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In-house Roundhouse Podcast

Aug 06 2017

Welcome to In-house Roundhouse, a bi-weekly podcast focused on providing corporate attorneys with tips, insights and other valuable info that will help keep you ahead of the game. Join our host, veteran litigator Mark Henriques, as he talks with general counsel from industry-leading companies, as well as politicians, analysts and other leading personalities with their finger on the pulse of business today.

Mark Henriques is a business litigation attorney who has successfully litigated cases involving fraud, unfair trade practices, class actions, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and breach of contract. Henriques also has considerable experience in e-discovery and is a leader of the firm's Bulldox: Documents & E-Discovery Review Team. He practices in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Charlotte office.

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Episode 35

Evan Slavitt

Guests: Evan Slavitt

Topic: Best Practices for Managing Litigation with Evan Slavitt

Evan Slavitt, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AVX Corporation, shares his thoughts on managing litigation as corporate counsel.

You can also find Evan's book on Amazon here.

Episode 34

Anneliese Reinhold

Guests: Anneliese Reinhold

Topic: Managing Outside Counsel with Annelise Reinhold

Anneliese Reinhold, General Counsel with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company and Vice Chair of ACC Global Board, shares her philosophy on managing outside counsel.

Episode 33


Guests: Nici Comer, Marshall Tinsley Minton, Jamie Francis, and Alex O'Rourke

Topic: Transitions: Going In-house or Joining a Firm

It's a full house this episode as Mark is joined by South State Bank attorneys Nicole "Nici" Comer and Marshall Tinsley Minton as well as his Womble partners Jamie Francis and Alex O'Rourke. The group talks about their experience going from private practice to in-house and going from a legal department to a firm.

Episode 32


Guests: Adrian Gross and Mike Madden

Topic: Career Development Tips For In-house Counsel

Adrian Goss, General Counsel of Bauer Media Group, and Mike Madden, General Counsel of Hyne Timber, share their career development tips for in-house counsel and how management can support it.

Episode 31

Emotional Intelligence

Guest: Dan Harper

Topic: Emotional Intelligence and the In-house Lawyer

Dan Harper, General Counsel with GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., talks with Mark about why lawyers need a high emotional IQ as well as traditional smarts.

Episode 30

Top 5

Guest: Amy Duvanich

Topic: Top 5 Questions Every General Counsel Gets Asked

Amy Duvanich, corporate counsel with real estate company Keller Williams, shares her list of the five most common questions general counsel are asked by their company colleagues.

Episode 29

Compliance icon

Guests: Debra Cheng and Amy Much

Topic: Developing an Industry-leading Compliance Program

Corporate attorneys Debra Cheng and Amy Much join Mark and his fellow Womble Bond Dickinson partner Claire Rauscher to talk about what it takes to develop and manage an effective corporate compliance program.

Episode 28

Matt Latrick

Guest: Matt Latrick

Topic: Developing and Maintaining Effective Nondisclosure Agreements

Matt Latrick, Regional Counsel, Americas with Morgan Advanced Materials, explains why the one-size-fits-all approach to nondisclosure agreements is a bad idea and offers insight into developing better NDAs.

Episode 27

Russ Dempsey

Guest: Russ Dempsey

Topic: Project Management Tips for the GC

Russ Dempsey, Associate General Counsel with AIG insurance, gives his tips for managing legal department projects, including what KPI he uses and how he spots issues early.

Episode 26

Emily Vijayakirthi

Guest: Emily Vijayakirthi

Topic: Managing Third-Party Due Diligence In A Global Marketplace

Emily Vijayakirthi, Senior Attorney and Assistant Compliance Manager with Black & Veatch Corporation, explains why simply have an FCPA program doesn't cut it when managing risk for the modern global company.

Episode 25

Ryan Brown

Guest: Ryan Brown

Topic: Navigating ADA Accommodation Requests

Rosetta Stone attorney Ryan Brown returns to talk about navigating requests for US Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, including engaging in the interactive process and determining which accommodations are required.

Episode 24

Chris Greene

Guest: Chris Greene

Topic: Corporate Use of Predictive Analytics And AI

Canal Insurance VP Chris Greene discusses legal issues corporate legal departments must tackle when the company implements predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.

