Why You Should Attend!

As the economy emerges from recession, the general counsel’s office continues to grapple with how to reduce and control both risk and cost. Issues around corporate governance, government investigations, and alternative fee structures are taking center stage. How are leading general counsels addressing these issues and the growing prominence of legal executives in the C-suite? These topics amongst others will all be featured at Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum (New York).

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Jessica Bozzo at jbozzo@argyleforum.com.

Damien Atkins Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
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Stan Bernstein Attorney
Bernstein Liebhard
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Chris Bowen Chief Regulatory Counsel
CME Group
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Anthony Campanelli Partner, Forensic & Dispute Services
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William Crosby Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
Interpublic Group
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Eric Eissenstat Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Continental Resources
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Ronke Ekwensi Managing Director
Huron Legal
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Kevin Feeney Vice President & General Counsel
Air Liquide-USA LLC
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Charlie Gambino Managing Director, Associate General Counsel
Deutsche Bank
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Eric Gardner de Béville Client Relations Officer
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Sheldon Goldfarb General Counsel Americas
Royal Bank of Scotland
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Andrew Goodman Executive Director of Litigation Services
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Elise Greenspan Chief Litigation Counsel- Americas
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Richard Harper Partner
Baker Botts
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Bruce Hawthorne Corporate Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Huntington Ingalls Industries
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Kirkland Hicks Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Towers Watson
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Carrie Hightman Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
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Russell Hochman Deputy General Counsel
Harsco Corporation
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Christopher Kearns EVP, Deputy General Counsel
ACE Group
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Bryon Koepke Senior Vice President & Chief Securities Counsel
Avis Budget Group
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James Manari Director, Discovery Solutions
Epiq Systems
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Thomas Meyding Partner
CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart Germany
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Debora Motyka Jones Director of Product Strategy & Counsel
Lighthouse eDiscovery
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Ganesh Natarajan President & CEO
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David Onorato Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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Maria Pasquale SVP and Deputy General Counsel
Celgene Corporation
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Charles Robinson General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
University of California
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Mark Roellig Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
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Thomas Sabatino Executive Vice President - General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
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Patrick Sheller Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Administrative Officer
Kodak Eastman Company
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Justin Smith Deputy General Counsel - Head of Legal Operations
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Simon Taylor Senior Director, Information Access & Management
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Leslie Thornton Vice President & General Counsel
WGL Holdings, & Washington Gas Light Company
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Esther Wick Assistant General Counsel - Regional Legal Lead Emerging Markets Europe
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Steve Zipperstein Chief Legal Officer
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  • 7:40am – 8:40am Breakfast
  • 8:40am
  • 8:45am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 8:45am – 8:50am Introducing Thomas Sabatino:
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    James ManariDirector, Discovery SolutionsEpiq Systems

  • 8:50am – 9:20am "Where are We and Where are We Going: Perspectives from a Seasoned General Counsel"
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    The role of the General Counsel has changed dramatically in the past 10 years.  No longer simply lawyers, GCs are now being asked to take on new strategic responsibilities that are critical for driving organizational and overall business success.  Tom Sabatino, seasoned General Counsel, has lived through this evolution and will share practical examples, war stories, and his insights regarding his outlook on the future of the General Counsel.Thomas SabatinoEVP & General CounselWalgreens

  • 9:25am – 9:45am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Huron Legal
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    "Managing information integration as distinct element of M&A activity - how law departments can help drive value."Ronke EkwensiManaging DirectorHuron Legal

  • 9:45am – 10:15am Coffee Break
  • 10:15am – 11:05am Breakout Panels
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    Panel 1“Successfully Communicating with your Board”Session topics include, but are not limited to:With an ever-changing and increasingly complicated array of legal, regulatory, and stakeholder demands, communication between the Board and the CLO has come front and center. The panel will share practical perspectives,  lessons learned and leading practices on developing a collaborative relationship and enhancing communications with the Board while managing  risk exposure to the organization.  Join us to hear more about communication best practices, as well as topics you should be talking to your Board about, including:

