Chicago Legal Education Conference | July 21, 2016

Introduction

Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers presented a full day of stimulating and timely legal education on Thursday, July 21. The carefully selected offerings featured programs exploring cutting edge legal issues, spanning areas such as employment, construction, environmental and toxic tort, insurance, and ethics presentations on implied bias and ethical constraints in negotiations. The conference kicked off with a continental breakfast, included lunch with keynote speakers, and concluded with a cocktail reception.

 

The programs offered CLE credits for Illinois, New York and California, and CE credits for Illinois, New York, California, Florida, Texas, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Keynote Speaker

Arin ReevesPresident, Nextions LLC

Arin Reeves

A leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Arin studied business at DePaul University’s College of Commerce, attended law school at University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Read More


Mercedes ColwinPartner, GRSM and Fox News commentator

Mercedes Colwin

Mercedes Colwin is the Managing Partner of Gordon & Rees’s New York office. She handles a wide variety of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, professional liability, wage and hour class actions, civil rights violations and criminal law. Read More


Luncheon Program

How you perceive others in a certain situation impacts your ultimate decision, but how can you control—or recognize—your perception when judgment is made without even thinking about it? Just as it exists in and impacts our everyday lives and interactions, implicit bias is also prevalent in the legal world, and the ethics and reasoning of final decisions are affected. Arin Reeves and Mercedes Colwin will discuss unconscious bias as it exists in litigation and the effect it has in the media, and the ethical implications that attorneys and claims handlers face in processing and/or dismissing such biases.

Complimentary

The full day of programs, lunch and cocktail reception is offered at no charge to our valued clients and guests.

Contact

Heather Shearer

hshearer@gordonrees.com

Joelle Underwood
junderwood@gordonrees.com


619.230.7704

DATE / TIME
Thursday, July 21, 2016

LOCATION
Metropolitan Club
233 South Wacker Drive
Willis Tower, 67th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606



Speakers

Arin ReevesPresident, Nextions LLC

Arin Reeves

A leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Arin studied business at DePaul University’s College of Commerce, attended law school at University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Read More


Mercedes ColwinPartner, GRSM and Fox News commentator

Mercedes Colwin

Mercedes Colwin is the Managing Partner of Gordon & Rees’s New York office. She handles a wide variety of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, professional liability, wage and hour class actions, civil rights violations and criminal law. Read More


Conference Program

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Savvy litigants and counsel recognize that an effective risk transfer strategy can shift hard costs and potential liability and serve to maximize opportunities to resolve disputes on favorable terms.  Our panel will discuss how to recognize and pursue potential indemnity and contribution claims, providing guidance as to the most efficient ways to transfer risks. The panel will discuss:

  • Navigating anti-indemnity statutes and adverse case law;
  • Limiting employer derived claims and liens; and
  • Effective prosecution of potential claims amongst co-defendants and third-parties.

Speakers:    
Guy Hollingsworth / Specialty Claims Consultant, The Hanover Insurance Group
Thomas Cronin / Partner, GRSM
Keith Cramer / Partner, GRSM
Amy Darby / Partner, GRSM
Michael Welbel / Risk Strategies

10:05 AM - 11:05 AM

Ethical rules and codes govern the conduct of lawyers and need to be followed to maintain professionalism and public trust in the adversarial legal system.   However, the rules are not always defined in every situation.  Indeed, while ethical rules implicitly recognize the vagaries of settlement negotiations, our panel will discuss the line between actionable misrepresentation and puffery, exploring:

  • The ethics rules governing the negotiation and mediation process
  • When a misrepresentation rises to the level of actionable misrepresentation
  • Remedies and sanctions against deceitful conduct during settlement negotiations

Speakers:
Hon. Dennis J. Burke, (Ret.) / ADR Systems
Renee Zelinski / Senior Claims Analyst, Allied World Assurance Company
Gawain Charlton-Perrin / Risk Manager, Hanover
James Hiller / Partner, GRSM
Joseph W. Balesteri / Partner, Powers Rogers & Smith

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Organizations of all sizes, across all regions and in all business sectors, face an evolving risk from cyber criminals.  Cyber schemes often do not rely upon sophisticated software or hacking technology, but instead exploit human emotions to bypass iron-clad security measures. Because employees are often the weakest link in the security chain, employment training practices have become the key to defeating cyber predators.  Our panel will explore:

  • The psychology of social engineering and why such schemes succeed without sophisticated technology
  • Developing the corporate culture necessary to defeat cyber criminals
  • Successful techniques to train employees and addressing employees who deviate from security protocols

Speakers:
Christopher Arehart / Global Product Manager, Chubb Insurance
Tim Burke / Director of Cyber Risk, IMA, Inc.
Christopher Kahler / Partner, GRSM

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Repeated exposure to attitudes or stereotypes impacts our subconscious processing of information and later impacts our behavior, judgments, and decisions. These associations are developed over the course of a lifetime through exposure to direct and indirect messages. Bestselling author Arin Reeves and Fox News commentator Mercedes Colwin will explore implicit bias, its proliferation through the media, its impact on litigation and strategies to reduce its influence.

Speakers:
Arin Reeves / President, Nextions LLC 
Mercedes Colwin / Partner, GRSM and Fox News commentator
 

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Can Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter posts of an employee be attributed to the company? Is social media subject to discovery? What ethical pitfalls exist when using social media for research? These and other related social media questions permeate civil litigation regardless of the practice area. But being able to spot these ethical issues will ensure claims representatives, and the lawyers with whom they work, are properly equipped to confidently navigate the uncertainties presented by new forms of digital evidence. This ethics program will educate insurance claims professionals handling claims in multiple jurisdictions as to the ethical rules and caselaw related to the use of social media, both personally and as a tool in litigation. Topics will include:

  • Whether Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter posts of an employee can be attributed to an employee’s company
  • Publicity, YouTube and depositions
  • Social media’s role in settlement negotiations and mediations

Speakers:
Hon. Michael J. Hogan (Ret.) / ADR Systems
Ryan Brown / Partner, GRSM

3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

Every claims professional strives to handle claims in a professional, competent, and error-free manner. Despite those good intentions, mistakes sometimes happen that can become amplified in the context of a bad faith claim. The successful defense of a bad faith claim requires strategies for identifying and dealing with these imperfect claims and minimizing the negative impact they may otherwise have. Our speakers will educate insurance claims professionals on the process of analyzing bad faith claims and the methodology used to successfully defend them in court.

Speakers:
Peter Daniels / Vice President-Claims, Swiss Re
Alex Mahler / Partner, GRSM (Moderator)
Regina Ripley / Partner, GRSM
Michelle Bernard / Partner, GRSM

Our panelists will discuss their top five rules to avoid employer liability, including those that have ethical rules and implications. Additionally, they will address new litigation trends identified in the area of employment law and provide insightful advice on how to develop best practices to avoid liability so that well-informed employment decisions can be made to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation.  Our panelists will also discuss the ethics rules governing the negotiation and mediation process.

The program will cover:

  • Fair/Equal Pay Laws
  • Wage & Hour Issues and new overtime rules taking effect in December 2016
  • Misclassification of employees as independent contractors

Speakers:
Laura Zaroski / Claims Manager, Socius Insurance
Laura De Santos / Partner, GRSM (Moderator)
Chad Shultz / Partner, GRSM
Leslie Eason / Partner, GRSM

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by Risk Strategies

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