The Real In-House Counsel of South Florida

September 20, 2012
Association of Corporate Counsel South Florida Chapter
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoHollywood, Florida

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This six-hour CLE conference will feature several courses for in-house counsel. Fox Rothschild attorneys will be speaking at the following two presentations:

Supply Chain Management: Guarding Your Intangible Assets and Reducing Risk Associated with IP

Intellectual property issues exist in many types of supply chain agreements. If these issues are not identified and handled properly at the outset, they can lead to some very unpleasant surprises down the road. To avoid litigation and other potential problems, in-house counsel need to be familiar with intellectual property of all types and the unexpected ways that such intellectual property can become an issue in a supply chain agreement.

  1. Introduction: In order to spot issues in supply chain agreements, it is essential for in-house counsel to be familiar with the basic types of intellectual property. The 20 minute introduction will include a brief review of the various types of intellectual property, ownership considerations and pitfalls to be avoided.
  2. Agreements: Counsel must be familiar with the IP issues that should be addressed in a supply chain agreement. This 20 minute section will include a brief review of common intellectual property issues that commonly arise in supply chain agreements, the circumstances which frequently give rise to such issues, and some basic considerations as to how these situations should be handled.
  3. Key Intellectual Property Clauses: In this final 20 minute section we will discuss various intellectual property clauses that are frequently present in supply chain agreements, and problem areas that are often overlooked. Our discussion will include a discussion of various clauses from the perspective of both the buyer and the seller.

Speakers:

Robert J. Sacco
Carol E. Thorstad-Forsyth

Navigating a Corporate Crisis

A corporate crisis poses unique challenges for in-house counsel and the company they represent. If not handled properly, the unexpected event can rapidly spiral out of control and become a public relations nightmare, irreparably damaging a company’s reputation. To protect the company from litigation and preserve its public image, the management team must have a strategy in place before the crisis hits.

  1. Introduction: Crisis management is a critical corporate function. The 15 minute introduction will focus on definitions of what constitutes a crisis and specific examples of well-known corporate crises.
  2. Pre-Crisis Phase: In the next 30 minutes, our presenters will focus on disaster planning including developing a risk-audit and crisis preparedness strategy and implementing internal and external controls and procedures.
  3. Crisis management: This 30 minute segment will be devoted to crisis response, including implementing the crisis management strategy, controlling information to the media and the public, and working with outside counsel to manage the response.
  4. Post-Crisis Phase: The final 15 minutes will focus on reputation repair as well as the importance of reevaluating the crisis management strategy to identify ways to improve preparation and response.

Speakers:

Amy S. Rubin
David A. Greene
Dori K. Stibolt