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Relativity Fest 2018

Stephen Patton

Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Speaker Bio

Steve Patton is of counsel for the litigation group in the Chicago Office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Steve has extensive experience trying cases and arguing appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country in a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has also served as an advisor to senior management in a number of “bet the company” exposures and negotiated several multi-million settlements in complex disputes.

From 2011-2017, Pattion was Chicago’s Corporation Counsel and Mayor Emanuel’s senior legal advisor. In that role, he supervised the City’s 270-lawyer Law Department and instituted initiatives to improve legal representation and reduce costs. Prior to serving as corporation counsel, Steve was a senior litigation partner with Kirkland, where he tried cases and argued appeals throughout the country, and served as chair of the firm’s litigation management and client development committees.

Steve is a Fellow of the American College of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been voted one of Illinois’ “Top 100 Super Lawyers” and The Best Lawyers of America, and named one of the U.S.’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Global Counsel’s Dispute Resolution Handbook, and Corporate Board Member magazine.

LIE227583 - The Battle of Titans: How to Balance PR and Legal During Crisis In a crisis, you may have moments to respond on behalf of your organization. Is your plan in place? In a world where a response to a crisis must be immediate and impactful, preparation can be the key to success. How can your legal team and PR team work in lockstep to ensure success? Given the critical nature of data, a PR response plan should be in every organization's e-discovery tool kit. This session will highlight best practices for building defensible internal protocols, common mistakes in handling crisis, and knowing the signs to prevent a fire from becoming an inferno.   1 Hour Panel Shawn Gaines - Director of Product and Community Marketing, Relativity
Jacqueline Day - Senior Partner and Head of Washington DC Office, Control Risks
Jenny Hamilton - eDiscovery Counsel, Deere & Company
Stephen Patton - Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
John Pletz - Senior Technology and Venture Capital Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business
Aaron Schoenherr - VP, Green Target
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