Margaret L. Watson, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C. to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Protecting Privilege in Internal Investigations

Top Quote The Knowledge Group, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Margaret L. Watson, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C. will speak at its webcast entitled, “Protecting Privilege in Internal Investigations: Issues and Challenges.” End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 15, 2023 - This event is scheduled for June 7, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET).

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    About Margaret L. Watson
    Margaret L. Watson has more than 30 years of experience in employment litigation, internal investigations and alternative dispute resolution. She has litigated numerous cases in federal and state courts as well as in arbitrations (FINRA, AAA, JAMS) and agency proceedings. She regularly defends employers and individual managers in cases involving discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, Section 1981, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Dodd-Frank Act and and related New York State and City laws, as well as common law tort and contract claims, including U-5 defamation claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. For approximately ten years, Margaret was employed by a large national wealth management financial services company, where she served as litigation counsel and also helped to design and manage the first corporate ombudsman office for the broker-dealer business of that company. Margaret is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and she began her career as a law clerk to the Hon. Whitman Knapp in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    About Littler Mendelson P.C.
    Littler Mendelson’s practice is exclusively employment law. We help our clients navigate a complex business world with nuanced legal issues – building better solutions for their toughest challenges. We are a global firm that prides itself on being local everywhere. We recruit, retain and empower a diverse team of the brightest minds and foster a culture that celebrates original thinking. By disrupting the status quo with bold, groundbreaking innovation, we’re fueled by ingenuity and inspired by our clients.

    With a singular focus on labor and employment law, our experience is vast and our knowledge is deep. But we realize it’s not enough to know just the law – we have to know the business of our clients, too. And that’s what makes use unique. By really understanding the challenges and opportunities our clients face in a competitive market, we help them navigate everything from simple questions regarding statutory requirements, policy development and trainings to complex litigation needs, including class and collective actions. And of course, our favorite outcome is where we have assisted our clients in increasing employee engagement, while decreasing litigation risk. An area where best-in-class internal investigation practices is essential.

    Event Summary
    Preserving and protecting privilege remains a critical and challenging issue in internal investigations. Taking a misstep by disclosing sensitive information can result in damaging legal and reputational consequences. With the ethical traps, potential large number of factual witnesses who must keep information confidential for privilege to be preserved, the possible involvement of outside technical experts, and numerous other issues that arise during an investigation, the protection of privilege is tricky.

    In some circumstances, a privileged internal investigation will interface with a compliance investigation that regulators or the government will expect to be non-privileged. Preserving privilege over the internal piece of the investigation may be challenging. In addition, privileged information may at times be inadvertently disclosed and it will be critical to challenge or limit the scope of any waiver. There may be times when it is appropriate to proactively waive privilege over certain information, however doing so requires careful consideration and balancing of benefits against the risks of a waiver broader than anticipated. The panel will address these and other challenges that arise in the context of preserving privilege during internal investigations.

    Listen as a panel of distinguished thought leaders and professionals organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the most pressing issues and salient developments in maintaining privilege in the context of internal investigations. Speakers will also provide proven strategies to handle investigations successfully.

    Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
    - Critical Privilege Issues in Internal Investigations
    - Challenges When Conducting Investigations
    - Best Practices in Handling Investigations
    - Proactive Measures to Protect Privilege
    - How to Anticipate and Prepare for Potential Risks

    About The Knowledge Group
    Founded in November 2006, The Knowledge Group has been at the forefront of providing quality continuing education programs for lawyers, accountants, financial executives, risk and compliance specialists, human resources professionals, technology officers, and business consultants in a wide range of industries.

    The Knowledge Group strives to be the best-in-class provider of continuing education by bringing forth relevant content you can’t get anywhere else.

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