Taylor Porter In-House Counsel CLE Seminar Tackles Complex Legal Challenges

February 21, 2019

Taylor Porter presented a CLE Seminar, "Complex Legal & Regulatory Challenges Facing In-House Counsel," where attorneys covered the challenging issues that are confronting in-house legal departments, hosted by the Firm on Wednesday, Feb. 20. In front of in-house counsel from companies across Louisiana and Texas, attorneys covered practice areas and issues ranging from Data Security, and Construction Law to Insurance, Environmental to Ethics, and Labor and Employment to Medicare Compliance. The seminar was approved for seven hours of CLE credit by both the Louisiana State Bar Association and State Bar of Texas. 

​Taylor Porter's presentations and speakers included:

Data Security and Breach Response Strategies:
Marc Whitfield has more than 30 years of experience in data security and data breach litigation, including working with healthcare clients in HIPAA and data licensing. Marc advises local clients in the development of data security plans. Marc also covers IP and trademark law; non-compete, trade secrets and unfair trade practices; business contracts, commercial transactions, and litigation. John Milazzo practices in commercial litigation and transactions. He advises clients in data breach response strategies, represents commercial banks in loan workouts, litigation and foreclosures and clients in contract disputes, and securities litigation. John drafts real estate documents, loan and security documents, UCC documents and governance agreements.

Environmental Legal Strategies for Acquisitions and Developments:
Anne Crochet has more than 35 years in areas of environmental regulatory compliance advice, in securing environmental permits, defending enforcement actions, and protecting interests through litigation. Anne is the Practice Group leader for Taylor Porter’s Environmental Regulation and Litigation team. Tim Poché has close to 30 years of legal experience, representing clients on environmental issues across a range of industries including energy, petrochemical, wastewater, public utility, transportation, and solid and hazardous waste treatment and disposal. Tim counsels clients on compliance and permitting issues. Tommy Gildersleeve has a broad-based environmental and administrative law practice. His practice involves all aspects of environmental law ranging from permitting and compliance counseling to litigation of toxic tort and other environmental claims, and environmental aspects of M&As.

Construction Contracts - Important Terms and Provisions:
David Shelby has 25 years of legal experience representing clients on construction, employment, business, and premises liability. His construction law experience includes contract drafting, negotiation and litigation; claims for delay; unfair trade practices; liens; collections; commercial leases; insurance; indemnity; accident investigation; personal injury defense; premises liability; and safety. Kiki Bergeron practices primarily in construction law and commercial litigation. Kiki represents suppliers, subcontractors, design professionals, general contractors and owners in breach of contract claims, delay claims, construction defect claims, and claims for additional compensation. She also regularly advises clients on compliance with Louisiana’s contractor licensing laws and Louisiana’s construction lien laws. Kiki has experience drafting construction contracts.

​Ethics: "Wait, I'm Not Really Your Lawyer":
Mike Walsh has more than 35 years of experience practicing in professional legal responsibility, ethics and disciplinary proceedings; alcoholic beverage licensing; antitrust; civil litigation; criminal defense; family law; and public records law. Mike represents legal professionals in disciplinary hearings, proceedings, malpractice, and ethics violations. Clare Sanchez practices in complex, commercial litigation, construction, family law, professional legal responsibility, ethics, disciplinary proceedings, and white-collar defense and investigations. Clare represents business professionals accused of ethical violations and facing disciplinary actions before professional licensing boards.

​Indemnity, Insurance and Exposure in Personal Injury Claims:
John Stone Campbell III has 25 years of experience in professional liability, product liability, personal injury, commercial, construction litigation, real estate, class actions, admiralty/maritime, premises liability, insurance coverage and litigation. Adam Thames practices in insurance defense, tort litigation, personal injury, premises liability, and medical malpractice defense. Adam represents physicians, hospitals, urgent care clinics, and other health care providers in medical malpractice and other professional liability claims. Ne’Shira Millender practices in commercial litigation, including insurance defense, commercial disputes, workers compensation, contract disputes, and the analysis of employment policies and benefits. Ne’Shira represents charter schools in board governance and policies and procedures.

​Problems, Pitfalls and Legal Issues Associated with Social Media; When Can an Employer Make Unilateral Changes?; And the Latest on "Independent Contractor Status":
Lenore Feeney has more than 30 years experience in labor and employment law, and education law. Lenore drafts employee handbooks, including social media policies in the workplace, evaluation documents, employment contracts and non-competition agreements, and she lectures on employment issues and conducts employee training. David Shelby has more than 25 years of experience in employment law, practicing in the areas of the Family Medical Leave Act; employment contracts; discrimination claims; employee handbooks; drug and alcohol policies; computer use and social media; wage and hour; collective bargaining; and unfair labor practices.

​Cutting Through the Red Tape: A Discussion Regarding Practical Solutions to the MSP Act and the Importance of a Medicare Compliance Policy:
Barrye Miyagi handles settlement and litigation issues related to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. Barrye advises businesses on the Medicare rules and regulations, including identifying and resolving Medicare’s interest in settlements and judgments, as well as complying with Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act. Lauren Hadden practices in a wide variety of legal areas, including Medicare Secondary Payer and MMSEA (Section 111) Compliance, employment law, environmental law, and products liability. Lauren was recently named by her peers among the 2019 Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Stars".

​Louisiana's Law Firm®, Taylor Porter was founded in Baton Rouge in 1912, for more than a century, our Firm’s integrity, professionalism, commitment to excellence, and high level of quality, client service have been reflected in our long-standing relationships with our clients. Ranked by Best Lawyers in America® on its 2019 "Best Law Firms" list in a total of 24 practice areas, Taylor Porter can fully address your legal needs across most every area of corporate and business law. Taylor Porter was a recipient of the 2018 “Douglas Manship, Sr. Torch Award for Ethics in Business,” a prestigious honor bestowed by the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana.​Taylor Porter is the exclusive Louisiana law firm member for MSI Global Alliance, enabling our Firm to source reliable, local expertise wherever in the world clients are involved in doing business.

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