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Big Law Business Summit West Registration for Law Firms and Corporate Counsel

Los Angeles, CA
October 27, 2016

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

The event will be followed by a networking reception.

The Standard Hotel
550 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Bloomberg Law invites leaders of big law – the top law firms in the country and the legal departments they serve – to the Big Law Business Summit – West. This half-day program and networking event draws upon Big Law Business' in-depth reporting and access to thought leaders and innovators to create a unique forum for legal industry professionals to uncover new opportunities and solve for challenges to our businesses.

The Big Law Business Summit – West will feature a half-day program with keynote interviews, presentations and conclude with a networking event. The event will explore trends, opportunities and challenges, and new developments that are impacting the business of big law – how services are delivered, how value is created for clients, and how firms and legal departments are evolving. Staying ahead and understanding what’s coming next is critical for big law leaders as they seek to grow their practices, particularly in the western states, which is rapidly rivaling Washington, DC, New York and Chicago in terms of the size of the legal market.


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1:30 PM     Registration & Networking in the Big Law Lounge

2:00 PM     Opening Remarks

2:05 PM     Keynote Interview

John B. Quinn, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Interviewed by: Casey Sullivan, Sr. Editorial Director, Big Law Business

2:30 PM     State of the Legal Industry
A panel of law firm leaders and in-house counsel will share their views on the state of the legal industry nationally, and how to chart the course for success in the region. 

Elizabeth Baker, General Counsel, Twitch Interactive 
Brad Butwin, Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLP 
Sharon Tomkins, Vice President & General Counsel, Southern California Gas Company

Moderator: Michael Best, Chief Operating Officer, Industry Verticals, Bloomberg LP, and co-host of "Bloomberg Law" on Bloomberg Radio

3:10 PM     Business of Litigation Management
The landscape of corporate litigation continues to evolve. In addition to an increase in high-stakes litigation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulation to eliminate arbitration clauses that prevent class action litigation could expose 53,000 companies to new cases. In-house and outside counsel are engaged in a new era of litigation management, focused on minimizing risk and maximizing profits. 

Elizabeth Atlee, Sr. Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - Global Litigation, CBRE
David Gallagher, Investment Manager and Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF
Jennifer A. Jackson, Managing Partner, Bryan Cave

3:50 PM     Networking Break

4:10 PM     The Firm

Enrollment is down at law schools and prospects upon graduation are dim. Meanwhile, law firms and in-house law departments are in a fierce competition for top talent, differentiated by associate salaries, lateral success, diversity and work-life balance. This panel will explore strategies from top industry leaders in recruiting and retaining lawyers, and how firms can work with clients to create the right legal team for their needs.

Lucy Endel Bassli, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft 
Andrei Iancu, Managing Partner, Irell & Manella LLP 
Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law 
Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner, Paul Hastings 

Moderator: Jed Coiteux, Vice President of North American Sales, Aderant

4:50 PM     Cybersecurity: New Business Realities
This session will explore in-house counsel expectations for expanding privacy and data security requirements, the role of law firms and consultancies, and how law firms are responding to their clients and their own cybersecurity needs. 

David McDowell
, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP 
Ronald Sarian, Vice President and General Counsel, eHarmony

Moderator: Joseph Lawlor, Associate Managing Director, K2 Intelligence

5:30 PM     Keynote Interview

U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker, Central District of California 

Interviewed by: Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg News


5:55 PM     Closing Remarks

6:00 PM     Big Law Networking Reception


Big Law Business launched in 2015 and has grown to an average daily audience of over 5,000 lawyers and law firm leaders. The momentum is growing and in less than a year, Big Law Business has become the market leader for news, insights and resources pertaining to the business of law.