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Corporate Counsel Conference 2013


Corporate Counsel Conference 2013


Thursday, November 14, 2013


10:00 am Registration and Coffee
10:30 am Program
12:35 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Program continues
4:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres


Waller Conference Center
511 Union Street, 27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219
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Due to construction, extremely limited parking is available in the building. Additional parking options may be found here.


10:00 am

Registration and Coffee

10:30 am

John C. Tishler, Chairman, Waller



Trends in the Legal Industry; Law Firm Economics
Michael D. Short, Principal, LawVision Group

The business of law has changed dramatically and continues to do so at an uncomfortable pace for those who are uncomfortable with change and evolution. To complicate matters, the industry is challenged by the demographics of many law partnerships and related succession planning issues. We will have an interactive discussion on how the industry has changed for both law departments and law firms, what these changes mean to the business, and how some firms are using this period of change to their significant advantage to create win-win business models with clients.

11:35 am


Panel Discussion: International and Domestic Operations
Gary A. Garfield Esq., CEO & President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. [MODERATOR]
Renard C. François, Corporate Counsel, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
Paul H. Maple, Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel, CLARCOR Inc.
Steven R. Sedberry, Vice President and General Counsel, VF Imagewear

12:35 pm


1:15 pm


2014 in Nashville and Washington:
What to Expect and Not Expect in the Coming Year
James M. Weaver
, Partner, Waller

2014 will be years six and four respectively for President Obama and Governor Haslam. James Weaver, a partner with over 24 years’ experience in government relations, will review the various predictions he made at last year’s seminar and discuss what the upcoming year may hold for business interests in DC and Nashville.

2:15 pm


Technology Update: Apps, Devices and Tech Tips to Enhance Your Practice
Phillip Hampton & Ben Vincent, Logic Force Consulting

The explosion of tech gadgets and apps for personal and business use has been a boon for busy legal professionals managing the accompanying increase in digital information flooding their offices. Learn about the latest tech devices that can be a strategic asset in your practice. The presenters will also highlight some of the best software apps and programs that attorneys can easily adopt to make their jobs easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. From productivity apps and gadgets to trial presentation software and tech tips, the presenters will cover a broad spectrum of technology that even the non-techie can get excited about.

3:15 pm


3:30 pm


Managing Personnel in the Social Media Age: 
How Employers Can Use Technology to Their Advantage or ....

Stanley E. Graham
, Partner, Waller
Bahar Azhdari, Associate, Waller

The social media boom has fundamentally changed the way people interact with each other. It has also transformed the workplace, not only in hiring and firing, but also with a major impact on how employees go about their workday. While the technological side of social media is developing and maturing at a rapid pace, employers are entering uncharted territory as they attempt to keep up with technology and an equally tech-savvy workforce – actions that can have impactful legal implications. This fast-paced and interactive session will explore ways that today’s employers can use and control workplace social media to improve the bottom line, keep employees happy and engaged, and reduce litigation risk. We will also address the workplace privacy implications of social media and employee monitoring.

4:30 pm

Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres




Application has been made for 5.58 hours of general CLE credit with the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.


Contact Tabitha Loyal at 615.850.8185 or




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