Event is being postponed.  More information to follow.

 Seventh National Forum

To be held May 3-5, 2020

New York City

Our Forum Planning Committee has put together an informative, timely program that is not to be missed! It will be packed with multiple presentations and breakout sessions featuring the most current, challenging topics that you face in today's business environment. You will also have plenty of opportunities for in-depth discussions and networking with your fellow in-house counsel as well as many esteemed guest speakers.

Below you will find a preliminary agenda and registration information!


 Seventh National Forum 

New York City

May 3-5, 2020

Meeting Format



6:30 – 9:30pm           Welcome Reception/Activity: SPIN New York 23

                                                      Location: 48 East 23rd Street, New York

                                                      Organizer: Mary Jones, Hilton





                                    Program and Networking

                                                      Location:     MetLife

                                                                          200 Park Avenue

                                                                          New York, NY 10166

                                                                          Contact: Sarah Richards, MetLife


8:30 – 9:30am              Continental Breakfast


9:20 – 9:30am              Opening RemarksGordon Klepper, Marriott


9:30 – 10:30am             2020 POTUS Election: Predicted Impacts on Employee Benefits Legislation and  


                                                      Speaker: American Benefits Council

                                                      Organizer: Charlie Grandy, Eli Lilly


10:30 – 11:30am           ERISA Litigation Update

                                                      Speakers: Faegre Drinker

                                                      Organizer: Jessica McNamara, IBM


11:30am – 12:00pm      Coffee & Networking Break (and find your breakout session)


12:00am – 1:00pm        Breakout Sessions: Choose to attend one of the following:


                                      Developments in Health Reimbursement Arrangements

                                                       Speaker: Ashley Gillihan, Alston Bird

                                                       Organizer: Maureen Dry-Wasson, Allegis Group


                                       M&A Benefits Topics/Developments

                                                      Speaker:  Morgan Lewis

                                                      Organizers: Wendy Schick-Dougall, AIG & Charlie Grandy, Eli Lilly


1:00 – 2:30pm                  Lunch & Presentation

                                         Unique, interactive session to become more focused and less stressed at work.

                                                       Speaker: Rudhir Krishtel

                                                       Organizers: Maureen Dry-Wasson, Allegis Group

2:30 – 3:30pm                   Fringe Benefits: What Don’t I Know?

                                                      Speaker: Marianna Dyson, Covington & Burling                 

                                                      Organizer: Boyd Brown, Uber


3:30 – 4:30pm                   Breakout Sessions: Choose to attend one of the following:


                                          Canada and Puerto Rico Plans

                                                       Speakers: John Prezioso, Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso                      

                                                         Prezioso LLP; Lillian Toro Mojica, McConnell Valdés

                                                       Organizer:  Mary Jones, Hilton


                                          Talking with Your Compensation Committee

                                                       Speaker: Consultant TBD – Mercer; Joe Penko, Skadden

                                                       Organizer: Carol Samaan, HCP


4:30 – 5:30pm                    Retirement Plan Hot Topics

                                                        Speaker: Norma Mero, Time Warner; Ivins, Philips & Barker 

                                                          confirmed speaker TBD)

                                                        Organizer: Maya Crone, Freddie Mac and Garrett Fenton, Microsoft


5:30 – 5:45pm                     Day’s Wrap Up – Gordon Klepper, Marriott


6:00 – 8:00pm                     Members Cocktail Reception

                                                            Location: The Beer Bar at the MetLife Building

                                                                             200 Park Avenue


after 8pm                             Small Group Dinners




TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2019


8:30 – 9:30am                     Continental Breakfast


                                            Money, Crime and Death – Managing Global Retirement Benefit Risks.

                                                          Speaker: Francois, Barker, Eversheds

                                                          Organizer: Gordon Klepper, Marriott


9:30 – 10:30am                   Current Landscape on State Laws and ERISA Preemption

                                                          Speakers:  Craig Bitman, Morgan Lewis; ERIC

                                                          Organizer:  Pat Spraguer, Express Scripts


10:30 – 10:45am                 Coffee/Networking Break


10:45 – 11:45am                  DOL Audits

                                                           Speakers:  Lisa Tavares, Venable [including colleague from

                                                              Venable, TBD)

                                                           Organizers: Monique McDowell, Southern Co.


11:45 – 12:45pm                  Breakout Sessions: Choose to attend one of the following:


                                             Surprise Billing/Out-Of-Network Charges

                                                           Speakers: Ashley Gillihan, Alston Bird

                                                           Organizer: Pat Spraguer, Express Scripts


                                             Blockchain Technology

                                                           Speaker: Adam Greetis, Seyfarth Shaw

                                                           Organizer: Chris Rylands, HUB


12:45 – 2:00pm                     Lunch


1:00 – 2:00pm                       No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: ERISA, Voluntary Plans and

                                              Student Debt Restructuring     

                                                              Speakers: Seth Peretta, Groom Law Group

                                                              Organizers: Joan Brown, CenturyLink & Sarah Richards,



2:00 – 3:00pm                       Ethics/Ethical Challenges

                                                               Speakers: Adam Cohen, Eversheds Sutherland

                                                               Organizers: Jill Keblawi, Marriott


3:00pm                                  Closing Remarks – Gordon Klepper, Marriott




General Information

We are excited to announce that this year's forum will take place in New York City, at the MetLife Headquarters, located at 200 Park Avenue, in Midtown adjacent to Grand Central Station.  The spring is a beautiful time of year in New York, and we hope our members will be excited to attend.

Conference attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations. Please note that there are many great hotel options at all price points near the meeting venue. See a list here! Book your hotel early to get the best possible rates!

Registration--Event is being postponed.  More information to follow.

Register Today -- Don't miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for two days of education, inspiration and networking! In addition to an excellent program, your registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday and Tuesday, and the sponsor reception on Monday evening. Attendees are also invited to join us on Sunday evening for a networking dinner at an area restaurant. 

Conference Fee = $125

Conference + Sunday Evening Fee = $200

Registration is limited to IBCN members in good standing in 2020.

Cancellation Policy

All fees are fully refundable until April10.  Between April 11 and 20, requests for refunds will be granted a 50% credit, which can be applied to next year's membership.  After April 20, no refunds will be available. 

Questions? ldurbin@inlinellc.net

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