Episode 23


Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Melinda Davis Lux, Associate GC for Michelin North America, Gant Sowinski

Topic: Key Performance Indicators for the Legal Department

How do you measure the success of a corporate legal department? Gant Sowinski, Associate General Counsel with Michelin North America, talks with us about his experience defining Key Performance Indicators for his office and gives some insight into what he learned. Gant and Mark are joined by Melinda Davis Lux, a Womble Bond Dickinson partner who shares her thoughts on KPI for outside counsel.

Episode 22


Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyer, Jonathan Drake, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Lisa Bondurant

Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Insurance Sector

Our Insurance sector co-leads Lisa Bondurant and Jonathan Drake stop by to talk about the legal challenges facing the industry and how the firm is helping clients address them.

Episode 21


Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyers, Paul Stockley and Chris Towner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Belton Zeigler

Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Energy Sector

Belton Zeigler, Paul Stockley, and Chris Towner from Womble Bond Dickinson’s Energy Sector sit in with Mark to discuss current trends in the industry and where things are heading.

Episode 20


Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyer, Peter Snaith and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Melinda Davis Lux

Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Manufacturing Sector

Our UK Manufacturing lead Peter Snaith and US deals attorney Melinda Davis Lux chat with Mark about Manufacturing 4.0, Brexit, trade deals and more.

Episode 19

NC State Bar

Guest: John Silverstein, NC State Bar President

Topic: The State Bar and You

There’s more to your state bar than you might realize. Mark talks with North Carolina State Bar President John Silverstein about the resources state bars provide attorneys, how GCs benefit from participating in state bars, and the role of state bars in shaping the future of the legal profession, among other items.

Episode 18 


Guests: Karen Litsinger, SVP, Operations & General Counsel, Mirixa Corporation

Lawrence Vernaglia, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Chris Mollet, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Edward-Elmhurst Health Care 

Jill Girardeau, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Topic: Compliance, Ethics, and Governance in the Healthcare Industry

Mark hosts a roundtable discussion of compliance, ethics, and governance in the healthcare industry. 

Episode 17 

Chris Greene

Guest: Chris Greene, Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Canal Insurance Company

Topic: Managing Relationships Between the Legal Department and the Corporation

Chris shares his insights and tips on managing the relationship between the legal department and the rest of the corporate structure.  


Episode 16

Ryan Brown

Guest: Ryan Brown, Corporate Counsel for Global Operations at Rosetta Stone

Topic: Managing Employment Law for a Global Company

Ryan shares his thoughts on managing employment law for a global company with Mark and Robert Phillips, a partner in our Newcastle office.

Episode 15 


Guests: Julie Wood, Chief Executive Officer, Guidepost Solutions LLC, and Paige Mason, Associate Director of Compliance, Guidepost Solutions LLC,

Topic: Money Laundering

Julie and Paige join Mark and Claire Rauscher, a partner in our Charlotte office, to discuss how businesses other than banks can be used for money laundering and how they can avoid it.


Episode 14 

George Jurch

Guest: George Jurch, General Counsel – the Americas, Continental Automotive, Inc.

Topic: Managing Talent in a Corporate Legal Department

George shares his philosophy on developing and managing talent in a corporate legal department.

Episode 13 


Guest: John Grupp, Associate General Counsel with Husqvarna Americas

Topic: Managing Litigation

John sits with Mark to discuss managing litigation. Grupp talks about why he looks for outside counsel with ideas.

Episode 12 


Guest: Jeff Hay (Womble Bond Dickinson)

Topic: A New Breed of Transatlantic Law Firm

Womble's Global Business Group Leader, Jeff Hay, sits down to talk with us about the firm’s combination with UK firm Bond Dickinson. Jeff shares his thoughts on the global merger trend among law firms and what clients should be looking out for.

Episode 11


Guests: Evan Taylor (risk consultant with NFP) & Allen O’Rourke (Womble Bond Dickinson)

Topic: Cyber insurance, Ransomware, and Business

Cyber attorney Allen O’Rourke returns and is joined by Risk Consultant and former FBI agent Evan Taylor to talk with Mark about cyber insurance, the growing menace of ransomware and what it all means for businesses.

