2021 Trade Secret Summit

2021 Trade Secret Summit

November 8 to 9, 2021


SolarWinds Headquarters

Austin, Texas, United States



525 minutes (8.75 hours for 60 minute states and 10.5 hours for 50 minute states)


Fee: See pricing below

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Please join the AIPLA Trade Secret Committee for the 2021 Trade Secret Summit, which is being held November 8-9, 2021 at the headquarters of SolarWinds in Austin, Texas.

The AIPLA Trade Secret Summit is the leading trade secret conference in the nation, with speakers from across the spectrum of private practitioners, in-house counsel, government, and academia, as well as fantastic networking opportunities. CLE credits will be available and topics this year are expected to include: 

  • Expert Advice: Practical tips for working with experts in a trade secret case.
  • Federal Involvement and Enforcement: Biden’s Executive Order and other federal government regulation and enforcement.  
  • What’s New in Noncompetes and Trade Secrets?: State law updates to noncompete and trade secrets law (including CA).
  • Advanced Trade Secrets Topics (Part 1):  Defining “ownership” of a trade secret or non-patented inventions, including discussion of BioRad-Labs, Inc. v. 10 Genomics Inc., 967 F. 3d 1352 (2020); distinguishing between “confidential information” and “trade secrets.”
  • Advanced Trade Secrets Topics (Part 2): Sufficiently identifying trade secrets in litigation update.
  • Protecting Trade Secrets in a post-COVID-19 World: Trends, traps, and other hot topics for protecting trade secrets in the remote work environment.
  • Don’t Mess with Texas Trade Secrets: Primer on Texas trade secrets and noncompete law plus protecting trade secrets in the oil, gas, and energy industries. 
  • Trade Secrets and Noncompetes For Lawyers: Lawyers can misappropriate trade secrets and breach noncompetes, too. Ethics Credit!  

Registration Rates:

AIPLA Regular Members: $495
AIPLA Solo/Small Firm Members: $395
AIPLA Government/Junior Members $199
AIPLA Student Members: $55
Non-Members: $895

We are pleased to offer discounted rates for corporate practitioners:
In-House Member price: $199
In-House Non-Member price: $399

Corporate Practitioners must register using this Corporate Registration Form to receive discounted rates.

Download the full agenda and speaker list here

Trade Secret Summit Sponsors (1)


  • Barry-John-square200 Barry, John P.

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Partner

    John P. Barry is Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation Practice Group. He is a well-regarded trial lawyer and corporate counselor who has more than 25 years of experience advising companies and their executives, directors, and HR leaders on sensitive and significant employment law issues in the courtroom, boardroom, enforcement, and transactional contexts.
  • Beck, Russell square200 Beck, Russell

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Founder

    Russell Beck is a business, trade secrets, and employee mobility litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. He was invited to the Obama White House to develop guidelines for the proper use of noncompetes, and has been cited as an expert on trade secrets and noncompetes by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the White House, the Treasury Department, National Public Radio, the BBC World News Service, PBS Newshour, Le Monde, and many others.
  • jbeebe200 Beebe, James

    Baker Hughes | Executive Counsel, IP

    James Beebe is Executive Counsel, Intellectual Property for Baker Hughes Company, an energy technology company. James is responsible for the identification and protection of technologies and services developed by Baker Hughes’ oilfield and industrial chemical business. Additionally, he leads the IP operations team at Baker Hughes.
  • Brent K. Bersin Photo200x200 Bersin, Brent

    FTI Consulting | Senior Managing Director

    Brent Bersin is a Senior Managing Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment of FTI Consulting.
  • Boushie_Kristopher_200_web Boushie, Kristopher

    NERA Economic Consulting | Director

    Kristopher Boushie is a Director with NERA Economic Consulting in its Washington, DC office. He has over 30 years of experience consulting and testifying on IP related matters including the analysis and quantification of damages from IP infringement/misappropriation, IP valuation and licensing, and royalty auditing. He is a member of NERA’s IP practice and heads its Trade Secrets Task Force.
  • Candido, Amy 200x200 Candido, Amy

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Partner

    Amy Candido is a trial lawyer who focuses on high-stakes, complex intellectual property matters. She has extensive experience litigating patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and other IP in “bet the company” cases nationwide on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Amy has tried numerous jury and bench trials, securing courtroom victories in a variety of difficult cases. Her trial victories include The National Law Journal’s Top Verdict of 2014 and three complete defense verdicts in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Fink, Benjamin

    Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C. | Shareholder

    Benjamin Fink is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on competition-related disputes, including noncompetes and trade secrets. A published author on restrictive covenants, he blogs regularly on noncompete and trade secret topics (www.bfvlaw.com/blogs) and serves as a co-host of the Fairly Competing podcast. In recognition of his thought leadership in the trade secrets arena, he was invited to attend The Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secrets Issues that was held in December 2017. He served on the Sedona Conference drafting team for Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation as part of Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets. He currently serves as Chair of the Trade Secrets Committee of the AIPLA.
  • Gale, Jame Photo square200 Gale, James A.

