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Allen O’Rourke    
Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson

Allen O’Rourke is an attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson who represents clients affected by data breaches and cyberattacks. Prior to joining the firm, O’Rourke helped lead the Cyber Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., where he conducted numerous investigations into corporate data breaches, business email compromise schemes, “dark web” criminal forums, money laundering using Bitcoin, terrorist use of the Internet, cyberstalking, and other cybercrime. O’Rourke received two Special Achievement Awards for his work as a federal prosecutor to combat cybercrime. Now he conducts internal cyber investigations and represents clients facing government investigation, regulatory enforcement, or civil litigation arising from cybersecurity incidents.  When a data breach occurs, O’Rourke works with clients’ legal and information security teams to coordinate remediation, interface with law enforcement, and ensure compliance with data breach laws and regulations. He also counsels clients on data privacy issues, cybersecurity preparedness, and legal aspects of computer network defense. O’Rourke is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).



Session: The Internet, Cybercrime, and Resulting Legal Issues
Monday, November 13
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Peter Elliott
President and Treasurer, TIG

As the CEO of the Telecom Insurance Group (TIG), Pete directs all aspects of Company operations and is ultimately responsible for finance, underwriting, risk management, and corporate functions. He maintains all regulatory partner and vendor relationships. He is responsible for the overall management of the Underwriting/Field Account Executives and development and maintenance of the insurance programs. He is often asked to speak and write on insurance matters for both the telecommunications and insurance industries. He also manages the insurance and risk management needs many of the NTCA members. He has two children that light up his life: Alex and Julianne. When not engaged with his family, he enjoys playing golf, doing anything that involves baseball (even coaching Little League), football (including some coaching for the local Warhawk team) or simply just being outside. He really believes that business and pleasure can mix on the golf him and ask him to test that theory.

Session: Cybersecurity Insurance: Protecting More Than the Network
Monday, November 13
9:45-10:45 AM


Carri Bennet
CEO & Managing Principal, Bennet & Bennet, PLLC

Carri Bennet's experience spans all aspects of communications law and policy. In 1995 she became a founding member of Bennet & Bennet. Bennet has provided expert testimony to the FCC and Congress on rural wireless issues and speaks regularly at industry trade shows and legal seminars. She represents her clients before the FCC, state regulatory agencies, the courts and Congress. For more than 25 years, she has advised clients and industry groups on creating strategic alliances and new business opportunities in the fast-paced world of telecommunications technologies. Bennet is a registered lobbyist. She serves as general counsel to the Rural Wireless Association and serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Rural Service. Her clients include wireless providers, content providers, mobile virtual network operators, equipment manufacturers and investment companies. Bennet was also named to the 2013 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list.

Session: Cybersecurity Insurance: Protecting More Than the Network
Monday, November 13
9:45-10:45 AM


Don Richards
General Counsel, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

A former award-winning community journalist, Richards now practices law primarily in the areas of Public Utility Law, Media Law, and Administrative Law. He is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Texas, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Texas Tech School of Law where he teaches the Texas Administrative Law course. He was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 list of "Super Lawyers" for Texas.

In telecommunication and utility matters, Richards regularly represents more than 40 local exchange telephone companies and electric utility cooperatives before the Texas Legislature and the Public Utility Commission of Texas. He has served as general counsel to the Texas Exchange Carrier Association, and currently is Chairman of the Legal Committees of the National Telephone Cooperative Association. He is a member of Electric Cooperative Bar Association and the Texas Telephone Association and past-Chairman of the Public Utility Section of the State Bar of Texas. He serves as legal counsel to a number of West Texas media clients. He also serves as an Advisory Director and as a hotline attorney for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on questions of the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act, and is a frequent speaker on news media law and public utility issues.

Session: Standard Legal Language for Forms, Policies and Disclaimers
Monday, November 13
11:00 AM-Noon


Daniel Gibson
Partner, Richards, Elder & Gibson, LLP

Daniel Gibson is an associate attorney with Richards, Elder & Green, LLP. He has been practicing law in Lubbock since he received his law degree from Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated with honors. Prior to law school, Daniel attended Wayland Baptist University where he was a member of the Wayland Baseball team, served as the Student Body President, and graduated with honors in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in English. Daniel was recently married to Erin Snodgrass who is a Lubbock native and currently works as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UMC.
Daniel has a rural background growing up in Tulia, Texas, which has served him well in the Firm's work with many of the state's Telephone and Electric Cooperatives. Since passing the bar and joining the firm in 2004, Daniel has worked in a number of areas including corporate litigation, matters before administrative and regulatory agencies, real estate, employment issues, and contract matters.

Session: Standard Legal Language for Forms, Policies and Disclaimers
Monday, November 13
11:00 AM-Noon


Jonathan Yarbrough
Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete LLP

Jonathan Yarbrough is a partner with Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete LLP. His practice includes providing advice and counsel to employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and wage and hour laws. He also assists federal contractors with affirmative action planning and compliance. Yarbrough has successfully represented employers in a wide variety of employment related lawsuits and charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the United States and North Carolina Departments of Labor, and before state and federal courts in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also successfully defended whistleblower charges before OSHA and before Administrative Law Judges of the United States Department of Labor.

Before joining Constangy, Yarbrough was a partner with Edwards, Ballard, Bishop, Sturm, Clark & Keim, P.A.

Session: Employment Law Update
Monday, November 13
1:30-2:30 PM


Robert Martin
Attorney, Meridian Law PLLC

Robert D. Martin is an attorney at Meridian Law, PLLC in Nashville, where he assists small businesses in their employment and risk management needs. Martin represents individuals and small businesses in Tennessee and across the country in a variety of matters, including business, contract, and employment litigation. Robert also enjoys working with his clients intimately to draft employee handbooks that accurately reflect and showcase their company culture.

