Meeting Overview

Reduction and control of both risk and cost continue to be top of mind in the general counsel’s office as the economy emerges from recession. Issues around corporate governance, government investigations, and innovative alternative fee structures are taking center stage. How are leading general counsels addressing these issues and the growing prominence of legal’s place in the c-suite? These topics all will be featured at Argyle Executive Forum’s 2012 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum (Chicago).

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

Steven Baron Vice President
Robert Half Legal eDiscovery Services
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Eric Blanchard SVP, GC & Secretary
United Stationers
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Kevin Bloomfield Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary
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Kristin Coleman Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Brunswick Corp.
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Patrick Daugherty Partner
Foley & Lardner
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Nathan Fagre General Counsel and Secretary
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
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Brian Flack General Counsel and Vice President, Client Services
Clutch Group
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Alan Gilbert Partner
SNR Denton
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Maria Green S.V.P., General Counsel & Secretary
Illinois Tool Works
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Joe Gromacki Partner
Jenner & Block
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Carrie Hightman Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
NiSource Inc.
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Jason Howe President & CEO
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Mary Ann Hynes Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
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Brad Kohn Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
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Jared Lane Vice President, North America Sales and Strategic Account Management
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Al McNee President
Applied Discovery Inc.
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George Miller Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
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David G. Nadig Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Allstate Insurance Company
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Ganesh Natarajan President & CEO
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Scott Offer Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Motorola Mobility
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Karen Ripley Chief Legal & Corporate Services Officer
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David Rowan Chief Legal Officer
Cleveland Clinic
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Thomas Sabatino Executive Vice President - General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Walgreen Co.
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Bruce Schelkopf Vice President - Deputy General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Ingersoll Rand PLC
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Alexander Schoch Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Peabody Energy Corp.
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Irwin Shur Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Snap-on Inc.
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Mary Beth Tighe Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
RR Donnelley & Sons Company
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Andrew Vitrano Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary
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Jack Walker Principal
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Charles Wunsch General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary
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  • 7:40am – 8:40am Breakfast
  • 8:40am – 8:45am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 8:45am – 9:15am Thomas Sabatino
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    Executive Vice President - General Counsel, Corporate SecretaryWalgreen Co.

  • 9:20am – 10:20am Panel Discussion
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    "Managing Counsel: Outside and In"

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Where is the legal department budget being spent and how can it be improved?
    • How to obtain and retain talent in today's economy?
    • Using metrics and benchmarking to improve your performance?
    • Building relationships with outside counsel and vendors that understand your goals
    • How alternative fees work and the benefits of using them properly
    Moderator:Bruce SchelkopfVice President - Deputy General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property CounselIngersoll Rand PLCPanelists:Nathan FagreGeneral Counsel and SecretarySpectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.Carrie HightmanExecutive Vice President and Chief Legal OfficerNiSource Inc.Brad KohnSenior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate SecretaryMEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.Al McNeePresidentApplied Discovery Inc.Ganesh NatarajanPresident & CEOMindcrestAlexander SchochExecutive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and SecretaryPeabody Energy Corp.

  • 10:25am – 10:45am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Deloitte
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    "In Search of Better Legal Activity Metrics: Using Text Analytics to Predict Legal Activity (UTBMS) Codes"Jack WalkerPrincipalDeloitte

  • 10:45am – 11:15am Coffee Break
  • 11:15am – 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Datacert
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    "Strategic Legal and Compliance Technology: What’s Next?"Jared LaneVice President, North America Sales and Strategic Account ManagementDatacert

  • 11:40am – 12:25pm Panel Discussion
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    “Best Practices in M&A Transactions: Due Diligence, Risk Management and Effective Integration”

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • M&A today: state of the current marker and future outlook
    • Due diligence in M&A transactions
    • Managing operational and compliance risk
    • Developing a company-specific approach to M&A
    • Integrating the new business
    Moderator:Mary Ann HynesSenior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance OfficerIngredionPanelists:Eric BlanchardSVP, GC & SecretaryUnited StationersKevin BloomfieldSenior Vice President, General Counsel, SecretaryBeldenMaria GreenS.V.P., General Counsel & SecretaryIllinois Tool WorksJoe GromackiPartnerJenner & BlockAndrew VitranoVice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate SecretaryIntraLinks*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 12:30pm – 12:50pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by VaporStream
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    "Avert Interpretation: Protect Your Attorney-Client Privilege"Jason HowePresident & CEOVaporStream

