February 23, 2017


3:00 - 5:30 p.m. CST

Join Big Law Business and Catalyst for Controlling Litigation Costs – Managing Your Legal Department for Success, a complimentary live event focusing on how legal departments can successfully manage costs while staying compliant.

Come together with other general counsel, corporate counsel, and leaders of corporate legal departments and gain insights to more effectively prepare for every step of litigation, from initial investigations to trial.

Hear expert panelists discuss the biggest issues facing legal departments, including:

  • Rising and unpredictable litigation costs
  • Data privacy and security
  • Internal investigations and compliance
  • Increased pressure to settle and the impact on case management

Corporate in-house leaders are invited to register now for this free event and bring greater value to your business, department and team.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST
Networking reception to follow.
Location: University Club of Chicago
Northwestern Room
76 E Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
CLE Credits: Earn up to 2.0 CLE credits.


3:00 pm  
3:30 pm

Opening Remarks

  • Sona Pancholy, Director, Content Strategy, Bloomberg BNA
  • John Tredennick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
3:40 pm Keynote Interview: Today’s GC

Interview with Susan Lees, General Counsel of Allstate Insurance, an innovative general counsel who has effectively evolved her legal department to control costs and increase risk management, by particularly focusing on issues such as cost containment, privacy and security issues surrounding movement of data, and internal investigations and compliance in response to increased government scrutiny. She will discuss how her department uses technology to lower cost while improving transparency and defensibility. As technology and the law continue to rapidly evolve in the digital age, how does today’s general counsel keep pace and ensure execution of the company’s strategy?


  • Susan Lees, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Allstate Insurance

Interviewed by:

  • Gabe Friedman, Editorial Manager, Bloomberg BNA
4:10 pm Making Your Case: Litigation Management
  Hear from leading in-house counsel of public and privately-held companies and outside counsel on where they believe legal departments face the most pressure and how to successfully transform the management of litigation. Where are the current compliance concerns coming from? What costs are increasing? What are the profit expectations they operate under? Our panel will discuss:
  • How increased pressure to settle impacts case management
  • How judicial management of trial impacts trial preparation
  • Rising and unpredictable litigation costs and the impact on the department


  • Matt Miller, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – EMEA, APAC and Global Litigation, Groupon
  • Mollie Nichols, Senior Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Daniel J. Polatsek, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Sharyn Procaccio, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Hunt Companies


  • William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana Maurer School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Legal Evolution
4:50 pm The Technology Verdict: Finding Solutions

Our panel of experts will speak about solutions to manage risk and control costs, specifically as in-house counsel incorporate advanced technologies into their workflow, budgets, and legal team.


  • David Cambria, Global Director of Operations – Law, Compliance and Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Leslie McKnew, Vice President of Litigation, Cisco
  • David L. Stanton, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


  • Bob Ambrogi, Legal Technology Author and Communications Director, Catalyst
5:30 pm Networking Reception
6:30 pm Event Concludes


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