2018 ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference

Counsel’s Role in Growth: The Challenge Ahead

According to Fortune magazine, almost 45 percent of Fortune 500 companies had flat or negative growth. In the advertising agency business, holding companies are anticipating essentially flat years while simultaneously marketers are spending more and facing greater challenges as measurement, viewability, verification, and digital fraud plague the media landscape. Meanwhile, consumers are rejecting brand outreach by opting out or resorting to ad blockers. While media planning remains key, content creation and curation are becoming all important. Influencers are the new celebrity endorsers sought after by brands and agencies. The growth in technology such as VR, AI, and connected devices further complicate the landscape. To these challenges, we can add impending hurdles like the GDPR, regulation of children’s advertising, and increasing state efforts to regulate the marketplace. The result, if handled improperly, is chaos.

Amid this chaos, legal counsel plays a vital role. More than ever before, lawyers must partner with their clients to find new and innovative ways to say “yes,” rather than point out all of the pitfalls that may lay in the weeds as marketers struggle to gain share. This year’s conference focuses on how that challenge can be met.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be offered.

The hashtag for this event is #ANAAdLaw

Conference Hosts:
Dan Jaffe (@ANAGovRel)
Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations
ANA

Doug Wood (@djwood1976)
Partner,
Reed Smith LLP
ANA General Counsel

when

Start: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00am

End: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

WHERE

The Ritz Carlton, Washington, DC
1150 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

The ANA has negotiated a special room rate of $369/night. To make your room reservation, please click here. You may also call the reservations department at 202-835-0500 and reference the ANA Advertising Law Conference. The cut-off date to obtain the ANA rate is Thursday, February 22, 2018, after which prevailing rates apply. Please notify the hotel of any special needs that you may have.

Registration Pricing

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Registration
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Agenda

TIME EVENT DETAILS LOCATION
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00pm ANA Legal Affairs Committee Meeting & Networking Reception

Back by popular demand! There will be a special pre-conference meeting of the ANA Legal Affairs Committee, followed by a networking reception, at Reed Smith's Washington, D.C. offices. 

The committee meeting is always a highlight of the conferece. This year's agenda includes:

  • Tom Pahl of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • "Ask the Enforcers: Brand Safety Across the Digital Advertising Ecosystem," a panel discussion on digital and mobile advertising self-regulation with Genie Barton of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, Inc. and CBBB, Kristin Cohen of the FTC, and Mike Signorelli of Venable and Counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA)
  • ...and more to come!

Registration for the committee meeting and reception is complimentary but separate from your conference registration. To register for the committee meeting, please visit the meeting page.

PLEASE NOTE: ANA Legal Affairs Committee meetings are open to ANA members only, but you need not be a current committee member to attend.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00am Registration Opens

7:30am Breakfast

8:30am General Session

OPENING REMARKS

Bob Liodice
Chief Executive Officer ANA

OPENING SALVOS

Our conference kicks off with a lively session in which top industry lawyers will discuss current hot topics and key issues and challenges that today’s advertising landscape presents. Each of these highly respected legal minds will have just five minutes to provide tips, practical advice, options, and strategies.

Felix Hofer
Founding Partner Hofer Lösch Torricelli
Stuart P. Ingis
Chairman Venable LLP
Rick Kurnit
Partner Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Carla Michelotti
President Carla Michelotti, LLC
Kathryn Barrett Park
Christopher Sloan
Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
James D. Taylor
Chair, Advertising and Promotions Loeb & Loeb LLP
Ronald R. Urbach
Chairman Davis & Gilbert LLP

THE ADVERTISING AGENDA IN DC (AND THE STATES)

With major tax reform heading towards resolution, what is next on the Congressional agenda? Will privacy and data security issues (both here and abroad) take center stage? Will the mandated disclosure cases from California make it to SCOTUS? Will the growing focus on prescription drug pricing place renewed pressure on DTC advertising? How will federal regulatory and legislative issues impact the use of big data and AI? Finally, how are the upcoming midterms likely to impact the political environment for advertising? ANA’s Dan Jaffe will address these questions and more in this session.

