Last Year's Program

Here's a Taste of the Education and Networking to Expect in 2020

RILA’s cultivated retail legal community offers invaluable wisdom with a one-of-a-kind network to share practices, exchange ideas, and engage with executive peers from leading retail companies. Your attendance offers a rare opportunity to gather with an elite caliber of retail leaders.

Check out last year's education line up and see which companies attended. 

  • Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
  • Thursday Oct 17, 2019
  • Friday Oct 18, 2019
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Official Conference Kickoff & Welcome Remarks

  • General Session

Please join us as we kick off the 2019 Retail Law Conference!

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Business Imperative for Diverse Legal Perspectives

  • General Session

The observation that, "Businesses perform better when their products, services and experiences reflect what consumers want and need," is as true of the legal profession as it is of the retail industry. Join a panel of experts and practitioners who will discuss building diversity and inclusion efforts that are good for their businesses (both law firm and retail) and how leading retail corporate counsel are important catalysts for change -- in their departments, their companies and their law firm partners.

Brian Dodge, Chief Operating Officer, RILA

Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Vice President, Human Resources, Target
James Hanlon, General Counsel & Company Secretary, IKEA
Leila Hock, Senior Manager, Legal Department Partnerships & Inclusion Initiatives, Diversity Lab
Buffy Mims, Shook Hardy & Bacon

Brian Dodge
Chief Operating Officer
James Hanlon
General Counsel & Company Secretary
IKEA North America Services, LLC
Leila Hock
Senior Manager, Legal Department Partnerships & Inclusion Initiatives
Diversity Lab
Buffy Mims
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Caroline Wanga
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Vice President, Human Resources
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Competition in the 21st Century: Antitrust & Tech Platforms

  • General Session

Everyone from federal regulators to leading scholars is considering whether 21st century competition can be adequately addressed by 20th century antitrust jurisprudence. These discussions are especially relevant to retailers as large tech platforms, such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, increasingly move into the retail space. Leading thinkers will discuss the potential evolution of antitrust jurisprudence and its policy implications for the retail sector.

David Steele, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, The Home Depot, Inc.

Vic Domen, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Diana Moss, Ph.D., President, American Antitrust Institute
Avery Gardiner, Senior Fellow for Competition, Data & Power, Center for Democracy & Technology
Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

Eric Citron
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Vic Domen
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Avery Gardiner
Senior Fellow for Competition, Data & Power
Center for Democracy & Technology
Diana Moss, Ph.D.
American Antitrust Institute
David Steele
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
The Home Depot, Inc.
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Business Break

Enjoy a brief break to grab some snacks and refreshments.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM 5 Concurrent Events

Growth Strategies and Harvesting Intellectual Assets for Retailers

  • Breakout Session

This session will focus on domestic and global growth strategies for retailers, where the fuel that drives the growth is the monetization of their intangible assets in the form of joint ventures and alliances, co-branding, brand-extension licensing, business format franchising, and more. Of course, the monetization of intangibles requires a careful navigation of multi-jurisdictional differences in trademark, copyright, database and trade secret protection, enforcement, and general government regulation relating to privacy, comparative and competitive advertising, licensing, franchising, and co-branding.

Andrew Sherman, Seyfarth Shaw
Ken Wilton, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Seyfarth Shaw

Hosted by Seyfarth Shaw

Andrew Sherman
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Ken Wilton
Partner, Litigation - Intellectual Property
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Retail Law Transformed: New Class Action Risks in an Omnichannel Marketplace

  • Breakout Session

As the retail industry transforms, new class action risks in California are spreading nationwide at the behest of the notorious California plaintiff’s bar, which is starting to guide lawsuits in other states. The dominance of e-commerce and omnichannel commerce, including through mobile and social media, underpin the industry’s rapid transformation and open new areas of risk. This discussion will provide an update on the latest trends in pricing litigation and other ongoing issues (such as website accessibility and sponsored endorsements); highlight new legal issues (including those related to Retail Installment Sale Contracts, blockchain, bots, e-receipts, and cashless stores); and evaluate the evolving data privacy landscape. You’ll leave one step ahead of the plaintiff’s bar and armed with practical advice to protect your business in today’s marketplace.

Brian Parsons, Senior Counsel, Macy’s
Stephanie Sheridan, Steptoe
Michael Vatis, Steptoe
Gary Goldsholle, Steptoe

Hosted by Steptoe

Gary Goldsholle
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Brian Parsons
Senior Counsel
Macy's Inc.
Stephanie Sheridan
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Michael Vatis
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Retailer Only Roundtable: Practical Diversity & Inclusion Strategies: What’s Worked? What Hasn’t?

