General Counsel Forum

Global IP Management Forum
June 11, 2016
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General Counsel Forum

June 4–6, 2017, Island Hotel, Newport Beach, CA

Join like-minded General Counsel for inspiration and insight, networking and learning, and proven strategies to improve your business practices.

Faculty Members Include

  • JOHN ALBRIGHT (Hub International), Chief Legal Officer
  • LESLIE BACKSCHIES (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)
  • FARZAD BARKHORDARI (EverFi), President
  • LESLIE BENDER (BCA Financial Services, Inc.), Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel
  • JASON BROWN (Dyson, Inc.), Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • WILLIAM BUCKNAM (MWI Corporation), Vice President and General Counsel
  • QUINTIN CASSADY (Galderma Laboratories L.P.), Vice President and General Counsel
  • CHRISTOPHER CLANCY (Panduit Corporation), Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
  • TRACI COUGHLAN (The Red Flag Group), Director of Advisory Services
  • KAREN CRAWFORD (Pacific Union Financial, LLC), Chief Legal Officer
  • AMOS DAVIS (The Coca-Cola Company), Operations Counsel, The Minute Maid Company
  • HILARY DESSOUKY (Patagonia Works), General Counsel
  • JAMES EDWARDS (Cubic Corporation), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • REX EDWARDS (Jazz Semiconductor), General Counsel
  • JOHN FENNER (Turner Industries Group, LLC), General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
  • ERIC FINKELMAN (Benjamin Moore & Company), Vice President and General Counsel
  • DAVID FLATTUM (PIMCO), Managing Director, Global General Counsel
  • CHRISTIAN GENETSKI (FanDuel, Inc.), Chief Legal Officer
  • ROB GITELL (Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti)), Senior Director
  • RICK GRIMALDI (Fisher Phillips), Partner
  • ROBERT HAGEDORN (GeoVera Holdings, Inc.), Vice President and General Counsel
  • DAVID HOLME (Exigent Group), Chief Executive Officer
  • DANIEL JONAS (CONMED Corporation), Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
  • REENA LALJI (Wilshire Associates), General Counsel
  • DIANE LETTELLEIR (JCPenney Corporation, Inc.), Senior Managing Counsel
  • BRUCE LYMBURN (Clif Bar & Company), General Counsel and Secretary
  • ANDY MACAN (Axalta Coating Systems, North America), General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  • SCOTT MAHONEY (Avangrid, Inc.), General Counsel
  • PATRICK MCCARTHY (PwC), Senior Director of Operations for Intelligence & Strategic Threat
  • STEVE MCDONALD (Thomson Reuters Risk Management Solutions), Head of Market Development, Risk
  • LAUREN MCGINLEY (Noblis, Inc.), Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Complinance Officer
  • DON MENDEL (HM.Clause, Inc.), General Counsel
  • GEORGE MILLER (West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • STEVEN MONROE (Beazley Insurance), Chief Compliance Officer and Co-General Counsel
  • CAROL MOORE (Hyundai Capital America), Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • SYLVIE MOTZ (Thomson Reuters), Director of Commercial Transaction Service, Practical Law
  • MICHAEL MURRAY (Ready Pac Foods, Inc.), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • ROB PARKER (PwC), Director, Forensics
  • ELIZABETH RISHA (MGA Entertainment, Inc.), General Counsel
  • ANA PAULA ALMEIDA SANTOS (Assurant Brazil), Legal Director
  • KEN SEDDON (LOT Network, Inc.), Chief Executive Officer
  • MARK SMOLIK (DHL Supply Chain), Vice President and General Counsel
  • EPHRAIM STARR (Danaher Water Quality), Vice President and General Counsel
  • SCOTT THAYER (Dawn Foods, Inc.), Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
  • TERRY THEOLOGIDES (CoreLogic, Inc.), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • GREGORY THIESS (Carus Group Inc.), Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • KARINA TIWANA (ALE USA Inc.), Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • ROYCE WARRICK (Solenis), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • JOEL WUESTHOFF (Robert Half Legal), Senior Director
  • MARK YACANO (Major, Lindsey & Africa), Global Practice Leader, Managed Legal Solutions
  • LESLIE ZMUGG (Caterpillar Financial Services), General Counsel

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Topics For Discussion

  • The Nuts & Bolts Of Data Security For Today’s General Counsel
  • Surviving “Bet-The-Company” Litigation
  • IP At Risk: Protecting Your Brand Against New & Evolving Threats
  • Budgeting Success For General Counsel & Legal Departments
  • Corporate Legal Operations: Running Your Law Department Like A Business

Venue: Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

In the heart of Newport Beach, this award-winning venue is less than 6 miles from John Wayne Airport.

General Sessions

Address top-of-mind issues in a conversational exchange among industry thought leaders, enabling participants to share lessons, expertise, leadership skills, and practical tools.


Engage in advanced dialogue in an informal boardroom-style setting on specific topics that are particularly suited to smaller group discussions.

Networking Meals

Participate in all meals and networking functions hosted on-site by Consero. These intimate gatherings provide countless opportunities to develop lasting business relationships.

Customized Itineraries

Meet with the most innovative service providers in the industry, one-on-one, based on your individual and departmental priorities. Our reputable partners are referred and vetted by your peers.

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Attendees Rave About Consero

  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to network with my counterparts at other companies while learning from them and understanding opportunities that I am able to implement at my company.”
    Timothy Daniel | Ceva Logistics
  • “Collaborative environment with great information sharing by a variety of GCs from different industries, backgrounds and companies.”
    Nasym Afsari | Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.
  • “The forum is a fantastic and fun way to network and keep current on relevant topics in the GC arena.”
    Jim Ballard | Landcare
  • “A top-notch networking conference for busy general counsels to share best practices.”
    Debbie Swartz | Access Group
  • “Very solid content and discussion; excellent panelists and networking.”
    Sean Gaffney | Encompass Home Health & Hospice
  • “Best practical forum for a GC. Make time for it; you won’t regret it!”
    Anna Alvarado | First Cash Financial Services
  • “It is a focused approach to current issues I deal with at my company.”
    Jim Edwards | Cubic Corporation
  • “Highly recommend this forum to others. Unique delivery—preferable to traditional CLE conferences. Very helpful staff!”
    Cindy Becker | Concerto Healthcare, Inc.
  • “Very collaborative and focused on current topics of interest.”
    Allyn McGinley | Morpho Detection
  • “Outstanding and informative, especially learning from networking.”
    Rick Heller | Legal Sea Foods, LLC

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