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Day 2 | Back to the Future: In-house Practice in a Post-pandemic World (2022 Corporate Counsel Section Program)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Pre-suit Disputes: Advising Your Board of Directors

Heather B. Adams, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh (Moderator)
Michael W. Mitchell, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Robert W. Shaw, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

When significant litigation is threatened or on the horizon, boards of directors sometimes struggle with their role. What is their fiduciary responsibility to oversee pre-litigation and litigation strategy? When and how do the attorney-client privilege and work-product protection apply? What are best practices in documenting board oversight and delegation of authority when litigation is threatened? What is in-house counsel's obligation to the board of directors in navigating pre-litigation disputes? The panelists provide an overview of the legal framework, best practices, and issues to watch out for in helping the board of directors and senior management address and resolve disputes when litigation is threatened.

10:00      Break

10:10      Brave New Deals

Kelly C. McKeon, Holland & Knight LLP, Stamford, CT (Moderator)
Lindsay A. Sheehy, Holland & Knight LLP, Stamford, CT
Shandra N. Stout, Collins Aerospace, Charlotte

Whether your company engages in frequent merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions or is considering a transaction for the first time, M&A calls for close teamwork and collaboration with trusted outside counsel to guide a company through the process. This session discusses current trends in M&A, focusing on a typical acquisition by a strategic buyer, and how in-house lawyers and outside counsel can collaborate to guide transactions effectively and smoothly to closing.

11:10      Break

11:20      New World Order at Work

William J. Anthony, Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY
Sidney O. Minter, Advance Auto Parts, Raleigh

Hear in-house and outside counsel discuss implications for employers and the legal department around burgeoning concerns in the workplace, including the transition to remote work and how this impacts everything from career-development concerns to real estate holdings.

12:20      Adjourn


Great Scott, Marty! Is it 2022 already? As in-house lawyers, we're accustomed to managing iterative change driven by our client's strategic plans and innovation goals, but the future of change is disruption, and the in-house practice of law was already in the process of transformation before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the future is here, and corporate attorneys have to be prepared to meet their clients' needs in a brave new world.


  • Heather B. Adams

    Heather B. Adams is Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. She is the head of litigation and responsible for managing the bank's nationwide litigation and providing risk management guidance.

    Heather has 20+ yrs experience handling nationwide litigation, including financial services, antitrust, employment, trade practices, securities, and other disputes – including class actions, multi-district litigation, and governmental investigations.

    Heather earned both her B.A. in English and her J.D. from Duke University.

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  • William J. "Will" Anthony

    William J. "Will" Anthony is a partner at Blank Rome LLP in New York, NY. He focuses his labor and employment practice on class, collective, and multi-party actions, including a broad spectrum of federal and state law wage and hour claims. He has successfully defended against actions alleging misclassification of independent contractors, misclassification of employees,"off the clock" work, failure to properly calculate the regular rate of pay, and similar claims. He also has defended class claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and discrimination statutes. In addition, Will represents organizations in single-plaintiff cases alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and breach of contract.

    Will has litigated cases in over fifteen states and has trial experience in Connecticut, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Montana. His trial experience includes defense of class, collective and single plaintiff actions before juries, judges, and arbitrators.

    Will has extensive experience advising clients on the full range of employment law issues and provides training on management skills, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour laws. He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics in front of a broad range of live and remote audiences.

    Will earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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  • Jennifer M. Ball

    Jennifer M. Ball is Senior Corporate and Commercial Counsel at Grifols in Research Triangle Park. She provides comprehensive legal support to specialty biopharmaceutical products division in the U.S. market. She delivers expertise in drafting, negotiating, reviewing and interpreting contracts with specialty pharmacies, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), integrated health systems, payors, vendors, distributors, and other third parties. She also advises on promotional materials and regulatory concerns, including FDA promotional laws, industry guidance, and general data privacy regulations.

    Jennifer has over 15 years of experience managing complex transactions, leading contracting teams, and providing practical business advice in compliance with global laws and regulations and company policies.

    Jennifer earned his B.S. in Biology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.

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  • Clara R. Cottrell

    Clara R. Cottrell is Senior Counsel, Compliance & Privacy with BASF Corporation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina where she advises on privacy strategy and supports digital projects and initiatives across the company. She also acts as US support on global and regional projects for data privacy and protection issues.

    Clara has been named a 40 Under Forty by The Business Journal, a 2013 Legal Elite Young Guns Best Under 40 and a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star.

