Chief legal officers have a mandate to reduce costs and manage compliance – the department’s success depends on it. Big Law Business and Catalyst invite general counsel, corporate counsel and leaders of corporate legal departments to continue our conversation about strategies for a successful litigation department.

Join Bloomberg BNA and Catalyst for Successful Legal Department Management: Innovation to Control Litigation Costs and Ensure Compliance and hear how today’s legal department leaders are moving control of litigation in-house, increasing how actively they manage outside legal counsel and the budget constraints they face.

Gain insights as top leaders discuss:

  • The necessity of developing new and innovative approaches to managing their departments to keep litigation costs low
  • How they prepare their teams, departments and businesses to identify the benefits of technology
  • How to effectively prepare for litigation, from initial investigations to trial

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Date & Time:
June 28, 2017
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Networking reception to follow.

Bloomberg LP
3 Pier #101
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Earn up to 2.0 CLE credits.

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3:00 PM     Registration

3:30 PM     Opening Remarks

Eric Wagner, Vice President, Content Marketing, Bloomberg BNA Plus

3:40 PM     Keynote Interview: Corporate Legal Today
Interview with Professor William Henderson about the changing nature of corporate legal department management and the need for innovative strategies to control costs and increase risk management, by particularly focusing on issues such as cost containment, privacy and security issues surrounding movement of data, and internal investigations and compliance in response to increased government scrutiny.  As technology and the law continue to rapidly evolve in the digital age, how does today’s general counsel keep pace and ensure execution of the company’s strategy?

Interviewer: Carol Eoannou, Editorial Director, Health and Litigation, Bloomberg BNA

Speaker: William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana Maurer School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Legal Evolution

4:10 PM     Innovating Litigation Management
Hear from leading in-house and outside counsel on where they believe legal departments face the most pressure and how to successfully transform the management of litigation. Where are the current compliance concerns coming from? What costs are increasing? What are the profit expectations they operate under? Our panel will discuss:

  • How increased pressure to settle impacts case management
  • How judicial management of trial impacts trial preparation
  • Rising and unpredictable litigation costs and the impact on the department

Moderator: G. Charles Nierlich, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Speakers: Jeffrey McKenna, Senior Attorney, eDiscovery and Privacy, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Elizabeth McBride, Senior Director, Global Litigation, Investigations & IP Protection, Applied Materials
Aaron Schur, Senior Director, Litigation, Yelp

4:50 PM     The New Technology Solutions
Our panel of experts will speak about solutions to manage risk and control costs, specifically as in-house counsel incorporate advanced technologies into their workflow, budgets, and legal team.

Speakers: Robert Brownstone, Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Chair – Electronic Information Management, Fenwick & West LLP
Robert Sturm, VP & AGC Corporate Litigation & Employment, CSAA Insurance
Mateo Sanchez
, Legal Operations Manager, Uber

Moderator: Bob Ambrogi, Legal Technology Author and Communications Director, Catalyst

5:30 PM     Networking Reception


  • Robert Ambrogi, Legal Technology Author and Communications Director, Catalyst

    Robert Ambrogi is a lawyer and legal journalist and director of communications for the e-discovery company Catalyst. He has been writing and speaking about legal technology and the Internet for two decades. He writes the award-winning blog LawSites and is a columnist for Above the Law, the ABA Journal and Law Practice magazine. He cohosts the longest-running legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, as well as the podcast Law Technology Now, both available through the Legal Talk Network. In 2011, Bob was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” He is also a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

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    William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana Maurer School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Legal Evolution

    Bill is a Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches courses on the legal profession, project management, business law, and leadership. His research focuses on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education.  Bill has been published in leading law journals and leading publications for practicing lawyers (The American Lawyer, The ABA Journal, and The National Law Journal) and talent management professionals (NALP Bulletin, PD Quarterly). Bill's observations on the legal market and legal education are also frequently quoted in the mainstream press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, and National Public Radio. Bill's insights earned him and ever-growing list of accolades from the nation's most respected publications: the ABA Journal listed him in its inaugural class of "Legal Rebels"; the National Law Journal included him as one of the100 most influential lawyers in America; and most recently, the National Jurist designated him the most influential person in legal education. Bill speaks to law firms, law schools, and legal organizations all over the country, sharing insights on the future of legal services and the results of his empirical research. Henderson has been a member of Indiana University Maurer School of Law faculty since 2003. In 2010, Bill co-founded Lawyer Metrics, LLC, an applied research company that helps lawyers use data to make better decisions. In 2015, Lawyer Metrics was sold to the Access Group. In 2016, Bill left Lawyer Metrics to found and edit Legal Evolution, an online publication that chronicles successful innovation within the legal industry.

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    Jeffrey McKenna, Senior Attorney, eDiscovery and Privacy, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Jeffrey is a Senior E-Discovery & Privacy Attorney in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He has significant experience advising large organizations on privacy issues related to internal investigations and discovery, including issues related to HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and state specific privacy laws, as well as international data protection and state secrets issues. Jeffrey has advised clients in all stages of discovery and assisted in proactive E-Discovery and data privacy planning. His litigation experience includes civil litigation in state and federal courts, including post-trial motions and appeals of discovery-related privacy issues. Jeffrey’s responsibilities include retaining and supervising outside vendors who will handle sensitive data, including reviewing the terms of their service agreements to ensure compliance with appropriate privacy and security requirements. He has also supervised efforts to enhance data security at discovery vendors and within Orrick itself. Jeffrey is a member of Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (WG1) on Electronic Document Retention and Production and The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 (WG6) on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure.

