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Driving Successful Outcomes From Competition Litigation


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: October 27, 2020
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Agenda

  • Benefits and opportunities involving in cooperating with a competitor as co-defendants in Regulatory, IP, and other litigation matters
  • Role of In-House and Outside Counsel
  • Obstacles in litigating and decision-making
  • Formulating an effective joint agreement with a competitor
  • Pitfalls involved when roles are not established
  • How to handle disagreements
  • Conclusion
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 27, 2020


Description

In times of crisis, people are often said to come together. Collaborating with other companies can put in a much stronger position to ride out the storm. However, businesses must remain cautious and vigilant of partnering with rivals. The Department of Justice has strengthened its focus on the enforcement of antitrust laws during these times and particularly with markets feeling the greatest impact from the economic crisis.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 27th, 2020.

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Panelists

Jennifer Truelove

Principal
McKool Smith

Jennifer Truelove is a Principal in McKool Smith's Marshall office. Jennifer’s trial skills have been sought after and used in a broad range of cases, including litigation involving intellectual property, antitrust, whistleblower, and contract disputes. She has extensive experience in the Eastern District of Texas and has been involved in all aspects of trial, from jury selection to cross-examination of expert witnesses.

Prior to joining McKool Smith, Jennifer was the first assistant district attorney of Harrison County, Texas, where she prosecuted felony cases involving injury and assault of children and represented the Department of Family and Protective Services in cases where children and adults were taken into protective custody. During her seven-year tenure with the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office, Jennifer honed her courtroom skills and became a particularly effective litigator in front of East Texas juries. She is also a trained mediator.

Lizzy McLellan

Senior Editor, Business of Law
ALM Media, LLC

Lizzy McLellan is an editor for ALM who covers the business of law. She started as a reporter for the Legal Intelligencer in 2014, covering the Pennsylvania legal community based in Philadelphia. Lizzy is now part of the business of law team in ALM’s global newsroom. She also works with a team of editors who launched and continues to produce the Mid-Market Report, a weekly newsletter focused on mid-sized law firms.

Jane Duke

Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation and Investigations
Tyson Foods

Jane is responsible for leading a team of attorneys, paralegals, claims professionals, case managers and administrative staff who strategically and efficiently manage the company’s portfolio of domestic and international litigation. At present, this includes managing a robust docket of antitrust cases. Working across the business units, global corporate services and enabling functions, her team endeavors to reduce and manage financial, regulatory and reputational risk arising from threatened or actual litigation. Through oversight of significant investigations, she is responsible for making sure complaints and reports of misconduct are promptly and thoroughly investigated and remediated.

Before joining Tyson Foods, Jane was a partner with the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard, P.L.L.C., where she served as Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. Prior to that role, Jane was employed with the Department of Justice, serving in various capacities within the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Notable roles held during her eleven-year DOJ career include having served nearly 4 years as Acting and Interim United States Attorney and approximately 7 years as First Assistant United States Attorney.

She is tremendously proud to have served a two-year clerkship with Chief United States District Judge Stephen Reasoner upon completing law school in 1996. Jane grew up on a poultry production, beef cattle and row crop farm in Scranton, Arkansas. She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arkansas (1993) and its School of Law three years later. She is married to Tracy and they have three children, Jackson (16) and 13-year-old twins, Lawson and Hudson.

Jessica Mastrogiovanni

General Counsel
Brooks Brothers

Jessica Mastrogiovanni is currently General Counsel of Brooks Brothers. Previously, she served as General Counsel of Saraca Media Group, Assistant General Counsel at New York & Company and has held the titles of Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer at Premier Education Group.

Jessica has experience providing comprehensive legal advice and counsel on a wide range of matters, including: corporate governance, corporate finance, labor and employment, investigations, commercial, technology, and celebrity licensing contracts, international supply chain agreements, e-commerce, insurance and risk management, privacy compliance, marketing, intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and class actions, SEC regulations and filings, and real estate.

During her career, Jessica has served as a member of executive leadership teams and a trusted advisor and confidant and to board of directors and C-level executives. She is an effective leader of highly regarded legal departments.

Monica Wahba, Esq.

Assistant General Counsel, Global Business Solutions
RB

Monica Wahba, Assistant General Counsel, Global Business Solutions for RB. She advises the business and provides strategic guidance on a wide range of legal issues relating to employment law, commercial contracting, E-Commerce, property law, privacy law, insurance, commercial tenancy, and various corporate legal matters.

Monica graduated from The George Washington University Law School.


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