Download: Top 10 Compliance Trends eBook

NAVEX Global has published a new eBook titled “Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Trends for 2019.” The book is available for download at no charge from the company’s website.

“Transparency and trust define our industry’s challenges and opportunities for 2019,” the company says on its website. “With each expert opinion found in this year’s annual trends report, you’ll see how shifts in the workplace and regulatory environment bring to light the importance of authenticity and ethical practices.”

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Protected Activity & Corporate Governance
  • Third-Party Risk Beyond FCPA
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • New Global Business Practices
  • GDPR Enforcement Updates

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AZA Names Four New Partners in Commercial and IP Litigation

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.Houston civil trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has announced four new partners for 2019.

Scott W. Clark, Ryan Hackney, Michael McBride, and Jane Langdell Robinson, are promoted to partner effective Jan. 28.

Hackney handles primarily complex commercial litigation cases. Clark and McBride focus on IP and patent litigation. Robinson is an appellate lawyer who mostly focuses on commercial litigation appeals.

Read details about the new partners.



Download: How the GC Helps Build a Better Board

National Association of Corporate DirectorsThe National Association of Corporate Directors has published an article discussing new perspectives on how a board of directors can expand the role of the general counsel and benefit from the expertise and solutions the GC can bring to the various functions of corporate governance.

The article can be downloaded from the NACD website at no charge.

The publication explains how a more participatory approach with the general counsel not only strengthens company leadership, but also reduces overall enterprise risk.

The article features an interview with ManpowerGroup director Cari Dominguez and ManpowerGroup’s senior vice president and chief legal officer Richard Buchband. It rovides insight into the various ways a board and the GC can enhance each other.

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Webcast: 6 Important Considerations When Using Office 365 for E-Discovery

Exterro will present a complimentary webinar examining how legal professionals are using O365 in tandem with their own e-discovery software to create a streamlined, comprehensive e-discovery program.

The online event will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Pacific time).

Participants will learn:

  • How in-house legal professionals are incorporating O365 into their e-discovery process
  • Best practices for leveraging O365’s e-discovery capabilities to secure and search documents without collection
  • Practical considerations to remember when incorporating O365 into your broader e-discovery process

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Case Study: TIAA – A Legal Transformation With Technology, Process and People

Onit has published a case study showing how TIAA embarked on a journey that leverages best-in-class technologies, onshore and offshore partners, and innovation to bring together an efficient resource mix that enables the highest and best use of each law professional’s time.

The case study can be downloaded at no charge.

As TIAA law department’s chief operating officer and chief of staff for the past two years, Brad Rogers was tasked with transforming the entire legal operations function by bringing together law department employees and vendor partners from across the world to streamline processes and implement a comprehensive technology platform with capabilities rooted in process, workflow and collaboration that would allow the best use of each law professional’s time.

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Complimentary Webinar: Best Practices for Vendor Risk Profiling

Risk managementA new NAVEX Global webinar will discuss how to find the right approach to third-party risk management by applying appropriate risk factors.

The complimentary webinar will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern). Anyone unable to attend the live presentation may register to receive a webinar recording on-demand.

Michael Volkov, an expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, will provide practical use cases and actionable steps, NAVEX says on its website.

Volkov, a former federal prosecutor, will discuss how to:

  • Assess and define your third-party risk
  • Build a best practice approach for your organization
  • Handle potentially “high-risk” third parties
  • Structure your program for maximum effectiveness

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Download: 3rd Annual In-House Legal Benchmarking Report

Exterro has published its 3rd Annual In-House Legal Benchmarking Report for use in benchmarking legal processes against 110 legal departments.

The publication is available for downloading at no charge.

Exterro says its report provides information on:

  • How in-house legal teams are leveraging project management principles
  • What role technology is playing in achieving efficiency gains
  • Which e-discovery practices are evolving and which are not

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Download: Zapproved’s Winter 2019 Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries

Zapproved has published its Winter 2019 Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries, featuring — as the company says in a release — “some heart-pounding tales of egregious misconduct by corporate and individual litigants.”

The quarterly publication can be downloaded from Zapproved website at no charge.

