Berman Fink Van Horn Attorneys: On the Speaking Circuit

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On November 4-5, 2019, Benjamin Fink will attend the invitation-only annual meeting of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secret Issues.

On November 5, 2019, Lydia Hilton will present, “Drones: What Local Governments and Municipalities Need to Know Now” at a National Business Institute seminar.

On November 22, 2019, Lea Dearing will present at the National Business Institute seminar, “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted.”


Earlier in the year…
Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich presented to Fulton Superior Court Judges and Staff attorneys, “Georgia Trade Secret Law: Everything You Need to Know About Trade Secrets in 60 Minutes.” (September 11, 2019)

Lisa Morchower presented “Ethics in Zoning and Land Use Law” at the National Business Institute seminar, “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law.” (September 10, 2019)


Benjamin Fink presented “Trade Secret Audits and Asset Management” at the Georgia Bar IP Section 2019 IP Institute in Amelia Island, Florida. (September 6, 2019)

Lydia Hilton was a featured speaker on an InterDrone panel, “Drones, Privacy, Uniform Laws Draft.” Lydia also presented on drone business issues and case studies. (September 2, 2019)


Bill Piercy was a guest speaker on a NAVIX webinar, “Corporate Divorce: How to Avoid a Partnership Split, but What to Do If You Must Get One.” (August 27, 2019)

Lea Dearing presented “Handling Email, Social Media and other ESI” and “Ethical Considerations” at a National Business Institute continuing legal education seminar, “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit.” (August 16, 2019)

Lydia Hilton was a featured guest on North Fulton Business RadioX to discuss drone law. (July 1, 2019)

Lisa Morchower presented during a National Business Institute video webcast, “Land Use and Zoning Bootcamp.” (June 6, 2019)

Bill Piercy was a featured guest on “Decision Vision,” a podcast series. This podcast was based on Piercy’s book, “Life’s Too Short for A Bad Business Partner.” (April 25, 2019)

Lydia Hilton was a featured guest speaker on a Rossdale Group webinar, “Mastering Drones & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation.” (April 24, 2019)

Neal Weinrich presented “Trade Secrets: Protecting the Hidden Practice of Your Ideas.” Neal’s presentation was part of an intellectual law property law workshop for faculty and students at the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize competition. (April 4, 2019)

Neal Weinrich moderated “Proactively Dealing with Confidential/Trade Secret Information when Advising a Departing Employee/New Employer” at the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York. Benjamin Fink also participated in this panel discussion. (March 22, 2019)

Benjamin Fink
moderated “Implementation of a Trade Secret Protection Policy & Process” at the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York. (March 21, 2019)

Bill Piercy presented “Business Torts” at the State Bar of Georgia’s 2019 Business Litigation seminar for continuing learning education. (March 19, 2019)

Benjamin Fink presented “Finally! Guidance from the Georgia Court of Appeals on the “New” Restrictive Covenants Act” at the Atlanta Bar Association’s Advanced Employment Law CLE Program. (March 14, 2019)

Charles Van Horn was a featured speaker at the Atlanta Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section Breakfast. Chuck discussed “Real Estate Jeopardy and Top 5 Mistakes you Might be Making as a Real Estate Practitioner.” (March 7, 2019)

Jeffrey Berman hosted and participated in “A Conversation with Business Advisers: Unlock your Business’s Potential in 2019.” (January 25, 2019)

Charles Van Horn 
and Katherine Silverman presented to Fulton County State and Superior Court Judges and Staff Attorneys on voidable/fraudulent transfers. This presentation was part of a seminar/CLE series hosted by the Fulton County Business Court. (January 16, 2019)

Benjamin Fink 
moderated the State Bar of Georgia’s ICLE seminar, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Georgia.” During the seminar, Ben also presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and other Agreements” and Neal Weinrich presented “Trade Secrets, Confidential Information and Computer Fraud and Abuse.” Click here for more information. (January 10, 2019)

Berman Fink Van Horn hosted the Emory Entrepreneur Network which featured guest speaker, Louise Wasilewski, CEO of Acivilate, a Software-as-a-Service company.


2018
Lisa Morchower presented “Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Laws” at a National Business Institute seminar. (November 9, 2018) 

Charles Van Horn presented “Fraudulent Conveyances/What Have we Learned?(Litigation)” at the ICLE Real Property Foreclosure seminar (November 7, 2018)

Benjamin Fink attended the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets in Hollywood, Calif. Attendance is by invitation-only for a select group of thought leaders in trade secrets law. Ben was also invited to serve on a consensus, non-partisan team to draft Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation for the Sedona Conference. (November 5-6, 2018)

Benjamin Fink moderated a panel, “Trade Secret Litigation: Practical Tips for Fast-Changing Standards,” at the American Intellectual Property Law Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (October 26, 2018)


Charles Van Horn presented at a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast, “Civil Trial Made Simple.” He discussed the elements of successful opening statements, direct examination essentials and basic cross-examinations tools. (October 12, 2018)

Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich co-presented to Fulton County Superior Court judges & staff attorneys, “Georgia’s Restrictive Covenant Act: Where Does Georgia Noncompete Law Stand Now?” (October 3, 2018)

Kenneth Winkler and Diana Barber presented to members of Georgia Hospitality Lodging Association, “Protecting your Business in the Wake of #MeToo.” (September 28, 2018)

Benjamin Fink participated on a panel, “Two Years In: What we’ve Learned from the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” at the State Bar of Georgia IP Institute. (September 21, 2018)

Lisa Morchower presented “Ethics in Zoning and Land Use Law” at a National Business Institute seminar. (September 17, 2018)

Lydia M. Hilton 
participated on an FAA Regulations panel at Interdrone to discuss 336, Remote ID, UAS IPP, LAANC, waivers, BVLOS and the proposed ULC Drone Tort Law. (September 5, 2018)

Lea Dearing
presented “I Suspect Trade Secret Theft. What Do I Do Now?” to members of State Bar of Georgia. (July 25, 2018)

Benjamin Fink and Kenneth Winkler presented Worried About Leaving Employees Becoming Thieving Employees? at the SHRM Atlanta Legal Summit. The session addressed what HR professionals can do now to protect their company, confidential information and competitive edge. (May 3, 2018)

Lea Dearing presented “Protecting your Business in the Wake of #MeToo” to HR Council members of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates. (April 19, 2018)

Diana Barber co-presented, “Top 100 Cases in Hospitality 2017,” at The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 – Houston. (April 13, 2018) 

Benjamin Fink and Kenneth Winkler presented “Update on Georgia Employment Law” at the Atlanta Bar Associations Advanced Employment Law CLE program. (March 29, 2018)

Neal Weinrich
 
presented “Restrictive Covenant Litigation” at the State Bar of Georgia’s “2018 Business Litigation” seminar for continuing legal education. (March 20, 2018)

Neal Weinrich facilitated a discussion on “Drafting and Litigating Noncompete and Trade Secret Matters Outside your Jurisdiction” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secret Law Summit (March 1, 2018)

Kenneth Winkler presented to business owners, operators and members of HR, “Protecting your Business in the Wake of #MeToo” (February 2018). Click here to watch the Video.

Kenneth Winkler
 
was a guest speaker to members of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB), Atlanta Chapter, “Workplace Sexual Harassment: How Much Do You Know?” (February 2018)

Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich were guest speakers at State Bar of Georgia’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education program, Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets in Georgia.” Ben and Neal participated on a panel to discuss injunctions, declaratory judgments and protective orders. Ben also presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements” and Neal presented “Trade Secrets, Confidential Information and Computer Fraud and Abuse” (January 11, 2018)

 

2017

Benjamin Fink was invited to attend the Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secret Issues. Attendance is by invitation only for approximately 75 thought leaders in trade secrets law. 

Kenneth Winkler presented at a National Business Institute seminar, “Guide to Human Resource Laws in the Workplace.” Ken shared imperative information that every employee handbook should contain and discussed disciplining and firing employees.

Benjamin Fink presented TRO’s, Preliminary Injunctions, Trials…Oh My!” at an Atlanta Bar Association continuing education seminar. 

Jeff Berman and Lawrence Kasmen presented, “The Importance of Exit Strategies in Corporations & LLCs – Spotlight on Shareholder and Operating Agreements” to clients of WHTCPA, a Georgia CPA firm.

Kenneth Winkler presented at the Community Bankers Association of Georgia Annual Southeast Financial Human Resource Conference, “Creating Some Certainty in the Midst of Workplace Uncertainty.” He presented “Contracts – Matter Anymore?,” a discussion on how contracts can make workplace expectations certain if the contracts are legal and enforceable. He also discussed if/when contracts should be used or avoided and if the proposed New Gig Act of 2017 is a harbinger. (November 3, 2017)

Lawrence Kasmen presented at the Institute of Real Estate Management Georgia Risk Management seminar. (October 27, 2017)

Neal Weinrich was a guest speaker at the Atlanta Bar Association’s program, But you said you’re a Lawyer?! Topics every Lawyer Should Know (A Little) About.” Neal discussed non-compete agreements. (October 25, 2017) 

Charles Van Horn presented at a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast, “Key Cross-Examination Tactics Every Lawyer Must Know.” Chuck discussed rules, research and preparing for the cross-exam. (October 24, 2017)

Bill Piercy was a co-presenter at a BVR webinar, “Business Prenups, Relationship Counseling and Corporate Divorce: Business Lifecycles and their Impact on Valuation.” 

Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich were guest speakers at the Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention program, “Trade Secret Protection Goes Federal.” (September 14, 2017)

Charles Van Horn
 was a featured speaker in a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast, “Building your Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Skills.” (May 22, 2017)

Charles Van Horn and Lea Dearing participated in a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar, “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit (A real-world application of evidence to courtroom events).” Lea addressed witness testimony and reports and how to handle email, social media and other ESI. Chuck addressed how to keep evidence out (pre and post trial) and the admission/exclusion of unique evidence. (April 28, 2017)

Lydia M. Hilton was a featured expert speaker at an unmanned systems for utilities conference to address deploying unmanned systems to optimize maintenance programs and minimize operational risks. Lydia presented “Communicating the Purpose of UAVs to all Stakeholders to Eliminate Skepticism and Enhance Operational Value” and “Understanding 14CFR Part 107 and the Statutory Framework.” (April 27, 2017)

Lawrence Kasmen was a guest speaker to discuss letters of intent in lease transactions at a Lavista Associates, Inc. seminar (April 26, 2017)

Lawrence Kasmen was the keynote speaker at Atlanta AGREE, Association of Georgia Real Estate Exchangors. He spoke about letters of intent for the purchase and sale of real property and default provisions. He also discussed remedies for purchasers and sellers in real property purchase and sale agreements. (April 20, 2017)

Benjamin Fink moderated a panel, “The Coca Cola Trade Secret Case: A Case Study of Civil and Criminal Coordination,” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law Summit. (March 3, 2017)

Neal Weinrich moderated a panel with Judge Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law. The panel, “Perspectives The From Bench: How Judges View The Growth and Scope Of Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Disputes,” addressed various issues relating to trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. (March 3, 2017)

Benjamin Fink moderated a panel, “Non-Compete Developments” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law Summit. (March 2, 2017)

Neal Weinrich
 
presented at “Common Evidentiary Foundations and Evidentiary Rules for TROs and Preliminary Injunctions” at the Atlanta Bar Association.

Benjamin Fink
moderated a Trade Secrets session at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute and presented “New Trade Secrets Protections in the USA and the EU – What you Need to Know to Get Things Just Right!

Benjamin Fink presided over the Restrictive Covenants seminar at the State Bar of Georgia and presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements.“

Neal Weinrich presented “Trade Secrets, Confidential Information and Computer Fraud and Abuse” at a State Bar Georgia seminar on Restrictive Covenants.


Benjamin Fink presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements” at a “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets” seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.


Neal Weinrich spoke on “Recent Federal and State Legislative Developments in Trade Secret and Non-Compete Law” at a “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets” seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.


Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich presented “Restrictive Covenants” at the State Bar of Georgia.

Kenneth Winkler
was the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by Whaley Hammonds Tomasello at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Ken presented, Know your Options: New Overtime and Hourly Pay Laws Take Effect 12/1/16 to clients of the CPA firm and the business community.

Benjamin Fink
 presented “Non-Competes, Trade Secrets and Other Restrictive Covenants – Oh My!” at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia’s seminar on “Growth Companies Legal and Business Considerations.”  

Benjamin Fink
and Neal Weinrich presented “The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Trade Secret Protection goes Federal” to participants of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia webinar series.

Benjamin Fink was a featured speaker at the Atlanta Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar. He spoke on Restrictive Covenants Matters.

Neal Weinrich presented “Georgia’s Restrictive Covenant Act: How Has It Impacted Non-Compete Practice?” at the Fulton County Business Court’s monthly seminar. Attendees included state and superior judges and staff attorneys.

Charles Van Horn participated on an Atlanta Bar Association panel, “Top 10 Tips for an Effective Trial.”

Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich presented at a “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets” seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. Ben presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements” and Neal spoke on “Recent Federal and State Legislative Developments in Trade Secret and Non-Compete Law.”

Benjamin Fink participated on a Georgia State Bar panel, “Restrictive Covenants: Trends in Georgia and Beyond” at the 45th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute. Ben recently participated on a panel to provide an update on “State and Federal Non-Compete and Trade Secret Legislation” at the 2015 AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit.

Charles Van Horn was a guest speaker on an Atlanta Bar Association panel, “Real Estate Litigation Issues.”

Neal Weinrich presented at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secrets Summit in Boston. His presentation was titled “Making Smarter Trade Secret Decisions by Assessing the Overall IP Portfolio, Economic Value and Enforcement and Damage Strategies – Damage Strategies from Outside Counsel’s Perspective.”

Benjamin Fink participated on a panel to provide an update on “State and Federal Non-Compete and Trade Secret Legislation” at the 2015 AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit in Boston.

Kenneth Winkler was a guest speaker at the Disability Management Employer Coalition GA/Atlanta Chapter meeting. He co-presented “Legal and Legislative Update,” including trends in disability, leave and discrimination laws and proposed legislation and regulations.

Neal Weinrich was a guest attorney/lecturer at a Contract Drafting class at Emory University School of Law. Neal led a discussion on drafting non-competes and other restrictive covenants. He also addressed other contractual issues that arise when employees leave companies and ways companies can protect confidential information from theft.

Neal Weinrich presented “Unfair Competition 101: A Primer for Business Owners and Employees” at the Tulane Atlanta Alumni Association Business Breakfast in Atlanta.

Charles Van Horn presented “Turning Bad Debt Into Meaningful Recovery” at the Community Bankers Association of Georgia headquarters in Atlanta.

Neal Weinrich presentedRecent Developments in Georgia Non-Compete Law”  at a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys. The Employment Law seminar was held at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Ga.