June 28, 2017

San Fransisco

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chief legal officers have a mandate to reduce costs and manage compliance—the department’s success depends on it. Bloomberg Big Law Business and Catalyst invite general counsel, corporate counsel and leaders of corporate legal departments to continue our conversation about strategies for a successful litigation department.

Hear how today’s legal department leaders are moving control of litigation in-house, increasing how actively they manage outside legal counsel and the budget constraints they face.

Gain insights as top leaders discuss:

  • The necessity of developing new and innovative approaches to managing their departments to keep litigation costs low
  • How they prepare their teams, departments and businesses to identify the benefits of technology
  • How to effectively prepare for litigation, from initial investigations to trial.


Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Networking reception to follow.
Location: Bloomberg LP, 3 Pier #101, San Francisco


3:00 pm
3:30 pm

Opening Remarks

3:40 pm Keynote Interview: Today’s General Counsel

Interview with 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. 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?


  • Carol Eoannou, editorial director, Health and Litigation, Bloomberg BNA
4:10 pm Innovating Litigation Management

Hear from leading in-house 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


  • Gareth Evans, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Jeffrey McKenna, Senior Attorney, eDiscovery and Privacy, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Elizabeth McBride, Senior Director, Global Litigation, Investigations & IP Protection, Applied Materials
  • Aaron Schur, Senior Director, Litigation, Yelp
4:50 pm The New Technology 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.


  • Robert Brownstone, Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Chair – Electronic Information Management, Fenwick & West LLP
  • Robert Sturm, VP & AGC Corporate Litigation & Employment, CSAA Insurance


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


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