This volume covers a wide range of topics, from spoliation and sanctions to proportionality, scope, and technology. It includes cases where deleted evidence isn’t, in fact, spoliation; disparate outcomes regarding the form of production; and a brief discourse about how clowns are scary, but ESI is not.

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Register for ACC Xchange 2019 Mid-Year Meeting for Legal Executives

ACCThe Association of Corporate Counsel is accepting registrations for Xchange 2019, The Mid-Year Meeting for Advancing Legal Executives.

General Counsel News readers who register by Jan. 30 will receive a $100 discount when using the code GCNEWS19.

The event is scheduled for April 28-30, 2019, at the Hotel Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.

ACC has arranged for four curricula addresses in the areas of contracts, leadership, legal operations, and litigation.

More information may be found here:

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A Top 10 Verdict in Texas

A team of lawyers with Boyd Powers & Williamson alleging deceptive business practices against BBVA Compass Bank won a $98 million verdict for their client, a real estate developer who was working to build three luxury subdivisions in Tarrant County, Texas.

On its website, the firm explains the case:

“David Bagwell is a real estate developer who was working to build three luxury subdivisions in Tarrant County, Texas. Following the financial crisis of 2008, Mr. Bagwell entered into modification negotiations with his bank, BBVA Compass, to refinance the loans which were funding the new developments. In the course of the negotiations, Compass repeatedly told Mr. Bagwell that his loans would be renewed. However, after secretly negotiating with one of his competitors, those same loans were sold off at a discounted rate. A short time later, the competitor foreclosed and Mr. Bagwell was forced into bankruptcy.”

Read details about the case.



Download: Expert Analysis on Emerging Board Issues for 2019

National Association of Corporate DirectorsThe National Association of Corporate Directors has published an article discussing current perspectives on what boards can expect in the new year.

The article can be downloaded from the NACD site at no charge.

“The business landscape is in constant flux, multifaceted, and difficult to track,” the NACD says on its website. “That’s why we’ve partnered with a brain trust of governance experts to produce the 2019 Governance Outlook: Projections on Emerging Board Matters.”

The report offers comprehensive guidance that will inform governance decisions and strategic planning in 2019. NACD governance partners provide an overview of key governance trends, accompanying outlook, implications of the shifting landscape, and questions for boards to consider, as well as in-depth coverage of the following topics:

  • NACD discusses how directors can understand, anticipate, and overcome detrimental disruptive risk and keep pace with opportunities that create long-term value.
  • Baker Tilly provides a regulatory update on international trade and tariffs, tax reform, cybersecurity, and other key risks boards need to be prepared for.
  • Ceres emphasizes the importance of recognizing climate change as a critical risk for companies.
  • Deloitte provides recommendations on how directors can leverage insights when establishing practices for M&A proposal review, and stresses the importance of keeping directors up-to-date on regulatory changes.
  • Spencer Stuart identifies trends in board composition and how retirement, diversity, and age are driving factors in the space.

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Webinar: 2019 Top Ten Predictions for Legal Compliance

NAVEX Global will present a complimentary webinar titled “Top 10 Compliance Trends for 2019” on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern).

The event will cover topics like GDPR, regulatory vs. public pressure, expanding third party risks, and more.

Recommendations will include:

  • Aligning whistleblower stats to increased revenue
  • Understanding the full landscape of third-party risk
  • The current and future state of GDPR
  • Managing culture and compliance around artificial intelligence
  • Incentivizing employees for ethical behavior
  • And more…

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Munck Wilson Mandala Opens LA Office

Munck Wilson MandalaMunck Wilson Mandala, with three offices in Texas, and The Hecker Law Group of California have joined forces to create a larger law firm with a Los Angeles office, the firm announced.

Gary Hecker and his team add more than 36 years of West Coast legal experioence to the newly opened MWM LA office.

The combined firm will provide legal services in technology, intellectual property, corporate and securities, M&A, entertainment, labor and employment, and commercial and complex litigation, the announcement said.

Read more about the firm.




Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne Wins Take-Nothing Decisions in Texas, Louisiana

Trial lawyers with Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC scored big defense wins recently for two separate clients, securing a quick summary judgment for The Dow Chemical Company in Texas and prevailing in a jury trial for Union Carbide Corporation in New Orleans.

