Date & Time
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*Please note that Roundtable topics are subject to change*
Roundtable 1: Women, Influence & Power in Law
The lack of diversity in legal departments is a long-standing issue, especially considering the lack of women represented in leadership roles. This roundtable will discuss the issue of gender inequality in the legal space, discuss how women lawyers are fighting to drive diversity and equality in corporate legal departments, how women can become leaders within their organizations. 
Heather Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief - Inside Counsel, Corporate Counsel & Texas Lawyer, ALM 
Carrie Adams, Chief of Staff - Bodhala
Roundtable 2: Emerging Tech
Technology is all the rage in the legal world, though many in-house lawyers are stuck muddling through all of the different types of technology available in trying to find the right fit for their teams. From cloud computing to AI, adtech, martech, and more -- this roundtable discussion will provide an overview of some recent transactions in technology, use cases for each, and illustrate how legal teams can utilize these tools to maximize productivity and efficiency.
Michael Butt, Senior Product Manager, FOSSA
Roundtable 3: Litigating Software Implementation Failures
Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning software can be a tremendously expensive, time-consuming and risky undertaking for companies. These software platforms are typically licensed from large software providers and often implemented by large consulting firms. Because ERP implementations are major strategic initiatives that impact most of a company’s operations and consume substantial resources, failures – when they occur – can be particularly damaging. Failed ERP projects have impaired companies’ relations with customers, suppliers, investors and regulators while sapping morale and causing extensive financial losses.  So what are your company's options when your software implementation goes wrong, and what steps can you take to address and mitigate the risks, whether before or after the software “goes live?” In this Roundtable discussion, we will explore the legal issues surrounding ERP software implementation failure and how GCs can be proactive to reduce the inherent risk and manage the potential fallout.
Mark Ressler, Partner, Kasowitz Benson Torres
Roundtable 4: Using Data to Manage State Court Litigation
In this roundtable discussion, learn about the fragmented state court system, along with detailed examples of the cost and availability of state court collection of data, as well as how useful analytics can be built from such data. We'll look at how other in house departments are managing outside litigation and researching opposing counsel at the state court level, as well as how litigation analytics can generally be used to manage spend and achieve better outcomes.
Justin Brownstone, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Gavelytics
Roundtable 5: Experiences with Litigation Finance
There’s a lot of talk that third-party litigation funding is on the rise in civil cases, however most lawyers haven’t yet used it. How does the funding process actually work, and what are the risks involved? This session will discuss the bare bones of litigation funding, as well as the pros and cons for all involved.
Justin Barker, Investment Manager & Legal Counsel, Validity Finance
Roundtable 6: Small Law Department
When running a small legal department, GCs must handle legal issues and act as adviser, compliance officer and staff manager all rolled into one. In this roundtable discussion, speak to the experts who will answer your questions on how to provide value with small budget and staff.
Roger Marks, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, H2O Plus