ABA Business Law Section to Present Program on Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Corporate Legal Services


Friday, September 15, 2017


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 29 additional Committees of the Business Law Section.  The program is entitled “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Corporate Legal Services” and it is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Chicago.

At the program, twelve 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 in-house counsel and law firms can build strong client relationships while enhancing their corporate clients’ bottom line.  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:  Douglas C. Barnard, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CF Industries Holdings, Inc.; Suzanne S. Bettman, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, LSC Communications, Inc.; Robert E. Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch; Jodi J. Caro, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Ulta Beauty, Inc.; Kathleen M. Cronin, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CME Group Inc.; Angelique A. David, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, The Ziegler Companies, Inc.; Mark S. Hacker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Carrie J. Hightman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource Inc.; Paul M. Liebenson, General Counsel, ArcelorMittal USA LLC; Kenton R. Rose, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary, Beam Suntory Inc.; Mark Sproat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Follett Corporation; and Kimberly P. Taylor, Vice President and General Counsel, The University of Chicago.

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 staffing and managing 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 planning, staffing, bundling and unbundling of professional services and expenses, 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 regulatory risk, financial liability, and reputational harm arising from legal matters.  Topics will include compliance issues, dealing with regulatory and law enforcement entities, litigation prevention and avoidance, improving litigation results, minimizing damages and exposure to other remedies, ADR and settlement strategies, controlling litigation’s disruption of a corporation’s regular business activities, crisis management, and media relations.


United States


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM