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Avoiding the Litigation Vortex: Effectively Managing Risk for Not So Simple Cases


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: October 12, 2017
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Agenda

  • Notice of Claim or Incident
  • Investigate
  • Communication
  • Law & motion
  • Settlement v. Trial
  • Evaluation
  • Damages
  • Economics
  • Strategies
Runtime: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Recorded: October 12th, 2017

Description

More often than expected, amidst the more plain vanilla lawsuits and regulatory investigations familiar to in-house counsel, a seemingly simple case can transform into a complex situation. In such an instance, the skill and endurance of the in-house counsel is tested.

During this session, our panel experts will discuss how to recognize signs of complex cases, the critical task of reducing overall risk and the development and application of appropriate resource allocation and cost management strategies.

This program was recorded on October 12th, 2017.

Provided By

Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference

Panelists

Rachel Lubert

Assistant General Counsel
JDC

Rachel Lubert is the Assistant General Counsel of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the largest global Jewish nonprofit. Active today in some 70 countries, JDC works to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. JDC’s reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.

Rachel provides legal counsel to support JDC’s programming in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and provides governance support to JDC’s New York headquarters and Board of Directors. Rachel also handles employment matters for U.S. based employees and sets global organizational policy.

Before going in house, Rachel worked as an Associate in the litigation department of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman for 8 years where she focused on complex commercial litigation.

Rachel holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland in Journalism and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law.

Cara Ciuffani

Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel
sbe Entertainment (f/k/a Morgans Hotel Group Co.)

Cara serves as Vice President and Senior Counsel at SBE. SBE is a global lifestyle and hospitality company that owns, develops, manages and/or operates hotels, nightclubs and restaurants including hotel brands SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Redbury and restaurants brands that include Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by Jos? Andr?s, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz, and Umami Burger. SBE’s primary markets are New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and London.

At SBE Cara is responsible for providing solutions-oriented advice as well as overseeing and managing a wide variety of legal work including corporate transactions, cybersecurity and data privacy, litigation, commercial agreements, employee and independent contractor matters, trademark and intellectual property protection and enforcement, corporate policies, and regulatory compliance.

Cara’s experience in the hospitality industry began in 2015 when she joined the legal department of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (“Morgans”) a publically traded boutique hospitality company. In November 2016, Morgans was acquired by SBE.

Prior to joining Morgans, Cara was as Senior Counsel at Success Academy Charter Schools one of the largest charter school management companies in New York.

Before going in-house, Cara spent over 11 years as a complex commercial litigation associate with Kasowitz Benson & Torres LLP.

Cara holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from American University.

Susan F. Duarte

Senior Counsel
Sprint Corporation

Susan F. Duarte is Director and Senior Counsel for Sprint Corporation for Sprint Corporation, a publicly-traded company and one of the largest communications services company in the United States. In this position, Susan is responsible for a variety of legal, compliance and regulatory issues and also handles complex litigation and investigations. Specifically, Susan provides strategic counsel in the areas of consumer finance, marketing, contracts, consumer protection, payment products, credit and collections, and wireless telecommunications matters. In addition, Susan manages large government investigations and complex commercial litigation. Susan has successfully negotiated settlements with a variety of federal and state entities for her corporate client including recently resolving a global settlement with the CFPB, FCC and all State Attorneys General.

Prior to joining Sprint, Susan was in private practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, where she represented clients on regulatory matters, with a focus on wireless, telemarketing, privacy and cable matters. Susan advocated before regulators, including the FCC, FTC, and NTIA and worked on complex litigation before federal and state courts.

Susan received a B.A from Boston College and graduated from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America with a Certificate from the Law and Technology Institute. Susan now serves on the Board of the Law and Technology Institute at the Columbus School of Law while also volunteering her time with several community organizations.

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