CLE Program

16th Annual In-House Counsel Conference


Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Bentley University
LaCava Campus Center #325
175 Forest St.
Waltham, MA, 02452

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Program Options:


MBA Paralegals : $40.00
MBA Law Student : $40.00
MBA Member : $80.00
MBA New Admittee : $40.00
Non-member : $160.00

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Managing Risk in a Changing World

The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 16th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bentley University, Waltham. This year, the theme of this popular program is “Managing Risk in a Changing World.”

Today, information and misinformation circulate with increasing volume and speed, impacting the reputations of organizations and their managers. Public and private companies are exposed to increased scrutiny and accountability, and there is less tolerance for certain business and individual misconduct. Ensuring transparency and promoting a culture of compliance are key components to the management of risk. In-house counsel must anticipate and manage new risks in these changing times.

We are pleased that the keynote address will be delivered by Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel of MGM Springfield. The conference will feature panels and other presentations regarding litigation cost containment and management, employment law developments, and other topics of current interest to in-house counsel.

In addition to Stratton's keynote address, attendees at this year's conference will hear panel discussions concerning:

- Case management and litigation cost containment, including recent initiatives of the Business Litigation Session to facilitate prompt and efficient resolution of complex business disputes. The panel will also address management of electronic discovery in the digital age.

- Controlling data security risks and management of a data breach.

- Employment law developments, including: 1) The commonwealth's Paid Family Leave Act and its requirements that go into effect in July 2019; 2) The practical impact of legalization of recreational marijuana on drug testing in the workplace; 3) Reasonable accommodation obligations under the commonwealth's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; and 4) The wisdom (or not) of having employees sign arbitration agreements waiving the right to file wage an hour claims.

- The 2018 Massachusetts Non-Compete Statute that carries forward many prior common law principles and includes an array of new procedural requirements, safeguards for employees, limits on who and what may be restricted, and new standards for consideration for noncompetition agreements.

As has been our custom, we will also present, in "lightening round" format, current developments of interest to in-house counsel, including the Supreme Judicial Court's 2018 Merrimack College v. KpmG LLP decision. This decision regards the application of the in pare delicto doctrine to corporations and other business organizations.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the New England Corporate Counsel Association Inc. Members of New England Corporate Counsel Association, who are not MBA members, can enjoy a special discounted rate of $80. To register, please contact the Massachusetts Bar Association Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530.

A classic continental breakfast will be served and a coffee break provided.


J. Christopher Collins, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
James C. Donnelly, 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, Hopkinton
David A. Parke, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
Seth N. Stratton, Esq., Keynote Speaker
Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law, P.C., Springfield
Hon. Brian A. Davis, Panelist
Business Litigation Session, Suffolk Superior Court
Robert L. Kilroy, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough
Andrew Levchuk, Esq., Panelist
Counsellor at Law LLC, Amherst
Amy Ackroyd, Panelist
Motion Recruitment Partners LLC
Sara Cable, Esq., Panelist
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Stephen L. Grimes, Panelist
Strategic Healthcare Technology Associates LLC, Swampscott
Jonathan Rubel, Esq., Panelist
Target Litigation Consulting, Boston
Jonathan R. Sigel, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough
Patricia H. Sinacole , Panelist
First Beacon Group, Hopkinton
Richard Van Nostrand, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough

Sponsoring Sections:

Business Law Section
Complex Commercial Litigation Section
Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management Section
Young Lawyers Division
Dispute Resolution Section
Labor & Employment Section

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