    • Investigations
    • Risk assessments, compliance program design and implementation
    • Periodic monitoring activities
    Moderator:Anthony CampanelliPartner, Forensic & Dispute ServicesDeloittePanelists:Carrie HightmanExecutive Vice President and Chief Legal OfficerNiSourceMark RoelligExecutive Vice President & General CounselMassachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.Patrick ShellerGeneral Counsel, Secretary, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice PresidentKodak Eastman CompanyLeslie ThorntonVice President & General CounselWGL Holdings, & Washington Gas Light CompanyPanel 2Introducing the Panel:Thomas MeydingPartnerCMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart Germany"The General Counsel’s Role in M&A, Divestitures and Strategic Alliances"Session topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Due diligence in evaluating and negotiating bad purchases.
    • Examining the legal implications of cross-border transactions
    • To what extent do cultural differences play a part in cross border deal outcomes?
    • Cost-benefit analysis of acquisitions.
    • Protecting corporate reputation during growth periods.
    • Planning ahead and seeing the implications of the acquisition to the structure and stance of the company.
    • Creativity in M&A transactions: Learning how to continue growth with less liquidity.
    Moderator:Eric Gardner de BévilleClient Relations OfficerCMSPanelists:Damien AtkinsDeputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance OfficerAOLChristopher KearnsEVP, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate AffairsACE GroupEsther WickAssistant General Counsel - Regional Legal Lead Emerging Markets EuropePfizerPanel 3"Considerations on Resource Allocation: Opportunities and Challenges”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Where is the legal department budget being spent and how can it be improved?
    • Current constraints faced by in-house counsel: budgeting, efficiency, and agility
    • Different solutions to the same problems: seeking new vendors for expertise
    • Building relationships with outside counsel and vendors that understand your goals
    • How alternative fees work and the benefits of using them properly
    Moderator:Ganesh NatarajanPresident & CEOMindcrestPanelists:Chris BowenChief Regulatory CounselCME GroupWilliam CrosbyVice President, Assistant General CounselInterpublic GroupRussell HochmanDeputy General CounselHarsco CorporationJustin SmithDeputy General Counsel - Head of Legal OperationsING Investment Management

  • 11:05am – 11:35am Coffee Break
  • 11:35am – 11:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Bernstein Liebhard
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    “Best Strategies For The Corporate Plaintiff”  Stan BernsteinAttorneyBernstein Liebhard

  • 11:55am – 12:00pm Introducing Bruce Hawthorne:
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    Simon TaylorSenior Director, Information Access & ManagementCommvault

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm "Leadership Opportunities for the General Counsel"
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    Bruce HawthorneCorporate Vice President, General Counsel & SecretaryHuntington Ingalls Industries

  • 12:35pm – 12:55pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented By Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    “Crisis Management: Three Key Steps”David OnoratoPartnerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • 12:55pm – 2:10pm Lunch
  • 2:10pm – 3:00pm Breakout Panels
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    Panel 1“Understanding the Regulatory, Compliance and Legal Landscape”Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • What are the key regulatory trends you are facing?
    • How do you successfully keep up with the constant changes?
    • Red flags to consider in designing effective compliance programs
    • Maintaining compliance with FCPA and other international anti-corruption statutes
    • Best practices and lessons learned on how to effectively run a legal department in multiple countries
    • Managing regulation that is constantly changing and diversifying as issues and problems seem to converge
    Moderator:Andrew GoodmanExecutive Director of Litigation ServicesQuisLexPanelists:Charlie GambinoManaging Director, Associate General CounselDeutsche BankKirkland HicksVice President, General Counsel & SecretaryTowers WatsonLisa PalumboSenior Vice President, General Counsel & SecretaryParsons BrinckerhoffPanel 2“Legal Implications of New Technology, Discovery & Litigation”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
    • The differences between predictive coding and other types of discovery
    • Best practices for managing the cloud and protecting company’s data
    • How to keep litigation spend reasonable and predictable 
    • Creating ways to manage litigation in a timely cost effective manner with sound process.
    • Realizing parts of your eDiscovery process that could be at risk or attacked during trial
    • Handling BYOD, and developing comparable policies for employees
    • Looking at the risks of these new technologies and the speed that information travels today for a company
    • Analyzing the benefits in terms of cost and process
    • Managing the process, understanding the human element involved
    Moderator:Debora Motyka JonesDirector of Product Strategy & CounselLighthouse eDiscoveryPanelists:Kevin FeeneyVice President & General CounselAir Liquide-USA LLCElise GreenspanAssistant General Counsel- Global LitigationAECOMMaria PasqualeSVP and Deputy General CounselCelgene Corporation*Please note this session is off the record.Panel 3“Attorney/Client Privilege: Issues Confronting Today's fast-paced Business World”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
    • What are the boundaries of attorney-client privilege?
    • How do you successfully wear both hats as legal and business advisor?
    • What are some best practices and lessons learned for in-house counsel to differentiate between business advice and legal advice?
    • How can discoverable facts and privileged documents be distinguished?
    Moderator:Richard HarperPartnerBaker BottsPanelists:Eric EissenstatSr. Vice President, General Counsel and SecretaryContinental ResourcesBryon KoepkeSenior Vice President & Chief Securities CounselAvis Budget GroupCharles RobinsonGeneral Counsel and Vice President of Legal AffairsUniversity of California

  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm – 4:15pm "Company in Crisis: Challenges for the General Counsel"
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    Steve ZippersteinChief Legal Officer & Corporate SecretaryBlackberry

  • 4:15pm – 4:20pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
  • 4:20pm -5:20pm Closing Reception

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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Please note the below is a preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Note that we do not have an executive rate.


New York Marriott Downtown

85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, New York 10006
Telephone: (800) 228-9290

Continuing Education Credits:

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