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Guiding Your Organization from Crisis Management Through Crisis Recovery

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 68 minutes
Recorded Date: June 21, 2017
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  • Immediate goals during a crisis
  • Crisis plan
  • Initial Public Communications
  • Initial Investigation
  • Retention of substantive experts, lawyers, and professionals
  • Communications with the public and government
  • Identify potential sources of payment
  • Identify and track claims, damages, and potentially recoverable losses
Runtime: 1 hour and 8 minutes
Recorded: June 21, 2017


Corporate crises - exaggerated or not - are prevalent in the media. Coordinating a response in the immediate aftermath also throws up heaps of problems – how are you communicating with regulators quickly within the stated timeframes? How are you communicating to management and key stakeholders? What business continuity plans do you have in place and how effective are your internal processes when the unthinkable becomes a reality? Whatever the case may be, during this session, our panel experts will explore the following topics for sudden and evolving crisis events

This program was recorded as part of the 17th annual SuperConference on June 22nd, 2017.

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Deborah Golden

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
GATX Corporation

Deborah A. Golden is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Corporation, a global leader in railcar leasing. She is responsible for legal, regulatory and corporate governance matters at GATX and manages a team of professionals located throughout North America and Europe. As a member of GATX’s senior leadership team, Ms. Golden is engaged in all facets of the Company’s business including developing and implementing strategic initiatives and overseeing all mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

In addition to her legal and regulatory responsibilities at GATX, Ms. Golden is also the executive in charge of Internal Audit and Compliance. In this capacity, she is responsible for management and oversight of all internal audit initiatives, as well as the development and implementation of effective world-wide compliance and risk management programs. She has extensive experience in public policy and legislative affairs both at the local and national levels and is actively engaged in transportation regulatory matters.

Ms. Golden is a member of the board of directors at Midland State Bancorp, Inc., a publicly-held, community-based financial holding company, and at Rolls Royce & Partners Finance, a global aircraft spare engine leasing company. She is engaged in numerous professional and civic organizations, including serving on the boards of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and Women Employed. She is a member of The Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, past Chair of the Board of Governors of Loyola University School of Law and the Senior Leadership Council of Loyola Graduate School of Business.

Prior to joining GATX Corporation, Ms. Golden worked in highly regulated industries, serving as Vice President and General Counsel for Midwest Generation LLC, a power generation company, and Assistant General Counsel for Ameritech Corporation and SBC Communications, Inc. Ms. Golden also served in the public sector as Deputy General Counsel for the State of Illinois, Office of the Governor. Her legal career began as a partner at Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago, Illinois.

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Patrick Sheller

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

Patrick M. Sheller is Mead Johnson Nutrition's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Sheller manages the company’s global legal organization and advises senior management and the Mead Johnson Board of Directors on securities law and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial contracts, litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment law and FDA and international nutrition products regulatory matters. Mr. Sheller joined Mead Johnson in January 2015 from Eastman Kodak Company, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Sheller was responsible for Kodak's worldwide legal function and was the principal legal advisor to the board of directors and senior management.

Prior to becoming Kodak’s General Counsel, Mr. Sheller also served as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Division Counsel to the company's former Health Group, Chief Antitrust Counsel, and international counsel to the company's European, African and Middle Eastern Region. He also held strategic planning and operating roles in Kodak's former Health Care Information Systems business. Prior to joining Kodak, Mr. Sheller was in private practice with McKenna, Connor & Cuneo (now part of Dentons) in Washington, D.C., specializing in antitrust, litigation and healthcare law.

He previously worked for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., serving as Attorney Advisor to the Chairman and as a Staff Attorney in the Commission's Bureau of Competition. Mr. Sheller is a graduate of Albany Law School and St. Lawrence University.

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Jim Savina

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Kraft Heinz

Jim Savina leads the legal operations, litigation, labor & employment, and benefits teams for Kraft Heinz, focusing on effective litigation strategies, efficiently managing internal and external resources, and driving informed risk mitigation strategies. As Chief Compliance Officer, Jim is driving a strategic and tailored compliance strategy that is fully integrated into the business.

Previously, Jim was with Avon Products, Inc. as its Executive Director, Global Legal Investigations and Operations, where he provided legal advice and judgment to planning, managing, and conducting investigations. He also developed and enhanced investigation-related processes, programs, strategies, guidelines, and training. Jim partnered with Avon’s core Ethics & Compliance Program team, helping to develop worldwide polices and drive compliance-related initiatives, and he worked with the General Counsel to develop and deploy strategic and operational initiatives.

Before Avon, Jim was Senior Counsel and Director of Claims & Legal Administration for Energy Future Holdings Corp., an associate in Jones Day’s Labor & Employment practice group, and he also had his own law practice.

Jim earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and his juris doctor cum laude from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1999.

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Stephen A. Weisbrod

Founding Member
Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC

Stephen Weisbrod is a founding partner of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC. The firm is one of only ten firms in the United States named by The National Law Journal to its 2014 Litigation Boutiques Hot List.

Mr. Weisbrod is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in financial and commercial disputes, corporate bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and criminal investigations and trials. Most of his clients are businesses and individuals seeking payment from insurers, banks, investment managers, professionals, suppliers, or other parties liable for breach of contract, fraud, or some other kind of misconduct or breach of duty. He has represented companies, creditors’ committees, post-bankruptcy litigation trusts, individual directors and officers, and other individuals and entities in insurance, banking, securities and other types of litigation.

Mr. Weisbrod has tried more than 25 cases in six states and the District of Columbia. His clients at trial have included a defendant accused of the shooting of a rival gang member and attempting to kill a police officer (the defendant was acquitted), as well as an asset manager seeking to recover more than $57 million that it lost when a highly rated Canadian insurance company defaulted on its commercial paper (the case settled before closing arguments). He also has represented many individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations.

Mr. Weisbrod has written and lectured extensively on insurance and financial litigation. He has been invited to speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association Business Law Section, the American Conference Institute, the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference of the National Consumer Law Center, the District of Columbia Bar, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, HB Litigation Conferences, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York City Bar Association, and elsewhere.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

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