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Virtual Roundtable – November 18, 2020

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our virtual Fall 2020 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at tmostatab@naw.org if you have any questions.

Daniel (Dan) Lett, General Counsel for Bunzl Distribution USA, talks with Adam Isenberg, NAW Vice President – Corporate Relations, about the value of participating in the semi-annual NAW Billion Dollar Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Roundtable.

The NAW Billion Dollar Company Chief Legal Officer Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the Chief Legal Officers of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key finance issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, CFO, Operations, and CHRO, this by invitation only roundtable is composed of executives from billion dollar companies that meet in Chicago two times per year. This highly interactive group consists of the SENIOR-MOST legal executives. The annual fee is $1,800 per member, which covers meeting costs for two events in a twelve month cycle. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their hotel and travel. Once the annual fee is paid, there are no additional fees to attend the meetings, which will last one day beginning with a reception and dinner the evening before.

The participating companies can also name an alternate who can take the place of the Legal Executive, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Tara Mostatab at 202.263.4080 or tmostatab@naw.org.

Eligibility: Companies with $1B+ in annual revenue.
The NAW Billion Dollar Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

NAW Billion Dollar Company Virtual CLO Roundtable Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - November 18, 2020

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM
Welcome

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Opening Session & Discussion
Wage and Hour Landmines and How to Avoid Them

Rodney Harrison, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The number of wage and hour class actions continues to rise as multi-jurisdictional employers continue to be challenged by an ever growing patchwork of federal, state and in some cases local wage laws and regulations, as well the new realities of a remote workforce, which presents its own wage and hour challenges. This session will look at five wage and hour topics that contributed to the increase in wage and hour class actions, and explore some possible strategies to mitigate against their risk.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rodney Harrison is a shareholder with the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. He has practiced in the areas of labor and employment law since 1995. He concentrates his practice primarily in litigation of discrimination and other employment related matters, as well as traded secret and non-compete litigation. He has litigated labor and employment-related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including individual and class action claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, ERISA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
General Session & Discussion
Potential Areas of Liability Exposure for Distributors amidst COVID-19

Jess Rydstrom, Partner, Williams & Connolly

The ongoing public health crisis has created enhanced risks for the NAW membership across a host of subject areas. This session will provide a high-level overview of potential hazards in the areas of government investigations, government contracts, commercial disputes, class actions and mass tort, securities litigation, and employment disputes, and will discuss strategies for minimizing exposure in this rapidly evolving environment.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jess Rydstrom litigates complex civil cases, with an emphasis on commercial and patent litigation and products liability defense. Jess has tried cases in federal and state courts, in arbitration, and across a variety of industries.

Jess has represented corporations, professional firms, and individuals in a broad range of cases, at both the trial and appellate levels, in arbitration proceedings, and in regulatory and congressional investigations. She has experience in a range of substantive areas, including commercial disputes, products liability, intellectual property and licensing litigation, legal and accounting malpractice, and qui tam actions.

Jess recently joined the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches Trial Practice. She is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and is the Vice Chair of the Hiring Committee.

A native Californian, Jess graduated with honors from Duke Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. She joined the firm in 2009 after clerking for the Honorable Catherine C. Blake on the District of Maryland. Before law school, Jess worked as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM
Break

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session & Discussion

How to Handle Political Activity in the Workplace

Jenn Betts, Shareholder, Co-Chair of Technology Practice Group, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The election may be over, but given the current climate, it is unlikely the political rhetoric will die down any time soon.  And, it’s certain that whatever the conversation is out in the public and the media, it will spill over into the workplace.  In this session, we will examine political speech at work, refusals to work and protests as well as an employer’s ability to respond to out of work conduct.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what employee speech and conduct is and is not protected by law;
  • Know how to respond to refusals to work and other protests; and
  • Help reduce potential liability by implementing best practices.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jenn Betts has been representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law for over 12 years, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, class and collective actions, non-competition and non-disclosure covenants, union campaigns, collective bargaining, and unfair labor practices.

Jenn works with clients in an array of industries including technology companies, retailers, manufacturers, banks, and in the energy sector. She is the co-chair of the firm’s national Technology Practice Group and regularly advises clients about the labor and employment implications of deploying technology in the workplace.

Jenn litigates cases in federal and state court, arbitration, and in front of relevant administrative bodies, and represents employers in obtaining and defending against injunctions. Jenn has successfully represented employers in discrimination, traditional labor, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims, including class and collective actions.

In addition to actively managing litigation, a significant portion of Jenn’s practice involves training, proactive counseling, and conducting audits on subjects like the impact of technology on the workplace, compliance with wage/hour laws, avoiding issues of workplace discrimination and harassment, and managing disability accommodation and leaves of absence requests.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Discussion
Our agenda includes an open discussion where you can raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. Please come prepared with two questions or issues you are trying to solve that you would like to ask your peers. You will have the chance to go “around the screen” during the roundtable and ask your specific question (or two) to your CLO peers. Make sure to take notes during this session; you may find a perfect topic to suggest for the next NAW Roundtable scheduled for May 11-12, 2021.

5:00 PM
Adjourn

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Fall 2020 Billion Dollar CLO Virtual Roundtable:

  • A B C Supply Co Inc
  • Belknap White Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • City Electric Supply
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Distribution International Inc
  • Grainger Inc
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • McLane Co Inc
  • Republic National Distributing Co Inc
  • SanMar Corp
  • Smith Drug Co/Div JM Smith Corp
  • Sonepar USA
  • S R S Distribution Inc
  • Systemax Inc
  • True Value Co
  • Uline
  • Wilbur-Ellis

NAW Billion Dollar CLO Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • Belknap White Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • City Electric Supply
  • Core & Main
  • Do It Best
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Distribution International Inc
  • Grainger
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • McLane
  • MRC Global
  • MSC Industrial
  • PetroChoice
  • Republic National Distributing Co Inc
  • SanMar Corp
  • Smith Drug Co/Div JM Smith Corp
  • Sonepar USA
  • SRS Distribution
  • Systemax Inc
  • True Value
  • Uline
  • US LBM Holdings
  • WESCO
  • McLane Co Inc

The following wholesale distribution companies have attended previous NAW Billion Dollar CLO Roundtables:

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Avnet
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Boise Cascade
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc.
  • Core & Main
  • Do It Best
  • Dot Foods
  • Essendant
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Grainger
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • McLane Co Inc
  • MRC Global
  • MSC
  • Patterson Companies
  • PetroChoice
  • Pool Corp.
  • PrimeSource
  • ProBuild
  • Rexel
  • SRS Distribution
  • Sysco
  • True Value Company
  • Uline
  • United Stationers Inc.
  • US LBM Holdings

The Billion Dollar CLO Virtual Roundtable will take place via Zoom Meetings. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.

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