The COVID-19 pandemic has stirred a significant shift in the way businesses protect their trade secrets. With most communications and transactions becoming virtual, companies started optimizing the use of new technologies to better position themselves in the market. This has led to additional challenges and has opened more risks of trade secrets disputes.

Furthermore, trade secret litigation has remained sitting center-stage in state and federal courts, magnifying the necessity for businesses to reevaluate their trade secret protection programs while keeping in check the trends that will likely shape this area of law.

Our panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will offer a discussion of the latest and significant developments surrounding trade secrets in a post-pandemic era. This LIVE Webcast aims to provide helpful insights on risk mitigation and defense as well as give tips to navigate all emerging trends.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Recent Regulatory Developments
  • Litigation Trends
  • New Challenges to Trade Secret Protection
  • Strategies to Mitigate Risks
  • Other Trends to Watch


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast



General knowledge of trade secrets law


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Todd Patrick, National Managing Principal
Grant Thornton LLP

Todd Patrick is a Principal in the Corporate Value Consulting practice and the national leader of the Tax Value Solutions team. Tax Value Solutions professionals work with management teams to identify tax strategies, assess and quantify the connections between shareholder value and these strategies, and issue opinions of value. Todd brings his extensive experience to the valuation of businesses and their underlying intellectual property and intangible assets.  For more than twenty years, he has assisted clients with business enterprise valuations, common and preferred stock valuations, mergers and acquisition analysis, trade name and patent portfolio valuations. His clients have ranged from multinational corporations to start-up companies. Todd has advised clients for financial and tax reporting, litigation support and strategic planning purposes.

Christopher DeBaere, CFA, Principal
Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC

Chris DeBaere is an expert in the valuation of intellectual properties and technology-related businesses.  With extensive experience working for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, software and hardware developers, and consumer products companies, Mr. DeBaere specializes in analyzing complex transactions and determining damages in intellectual property and commercial disputes.


Todd PatrickNational Managing Principal

Grant Thornton LLP

  1. Key components of any successful valuation engagement
  2. How to avoid blind spots when rendering a valuation conclusion (risk mitigation)
  3. Developing and executing an effective quality assurance process (risk mitigation)

Christopher DeBaere, CFA Principal

Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC

  1. Key areas of disagreement in valuation disputes
  2. Small changes in subjective variables can have large effects on value
  3. Presenting competing valuations to juries and other triers-of-fact

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

A recording will be available to view 24-48 hours after the live date.


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Who Should Attend:

  • Finance Executives
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Valuation Analysts
  • General Counsel


Todd PatrickNational Managing Principal
Grant Thornton LLP
Christopher DeBaere, CFAPrincipal
Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC



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