MFG Law Summit 2018

  • Testimonial“As a long-time supporter and partner with MMA, we are pleased to participate in the Manufacturing and the Law Conference with Clark Hill attorneys Mark Ludwikowski and R. Kevin Williams discussing the Future of NAFTA and David Ries speaking on Cyber Security. This is an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to showcase their special expertise! We are proud to partner with MMA on these events to help Michigan manufacturers succeed in this challenging environment.”
    — Duane L. Tarnacki
      Clark Hill PLC
  • Attendees got a mix of top legal experts and industry leaders, panels, presentations and interactive components. Every MMA program includes a robust Event Program with additional information, resources and insights from presenters and MMA members
Manufacturing Your Ideas: Current Challenges in Global Patent and Trade Secret Provisions

The success of a manufacturing business depends on the security of intellectual property. The FBI estimates more than $400 billion in intellectual property leaves the U.S. each year due to cyber attacks — what is a manufacturer and their trusted team of advisors to do? Experts from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP took attendees on an interactive tour of three unique IP scenarios and provide best practices for ensuring manufacturers’ most critical resource for competitiveness — intellectual property — remains secure.

  • Dennis Muchmore, Honigman
  • Dr. Jonathan O'Brien, Honigman
  • Dr. Fernando Alberdi, Honigman
  • Thomas Appledorn, Honigman
  • Steven Wernikoff, Honigman
How Automated Vehicles are Changing the Legal Landscape in the Manufacturing Industry

Michigan has remained the hub for transportation manufacturing since the days of the horse-and-buggy. In the 21st century, the most-talked-about future innovation may be autonomous vehicle technology and it’s a technology which could change how Michigan manufacturers do business. Representatives from Miller Canfield discussed this fascinating new tech with attendees and explain the legal ramifications behind the next era of manufacturing.

  • Richard Walawender, Miller Canfield
  • Tina Georgieva, Miller Canfield
  • Emily Frascaroli, Ford Motor Co.
NAFTA: Is there life in it yet or
will it be “ripped up”?

Supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) say it has expanded trade, increased jobs and created a manufacturing surplus for the United State over the last seven years, yet the future of NAFTA remains at-stake. Attorneys from Clark Hill PLC explained what the future of NAFTA looks like and why the decision to stay or withdraw could have longstanding repercussions to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

  • R. Kevin Williams, Clark Hill
  • Mark Ludwikowski, Clark Hill
Cyber Security: Protecting Corporate Data
in a Breach-a-Day World

Your business cannot afford to ignore cyber crime. Every day, another story breaks of successful and unsuccessful attempts to compromise manufacturing companies. Clark Hill’s expert walked attendees through this multi-billion-dollar threat to the American economy and how to develop a comprehensive information security program that keeps your data out of the hands of criminals.

  • David Ries, Clark Hill
Cyber: The Fifth Domain of Warfare

Cyber attacks are more common than most employers realize and can impact every aspect of our lives. As the sophistication of attacks continues to increase, manufacturers need to know what resources are available to secure their data. Major General Michael Stone discussed state and federal efforts to mitigate cyber attacks, the legal complexities involved and how the development of a 21st century, technology-focused workforce will keep Michigan as a recognized leader on the international stage.

  • Major General Mike Stone,
    Michigan National Guard
  • Jim Ellis, MI State Police
  • Jamal Farhat, BorgWarner
  • The opportunity to develop connections is a valued part of MMA’s event programs. In addition to networking breaks and interactive activities throughout the day, an on-site networking reception gave attendees an opportunity to continue sharing strategies with colleagues and discuss insights and speakers.

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