CMCP 2016

Conference Agenda

October 20-21, 2016 • San Francisco

The CMCP Annual Business Conference

It’s all about leadership, opportunity and taking charge of your career…

CMCP is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.  Maximum available California MCLE credit: 3.0 hours.  Download MCLE written materials, MCLE Attendee Certificates & Evaluation Forms at: 

Day 1

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Registration Opens

10:00am – 11:30am

Opening Plenary and GC Panel

Welcome from the CMCP Board and Executive Director
  • CMCP today – time-tested values and renewed commitment
  • What we want you to take from this conference

CMCP Board Co-Chairs:
Mike Bennett, SVP & General Counsel of Litigation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Laura J. Maechtlen, National Vice Chair, Labor and Employment, and National Co-Chair Diversity Action Team, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

CMCP Executive Director:
Robert White
, Executive Director, California Minority Counsel Program

 An Eye on the Bottom Line and on Diversity – How GCs Balance the Two
Leading General Counsel talk candidly about the legal landscape and issues they face, including:
  • What law firms can do to help in-house counsel meet both their priorities
  • How a GC talks about diversity with his/her business leaders and legal department
  • How changes in technology, legal service providers and the business environment impact in-house legal departments and outside counsel spend

Miguel R. Rivera, Of Counsel, Kutak Rock LLP

GC Panel:
Julio Avalos
Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, GitHub, Inc.
Mike Moye, General Counsel, Alameda Health System
Salle Yoo, General Counsel, Uber Technologies Inc.
Mark Zemelman, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

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12:00pm – 1:30pm

Two Concurrent Sessions

Select your lunch during registration.

The No Bosses Allowed Lunch

CMCP’s Signature Interactive Leadership, Career Development and Networking Lunch for:
• Law firm associates & other non-partners
• In-house non-managers

This interactive session focuses on leadership and career development, with practical tips on how to get the most from the conference.  It is a unique opportunity for this group to network in a small setting with their peers at other companies and firms.

Attendee drawing for CMCP’s annual ‘Lunch with a General Counsel’.
Bring your business cards & enter the No Bosses drawing for lunch with a GC at the Conference Recognition Luncheon on Friday, October 21.  Drawing winners will be announced at the GC Reception.

Special Guest Speakers:
Paul Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Public Safety, Mayor’s Office, San Francisco
Quyen Ta
, Partner, Keker & Van Nest

Session Leaders:
Joseph A. Aguilar, Senior Associate, Archer Norris PLC
Shaunicie Fielder, Employment Counsel, Pandora Media, Inc.
Kyong M. Kim, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
Joseph G. Naddour, Associate, Klatte, Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP

Attendees must be registered for the conference and must have a separate confirmed registration for this lunch.

The “Bosses” Lunch for Partners and Managing In-house Counsel

An interactive, participant-driven lunch featuring group discussion and networking. Participants may pick from a menu of potential topics or create their own focus area for authentic conversation in breakout groups. Potential topics:
  • Leading and Managing Across Generational Divides
  • Motivating and Retaining Talent
  • Thinking Like a Boss and Owner – Ensuring a Successful Transition for New Partners and New In-House Managing Counsel

Session Leaders:
Na’il Benjamin, Managing Partner, Benjamin Law Group
Joseph Lutz, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Laura J. Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Ash Nagdev, Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

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2:00pm – 3:30pm

Three Concurrent Sessions

The Nuts and Bolts of the On-Demand Economy

CA MCLE:  1.5 hours

Are you too busy to actually go to a store, or a cinema, or drive or hail a taxi? As consumers, we now have immediate access to an ever-expanding selection of goods and services ordered online and delivered immediately. As an in-house or law firm attorney, do you understand and would you be prepared to give counsel on the legal and business challenges facing these businesses in the on-demand economy?
This panel will discuss:
  • Growth areas for lawyers as start-ups, big brands and retailers join the on-demand economy
  • Intellectual and trademark issues in using mobile-based technology
  • Legal and regulatory challenges, including worker classification, privacy, tax and licensing issues

Candice E. Kim, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Moderator
Joseph Lutz, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Bradley R. Marsh, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Angela L. Padilla, Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Employment Law & Labor Relations, Uber Technologies Inc.
Ray Sardo, Lead Counsel, Privacy, Product, and Licensing, Pandora Media, Inc.

Is Work Life Balance a Myth? Finding the Right Position and the Right State of Mind

We work in a stressful profession. Is it possible to attain a work/life balance? How have some lawyers been able to achieve such a balance? How does working at the right type/size of firm/company impact work/life balance? What is mindfulness and how can it decrease stress, lead to a better work/life balance, and make lawyers more efficient.
This panel will address:

  • Personal stories of managing successful but challenging careers
  • Finding your career at the intersection of passion and skillset
  • Finding the right work setting as part of achieving work-life balance, including looking at big, small firms, in-house and alternative careers
  • How mindfulness can be a valuable tool, particularly for attorneys of color, bringing focus, relaxation and healthfulness

Juan D. Walker
, Senior Corporate Counsel, Varian Medical Systems, Inc. – Moderator
Joseph G. Naddour, Associate, Klatte, Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP
Tania P. Shah, Head of Employer Branding and Marketing, FLEX by Fenwick
Shana A. Simmons, Associate Corporate Counsel, Google Inc.
Michael D. Thomas, Associate, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Even the GC Needs an Elevator Pitch

Hear experienced CMCP members discuss the value of having a succinct description of what you do and why you might want different versions of your pitch to use in different situations. Fine tune what does and does not work for you. Take advantage of this opportunity to create and practice your elevator pitch in real-time in an inclusive, supportive and fun environment with your peers.

After the session, you will be able to:

  • Maximize your impact at business events
  • Express your value to clients – both internal and external
  • Turn social contacts into business opportunities

This is great practice to help you get the most out of the conference’s numerous networking opportunities!

