2017 Summer Newsletter

In this Issue:

Chapter News:
  • President's Message
  • Chapter Annual Meeting - Sept. 22
    • 2017-2018 ACC DFW Chapter Officers Recommended Slate
    • Voting Ballot
Sponsor Articles:
  • Key considerations for growing your franchise abroad  provided by Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Ethical Issues in E-Discovery provided by DLA Piper LLP
  • Bitcoin Basics provided by Littler Mendelson PC
  • Expert Insights-M&A Transactions in the Oil and Gas Industry provided by  Perkins Coie LLP
  • Shrinking Personal Jurisdiction and What It Means for Your Company provided by Thompson & Knight LLP

New! Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards  - a partnership with The Texas Lawbook and the DFW Chapter

Committee Spotlight: Updated In-Transition Guide

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars!
  • Annual Meeting, Ethics CLE and Golf/Spa Event:
    • Friday, Sept. 22
    • Register Now - Space still available!
  • CLE opportunities:
    • Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Lunch CLE at Ruth's Chris
    • Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Lunch CLE at Maggiano's NorthPark
    • Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Lunch CLE (location TBD)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 5 - Lunch CLE (location TBD)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Special Event:
    • Thursday, November 2 at III Forks
    • Topic: Embracing Generational Diversity with guest speaker Chris De Santis
  • Veteran's Pro Bono Legal Clinic:  
    • Friday, October 6 at Veteran's Resource Center in Dallas
    • Pre-Clinic Lunch and CLE (optional)
  • Social events:
    • Lone Star Park: Thursday, Sept. 28
    • A Night at the Zoo: Saturday, Nov. 11

President's Message
by Tara Weilbacher President 2016-2017
Normally this is the President's goodbye and thank you message, since the end of my term is next month. And while it has been incredibly rewarding and worthwhile to serve on the ACC Dallas-Fort Worth board as president, my thoughts at this time are focused on our neighbors to the south. As a mother and wife (and previous resident of Houston), the destruction and loss of life from Hurricane Harvey has been heartbreaking.  Most, if not all of us, know someone or have family and friends that have been impacted by the hurricane.  The unbelievable devastation is historic and continues to unfold. 
By now we have all seen and heard countless stories of heroism - acts of courage, compassion, and kindness that are bringing humanity together.  It is incredibly heartwarming and inspiring to see people coming together to rescue strangers from their flooded homes and cars. I encourage each of you to participate in the hurricane relief efforts, either by volunteering your time, donating goods/clothing, or giving to one of the many charitable relief organizations.  I am honored and proud to call TEXAS my home.  Praying for all of the victims, first responders, and selfless people who are helping others!

My very best to everyone - especially those suffering right now.

2017-2018 Board of Directors and Officer Slate

The members of the DFW Chapter of ACC will be voting on the Officers and Board Members for the next year at our Annual Chapter Meeting held on Friday, Sept. 22 as part of our Ethics CLE and Golf/Spa event. The ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Officers and Board of Directors recommends you vote for the Slate in its entirety (but write-in votes are allowed). 

In summary:
2017-2018 Officer Slate:
  • President: David Kilpatrick, EnvironX Solutions
  • 1st Vice-President: Scott Young, Toyota
  • 2nd Vice-President: Shanna Whitley, RMG Networks
  • Secretary: Debera Hepburn, JC Penney
  • Treasurer: Derek Lipscombe, Toyota
  • Immediate Past President: Tara Weilbacher, Bank of America
Returning Board of Directors Members :  fulfilling elected term through 2018
  • Peggy Heller, American Heart Association
  • Derek Lipscombe, Toyota
  • Lauren Medoff, Advocare
  • Michelle Peak, American Airlines
  • Navin Rao, The Michaels Companies
  • Terri Reynolds, Behringer
  • Rudy Rodriguez, CEC Entertainment
  • Michael Todd, Zoes Kitchen
New Board of Directors Members:   
  • David Gonzales, Supermercado El Rancho
  • Arash Mostafavipour, Xome Holdings LLC
Director Emeritus (honorary and non-voting)
  • Todd Bowers, Lockheed Martin
  • Kelly Turner, Goldman Sachs

Thank you in advance for your participation.  You have the opportunity to vote in-person at the Annual Meeting.  If you will not be at the meeting, or if you prefer, you may email your ballot to Executive Director Susan Harvey at   susan.harvey@accglobal.com.
Please note: All email ballots must be received by Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5 pm.
Thank you for your participation.

