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IDC spring symposium set April 13 will focus on cybersecurity

By Angela Underwood | Mar 27, 2018

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) spring symposium is scheduled April 13 at Gleacher Center in Chicago and will focus on cybersecurity, bringing together the top executives in the field to speak on the most pressing issues facing computer safety. 

“Because of the increasing importance cybersecurity plays in our personal and professional lives, the Spring Symposium will address cybersecurity from a variety of viewpoints, including law enforcement, law firms, healthcare providers, insurers, insureds, and state and federal agencies,” according to an IDC press release.

There will be seven unique presentations beginning with “Cybersecurity Trends: The Current Threats Facing Your Clients and Your Firm,” and will feature an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent from the Chicago agency to be announced.

“Law Firms and Cybersecurity: A Guide to Preventing and Responding to Cybersecurity Threats,” will feature speakers Michael Kokal from Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C. and Don Brown from Firefly Network Services.

“When the Levee Breaks: Helping Your Clients Respond to Cybersecurity Breaches,” with Glenn Davis from HeplerBroom, LLC and “Finding the Right Insurance Coverage to Address Ever-Evolving Cybersecurity Threats,” featuring Matt Gullickson from Arthur J. Gallagher will also take place.

“Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Cybersecurity Threats and Responding to Cybersecurity Claims,” with Seth Lamden from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; Laura Foggan from Crowell & Moring LLP; and Carrie Raver from Barnes & Thornburg will also be one of the presentations held that afternoon.

Wandah Hardy with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights will be discussing “Complying with HIPAA in the Face of Cybersecurity Threats,” and, lastly Melissa Smart from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission will present “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: How Cybersecurity Changes to the Rules of Professional Responsibility Impact Your Ethical Obligations.”

IDC will host a happy hour the day before the seminar to gather speakers and attendees together from 5-7 p.m. April 12 at SPiN, located at 344 N State St. downtown.

The seminar begins April 13 at 8 a.m. and runs until 4:15 p.m.

For more information on or to register for the IDC Spring Symposium, please visit this link or watch this video.

You can also contact Gregory Odom at or (618) 307-1223 for more information.

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