  • Retailer-only Roundtable

This exclusive session, led by in-house retail counsel, is designed for candid conversations with your peers who are facing similar challenges.

Janet Kelley, General Counsel, Meijer
Tim Williams, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Meijer

To CBD or Not to CBD—How To Know If Your CBD Is 2018 Farm Bill Compliant and Key Considerations Before Diving Into the Market

  • Breakout Session

Even after congressional enactment of the “2018 Farm Bill,” the sale of products containing even hemp-derived CBD remains a legal grey zone governed by a patchwork of state laws, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing regulations. This panel will discuss the legal landscape governing the sale of CBD products and key considerations for retailers deciding whether to sell CBD products, including: licensing requirements; derivation of CBD (both the plant and geography); claims made on packaging and advertising for the products; in-store placement and whether such placement may be making implied health claims; indemnification clauses and enforcement ability; whether sales of products containing CBD could pose a threat to insurance coverage; how selling CBD products could affect the retailers’ ability to bank proceeds derived from the sale of products containing CBD. Finally, the panel will also discuss where they see the CBD and cannabis retail market heading in the next several years.

Lisa Szalaji, Director, Business and Regulatory Law, Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize Company
Erin Fonte, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Dan Dwyer, Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP
Phyllis Marcus, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Hosted by Hunton Andrews Kurth

Dan Dwyer
Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP
Erin Fonte
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Phyllis Marcus
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Lisa Szalaji
Director, Business and Regulatory Law
Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize company

US and EU Antitrust Issues: Brick & Mortar vs Online Retail Formats

  • Breakout Session

Navigating the particulars of regulatory differences across continents has always been a challenge for retailers. This session will explore market definition issues that arise when considering whether competition authorities are likely to consider online and brick and mortar retail in the same or separate markets. Other tough topics that relate to overseas jurisdictional differences include resale price maintenance, which involves navigating different resale pricing rules around the world and within the US; and enforcement activity, which is related to “geo-blocking” or restricting retailers from online advertising or cross-border sales.

Elizabeth Baran, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Salome Cisnal De Ugarte, Hogan Lovells
Leigh Oliver, Hogan Lovells

Hosted by Hogan Lovells

Elizabeth Baran
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Leigh Oliver
Hogan Lovells
Salome Cisnal De Ugarte
Hogan Lovells
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Business Break

Enjoy a brief break to grab some snacks and refreshments.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM 4 Concurrent Events

Creating a Retail Experience as Smooth as Tennessee Whiskey

  • Breakout Session

Industry lawyers from Yee-Haw Brewing and Corsair Artisan along with expert outside counsel will discuss changing state laws to create a “new industry” of retail, which includes retail stores supported by manufacturers. With a focus on changes in attitudes and legal and commercial expectations for distillers and distributors, panelists will share best practices for creating the ultimate retail experience and succeeding in a competitive and legally complicated market.

Darek Bell, Owner, Founder, Distiller, Corsair Distillery
Adam Warren, General Counsel, Yee-Haw Brewing
Will Cheek, Alcoholic Beverage Team Leader, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Hosted by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Darek Bell
Owner, Founder & Distiller
Corsair Distillery
Will Cheek
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Adam Warren
General Counsel
Ole Smokey Moonshine

Ethical Issues in Emerging Technologies for In-house Counsel

  • Breakout Session

Artificial intelligence increasingly allows retailers to offer personalized services online. Big Data analytics can provide consumer intelligence that can be leveraged to drive business or monetized with third parties. But in recent class action litigation, consumers have challenged automated monetization itself claiming that the personal information is theirs and money that flows from it belongs to the consumer as well. And smart contracts are lauded as a tool for busy corporate counsel to get a handle on the proliferating number of contractual relations. This session will consider the questions of professional responsibility that these new technologies raise, as well as their potential legal ramifications.

