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Morningstar Law Group CLE – February 11, 2016

December 18, 2015

We are hosting a CLE at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park On February 11, 2016 from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. We invite you to join us for this event tailored to meet the continuing education needs of the busy in-house lawyer.


7:30      Registration/Breakfast (buffet)

8:30      Title: Get Back to Business:  Best Practices for Dispute Management

Speaker: Shannon Joseph

Summary of Topic: Drawing on experience as a trial judge, trial lawyer and certified mediator, this discussion will identify practical steps corporate counsel can employ to best resolve disputes in their favor.

9:15      Title:  Tips for Avoiding and Resolving Technology Contract Disputes

Speakers:  Jennifer Collins, Chris Jackson,  Swain Wood

Summary of Topic:  A panel of seasoned transactional technology lawyers and technology litigators will discuss technology contract disputes and specifically those provisions that tend to be litigated most often.   They will discuss tips for drafting technology contracts to avoid disputes, such as those related to intellectual property ownership, scope of use rights and software implementations.

10:00    Break

10:15    Title: Moving or Expanding?  Concepts and Considerations in Corporate Facilities Development in North Carolina.

Speaker: Michael Ovsievsky, Mack Paul  and Michael Birch

Summary of Topic: This program will explore real estate development in North Carolina, with a focus on topics relevant to corporate owners and users of real estate, including (i) public private partnerships and related infrastructure and development financing tools, (ii) key differences underlying ownership vs. build to suit tenancy, and (iii) land use and development structures and strategies.

11:00    Title: Employment Law Challenges for In-House Counsel

Speaker: Amie Flowers Carmack

Summary of Topic: We’ll be tackling current employment law challenges for in-house counsel, including the status of the DOL’s proposed new white collar overtime exemption thresholds, the DOL’s continued targeting of independent contractor classifications, the EEOC’s renewed pursuit of per se regulatory violations, “Bring Your Own Device” policy best practices, an employment defense lawyer’s take on the new HR guidance regarding annual performance evaluations, recent cases in-house counsel should know about and more.

11:45    Lunch

12:00    Brewery Tour

CLE Credits 3.0

Presenter Information:

Michael Birch, Partner at Morningstar Law Group, a land use and zoning attorney. Michael focuses his practice on land use and zoning, commercial real estate, and land use and real estate related litigation, and he offers clients experience in obtaining and protecting development approvals from local governments and state agencies.

 Amie Flowers Carmack, Partner at Morningstar Law Group, an employment law and litigation attorney with over 20 years of experience. Amie represents clients before administrative, regulatory and investigative agencies, litigates in state and federal court, arbitrates and coordinates services for inter-state and international employers.

Jennifer Collins, Partner at Morningstar Law Group, a technology and licensing attorney with over 18 years of experience. Jennifer has represented clients of all sizes, including several fortune 100 companies, in complex, strategic intellectual property transactions, such as collaboration agreements, joint development agreements, license agreements and IT and business process outsourcing agreements.

Chris Jackson, Partner at Wood Jackson who has litigated technology related commercial disputes for more than 15 years.

Shannon Joseph, Of Counsel at Morningstar Law Group, a litigation attorney with over 20 years of experience. Shannon has served as a state Superior Court Judge and a North Carolina Administrative Law Judge. As a Superior Court Judge, she presided over civil and criminal court in over thirty counties, including in more than one hundred jury trials. She decided hundreds of civil motions in every manner of case and was designated by the North Carolina Chief Justice to preside over multiple “exceptional” cases, including complex commercial matters.

Michael Ovsievsky, Partner at Morningstar Law Group, a real estate attorney with over 12 years of experience. Michael is an accomplished transactional attorney with experience in a diverse range of legal areas, with an emphasis on complex commercial real estate and finance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactional engagements.

Mack Paul, Partner at Morningstar Law Group, a land use and zoning attorney. Mack focuses his practice on zoning, land use, environmental permitting, public financing, and public policy. He specializes in regulatory approvals for large, mixed used developments and urban infill.  He also focuses on public-private-partnerships and public finance of infrastructure that supports development projects.

Swain Wood, Partner at Wood Jackson, an experienced commercial and intellectual property litigator with more than 15 years of experience.