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18th Annual In-House Counsel Conference: The New (Not So) Normal


Date Aired: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Runtime: 4:00h

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Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 18th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, which will focus on the theme of “The New (Not So) Normal.” In keeping with these unusual times, this year’s conference will be offered as a Zoom webinar.

This program will provide information on current topics of significant concern to in-house and outside counsel. This year’s conference will feature:

  • A keynote address from Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
  • A panel discussion moderated by James Donnelly and Robert Kerwin, and including panelists Julie Koshgarian, corporate counsel, IPG Photonics Counsel; and Simon Platt, chair, StoneTurn, addressing traps for the unwary in the development and administration of record retention programs as employees resort to new technologies to communicate during the pandemic.
  • A nationwide panel discussion moderated by J. Christopher Collins, and including panelists Doug Baker, vice president and chief legal counsel, UNUM (Chattanooga, TN); Eileen Riethle, vice president, corporate compliance and regulatory affairs, Health Plans Inc. (Westborough); and Katharine Weber, shareholder at Maynard Cooper (Birmingham, AL), regarding roles and responsibilities that contribute to an effective relationship between in-house counsel and outside counsel. The panel will discuss the variety of approaches that are used to provide legal services in today’s corporate America.
  • A panel discussion moderated by Robert Kilroy, of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, including panelists Amanda Baer and Brian Casaceli of Mirick O’Connell, regarding key employment law issues facing employers due to the pandemic and recent statutory developments. Discussion will include: i) employee requests to continue working remotely indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a discussion of an employer’s ability to mandate return to on-site work; ii) employers’ ability to mandate, as a condition of employment, that employees receive the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine once ready for distribution; iii) advantages to enacting a furlough of employees instead of a layoff; and iv) the interplay of the commonwealth’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act, the federal FMLA, the commonwealth’s Parental Leave Act, and employer paid time off policies.
  • A presentation by Peter MacDonald, general counsel, loanDepot, regarding doing business in multiple states.

The conference will also offer moderated breakout sessions, where attendees may remotely network with other counsel in a less formal setting.

This conference was be hosted using Zoom.


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
IAMERS, West Newton
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
Amanda Baer, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough
Doug Baker, Esq., Panelist
Unum Group, Chattanooga, TN
Brian Casaceli, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough
Robert L. Kilroy, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough
Julie Koshgarian, Esq., Panelist
IPG Photonics Corporation, Oxford
Peter MacDonald, Esq., Panelist
loanDepot, Irvine, CA
Simon Platt, CPA, CFF, FCA, Panelist
Stoneturn Group LLP, Boston
Eileen Riethle, Esq., Panelist
Health Plans Inc., Westborough
Katharine A. Weber, Esq., Panelist
Maynard Cooper & Gale, Birmingham

Sponsoring Sections:

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

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