June 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
The New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

Presenting the First Annual

In The House Exchange

Rock The House: In-House Counsel Emerge As Legal Industry’s New Stars

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
The New York Athletic Club
New York, New York

8:00-9:00         Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:20         Welcome Remarks

In The House… Helping In-House Counsel Take Their Rightful Place As The Leaders of the $1 Trillion Global Legal Services Industry.

chris-colvinChristopher A. Colvin,
Founder and CEO, In The House




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9:20-10:15       23,000 Strong and Growing…Who We Are, Where We Are and Where We Want to Go

This will be the first public discussion of the In The House state of the in-house community survey. We will explore together what the survey disclosed about the work of in-house lawyers, their job satisfaction, ambition, and the changing nature of their roles.

aric-pressAric Press,
Co-Founder of Bernero Press LLC
Formerly, Editor in Chief, The American Lawyer




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10:15-11:30       In-House Innovations: Leveraging Procurement Techniques to Maximize Outside Counsel Value and Performance
  • What are the elements of an effective legal purchasing strategy?
  • How to use process, data, and technology tools to buy legal services more effectively
  • What is the relationship between legal value and performance?
  • How can strategic thinking about workflow drive better outcomes?
Introduction by:
Eric M. ElfmanEric M. Elfman,
CEO and Co-Founder, Onit





Brian McGovernBrian McGovern,
Senior Vice President of Process and Information & Legal Chief Data Officer,
AIG Legal Operations Center, American International Group, Inc.





David-GlogoffDavid Glogoff,
General Counsel, Aimia Inc.




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11:30-11:45     Mid-Morning Break

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11:45-1:00     Power Play: How These In-House Power Players Made the Ultimate Leap to the Business Side
  • Deciding to pursue and identifying career opportunities outside of the legal department
  • Honing the skills you will need to be considered
  • Striving for excellence with in the legal department
  • Offering insightful input to the business units
  • How to broach the transition
  • The role of mentors
  • Be prepared for tomorrow today through educational and networking pursuits


Kathryn E. Schneidere

Kathryn E. Schneider,
Deputy General Counsel, Medidata Solutions, Inc.





David Lange,
Group Vice President, Content Acquisition, Time Warner Cable, Inc




Laura Merten

Laura Merten, JD, CCEP
Chief Privacy Officer, Advocate Health Care





Greg V. Vaisberg,
Senior Director, Corporate Development, Oracle




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1:00-2:15          Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions

Tables of 8 to 10 with a discussion leader on various subjects. Delegates may select tables based on their area of interest. At the end of the luncheon each tale will share highlights with the entire group.

Hosts Include:

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Topic:Enterprise Legal Management
Speaker: Eric M. Elfman, CEO and Co-Founder, Onit

Eric M. Elfman


Topic: Claim Settlement Negotiations with Insurers – Key Best Practices
Speaker: James F. Dorion, Chief Claim Officer – US Casualty & Special Lines
Complex Liability & Risk Services | Global Practice Leader  

James F. Dorian


Topic: TBA
Speaker: Lawrence Elbaum, Counsel, Commercial & Business Litigation, Vinson & Elkins  

Guidepost Solutions

Topic: Compliance Issues in the Workplace during Political Campaigns
Talking Points:

  • Including policies in your compliance plan to address employees’ political activities such as “pay-to-play”
  • Expressing political views: the do’s and don’ts of talking politics in the office
  • Political campaign displays in the workplace (posters, buttons, etc.)
  • Hosting political fundraisers
  • Employees’ political activities outside the workplace
Speaker: Donna A. Bucella,
President of Compliance, Guidepost Solutions  

Donna A. Bucella


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2:15-3:15          Enterprise Risk Management: A Crucial Compliance, Governance and Strategic Planning Tool for the Corporate Legal Department
  • Let’s begin at the beginning
    • Do you have an ERM plan in place?
    • Who leads the charge?
    • How often is the plan updated?
  • Assessing and quantifying ERM data
  • Building and effectively managing your risk portfolio
  • ERM and Litigations – ties that bind
  • Creating a team of risk talent to continually monitor risk exposures and their related impacts on your company’s operations
  • Turning risks in to rewards – identifying opportunities for improvement



Paul L. Walker, Ph.D., CPA
James J. Schiro / Zurich Chair in Enterprise Risk Management
Executive Director, Center for Excellence in ERM
St. John’s University




Arya Yarpezeshkan

Arya Yarpezeshkan,
Group Chief Risk Officer
The Navigators Group, Inc.




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3:14-4:15        Rock Star Ready: Making YOUR Mark
  • The survey says – breaking it down to understand where you are in your career and where you want to be
  • Realizing your goals
  • Skills, skills and skills
  • Practical aspects of building your career
  • Mentors and coaches

Rachel Barnett

Rachel Barnett,
General Counsel, Travelzoo
Lecturer in Law – Columbia Law School





Kevin Andrew Clunis,
VP of Legal and Global Compliance at Ross Stores, Inc.




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4:15- 5:30        Keynote Closing:

Legal Delivery: It’s A New Ballgame – A Look at Where We Are and Where We Are Headed.

Mark A. Cohen, Esq.

Mark A. Cohen,
Founder & CEO Legal Mosaic
Columnist, Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business
Featured Contributor,  BizCatalyst360
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center




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5:30          Networking Cocktail Reception


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Platinum Sponsors

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Premier Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsor


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Roundtable Hosts:




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New York Athletic Club Dress Code

Please be advised that the New York Athletic Club has a Dress Code, which is in effect at all times. 

Gentlemen: A collared shirt (tucked in), with slacks and dress shoes are permitted. A jacket is required in the Main Dining Room. In other areas of the Club, a jacket and tie are not mandatory but always appropriate. Jeans and T-shirts are never permitted. Sneakers, shorts and athletic attire are only permitted in athletic areas.

Ladies: Clothing comparable to the gentlemen’s standard is appropriate, such as tailored suits, trousers, dresses and skirts with a blouse or sweater.  Jeans, corduroy, shorts, capris, denim, sneakers, flip flops and other casual attire are not permitted.



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