About the Workshop

The workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of the evolving role of the general counsel team within the business landscape. Participants will engage in insightful discussions on how general counsel teams align legal strategies with business objectives, trends in identifying, assessing, and mitigating business risks, and strategies and best practices for efficient budget management, ensuring that legal departments contribute to the company's financial health while maintaining effective legal oversight.


Monday, January 29, 2024  | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM |  

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Emerging Trends Discussion

In the ever-evolving corporate world, General Counsels (GCs) are at the helm, steering their organizations through legal mazes and unprecedented challenges. This concise, 15-minute session provides a laser-focused overview of the most pressing trends and shifts that these legal leaders are grappling with today. From the expanding role of GCs as strategic business advisors and the growing emphasis on ESG issues, to the mounting complexities of global regulations and the digital transformation's legal ramifications—gain a snapshot of what's shaping the forefront of legal leadership in the world's largest corporations.

Kris Satkunas - Lexisnexis Counsellink
Heather Nevitt - ALM
Dan Ruderman - LexisNexis

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM | The General Counsel as a Strategic Business Partner

In today's rapidly evolving corporate landscape, the symbiotic relationship between legal teams and business units has never been more critical. In this panel, GCs will share proven techniques to strengthen relationships with business units and the C-suite.  The panel will provide examples of responsiveness and resiliency to changing business needs. The discussion will demonstrate the importance of transparency between legal and the business and provide practical tips.


Kim Pryor - JBS USA
Ian McDougall - LexisNexis
Kevin Fumai - Oracle America, Inc.
Stephen Harrington - FLSmidth Inc.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM | General Counsel Workshop Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Controlling the Legal Department Budget

Amidst an intricate corporate landscape, legal departments are often perceived as cost centers, grappling with the dueling challenges of expected and unforeseen legal contingencies. Yet, the notion that these departments require an unchecked flow of financial resources is far from reality. Many leaders have proven that there are multiple ways to control costs. In this discussion, GCs will discuss the cost management techniques that have resulted in cost savings and/or cost predictability for their departments.


Andrea Corona - Zurich North America
Ian McDougall - LexisNexis
Kim Pryor - JBS USA
Ellen Hudock - GSK

Workshop supported by: CounselLink, a LexisNexis company