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Quarles' 18th Annual Specialized CLE for In‑House Counsel, Presented by Quarles and ACC's Arizona Chapter

Phoenix Country Club
 | 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

2901 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014-5402

Please plan to join us for the Quarles Annual Specialized CLE for In-House Counsel in its 18th year. We are pleased to partner with the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Arizona Chapter as the sole sponsor of this half-day CLE seminar. Our Quarles attorney team will present on issues of particular relevance to in-house counsel:

Topics will include:

  • Refinancings for Maturing Loans in a Tight Credit Market
  • Ethics: Cyber Incidents and Their Ethical Implications
  • Building Contracts to Navigate Future Litigation
  • Emerging Trends: Delving into Current Issues Facing In-House Counsel

Continuing Legal Education:

Each program on the agenda qualifies for 1 hour of Arizona CLE. Attendees may attend any, or all, of the programs and may come and go during the meeting.


If you have questions about the program or would like to register, please contact Ben Wojtczak, ben.wojtczak@quarles.com.

Program Agenda and Session Descriptions:

8:30–9 a.m. — Check-In, Networking & Morning Refreshments

9–10 a.m. — Refinancings for Maturing Loans in a Tight Credit Market
Presented by: Jason Wood, Phoenix Office Managing Partner and Amanda Morton, partner
This session will provide an overview of current economic trends impacting the commercial real estate market in general, as well as by product type more specifically. We will also cover negotiating tips and points of leverage in the current lending environment for maturing real estate loans and refinancings.

10:05–11:05 a.m. Ethics: Cyber Incidents and Their Ethical Implications
Presented by: Heather Buchta, partner and Meghan O’Connor, partner
We all deal with ethical issues every day, but the realm of cybersecurity incidents can present those issues in slightly varied and unique settings. This discussion will cover ethical issues as they most often arise in the context of cybersecurity incidents and their fallout.

11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. — Building Contracts to Navigate Future Litigation
Presented by: Lauren Stine, partner and Coree Neumeyer, partner
The presentation will cover contractual provisions that may play a key role in the event of future litigation, including dispute resolution provisions, governing law, remedies, and termination provisions. We will also discuss liability limiting provisions that should be given meaningful consideration and common pitfalls to avoid.

12:15 p.m. — Lunch is served

12:15–1:15 p.m. — Emerging Trends: Delving into Current Issues Facing In-House Counsel
Presented by: Brad Vynalek, Quarles President and Executive Committee (ex officio), and Cornell Boggs, Quarles Senior Strategic Advisor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company
This panel discussion will feature Phoenix area in-house counsel from both small and large legal departments. Topics covered will include:

  • "Doing More with Less"
  • Morale and team building, including the impacts of remote work
  • The advent of AI, and what our panelists are seeing in their companies
  • Current economic impacts on legal departments, including headcount, outsourcing and insourcing
  • What law firms can do to be better partners to legal departments
  • Time for Q&A

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