ILN Specialty Groups

The ILN Specialty Groups provide all member firms with the ability to pool their resources and take advantage of the tremendous strength and depth of their combined expertise. Under the leadership of the Speciality Group Committee Members, these groups provide the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.

Our Specialty Groups
Medical Device and Drug Manufacturing Litigation
Co-chaired by Jeff Shapiro of Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, and Jessica Jensen of Ogden Murphy Wallace PLCL, the Medical Device & Drug Manufacturing Litigation Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions. The group's members have focused on building their relationships internally through face to face meetings, periodic conference calls and shared emails. They have also been outwardly focused, developing a virtual roundtable on the topic: "How to Lose a Lawsuit by Not Keeping Track of Your E-Mails and Documents: Spoliation, Electronic Discovery and the Avoidance of Sanctions," to showcase their collective expertise.
Tax Law
Chaired by Michael Donovan of Lewis Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis, Missouri, the International Tax Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.
Corporate
Co-Chaired by Charles Cowper of Gadens Lawyers in Sydney, Australia and Charles Wander of Fladgate LLP in London, the Corporate Group provides a platform for discussion among ILN members of Corporate Law matters in an international context, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and corporate governance. The Corporate Group meets regularly at all ILN Annual and Regional Meetings.
Energy
Chaired by Brit Brown of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP in Houston, Texas, the Energy Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.
Estates & Trusts
Co-chaired by Mark Weintraub of Clark Wilson in Vancouver, Canada, and Donna M. White of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine in Boston, Massachusetts, the Estates and Trusts Group provides a platform for enhanced communication among member attorneys in this field, enabling the members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions. The group recent presented a two-part series on cross-border issues in estate law between the US and Canada, with the first presentation taking place on September 12, 2013, called "Passport to Trusts & Estates: Canadian Issues for U.S. Estates" and the second on January 22, 2014, called "Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates."
Finance and Restructuring
Co-chaired by Marc Udink of Udink & De Jong in The Hague, the Netherlands, and Sebastian Laboga of Kuebler GbR in Germany, the Finance and Restructuring Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.
Intellectual Property
Headed by Norman Zivin of Cooper & Dunham LLP, New York, New York and Eddie Powell of Fladgate LLP, London, the Intellectual Property Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions. The group has hosted events in conjunction with the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Annual Meeting since 2004. In San Diego, they showcased their collective expertise at a buffet lunch, which brought together ILN members, clients, and potential clients.

The met at INTA's 2014 Annual Meeting in Hong Kong for lunch, and meets during ILN Regional and Annual Meetings for discussions on topics of common interest. They are also working on a number of exciting activities, for which more information will be available in the coming months.
International Dispute Resolution
Co-chaired by Marty Beirne of Beirne Maynard & Parsons LLP in Houston, Texas and Simon Ekins of Fladgate LLP in London, England, the International Dispute Resolution Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions. The goals for the group include the formalization of internal communications through the implementation of a group email address, the creation of a Knowledge Base, consisting of general statutory, treaty and other forms of legal information populated through the website, and the completion of an informational questionnaire by the members of the group.

The group plans to meet at the 2014 ILN Annual Meeting in Chicago.
International Trade
Chaired by Antonello Corrado of CFMP Legal of Italy, the International Trade Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions. The International Trade Group is focused on the sale and purchase of goods under the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods ("CISG"); agency and distribution (contracts) in relation to sale of goods; documentary credit; export finance; credit insurance and arbitration under commercial contracts.
Labor & Employment
Co-chaired by Marie Macdonald of Miller Samuel LLP, Glasgow and William Milani of Epstein Becker & Green in New York, New York. The group regularly meets during ILN Annual and Regional meetings for discussions on topics of common interest, and to make and renew relationships.
Marketing
The ILN Marketing Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to service the needs of their law firms. Chaired by Lindsay Griffiths of the ILN, the group's members are focused on the following goals: Serving as a means of sharing knowledge and best practices among member firms; assisting the ILN Administration in its marketing efforts through suggestions/feedback and co-marketing opportunities; and serving as a resource to firms in the Network without marketing professionals or departments.
Real Estate
Chaired by Pavla Prikrylova of PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s. in Prague, the Czech Republic, the Real Estate Group has met during recent ILN Regional and Annual Meetings for discussions on topics of common interest. The group provides a platform to enhance communication among member attorneys in this field, enabling members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.
Sports Law
Chaired by Johan Vanden Eynde of Vanden Eynde Legal in Brussels Belgium, this Group focuses on the following areas: challenges of organizing major international sporting events, setting up associated financial support for these events, public procurements and private partnership for building of the infrastructures. tax planning, TV and other image rights, contracts, organizers liabilities and implementation of international legislation, competition law and international property (including merchandise). The Group will also focus on the more person matters of international support for the sports(wo)men in all matters, contract, tax planning, image rights, sponsoring and discipline.