Dan Jaffe
Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations ANA
10:20am Networking Coffee Break  

10:40am Breakout Sessions 1

Please choose breakout session 1-A or 1-B

Breakout 1-A

TRANSPARENCY 2.0 – LOOKING BEYOND REBATES AND PRODUCTION TRANSPARENCY TO DATA

Whether it’s your agency, a media publisher, or other supplier of digital services, third parties are collecting and retaining data about your business and your customers. Advertisers (and their agencies) should be on top of who has, or is, collecting advertiser data, what are they doing with it, how to access to it, and whether (or how) to use those data assets. A panel of experts will discuss legal issues related to data-driven transactions and provide practical advice on evaluating and talking through data issues, both internally and with counterparties.

Moderator: Keri Bruce
Partner Reed Smith LLP
Therese Craparo
Partner Reed Smith LLP
Additional panelists TBD
Breakout 1-B

DEPICTIONS OF WOMEN IN ADVERTISING AFTER #METOO

The massive #MeToo Twitter revelations of pervasive sexual harassment in a number of business sectors has focused a glaring spotlight on the appropriate treatment of women. With the average American exposed to between 500 to 1,000 commercial messages a day, far from simply being shaped by culture, advertising wields considerable power over what our society considers normal. This panel will examine international regimes that are making certain depictions of women in advertising illegal; explore the results of the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment’s #SeeHer campaign to create a more-balanced and accurate portrayal of women in ads and the media; and discuss what advertisers and their lawyers can do not just to reflect the culture but to elevate it proactively.

Amy Mudge
Partner Venable LLP
Additional panelists TBD
11:30am General Session (con't.)

BRANDS IN CRISIS: EFFECTIVELY MANAGING LEGAL AND REPUTATION RISK WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG

Every year there seems to be a new series of missteps and scandals the industry must contend with — major talent accused of sexual misconduct; a well-intentioned ad campaign falls flat and causes an online backlash; a data security breach; or a tone-deaf email or social media post — all with the potential to cause major brand damage and sour agency relationships. Some of the biggest potential crises impacting brands and agency partners and ways to effectively manage them, from both a public relations and legal point of view, will be discussed.

Moderator: Joseph Lewczak
Partner Davis & Gilbert LLP
Additional panelists TBD
12:30pm Lunch  

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

Michael McCann, sports law columnist for Sports Illustrated, will discuss crisis management strategies for brands endorsed by professional athletes who become controversial. In a broad overview, Professor McCann will detail so-called "morals clauses" in athletes' endorsement contracts and the circumstances in which those clauses tend to be used. Examples will include Ryan Lochte losing a lucrative endorsement deal for embellishing the robbery story in Brazil and how a brand stood beside Maria Sharapova despite her being banned for doping. Professor McCann will also discuss NFL players’ loss of endorsement deals due to engaging in protest while the national anthem played and how former NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall sued an apparel company that dropped him for tweeting sympathetic remarks about Osama Bin Laden. This session will also offer tips on marketer and legal counsel strategies to avoid brand-damaging controversies surrounding athlete endorsements.

Michael McCann
Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law University of New Hampshire School of Law
1:30pm General Session (con't.)

THE FORMER FTC CHAIRS

The FTC is playing a key role over ever-broadening areas of regulation.What lies ahead for consumer protection and advertising regulation in light of these developments? Hear from two highly sophisticated experts, former Republican FTC Chair Deborah Majoras and former Democratic FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz, as they offer their insights and perspectives on today’s FTC, and the likely developments and direction of the Commission. 

Moderator: Cecilia Kang
Technology Reporter The New York Times
Jon Leibowitz
Partner Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Deborah Majoras
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary Procter & Gamble Co.

INSPIRATION VS. INFRINGEMENT: AVOIDING LIABILITY IN A SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

In a world where creativity and content are available everywhere, how do you work with your marketing clients to help them tap into popular culture without stepping into a lawsuit? We will explore the boundary between legally protected and unprotected elements of creative expression. How can marketers partner with their marketing teams so that the works produced are evocative without infringing? How can marketing messaging be relevant without borrowing too much? How can ownership be respected without sacrificing creativity? All of these issues will be explored in the context of copyright, trademark, and the right of publicity.

