2009 In-House Counsel Conference


Please make plans to attend this complimentary educational program developed and presented by Waller Lansden attorneys specifically for members of corporate legal departments and company executives with frontline legal responsibility.

When:     Monday, April 6, 2009

               Registration and continental breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
               Program: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Where:    Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP [Insert Link]
                511 Union Street, Suite 2700
                Nashville, TN 37219

CLE:        This program has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal
                Education and Specialization for three hours of CLE Credit.

RSVP:    To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Aja Hendrix at or 615-850-8899.


Change in the Workplace under Obama: Whether You Believe In It or Not
Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.

President Obama's legislative agenda offers some dramatic changes in the workplace. Some of the most aggressive proposals include legislation that would take away the secret ballot in union elections; significantly modify the statute of limitations for pay discrimination claims; expand WARN layoff notice requirements; remove caps on compensatory and punitive damages awards; ban employment arbitration agreements; and expand nondiscrimination prohibitions for religion and sexual orientation and paid family leave/paid sick leave. We will examine the proposed legislation, consider how it changes employer obligations and, most importantly, discuss what prudent employers should do now to reduce exposure to workplace claims.

The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Corporate Governance
J. Reginald (Reggie) Hill

The current economic crisis has brought to the forefront the issues of corporate responsibility, governance and regulation. In-house counsel are now left to make sense of the challenges facing boards and management. More changes regarding corporate governance may be on the horizon and it is vital that in-house counsel stay abreast of developments and what they mean to their companies. This portion of the seminar will provide practical advice for in-house counsel on how to address these challenges.

Credit Relationships in Difficult Economic Times
Gerald (Jerry) F. Mace

This portion of the seminar will discuss the current state of the lending markets and the legal issues and challenges when your lender's or prospective lender's circumstances and needs may be worse than your own. We will focus on what counsel can anticipate and do when advising clients who are experiencing difficulty in obtaining credit or are dealing with lenders that are themselves facing difficult liquidity positions.

What to Expect and How to Manage Litigation Costs in 2009
Paul S. Davidson

What is the state and direction of business litigation in 2009? With the downturn in the economy, business clients can expect to see a rise in government regulatory enforcement and an increase in disputes in the financial, real estate, contract, securities and intellectual property sectors. This portion of our program will give important suggestions for managing the costs of litigation as well as minimizing exposure and disruption to your business. In particular, we will discuss effective pro-active strategies for use of  mediation and arbitration, alternatives to the billable hour, and reducing the costs of electronic discovery.     

What to Expect from Washington and Nashville in 2009
James M. Weaver

Forewarned is forearmed. This portion of the seminar will discuss what to expect from the new Obama administration and the 111th Congress. We will examine the likely rise of government oversight in the financial services sector as well as the likely significant increase in regulatory enforcement across industry sectors. For those of you from Tennessee we will attempt to make some sense of last 90 days at the State Capital and discuss the increasingly complicated relationship between the House, the Senate and the Governor. Finally, we will give you a look ahead into 2010 and the race to be Tennessee's next Governor. Knowledge of likely future political developments will enable you, as in-house counsel, to advise your clients in proactive ways and to better assess the risks and rewards associated with your business.

Be Prepared - It's Not Just the Boy Scout Motto! Pre-emptive Action to Mitigate Bankruptcy Risks
Katie Grainer Stenberg

Bankruptcy filings are increasing and that trend is not likely to change soon. This portion of the seminar will focus on efforts that attorneys can undertake when crafting agreements, whether they are lending contracts, settlement agreements, or contracts for the provision of goods and services, to protect their client in the case that the other party to the agreement files for bankruptcy protection. Information presented will further focus on the enforceability of "bankruptcy-proofing" provisions commonly found in agreements and effective structures to mitigate the risk of the opposing party's potential bankruptcy.

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