DATES: AUG 2-13, 2021    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $4200    






This seminar focuses on building a toolkit of adaptable legal strategies to meet the demands of a volatile world and business environment. Fluency in legal adaptability in respect to both the business environment and substantial legal topics, including Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law and Labor Law among others, will play a critical role in legal practice going forward. This seminar is of interest to lawyers across public and private practice, including lawyers working in emerging economies. Expertise in legal strategy adaptability will be a critical skillset in a new era of legal practice, and this course will equip professionals with a substantial toolkit to do so.

Historically, responses by the legal community have lagged behind the rate of societal shifts. Established lifestyles, business and legal strategies can be rendered obsolete quickly. The problem is compounded by the nature of legal changes to affect different fields of law at varying levels, spanning from individual changes to systemic endangerment. The rapid acceleration of change is only hastening--particularly in technological realms—with the threat of these ripple effects becoming increasingly visible throughout society. One example is the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, legal professionals around the world already faced rapid acceleration of changes to their fields. Changes have been accelerated in a variety of areas, including legislative change, judicial rulings, business climate, political change, and technological change. Prompt adaptability in legal strategy and practice also positions lawyers in a proactive rather than reactive stance, enabling them to keep ahead of disruptions.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential disruptions tied to quick changes have come to fruition at unprecedented speeds, demanding creative response by legal professionals. In this context, many have recognized in their everyday working experiences the importance of nimble adaptability to external and internal changes— particularly regarding legal strategy. Adaptability in legal strategy empowers lawyers across multiple fields to face a variety of challenges with creative problem-solving solutions As the pandemic crisis continues into the new year, it is important as ever to hone the ability to legal strategy adaptability to meet these diverse, multidimensional changes.


The seminar will be delivered through 10 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.


Course Outline

  • Approaches and strategies to dealing with change impacting the legal sector generally
  • Changes in strategy in respect to specific substantive topics, including:
- Changes in strategy for protecting intellectual property
- Changes is strategy for compliance with competition laws
- Strategic use of trade remedies in a changing environment
- Changes in employment Labor Law strategy
- Emerging strategies in privacy protection
- Compliance with best practices in cybersecurity


Course Advisor

Michael Bednarek is a recognized expert in Global IP strategy, Michael has represented some of the world’s largest technology and financial services companies in patent and intellectual property litigation in the United States. Listed in Chambers Global as a Leader in Their Field, Michael has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, where he focuses his practice on global IP strategic counseling, patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation, USPTO proceedings, IP rights procurement, portfolio management and licensing. In addition, he has experience in outsourcing, antitrust, data protection, advertising and emerging companies, and had extensive global experience with stints in Asia and Europe.

Michael regularly advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including toys and games, information technology, medical devices, software, consumer electronics, computer, automotive and financial services, on their global patent strategies. He was an early proponent of patent protection in non-traditional fields as varied as retail, transportation and hospitality, and he continues to be a thought leader on the design and implementation of worldwide intellectual property strategies.