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The Annual Spring Symposium, to be held Friday, April 13 in Chicago. Because of the increasing importance cybersecurity plays in our personal and professional lives, this year, the Spring Symposium will focus on cybersecurity.

When: April 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

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IDC Spring Symposium

Whether you are technologically savvy or still do not use a smartphone, cybersecurity threats pose a risk to you and your clients on a daily basis. Because of the increasing importance cybersecurity plays in our personal and professional lives, this year, the Spring Symposium will focus on cybersecurity. Specifically, the Symposium will examine cybersecurity from the perspective of law enforcement, law firms, clients, and insurers. During the Symposium, presenters will address current and emerging cybersecurity threats, protecting your firm and your clients from cybersecurity threats, responding to cybersecurity breaches, securing confidential medical information from cybersecurity breaches, insurance coverage issues arising from cybersecurity breaches, and ethical issues specific to cybersecurity.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:00 - 7:00  

IDC After Hours, SPiN, 344 N. State Street, Chicago

Please join the IDC for a happy hour at SPiN, Chicago’s premiere ping pong social club. Please note that food, drinks, and ping pong tables will be provided for FREE! Additionally, SPiN will have a ping pong “pro” in attendance for anyone interested in taking their ping pong game to the next level. Whether you are looking to network, show off your ping pong skills, or both, this happy hour is the place to be!

Friday, April 13, 2018 

8:00 - 8:20 
Registration and Networking
8:20 - 8:30  Opening Remarks 
8:30 - 9:15

Cybersecurity Trends: The Current Threats Facing Your Clients and Your Firm

Presented by: Dave Chronister, Parameter Security
Cybersecurity threats are rapidly evolving risks that you must face in your personal and professional lives. Given the ever-changing nature of cybersecurity threats, it is imperative that you are familiar with the current threats facing you and your clients. This portion of the Symposium will address recent cybersecurity developments and trends.

9:15 - 10:15

Law Firms and Cybersecurity: A Guide to Preventing and Responding to Cybersecurity Threats

Presented by: Michael Kokal, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C. and Don Brown, Firefly Network Services
As technology continues to develop and law firms grow more reliant on that technology, avoiding cybersecurity threats poses a significant and mounting challenge. This portion of the Symposium will focus on measures law firms can take to avoid cybersecurity threats, with an emphasis on issues unique to law firms, such as protecting clients’ confidential information and sending and sharing information electronically, and steps law firms should take in response to a cybersecurity breach.

10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30

When the Levee Breaks: Helping Your Clients Respond to Cybersecurity Breaches

Presented by: Glenn Davis, HeplerBroom LLC and Marilyn Hanzal, Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Despite the best efforts to avoid cybersecurity breaches, at some point your client might be forced to respond to such a breach. When that happens, time is of the essence and careful decision-making is required. This portion of the Symposium will provide tips and guidance for how to respond when your client has suffered a cybersecurity breach.

11:30 - 12:15
12:15 - 1:00 

Finding the Right Insurance Coverage to Address Ever-Evolving Cybersecurity Threats
Presented by: Matt Gullickson, Arthur J. Gallagher
Technology and information have become business-critical assets in the age of the World Wide Web. Companies have grown to depend on these resources to complement and expand their offerings in an effort to gain a competitive advantage over their peers. However, the benefits have been accompanied by a multitude of internal and external threats. This revelation has led to many looking at the insurance market as a way to address these dynamic risks, but have often found “off the shelf” products incapable of addressing their specific exposures. This discussion will focus on the factors that are key to evaluating enterprise-wide needs in order to obtain a broad policy that will address both current and potential threats resulting in a solid risk management program.

1:00 - 1:45

Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Cybersecurity Threats and Responding to Cybersecurity Claims
Moderator: Seth Lamden, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Panelists: Carrie Raver, Barnes & Thornburg and TBA
Because the terms of cyber insurance policies vary from insurer to insurer and there is only a handful of reported decisions addressing coverage for cyber insurance claims, there are numerous issues that could give rise to coverage disputes between cyber insurers and their insureds. This panel discussion will highlight some key areas in which potential disputes could arise, discuss best practices in presenting a cyber-insurance claim to an insurer, and explore recent trends insurers and policyholders are seeing regarding cybersecurity.

1:45 - 2:00
Refreshment Break
2:00 - 3:00

Complying with HIPAA in the Face of Cybersecurity Threats
Presented by: Wandah Hardy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

Cybersecurity threats pose a unique risk to HIPAA covered entities and business associates. Cybersecurity attacks in the healthcare industry can result in the inadvertent disclosure of protected health information and lead to significant penalties. With the increasing number of cybersecurity threats targeting the healthcare industry, it is imperative that HIPPA covered entities and business associates understand how to prevent cybersecurity threats and comply with governing laws and regulations. Accordingly, this discussion will focus on preventing breaches, responding to cybersecurity attacks, and complying with HIPPA laws and regulations.