    Clara received her B.S. in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and went on to earn her J.D. from Wake Forest University. Clara practiced Intellectual Property Law in private practice and when she joined BASF in July 2013. She moved into her current data privacy role in January 2020. Clara continues to volunteer her time with Wake Forest University School Law and is actively involved in the North Carolina Bar Association, currently serving on the Board of Governors.

    Clara and her family live in Carrboro, North Carolina, from which they base their many RV'ing adventures. Her two favorite perks of working for BASF are the global colleagues she interacts with every day and access to the BASF wine cellar in Germany.

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  • Michael Kraslow

    Michael Kraslow is Vice President, Venture Capital at Mirae Asset Global Investments in New York, NY.

    Michael earned his B.B.A from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and his MBA from Columbia University, Columbia Business School.

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  • Deana A. Labriola

    Deana A. Labriola is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Durham. Deana is an experienced corporate transactional attorney who centers her practice on mergers, acquisitions and debt and equity financing deals. She routinely serves as lead counsel to sellers and buyers in connection with the sale of operating companies to or on behalf of strategic purchasers, private equity investors and management/owner teams. She also assists businesses with corporate governance structuring, development initiatives and expansion opportunities.

    For a number of closely held companies in North Carolina and beyond, Deana serves as outside general counsel. In that role, she is a trusted adviser for the business, guiding owners, management and board members on legal, transactional and governance issues to meet the needs of the enterprise. She is well versed in helping businesses and business owners navigate the wide range of matters where legal and operational considerations intersect, including board alignment, employee incentives, debt and equity transactions and business succession.

    Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Deana served as the Raleigh office's Geographic Team Leader and led the Technology Practice at a North Carolina regional law firm.

    Deana earned her B.A from University of Indianapolis, M.A. from The Catholic University of America and her J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

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  • Erika Levin

    Erika Levin is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in New York, NY. She is a member of the firm's International Arbitration group and focuses her practice on resolving high-stakes commercial disputes with an international component, with an emphasis on Latin America and Asia.

    A former general counsel for a litigation finance company, Erika pairs her legal experience with an investor mindset to provide invaluable perspectives into this burgeoning industry. She understands the needs of clients seeking funding as well as the goals of the companies and investors providing the financing. She serves as a key contact at the firm for individuals seeking such counsel.

    Erika also has extensive experience in cross-border litigation, as well as enforcement and asset recovery. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Erika serves as an arbitrator for many of the leading arbitral institutions.

    Prior to joining Fox, Erika was a partner in the New York office of an international law firm. She previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for an international litigation finance company.

    Erika earned her B.A from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School.

    For more than a decade, Erika has taught courses in international commercial arbitration and fashion law, as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law. She has also taught LL.M. courses in comparative corporate law at the Swiss International Law School and has served as a guest lecturer in international arbitration courses at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of São Paulo and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

    Erika is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.

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  • Lori D. Mahmoud

    Lori D. Mahmoud is Director/Assistant General Counsel at MUFG Union Bank NA in Tempe, AZ.

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  • W. Christopher "Chris" Matton

    W. Christopher "Chris" Matton is General Counsel at Passport in Charlotte. He oversees all legal operations and support the company's efforts to expand its products and services to more cities across North America.

    Prior to joining Passport, Chris had a near eleven-year tenure as General Counsel at Bandwidth, a cloud communications company. In his role at Bandwidth, Matton helped scale the company internationally, and oversaw a successful IPO. Prior to Bandwidth, Matton was a partner at the law firm Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend) where he represented companies in the software, telecommunications and life sciences industries.

    Chris earned his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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  • Christine M. Mazzone

    Christine M. Mazzone is Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Kymera International in Research Triangle Park. She leads legal, compliance and administrative teams for global company undergoing transformational growth. She drafts, negotiates and executes contracts at all stages (NDA, Sales, License, Vendor, Leases, Exclusivity and Non-compete) in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. She establishs and implements systems and procedures to automate contract lifecycle to achieve company goals within OKR framework. She builds legal and compliance infrastructure to mitigate key regulatory and operational risks and encourage continuous improvement, including anti-corruption, data privacy and anti-discrimination. She leads due diligence and negotiation of investor and M&A transactions in cost efficient manner. She set up and launched LTIP program to all employees in company. She coordinates international patent and trademark portfolio. She also serves as the board secretary for board and all committees.

    Christine earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

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  • Kelly C. McKeon

    Kelly C. McKeon is a business attorney and a member of Holland & Knight's Corporate Services Team in Stamford, CT. She regularly represents public and private companies as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, financings and other commercial transactions. She also represents clients in a wide variety of corporate governance and general corporate matters.

    Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Kelly worked at a Connecticut-based law firm. During her tenure there, she represented private and public sector clients in matters involving land use and real estate development, with a focus on the purchase and sale of contaminated property and property remediation.

    Kelly earned her B.A., cum laude, from Muhlenberg Collegeand her J.D., summa cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

    During law school, Kelly was the editor-in-chief of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, treasurer of the International Human Rights Law Society and a member of the school's Academic Honor Code Committee. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

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  • Kristen P. Miller

    Kristen P. Miller is Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer at Global Lending Services LLC in Greenville, SC.

    Kristen spent the first eight years of her legal career in private practice in a large North Carolina-based law firm. As a partner in that firm, she practiced as a litigator and a creditor's rights/ bankruptcy attorney representing both commercial and consumer creditors related to secured and unsecured credit accounts. Kristen focused on the areas of collection, foreclosure, bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring.

    In January 2017, she left private practice and moved to Greenville, SC to join Global Lending Services as the company's General Counsel. In this role, Kristen supports the legal needs of all of the organization's business units. In 2020, Kristen assumed responsibility for the company's Compliance and Quality Assurance functions as well.

    Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees from Miami University in both Political Science and Sociology. She also holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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  • Sidney O. Minter

    Sidney O. Minter is of counsel at Advance Auto Parts in Raleigh.

    Prior to joining Advance, Sidney was an attorney in the Raleigh office of Jackson Lewis PC. During his career, he has exclusively represented management in a wide range of industries. He has litigated matters relating to wage and hour law, workplace safety law, and workers' compensation. His bread-and-butter, however, is handling complex matters arising under Title VII.

    Sidney earned his B.A. in Politial Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.A. in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from High Point University and his J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

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  • Michael W. "Mike" Mitchell

    Michael W. "Mike" Mitchell is an attorney at Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP in Raleigh. Mike is a trial and appellate lawyer with 30 years of experience in state and federal courts. He is co-chair of the firm's Business Litigation team, as well as the Intellectual Property Litigation practice. In Chambers USA, Mike is praised for his "great insight" and for being a "creative thinker, effective at connecting divergent ideas and facts." Sources also note that "his client service is fabulous."

    Mike advises clients on business strategies for resolving complex disputes. He regularly manages complex business litigation. He has tried cases in all three federal districts in North Carolina and in numerous counties across the State. Mike routinely handles cases in the North Carolina Business Court, and cases designated as Exceptional by the Chief Justice. He has handled appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He also has represented clients with cases pending in other states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, Michigan, Washington and South Carolina.

    Mike was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve on the Chief Justice's Rules Advisory Commission, and was reappointed by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and again by Chief Justice Paul Newby. Chief Justice Martin also appointed Mike to serve on the Commission for the Administration of Law and Justice. Mike was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina General Statutes Commission. Mike also serves on the Civil Local Rules Committee of the Eastern District of North Carolina and he has worked to revise the local rules for the Tenth Judicial District for electronic discovery.

    Mike has served as the Vice Chair of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. He has served on a special advisory committee to Governor McCrory to consider changes to the composition of the Education Cabinet in North Carolina.

    He has served in various leadership positions in the North Carolina Bar Association and currently holds several leadership roles in the firm. Mike formerly served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

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  • Robynn E. Moraites

    Robynn E. Moraites is the Executive Director of the NC LAP. She obtained her undergraduate degree in education from Florida State and her law degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. Prior to attending law school, she ran a public health program at the University of Miami where she developed continuing medical education programs for healthcare professionals working in the field of geriatric medicine. Prior to joining the LAP, Robynn practiced law in North Carolina in large firm, small firm, and in-house settings. She has an extensive background and knowledge in helping lawyers in recovery.

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  • Fenita T. Morris-Shepard

    Fenita T. Morris-Shepard is General Counsel at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

    Fenita is a member of both the Texas and North Carolina bars. She served under U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division in the Eastern District of North Carolina for eight years.

    Fenita has held numerous in-house counsel positions including Assistant General Counsel with Wells Fargo NA, and Litigation Counsel at Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). She worked as counsel at Phelps Dunbar LLC, and taught as an adjunct professor at Skema Business School prior to joining North Carolina Central University as interim general counsel.

    Fenita has served on the Boards of the NC Justice Center, as well as the African American Dance Ensemble. In 2010, she opened KoolKidz, a drop-in childcare center in Apex, and became a certified Employment Law Mediator.

    Fenita is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

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  • Vanessa Savino

    Vanessa Savino is Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Legal and Compliance Staff for tZERO Group Inc in New York, NY.

