  • Sivan Whiteley, General Counsel, Square
  • Alicia Moore, Chief Legal and Administration Officer, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Echelon
  • Ed Batts, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Moderator: Adam Sterling, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Business

3:55 PM     Legal Industry Innovators

The In-House Counsel Forum will conclude with a look forward – our closing roundtable will feature leading legal industry leaders who are transforming their legal departments and firms to create more effective client relationships, utilize emerging technology for the greatest return, and deliver legal services in new ways while managing the constantly changing regulatory landscape.

  • Conor French, General Counsel, U.S., Funding Circle
  • Mary Jummati, Director of Legal Business Solutions, UnitedLex
  • Sheryl Savage, General Counsel, NEXTracker Inc.

Moderator: Gillian Thackray, Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, The Clorox Company

4:45 PM     Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception

Continuing Education

Up to 6.0 CLE
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