47th Annual Advanced Business Law Conference 2021: Back to Business as Unusual—Legal Issues Impacting Businesses in 2021 (That Have Nothing to Do with COVID-19)

MCLE Credits: 8.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Friday, September 24 - Saturday, September 25 / Wintergreen Resort
Live Telephone: Friday, September 24 - 1:15–5:05 p.m. AND Saturday 8:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Live on Site Registration: 12:45 p.m.
Program: Friday, September 24 - 1:15 p.m. - Saturday, September 25 - 1:00 p.m
MCLE Credit: 8.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 8.0  Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

  • Gain valuable tips and best practices from the experts at this two-day, afternoon/morning program
  • Network with your colleagues—and develop new contacts in specialized practice areas
  • Enjoy our social events and free time at Wintergreen Resort, including the conference dinner and complimentary cocktail party and closing lunch

Virginia’s Premier Business Law Program

Cosponsored with the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

Please note: Registration for attending live on site at Wintergreen Resort is now closed, but anyone still may register to attend via live-interactive telephone.

This conference is designed to provide business lawyers with an in-depth, advanced-level overview of the legal and business considerations in structuring the ownership, governance, and capital raising of startup and emerging companies, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business lawyers from around Virginia. The presenters include small- and large-firm attorneys experienced in forming, restructuring, and assisting early-stage and growth companies in founder and employee equity terms and venture capital financings. Basic and some more detailed model practice forms will be provided.

VSB Business Law Section Member Discount: Members of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar can save $50 on registration!


Your live conference registration includes the Friday night conference dinner at Wintergreen—please plan to join us. Guests are welcome at an additional cost of $60. See registration options.

Revised Live-on-Site (In-Person) Seminar/COVID-19 Policy

Due to the extremely transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, we are revising our COVID-19 policy accordingly, based on recent guidance from our medical advisors who are epidemiologists at Duke University Hospital (although their consulting firm is not affiliated with Duke University of Duke University Hospital). Thank you for understanding that your health and the health of everyone involved in a Virginia CLE® seminar is our number one priority.

Important Policy Update Regarding Faculty:

  1. Only unvaccinated speakers must wear a mask while presenting.
  2. The speaker podium will be 20 feet away from the attendees.
  3. There will be at least 6 feet of space between the panelists.

Please note: this policy for faculty was created by the VSB Business Law Section and not by the Virginia Law Foundation. Attendees must follow the policy below.


Requirements for attendees at Live-on-Site seminars:

  1. Vaccinations – Attendees can attend this program only if they have received their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, their one shot of the J&J vaccine, or a booster shot, after January 10. At least 14 days must have passed since their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or their one shot of the J&J vaccine. Additionally, attendees must provide proof of vaccination by sending their vaccine card to tmoore@virginialawfoundation.org before 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 21.
  2. Masking – Attendees and staff shall always wear properly fitting masks, covering the mouth and nose, while indoors except while in the actual act of eating and drinking.
  3. Social distancing – Attendees and staff will be seated socially distanced, staying at least 3 feet apart while indoors.
  4. Illness – Any attendee or staff member exhibiting symptoms including but not limited to apparent cold of flu-like symptoms, feverish, digestive discomfort, or any other symptom that might be linked to typical COVID-19 symptoms within 24 hours of the seminar shall not attend any portion of any Virginia CLE® program.

As time goes on we hope to be able to transition back to how things were pre-pandemic in all ways, but at this point we hope you understand our need to balance the very important need for your fellow attendees, faculty, and staff to feel safe, and for us to at this time require what we hope you will agree is a prudent step so we can do our best to ensure that safety is and always will be our number one concern.

This information will only be used to ensure entry for this program and no sensitive information will be saved or shared. You MUST email your vaccination card by Tuesday, September 21 to attend the live-on-site program. Registrants who cannot provide proof of vaccination (14 days since vaccination) will not be permitted to attend the live-on-site seminar. Walk-in registration is not permitted.

On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend masking for fully vaccinated persons in indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Per CDC tracker, the state of Virginia is at “substantial transmission.”

