This week, deputy general counsels from numerous retailers across the country gathered in D.C. to attend RILA's bi-annual Legal Direct Reports (L2) Committee meeting. The meeting serves as a forum for the upcoming legal leadership within the retail community.
The committee heard updates from RILA's policy experts regarding front-burner issues for retailers such as tax reform, trade, health care, privacy, cyber security and financial reform.
Meredith Slawe and Kate Deal, partners at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, provided a detailed primer on recent class action litigation trends and discussed practical proactive steps that companies can take to minimize class action litigation risk.
Lisa Harris, a partner at Shepherd Mullin, spoke on the current labor and workforce issue landscape and what retailers can expect as they navigate and comply with federal, state and local labor and employment laws.
Deborah White, President of the Retail Litigation Center & General Counsel for RILA hosted a lively panel focusing on updates from the U.S. Supreme Court. Eric Citron, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C. and Adam Unikowsky, Partner, Jenner & Block provided insights into the impact that recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will have on key litigation impacting the retail community at large.
The group turned towards technology and innovation with an update from the RTech Center for Innovation and a discussion of the role of legal departments in driving retail innovation. Tom Keegan, Principal Forensic Advisory Services, KPMG and Brian Blush, Manager Forensic Technology Practice, KPMG discussed the use of predictive data analytics by companies to proactively address high risk issues and use of the EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) to streamline litigation discovery workloads.
The L2 Committee also had an opportunity to benchmark on strategic issues related to the day-to-day management and oversight of corporate legal departments.
For more information about RILA's L2 Committee, please contact Kathleen McGuigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.