Collins & Lacy Attorneys Gray Culbreath & Christian Boesl to Present to Association of Corporate Counsel on Protecting Your Business

Collins & Lacy Managing Partner Gray Culbreath and Shareholder Christian Boesl will present a 3-hour CLE seminar to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) on Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m., at the South Carolina State Museum Palmetto Gallery on 301 Gervais Street in Columbia, SC. This presentation is free to all ACC members and in-house counsel guests are welcome.  Email to register.

The CLE Seminar, entitled “Protecting Your Business – A Legal Refresher on Federal & State Rules, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and Managing Your Corporate Image,” is designed to provide you with business basics on how to best protect your company on several fronts:

SESSION I: 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Federal & State Rules Update: Get the latest up-to-date information on pertinent federal and state rules relating to civil procedure, including recent amendments that may affect your business. Gray T. Culbreath, Managing Shareholder at Collins & Lacy, P.C. and John M. Mahon, Jr., Associate General Counsel for SCANA will highlight the impact of these recent amendments on South Carolina businesses.

SESSION II: 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
A Review of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) & What it Means for your Company:
 In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that protects Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment. Christian Boesl, Employment Practice Group Chair for Collins & Lacy, P.C. and Anne Marie Hanson of Blue Cross Blue Shield will discuss exactly how GINA impacts the day to day business of managing your employees.

SESSION III: 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Managing Your Corporate Image:  Jurors perceptions of corporations and executives are at an all-time negative low. This is due to recent societal events that have brought corporate America under scrutiny. The financial crisis, the crashing of the real estate market, the BP Gulf oil spill and numerous reports of corporate and executive wrongdoing have fueled jurors angst and motivated them to take action against corporations in the form of high damages in civil lawsuits. The purpose of this presentation is to educate the audience on jurors views and perceptions about corporations and corporate executives. The findings presented in this program are based on nationwide survey data and interviews with actual jurors after trials. The discussion will include information about the anti-corporate juror who is most inclined to perceive corporations in an unfavorable light. The presentation will briefly discuss the implications for countering anti-corporate/anti-executive bias at trial. John M. Mahon, Jr., Associate General Counsel for SCANA will provide an in-house perspective on this topic.

This event is sponsored by Collins & Lacy, P.C.

About Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Collins & Lacy is a statewide business defense firm in South Carolina that delivers legal representation for our clients through solid preparation, execution, and client-oriented service aimed at success. Located in the State’s capital city of Columbia, the firm represents local, regional and national clients in the areas of construction; hospitality/retail and entertainment law; insurance/bad faith; products liability; professional liability; commercial transportation; privacy, data management, and cybersecurity; mediation; criminal defense; and governmental affairs/issue advocacy.