In-House and General Counsel Virtual Symposium

Join Dinsmore attorneys, in partnership with the Columbus Bar Association, for an interactive virtual seminar as we discuss timely issues impacting in-house and general counsel. The seminar will focus on a variety of topics including corporate governance, immigration issues, cybersecurity, Title VII, LGBTQ workplace rights and much more.

2.5 hours of professional conduct and 4.5 hours of general credit will be offered.

This event is free to clients and friends of the firm. To register, please contact Judy McInturff directly at 614-340-2054 or by email at [email protected].


9:00 – 9:45 AM   Ethical Duties (.75 hours Professional Conduct)

  • Confidentiality
  • Who do I Represent?
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
  • Attorney/Client and Attorney Work Product Privileges
  • Conflicts

Presenter:  William Mattes, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

9:45 – 10:30 AM   What Managers Need to Know to Keep You From Being Sued

  • The Importance of Front Line Management
  • The Legal Protections Surrounding the Employment Relationship to Avoid Inadvertently Violating the Law
  • An Overview of the Laws Affecting the Employer-Employee Relationship
  • Practical Advice for Legal Compliance
  • Best Practices Throughout the Employment Relationship- from hiring to firing and everything in-between.

Presenter(s): Jan Hensel, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

10:30 – 10:45 AM  Break

10:45 – 11:30 AM  Internal Investigations (.25 Professional Conduct and .5 General)

  • When to launch an internal investigation – subpoenas, CIDs, whistleblower complaints, internal quality control
  • Investigative plan – what to review, who to interview, how to memorialize findings
  • When does an investigation require outside counsel?
  • Ethics, privilege, and work product issues of internal investigations
  • The investigation is over, now what?
  • Implementing curative and preventative measures
  • Interactions with DOJ and other criminal, civil, and regulatory enforcement agencies

Presenters:  Michael Ferrera, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Michael J. Bronson, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM  Immigration Issues: I-9 Compliance

  • Preparing I-9 Forms
  • Document Retention Policies
  • Reverification Process
  • Self-Audits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Assuming I-9 Liability
  • I-9 Audit (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • Fines and Penalties for Violations

Presenter(s):  Kelli Hayes, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

12:15 – 12:30 PM   Break

12:30 – 1:15 PM  Current Trends in Money Laundering

  • Money Laundering & Bank Secrecy Act Regulations
  • Money Laundering Methods
  • Case in Point: an anonymized real world example
  • Solutions – what does in-house counsel need to know, best practices for a robust and compliant AML program, what to do if you have an AML problem

Presenter:  Michael Ferrara, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

1:15 – 2:00 PM  Cyber-Security (.75 hours Professional Conduct)

  • Technology Obligations for Lawyers under ORPC 1.1(8)
  • Is the GDPR coming to Ohio?  Trends in Regulation
  • How the Ohio Data Protection Act Can Help Your Organization

Presenter(s):   Gregory Tapocsi, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

2:00 – 2:45 PM    Attorney/Client and Attorney Work Product Privileges (.75 Professional Conduct)

  • Statutory and Common Law Definitions
  • ORC- 2317.02
  • What is protected under the Privilege
  • What constitutes Legal Services for In-House Counsel
  • Waiver-what it is and how to prevent it
  • Work Product Privilege
  • Facts v. Opinion
  • Waiver Issues
  • Professional Responsibility Issues for In-House Counsel
  • Privilege as it applies to government/regulators
  • Transactional Privilege
  • Media Issues and Privilege
  • Recent Case Study
  • The CC
  • Practice Tips for In-House Counsel

Presenter:   William Mattes, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

3:00 – 4:00  PM   Unpacking the Supreme Court’s 2020 Decision on Title VII: What it Means to the  LGBTQ Community, To You, and To Your Workplace

  1. Workplace Protections For LGBT People
  • Who is LGBT and What is the LGBT Experience?
    • Definitions of “LGBT” in the literature
    • Challenges for LGBT people as explained through studies
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)(1)
    • Historical background leading to the establishment of Title VII
    • Review of Title VII and protections provided by the Act
  1. Bostock: A Watershed Moment For LGBT Protections In The Workplace
  • How have courts approached sexual orientation and identity discrimination in the past?
    • Review of varying interpretations of whether sexual orientation and identity is protected under Title VII sine 1977
    • Review of circuit split that led to Bostock v. Clayton County
  • Bostock v. Clayton County
    • Analyze Bostock decision and the Court’s majority opinion
    • Analyze dissenting opinions as a foreshadow of what might be on the horizon
  1. Areas Of Focus Moving Forward
  • Application of Bostock
    • How Bostock has already been applied by the courts
  • Other Hot Topics Post-Bostock
    • Intersection of Title VII and the First Amendment
    • Open Questions About Bostock
    • Supreme Court justice commentary that provides a glimpse of what might be in the future

Presenter: Justin Burns, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

4:00 – 4:45 PM Corporate Governance: Advising Boards in M&A Transactions 

  • Responding to Takeover Approaches
  • Pre-Market Checks
  • Advising on the Sales Process
  • Advising Acquires
  • Identifying and Responding to Conflicts

Presenter(s):   Christian Gonzalez, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP