In-House Counsel Last Chance Ethics Webinar

Location: WEBINAR - BrownWinick


DATE: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Central) 

2 Hours CLE Hours Approved 
2 Hours Ethics Hours Approved 
Iowa Activity Number 84448 


11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Document Retention Issues for In-House Counsel / Rebecca Brommel

  • This topic will focus on the ethical obligations of in-house counsel to preserve documents and establish document retention policies. General pointers on litigation holds and document retention policies will also be provided. Click here for the presentation.

11:30 - 12:00 noon - Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel / Brian McCormac 

  • This topic will provide an overview of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine with an emphasis on how they apply to in-house counsel. Strategies on protecting privileged communications will also be discussed. Click here for the presentation.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in the Deposition Process / Brant Kahler 

  • This topic will discuss corporate party witness designations, witness preparation and conduct of attorneys during depositions. Click here for the presentation.

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. - What Can I Do About Opposing Counsel Talking to our Employees? / James Gilliam 

  • This topic will cover the applicable rules, case law and effective tools for dealing with ex parte communications with present and former employees. Click here for the presentation.


About the Speakers: 

James Gilliam is a partner at BrownWinick, where he heads the Employment Practice Group. Jim primarily practices in labor and employment litigation and has handled a substantial number of cases involving various theories of wrongful termination. He has also been involved in a number of cases involving covenants not to compete, unemployment compensation, wage and hour litigation and workers’ compensation. He continues to handle cases before arbitrators and has negotiated a number of collective bargaining agreements in both the public sector and private sector. Jim has spoken extensively in workshops and seminars for not only professional associations, but also at workshops and seminars held by various employers to educate employees. 

Brian S. McCormac is a member of BrownWinick and is actively involved in the firm's business and corporate law, litigation, intellectual property and agribusiness practice groups. Brian assists clients with a wide range of legal concerns, including litigation, business transactions, compliance, technology licensing privacy, and advertising and promotions. Brian has a diverse background, which includes practicing at an AmLaw 50 firm, serving as corporate counsel for a multinational corporation, and acting as general counsel for a water utility. While serving as in-house counsel, Brian developed and implemented an international antitrust compliance program and delivered antitrust training to key employees. Brian also speaks and writes on antitrust and sweepstakes issues and has served as the Chair of the Iowa Bar Association's Trade Regulation Section. He also has successfully handled many eminent domain matters and trademark enforcement actions. 

Rebecca A. Brommel is a member of BrownWinick and is the firm's Marketing Partner. Becki assists clients in the area of litigation. Becki has represented clients in state and federal court in various state administrative tribunals and in arbitrations. Becki's litigation experience includes business contract disputes (including covenants not to compete and declaratory actions), derivative actions, business dissolutions, seller-purchaser disputes, collection matters, business lease disputes and judicial review of administrative actions. In addition, Becki has assisted clients in requesting changes of administrative rules and other actions involving state administrative tribunals, including professional licensure proceedings for nurses, dentists and physicians. Becki has serviced clients in a number of industries, including health care, agriculture, manufacturing, construction and various services industries. 

Becki has researched and written articles regarding document retention policies, spoliation of evidence issues, the Red Flags Rule and other litigation-related topics. Becki has also spoken at various seminars regarding the importance of document retention policies and document retention issues in litigation. 

Brant D. Kahler is an associate at BrownWinick and primarily practices in the firm's litigation and construction law areas. Brant graduated, cum laude, from Drake University in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration degree. While at Drake University, Brant was a General Business/Law, Politics and Society double major. Brant was also very active in the Drake University Student Senate, serving on the Student Fees and Allocations Committee for three years and as Student Body Parliamentarian for one year. He received his J.D., with high honors, in 2008 from Drake University where he was a member of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and involved in the C. Edwin Moore Oral Argument Competition and the International Law Society. 

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