Join the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) on Wednesday, April 18, in Seattle, WA, as we explore emerging technologies and the impact of liability issues on innovation.

America’s thriving technology sector is leading the world in innovation, but emerging technologies face challenging legal hurdles. Reactionary regulations and new avenues for litigation can do potential long-term damage to businesses and the economy.


About The Event

Event Details


April 18, 2018 12:00 pm April 18, 2018 5:30 pm


Opening Luncheon

Welcome Remarks by: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

The Road | TED Talk on AV

  • David Tressier, Senior Counsel, Waymo LLC
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Break

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

The Sky | Panel Discussion on UAS

  • Brent Hoffman, Senior Vice President, XL Catlin
  • Reggie Govan, Former Chief Counsel, FAA

Moderated by: Tim Day, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center

1:45 – 2:05 p.m.

The Future | TED Talk on Venture Capitalism and Tech Trends

  • Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
2:05 – 2:45 p.m.

The Body | Panel Discussion on Technology in Health

  • Meghan Gaffney Buck, Founder and CEO, VEDA Data Solutions
  • Nick Desai, Co-Founder, Heal
  • Rick Desimone, Managing Director, Desimone Consulting Group

Moderated by: Robert McKenna, Partner, Orrick and Former Washington State Attorney General

2:45 – 3:05 p.m.

The Phone | Interview on the TCPA

  • Leigh R. Schachter, Assistant General Counsel – Litigation, