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2018 Corporate Counsel Symposium in Madison

October 30, 2018|Madison, WI


  • Registration: 1 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Program: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Cocktails and networking to follow)


Godfrey & Kahn will again host our annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, a complimentary, informative program addressing some of the most current issues and challenges facing in-house legal departments. Program topics this year include:

  • Ethics: Hidden in plain sight: Ethics pitfalls in everyday practice 
  • Cybersecurity: There’s no escaping privacy: The impact of CCPA, GDPR and other emerging regulatory schemes
  • Intellectual Property: "Under the Troll Bridge and Over the Rainbow" panel discussion of insurance options in the area of IP
  • Political law: Everything’s political: Lobbying, ethics and campaign finance law compliance
  • International Trade: Trade wars: Tactics for surviving Trump’s tariffs

Who should attend

This program is intended for in-house counsel only. Interested in attending but didn’t get our invitation? Email Alison at to be added to our seminar mailing list.


Hidden in plain sight: Ethics pitfalls in everyday practice
presented by Tony Baish and Andy Oettinger
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
This discussion will address everyday situations faced by in-house counsel that implicate rules of professional responsibility which are not always readily apparent. The issues to be discussed include the simultaneous representation of corporate clients and their subsidiaries, conflicts arising from providing legal advice to individuals, attorney-client privilege, and heightened requirements for in-house counsel in communications with third-parties.

There’s no escaping privacy: The impact of CCPA, GDPR and other emerging regulatory schemes
presented by Sarah Sargent and Kathryn Allen

2:30 – 2:55 p.m. 

This presentation will be a review of the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape of data security and privacy. We will cover how the data privacy and security regulatory landscape is changing, where it is headed, and what companies should be doing to respond. The presentation will include the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact thus far on American companies, the recently passed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other upcoming regulations, including possible new laws in Wisconsin. The team will discuss emergent best practices to consider when evaluating a company’s privacy and security standards.

2:55 – 3:10 p.m.

"Under the Troll Bridge and Over the Rainbow" panel discussion of insurance options in the area of IP
presented by Shane Delsman, James Friedman and Ron Osborne (COO & General Counsel – Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp.)

3:10 – 3:40 p.m.

Intellectual property litigation, especially patent litigation, is very expensive, sometimes reaching millions of dollars in just legal costs, let alone the damages if found to infringe. That is one reason why patent lawsuits can easily become “bet the company” cases. But now, intellectual property insurance is becoming more common and more affordable than 
ever before. This presentation will help you understand what coverage you may have for intellectual property claims already, how patent infringement insurance works and what factors a company should consider when deciding whether to obtain patent infringement insurance.

Everything’s political: Lobbying, ethics and campaign finance law compliance

3:40 – 4:05 p.m.

Lobbying, ethics and campaign finance law compliance. Compliance obligations are not exclusive to corporations with sophisticated strategies to influence elections and public policy. Does your company invite public officials to speak to executives or tour facilities? Does it bid on government contracts? Has your company ever recruited a government employee to join its staff? Do employees have access to theater and sports tickets for business development purposes? This presentation will provide examples of when typical corporate activities become political and best practices for compliance programs.

Trade wars: Tactics for surviving Trump’s tariffs 
presented by Wendy Arends

4:05 – 4:30 p.m. 

Join us for an update on the trade wars, including the latest on U.S. tariffs, countermeasures imposed by other countries, and the exclusion request process. We will also review strategies for mitigating your company’s risk, including tariff and supply chain engineering, and other ways to potentially reduce the impact of the trade wars on your business.


Date & Time

October 30, 2018


The Madison Club

5 East Wilson Street

Madison, WI 53703

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