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Partnering For a Good, KIND Cause

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Adriana Dulic is vice president of regulatory affairs at Epoch Payment Solutions in Santa Monica, Calif., and chair of ACC Southern California pro bono committee. She can be reached at adulic@epoch.com. As an immigrant from a war-torn country that has come full circle from being a student on a student visa to becoming… Continue Reading

Random Acts of KINDness

Posted in Litigation Shorts, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest blogger: Jeri P. Wechsler is general counsel at ZeoGas, LLC in Houston, TX. She can be reached at jwechsler@zeogas.com. My recent experience representing two refugee children, a brother and sister fleeing Guatemala, has given me a constructive outlet for my passion for helping refugees, and the confidence to speak for voiceless children. I can’t right all… Continue Reading

Spotlight a Member: Mary Jo Schrade on Her Meaningful Pro Bono Experience

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Guest blogger: Mary Jo Schrade is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. Representing children who came into the United States without their parents through Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) has been the most meaningful, fulfilling pro bono experience I have ever had. I became involved when Microsoft Corporation, my employer and a co-founder of… Continue Reading

A Pro Bono Counsel’s Reflection on Representing Clients of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted in Litigation Shorts, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest blogger: Jennifer E. Constantinou is Vice President – Litigation & Government Relations at Wyndham Hotel Group. She can be reached at Jennifer.Constantinou@wyn.com. In August 2011, a pro bono coordinator for Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) came to Wyndham Worldwide’s campus in Parsippany, New Jersey and gave a presentation on the surge of children… Continue Reading

ACC Litigation Committee Teams Up With Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

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Guest blogger: Coleman T. Lechner is Senior Counsel – Litigation at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Coleman is also the secretary and the pro bono chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at Coleman.Lechner@wyn.com. The ACC Litigation Committee is pleased to announce a pro bono collaboration with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a… Continue Reading

Winning On and Off the Job: Q&A With James Denniston, Senior Counsel With The New York Mets

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Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. The ACC Litigation Committee recently sat down with James Denniston, senior counsel with the New York Mets to discuss his career path into Major… Continue Reading

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. Shares Thoughts on His New Book, “The Inside Counsel Revolution”

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Guest bloggers: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. Justin Connor is senior counsel and director of chief legal officer services at ACC. He can be reached at j.connor@acc.com. Over the past 25… Continue Reading

The DuPont Legal Model: A Playbook for Success

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Guest bloggers: Jennifer Mailander is associate general counsel at Corporation Service Company, and is the former chair of ACC’s Litigation Committee. She can be reached at jennifer.mailander@cscglobal.com. Tom Sager is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and former general counsel at DuPont. He can be reached at sagert@ballardspahr.com. DuPont has worked with dozens of law… Continue Reading

Daubert Diminished

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. In Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993), the Supreme Court made clear that judges were to be gatekeepers to keep junk… Continue Reading

Maryland Clarifies the Applicability of Boland’s Heightened Standard in Oliveira v. Sugarman

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Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. In a 2011 opinion, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that while the substantive conclusions of a Special Litigation Committee (SLC) were entitled to… Continue Reading

Lessons Learned from Chevron vs. Donziger

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Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. Acclaimed author and speaker Michael D. Goldhaber provided an update to the ACC Litigation Committee on February 9 of the case Chevron vs. Donziger,… Continue Reading

Financial Incentive for Arbitrators to Make Timely Decisions

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Guest blogger: Theresa A. Coetzee is vice president & assistant general counsel at Marriott International, Inc. She is also a publication chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. She can be reached at theresa.coetzee@marriott.com. In January, I wrote a blog post about resolutions, highlighting US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s request that we heed… Continue Reading

New Year, New Resolutions — Engineering a Change in Our Legal Culture

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Guest blogger: Theresa A. Coetzee is vice president & assistant general counsel at Marriott International, Inc. She is also a publication chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. She can be reached at theresa.coetzee@marriott.com. As we embark on 2016, it feels like a year that is both marred by chaos and hostility (e.g., terrorism and the… Continue Reading

Where Were the Lawyers?

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. I just saw “The Big Short.” It was a good explanation of the mortgage meltdown and reasonably enjoyable as a movie. But it raised… Continue Reading

Foodservice Companies Must Beware and Carefully Review Content Under SmartLabel™ Disclosures

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Guest bloggers: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. Ashlee M. Knuckey is an associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP in Chicago, and represents a number of foodservice companies. She can be reached… Continue Reading

Jury Consultants – Are They Worth It?

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. Before I moved in-house, I was a trial lawyer for over 30 years. For all that time, I was very skeptical of jury consultants…. Continue Reading

Law Firm Cybersecurity

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. Cybersecurity as an issue is now pervasive in the general media and in legal publications. Most of the time, the focus is on corporate… Continue Reading

Combining Professional Career and Personal Passions: Q&A With Sam Shapiro of Vail Resorts Management Company

Posted in Career, Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. The ACC Litigation Committee recently caught up with Sam Shapiro, Litigation Counsel with Vail Resorts Management Company, to discuss his career path in-house, recent… Continue Reading

Document Discovery and Data Privacy Laws

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. Courts in the United States permit very broad discovery. Although there has been some movement toward restricting that discovery — especially for electronic discovery… Continue Reading

Enforcing Your Company’s Brand Takes Center Stage at ACC Baltimore and Maryland State Bar Association Joint Program

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Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. ACC Baltimore and the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Business Law Section combined forces with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of… Continue Reading

Don’t Sleep on Your Company’s Constitutional Rights

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Guest blogger: Michelle Sherman is senior corporate counsel at Farmers Insurance, and is also an adjunct professor at University of Southern California. Michelle is a frequent writer and speaker on social media and Internet legal issues, and is in the process of finalizing a book for NITA on the use of social media in litigation… Continue Reading

“Meet and Confer” — A Pernicious Practice?

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. One increasingly prevalent practice in federal court is a “meet and confer” requirement. Essentially, counsel cannot file anything with the court until meeting with… Continue Reading

What Role Do In-House Counsel Have in Editing Briefs?

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Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com. As someone who has practiced for more than 30 years, I have a hard time reading anything without (metaphorically) picking up a blue pencil…. Continue Reading

Looking Back on Highlights From #ACCAM15

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Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paul@zurichna.com. The ACC Annual Meeting is always a great and very beneficial experience for in-house counsel. In fact, last month’s meeting in Boston was the… Continue Reading