Martin graduated from Belmont University College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

When he is not assisting his clients, Robert enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife, daughter, and unusually large dog.

Session: The Modern Employee Policy Manual
Monday, November 13
2:30-3:30 PM


Jerry Hall
ADA Coordinator, City of Nashville

Jerry Hall serves as the ADA Coordinator for the city of Nashville, Tennessee and Safety Coordinator for the Department of General Services. He has been employed by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for nearly 30 years, including 17 years of experience in ADA Compliance. In his role as ADA Coordinator and Safety Coordinator, Hall oversees facility and grounds maintenance, ADA Compliance, safety and environmental management at General Services facilities.

Hall has a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Session: How to Remain ADA Compliant
Monday, November 13
3:45-4:45 PM


Josh Seidemann
Vice President of Policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Joshua Seidemann is vice president of NTCA's policy division. He focuses on federal telecommunications advocacy on the regulatory side. He has represented small and mid-size carriers in private practice and in trade associations, and was also counsel for a state public advocate office, where he worked on telecom and energy utility issues. Josh holds a Juris Doctor from the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Session: Your Face is Not a Testimonial Act: Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Legal Implications of an IoT World
Tuesday, November 14
8:45-9:45 AM


Tara Kepler
Of Counsel, Healthcare Attorney, Bryan Cave, LLP

Tara Kepler is a member of the Health Care Team for the Bryan Cave LLP, an international law firm with twenty-four offices worldwide. Ms. Kepler's practice focuses on health care transactional and corporate compliance advice, with a concentration in telemedicine and digital health ventures. As a seasoned health care attorney, she has experience in health care mergers and acquisitions, white collar crime, fraud and abuse, government investigations, and HIPAA breach investigations. She understands the business realities executives in the health care industry must face based on her experience serving as General Counsel of a startup health care company and Division Compliance Manager of a publicly traded medical device company.


Session: Legal Obligations in Telemedicine
Tuesday, November 14
9:45-10:45 AM


Jill Canfield
Vice President of Legal and Industry and Assistant General Counsel, NTCAThe Rural Broadband Association

Jill Canfield is Vice President of Legal and Industry and Assistant General Counsel for NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. Jill prepares many of NTCA's pleadings for submission to the FCC, federal courts and other agencies in an effort to obtain decisions that enhance NTCA member viability, opportunities to compete in the market place, and access to multiple technologies. She also provides expert assistance addressing member issues involving legal, regulatory and industry matters.

Before joining NTCA in 1998, Jill was an associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm, where she represented and provided legal guidance to wireless, wireline, and broadcast clients.

Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. She is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars and is certified for corporate practice in Virginia. She is also a member of the Federal Communications and American Bar Associations.

Session: Federal Regulatory Update
Tuesday, November 14
11:00 AM-Noon


Brian Ford
Regulatory Counsel, NTCAThe Rural Broadband Association

Brian Ford has served as NTCA's regulatory counsel since March 2013. He advocates on behalf of NTCA's RLEC members at the FCC, with a primary focus on a variety of issues such as Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, the ongoing IP-transition, E-rate, net neutrality, and other rulemaking proceedings. He previously held the same position for eight years at OPASTCO, a trade association also representing RLECs. Brian has a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Session: Federal Regulatory Update
Tuesday, November 14
11:00 AM-Noon


J. Gregory Grisham
Partner, FordHarrison, LLP

Greg Grisham has over 25 years of successful experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of workplace law in Tennessee and across the United States. He has helped employers avoid claims, charges and lawsuits with a focus on preventative practices. Preventative practices include counseling in situations involving discipline, termination, demotion, promotion and other workplace changes in the terms and conditions of employment, harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance, FMLA Compliance, Reasonable Accommodation assessment, supervisor training and the review of employment policies and procedures. Greg has successfully litigated hundreds of administrative charges, employment lawsuits, and arbitration demands on behalf of employers, including federal and state law claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, wage and hour violations and ERISA violations, among others. He also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice proceedings. He represents employers in the enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants such as non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements and related trade secret litigation. Greg's practice also includes the defense of property owners and property management companies in federal and state Housing Discrimination charges and litigation. He also advises Tennessee Public Charter Schools on education law and workplace compliance matters. Greg currently Chairs the Tennessee Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. He is a regular speaker at public seminars on workplace law issues and has authored numerous articles on a variety of labor and employment law related topics. Greg holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for Employment Litigation-Management side. Greg was elected as a 2016 Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and recently named to LawDragon’s and Human Resource Executive Magazine’s 2017 List of Top 20 US Traditional Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Session: Electronic Record-Keeping: Preserving, Protecting, Producing & Destroying Digital Files
Tuesday, November 14
1:00-2:00 PM


Diane Di Ianni
Adjunct Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Diane Di Ianni is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School where she has been teaching professional responsibility for six years. Previously, she practiced law for two decades, focusing in the areas of litigation, civil rights, regulated professionals, and public sector law and serving for four years as in-house general counsel to the Boston Public Schools. Active in the bar, she served in numerous positions, including as chair of the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and as a long-serving member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers panel on attorney discipline. In 2006, she was appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. After relocating to Tennessee, she practiced in the area of government relations, representing the interests of education-related clients in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to its Tennessee Advisory Committee as a member in 2011, and currently serves as its chair. She also serves as a member of the Metro-Nashville Council Board on Ethical Conduct, and is a member of the International Association of Legal Ethics and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. She earned a master's degree at the University of Virginia and her law degree at New York University School of Law.

Session: Legal Ethics
Tuesday, November 14
2:00-5:00 PM