More than 40 lawyers attend Annual In-House Counsel Conference

Issue January 2010 By Evin Luongo

More than 40 attorneys attended the MBA's Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Boston. The theme of this year's conference was "Tools for Effective Legal Management."

Topics including developments on the business litigation session, licensing agreements, data security, enlisting outside counsel, conflicts of interest and bankruptcy headlined the conference held at the MBA Boston office. Conference chairs included Peter D. McDermott, David A. Parke and James C. Donnelly Jr.

Business litigation session judges Judith Fabricant, Stephen E. Neel and Margaret R. Hinkle led a panel discussing developments in the session, including its 2010 pilot project planned to reduce time and resources in the discovery process.

In addition, with new Massachusetts data regulations on the near horizon, data security laws and privacy regulations were of particular interest to conference goers. MBA's Business Law Section Co-Chair Stephen Y. Chow of Burns and Levinson led the panel addressing risk management issues associated with the well-publicized regulations that go into effect March 1.

Rounding out the conference was the bankruptcy panel led by MBA Business Law Co-Chair Robert J. Kerwin of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC and Francis C. Morrissey of Morrissey & Wilson LLC.

Kerwin summarized the daylong event: "We want to get to the issues that are keeping people up at night. I think that Jim Donnelly, Dave Parke and Peter McDermott did a wonderful job at organizing an event that accomplished that goal."

According to conference attendee Kai May, in-house counsel for Osram Sylvania, the event was worthwhile. He noted that as both an in-house counsel and compliance officer, "the topic pertaining to internal investigations, conflicts and fraud was very useful to me. I was able to gain very good, practical knowledge."