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Feb 2018
February 07, 2018
The Automotive Supplier’s Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change

MSU Management Education Center | Hosted By: OESA

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Warner Norcross + Judd and OESA will be presenting “The Automotive Supplier’s Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change,” on February 7, 2018, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan. This breakfast briefing will shed light on recent automotive developments and trends that automotive supplier attorneys and senior executives should understand and prepare for in 2018.

Warner attorneys Jeena Patel, John Muhs, Steve Palazzolo, Nate Steed and Greg DeGrazia will discuss vital topics to help suppliers prepare for potential industry disruption and Linda Paullin-Hebden will serve as moderator. 

  • Supply Chain Trends: Buckle Up and Get Ready for an Inevitable Roller Coaster Ride! Jeena Patel, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
    Many are forecasting a downturn in volumes, are you prepared? This session will focus on ways to understand your supply-chain risk exposure through best practices, including the use of contracting audits, tools to ferret out distressed supply-chain partners and implementation of risk-reduction methods to smooth out the ride.
  • Regulatory Environment Update for Autonomous/Connected Vehicles - John Muhs, Associate, Warner Norcross + Judd
    This session highlights the ever-shifting landscape including the latest developments in both federal and state-level legislation, rulemaking and policy guidance. The AV START Act and SELF DRIVE Act both started to make their way through Congress with bipartisan support, DOT/NHTSA released its updated (“2.0”) policy guidance in the fall, and 33 states introduced legislation related to autonomous vehicles.
  • Shining New Light on an Old Problem - Steve Palazzolo, Senior Counsel, Warner Norcross + Judd
    From Hollywood to the morning news to the halls of Congress, sexual harassment is the talk of the town. WNJ attorneys will discuss what employers must do to prevent harassment in the workplace and to remedy it when it does occur.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: How Data Breaches Can Get You Sued, and What to Do About It - Nate Steed, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
    Cybersecurity is an industry buzzword, but the issue is nothing new: safeguarding electronic data in all of its forms. Hackers can compromise data, but so can employees and contractors. An overview of the current landscape regarding cyber threats and breaches, and a practical guide on preparing and responding to these situations.
  • IP Trends Impacting the Supply Base - Gregory DeGrazia, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
    In the fast-moving world of automotive suppliers, it is essential to have the latest information on protecting intellectual property. Issues to be addressed include: joint development agreements and joint ventures; protecting IP when working with non-traditional suppliers; IP due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

OESA members and industry guests may register in the events section of For registration assistance, contact OESA at 248.952.6401 or

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