  • MateoSanchez
    Mateo Sanchez, Legal Operations Manager, Uber

    Mateo joined Uber in 2015 to build out the global legal operations function in partnership with Uber’s General Counsel. Since then he has developed and implemented domestic and global operational strategies, which have reduced costs and increased efficiency. Including: optimizing team structure, resource allocation, vendor costs and knowledge management, as well as metrics and reporting.

    Prior to joining Uber, Mateo spent many years managing various financial functions at firms such as Cornerstone Research, BAL Global, and Carroll Burdick & McDonough.

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    Robert Sturm, VP & AGC Corporate Litigation & Employment, CSAA Insurance

    Rob Sturm is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Corporate Litigation & Employment at CSAA Insurance Group, reporting to the General Counsel. Rob is responsible for leading the Labor & Employment and Corporate Litigation practice groups and the Legal Operations function. Rob manages the Company’s external corporate litigation counsel (covering employment, commercial, securities, subrogation, insurance, class action litigation, etc.) and oversees the Legal Division budget. Prior to joining CSAA Insurance Group, Rob was a shareholder with Littler Mendelson and, thereafter, Assistant General Counsel with JELD-WEN Windows & Doors. Rob is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S., Industrial & Labor Relations) and Boston University School of Law (J.D.).

    Rob resides in Lafayette, California, with his wife Kristina and three children Alden, Grant and Hallie.

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    Robert Brownstone, Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Chair of the Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group, Fenwick & West LLP

    Robert Brownstone is the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Chair of the Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group at Fenwick & West LLP, a 300+ attorney, Silicon-Valley-based law firm specializing in providing comprehensive services to prominent technology and life sciences clients. A hybrid lawyer/technologist, Robert advises clients and colleagues on development and implementation of retention/destruction and "eWorkplace" policies and protocols, electronic discovery, EIM, information-security, data-privacy and social-media risks and rewards. A lawyer for thirty years, he is a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, speaker, writer and press resource on a variety of electronic information topics. Since 2009, Robert has taught Electronic Discovery Law & Process classes at four law schools around the country. He is a member of three state bars and of the National Employment Law Institute Advisory Board.

  • Elizabeth McBride-Photo_177x177
    Elizabeth McBride, Senior Director, Global Litigation & Investigations, Applied Materials, Inc.

    Elizabeth McBride is the Senior Director of Global Litigation & Investigations at Applied Materials, a leading manufacturer of semiconductor and display equipment, services and related software. She currently manages risk and complex litigation across the country and around the world, in addition to overseeing global investigations, intellectual property protection and enforcement strategy, and competitive intelligence matters. She plays a key role in managing corporate-wide programs, policies and training to enhance IP protection, data security, and compliance. She also counsels on issues related to employee mobility, cybersecurity, and supply chain management. In addition, she serves as an advisor to Eclipse Ventures, providing guidance to the investment team and portfolio companies on IP strategy and managing offensive and defensive risk at early stages.

    Prior to joining Applied, Ms. McBride was an IP litigator at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Her practice focused on trade secret, copyright, and patent litigation involving complex technologies in high stakes cases at both the trial and appellate court levels. Ms. McBride spent her early career in public policy, as a research associate at The Urban Institute, where she analyzed and evaluated state and federal justice policy and programming. She also clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, in the Northern District of California. Ms. McBride graduated from Princeton University and earned her J.D. at Stanford University.

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    G. Charles Nierlich, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

    G. Charles “Chip” Nierlich is a litigation partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which was named by The American Lawyer as the winner of its biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition for the third time in 2016.  Mr. Nierlich’s practice focuses on class actions and antitrust litigation.  He frequently represents companies in the technology, media, food and beverage, and automotive industries.

    Mr. Nierlich’s work has been recognized by numerous publications.  He was named one of the “Top Forty Under 40” emerging business leaders (and one of only five lawyers on the list) by the San Francisco Business Times.  Law360 identified Mr. Nierlich as one of five top class action attorneys in the country under 40.  Mr. Nierlich has been recognized for the last five years as a top litigator by Super Lawyers and in Institutional Investor’s Benchmark Litigation Guide.

    Mr. Nierlich served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Morris S. Arnold in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1997 to 1998.  Mr. Nierlich received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997, where he served as president of the student government and Notes Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, from Claremont McKenna College in 1994, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

    Mr. Nierlich serves on the Advisory Board of the Kravis Leadership Institute, an academic research institute focused on the promotion and understanding of responsible, innovative leadership

  • Aaron Schur-Photo_177x177
    Aaron Schur, Senior Director of Legal, Yelp

    Aaron Schur heads litigation at Yelp, which provides websites and mobile applications allowing millions of consumers around the world to share reviews, photos, and other information about local businesses. Prior to joining Yelp in 2010, Mr. Schur practiced law in the San Francisco offices of Bingham McCutchen and Arnold & Porter. Mr. Schur received his BA from the University of California at San Diego, an MA from the Central European University of Budapest, and a JD from the New York University School of Law. In 2015, Mr. Schur received an In-House Impact Award from The Recorder, for his work defending Yelp.


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