Candice Kersh
Partner Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Deidre Richardson
Lead Counsel, Marketing and Trademarks, U.S. & International Restaurant Brands International US Services, LLC
3:20pm Networking Coffee Break  

3:40pm Breakout Sessions 2

Please choose breakout session 2-A or 2-B.

Breakout 2-A

SHIFTING GROUND BENEATH YOUR FEET

FINDING FIRM FOOTING AMONGST THE RUBBLE OF THE NEW FEDERAL & STATE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE

Nearly one year into the Trump administration the regulatory emphasis is just beginning to come into focus. While seats remain empty on the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC staff continues its work. Where is the FTC’s emphasis and what is its pace? Following the change in administrations, how have state regulators responded? In what way has the change in leadership altered the risk analysis, as companies consider claims made for existing products or new products to be brought to market? What can be expected once those empty FTC seats are filled? This panel will assess what has changed and what remains the same – crucial considerations for companies hoping to improve (or protect) their market positions.

John Villafranco
Partner Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Jeffrey Novak
Assistant General Counsel Oath
Breakout 2-B

CREATING A BETTER CONSUMER ONLINE AD EXPERIENCE

Earlier this year, the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) issued initial standards for desktop and mobile Web in North America and Europe.  The Better Ads Standards identify the ad experiences that consumers least prefer and are most likely to drive adoption of ad blocking technologies. This panel will include a discussion with participating companies and associations on how the Better Ads Standards are being used to improve the consumer online ad experience, along with opportunities and challenges to expanding their adoption across different regional marketplaces.

Moderator: Stuart P. Ingis
Chairman Venable LLP
Joe Barone
Managing Partner, Brand Safety Americas GroupM
Additional panelists TBD
4:30pm General Session (con't.)

GETTING TO “SHI,” “SI,” “OUI,” and “NA’AM” FOR GLOBAL CAMPAIGNS

Advertisers confront a myriad of rules and customs around the world that impact their ability to execute everything from huge global campaigns to smaller social media programs. Hear members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance discuss recent key international advertising law developments and how they help clients successfully navigate the challenges of global compliance.

Moderator: Jeffrey A. Greenbaum
Managing Partner Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Rio
Managing Partner Falconi Puig Abogados (Ecuador)
Jan Ravelingien
Partner Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (Belgium)
Fiona Robertson
Senior Associate Al Tamimi & Company (United Arab Emirates)
Justina Zhang
Senior Partner TransAsia Lawyers (China)
5:30pm Networking Reception  

Friday, March 16, 2018
7:00am Registration Opens

7:30am Breakfast

8:30am General Session

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

As attorney general in the State of Wisconsin, our speaker is a key enforcer in a number of areas of importance to advertisers, including elder abuse and marketing to the elderly. These are areas that the National Association of Attorneys General has given priority. Also active in privacy matters relevant to marketers and advertisers, he will discuss practices that attorneys general will watch this year and beyond.

Brad Schimel
Attorney General State of Wisconsin

MONETIZING CONTENT: BRANDS AS PRODUCERS

Consumers have more power than ever to choose what they watch, when they watch it, and whether to block ads. Marketers face immense challenges to get their messages to consumers in entertaining and inviting ways. One marketer that leads the industry in reaching consumers in innovative ways is the global snacking company Mondelēz International, with iconic brands such as Oreo, Cadbury, and Sour Patch Kids. For its Stride brand gum, the company produced Heaven Sent, a television event broadcast live where skydiver Luke Aikins jumped out of a plane at 25,000 feet, without a parachute or protective gear, and landed safely in a net. The deal involved production, licensing, broadcasting, and unions. Learn how marketer and counsel partnered to maneuver through the maze of internal and external stakeholders and, by creating content consumers want to watch, helped deliver ROI.

Mary A. Carragher
Chief Counsel - Global Marketing and Media Mondelēz International, Inc.
Doug Wood
Partner Reed Smith LLP
10:15am Networking Coffee Break

10:35am Breakout Sessions 3

Please choose breakout session 3-A or 3-B.

