Broadcast Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


Trade secrets are among the most valuable assets for businesses. Because of their significance, corporations have continued to increase protections over their confidential materials, and the legal landscape has evolved, including passage of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. However, misappropriation cases still abound.

Amidst the evolving legal landscape, it is imperative that companies and their counsel understand the latest developments to prevent against the risks of trade secret misappropriation. Understanding appropriate strategies for litigating cases and maximizing or minimizing damages is also of paramount importance.

In this LIVE Webcast, trade secret experts Christopher DeBaere (Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC) and Thomas Woods (Stoel Rives LLP) will offer a discussion on how businesses can effectively protect their trade secrets and, thus, manage misappropriation risks. Speakers will also offer practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits considering notable cases.

Key topics include:

  • Recent Legal Developments
  • Notable Cases
  • Managing Top Trade Secret Misappropriation Risks
  • Damages – Key Issues
  • Litigation Strategies


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of trade secrets law


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Thomas A. Woods, Partner
Stoel Rives LLP

Tom Woods is a complex civil litigator with multiparty, mass tort and class action litigation experience.  He represents corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts, and at arbitration, in cases involving a range of issues including: real estate and financial services disputes; breaches of contract; breaches of fiduciary duties and duties of loyalty; misappropriation of trade secrets; fraud; negligence; contractual and equitable indemnity; unfair, unlawful and fraudulent business practices; and shareholder derivative claims.  Tom’s corporate clients span industries from lenders to loan servicers, to medical device and household product manufacturers.

Christopher DeBaere, CFA , Principal
Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC

Chris DeBaere is a Principal of Hoffman Alvary. Mr. DeBaere’s practice focuses on financial analysis for disputed matters and strategic and business valuation consulting. Mr. DeBaere analyzes financial damages in a variety of contexts, including patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, false advertising, and other commercial disputes. He is experienced in preparing complex damages analyses relating to lost profits, price erosion, reasonable royalty, and unjust enrichment remedies.

Mr. DeBaere prepares business and intellectual property valuations for transactions and litigated matters, including shareholder freeze-outs and bankruptcy proceedings. He has particular experience valuing interests in technology-driven businesses and privately-held entities with complex capital structures. Mr. DeBaere also assists patent holders in developing licensing and monetization strategies, and he is regularly engaged to value patents and other intellectual properties.

Mr. DeBaere received a B.A. in Economics and Art History from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Mr. DeBaere also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.



Thomas A. WoodsPartner

Stoel Rives LLP

  • Developments with the Defense of Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)
    • How does the DTSA differ from state laws?
    • Did the DTSA accomplish its stated goal of accomplishing uniformity?
    • How are Litigants treating DTSA claims over the last three years?
  • Developments in Litigating and Prosecuting International Trade Secret Claims (foreign invasion of trade secrets)
  • Best Practices from Recent Observations in Litigation
    • How to protect, and not unprotect, trade secrets: employment agreements, employee policies, etc.


Christopher DeBaere, CFAPrincipal

Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC

  • Overview of Available Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Potential Approaches and Considerations for Each Remedy:
    • Actual Losses
    • Unjust Enrichment
    • Reasonable Royalty
  • Common Issues
  • Exemplary Damages

Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Trade Secret Lawyers
  • Human Resources Executives
  • In-House Counsel
  • Top Level Management
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Thomas A. WoodsPartner
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Christopher DeBaere, CFA Principal
Hoffman Alvary & Company LLC



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