Cyber-Security: A Practical Guide for the Business Lawyer

May 19, 2017 | 6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending

Led by Chairperson Gavin Skok of Riddell Williams, this CLE is designed to be a practical and not-too-technical guide for counsel, focusing on real-world and practical situations that you will need to address for your clients including the critical issues of privacy and cyber-risk. Panels will consist of: in-house counsel, outside counsel, regulators, a CIO, and even a tech reporter from Geekwire. The program will have three primary “units” that will help provide you with: (1) an overview of regulatory issues (including FTC regulation, NIST, cross-border issues, and financial regulatory issues), (2) minimizing risk in day-to-day operations (including through vendor contracting/management and insurance), and (3) emerging tech and new risks.


7:30-8:25 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:25-8:30 a.m.


Speaker: Gavin Skok, Riddell Williams P.S.

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Unit 1: Regulatory Matters
Part 1: Who are the Regulators and What Do They Care About

Speaker: Charles A. Harwood, former Deputy Directory, Federal Trade Commission

Part 2: Practical Advice for Regulatory Compliance from a CIO

Speaker: Joe Nathans, Next Level

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:45 a.m.

Part 3: Cross-border privacy issues

Speaker: Cari Benn, Microsoft

Part 4: Financial Regulatory Issues

Speaker: Arian Colachis, Washington Federal

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Unit 2: Reducing Your Risk
Part 1: Vendor Controls

Speaker: Bruce Goto, Riddell Williams P.S.

Part 2: Reducing Risk Through Cyber Insurance

Speaker: Charlie Morriss, Propel Insurance

215-2:30 p.m.


2:30-4:00 p.m.

Unit 3: Emerging Risks - What's New?

Panel: Gavin Skok, Riddell Williams P.S.
Taylor Soper, Geekwire
James Wendell, Davis Wright Tremaine
Seaton Daly III, The Law Office of Seaton M. Daly III, P.L.L.C.

4:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn

Speakers, schedule and agenda are subject to change.


Program Chairperson

Gavin Skok, Riddell Williams P.S.

Gavin Skok is Chair of Riddell Williams' Litigation Group and a member of the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group. He is a commercial litigator who represents regional and national companies in state and federal courts and arbitrations, with an emphasis on class action defense, data security litigation, and unique or challenging commercial disputes. He is also a regular author and speaker at CLEs and inhouse client trainings regarding privacy, data security, class actions and attorney-client privilege issues. Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Gavin was a federal judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Robert H. Whaley.


Cari Benn, Microsoft

Cari A. Benn is a Senior Attorney in Microsoft's Regulatory Affairs group focusing on international privacy compliance. Cari joined Microsoft in 2007, and before her current role as privacy counsel, advised Microsoft's Online Services and Advertising & Online Divisions. Prior to joining Microsoft, she served as in‐house counsel for aQuantive, a digital advertising start‐up.

Arian Colachis, Washington Federal

Arian Colachis is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Washington Federal, Inc. and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Washington Federal. Prior to joining Washington Federal in 2013, Arian was compliance counsel to a multi-billion dollar asset manager in Kirkland, WA, worked in private practice representing a variety of clients on securities regulatory and litigation matters, and over a period of fourteen years represented various governmental agencies including the US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, New York Stock Exchange, Attorney General for the State of Arizona, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Arian is licensed to practice law in Washington, California, Arizona, New York and the District of Columbia.

Seaton Daly, The Law Office of Seaton M. Daly III, P.L.L.C.

Seaton Daly is a corporate transactional attorney in Seattle, WA, whose corporate law practice counsels start-up and early-stage businesses in equity financings, choice-of-entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial transactions, and cyber matters.

Mr. Daly regularly works with clientele on developing corporate data governance protocols and strategies to mitigate the unauthorized release of mission-critical information. Prior to his admission to practice law in the State of Washington, Mr. Daly helped establish multiple startup companies within the data security industry, whose customer base ranged from government agencies to Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Daly was an advisor to a U.S. Congressional leader on amendments to existing U.S. law ending the government's bulk collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance. He regularly presents before a variety of business, academic, industry and trade associations, on topics pertaining to data privacy and cybersecurity.

Bruce Goto, Riddell Williams P.S.

Bruce Goto is a principal in Riddell Williams' Corporate Transactions and Finance practice group, with a special focus on intellectual property and information technology issues. Bruce prepares and negotiates complex contracts covering cloud computing, outsourced services, application and technology development and licensing, among other things. He is on the Board of Advisors for SeattleU's LLM program in Innovation and Technology Law, and has been recognized year after year in Best Lawyers of America, Chambers, and Washington Super Lawyers to name just a few.

Charles A. Harwood

Charles Harwood is a former Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission. In that role he presented prepared statements for the FTC to congressional committees on issues ranging from elder fraud and consumer protection; rent-to-own transactions; and predatory consumer practices relating to soldiers and veterans, among others. Prior to his role with the FTC, he has also addressed the Washington State Senate on Identity Theft.

Charlie Morriss, Propel Insurance

Since 2001, Charlie Morriss has been an insurance broker specializing Directors & Officers, Fiduciary, Employment Practices, and Cyber Liability Insurance. Prior to becoming a broker he practiced corporate finance law. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Propel Insurance is a full-service insurance brokerage specializing in commercial insurance, surety, employee benefits and personal lines. Founded in 1923, it is the oldest independent insurance broker in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 300 employees throughout six offices in Washington and Oregon.

Joe Nathans, Next Level

Joe Nathans brings over 30 years of experience delivering high value information technology solutions to middle-market and Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, ecommerce and business services industry segments. As COO, CTO, and CIO he continuously identified and deployed high value solutions for complex problems, ranging from early innovations in call center management, wireless communications and ERP to supply chain management, business intelligence and cloud computing. He has managed extensive project portfolios leading to the full transformation of technology and applications for Pitney Bowes, Siemens Medical, Intermec Technologies, Hawkeye, and Reed Group. He has been recognized by the Management Development Forum for innovation in team building and people development; successfully integrated disparate, geographically diverse IT organizations into unified teams; and built high performance software development organizations from the ground up. He received both an MBA in Industrial Administration and a BA in Biology and Business from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a CPA (Inactive, Pennsylvania).

Taylor Soper, Geekwire

Taylor Soper is a GeekWire staff reporter who covers a wide variety of tech assignments, including emerging startups in Seattle and Portland, the sharing economy and the intersection of technology and sports. A native of Portland, Ore., and graduate of the University of Washington, he was named a "New Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists.

James Wendell, Davis Wright Tremaine


General Registration (in-person and live webcast options available) - $225.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni (in-person and live webcast options available) - $195.00