Practice Groups

Practice Groups provide presentations on a diverse array of industry-specific or topic-specific areas to ACC Houston members. Each Practice Group meets two to four times per year, and affords members an opportunity to network with and learn from industry experts and keep abreast of new developments in the law and in practice, while earning valuable CLE credits.

BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices delivers CLE-accredited presentations addressing best practices in areas typically encountered by corporate in-house counsel. Panels consisting of in-house and outside counsel explore a variety of topics, discuss best practices, and encourage attendees to share their experiences.

Contact: Nicole Moss
Practice Group Sponsor: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

 

DATA PRIVACY & SECURITY

This practice group covers information technology, privacy, data protection, eCommerce, outsourcing, the Internet, and related areas. 

Primary goals:

  • To serve as a key resource for its members to exchange valuable information, forms and practical approaches to legal issues.
  • To act as a center of excellence within ACC Houston in the practice areas of information technology, cloud computing, privacy, data protection/security, e-commerce, outsourcing, the Internet, and related areas.
  • To foster the professional development of its members through education and networking opportunities.
  • To promote the development of best practices in the practice areas covered by the Committee.

 

Board Contact: Dean Fisher and Seema Puri-Patel
Practice Group Sponsor: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

 

ENERGY

ACC Houston has two very active Energy Practice Groups. This area of practice covers all aspects of the energy industry- including the exploration and production sector, operators and service companies, pipelines, refineries, electric and gas utilities, power generation, coal, LNG, alternative fuels, and energy trading.

Board Contacts: Lauren Haller and Phillina Lai
Practice Group Sponsor: Foley Gardere
Practice Group Sponsor: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

 

Healthcare Law

This is a new practice group which will address legal issues particularly relevant to the health care industry, including health systems, providers, payors, and pharmaceutical and services providers.

Board Contacts: David Comeaux
Practice Group Sponsor: Seyfarth Shaw

 

international

The International Practice group provides resources and practical advice for in-house counsel who deal with legal matters in an international setting or in non-US jurisdictions and are faced with a wide-range of cross-border issues. The broad focus of this group is not only on the study of current legal developments affecting multinational companies and U.S. companies doing business outside the U.S., but also ancillary areas such as international transactional work, and international litigation or arbitration. The objective of the International Practice Group is to advance the professional development of in-house lawyers practicing internationally by improving their understanding of international legal issues and best practices for corporate lawyers.

Board Contacts: Joseph Yao
Practice Group Sponsor: Hogan Lovells

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

This practice group focuses on all categories of intellectual property law and related issues of importance to in-house counsel, such as intellectual property due diligence prepared by in-house counsel for mergers and acquisitions; licensing; patent prosecution; and patent infringement litigation.

Board Contact: Brian Kentshire
Practice Group Sponsor: Bracewell LLP

 

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

This group focuses, from both the federal and state level, on employment law, traditional labor law topics, employee pay and benefits matters, and HR issues.

Board Contact: Victor Wright
Practice Group Sponsor: Seyfarth Shaw

 

LITIGATION

Litigation focuses on providing training and continuing legal education opportunities most relevant to in-house litigators and by facilitating the sharing of best practices and will touch on the following aspects of this area of practice:

  • enhancing the professionalism of in-house litigators by encouraging, fostering, and assisting in the development of the in-house litigation capabilities.
  • providing training and continuing education opportunities in practice areas of importance to litigators.
  • exploring the changing relationships between in-house litigators and outside counsel.
  • facilitating the understanding of business objectives in the in-house litigation practice and, conversely, defining the proper role of litigation in business strategy.
  • facilitating networking between and among in-house litigators on matters of mutual interest.

 

Board Contact:  Patrick Byrd
Practice Group Sponsor: Baker & McKenzie LLP

 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

This practice group is intended to provide ACC Houston members with opportunities to share information and developments on the legal issues, case law and documentation associated with various transactions commonly associated with M&A legal work such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of legal entities, businesses and assets, and the formation or organization of joint ventures and equity investments. Examples of documentation that may be addressed include confidentiality agreements, due diligence checklists, letters of intent or term sheets, the definitive agreements, and any ancillary agreements associated with a transaction, including stock transactions as well as asset transactions.

Board Contact: Fancisco Balduzzi
Practice Group Sponsor: Baker Botts