Questions or concerns regarding Virginia CLE’s COVID-19 policy for this event may be directed to tmoore@virginialawfoundation.org.

To learn more about COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website.

Please revisit this webpage routinely for updates regarding this policy.

This seminar is not eligible for discounts.


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Friday, September 24, 2021

1:15 Introduction
Autumn Visser, Principal, Woods Rogers PLC
1:20 Data Privacy and Your Business—Virginia’s Data Privacy Laws and How They Impact Your Clients
Moderator: Karl Knoll, General Counsel & Data Protection Officer, Clarabridge


  • Gerry Stegmaier, Reed Smith
  • Mark Quist, Reed Smith
  • Todd Harris, Womble Bond Dickinson

While comprehensive federal law discussions continue, states have acted. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) makes Virginia the second state in the nation to have sweeping data privacy legislation. Colorado followed quickly, becoming the third with a new privacy law of its own. Our discussion will include comparative considerations for each of these laws as well as practical tips and considerations to flexibly adapt and plan for an emerging state patchwork of laws. Although the VCDPA becomes effective January 1, 2023, there is no reason for clients/companies to wait to start on a compliance plan. Some of the steps that national or international businesses may have taken to comply with CCPA and/or GDPR will give them a leg up, but may not be sufficient for compliance with VCDPA. Other clients/companies may be starting from scratch. This session showcases how all Virginia businesses should begin the process of analyzing data and taking the steps to being compliant, and how your internal compliance policies should (and will) impact customer and vendor relationships and contract terms. In addition, our discussion will explore how the VCDPA may impact transactional practice, including M&A and commercial deals. We will also compare the VCDPA with Europe’s GDPR, California’s CCPA, and Colorado’s CPRA and provide suggestions on programs and steps companies can take to become compliant with each of these privacy laws and be well situated to efficiently deal with future privacy laws that will inevitably come our way.

2:50 Break
3:05 Valuing Diversity and Recognizing Implicit Bias

  • Patice Holland, Principal, Woods Rogers PLC
  • Leah Stiegler, Associate, Woods Rogers PLC

Everyone has a bias. We like one thing over another—a big city vs. a small city, one TV show or another, cupcakes vs. cookies—and often with a valid reason. But when it comes to what is known specifically as implicit bias, preference turns into certain attitudes or thoughts where the result is being unaware or mistaken in decision-making without realizing the decision is wrong. In today’s environment where media and culture often perpetuate stereotypes, how do you check yourself and your team for implicit bias?

This session will help lawyers identify risk areas where implicit biases may affect important decisions and behaviors.

5:05 Session Adjourns
5:35 Cocktail Reception Begins
7:00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, September 25, 2021

7:45 Breakfast
8:15 Business Succession Planning—An Old Topic Gets a 21st Century Makeover



  • Steve Keeler, Keeler PLC
  • Carroll Hurst, Keiter CPAs
  • John Dickinson, Dickinson Williams & Company
  • Jonathan Brabrand, Transact Capital Partners

“Business succession” planning used to be the purview of tax, estate planning, and family business lawyers, with the help of insurance, ESOP, and other consultants. The focus was often on tax-efficient preservation of ownership and management control of the business. Today, “exit planning” consultants and a constantly changing M&A environment are encouraging business owners to consider outside capital, possibly a company sale, and a variety of options in between. This session will provide a framework for developing a business succession plan in a dynamic business environment. The presenters will share their experience and insights that, while ownership and management continuity are important, an effective and flexible business succession plan should be designed to enhance company value, encourage a periodic review of all strategic options, and build in the flexibility to pursue the right strategic options when circumstances, opportunities, and timing warrant a change in direction.

9:45 Government Contracting—Navigating the Minefield: An Expert Panel Discussion on Emerging and Recurring Issues for Small Business Government Contractors



  • Kenneth Brody, David, Brody & Dondershine, LLP
  • Paul Hawkins, Reaves Coley, PLLC
  • Robert E. Korroch, Williams Mullen / Norfolk, VA
  • Brad Reaves, Reaves Coley, PLLC

A dedicated government contracting focus is a great way for any business to grow, especially when their “traditional” lines of business may have slowed or experienced a disruption. Our panel of experienced practitioners will focus in on the specific issues of most concern to small business contractors and subcontractors, whether they are new to government contracting or are veterans in this challenging field. The discussion will include issues like teaming agreements and joint ventures, prime contract “flowdown” provisions, small business set aside rules, mentor-protégé arrangements, and affiliation rules.

11:15 Break
11:30 International Essentials for Domestic Business Lawyers



  • Michael P. Daly, Associate, JonesDay
  • John M. Huddle, CEO & Founder, The Global Law Group, PLC

The world has become a small place! Even our smallest domestic clients frequently encounter issues with “international” legal implications, and the needs of many of our clients in this regard are complex and evolving rapidly. We are painfully aware of how many of our clients as well as their service providers have been profoundly impacted in recent years by extreme tariffs and other significant shifts in global policy and enforcement initiatives, IPR challenges, and supply chain disruptions caused by COVID and compounded by those political and regulatory dynamics. Likewise, the challenge of staying abreast of new opportunities related to new or evolving free trade agreements and global business challenges demands informed and proactive strategies. Effective issue-spotting capabilities and access to subject matter experts in this field are essential for today’s business attorneys and in-house counsel. This session is intended to provide practical insights and strategies, with particular emphasis on recent developments and important transactional and compliance considerations, to improve our effectiveness in this regard and will also address expectations for trade policy and regulatory initiatives under the Biden administration.

1:00 Seminar adjourns, networking, and lunch



Steven L. Brinker, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, PLC / Norfolk
William A. Burke, Assistant General Counsel, ADS, Inc. / Virginia Beach
Lindsey A. Carney, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC / Newport News
Matthew A. Clary, III, Law Offices of Matthew A. Clary, III / Fairfax
John M. Huddle, The Global Law Group, PLC / Richmond
Brent Justus, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Steven J. Keeler (Chair), Keeler PLC / Charlottesville
Karl T. Knoll, Clarabridge, Inc. / Reston
Autumn R. Visser, Woods Rogers PLC / Roanoke


Jonathan Brabrand, Transact Capital Partners / Glen Allen
Kenneth Brody, David, Brody & Dondershine, LLP / Reston
Michael Daly, JonesDay / Washington, DC
John Dickinson, Dickinson Williams & Company / Richmond
Todd Harris, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP / Tysons
Paul Hawkins, Reaves Coley PLLC / Chesapeake
Patice Holland, Woods Rogers PLC / Roanoke
John M. Huddle, The Global Law Group, PLC / Richmond
Carroll Hurst, Keiter CPAs / Glen Allen
Steven J. Keeler, Keeler PLC / Charlottesville
Karl T. Knoll, Clarabridge, Inc. / Reston
Robert E. Korroch, Williams Mullen / Norfolk, VA
Brad Reaves, Reaves Coley PLLC / Chesapeake
Gerry Stegmaier, Reed Smith LLP / Washington, DC
Leah Stiegler, Woods Rogers PLC / Richmond, Roanoke
Mark Quist, Reed Smith LLP / Washington, DC

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Friday cocktail reception and dinner and Saturday breakfast and boxed lunch included)

$359 regular registration (without printed materials).
$399 regular registration plus printed materials.
$419 regular registration with one guest dinner (without printed materials).
$459 regular registration with one guest dinner plus printed materials.
$309 VSB Business Law Section member registration (without printed materials).
$349 VSB Business Law Section member registration plus printed materials.
$369 VSB Business Law Section member registration with one guest dinner (without printed materials).
$409 VSB Business Law Section member registration with one guest dinner plus printed materials.

No walk-in registrations.


Wintergreen / Friday and Saturday, September 24-25
Wintergreen Resort (Venue Website / Google Map)
Route 664
(800) 273-3390

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$349 regular registration.
$299 discounted registration for VSB Business Law Section members.


We have arranged a special lodging rate with Wintergreen Resort: $150 per night for a single room. These are guaranteed only until August 31, so act fast. Please call Wintergreen at 855-666-7875 and say you are part of this conference.

A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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