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January 26, 2021

OESA and Warner to Present "2021 Automotive Supplier Legal Hot Topics"

The law firm of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association invite automotive supplier executives to a virtual discussion titled “2021 Automotive Supplier Legal Hot Topics" to be held Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Warner attorneys will lead sessions focused on legal issues and trends that supplier executives need to understand and prepare for as the industry continues to transform into 2021. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 10:30 a.m.
Michael G. Brady, a Warner partner who co-chairs the firm's Automotive Industry Group, will introduce the sessions designed to inform automotive suppliers on a host of issues related to COVID-19, its supply chain disruption and human resources considerations. The event will also focus on on the new presidential administration, dealing with distressed suppliers, protecting intellectual property in collaborative relationships and more. Warner attorneys will present on the following topics:

  • Laura You: Supply Chain Challenges. Ongoing supply chain strains are pressing automotive suppliers, including exiting contracts and agreements, price increase demands, raw material cost increases and ongoing force majeure concerns.

  • Dennis Loughlin: Distressed Suppliers and Customers. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the supply chain. Are we now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or is this the calm before the storm? Loughlin will discuss the current landscape of uncertainty and address the most important issues regarding distressed suppliers, bankruptcies and workouts.

  • Kiffi Ford: Workforce Pandemic Recovery. Labor and employment issues have concerned suppliers throughout the pandemic. Ford will address these concerns as well as legal and practical implications of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Linda Paullin-Hebden: 2021 Mergers and Acquisition Trends. With the new Biden administration and economic uncertainty of the pandemic, 2021 presents many unique challenges and opportunities. Paullin-Hebden will discuss potential supply chain impact, bargain hunting for troubled companies and the art of acquiring technology through deals.

  • Vito Ciaravino: IP Contracting Best Practices. Ciaravino will address best practices for a variety of IP issues that automotive suppliers should be implementing in 2021, including joint development agreements, intellectual property licensing agreements and non-disclosure agreements.  

Program information and registration are available here or by contacting OESA at 248.952.6401.
About Warner
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland and Lansing. To learn more, visit, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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