MBA to present 13th Annual In-House Counsel Conference

Issue November 2015

The Massachusetts Bar Association will be holding its 13th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Westin in Waltham. As with prior conferences, this year's conference will feature several high-level speakers on topics critical to in-house counsel.

The theme for the 2015 conference is "Managing Growth in Changing Times." In-house counsel must adapt to various challenges that arise from growth in operations, new business risks and changes in the regulatory environment. In addition, in-house counselors are expected to anticipate problems, influence company policies and effectively manage risk, frequently with limited resources.

This year's conference will open with remarks from Judge Timothy S. Hillman of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The keynote address will be delivered by Peter Macdonald, executive vice president and general counsel of LLC.

The In-House Counsel Conference will include a panel discussion regarding data security and management of cybersecurity risks. Panelists will include Stephen Cesso, U.S. general counsel of Computershare; and Jonathan Miller, chief of Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. Conference co-chair James C. Donnelly Jr. of Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, will moderate the panel discussion.

Conference co-chair Robert Kerwin, chief legal officer of Mortgage Master, will moderate a panel discussion regarding controlling litigation and other outside legal costs. This panel will feature Douglas Denny-Brown, general counsel and director of Regulatory Affairs of Mint Energy; J. Christopher Collins, former senior vice president and general counsel, Unum U.S.; and Deborah Gray, general counsel of The Achievement Network.

There will also be a panel discussion, moderated by conference co-chair David Parke, regarding effective contract management by in-house counsel. This will include determining what is market in standard commercial contracts. We are fortunate to have as panelists Jack Healy, vice president of PerkinElmer; Doug Denny-Brown; and Charles J. Gray, vice president and general counsel of Teradyne Inc.

Finally, there will be a presentation on the important topic of the Massachusetts independent contractor standards and related wage-hour issues. Robert Kilroy of Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP and Jonathan T. Mann, vice president and general counsel of the Eliassen Group will make that presentation.

This year's full agenda promises to continue a tradition of providing, in a half-day conference, a wealth of valuable information that is responsive to in-house counsel's needs. Please plan to arrive early, and stay after the conference for a complimentary lunch, to meet and network with fellow in-house counsel.