Session Leaders:
Evelin Y. Bailey, Associate, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
Amanda Hairston, Senior Associate, Farella Braun + Martel LLP
John Tsai, Open Source & Patent Counsel, PayPal

Featured Speakers:
Julio Avalos, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, GitHub, Inc.
Eddie Rodriguez, Partner, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

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3:30pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Break

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4:00pm – 5:30pm

Three Concurrent Sessions

“Did They Really Just Say That?“ Dealing with Micro-Aggressions and Implicit Bias as a Minority Attorney

CA MCLE: 1.5 hours Recognition and Elimination of Bias credit

This panel will offer tools and tips to help minority attorneys deal with implicit bias, and unintended but discriminatory behaviors, statements, or assumptions.

Specifically the panel will address:

  • How minority attorneys should address possible implicit bias impacting performance reviews and professional development
  • Strategies to identify and counter micro-aggressions and micro-inequities that impact performance, advancement, and retention of minority attorneys
  • How minority attorneys should approach sensitive conversations concerning implicit bias and/or offensive speech or conduct in the workplace

Aimee G. Hamoy-Perera, Partner, Burnham Brown – Moderator
Hon. Daniel A. Flores, Superior Court Judge, County of San Francisco
Valerie A. Jackson, Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity & Inclusion, K&L Gates LLP
John W. Kuo, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Leslie M. Spencer, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

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What To Do When The Government Comes Knocking

CA MCLE:  1.5 hours

In-house counsel invariably have to deal with governmental and regulatory scrutiny, whether as a result of alleged misconduct by an employee or executive, or as the victims of, or witnesses to, misconduct by others. This panel will discuss the critically important, practical steps that you should take to protect your company or your client from the unexpected knock on the corporate door by the government.

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • In light of recent battles between the Department of Justice and giant tech companies (e.g., Apple and Microsoft), under what circumstances should companies consider challenging government requests for information or assistance?
  • What are the first steps you should take when you receive a government subpoena, or learn that the government is executing a search warrant at one of your facilities?
  • When is an internal investigation needed, and how should it be conducted without breaking the bank?

Rasha Gerges Shields,
Partner, Jones Day – Moderator
Krystal N. Bowen, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Andy Hinton, Vice President, Global Ethics and Compliance, Google Inc.
Mack E. Jenkins, Assistant United States Attorney, Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, Greater Los Angeles Area, United States Attorney’s Office
Jim S. Zeng, Chief Legal Compliance Officer for SAP Cloud and SAP Business Network Applications, SAP

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The Legal Department Diversity Summit: Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration

Closed session for in-house counsel only. Attendance may be limited.
If you would like to attend this session and you already registered and didn’t get to select YES or NO. You can email Oliver Santos at and he can add you to the RSVP List.

This session’s focus is developing a plan for in-house counsel to drive ongoing collaboration toward diversifying the legal profession.


  • Share common experiences and brainstorm solutions on how legal departments can enlarge the pipeline of minority attorneys moving into legal departments and law firms
  • Share best practices and think creatively about methods to diversify outside counsel spend
  • Provide input on the opportunities and obstacles for legal departments in working collaboratively on diversity issues

Rich Flores, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Willie Hernandez, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Angela Johnson, IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Melissa Souza, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

5:30pm – 7:30pm

The General Counsel Reception:

A time for in-house and outside counsel to meet and mingle in an informal setting.

Introduction of General Counsel and winners of ‘Lunch with a GC’ drawing announced. Winners must be present.

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7:45pm – until…

The CMCP Dine-Around

Savor the cuisine from a few of San Francisco’s favorite restaurants, while networking in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The CMCP Dine Around will take place on the first evening of the 27th Annual Business Conference at select fine restaurants near the conference hotel.

Reservations are now full.

Day 2

Friday, October 21, 2016


Registration Opens

8:00am – 9:00am

Continental Breakfast

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9:00am – 9:20am

Corporate Connections Welcome

9:00am – 11:50am

Corporate Connections Desk Open

9:30am – 12:05pm

Corporate Connections Interviews

Check on-site signage & print program for room assignments

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10:00am – 12:00pm

Business Development Coaching Café

NEW! Drop in for quick feedback and advice from in-house counsel, experienced rainmakers and expert consultants on your marketing pitch, business development ideas and social media presence

The Coaches:
Richard S. Amador, Partner, Sanchez & Amador, LLP
Jill Dessalines, Founder, Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers
Sergio Garcia, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.
Leslie Hom, Senior Consultant, Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc.
Kevin L. Nichols, Principal, KLN Consulting Group
George K. H. Schell, Chairman of the Board, Council of Better Business Bureaus, and Former Chief Marketing Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company
Martha Sullivan, Principal, Thornton Marketing

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12:15pm – 2:00pm

27th Annual Recognition Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:
David Kelly
, General Counsel, Golden State Warriors

Interviewed by George K. H. Schell, Chairman of the Board, Council of Better Business Bureaus, and Former Chief Marketing Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company

Induction of the CMCP Diversity Leader Hall of Fame 2016 Members
Presentation of CMCP Law Firm & Corporate Diversity & Client Service Awards
Presentation of the CMCP Marci Rubin Emerging Diversity Leader Award

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2:30pm – 4:00pm

From the Desk of the General Counsel

In Conversation with Corporate Leaders About the Future…

Tiffany Renee Thomas, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Rob Chesnut,
General Counsel, Airbnb, Inc.
Timothy S. Ernst, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Sergio Garcia, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.
Charles F. Robinson, General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs, University of California Office of the General Counsel
Amy Weaver, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Salesforce

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4:00pm – 6:00pm

Closing Reception

Thank You Sponsors