Robert Ajemian, Senior Corporate Counsel, The Home Depot, Inc.
Mark Melodia, Holland & Knight
Paul Bond, Holland & Knight
David Donoghue, IP Practice Group Leader, Holland & Knight

Hosted by Holland & Knight

Robert Ajemian
Senior Corporate Counsel
The Home Depot, Inc.
Paul Bond
Holland & Knight
David Donoghue
Holland & Knight
Mark Melodia
Holland & Knight

ICEing Down: What To Do When ICE Comes Knocking – Compliance in the Trump Era

  • Breakout Session

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits and worksite raids have reached a record high across the country as the Trump Administration makes this a key priority of its immigration policy, and expands its focus beyond undocumented workers and onto those who employ them. Retail employers need to be prepared and ready to meet this challenge. Retailers, employers in certain other industries, and those in sanctuary jurisdictions are particularly vulnerable. Through hypotheticals, we will explore:

(a) how to identify the risks within your organization,
(b) how to prepare for possible audits or raids, and
(c) what you need to do for successful compliance.

Michael Eckhardt, Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel, Secretary, Wawa, Inc.
Amy Peck, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Hosted by Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michael Eckhardt
Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel, Secretary
Wawa, Inc.
Amy Peck
Principal and co-chair of Immigration practice group
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Strategies for Surviving and Thriving During the Global Trade Wars

  • Breakout Session

It seems every week retailers are having to contend with new tariffs, retaliatory duties, trade barriers and other threats to their supply chain. Whether it’s trade wars with China, Canada or Europe, the renegotiation of trade agreements such as NAFTA, or the withering of multilateral trading regimes such as the World Trade Organization, retailers are facing unprecedented legal uncertainties and challenges in moving their products across borders. At the same time, new opportunities are emerging as countries negotiate new trade arrangements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canada’s new trade and investment agreement with the European Union. John Boscariol of McCarthy Tétrault and Kathleen Murphy of Drinker Biddle & Reath will provide an update on the latest developments in trade wars and trade deals of particular importance for retailers as well as discuss key strategies for mitigating risks to both existing supply chains and expansion initiatives. This will be of interest for retailers who source product for abroad or are considering expanding into new markets within North America and around the world.

Joel Rogers, Associate General Counsel - International & Supply Chain, The Home Depot, Inc.
John Boscariol, McCarthy Tetrault
Kathleen Murphy, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Hosted by McCarthy Tetrault

John Boscariol
International Trade & Investment Law Group
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Kathleen Murphy
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Joel Rogers
Associate General Counsel - International & Supply Chain
The Home Depot, Inc.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 5 Concurrent Events

A Dozen Things Every In-House Lawyer Should Know About Advertising Law for 2019

  • Breakout Session

Our panel focuses not only on the dozen most crucial legal issues governing modern advertising in the retail space, but also hears perspectives from key stakeholders working inside the retail business on what industry can practically do to run a compliant - but cutting edge - modern marketing campaign. The goal is to alert in-house lawyers to areas of concern, but also give high level practice pointers and takeaways to help mitigate risk.

Lena Saltos, Associate General Counsel, Global Director of IP, URBN Urban Outfitters Inc.
Ava Farshidi, Assistant General Counsel, David Yurman
Hannah Taylor, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Hosted by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Ava Farshidi
Assistant General Counsel
David Yurman
Lena Saltos
Associate General Counsel, Global Director of IP
Urban Outfitters Inc.
Hannah Taylor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Defending and Managing Copyright Troll Litigation

  • Breakout Session

Copyright trolls are flooding the federal courts in California and are spreading to New York. They primarily target apparel retail companies and seek maximum profit disgorgement or statutory damages, plus attorneys' fees. These plaintiffs' counsel were recently listed as having the largest number of copyright filings in the country. This seminar will identify pre-emptive tactics, practical and business approaches, legal developments, and litigation defense strategies.

Maryn Miller, General Counsel, Lucky Brand
Brandt Gebhardt, Associate Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property, Ascena Retail Group
Scott Shaw, Call & Jensen

Hosted by Call & Jensen

Brandt Gebhardt
Associate Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property
Ascena Retail Group
Maryn Miller
General Counsel
Lucky Brand, LLC
Scott Shaw
Call & Jensen, APC

Pay Equity Laws + More: Bridging the Gap

  • Breakout Session

From corporate boardrooms and the U.S. Women's Soccer team to state legislatures and international law-making bodies, pay equity is among the hottest compliance topics for employers today. State legislatures, from California and Maryland to New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have recently enacted revisions to their Fair Pay laws with requirements that go above and beyond the requirements of the federal Equal Pay Act and Title VII. Employers are also recognizing that pay equity can be a market differentiator, as companies compete for talent on a global stage. This panel will discuss pay equity best practices and the ever-increasing demand for transparency in this arena.

