Hot Topics 2013

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On September 27, 2013, the BLI hosted Hot Topics in Business Law, featuring five panels: Corporate Governance, Employment, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, and Tax. To view the presentations by each of the panels, see the links below. To view panelist and moderator biographies, see this document.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:  Highlights from the IP Deskbook for Business Lawyers

IP Issues in Probate and Estate Planning
Sharon Sandeen, Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law

Licensing Issues in IP
Alan W. Kowalchyk, Partner, Merchant and Gould

Issues in Franchising and Product Distribution
Michael Gray, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty

 TAX: Timely Tax Topics

The Off-Shore Voluntary Disclosure Program
 Ben Wagner, Attorney, Regan Tax Law

Developments in Federal Taxation
 Sara Reisdorf, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron

Current Tax Issues in Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
 Michelle Rehbein, Associate, Leonard Street and Deinard

The Cold Climate of Minnesota Residency Law
 Mike O’Brien, Attorney, Regan Tax Law

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Hot Topics in Title VII: Same-Sex Sexual Harassment and Transgender Discrimination
Jessica Palmer-Denig, Trial Attorney in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 Designing a Privacy and Incident Response Program for Employee Personal Information
 Melissa Rosenbaum, Senior Attorney and Deputy System Privacy Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

NLRB's Focus on Concerted and Protected Activity
Tom Trachsel, Co chair of Labor and Employment Law at Felhaber Larson Fenlon and Vogt

KEYNOTE - "Corporate Clients Don't Have Legal Problems They Have Business Problems": Re-engineering Legal Professional Training, Development, and Competency to Remain Relevant to Clients
Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership
After serving 22 years as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Susan and LEL now help legal executives leverage knowledge, increase value, deliver results and practice more efficiently in the “New Normal.”

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Perspective from Inside the Boardroom
Thomas Moore, Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Special Committees for Boards
Stacy Lindstedt, Associate, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly

Trends in Shareholder Activism
Jen Randolph Reise, Senior Associate, Briggs and Morgan

FINANCIAL SERVICES

 Lending Liability and Litigation Update
Sam Sigelman, Partner, Lindquist + Vennum

Litigation Issues on the Consumer-Financial-Services Side (Arbitration Clauses, Class Actions, Collection Practices, TCPA)
Brian Melendez, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Trends in Financial Services from Corporate/Regulatory Perspective
Joseph Green, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, TCF Financial Corporation