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General Counsel Forum

November 12–14, 2017 | The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club | Naples, FL

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

Faculty Members Include

  • VIVEK ARORA (Mears Group, Inc.), Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
  • GREGORY BOKAR (Sunovion Pharmaceuticals), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
  • KURT BRASCH (Uber), Head of Patent Transactions
  • CLAWSON CANNON (NORMA Group), Vice President and General Counsel (Region Americas)
  • WENDY CASSITY (Zayo Group), Vice President and General Counsel
  • CELIA CATLETT (Texas Roadhouse), General Counsel
  • RAY CHAN (Pulse Electronics), General Counsel
  • CAROLYN CHEVERINE (The Timken Company), Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • JULIE CHO (The LAM Group), General Counsel
  • MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM (Red Hat, Inc.), Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • LOUIS DIPIETRO (Panera Bread Company), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • DIANE DIX (General Electric), General Counsel
  • STEVEN EISENBERG (U.S. Acute Care Solutions), General Counsel
  • KATHLEEN FLYNN (Indigo Books & Music Inc.), Executive Vice President, Real Estate, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
  • ROB GITELL (Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti)), Senior Director
  • JOSE GONZALEZ (QBE), Executive Vice President, General Counsel
  • STACY GRAY (Belk, Inc.), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • JOE GREEN (Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect), Senior Legal Editor
  • LISA GRESSEL (P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.), General Counsel
  • RICK GRIMALDI (Fisher Phillips), Partner
  • PHILIP GURA (Sionic Mobile Corporation), Chief Legal Officer
  • KATHERINE HARGIS (Key Energy Services, Inc.), Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
  • JEFF HERBSTER (Trans-System, Inc.), General Counsel
  • MARK HERSHEY (Armstrong World Industries), Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • WAYNE JOHNSON (Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect), Director of Sales
  • RUCHI KAUSHAL (Cable & Wireless Communications), General Counsel
  • DAVID KIRTLEY (Mettler Toledo), General Counsel, Americas
  • LATANYA LANGLEY (BIC), Vice President and General Counsel
  • ROBERTA LOOMAR (Apotex), General Counsel, U.S.
  • STEVE MCDONALD (Thomson Reuters Risk Management Solutions), Head of Market Development for Risk
  • DENISE MCWATTERS (HollyFrontier Corporation), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • JIM MILLER (Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect), Strategic Partner to Corporate Counsel
  • MISTI MUKHERJEE (Towne Park), Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • VICTORIA NEWMAN (TMX Finance Family of Companies), General Counsel
  • CAROLINE OYLER (Papa John’s International Inc.), Senior Vice President, General Counsel
  • LARRY PARSONS (McLane Company), Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • CATHERINE PAULSON (Cinépolis USA), General Counsel
  • MARIEL PICADO (FIFCO), General Counsel
  • KENYA PIERRE (Arauco North America), General Counsel
  • HILARY RAPKIN (WEX Inc.), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
  • JOHN RIGNEY (Osmose Utilities Services), General Counsel
  • LAURA ROBERTS (Bojangles’, Inc.), General Counsel
  • RUDY RODRIGUEZ (CEC Entertainment, Inc.), Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
  • NICHOLAS ROMANELLO (Health First, Inc.), Senior Vice President, General Cousel and Chief Risk Officer
  • DAN RUDERMAN (LexisNexis CounselLink), Strategic Business Development Manager
  • STEVE SALZER (PSCU), Senior Vice President, Legal & Enterprise Risk
  • KEN SEDDON (LOT Network, Inc.), Chief Executive Officer
  • IVAN SMITH (ScottsMiracle-Gro), Executive Vice President, General Counsel
  • NICK SPRAGUE (Braskem America), Vice President and General Counsel
  • ELENI STRATIGEAS (Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.), Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
  • OVERTON THOMPSON (Bass, Berry & Sims), Member
  • ROBERT VARNELL (Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company), Vice President and General Counsel
  • TIM WILSON (SAS Institute Inc.), Director, Patents
  • MARK YACANO (Major, Lindsey & Africa), Global Practice Leader, Managed Legal Solutions

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Topics For Discussion

  • Leading Corporate Legal Departments Point The Way To Outstanding Performance
  • Surviving “Bet-The-Company” Litigation
  • Marketing Ethics & Compliance Throughout The Company: What Tone Are You Setting?
  • Corporate Legal Operations: Running Your Law Department Like A Business
  • Tackling The Biggest Labor & Employment Challenges Facing Companies Today

Venue: The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL 34102

Dating to the Victorian era, this beachfront hotel set in 6 buildings is 2 miles from Downtown, a 5-minute drive from the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and 6 miles from the wildlife preserve at Clam Pass Park.

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