Louise Brock, General Counsel, Labor & Employment, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Kris Meade, Crowell & Moring

Hosted by Crowell & Moring

Louise Brock
General Counsel, Labor & Employment
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Kris Meade
Crowell & Moring LLP

Retailer Only Roundtable: Strategies for Small Legal Departments

  • Retailer-only Roundtable

This exclusive session, led by in-house retail counsel, is designed for candid conversations with your peers who are facing similar challenges.

Dean Worley, General Counsel, Dillard’s
Greg Baker, General Counsel, Chico’s

Website Accessibility 101: What is it, why does it matter, and how can I avoid getting sued over it?

  • Breakout Session

“Website accessibility” is one of the hottest national trends in litigation and compliance. Retailers, financial institutions and insurance companies have all been swept up by the growing wave of demand letters and lawsuits alleging their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities. Yet, understanding what “website accessibility” means, let alone whether a business’s site is “accessible,” can be difficult both legally and technically. Add to that a lack of clear accessibility regulations or case law and the challenge of responding to a website accessibility suit or trying to proactively avoid one can seem daunting. This presentation will demystify the meaning of “website accessibility,” explain the legal and non-legal standards that apply, discuss several recent Court decisions and provide practical guidance for responding to website accessibility suits or avoiding them altogether.

Jay Hervey, General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary, Bassett Furniture Industries
Lisa Detig, Associate General Counsel, Petco Holdings, Inc.
Jamie Dean, Womble Bond Dickinson

Hosted by Womble Bond Dickinson

Jamie Dean
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Lisa Detig
Associate General Counsel
Petco Holdings, Inc.
Jay Hervey
General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary
Bassett Furniture Industries
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Business Break

Enjoy a brief break to grab some snacks and refreshments.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM 5 Concurrent Events

#Ad: Managing Influencers and Risk

  • Breakout Session

More and more retailers are leveraging influencer networks and reputations to promote their business and services, as well as using social media to solicit consumer endorsements and increase consumer interaction. While popular and effective, the use of endorsements and testimonials is surrounded by unique legal issues. When do endorsements invite FTC scrutiny? How much responsibility or control do retailers and brands actually have? Where have others crossed the line and what lessons have we learned from recent enforcement? This presentation will discuss these issues and provide practical guidance for managing risk.

Arooj Sheikh, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Employment, Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.
Ateet Adhikari, General Counsel, Senior Director Strategic Initiatives, ShopRunner
Nikki Bhargava, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Elizabeth Morgan, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Hosted by Loeb & Loeb LLP

Ateet Adhikari
General Counsel, Senior Director Strategic Initiatives
Nikki Bhargava
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Elizabeth Morgan
Senior Counsel
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Arooj Sheikh
Senior Legal Counsel, Global Employment
Abercrombie & Fitch, Co.

Death of De Minimis Defense

  • Breakout Session

In its decision Troester v. Starbucks in July 2018, the Supreme Court of California overruled decades of precedent and held that the de minimis defense to wage and hour claims (which exists under federal law) does not apply to wage and hour claims under California law. As a result, claims for allegedly unpaid work amounting to two minutes per day (or even less) are now fair game for a wage and hour class action in California. This has some obvious and some not-so-obvious repercussions for retailers. This presentation will examine the Troester decision, legal developments since Troester, and a discussion of the practical implications for legal counsel attempting to walk the resulting minefield.

Ronald A. Robins, Jr, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Big Lots
Andrew C. Smith, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Mark A. Knueve, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Hosted by Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Rocky Robins Jr.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Big Lots Stores, Inc.
Mark Knueve
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Andy Smith
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Retailer Only Roundtable: Employment Litigation Strategy Discussion

  • Retailer-only Roundtable

This exclusive session, led by in-house retail counsel, is designed for candid conversations with your peers who are facing similar challenges.

Tara Charnes, Vice President, Litigation, Big Lots
Shauna Burkes, Vice President, Labor & Employment & Litigation, HSN, Inc.

Robot Overlords: New Trends and Risks of Drones in Retail

  • Breakout Session

Drones, as well as other autonomous vehicles, are the next great leap not just for retail giants like Amazon, Walmart and Uber, but also for startups in diverse areas including food services, entertainment and medical care. Drones are revolutionizing consumer product delivery and being tested and deployed both in the air and on the ground for retail functions such as inventory management and customer service. This isn’t without significant risk, as technological, operational and regulatory hurdles present a multitude of challenges for retailers interested in the practical application of this technology. This interactive panel will address various legal, regulatory, and other challenges posed by such technologies, particularly in large metropolitan areas.

