Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM

McDonald Hopkins is proud to present “It’s Not All About COVID…Closing Out 2021 and Looking Ahead,” a day-long learning event with six different sessions from which to choose, all covering different legal areas and providing the latest updates. Topics include labor & employment, mergers & acquisitions, business restructuring, intellectual property, class actions, and environmental, social and governance.

CLE credit is pending for Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. Each session will count as one credit hour.

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Same Job, New Workplace: Preparing for Employment Law Challenges in 2022
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET

Entering 2022 in an employee-focused political, social, and economic environment, employers will continue to deal with a changing and often unpredictable employment landscape. In this session, labor and employment attorneys Miriam Rosen and Karina Conley will address key employment law challenges and developments that employers should prepare for in 2022.

Topics include: Continuing pandemic challenges in the workplace – vaccine mandates, testing and more; addressing employment policy and practice issues in the hybrid workplace; preparing for state and federal regulatory changes facing employers, and managing political and social activism in the workplace.

Getting What You Paid For: Risk Allocation in Mergers and Acquisitions
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. ET

Attorneys Andrew Kulpa and Frank Wardega from McDonald Hopkins’ Business Department will provide practical guidance and insights to identify and mitigate risk in the purchase or sale of a business.

Topics include: Negotiating the scope of indemnification, drafting representations and warranties tailored to your specific risks and deal size, using reps and warranty insurance, and current market trends in risk allocation.

Auto at a Crossroads: An Update on the Automotive Industry from a Restructuring Perspective
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Presented by the McDonald Hopkins’ Business Restructuring Group, attorneys David Agay, Stephen Gross, and Joshua Gadharf will update you on some of the hot-button issues in the automotive industry.

Topics include: How COVID-19 has impacted the automotive industry, the impact of the microchip shortage and other materials issues (the real cause of distress), transitioning from ICE to BEV, production delays and identifying distressed suppliers, accommodation agreements and access agreements, and key bankruptcy concepts and alternatives.

Digital Brand Identity: Protecting Your Business and IP in an E-Commerce World
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET

In this session presented by the McDonald Hopkins’ Intellectual Property Group, attorneys Dave Cupar, Todd Benni, Sue Ketler and Erin Conway will address key legal issues companies face when it comes to electronic sales and how to protect all aspects of a company’s brand.

Topics include: Brand integrity, false advertising, FTC issues, trademark infringement, watch services, and enforcement.

From Cybersecurity to Biometrics: Hot Topics in Data Privacy Litigation
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

McDonald Hopkins’ Business Litigation attorney Christopher Dean will dive into some of the more significant and interesting data privacy litigation issues.

Topics include: Data breach class actions, including trends, evolving legal issues, and hot topics; biometrics, such as the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and legislative developments; and other emerging topics in data privacy litigation.

ESG 101: The Growing Importance of Environmental, Social and Governance Principles
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Business owners, investors, regulators, employees, and the public are increasingly asking companies to enhance Environmental, Social and Governmental-related (ESG) initiatives. As a result, ESG is becoming a strong component of measuring a company’s health, performance, and long-term competitive success beyond immediate profits. In this session, McDonald Hopkins’ Business attorneys Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Ilirjan Pipa, Michael Wise and Amy Wojnarwsky will address the following:

What is ESG and how did it develop, why does ESG matter so much to our clients, opportunities and risks that exist today as it relates to ESG, 2020-present trends in ESG with emphasis on the components of ESG: Environmental- carbon neutrality and renewable energy, Social- workplace and board diversity and community relations, Governance- corporate structure and company management and accountability, and what should be done to prioritize and enhance ESG initiatives at your company.

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