The Texas Lawbook & ACC Dallas-Fort Wo rth
E xp and and Recognize Law Firms

By Mark Curriden
The Dallas -Fort Worth Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards are getting a makeover to be more substantive and more inclusive, including honoring the successful team work between corporate legal de partments and their outside law firms.
Th e Asso ciation of Corporate Counsel's Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and The Texas Lawbookunveiled the official categories Monday that the two organizations will honor at the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards ceremony in January at the Bush Institute.

The new ACC and Texas Lawbook awards do three things:
  • They put more focus on the great work being performed by corporate legal departments;
  • They celebrate the amazing legal work between corporate general counsel and the outside law firms that work for them; and
  • They seek to be more inclusive of smaller in-house corporate legal operations.
A dozen law firms and professional legal organizations have already signed up to sponsor the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards, including Newhouse+Noblin, Bailey Brauer, Greenberg Traurig, Haynes and Boone, Locke Lord, Baker Botts and Winston & Strawn.
"There are still a handful of sponsorship opportunities available," says Texas Lawbook Deputy Publisher Brooks Igo. "These sponsors will have direct involvement in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards with ACC members and will play a prominent role in the event."
Here are the new award categories:
Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a current or retired General Counsel or Asst. GC for their decades-long commitment to the legal profession and the corporate in-house counsel community.
Corporate M&A Deal of the Year honors a corporate legal department and its outside counsel for successfully guiding a company through a complex merger, acquisition or joint venture.
Assistant/Deputy GC of the Year Award (Large, Medium & Small/Solo Departments) recognizes individual in-house counsel for successes they achieved through their individual efforts and successes.
Community & Public Service Award celebrates an individual corporate in-house counsel for her or his commitment and service to the community, pro bono and public service.
Business Litigation of the Year Award honors a corporate legal department and its outside counsel for extraordinary success in a complex and high stakes litigation or trial.
Corporate Legal Dept. Diversity Award recognizes an individual corporate in-house counsel for her or his commitment and service to diversity initiatives.
Law Firm Diversity Award elevates a law firm for its commitment and service to diversity initiatives.
General Counsel of the Year (Large, Medium & Small/Solo Departments) honors individual General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers for successes they achieved through their individual efforts.
The Texas Lawbook and the Association of Corporate Counsel will send out the official submission form on Oct. 1. Submissions will be accepted during the month of October.
Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with story ideas, news tips, success stories or even suggestions on how we can provide you with better service. My email is mark.curriden@texaslawbook.net and my cell phone is 214-232-6783. 

I look forward to working with you.
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Committee Spotlight: Updated In-Transition Guide

We've updated this practical guide to provides in-house counsel with valuable information for attorneys who are in-transition or simply want to stay current. Our latest addition is a chapter dedicated to in-house compensation. The guide also includes the following chapter topics: how to find job openings, working with outside counsel recruiters, using social media and other resources, marketing yourself, building a winning resume, acing the interview, staying mentally healthy and considering financials issues. Thank you to the various experts who contributed their expertise to this project.

Upcoming Events

For details and registration to all events:

2017 Annual Meeting, Ethics CLE and Golf/Spa Event             
Registration and Breakfast
8:00-9:00 am

Ethics CLE 
9:00-10:00 am

Chapter Annual Meeting
10:00-10:30 am

Ethics CLE
10:45-11:45 am

 Networking Lunch
11:45 am -1:00pm 

Afternoon Activities
1:00-5:30 pm

Scholarship Awards Presentation,
Reception, & Raffle 
5:30-8:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 22
at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa
in Las Colinas

Members - $50
Non-Members - $70
(must be In-House Counsel) 

Ethic Topic Overviews:

Unallocated Space, the Final Frontier: Ethically Delving into the Black Abyss of Spoliation of Electronically Stored Information
With companies' growing reliance on digital data, electronically-stored information is increasingly the crux of heated disputes when litigation ensues.  Brush up on ethics, understand your preservation obligations, walk through the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and mitigating risk. 
presented by Diamond Sponsor Baker & McKenzie LLP

The Business Case for Diversity: Benefits of & Ways to Achieve Workplace/Workforce Diversity
A discussion of how in this dynamic and dramatically changing demographic world, Diversity - respecting and valuing differences in ethnicity, gender, color, age, religion, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation - is not only good, but is it is good business. 
presented by Platinum Sponsor Counsel On Call


Ethics CLE Luncheon at Ruth's Chris Steak House
Tuesday, Sept. 12
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hot Topics in Anti-Corruption Law
presentation by Gold Sponsor DLA Piper