In the Texas case, MMR Constructors Inc. tried to claim an additional $17 million from Dow after it had already paid MMR for work on its plant in Freeport, Texas. That case ended with a summary judgment for the defense.

And in the New Orleans case, jurors heard three weeks of testimony related to the death of an oil field worker who died of mesothelioma. The jury found Union Carbide and Montello were not responsible.

Read details of the cases.



Download: Top E-Discovery Case Law Rulings from 2018

Exterro has published “Top 10 E-Discovery Case Law Rulings of 2018” and made the report available on its website for downloading at no charge.

The white paper provides a quick recap of the most important and influential e-discovery case law rulings from 2018. After analyzing metrics from Exterro’s online case law library, the company compiled the 10 most popular case law rulings from this past year.

The report provides:

  • The 10 most popular case law rulings from 2018 in Exterro’s Simplified E-Discovery Case Law Library with overviews, rulings, and key takeaways
  • Expert opinions from leading e-discovery attorneys and resources to help prevent e-discovery missteps and sanctions
  • Analysis from Hon. Andrew Peck, US Magistrate Judge, S.D.N.Y. (Ret.) and Senior Counsel, DLA Piper

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National Law Journal Names Chrysta Castañeda to 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers List

Chrysta Castañeda has been awarded The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award for 2018.

The Castañeda Firm, based in Dallas, represents litigation clients in the energy industry.

“One of Ms. Castañeda’s most notable recent victories was a $145 million verdict on behalf of T. Boone Pickens and Mesa Petroleum, which was recognized as one of the largest in the nation in 2016 by NLJ and one of the largest in Texas by Texas Lawyer,” the firm said in a release.

Castañeda served as lead trial counsel for Pickens’ company in the long-running dispute, which resulted in a five-week trial in Pecos, Texas.

Read details of the award.





Download: 5 Future Tech Forces & Board Expectations

A new publication by the National Association of Corporate Directors examines the areas of technology that are “fundamentally changing the economic world.”

The article can be downloaded from the NACD’s website at no charge.

The areas discussed in the article include artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, hyperconnectivity, and symbiotic systems.

J.T. Kostman, the author of the article and managing director of Applied Artificial Intelligence at Grant Thornton, provides real-world examples that illustrate the capabilities these technologies have enabled, the risks they pose, and why they are considered to be the driving forces of “the fourth industrial revolution.”

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Longtime Colleagues Reunite to Create Labor & Employment Section

Christie Newkirk and Mark A. Shank have joined Diamond McCarthy LLP in Dallas and created the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

The firm said Newkirk has more than 20 years’ experience representing employers and executives. Her work involves litigation, counseling, investigations, training, and representing executives.

Shank’s practice focuses on complex disputes, which he arbitrates, investigates, prosecutes, or defends as a neutral across the nation, according to the firm.

Read about the two lawyers.



Webinar: Paper Software Will Demo Contract Tools, Microsoft Word Add-In

Paper Software will present a complimentary webinar on Contract Tools, an add-in for Microsoft Word, that analyzes, proofreads, formats, reviews, and navigates contracts for legal departments and firms.

The webinar will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

On its website, Paper Software says Contract Tools analyzes a document for such elements as provisions, defined terms, cross-references, and more. Analysis takes about two seconds or less for most contracts, and the software updates its analysis instantly.

The process takes place on the user’s personal computer, rather than on a remote server, the company says.

Register or get more details.




Download: Best Practices For Conducting Fast, Defensible Internal Investigations

Zapproved has published a new guide that outlines the five best practices for conducting fast, defensible internal investigations.

The guide can be downloaded from Zapproved website at no charge.

An internal investigation is exactly what it sounds like: an inquiry into an organization’s internal operations, Zapproved says on its website. Internal investigations frequently involve allegations of wrongdoing, such as embezzlement, sexual harassment, discrimination, or wrongful termination. However, an internal investigation may also be conducted in response to a regulatory compliance concern initiated by agencies like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or as part of a due diligence process before a merger or acquisition.

The goal of an internal investigation is to either detect and respond to wrongdoing or dispel suspicions. Organizations should respond to investigations in a way that curtails any specific incident of wrongdoing and discourages similar future violations. The overarching goal is to create an open, productive work environment that is neither distracting nor discriminatory.

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