    Vanessa earned her B.S. in Economics from Pace University and her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law.

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  • Jocelyn Fina Shaw

    Jocelyn Fina Shaw, BASF Corporation, Research Triangle Park

  • Robert W. Shaw

    Robert W. Shaw is a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP in Raleigh. He has extensive experience in solving health care and tax challenges important to clients. He regularly handles complex restructuring, M&A work on the buyer side and seller side, Medicare and Medicaid audits, tax planning and controversy, hospital joint ventures, employment agreements, corporate advice and regulatory compliance. He has represented clients in acquisitions, including public company hospitals, private equity firms and regional and national health care providers across the country. Robert has represented clients in tax controversies involving a broad range of issues at federal, state and local levels in multiple jurisdictions.

    Robert's robust health care regulatory practice includes advising clients with respect to Medicare/Medicaid compliance, accountable care organization regulations, heath care antitrust, HIPAA, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law matters around the country. He has advised health care clients with respect to CLIA certification, enrollment and credentialing issues, managed care organization relations, and Affordable Care Act compliance. He has broad experience with regulatory compliance issues faced by ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, physician groups, developmental disabilities providers, home health and hospice providers, substance abuse clinics, mental health providers, skilled nursing companies, and speech therapy agencies.

    Robert earned his B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.

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  • Lindsay A. Sheehy

    Lindsay A. Sheehy is based in Holland & Knight's Connecticut office and counsels public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital financings, restructurings, corporate governance and general corporate matters.

    Lindsay regularly represents Fortune 1000 companies and private equity backed businesses in domestic and cross-border private company acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures throughout the world. She also has extensive experience in capital-raising transactions, general commercial transactions and agreements, and corporate governance.

    Lindsay earned her B.S. from Tufts University and her J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law. During law school at the University of Connecticut, Lindsay was the articles editor of the Connecticut Law Review and president of the Women's Law Student Association.

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  • T. David Singer

    T. David Singer is the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Pyxus International Inc. in Morrisville. He is and experienced in-house counsel and business executive (JD/MBA) with proven results in developing and leading legal, compliance, contracting, and regulatory services for domestic and international companies. Pyxus International is $1.9B publicly-traded international agriculture, trading and consumer products company with operations in 35 countries offering brands, products and services in the leaf tobacco, cannabidiol (CBD), industrial hemp, e-liquids, and the international cannabis industries.

    David has broad experience serving as corporate, litigation and regulatory in-house counsel, with specific expertise in domestic and international commercial transactions, U.S and international food and drug laws, healthcare regulatory compliance, litigation management, M&A, data privacy and security and corporate governance. He also have experience supporting and driving operational initiatives, including sales and marketing restructure, corporate strategy and strategic planning, and organizational management training.

    In his my free time, David works with technology and healthcare start-ups in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S., and is an active angel investor in various NC-based start-ups.

    David earned his B.A. from Gettysburg College, MBA from University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and his J.D., cum laude, from Vermont School of Law.

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  • Shandra N. Stout

    Shandra N. Stout is an Assistant General Counsel, Strategy & Development, with Collins Aerospace (in Charlotte), a Raytheon Technologies company, supporting the Strategy, Development & Communications function. She has experience with all aspects of an M&A transaction from diligence through integration planning and execution. She participates in all aspects of a deal, from sourcing and diligence, through deal negotiations and document drafting (including managing outside counsel) and post-closing integration.

    In 2017-2018, Shandra was the business unit legal lead on the antitrust regulatory approvals and integration planning for the acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies Corporation and in 2019-2020 was the business unit legal lead on the antitrust regulatory approvals for the merger with Raytheon. In 2016, she supported the sale of Heartland Payment Systems to Global Payments.

    At Collins, Shandra also works on central customer support, including negotiating customer agreements and managing issues impacting multiple business units, and supporting the businesses' factoring programs.

    Previously Shandra was an Assistant General Counsel with Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) where she was responsible for M&A activities. She was also the lead counsel for Heartland Commerce, Heartland's point-of-sale division and was responsible for reporting and compliance under Heartland's multiple credit facilities.

    Shandra spent the first seven years of her career at Womble Carlyle, where she had first and second chair roles in drafting and negotiating M&A transactions for a variety of clients, including two years on the Heartland deal team. She worked on domestic and international acquisitions and financing transactions up to and exceeding $1 billion and has extensive experience representing borrowers in complex bank financing transactions.

    Shandra is a Council member in the North Carolina Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Section and a member of the Community Outreach Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel - Charlotte Chapter.

    Shandra earned her B.A. from Colorado State University and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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January 26, 2022
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