Pro Bono Clinic - Veterans Legal Clinic
The 2017 ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Pro Bono Program Sponsor
Friday, October 6

Please come to our Veterans Legal Clinic to say "THANK YOU" to the men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces by helping them with their legal issues.  These heroes have already "paid in full" (and then some) for whatever services we can provide, by their selfless service rendered for our safety and security.
Note to those in Fort Worth, we will be hosting an additional clinic later in October - details coming soon. 
1:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Veterans Resource Center
4900 South Lancaster Road
Dallas, Texas  75216 
Optional Pre-Clinic Lunch and CLE
11:30 a.m.
Gloria's Latin Cuisine
600 N. Bishop Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75208 

Registration coming soon. Please  contact susan.harvey@accglobal.com for more information.


Event Highlight: 
2017 Annual Symposium  

The Annual Symposium in April provided a record crowd of  200 in-house attorneys the opportunity to earn 6 hours of CLE credit with a dual track program that allowed attendees to tailor the day to specific needs and interes ts in both litigation and transactional courses. 

Special Thanks to our 2017 Silver Symposium Sponsors

Baker Botts LLP
Bracewell LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Littler Mendelson PC
Perkins Coie LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP


So c ial Event Highlight: 
Wines from Around the World
A Special Tasting & Pairing Event

Last May, ACC members  enjoyed this  exclusive opportunity generously sponsored by K&L Gates to enjoy an evening of networking and wine education!  Christian Chilcoat, Royal Blue Grocery Sommelier, and staff served wines from around the world along with hors d'oeuvres as guests were taught about the region and history of the pairing. 

Sponsor Articles:
Thank you to our Sponsors for submitting the following relevant and useful information to the In-House Counsel community.
Key Considerations for Growing Your Franchise Abroad
By Ximena Couret
Baker McKenzie
By Christina Conlin
Baker McKenzie 
You spend your days working for Burgers & Burgers (or any other company that produces consumer goods and services) and your nights dreaming of taking the Burger & Burgers concept international. The concept is widely successful in the US and you and your teammates think it is time to expand beyond the borders and conquer new lands through franchising abroad. You have evaluated the methods for expansion and have decided the franchise model is best for you. From a legal perspective, here are some important issues that expanding companies are facing whether it is the first time they go international, or whether they are continuing to grow in new markets. 

Ethical Issues in E-Discovery

By Kathy Owen Brown
DLA Piper
When the ethics rules were promulgated by American Bar Association and the states, electronically stored information (ESI), electronic discovery (e-discovery), and everything that came along with the "technology age" were likely not contemplated
by the drafters. However, even though these things may not
have been contemplated, the ethics rules can be land mines
for attorneys when venturing into the world of e-discovery
and technology if they are not prepared. The rules require cooperation, competence, confidentiality, candor, and diligence. Social networking has also opened up a new set of potential ethical issues for attorneys. Attorneys must keep their ethical obligations in mind when dealing with the technological advances in our modern age. 
By Gary E. Clayton
Littler Mendelson
Bitcoin Basics

Chances are that if you work in the legal or financial sectors, you have probably heard of bitcoin - at least bitcoin as a currency. Unfortunately, most of us know very little about the bitcoin technology, why it's used or how the technology works. The conversations about bitcoin that we do have tend to focus on the sensational: wild price volatility, fraudulent investment schemes or the infamous Silk Road case. 

An Interview with Bobby Majumder
Perkins Coie LLP
Expert Insights - M&A Transactions in the Oil and Gas Industry

What Does the Current Market Look Like in Your Industry?
The domestic oil and gas industry continues to face headwinds. Oil and gas acquisitions in the United States increased moderately  in the first half of 2016, though not to the extent expected after a historically challenging 2015. However, the third quarter of 2016  exhibited strong growth in the number of oil and gas acquisitions buoyed by numerous upstream deals in the Permian basin according
to a report from industry advisory firm PLS Inc. 

Shrinking Personal Jurisdiction and What It Means for Your Company

Chris Dachniwsky
Thompson & Knight LLP
Catherine Clemons
Thompson & Knight LLP
Timothy Hudson
Thompson & Knight LLP

Imagine your Texas-based company is sued in California by a New York resident claiming millions of dollars in damages.  You learn that California is plaintiff-friendly and its procedural rules and practice often result in protracted and expensive litigation.  Recognizing the inherent inconvenience associated with this new lawsuit, your CEO instructs you to provide guidance on strategy and next steps, including any dismissal options.  What is your response?