  • 12:50pm – 1:50pm Lunch
  • 1:50pm – 2:35pm Panel Discussion
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    "Managing Litigation in this Economy: Doing More with Less"

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Best practices and new approaches for efficient discovery
    • Coordinating inside and outside teams to maximize inside contribution
    • Staffing choices that make a difference
    • Managing the lawsuit with greatest efficiency
    • Decision making: trial vs. settlement
    • Learning how to budget for the long run
    Moderator:Mary Beth TigheVice President and Assistant General CounselRR Donnelley & Sons CompanyPanelists:Brian FlackGeneral Counsel and Vice President, Client ServicesClutch GroupAlan GilbertPartnerSNR DentonGeorge MillerSenior Vice President, General Counsel and SecretarySigma-Aldrich CorporationDavid G. NadigSenior Vice President & Deputy General CounselAllstate Insurance Company

  • 2:40pm – 3:25pm Panel Discussion
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    “General Counsel as a Strategic Business Partner”

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Understanding the role of the GC in advancing the global business objectives of a corporation
    • Maximizing and aligning the value of the legal department (inside and out) and its’ function with the overall goals of the company
    • The value of lawyers in business meetings
    • Seeing the value in an M&A transaction and how they can further develop a company
    • Evaluating the change of business culture after an M&A purchase
    Moderator:Steven BaronVice PresidentRobert Half Legal eDiscovery ServicesPanelists:Kristin ColemanVice President, General Counsel & SecretaryBrunswick Corp.Patrick DaughertyPartnerFoley & LardnerScott OfferSenior Vice President and General CounselMotorola MobilityDavid RowanChief Legal OfficerCleveland ClinicIrwin ShurVice President, General Counsel and SecretarySnap-on Inc.*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 3:25pm – 3:45pm Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm "Turning Lawyers into Leaders"
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    Karen RipleyChief Legal and Corporate Services OfficerMillerCoors

  • 4:20pm – 4:50pm "The Evolving Role of Ethics Programs in a Cloudy Networked World"
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    Charles WunschGeneral Counsel, Senior Vice President and Corporate SecretarySprint

  • 4:50pm – 4:55pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
  • 4:55pm – 5:55pm Closing Reception
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    *Please note, the agenda is subject to change.

What will be discussed? Explore legal hot topics and challenge areas such as:

The GC’s growing strategic role

Explore the evolving role of the GC and specifically how legal professionals are critical in planning the strategic growth and direction of the company. Learn about:

  • Preparing for the new era of regulatory change
  • Utilizing technological advancements
  • Managing risk exposure to the org
  • Maximizing the value of the legal team

The modern legal landscape

Examine the key regulatory trends GCs are facing, and how they are forced to adapt to a constantly changing landscape as a result. Get tips on:

  • Identifying compliance red flags
  • Maintaining compliance with FCPA
  • Effectively managing a legal department across borders
  • Making predictions for the future

The GC and M&A

Discuss best practices and lessons learned with regards to due diligence in evaluating and negotiating good and bad M&A opportunities. Learn how top CLOs are:

  • Protecting corporate reputation during growth
  • Planning ahead for an acquisition
  • Innovating within M&A
  • Enabling growth despite reduced liquidity

Driving efficiency during litigation

Review the biggest initial challenges that GCs face at the start of a litigation case, and how these challenges have evolved over the last 5 years. Gain insight on:

  • Leveraging e-discovery to manage budget
  • Collaborating to mitigate ethical concerns
  • Responding effectively to ethical issues
  • Managing costs during litigation

Technology and the GC

Hear how successful CLOs are navigating the new digital landscape and dealing with the subsequent data and security issues that have emerged because of this shift. Hear how GCs are partnering with IT teams to:

  • Managing data to meet objectives
  • Addressing the proliferation of data
  • Evaluating weak areas of e-discovery
  • Protecting from cyber security issues

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you!

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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  • The opportunity to network with, and learn from, professional colleagues in an extraordinarily collegial setting is invaluable.

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  • The Argyle events are very well organized, carefully thought out and attracts not only some terrific speakers but also a great set of participants.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotel is recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at 312-986-1234 and ask for the Argyle Preferred Rate.


Wyndham Blake Chicago

500 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 986-1234

CLE Credits:

Due to the nature of our program, Argyle events do not always receive CLE credits. We do make efforts to apply in several states and will work with members to apply for CLE as an individual if credits are not awarded for the event . Should we receive credits, we do however inform our members.