3:00 - 4:00

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: How Cybersecurity Changes to the Rules of Professional Responsibility Impact Your Ethical Obligations
Presented by: Melissa Smart, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
While the Rules of Professional Conduct do not impose greater duties based on the method by which a lawyer retains information or communicates with a client, recent technology amendments to the Model Rules, coupled with 2017’s ABA Formal Opinion 477, (“Securing Communication of Protected Client Information”), require attorneys to take a fresh look at their compliance with the core duties of competence and confidentiality. Through an exploration of the rule changes and recent precedent, this program will address how practitioners and firms can employ best practice techniques to avoid the ethical pitfalls of an ever-changing technological world.

Featured Speakers

Don Brown is the President and Founder of Firefly Network Services, a nationwide IT consulting firm specializing in technology and security support services for small and mid-size law firms. Don received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1999. He was a staff editor for The Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law. He practiced law until lunch on his first day and then decided to leave to pursue a carrier in technology. He spent eight years working as a technical consultant. In 2008, he founded Firefly Network Services to specifically address the lack of quality supports services for small and midsized law firms in Chicago. In addition to running Firefly, Don serves as a Vice-Chair on the ABA’s Science and Technology Social Networking section. He regularly conducts CLE classes for the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association on technology related issues. His most recent classes include ethical issues related to cloud computing and issues related to disaster recovery and business continuity.
Dave Chronister is co-founder and Managing Partner of Parameter Security, an ethical hacking, incident response and computer forensics firm. As an experienced Ethical Hacker, Computer Forensic Investigator and Information Systems Security Professional, Chronister possesses deep security expertise in some of the most heavily regulated industries including financial services and healthcare. Specifically, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Gramm-Leach- Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industries (PCI), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). During the course of his professional career, Chronister served as Architect for A.G. Edwards’ electronic messaging system – the largest Exchange Server deployment at the time. At Cybersource, he was the technical liaison to the various credit card organizations, developing their payment card compliance standards. Additionally, working with numerous medical and dental practices, Chronister served as Technical Advisor helping these practices meet HIPAA compliance. Recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer for a $700 million dollar bank holding company for over 5 years prior to starting Parameter Security. Chronister’s hacking and forensic expertise has been featured on television’s CNN, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, America Now with Leeza Gibbons, FOX 2 KTVI, KMOV Channel 4, KSDK News Channel 5 as well as several local radio stations. Also spotlighted in online and print publications such as FOX Business News, CNBC, CBS, Associated Press, CIO Magazine, Information Security Magazine, InfoWorld Magazine, Computerworld, Entrepreneur Magazine, Popular Science, American Banking Journal, BankNet 360, Bank News, Credit Union Tech Talk, The Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Suburban Journal, St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Business Monthly and other publications. Plus, Chronister has written several articles for numerous industry publications. Chronister appears as a regular cybersecurity expert on Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN.
Glenn E. Davis is a Partner with HeplerBroom LLC in its St. Louis, MO office. In 2015, he started HeplerBroom’s HBCyberGroup, which created an alliance with leading forensic information security, data storage, reputation management, and insurance brokerage firms to integrate information security client services before, during, and after security incidents or breaches. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, he engages in complex business litigation matters, with emphasis in antitrust, cybersecurity & privacy, professional liability, intellectual property, D&O and complex claims insurance, RICO, and class action defense. Mr. Davis has also represented numerous defendants in corporate shareholder and securities litigation matters, including shareholder class actions involving public companies. Mr. Davis also has broad experience in the area of internal corporate investigations, including internal investigations for audit committees concerning insider trading, financial reporting and accounting irregularity issues. Mr. Davis is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a Charter Member, Litigation Counsel of America, and recognized in Best Lawyers in America (1998 – 2018) for Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, and Franchise Law, as among the Top 100 Super Lawyers for the Missouri/Kansas region and Top 50 in St. Louis, and rated AV Preeminent, Peer Reviewed, by Martindale Hubbell.
Matt Gullickson is a member of the Cyber Liability Practice and serves as a national resource for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. His sole focus is on Information Privacy, Network Security, Media, and Professional Liability exposures. Matt's primary goal is to help organizations effectively manage the threats specific to their industry and operations through close partnerships with client management teams. He works to educate and guide his clients through the risk-identification process in order to obtain tailored coverage solutions while also identifying opportunities to implement appropriate loss control measures. In addition, he helps clients navigate the claims process to ensure the appropriate steps are being taken to protect the organization.

Marilyn Hanzal is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, the state association for the more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems in Illinois. In this role, she manages the legal department, counsels Association leaders, and provides legal advice on a wide variety of health law topics. She also serves as the Secretary of many of IHA’s subsidiaries. Marilyn has worked in the privacy and security space for over a decade, including at IHA and University of Chicago Medicine, where she served as a lead on privacy and security incident response. She served as the Vice President of Board of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys for four years, chairing the governance committee for a number of years, and was an active member of and co-chaired the University HealthSystem Consortium Privacy and Security Task Force for five years and the in-house attorneys and compliance officers’ council for six years. Prior to IHA, Marilyn served as the Associate General Counsel for The University of Chicago Medical Center for nearly fourteen years and the Weiss Hospital for two years prior. Marilyn is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington School of Law and Purdue University, studying at its Krannert School of Business majoring in both Finance and Marketing. She is the proud mother of two children, a son starting off his career in real estate development in Denver and a daughter in her Senior year at Georgetown University in D.C.