    Cozen O'Connor | Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation

    Jim has handled hundreds of cases involving patents, theft of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, trademarks, unfair competition, and internet disputes. He has appeared in over 400 federal cases in more than 48 federal district and circuit courts, as well as handled hundreds of injunctions in over 35 different states around the nation.
  • Gerber_Seth_200 Gerber, Seth

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius | Partner

    Seth M. Gerber is a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Century City, California. His trial practice focuses on trade secrets and non-compete litigation. Mr. Gerber has practiced extensively in both state and federal courts, and he has jury and bench trial, arbitration, and appellate experience.
  • Heaven, A200 Heaven, Astor

    Crowell & Moring | Partner

    Astor Heaven is a trial lawyer in Crowell & Moring's Litigation group and is located in the Washington, D.C. office. Astor has tried cases in federal and state court and routinely litigates and arbitrates complex commercial, antitrust, and intellectual property cases in the defense, life sciences, and health care industries. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, Astor brings a unique perspective and discipline to client matters, whether as lead attorney or contributing to a team’s overall success.
  • Humphrey, Scott

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP | Partner

    Scott Humphrey is the Chair of Benesch’s Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition Practice Group. He has extensive litigation, arbitration, and counseling experience involving a wide range of complex commercial contract disputes and business torts, including matters arising from trade secret appropriation, breach of restrictive covenants, contract disputes, manufacturing and distribution issues, fraud, and insurance disputes.
  • Joseph, Hanna200 Joseph, Hannah

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Senior Counsel

    Hannah T. Joseph is Senior Counsel at Beck Reed Riden LLP, where she focuses her practice on the growing areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants law, employee mobility, and unfair competition.
  • klapow200 Klapow, Mark

    Crowell & Moring LLP | Partner

    Mark A. Klapow is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group. He litigates complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets cases. Mark has represented Fortune 500 companies including Alcoa, AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Intel, Lenovo, Molson Coors, and Western Union in federal and state courts across the country.
  • Marsh. John 200 Marsh, John

    Bailey Cavalieri LLC | Member

    John’s commercial litigation practice concentrates on trade secrets litigation and the enforcement of non-competes throughout the United States. John is listed in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers of America for Litigation – Intellectual Property and in the 2009-18 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers, and he is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics. He has been quoted on trade secret law and restrictive covenant issues by The Wall Street Journal, Inside Counsel, Law360, The National Law Journal, Managing IP and Wired; and his blog, “The Trade Secret Litigator” (www.tradesecretlitigator.com), has been cited by publications including The Wall Street Journal.
  • McQuade, Jim McQuade, Jim

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | Partner

    Jim represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation throughout the United States.
  • MelnickDCP200 Melnick, Sue

    Bay Equity | Chief Compliance& Operating Officer

    Sue has worked at Bay Equity LLC since 2008 initially as outside counsel and then in 2012 and since in various roles with increasing responsibility. She is responsible for all mortgage operations for the company which operates in 42 states as an independent mortgage bank, as well as managing the legal department in her role as CCO and COO.
  • Obaro_Bambo_200 Obaro, Bambo

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Partner

    Bambo Obaro is a Partner in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice and a member of Weil’s Trade Secrets Taskforce. Bambo has over a decade of experience litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts around the country.
  • Pelletier, Dean Pelletier, Dean A.

    Pelletier Law | Founder

    Dean has been practicing IP law for 25 years and focuses on leveraging patents and trade secrets. Dean’s litigation, trial and appellate experience includes experience in federal and state courts and at the ITC.
  • Pooley, James 200x200 Pooley, James

    James Pooley PLC | Founder

    James Pooley is one of the world’s foremost experts in trade secret law and management. His legal treatise, “Trade Secrets,” updated semi-annually, is the leading lawyer’s desk reference on the subject. His latest business book is “Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage” (Verus Press, 2015).
  • Schaefer-Lauren-200 Schaefer, Lauren

    Arent Fox | Associate

    Lauren Schaefer represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation. Lauren specializes in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.
  • Steinmeyer Headshot200 Steinmeyer, Peter

    Epstein, Becker & Green | Member

    PETER A. STEINMEYER is a Member of the law firm Epstein Becker Green in its Labor & Employment practice and the Managing Shareholder of its Chicago office. Practicing in all aspects of labor and employment law, he is a co-leader of the firm's Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility subpractice. Mr. Steinmeyer advises clients on the enforcement and drafting of non-compete, non-solicitation, and employment agreements, and he litigates trade secret and restrictive covenant matters in numerous industries.
  • vaughn_-_website_200x200 Vaughn, Jim

    iDiscovery Solutions | Managing Director

    James D. Vaughn, a Managing Director of iDiscovery Solutions (iDS), is a court-recognized expert who has given testimony in nearly 70 cases involving topics such as evidence preservation, documentation of events, and computer forensic methodologies and procedures. In addition to being an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Mr. Vaughn is certified by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).
  • Weibust, Erik

    Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. | Partner

    Erik Weibust is a Partner in the Boston office of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he is Vice Chair of the firm’s Trade Secret & Employee Mobility practice group. Many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, technology, financial services, staffing, and insurance companies look to Erik for thoughtful and practical advice concerning how best to protect their trade secrets and customer relationships from misappropriation by former employees, ex-business partners, competitors, and hostile actors in the United States and abroad, and to avoid liability when hiring from competitors. When necessary, clients rely on Erik for aggressive representation in litigation, where he has won substantial victories in court and at the negotiating table, including broad-reaching injunctive relief and multimillion-dollar payouts, in trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and breach of restrictive covenant cases.
  • Weil_Michael_200 Weil, Michael D.

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP | Partner

    Michael Weil represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and representative actions asserting multimillion dollars in damages and high stakes noncompete, employee mobility, and trade secrets matters arising from a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail, and financial services, throughout the United States.
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