Jonathan Skrmetti, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office
Richard Lawson, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Andrew Zimmitti, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Hosted by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Richard Lawson
Manatt, Phelps and Phillips LLP
Jonathan Skrmetti
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Tennessee Attorney General’s Office
Andrew Zimmitti
Manatt, Phelps and Phillips LLP

Smart Retailing: Legal and Business Issues Regarding The Use Of Biometric and Behavioral Data In Real World Retail Environments

  • Breakout Session

The panel will discuss the legal and business issues regarding the emergent trend of retailers using cameras and sensors to track consumer biometric and behavioral data—movement, mood, and attention—in real world retail environments, including: compliance with privacy and data security laws and standards, negotiating agreements with technology and service providers, and practical considerations and strategies such as obtaining consumer notice and consent to certain data collection practices.

Rachel Hudson, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Craig Cardon, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Hosted by Sheppard Mullin

Craig Cardon
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Rachel Hudson
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Business Break

Enjoy a brief break to grab some snacks and refreshments.

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

SCOTUS 2020: Putting the Supreme Court in Focus

  • General Session

Three expert appellate litigators will lead a lively and informative discussion about the Court’s key decisions from the last term and what we can expect in the upcoming term.

Thomas Goldstein, SCOTUSblog Publisher, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Tejinder Singh, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Sarah Harrington, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

Thomas Goldstein
Partner & SCOTUSblog Publisher
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Sarah Harrington
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Tejinder Singh
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

The First Major U.S. Privacy Law Takes Effect

  • General Session
  • CCPA Boot Camp

This session will kick off the conference’s CCPA Boot Camp, which will provide attendees with an in-depth and immersive look at important aspects of the comprehensive privacy law.

The general session will provide both a “view from the outside, “with experts who assess the CCPA risk landscape as it specifically applies to the unique needs of retailers; and a “view from the inside,” with in-house retail practitioners and experts who have helped retailers set up their programs to address the risk landscape.

Meredith Slawe, Co-Chair Retail Group; Class Actions Team, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

"View from the Outside" Panelists:
Kathryn Deal, Co-Chair, Retail Group; Class Actions Team, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Natasha Kohne, Co-chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Practice, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Michael Stortz, Class Actions Team, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Diana Schaffner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Nick Ahrens, Vice President, Innovation, RILA

"View from the Inside" Panelists:
Anne Bradley, Chief Privacy Counsel & Global Counsel for Nike Direct, NIKE, Inc.
Jay Cline, Privacy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Stacey Keegan, Chief Privacy Officer & Associate General Counsel, The Home Depot, Inc.
Amelia Hukoveh, Senior Counsel for Global Cybersecurity, SAP

The Boot Camp will close with four break-out sessions to help attendees understand critical CCPA implementation issues.

Meredith Slawe
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Nick Ahrens
Vice President, Innovation
Anne Bradley
Chief Privacy Counsel & Global Counsel for Nike Direct
NIKE, Inc.
Jay Cline
Privacy Leader, Principal
Kathryn Deal
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Amelia Hukoveh
Senior Counsel for Global Cybersecurity
Stacey Keegan
Chief Privacy Officer & Associate General Counsel
The Home Depot, Inc.
Natasha Kohne
Co-chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Practice
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Diana Schaffner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Michael Stortz
Partner, Class Actions Team
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Business Break

Enjoy a brief break to grab some snacks and refreshments.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 4 Concurrent Events

And You Thought You Knew What a “Sale” Was!

  • Breakout Session
  • CCPA Boot Camp

One of the thorniest legal issues under the CCPA is deciding when a company is engaged in the “sale” of consumer information within the meaning of the Act. For retailers, the ramifications are significant. Take a deep dive with inhouse and outside counsel experts to learn some of the nuances of the statutory text and how some retailers are dealing with it as the effective date of the statute approaches.

Tim Loose, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Ryan Bergsieker, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Ilissa Samplin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Hosted by Gibson Dunn

Ryan Bergsieker
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Tim Loose
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Ilissa Samplin
Associate Atorney
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Data Governance in the New Regulatory Age

  • Breakout Session
  • CCPA Boot Camp

Retailers must be able to keep up with the shifting zeitgeist and the digital issues at the intersection of humans and machines. Digital Governance is a developing discipline, and this panel will help analyze topics including the expansion of information regulation commensurately with digital technology, and governance and- or governance versus- innovation and competitiveness. This panel will discuss what legal departments should do to facilitate the implementation of effective digital governance with a special focus on CCPA implications and preparing for compliance with these new regulations, including a discussion of and comparison with the GDPR.

