2021 In-House Counsel Seminar speakers include:

Outside Speaker

Chris HopeChris Hope

Senior Director of IT & Security, OneSource

Chris has a 17-year history of working in information technology and cyber security. He is skilled in IT & Security Leadership, Cloud, InfoSec, Product Development, and IT & Security Outsourcing. In the last two years with One Source Communications, Chris has focused on managing the IT Services and Security Services portions of the business, supporting over 1100 companies through multiple IT & Security Service Lines, including Endpoint Security, Email Security, SIEM, Cloud, networking, and traditional IT infrastructure. Chris is passionate about translating business needs into IT & Security deliverables, both within an organization and managed service customers. 

One Source is a managed services company focused on optimizing the three mission-critical pillars of complex enterprise technology: communications lifecycle management (CLM), IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity. Headquartered in Greenville, NC, with offices in Raleigh, NC, Portland, OR, and Mobile, AL, One Source works with companies across the country in restaurants, retail, automotive, property management, healthcare, senior living, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, and more.

businesswoman avatarBridget Welborn

Senior Vice President, Privacy and Records Management/ First Citizens Bank

Bridget Welborn is an experience attorney with a focus on privacy, data protection and technology matters. She currently leads the privacy and records management programs at First Citizens, and prior to that, served as the corporate secretary and senior counsel of the bank and its publicly traded financial holding company. 

Welborn earned her bachelor of science in public health for biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and her juris doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law. 

Founded in 1898, First Citizens Bank today operates more than 500 branches in 19 states. It is one of the largest family-controlled banks in the United States. In addition to traditional banking services and essential business and professional services, First Citizens offers wealth management capabilities, business and treasury services and much more. 

The Forever First® brand represents the company’s commitment to the people, businesses and communities who rely on First Citizens to be the best bank it can be. First Citizens Bank is a subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCNCA), which has more than $56 billion in assets.

Ward and Smith Speakers

Richard CrowRichard Crow

Business and Tax Attorney

Richard has significant experience in a broad range of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, private securities offerings, and start-up businesses. He recently served as in-house counsel for a major background screening and compliance provider, giving him the rare experience of managing both the inside and outside counsel roles for the same entity. That experience colors his practice, and Richard is now known as "an inside counsel's outside counsel."  

Angela Doughty, CIPP/US

Intellectual Property and Privacy Attorney

Angela is a North Carolina State Bar Board Specialist in Trademark Law and a Certified Information Privacy Professional- United States (CIPP/US) that serves as the firm's Director of Legal Innovation. She oversees several initiatives to optimize and increase the efficiency of the firm's legal services. In addition to adopting and executing practices, such as Legal Lean Sigma, Angela is responsible for moving the firm through implementing process improvement, design methodologies, and innovative technology. 

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Appellate and Civil Litigation Attorney

Chris is a dynamic appellate attorney and civil litigator whose multifaceted practice focuses on complex legal issues related to business, intellectual property, and appellate matters. As a civil litigator, Chris has handled all aspects of commercial disputes involving contracts, non-compete clauses, trademarks, copyrights, and patents. His clients are as diverse as his practice, representing businesses, such as manufacturers, suppliers, and publications. Additionally, he has successfully defended individuals in disputes related to trusts and estates and unpaid commissions.

Ken Gray

Labor and Employment Attorney

Ken leads the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. His experience encompasses various areas of employment-related litigation.  He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of employment contracts from small start-up companies to Fortune 500 corporations.  Ken is a frequent lecturer on employment discrimination, workplace retaliation, workers' compensation, and wage and hour law issues.  

Justin Hill

Labor and Employment Attorney

Justin focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. He works with businesses, employers, and human resources professionals across the state.  Additionally, Justin is a member of the firm's Professional Licensing group and defends licensed professionals before North Carolina's many professional and occupational licensing boards.

Jamie NormentJamie Norment

Government Relations Attorney

Jamie works regularly with individuals, corporations, and governmental entities on a variety of complex legal matters.  His experience in substantive areas of the law includes government contracts (with an emphasis on local, state, and federal construction contracts and the procurement of goods and services), government relations and lobbying (including campaign finance and ethics issues), and economic development law (especially public-private partnerships and incentives).  Jamie has extensive experience with board governance issues, open meeting and public records laws, and military economic development initiatives.  He provides legal services to corporations, individuals, cities, counties, public housing authorities, community colleges, and other independent subdivisions of the State. 

Hayley Wells

Labor and Employment Attorney

Hayley's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and civil litigation. She regularly advises individual and corporate clients in covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, discipline and termination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour matters, personnel policies and procedures, and preparation of employee handbooks and employment agreements. Additionally, she represents both corporate and individual clients in all aspects related to litigation, including hearings, depositions, discovery, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Her experience ranges from commercial litigation to personal injury matters. Hayley also advises brewery and craft alcoholic beverage clients in various aspects of the law, including permitting, negotiation and preparation of distribution agreements, enforcement actions, interpretative guidance, music licensing, and personnel matters.

Devon Williams

Devon Williams

Labor and Employment Attorney

Devon is one of the firm's Managing Directors. Her practice encompasses a wide range of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour matters, federal contractor compliance, employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, employee discipline and termination decisions, personnel policies and practices, restrictive covenants, and background checks.  Devon regularly counsels HR executives and C-suite officers, navigating them through the many state and federal requirements for employers to help clients avoid costly litigation and improve workplace relations.

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