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14th Annual In-House Counsel Conference: What Keeps Counsel Up at Night

The theme of the MBA’s Fourteenth Annual In-House Counsel Conference is “What Keeps Counsel Up at Night.” This program will present in-house and outside counsel with information on topics and trends of significant concern to in-house practitioners. A free networking lunch will be served following the conference.

Those who attend this year’s conference with have an opportunity to hear from such authorities as:

  • Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor of Massachusetts
  • John Weinfurter, Vice President of the Government Relations Division, Witt O’Brien’s, LLC
  • Karen Bell, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Edward Seksay, General Counsel, Rockland Trust
  • Daniel M. Lorenzo, Assistant General Counsel, Chase Global Financial Crimes
  • Sunila Thomas-George, Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Robert Kilroy, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
  • Kenneth Pickering, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
  • Bart Metzger, Chief Human Resources Officer, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Inc.

Attendees at this year’s conference will hear:

  • Reflections on the presidential election, and other election results, by John Weinfurter
  • Keynote address by Lon Povich:  “Lessons from experience: counseling from the inside in private and public organizations”
  • Contrary to some strains of conventional wisdom, the government is not allowing corporations, large or small, to get away with civil or criminal wrongdoing.  We have assembled an expert panel to discuss the ever increasing compliance burdens, responsibilities and legal exposure placed on American business with an emphasis on just how serious law enforcement has become to hold companies and individuals accountable for violations of the law.  Against this backdrop, the panel will cover the need for creating and maintaining a compliant corporate culture.  Challenges of internal investigations will be discussed along with best practices on the sharing of case management responsibilities between in-house and outside counsel. Finally, the panel will discuss some of the unique challenges of the attorney-client privilege in the corporate setting.
  • A presentation regarding current cybersecurity threats and recommended best practices regarding data security and management of cybersecurity risks in today’s changing environment.
  •  A discussion of the hottest employment law issues and developments, including
    • (1) the newly enacted Pay Equity Act and steps that can be taken now to mitigate the risk and liability associated with pay equity claims;
    • (2) addressing transgender rights in the workplace, including complaints raised by co-workers related to choice of restroom facilities;
    • (3) the now effective salary threshold  under the Department of Labor’s Final Rule related to white collar exemptions under the FLSA and steps to ensure you do not run afoul of FLSA overtime pay requirements; and
    • (4) handling difficult FMLA and ADA accommodation requests.  The Chief Human Resources Officer for UMass Memorial Medical Center and the longest-standing Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will share their thoughts on these topics and other employment topics of interest.”
  • As has been our custom, we will also present, in “lightning round” format, current developments of interest to in-house counsel, including the recently enacted Federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act.
Government attorneys -- who are not MBA members -- can enjoy a special discounted rate of $40. To register, please contact the Massachusetts Bar Association Member Service Center at (617) 338-0500.



J. Christopher Collins, Esq., conference co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester

James C. Donnelly, Jr., Esq., conference co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester

Robert J. Kerwin, Esq., conference co-chair
General Counsel, IAMERS

Peter D. McDermott, Esq., conference co-chair
Law Office of Peter D. McDermott

David A. Parke, Esq., conference co-chair
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP, Springfield

Jason Avila
IT Manager, Mortgage Master

Karen Bell, Esq.
Assistant United States Attorney

Robert Kilroy, Esq.
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMaille & Lougee LLP, Westborough

Daniel M. Lorenzo, Esq.
Chase Global Financial Crimes

Bart Metzger
UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester

Kenneth Pickering, Esq.
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester

Lon Povich, Esq.
Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor of Massachusetts

Edward Seksay, Esq.
General Counsel, Rockland Trust

Sunila Thomas-George, Esq.
Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

John Weinfurter
Vice President, Capstone National Partners, and President of the House Chiefs of Staff Alumni Association

Sponsoring Sections:

Business Law Section

Complex Commercial Litigation Section

The Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section

Labor & Employment Section

Young Lawyers Division

Date:Thursday, December 01, 2016
Time:9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:The Westin Waltham Boston
70 3rd Ave
Waltham, MA, 02451
MBA Paralegals$40.00
MBA Law Student$40.00
MBA Government Attorneys$40.00
MBA New Admittee$40.00
MBA Member$80.00

Online registration for this event has closed.
For more information, please e-mail Member Services or call 617-338-0530.

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