Wandah Hardy is an Equal Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Midwest Region-Chicago Office. She started working for OCR in 2005. While at OCR, Wandah has investigated violations of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules of HIPAA, as well as allegations of discrimination in health care services. She routinely provides technical assistance to covered entities and complainants, as well as insuring corrective action in her investigations. Prior to joining OCR, Wandah worked primarily in the health care industry as a surveyor at the State (Illinois Department of Public Health) and Federal (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) level. Wandah is a graduate of Loyola University’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (B.S.N. 1987) and Roosevelt University (M.P.A. 1995).
Michael Kokal is a partner with the law firm of Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen and Chair of the firm’s CyberSecurity and Data Privacy Practice. He has wide-ranging experience in cybersecurity, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and professional liability. He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) and a licensed attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Seth D. Lamden is a partner in Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP’s Insurance Policyholder Practice Group. He concentrates his legal practice on assisting policyholders understand and enforce their rights to insurance coverage and has helped policyholders recover hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds from a broad array of industries, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, professional services, financial services, and managed care. Seth is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and serves as the Chair of the Self-Insurance and Risk Management Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA and as a Vice Chair of TIPS’ Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. He also serves as the chair of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Insurance Law Committee and is a member of the IDC’s Board of Directors. Seth is the Executive Editor of the International Risk Management Institute, Inc.’s CGL Reporter and has written nine book chapters and more than 50 articles on topics relating to insurance coverage. He maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ rating and is listed in the area of insurance coverage in The Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers Network.
Carrie M. Raver is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She concentrates her practice on insurance recovery matters and commercial disputes. Ms. Raver also is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practice Group and Data Security and Privacy Practice Group. Ms. Raver has assisted a variety of policyholder clients over the years to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage in disputes involving cyber liability, first-party property, business interruption, third-party liability, professional liability, fiduciary liability and directors and officers policies. Ms. Raver’s insurance policy enforcement practice also is comprised of advising policyholders as to program development, policy negotiation and placement. She is one of the few lawyers in the country who has litigated the scope of insurance coverage available for data breach claims under a cyberinsurance policy. One of those disputes spanned three different courts involving multiple parties, with the original action filed under seal, and all settled on terms favorable to her client. She also has helped clients recover millions for data privacy incidents and cyberattacks under cyber, crime, CGL, first party property, and Tech E&O insurance policies, as well as in connection with professional liability claims.
Melissa A. Smart is Litigation Group Manager and Senior Counsel at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC) where she supervises a group of litigation attorneys and staff, investigates charges of lawyer misconduct and prosecutes disciplinary cases. Ms. Smart obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School, graduating cum laude. Ms. Smart began working at the ARDC as a law clerk in 1997 and became Counsel for the Administrator in 1999. As a member of the Commission’s staff for over fifteen years, she has investigated thousands of charges of professional misconduct and has been responsible for over 100 different formal disciplinary proceedings filed in the Supreme Court of Illinois or before various Commission Boards. She has tried dozens of matters before the Commission Hearing Board.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

The program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit. We will apply for 1.0 hours of Illinois professionalism credit. We will apply for the following CLE credit in other states:

  • Indiana 6.5 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Iowa 6.5 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Missouri 7.8 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism
  • Wisconsin 7.8 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism

Events Committee

Gregory W. Odom, HeplerBroom LLC, Chair

Kelly A. Pachis, Lowis & Gellen, LLP, Vice Chair

Denise Baker-Seal, Brown & James, P.C.

Laura Beasley, Joley, Oliver & Beasley, P.C.

James P. DuChateauHeplerBroom LLC

Leslie OdomHeplerBroom LLC

Michael ResisSmithAmundsen, LLC

Seminar Fees

IDC Members in Private Practice $195

IDC Governmental Members $145

Non-Members $295

Insurance or Corporate Professionals $100

Registration for the Symposium includes Symposium materials, Continuing Legal Education Credit, lunch, a refreshment break and great networking opportunities at our complimentary Cocktail Reception at SPiN on Thursday, April 12.


Justification Letter

Need approval from firm leadership to help pay/offset your expense for attending the Spring Symposium? If so, follow this link to view a Justification Letter template for you to use when making the request to your firm. 

Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing and will be made according to the following schedule:

  • 100% Refund – Through March 13, 2018
  • 50% Refund – March 14 - 31, 2018
  • No Refund – April 1 - 13, 2018

Substitutions for your registration may be made. However, only one copy of seminar materials will be offered per registration. Please submit substitution information in advance of the event.


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