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Driving the Next Generation: Legal Update on Self-Driving Cars

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: November 17, 2017
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Key Concepts
  • State of Play: Federal Legislation
  • Safety and Liabilities Issues with AV's (Autonomous Vehicles)
  • Insurance and Risk-Sharing
  • State Regulation
  • Battery Power Options
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: November 17, 2017


Detroit is convinced that self-driving cars will be its future, and technology analysts seem to agree. This program will get you up to speed on the current outlook of U.S. state and federal law, the challenges that car manufacturers and software companies face, and where things are likely to go.

Experts in the field will provide a clear road map and answer your questions in order to help you and your clients understand the coming revolution.

This program was recorded on November 17th, 2017.

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Alexander Bok

Corporate Counsel, Government Affairs & Business Development
Cadenza Innovation Inc.

An attorney, business development/government affairs executive, and entrepreneur, Alex has broad experience and extensive networks in the energy, technology, public affairs and legal communities with a strong interest and expertise in energy storage. Alex graduated A.B. cum laude in Government from Harvard College.

He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

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Gale A. Townsley

Senior Counsel
Severson & Werson

Gale A. Townsley is Senior Counsel in Severson & Werson’s Insurance Law group. She joined the firm in 1998 with over a decade of experience in the fields of insurance coverage and professional liability.

At Severson, Ms. Townsley serves as monitoring counsel in professional liability matters: negotiating pre-litigation settlements, handling claims, supervising outside coverage and litigation counsel, and counseling insureds on loss prevention, risk management, professional responsibility and ethics. Ms. Townsley also advises insurers regarding coverage, product development, and policy drafting. As monitoring and coverage counsel to domestic, London, Zurich, and other international carriers, she handles mediation, arbitration and settlement negotiations for these carriers. Ms. Townsley also leads the insurance group’s expansion of coverage and monitoring services to clients developing technology, privacy, and cyber security products and programs.

Ms. Townsley is a frequent speaker on the topics of Driverless Automobile, Drone, and Cyber Insurance, with special emphasis on the role of the London and European reinsurance and excess insurance markets in providing insurance for emerging risks.

Ms. Townsley is active in a number of professional and community organizations, including the American Bar Association, Science & Technology Section, Member–Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Committee, Information Security Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco (serving on fee arbitration panels), and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. She is a member and Past President of the San Francisco Choral Society, and currently serves as co- chair of the New Music Committee.

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Stephen S. Wu

Of Counsel
Silicon Valley Law Group

Stephen Wu is Of Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group. He advises clients on information governance matters, focusing on information security, privacy, mobile computing, ediscovery preparedness, records management, and computer-related investigations. He reviews and writes sophisticated information security policies for large enterprises, and assists in data security regulatory compliance, incident response, breach notifications, and establishing secure electronic commerce systems. He drafts privacy policies for clients, including ones for U.S. companies with European and Asian operations. Steve assists clients in managing enterprise mobile device programs, including writing bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

In addition, Steve represents start up companies as outside general counsel, including providing assistance with business formation and deals in which he drafts and negotiates technology-related agreements, such as master service agreements, online application/XAAS/cloud agreements, terms of service, licenses, joint ventures, development agreements, and marketing agreements. His litigation practice focuses on trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud, and data theft. Also, his practice also includes copyright and trademark litigation, as well as general commercial litigation.

Finally, Steve advises clients on liability and information governance matters in cutting edge areas of technology such as robotics, autonomous driving and unmanned vehicle systems, unmanned aerial systems (drones), artificial intelligence, haptics, human-computer interfaces, Big Data, data property rights, Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printing. Steve served as the 2010-2011 Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law, and is a member of a number of the Sections Committees, including the Information Security, E-Discovery and Digital Evidence, E-Privacy Law, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Big Data Committees. The American Bar Association published his book, A Legal Guide to Enterprise Mobile Device Management: Managing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Employer-Issued Device Programs, in August 2013. Steve also serves as Chair of the High Technology Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He has written or co-written five other books on information security and the law.

Before joining Silicon Valley Law Group, Steve was a Silicon Valley partner at Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP. Before starting his private practice, was the second in-house attorney at VeriSign, Inc. At VeriSign, he was in charge of the team managing the company's policies and procedures (certificate policies and certification practice statements) supporting its secure ecommerce (public key infrastructure) services. Before VeriSign, Mr. Wu practiced with two large law firms, Jones Day and the firm now known as K&L Gates, in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, and general litigation, as well as technology licensing and transactions. From 1988 to 1990, Steve served as a law clerk to the Hon. Joseph P. Kinneary, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

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