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LES Houston Chapter: Recent Trends in Protecting and Exploiting Trade Secrets
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LES Houston Chapter: Recent Trends in Protecting and Exploiting Trade Secrets

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: The Briar Club
2603 Timmons Ln
Houston, Texas  77027
United States
Contact: James Woods
(713) 487-8841

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LES Houston Chapter presents:

Recent Trends in Protecting and Exploiting Trade Secrets

Expert Panel Discussion and Networking

Program Description

Trade secrets may variously include technologies, processes, formulas, and sensitive customer information. Accordingly, trade secrets often confer significant profit and competitive advantage to their owner. For this reason, companies are increasingly enforcing their legal rights related to unauthorized usage of their trade secrets under state and/or federal laws. At the same time, it is of strategic interest to consider how best to protect and commercially exploit trade secrets; in particular in the era of cybersecurity threats.

This panel discussion will provide viewpoints and guidance from the perspective of outside legal counsel, internal legal counsel, and damages/valuation expertise as to best practices in protecting, enforcing, and exploiting trade secrets.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Wednesday, August 28 2019

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.



The Briar Club
2603 Timmons Ln
Houston, TX 77027

Garage and valet parking available and included with registration fee.


Through Aug 23:

LES member:$40.00


Full-time student/post-doc:$10.00

Nonprofit educational member:$10.00

After Aug 23:

LES member:


Full-time student/post-doc:

Nonprofit educational member:


Brent Bersin, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting (Moderator)

Brent Bersin is a Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting. He has 25 years of experience and focuses his practice on providing financial and economic consulting, damages quantification, valuation and expert witness services to clients in the fields of intellectual property and commercial disputes. Mr. Bersin has been designated and testified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, bankruptcy court, and arbitration matters. He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Houston and is a licensed CPA in Texas. Mr. Bersin is also Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds the Certified Licensing Professional credential.


Walt Bratic, Managing Director, Whitley Penn (Panelist)

Walt Bratic is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner with more than 30 years of public accounting experience serving a broad spectrum of clients with litigation and valuations both domestically and internationally. Mr. Bratic has testified in federal, district, bankruptcy, and state court, ICC, ITC and AAA proceedings and has served as a court appointed expert. Mr. Bratic earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a guest lecturer on Lanham Act and trade secrets damages at the University of Houston Law School. He has routinely been recognized by IAM 1000 as a leading patent expert. Mr. Bratic has lectured on intellectual property licensing, valuation and damages at many industry and government conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.


Jesse Coleman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Panelist)

Jesse Coleman is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice encompasses various types of civil litigation facing the health care industry, energy industry, and related industries. Mr. Coleman has also represented and counseled health care, hospitality, and energy-sector clients in numerous trade secret and non-compete disputes. Mr. Coleman has developed a specialized practice in prosecuting and responding to temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in this area of law. Mr. Coleman was selected in 2016-2019 by Super Lawyers as one of its Texas Rising Stars in Health Care Law, an honor limited to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. Mr. Coleman has been selected by The Legal 500 United States as a 2016 and 2018 Recommended Attorney in Healthcare.


Steve Ryan, Vice President – Global Litigation and Investigations, TechnipFMC (Panelist)

Steve Ryan is Vice President, Global Litigation and Investigations, at TechnipFMC. Prior to TechnipFMC, he was a trial attorney at a premier global law firm. Mr. Ryan has overseen and tried numerous complex investigations and litigation matters involving trade secrets and other issues, with a focus on the energy industry. Mr. Ryan earned his B.A. in History from the University of Texas and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He is also an Officer in the United States Air Force and a licensed pilot. 

This event is generously sponsored by 

The Houston chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after August 23.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

Disability/Dietary Needs

Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 

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