Episode 10


 Guest: Allen O’Rourke (litigator and cybersecurity attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson)

Topic: Cybersecurity and Federal Prosecutors: What in-house counsel needs to know

Allen O’Rourke and Mark discuss the common issues companies face when involved in a federal cybercrime investigation. Allen recently joined Womble Bond Dickinson after serving six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. specializing in cybercrime.

Episode 9 


Guest: Rob DelPriore, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Mid-America Apartment Communities

Topic: Integrating Companies Post-Merger

Rob DelPriore, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mid-America Apartment Communities, drops by the studio to talk with Mark about the challenges of integrating companies post-merger or acquisition. Rob led the Integration Team when Mid-America acquired Post Properties, Inc. last year. That merger has made MAA one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in the nation’s multi-family housing sector.

Episode 8 


Guests: Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford (British Consul General, Atlanta), Andrew Terrell (British Consul, Raleigh)

Topic: Brexit, Trade, and Bears

It’s official, the UK is leaving the European Union, making trade relations with the US about as significant as they have ever been. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Consul General in Atlanta, discusses with Mark how that’s shaping up on the ground both in the US and the UK.

Episode 7


Guest: Chris Fairey, General Counsel for American Residential Services

Topic: Arbitration Clauses in Employee Contracts and Beyond

Chris Fairey, General Counsel for American Residential Services, one of the nation’s largest residential and commercial heating, air-conditioning, and plumbing services companies, sits down with Mark to discuss arbitration clauses in employee contracts and beyond.

Episode 6


Guest: David Hartgen, UNC Charlotte professor emeritus.

Topic: Will the driver take the back seat to computers on the open road in our lifetime?

Mark and his guests, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Ted Claypoole and David Hartgen, UNC Charlotte professor emeritus and transportation expert, weigh the legal, political and psychological hurdles autonomous vehicles must traverse in the near and long-term.

Episode 5


Guest: Christiaan Mazza, Legal Counsel with Valencell, Inc.

Topic: Wearables, Privacy, And The Future Of Tech Law

Our guests for this episode are Christiaan Mazza, Legal Counsel with Valencell, Inc., a leading innovator in high-performance biometric sensor technology for wearables, and Ted Claypoole, who heads up Womble Bond Dickinson’s Privacy and Data Protection team. They join Mark to discuss how innovation is improving our lives while also creating new legal questions.

Episode 4


Guest: Jeremy Smuckler, Vice President and General Counsel at ACN

Topic: Managing Legal Spend

For the modern GC, managing legal spend is nearly as important as managing risk. But, as our guest explains, there’s a difference between “managing” a budget and simply cutting costs. Jeremey Smuckler, Vice President General Counsel with ACN, Inc., and Mark trade perspectives on legal spend in this episode, including weighing the pros and cons of alternative fee arrangements, emphasizing the value of communication, and pondering the true longevity of snack cakes.

Episode 3


Guest: Claire Rauscher, Business Litigation attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson, and special guest

Topic: Lessons from a Ransomware Attack

The GC of a leading manufacturer shares his first-hand experience dealing with a ransomware attack and provides some valuable lessons learned. Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Claire Rauscher talk with him about the challenges corporate leaders face when a company’s data is breached, including why it’s important not to overreact and how to work with law enforcement.

Episode 2


Guest: Jeff Jackson, Business Litigation attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson

Topic: Elections Results - What They Mean for the General Assembly and your Company

North Carolina legislator and Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Jeff Jackson joins Mark to chat about what the Trump administration might look like, how Roy Cooper’s election to the N.C. governor’s seat could impact the state, and generally what the 2016 election results mean for business in the U.S.

Episode 1


Guest: Peter Barr, Counsel at Rack Room Shoes

Topic: Tom’s “Car Talk” Rules of Contracting

Inspired by the insightful and funny automotive advice tossed around during episodes of NPR’s “Car Talk,” Peter Barr, Counsel at Rack Room Shoes, has created a list of rules every GC should know when creating or reviewing a contract. He and Mark discuss the list, his career, and shoe-related trivia.