Title: Managing Risk as an In-House Counsel: How to Understand and Support Your Company's Risk Tolerance
Duration: 1 Hour

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All companies take risks. Successful companies take measured, well-understood risks that align closely with their business goals. In-house counsel has a key role in determining which risks to take and which to avoid. 

To do that, legal teams must not only deeply understand the operations, challenges, and risk tolerance of their company, but also adopt process innovations and new legal tools to work more effectively and with greater insight. Global legal leaders consistently report that managing risk is not only a top priority, but a driver of process change and legal innovation. 

In the webinar, Managing Risk as an In-House Counsel, our expert panel discusses the role of in-house counsel in risk management, examples for greater functional effectiveness and efficiency, and tips for safeguardingthe company’s reputation and operations.  

Panelists will discuss:

  • What corporate risk management is and the risk management roles in-house counsel can play  
  • Aligning a law department to the company’s risk tolerance profile 
  • Managing the risks addressed by in-house law departments 
  • Advising the organization on risks  
  • Mitigation and damage control 
  • Establishing a risk management program 

David O'Connor
Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters

David joined Practical Law from QVC, Inc., where he was the U.S. General Counsel, focusing on providing legal support for the company’s strategic, commercial, litigation, advertising, intellectual property, and information technology matters. Prior to joining QVC, he was senior counsel at LyondellBasell Industries, and before that a partner in the Corporate Restructuring group at Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Jane Caskey
Global Head of Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Jane Caskey is global head of our risk advisory practice. She currently sits as a member of our global executive committee. Ms. Caskey's risk advisorypractice involves working with global clients to identify, mitigate, and manage key risks across their businesses in a holistic and strategic manner, across business units and geographies, which includes analyzing the current and emerging risks within the context of the commercial goals of our clients and their risk culture and appetite. Ms. Caskey's background is intellectual property law, including all aspects of trademarks and patent litigation. She has specialized knowledge of remedies, including complex transfer pricing and damages issues and recovery. She is also involved in advising clients on strategy for protecting IP rights, including, trade secrets and data in relation to digital and cyber risks. Ms. Caskey has extensive experience as an advocate at both the trial and appellate levels and appears regularly before the Federal Court of Canada and the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. She also participates in resolving client issues through negotiation/alternative dispute resolution and has broad experience as an advocate on arbitrations and mediations.
Jen Denzso
Vice President, US, Acritas (now part of Thomson Reuters)

Jen is the Vice President of Acritas US and leads the Americas arm of Acritas’ global client services team. Jen has spearheaded market intelligence initiatives for the past 16 years to help buyers and legal services providers more effectively navigate the legal market. Jen draws on research and her deep experience in the legal industry to provide insights into spend trends, building value-based relationships, client experience excellence, and evolving legal market dynamics.
David Martin
General Counsel, International, QVC

David Martin is General Counsel, International for QVC, a global retail business (teleshopping and online). David manages legal teams in QVC’s international markets: UK, Germany, Italy and Japan. Before QVC, he was head of legal (including time as a sole counsel) at Lovefilm, a European online digital streaming business acquired by Amazon. He started his career in private practice, most recently as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance in London.  

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