The Sedona Conference WG12 Annual Meeting 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 8:30am to Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1:00pm

Location: Phoenix, AZ – Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Registration is now open for the 2021 Annual Meeting of The Sedona Conference Working Group 12 (WG12) on Trade Secrets to be held in person at The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona on December 13-14.  The meeting will be preceded by a welcome reception on Sunday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Session Information

The primary focus of this meeting will be for our current WG12 drafting teams to lead a document-based dialogue to obtain member comment and advance the following draft commentaries toward publication for public comment:

  • Governance and Management of Trade Secrets
  • Monetary Remedies in Trade Secret Disputes

and also to form and launch the following commentary drafting team efforts:

  • What Can and Cannot Be a Protectable Trade Secret?
  • Sharing Trade Secrets With Other Organizations
  • Forensic Issues in Trade Secret Disputes
  • Getting In and Staying Out of Trouble: Ethical Issues in Trade Secret Cases

The timed agenda is below.  Please check back later for a more detailed agenda and confirmed dialogue leaders.

Please join the dialogue and help us ensure that each of our forthcoming commentaries reflects the consensus, nonpartisan approach of The Sedona Conference.

Hotel Reservation Information:

We have obtained a favorable group rate at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix of $249 per night (plus tax) for single and double occupancy rooms for a limited block of rooms on the nights of December 12 &13, 2021.  For those who wish to arrive early, leave late, or otherwise extend their stay, the group rate is available for three nights preceding and three nights following the dates of the room block, but subject to availability of run of house rooms.  Accordingly, if you wish to book for additional nights, you should do so as soon as possible.  This block of rooms will be held until November 21, 2021, after which the rooms will be made available to the general public.  Reservation information will be provided in your meeting registration confirmation email.     


The Sedona Conference will seek CLE accreditation for this meeting in selected jurisdictions, as dictated by attendance.   

Health and Safety Protocols

The Sedona Conference will follow all federal, state, and local health and safety protocols in effect at the time and place of the meeting. Here is a link to the enhanced cleaning and safety protocols currently in place at The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix:  The seating at the WG12 meeting will be spread out and take full advantage of the size of the meeting room. In addition to various sanitation measures, The Sedona Conference will provide color-coded lanyards for your name tag that will signify your comfort level with social interaction at the meeting. GREEN: I am open to shaking hands and conversation in less than 6 feet proximity while still respecting personal space; YELLOW: I welcome conversation but prefer extra personal space, so please keep your distance and don't touch. RED: Please converse and keep at least 6 feet of distance from me and don't touch. 

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

New York, NY

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

San Francisco, CA, USA


Chicago, IL, USA

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN, USA

Blank Rome LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Cameron Banks Law

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Crowe LLP

Houston, TX, USA

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.

Atlanta, GA, USA

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

New York, NY

ND Galli Law LLC

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Charles River Associates

Washington, DC, USA

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Arnold & Porter

Chicago, IL, USA

Crowell & Moring LLP

Washington, DC

Akron Law

Akron, OH

Locke Lord LLP

Chicago, IL

Renmatix, Inc.

King of Prussia, PA, USA

Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

San Jose, CA, USA

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Boston, MA, USA

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

San Francisco, CA

Pelletier Law, LLC

Chicago, IL, USA

James Pooley PLC

Menlo Park, CA, USA

Charles River Associates

Baltimore, MD

Blank Rome LLP

Naperville, IL, USA

Delaware Court of Chancery

Wilmington, DE, USA

iDiscovery Solutions

Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

Boston, MA, USA

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Boston, MA

Michigan Court of Appeals

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

WG12 Annual Meeting 2021 Agenda

DAY 1 - Monday, December 13 
Time Session Panelists
7:30 — 8:30 Breakfast & Registration       
8:30 — 8:45 Welcome and Introductions Almeling, PooleyWeinlein
8:45 — 10:15 [Panel 1] What Can and Cannot Be a Protectable Trade Secret Buziak, Hrdy, Morton, Slights (J), Winton
10:15 — 10:30 Morning Break  
10:30 — 12:00

[Panel 2] Sharing Trade Secrets With Other Organizations

BarryForesterHayes, Heaven, Pelletier, Saeedi

12:00 — 2:00 Lunch  
2:00 — 3:30

[Panel 3] Forensic Issues in Trade Secret Disputes

FalkGerber, Obaro, RoffmanVaughn, Yates (J)

3:30 — 3:45 Afternoon Break  
3:45 — 5:15 [Panel 4] Monetary Remedies in Trade Secret Disputes Almeling, Beeler (J)Bone, Gerardi, Weibust
DAY 2 - Tuesday, December 14
Time Session Panelists
7:30 — 8:30 Breakfast & Registration      
8:30 — 10:00 [Panel 5] Getting In and Staying Out of Trouble: Ethical Issues in Trade Secret Cases Almeling, Cameron-Banks, Fink, Kenedy, Miller (J)O'Toole
10:00 — 10:15 Morning Break  
10:15 — 11:30

[Panel 6] Governance and Management of Trade Secrets 

Bowbeer (J), Galli, Miller, Pooley
11:30 — 1:00 [Panel 7] Judicial Roundtable Beeler (J)Bowbeer (J)Miller (J)PooleySlights (J)Yates (J)
1:00 — 1:05 Closing Statements Weinlein
1:05 — 2:00 Grab and Go Lunch (provided)