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PLI, 'Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2016: Get Fluent in Technology'

Speakers: Joseph C. Guagliardo, Ewa Abrams, Mark D'agostino, Renard Francois, Matthew Haies, Jonathan T. Kaplan, Nina G. Kilbride, Joseph J. Lewczak, Jon Neiditz, David Opderbeck, Chris Osterwood, Timothy Ryan, James Q. Walker and Kaylin Whittingham

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
PLI, 'Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek 2016: Get Fluent in Technology'

In-Person Event and Live Webcast.

The lawyer who understands his or her client’s technology will stand out as a trusted counselor who can analyze and provide sound advice on technology issues. As your client’s business changes to meet new technologies, the legal issues it encounters only multiply. A lawyer who does not have the tools to understand the technology issues confronting clients cannot be an effective counselor, since these issues arise in clients’ routine contracts, business negotiations and litigation. Success in the courtroom often depends on having the most effective understanding, analysis and presentation of a client’s technology-related disputes. Technology problems and conflicts over valuable intellectual property impact many types of business disputes.

Even pre-trial discovery requires an effective mastery of technical issues. Lawyers, who often have no formal technical training, are required by court rules to report on their client’s technology infrastructure so that a judge may address electronic discovery issues. Many discovery concerns can be resolved without reliance on expensive outside experts, if counsel understands the underlying technology. In addition, avoiding unnecessary disputes will speed up litigations and decrease pre-trial discovery costs. This unique program will give lawyers the necessary background to become more knowledgeable and effective advocates in technology-related matters.

What You Will Learn:

  • blockchain and smart contracts: changing business, government and legal practice
  • cybersecurity: how hackers and state-sponsored actors attack corporate systems
  • in-house counsel discuss dealing with privacy rules in the U.S. and Europe
  • how big data feeds online behavioral advertising
  • artificial intelligence and robots: how do these systems function?


  • Joseph C. Guagliardo, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Ewa M. Abrams, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Tiffany & Co.
  • Mark D'Agostino, Director, ConsenSys
  • Renard Francois, Global Chief Privacy Officer, General Electric
  • Matthew Haies, Senior VP & General Counsel, Xaxis
  • Jonathan T. Kaplan, IP Attorney, Kaplan IP Law, PLLC
  • Nina G. Kilbride, Head of Legal Engineering, Eris Industries, Ltd
  • Joseph J. Lewczak, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP
  • Jon Neiditz, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • David W. Opderbeck, Professor of Law & Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall University Law School
  • Chris Osterwood, Chief Technical Officer, Carnegie Robotics LLC
  • Timothy Ryan, Partner Principal, EY
  • James Q. Walker, Partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Kaylin Whittingham, Managing Attorney, Whittingham Law

CLE credit available.


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1177 Avenue of the Americas - 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036