Tiffany Lee, Senior Corporate Counsel, Thrive Market
Amy Lally, Sidley Austin LLP
Alan Raul, Sidley Austin LLP

Hosted by Sidley Austin

Amy Lally
Sidley Austin LLP
Tiffany Lee
Senior Corporate Counsel
Thrive Market
Alan Raul
Sidley Austin LLP

News from the Front: Learnings from GDPR To Inform Your CCPA Program

  • Breakout Session
  • CCPA Boot Camp

California’s sweeping new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and it imposes numerous obligations on companies that do business in the state. We will discuss how retailers in particular are affected by the CCPA and how they are preparing to comply. We will also discuss how to leverage steps companies have already taken to comply with laws in other jurisdictions, such as the GDPR in Europe, and how to build a privacy program that can be adapted as other states and countries adopt new privacy laws.

Susy Mendoza, Director, Privacy & Technology Counsel, lululemon
Sam Castic, Senior Director Privacy & Associate General Counsel, Nordstrom
Miriam Farhi, Perkins Coie
Tom Bell, Perkins Coie

Hosted by Perkins Coie

Tom Bell
Perkins Coie LLP
Sam Castic
Senior Director, Privacy, Associate General Counsel
Nordstrom, Inc.
Miriam Farhi
Senior Privacy and Product Counsel
Perkins Coie LLP
Susy Mendoza
Director, Privacy & Technology Counsel
Lululemon Athletica, Inc.

Responding to Consumer Requests: Breaking Down the Big Picture

  • Breakout Session
  • CCPA Boot Camp

In this breakout session, we’ll cover how to handle consumer access requests, from intake to response. We’ll discuss challenges in verifying consumer requests and potential options to overcome those challenges. In addition, we’ll cover how to honor consumer deletion requests, including the impact of exceptions to the deletion right. The session will be interactive, with a robust discussion around practical answers to questions every business is asking.

Ann Teynor, Director, Counsel, Target
Purvi Patel, Morrison Foerster

Hosted by Morrison Foerster

Purvi Patel
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Ann Teynor
Director, Counsel
Target Corporation
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

The Ethics of Email and Social Media

  • General Session

Each new form of communication dramatically changes the legal and ethical landscape in which lawyers practice. This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore the unique and quickly evolving issues stemming from the widespread use of electronic communications, and will delve into ethical concerns in legal professional conduct surrounding privacy, intracorporate communications, discovery, marketing, and more. The session will also provide attendees with insights into the latest opinions on attorney ethical conduct to create a comprehensive look at how the legal profession manages digital communication.

Tom Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP

Tom Spahn
McGuireWoods LLP

2019 Attendee List

  • General Counsel
  • 4+ Attendees
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Ace Hardware
  • Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Amazon
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ascena Retail Group
  • At Home Stores
  • AutoZone
  • Backcountry
  • Bassett Furniture Industries
  • Belk
  • Best Buy
  • Big Lots
  • Bridgestone Americas
  • Brooks Sports
  • Burlington Stores
  • CarMax
  • Carter's
  • Chico's
  • Citi Trends
  • Columbia Sportswear Company
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Corsair Distillery
  • Costco
  • Cotton On
  • Cracker Barrel
  • CVS Health
  • David Yurman
  • Delek US
  • DICK'S Sporting Goods
  • Dillard's
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Express
  • Finish Line
  • Five Below
  • Floor & Decor
  • Foot Locker
  • Gabe's
  • Hallmark
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • H-E-B
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods
  • Hy-Vee
  • IKEA North America
  • JCPenney
  • Kohl's
  • L Brands
  • L.L. Bean
  • Levi Strauss
  • Lidl US
  • Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
  • Lowe's
  • Lucky Brand
  • lululemon athletica
  • Macy's
  • Meijer
  • NIKE
  • Nordstrom
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Primark US
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Qurate Retail Group
  • Raley's Family of Fine Stores
  • REI
  • Rite Aid
  • Ross Stores
  • Rothy's
  • SAM'S Club
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • ShopRunner
  • Staples
  • Target
  • The Home Depot
  • ThredUp Inc.
  • Thrive Market
  • TJX
  • Tractor Supply
  • Under Armour
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Wawa, Inc.
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • zulily

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