Growth, Opportunities, and Challenges Heading into 2023

McDonald Hopkins is proud to present "Growth, Opportunities, and Challenges Heading into 2023," a two day learning event with seven different sessions from which to choose, all covering different legal areas and providing the latest updates. Topics include labor and employment, business litigation, strategic advisory and restructuring, intellectual property, data privacy and cybersecurity, and business real estate.  

CLE credit is pending for Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. Each session will count as one credit hour.

Wednesday, December 7 (3 sessions) 

Innovation opportunities in economic downturns and how to protect them
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

Today’s technology-driven, information-based global marketplace requires you to rethink how intellectual property can boost and protect your bottom line. In this session, McDonald Hopkins intellectual property attorneys Rob Baraona, Sue Ketler, and Jim Muraff will discuss some key takeaways to thrive and protect your innovations and assets in a shaky market.

Topics include: Managing your portfolio and maintaining a pipeline, protecting your technology from the development and creative stage, cost effective ways to protect your brand, showcasing the value of clearing and protecting your trademark from the beginning, and efficient means for enforcement. 

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Protecting your customer and vendor relationships during a downturn
Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

As the country heads toward a potential economic downturn, McDonald Hopkins strategic advisory and restructuring attorneys Joshua Gadharf and Michael Kaczka will address best practices in order to protect your business from the impact of financial distress on customers and vendors.

Topics include: Signs of distress, steps to protect your business, and implications of a formal bankruptcy filing by customers or vendors.

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Jury trials in software disputes: Lessons from Endless River v. TransUnion LLC
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Software companies - particularly startups - should heed lessons from a recent jury trial in a dispute over ownership of software code. Technology litigation attorneys Stephen Rosenfeld, Christopher Allen, and Jacob Radecki will describe the challenges their client, a small software innovation company, faced before achieving an 18.3 million verdict against Trans Union LLC. They will also discuss lessons that all technology companies can employ to avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigation.

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Thursday, December 8 (4 sessions)

Using economic development incentives to grow your business in 2023
11:00 a.m - Noon ET

Are you ready to expand or relocate your business, but afraid of doing so in the midst of a recession? Many companies are eligible for economic incentive programs to help them grow and be more profitable. In this session, McDonald Hopkins attorneys Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Amanda Gordon, Laura Wallerstein, and Kirstyn Wildey will share ideas on how to enhance your business using other people's money.

Topics include: drop and swap formats, historic and new market tax credits, tax abatements and exemptions, public finance options, and infrastructure support.

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Critical state data privacy law enforcement in 2023
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET

McDonald Hopkins attorneys Christine Czuprynski, Beth Gillin, and Heather Shumaker will provide an overview of these state data privacy laws, and offer practical guidance for compliance. This session will cover the similarities and differences between these regulatory frameworks so that businesses can be prepared for what is coming next year.

Topics include: California Consumer Privacy Act/California Privacy Rights Acts, Colorado Privacy Act, Connecticut Data Privacy Act, Utah Consumer Privacy Act, and Virginia Consumer Data Privacy Act. 

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Compliance issues facing employers in 2023
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

With the unstable economy and the ever-changing landscape of employment law, employers may be forced to make difficult decisions in the year ahead. In this session, labor and employment attorneys Ryan Neumeyer, Julia Ross, and David Schelberg will cover crucial challenges and updates on labor laws that will affect how employers run their business in 2023.

Topics include: Needed handbook and policy reviews, equal pay notice and obligations, anticipated agency and enforcement actions, state law compliant drug and alcohol policies and practices, and new training requirements in the current workplace.

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Preparing for supply chain constraints in the manufacturing industry in 2023
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

In this session, McDonald Hopkins attorneys John Benko, Steve Gross, and Mark Steiner will discuss their experiences with the supply chain constraints that have impacted the manufacturing industry over the past year, and will preview the issues they are seeing moving forward into 2023. The panel will also discuss how they counsel clients to deal with these roadblocks from several perspectives.

Topics include: Financial hardships of suppliers and customers, dealing with a bad supply relationship and ending those relationships, and other common issues facing the manufacturing industry.

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