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4 Government Officials on Faculty

U.S. Attorney’s Office, S.D.N.Y.; OFAC, U.S. Treasury; FBI;

and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce



The Stakes Are Greater Than Ever

With the Continuing Explosion of Cases


Faculty Includes 2 Federal Judges,

State Court Judge, U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI


From the Judiciary and the Government:

Hon. Andrea Bouressa, Judge, 471st Judicial District Court, McKinney, TX

Hon. Ada Brown, United States District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

Hon. Barbara M. Lynn, United States District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

Errin Martin, Assistant United States Attorney, Section Chief-National Security, Cyber, and Money Laundering, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

Sheraun Howard, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Dallas Division


OTHER FACULTY MEMBERS include top law firm litigators, in-house counsel, consulting experts:

Matthew Ahrens, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Washington, D.C.

Dave Cowen, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Dallas (Co-moderator)

Gary Cruciani, Partner, McKool Smith, Dallas

Christine Demana, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dallas (Co-moderator)

Allyson Ho, Partner & Co-Chair, Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dallas

Gail Katz, Senior Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property, Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Los Angeles

Pete Marketos, Partner, Reese Marketos LLP, Dallas

Patrick Myers, Associate General Counsel, Trive Capital, Dallas

Mary Nix, Partner, Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann LLP, Dallas

Laura O’Donnell, General Counsel, Verily (Alphabet, Inc.), Dallas

Michelle Reed, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Dallas

Shawn Tuma, Partner, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group Leader, Spencer Fane, Dallas

Warren Stramiello, Senior Counsel, IBM Cybersecurity Legal, Armonk, NY 

Needhi Vasavada, Senior Vice President, Senior Counsel, Hudson Advisors LP, Dallas

Action is percolating on many fronts.  The conference will be a complete update on trade secrets and cybersecurity.  The distinguished group of panelists we have assembled are involved in many cutting edge trade secrets and cybersecurity matters.  The faculty will provide a comprehensive analysis of the latest trends and developments.  Also the judges and government representatives will update you on hot topics in both cybersecurity and trade secrets. 


Please join us for our complimentary, invitation-only briefing where expert panelists will discuss recent developments, key challenges, and best practices in litigating, managing, and protecting trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and cybersecurity which are more important than ever as a source of competitive advantage; yet also under siege as never before.  Best practices in handling cybersecurity – notification, disclosure, incident response is must-know topic for success in business and law today. 

Faculty from the Judiciary and Government

The two federal judges and state court judge on the panel have handled a large number of trade secrets cases as well as cyber matters. The panel will explain the latest rulings and practices.  Also our panelists from firms and companies will share insights on the latest case law and what it means as well as what best practices they are seeing for protecting sensitive information and handling cybersecurity threats, breaches and incidents. 


In The Spotlight:  New Damages Theories, Recent Cases

The panel of litigators and damages experts will explain new damages theories of causation, “unjust enrichment claims”, apportioning damages, and “undisclosed value.” The new theories are becoming more common.  Key recent cases we will examine include: Syntel v. Trizetto; Appian v. Pegasystems; Versata v. Ford; Motorola v. Hytera; Masimo v. Apple; Epic Systems v. TCS; as well as PPG Industries, Inc. v. Jiangsu Tie Mao Glass Co.) 


Key topics include defining trade secrets, using AI in discovery, research as well as managing the risk of departing employee, patent vs trade secrets issues, and restrictions on enforcement of employee non-solicitation, non-compete agreements. The panel will also discuss practical issues, company counsel confronted every day: protection of trade secrets, reasonable efforts and the importance of contracts.

Program Highlights/Topics for Discussion

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST including lunch buffet


Trade Secret Litigation Trends: Dispositive Motions, Discovery, Trial, And Appeal

  • Trade secret “specificity” after the Sedona Principles, and the rise of the “other” DTSA requirements

  •  Choice-of-law and state versus federal protections

  •  Lessons from the trenches in Texas and beyond, including HouseCanary v. Amrock

Trade Secret Protection Trends:  Corporate Perspectives

  • The latest developments in “reasonable measures”

  • Adopting trade secret policies

  • Managing trade secrets with vendors, with R&D teams, and in transactions

 Non-Compete & Restrictive Covenant Trends

  • The FTC’s proposed rule and federal considerations

  •  The fifty-state restrictive covenant puzzle

  •  Lessons from the trenches in Texas and beyond, including TROs and preliminary relief

  •  Managing restrictive covenants in hiring, separation, and transactions

Cybersecurity Trends

  • The impact of Biden Executive Order 14028

  • Cybersecurity risk management in light of the new SEC rule

  • Mandatory reporting and disclosure of material cybersecurity incidents

  • Ransomware

  • Business email compromise

  • Nuts and bolts of breaches and hacks     

  • Incident response; notifications

  • Privacy and data protection

  • Global update; state actors, China, Russia

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Organized by:

Sandpiper Partners is an educational and consulting firm run by industry advisor, Lynn Glasser, who for more than 20 years has created important IP and E-Discovery educational conferences and briefings, white papers and surveys for law firms and law departments. 


Lynn and Stephen Glasser founded The Computer Lawyer, The Internet Lawyer, The Privacy Law Report and other information law resources as well as organized over 1000 conferences in IP, litigation, corporate law, securities law, and finance. SP is also known as the leading provider of “Business of Law” education for lawyer leaders and senior business executives.


About the Premier Sponsor:

Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that provides economic and financial analysis in litigation matters; delivers independent accounting and other forensic services; guides businesses through critical strategy and operational issues to become more profitable; and advises governments and regulatory agencies on the economic impact of policies and regulations. CRA has served major law firms, corporations, and governments around the world for more than fifty years, and we advise 83 of the Fortune 100 companies and 94 of the top 100 law firms.  CRA provides a wide range of services to assist companies and law firms in protecting, enforcing and litigating trade secrets through experts and consultants in its labor & employment, forensics investigations, and intellectual property practices


Questions? E-mail: or Phone:  973.278.8800

CLE/CPE credit has been applied for.

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