11:15 AM - 12:05 PM CDT

Retail and Hospitality Trends

The pandemic has forced businesses to adapt faster than ever. This program will include 25 minutes each on trends in the retail and hospitality industry that have been accelerated during the pandemic, as discussed by leaders in the field.

3. The Latest on Keeping Employees and Customers Safe When Reopening
Joy Boyd Longnecker, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Nashville, TN

4. Beyond the Pandemic: Balancing the Need for Technology, like Contactless Payment and Third -Party Delivery, With the Long-Term Risks
Henry Lee Mann, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL


2:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

Welcome & Introduction

Megan S. Peterson, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP, New Orleans, LA

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CDT

Ethics: Are NDAs and Confidentiality Agreements Still Appropriate?

Sashi C. Bach, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, Fort Lauderdale, FL
John F. Stinneford, University of Florida Law School, Gainesville, FL

In light of recent scrutiny, legal ethics experts will discuss whether and how to use confidentiality clauses to protect your clients' settlements.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM CDT


Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

Breakout Sessions

1. Young Lawyer Breakout: Contracts That are Key to a Good Defense

Jason T. Vuchinich, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC, Atlanta, GA

This program discusses the importance of contractual agreements when defending retail and hospitality litigation and how they can make or break a case, including owner/operation contracts, franchise agreements, financing agreements, and insurance.

2. Show Not Tell: Using Technology to Defend Your Case

Stephanie B. Gitnik, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP, Valhalla, NY

Learn the latest in using technology to build the defenses for your case, including surveillance and other video evidence, social media, and cell phone records.

3. Creative Approaches to Resolving Cases During COVID

Megan S. Peterson, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP, New Orleans, LA
Christian Stegmaier, Collins & Lacy PC, Columbia, SC

4. In-House Breakout (invite only)

Jennifer Anderson Hoffman, Marlow Adler Abrams Newman & Lewis, Coral Gables, FL

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM CDT

Vendor Session - Robson Forensic
Assault at the Hotel Bar: Anticipating Theories of Liability

John Hassard, M.SC., LPC, CFE, CPP, Robson Forensic, Loss Prevention & Security Expert
Michael Gerard, Robson Forensic, Police Practices & Premises Security Expert
Mark Meredith, Robson Forensic, Police Practices, Premises Security & Drug Recognition Expert

The hotel bar is a complex environment with a broad cross-section of people and potential hazards. This session will help you anticipate the plaintiff counsel’s potential theories of liability. Following a fact pattern from a previous investigation, three security experts will each present on different aspects of security: foreseeability, physical security measures, and the training of hotel staff surrounding alcohol and security.

5:15 PM CDT

Happy Hour


2:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

Welcome & Introduction

Christian Stegmaier, Collins & Lacy PC, Columbia, SC
Sara M. Turner, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Birmingham, AL

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CDT


Joseph J. (Joe) Kadow, Former EVP & Chief Legal Officer, Bloomin’ Brands and Former Chairman, National Restaurant Association, Tampa, FL

In this keynote, Kadow reflects on his career, the growth of the hospitality industry, the challenges and opportunities affecting the industry, and the need for perseverance and agility in the age of COVID and beyond.

3:15 PM - 3:25 PM CDT


3:25 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Vendor Session: S-E-A

COVID-19: When to Test and How

Jared R. Henthorn, CSM, S-E-A, Senior Industrial Hygienist and Vice President
Matthew K. Brittain, Ph.D., S-E-A, Toxicologist and Associate Chemical Laboratory Director 

S-E-A will explore surface and human viral testing for SARS-CoV-2 as it relates to the workplace and the role testing may play in the future of business.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM CDT

Retail and Hospitality Committee Meeting (open to all)

Refund Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable; however, if you request a refund within twenty-four (24) hours of purchase, DRI may, in its sole discretion, refund or credit your account. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing, fax (312.795.0747) or email (seminars@dri.org) to DRI’s Accounting Department. Processing of refunds will usually occur within four weeks after the date of the event. All refunds will be processed in the same method that the payment was received.

Registrations may only be transferred with prior written approval from DRI. DRI has sole discretion to determine if a registration transfer will occur. All registration transfer requests must be made in writing, fax (312.795.0747) or email (seminars@dri.org) to DRI’s Accounting Department at least twenty-four (24) hours before the event.