Legal Direct Reports L2 Committee
- Legal Direct Reports L2 Committee
Retail Legal Departments and Deputy General Counsels play a critical role in helping companies identify and mitigate legal, compliance and ethical risks related to the wide range of federal, state and local statutory and regulatory requirements that affect all aspects of retail operations, including labor and employment, privacy and data security, payments, customs and trade, SEC reporting requirements, anti-money laundering, real estate, intellectual property and licensing, marketing and advertising, FDA, food safety, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and environmental compliance. Other Deputy General Counsel responsibilities include contract negotiation, litigation and managing in-house legal teams and outside counsel.
RILA's Legal Direct Reports (L2) Committee is composed of members’ Deputy General Counsels and other executive level attorneys that report directly to the General Counsel. Led by a leadership team made up of RILA members, the L2 Committee provides an opportunity for members to engage at the executive level on strategic legal issues facing the retail industry as well as the development and management of effective legal departments. L2 Committee activities include in-person meetings, educational webinars, member case studies, and benchmarking surveys. These activities enable members to identify emerging issues and risks and share information and leading practices. Recent topics include:
- Informal Conversations with Retail General Counsels
- The Future of Retail/Increasing Use of Technology in Retail Operations
- Role of Legal Teams Advising Business Partners on Risks while Supporting Business Objectives
- Class Action Litigation (e.g., ADA, TCPA, Deceptive Advertising, Biometrics) Trends
- Labor and Employment Litigation Trends
- Negotiating Settlement Agreements with Government Enforcement Officials
- New Privacy and Data Security Requirements
- Demonstrating Value/Legal Department Metrics
- Professional Development – Providing Career Paths for Senior and Staff Attorneys and Paralegals
- Effective Legal Department Management/Adding Legal Operations Functions and Incorporating Technology
For more information on RILA's Legal Direct Reports Committee, contact Kathleen McGuigan, Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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