Schedule for 2016 In-House Essential

Agenda | Thursday, October 13, 2016

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                  Welcome & Introduction

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.                Essential Skills for Successful In-House Lawyers
Eric Reeves, General Counsel and Managing Director, Duchossois Capital Management
Earl Barnes, General Counsel, OhioHealth
Chris Meyer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Majestic Steel USA, Inc.
Mark O’Leary, General Counsel, GE Industrial Finance
Moderator: Jolie Havens, Partner and Chair of Health Care Group, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

A panel of general counsel and executives will discuss the evolving role of the in-house lawyer, expectations of in-house counsel and tips for navigating effectively within an organization.

  • Roles and demands of the in-house lawyer
  • Characteristics and skills required for success
  • Learning the business, understanding communication pathways and reporting channels
  • Developing and maintaining important internal relationships
  • Maintaining legal ethics in a business environment
  • Providing and demonstrating value to your organization

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.                

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Legal Jeopardy: Whose Risk Is It?
R. Jason Straight, Senior Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer Cyber Risk Solutions, UnitedLex
Brian Donato, Chief Information Officer, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Every organization has horror stories about people who bypass, ignore, forget or blatantly run roughshod over IT security policies and procedures. While trying to find the right balance between security and employee accessibility, IT sometimes exposes the organization to elevated risk. Before you know it, it’s legal’s problem. This session will test the audience’s knowledge of potential cyber risks and possible solutions to manage each scenario. Key takeaways will include strategies and tactics for mitigating threats from “the Human Element,” improving security without constricting access or employee flexibility and running a tighter ship without negatively impacting the workplace culture or environment.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.                  Lunch | Table Topics

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.                    Group Discussion – Small v. Large Legal Departments

1:45 – 4:15 p.m.                     Principles of Effective Leadership
James D. Thomas, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

This leadership workshop is designed to offer a mix of both conceptual and practical training on the key leadership principles necessary to help you succeed in your role as in-house counsel.  On the conceptual side, the program includes discussion of effective leadership skills, mentoring and career management.  On the practical side, the program covers topics such as difficult conversations, goal setting, managing up and managing oneself.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.                    Networking Reception
Please join the speakers and participants for a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception at Woody’s Tavern courtesy of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP immediately following the program.


Agenda | Friday, October 14, 2016

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                  Roles, Responsibilities & Risks:  General Counsel and the Board

M. Ryan Kirkham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Peoples Bancorp Inc.
Shannon Kuhl, Chief Legal Officer, First Financial Bancorp
Joseph Payne, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
Robert N. Webner, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Moderator: Jeffery Smith, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

General Counsel serve as a key resource for corporate boards; they are trusted advisors called upon to advance their company’s business objectives.  They are also expected to proactively address and remove obstacles that would negatively impact a company’s performance, and must uphold the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior.  This session will examine the relationship of the General Counsel with the Board and discuss the responsibilities and associated risks in detail.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.                  Understanding Implicit Bias and Building an Inclusive Team
Robin Wright, Researcher and Facilitator at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

This interactive session provides an introduction to implicit bias and explores its impact on our work, actions and decisions. Counsel will leave with the motivation, strategies and tools necessary to mitigate the effects of harmful biases within their teams and organizations.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.                   Break

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.                   Lunch | Table Topics

12:45-1:15 p.m.                        Group Discussion – Managing Legal Spend

1:15 – 3:45 p.m.                       Internal Investigations Intensive

  • When the Whistle Blows:  Managing Internal Complaints and Investigations
    Victor Walton, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Increasingly, whistleblowers are raising allegations and lodging claims that can lead to lengthy and potentially expensive investigations.  If not handled properly, a whistleblower can become a serious drain on your company’s time, operations, and resources.  Before embarking on an internal investigation, there are a number of steps and tactics that must be considered.  We will discuss how to identify potential whistleblowers, how to best manage them, and how to determine the appropriate level and nature of investigation necessary to address an internal complaint. 
  • Best Practices During an Investigation
    Justin Roberts, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Jackie Ford,
    Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Mary Menkedick Ionno, Assistant Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Ohio State University
    In this session, counsel will share insights and best practices in dealing with a number of employment-related issues that arise during an investigation. Topics will include: privacy and data concerns; confidentiality admonishments, preserving privilege, and a company’s obligation to its employees, among other issues.


For more on the 2016 Conference see Overview |   Schedule |  Speakers |  Organizers