Breakout 3-A

SUBSTANTIATING ADVERTISING CLAIMS FOR NEWLY DEVELOPED OR NEWLY ACQUIRED PRODUCTS

MAJOR RISKS AND TIPS FOR AVOIDING THEM

The development or acquisition of a new product or new product category can be a major engine that drives corporate growth. However, both comparative and monadic advertising claims about new products can pose significant challenges for corporate counsel and risks to their companies. The launch advertising for new products is crucial to the development of the new product’s market share and consumers’ perception of the product. Nothing can sabotage a new product’s launch more than a legal, regulatory, or self-regulatory challenge. This panel will discuss best practices for reducing the chance that a new product’s launch campaign is interrupted or altered by lawsuits, NAD challenges, or regulatory action. 

Lawrence I. Weinstein
Partner Proskauer Rose LLP
Laura Brett
Director, National Advertising Division Advertising Self-Regulation Council (ASRC)
Kathryn Farrara
Senior Attorney, Marketing Unilever United States, Inc.
Breakout 3-B

THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Description to come

Nathan J. Hole
Deputy Chair, Advanced Media and Technology Loeb & Loeb LLP
Additional panelists TBD
11:25am General Session (con't.)

AN INTRODUCTION TO AI

“Artificial intelligence” is not just a buzzword, but a fast growing area. But what is AI and why does it matter to you and your business? What are the opportunities and challenges for our industry as AI becomes more ubiquitous? Google’s advertising legal director and a panel of other experts will deeply delve into this increasingly exciting and important area.

Kenneth Rubenstein
Director, Legal Google
Additional panelists TBD
12:20pm Lunch  

1:20pm General Session (con't.)

THE EU'S GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean significant changes to the way marketers all over the world collect and use data as of May 2018. What will these new rules entail and how will they impact US-based marketers? What will be the wider impact of GDPR on digital advertising globally?

Catherine Armitage
Senior Manager Public Affairs, Digital Governance Exchange World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)
Additional panelists TBD
2:15pm Breakout Sessions 4

Please choose breakout session 4-A or 4-B.

Breakout 4-A

INFLUENCERS

Description to come

Speakers to come
Breakout 4-B

MODERN CLASS ACTION LANDMINES

We all need to be aware of what consumer class action attorneys are focused on these days. In the marketing space, it includes text message advertising, biometric data collection, use, and storage, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Brian Heidelberger, Partner and Chair of Winston & Strawn's Advertising Marketing and Brand Protection Practice will lead a panel of experts to discuss the recent cases and landmines.

Brian Heidelberger
Partner and Chair, Advertising, Marketing, and Brand Protection Practice Winston & Strawn LLP
Meredith Henchey
Assistant General Counsel Southwest Airlines
Brian Meli
Associate General Counsel Anheuser-Busch InBev
3:05pm General Session (con't.)

BACK TO THE BEGINNING FOR THE END

Our final session reunites legal legends from the opening session of the conference. The panel will discuss key ethics issues that confront lawyers in the advertising and marketing business.

Moderator: Doug Wood
Partner Reed Smith LLP
Stuart P. Ingis
Chairman Venable LLP
Rick Kurnit
Partner Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Carla Michelotti
President Carla Michelotti, LLC
Christopher Sloan
Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Ronald R. Urbach
Chairman Davis & Gilbert LLP
4:00pm Conference Ends


Cancellation Policy and Notes

Single ANA member and non-member conference registrations can be cancelled in writing only via email (registration@ana.net). Phone cancellations are not accepted. A 50% refund will be granted, if written request for cancellation is received by email 60 calendar days before the conference start date. No refunds will be granted for any cancellations received after the conference start date or for 'no shows.' Corporate packages are not eligible for cancellation. Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. ANA will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. A $125 processing fee will be assessed to change the name on a registration. Hotel room cancellations must be sent directly to the hotel. Please contact the hotel for further details.

Miscellaneous:
     1. The conference agenda is subject to change.
     2. A portion of your guest room rate will be used to offset conference costs.
     3. ANA accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.
     4. Registrations received after two weeks prior to the conference may not be included in the attendee list.