Collins & Lacy to Host Presentation for Association of Corporate Counsel

Collins & Lacy will provide a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), covering a variety of topics relevant to the daily challenges faced by in-house counsel. The presentation, which offers three hours of CLE credit, will be held Friday, June 14, 2013 at The Palmetto Club of Columbia from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a catered lunch.

This presentation is free to in-house counsel, but they must register to attend. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Keely Yates at the ACC-SC Chapter office, 803-252-1087.


8:30 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast Items
9 a.m. Program begins
12:30 p.m. Program concludes, lunch hour begins
1:30 Lunch hour concludes

9am – 10 am – “Ethics and Professionalism in Mediating Your Case” (1.0) 

Presented by: Christian Stegmaier and Rebecca Halberg

This segment will discuss professionalism and ethical issues relating to mediation of a case, including the role of the mediator, in-house counsel and client expectations, presence/absence of decision-makers, and effective preparation and presentation of the client’s position.  (This presentation will qualify for one hour of ethics credit).

10am – 10:15 break

 10:15 – 10:45am – “How Did You Arrive at that Number? Factors to Consider in Case Evaluation” (0.5)

Presented by: Brian Comer

This segment will focus on various measurable and quantifiable strategies for case evaluation and management.  It will survey various quantitative methods for evaluating exposure.  In short, this presentation is designed to assist in-house counsel with determining whether outside counsel is “pulling a number out of thin air,” or if there is a definite method to their case evaluation.

10:45 – 11:00am Break

11am – 11:30 am – “What’s Going on at the State House?  A Legislative Update from the 2013 Legislative Session” (0.5)

Presented by: Otis Rawl, President and CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

This segment will survey the latest developments in the South Carolina General Assembly during the 2013 legislative session, including agenda items and laws affecting South Carolina businesses and their legal departments.

11:30 – 12 Noon – “I Liked It When I Signed It, But I Don’t Like It Now – It Must Be Unconscionable” (0.5)

Presented by: Joey McCue

This segment will focus on recent decisions of the South Carolina Supreme Court addressing challenges to contract provisions on the basis they are unconscionable.

12pm – 12:30pm – “The Proactive Approach to Workers’ Compensation Claims” (0.5)

Presented by: Kristian Cross

This segment will focus on avoiding surprises involving compensation coverage and keeping expenses down in litigation.  With regard to avoiding surprises, speakers will address understanding liability for subcontractors’ employees, protecting companies from exposure for payment of benefits to employees of subcontractors, and understanding your “trade, business or occupation.”  With regard to minimizing expenses, speakers will address “return to work” programs, “staying in contact with the injured worker” programs, and training programs for management on initial handling of claims when they are reported.

The Palmetto Club is located:

1231 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201


Parking is available at no cost in the First Citizens Parking Garage located behind the front entrance of the Palmetto Club on Lady Street. Members and Guests must park either in The Palmetto Club Reserved parking spots (to the right in the garage) or in any other spot that is not marked or not reserved.

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.