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What is Keeping You Up at Night? A Candid Discussion With Experience In House Counsel

Date: 3/30/12

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Come prepared with your toughest situations and biggest challenges, as this interactive panel with your industry peers will help you tackle pertinent legal risks. We have some of the best and the brightest of sporting goods industry’s legal counsel.

Our speakers’ fields of expertise include lacrosse, outdoor recreation, baseball, softball, football, hockey, biking, footwear, running, recreational vehicles, and fitness.  We have representative Counsel from the biggest mid size and smaller companies as well as retail.

Our Panel consists of:

  • Moderator: Mark Granger, Morrison Mahoney LLP and Chair of the Legal Task Force
  • Jim Archibald, STX Lacrosse
  • Marc Clements, Jarden Corporation-Rawlings, Coleman and others
  • Steve Lyverse, Hillerich & Bradsby Co.-Louisville Slugger
  • Tom Merrigan, Easton-Bell Sports- Riddell, Bell, Giro
  • Jolene Miller, REI
  • Yves St-Arnaud, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.-SeaDoo, SkiDoo, CanAm
  • Keith Wexelblatt, Reebok-CCM

Our program will consist of a frank discussion of the following topics and more:

How has your job changed over the past 5 years? How have you coped with those changes?

How important is the 2012 National Election to the Industry? Why?

How has your interface with government entities (FTC, CPSC, EPA etc) changed? Where is it going?

How have changes in the law affected the Industry? You job? Your relationship with Management? Outside Counsel?

What about California-will it require everyone to follow or be ostracized? How do you explain their unique laws and regulations to management?

Is there anything unique about the Industry that sets it apart from other businesses? What is it? How do you cope with those differences?

How is the Retailer/Manufacturer relationship going in 2012? Are government inquiries ruining it? What is the impact of retailer reporting? Indemnification Agreements?

What have been the most important events for the Sporting Goods Industry in 2011?

What are the five biggest challenges facing Sporting Goods Manufacturers and Retailers in 2012?

How can Outside Counsel best assist In House?  What do they do that helps? Hurts? Makes you nuts!?

What do you wish Outside Counsel would better understand about your job? Your Company and its Management? The Industry?

Where do you think legal issues are headed for the Industry?

What keeps you up at night?

Following the discussion there will be questions from the audience. It is sure to be a lively, insightful and candid discussion.

Click here to register for this year's summit and participate in this discussion!  

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