ABA Business Law Section to Present Program on Maximizing the Value of Corporate Legal Services

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 15:51

The Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section is presenting a CLE program at the Business Law Section’s Annual Meeting.  The program is co-sponsored by 39 additional Committees of the Business Law Section.  The program is entitled “How to Maximize the Value and Reduce the Cost of Corporate Legal Services” and it is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue, in Boston.

At the program, thirteen General Counsel of major corporations will provide practical advice and strategies. This program is designed to help business lawyers do their jobs better and faster. The program will focus on improving the quality and maximizing the value of legal services for corporate clients. The panelists will engage in a candid discussion about how law firms and in-house counsel can enhance their corporate clients’ bottom line while building strong client relationships. The program will identify significant challenges which delivery of corporate legal services presents and will show business lawyers how to select and implement value maximizing strategies which address those challenges as effectively as possible. The format for the program will be two 60 minute interactive panel discussions in which the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator. This format is intended to encourage a lively give and take among the panelists, the moderator, and the audience.

The Chair of this program is Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York. 

The panelists include the following General Counsel of major corporations: 

-Matthew A. Aufman, Vice President and General Counsel, Welch Foods Inc.

-Robert E. Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch

-Gregory B. Butler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Eversource Energy

-Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation

-Edward J. Faneuil, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Global Partners LP 

-Brad A. Gordon, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Gilbane Building Company

-Charles J. Gray, Vice President and General Counsel, Teradyne, Inc.

-An-Ping Hsieh, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hubbell Incorporated

-Jonathan I. Mishara, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, FM Global 

-Thomas M. Moriarty, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CVS Health Corporation

-Mark D. Nielsen, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Frontier Communications Corporation

-Joseph A. Santos, Vice President and General Counsel, Pratt & Whitney

-Margaret K. Seif, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Analog Devices, Inc.

The first session of this program is on “Managing and Controlling Cost.” This session will focus on how in-house and outside counsel can assist their corporate client in managing and staffing legal matters cost-effectively. Topics will include pricing trends within the legal profession that have been adopted by in-house and outside counsel, such as alternative fee arrangements, preferred firm/value-based billing arrangements, and realistic budgeting. Other topics will include staffing, bundling and unbundling of professional services and expenses, planning, use of technology, quality management, and benchmarking and evaluation of law firm performance.

The second session of this program is on “Minimizing Risk, Liability, and Harm.”  This session will focus on how in-house and outside counsel can assist their corporate client in minimizing financial liability, regulatory risk, and reputational harm arising from legal matters. Topics will include litigation avoidance and prevention, improving litigation results, minimizing damages and exposure to other remedies, settlement and ADR strategies, dealing with regulators and law enforcement entities, controlling litigation’s disruption of a corporation’s regular business activities, compliance issues, crisis management, and media relations.