2017 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior legal executives for our annual Chief Legal Officer Forum in Washington D.C. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that legal executives are facing in 2017, with an agenda geared specifically towards General Counsels, Chief Legal Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, as well as Deputy GCs, Assistant GCs, Corporate Secretaries, and VPs of Compliance, Legal, Ethics, and M&A in a leadership role. Topics will include:
- How economic, geopolitical, and regulatory changes are impacting the global business landscape in 2017, particularly with regards to regulation and compliance
- Effectively identifying and communicating top areas of risk to the management team
- Understanding how the GC’s role will continue to evolve with regards to global data privacy management and the modern security environment
- Driving effectiveness and efficiency as a modern in-house lawyer
- Predictions on the M&A landscape and how leading GCs are driving strategic alliances and divestitures
- How to build and maintain an effective ethics program
- Best practices in recruiting and leading a high performing legal team
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. Speakers at our 2016 Washington D.C. Forum included Leslie Thornton, SVP, GC & Corporate Secretary at WGL Holdings; Sam Eberts, CLO, Corporate Secretary & SVP of Corporate Affairs at Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings;
Brian Edge, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Washington Gas; Brian Ellis, SVP & GC at Danaher Corporation; Brian Brooks, EVP, Corporate Secretary & GC at Federal National Mortgage Association; and more.
We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 legal leaders hailing from the nation’s capital and beyond!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Marriott View Bio »
Theresa Coetzee is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Dispute Resolution at Marriott International, Inc. where she represents Marriott and it global subsidiaries in an ever-changing variety of contexts - including international arbitration, commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and government investigations. In this position she also teams with her business partners to review corporate transactions, programs, contracts and other activities, to analyze risk and to provide strategic advice. Additionally, with the Senior Director of the law department's technology and records management teams reporting to her, Theresa oversees the department's global technology and records management initiatives.
Prior to joining Marriott Theresa served as Assistant General Counsel for Litigation at Verizon Business. Her role at Verizon Business evolved from Verizon’s acquisition of MCI, Inc. in 2005.
Before beginning her in-house service, Theresa developed her skills in private practice, including at the law firm of Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC (now Kelley Drye & Warren), in Washington, D.C.
Theresa has been an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at George Washington University Law School and is a former Co-Chair of the Litigation Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. She is frequent speaker at industry events and served on the faculty of the ACC Annual Meeting in 2014. Theresa graduated from Colgate University and from the University of Denver, College of Law.
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings View Bio »
Sam has more than twenty five years of legal experience in private practice and as an international corporate legal executive. Sam is the Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (NYSE: LH), one of the world's largest independent healthcare services providers, including diagnostic testing and drug discovery. Sam leads the company’s Corporate Affairs group, including Legal, Compliance, Risk Management, Community Affairs, Privacy, Public Policy, Corporate Communications, Government Relations and Global Security Departments. Recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the most admired companies in the world and an S&P 500 company, LabCorp is a pioneer in healthcare services. With annual revenues of more than $8.5 billion and more than 50,000 employees worldwide LabCorp serves physicians, government agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and employers in more than 70 countries.
Sam serves on the Wilson Council for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C., a non- partisan global public policy institute. He was also appointed to the Advisory Board for the World Policy Institute in New York City, a non-partisan think tank for global policy analysis. Sam serves as a director for the MedCap Growth Equity Funds, a series of venture capital funds in Boston, Massachusetts and serves on the board of Alpha Marketing, Inc., a premier advertising and channel marketing firm based in North Carolina. He a principal with Daerter Group, a private equity firm in New York and also serves on the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the largest entrepreneurial support organization of its kind in the United States, and is an active mentor with the Council’s Venture Mentoring Service, working with entrepreneurs to provide practical, day-to-day professional advice and coaching. Sam was elected to serve as Chairman of Easter Seals/UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, one of the largest non-profit service organizations in the country and serves on the board of the Alamance Community College Foundation. Sam is a frequent speaker on healthcare reform, leadership and the legal profession and has served as a guest lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, Duke University School of Law and the Baylor School of Medicine. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and the Boston University School of Law, Sam has also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Division of Management, Policy and Community Health.
WGL Holdings View Bio »
LESLIE T. THORNTON is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (“WGL”) and Washington Gas Light Company, having joined that company as Counsel to the Chairman in November 2011. Ms. Thornton is responsible for developing, coordinating, and providing legal advice and counsel to WGL and its subsidiaries on litigation, regulatory affairs, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment and labor law, employee benefits issues, ethics, compliance, cyber-threats/cyber-security, and other matters. Ms. Thornton also serves on WGL's Strategy Council, Risk Management Committee, Compliance Committee, and the SOX Management Committee.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Thornton was a partner at Dickstein Shapiro and also Patton Boggs. Beginning with the Presidential Transition of 1992 and until 2000, Ms. Thornton worked with the U.S. Secretary of Education, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor, and then as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”). During her tenure at ED, she advised the Secretary on all ED matters; served as the liaison between the Secretary and the White House on policy, political, ethics, and personnel matters. In 1996, Ms. Thornton was selected to be on Mr. Clinton’s presidential debate team. Since 2005, Ms. Thornton has been a member of the board of Career Education Corporation, a publicly traded company, where she has chaired the Compliance Committee and has been a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee for nine years. Currently, Ms. Thornton remains chair of the Compliance Committee and now serves on the Audit Committee. She served as Lead Independent Director from 2011-2013. In June of 2015, Ms. Thornton was honored as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Ms. Thornton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and expects to complete this May 2016 her LL.M. in National Security Law at Georgetown Law. Ms. Thornton is a frequently requested speaker on various issues related to board service, the GC function, and cyber security, diversity, among other topics. Her opinion pieces have been widely published.
8:00am - 9:00am Networking breakfast and registration
Take the time to get to know the fellow attendees, speakers and sponsors that you will be sharing the day with. Continental breakfast with coffee, tea and juices will be served.
9:00am - 1:00pm Morning sessionsOur speakers share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Keynotes, panels and fireside chats will be broken up by networking breaks.
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
Enjoy a healthy buffet lunch and networking time.
2:00pm - 4:30pm Afternoon sessions
Our speakers will share their expertise on hot topics and challenge areas through various presentation styles. Sessions will be broken up by one afternoon coffee and snack break.
4:30pm - 6:00pm Cocktail reception
Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and hors d'Oeuvres. Head home with new connections and a notebook full of key takeaways to implement back at the office.
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
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