5/10 AM Concurrent Track 1 - Corporate Practice

May 10, 2023 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Product Counsel Prime– A Conversation with In House Counsel

What is a Product Counsel?  What Do These Folks Do?
How Private Practitioners Can Support Product Counsel.

Moderator: Vi Duong, Adswerve, Inc., Denver, CO

Sonja Carlson, Microsoft, Seattle, WA
Michelle Martinez, eBay, Salt Lake, UT


11:00 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Non-Competition Covenants in the Age of Remote and Hybrid Work

Moderator: Robert Lytle, Microsoft, Redmond, WA


Russell Beck, Beck Reed Riden LLP, Boston, MA
Erik W. Weibust, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Boston, MA




  • Carlson, Sonja


    Sonja Carlson is Principal Corporate Counsel supporting Microsoft’s Cloud + AI engineering groups. She is lead counsel for the Azure Databases group, including Azure SQL (cloud) and SQL Server (on-premises), and the Dynamics 365 Customer Service group, advising on a range of cutting-edge technologies and issues, including data use and privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, and Competition Law.
  • Rob Lytle Photo Lytle, Rob

    Microsoft Corporation | Assistant General Counsel

    Robert B. Lytle is an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. His practice focuses on patent litigation. Mr. Lytle currently serves as the Finance Officer of the ABA IPL Section.
  • 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.
  • 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.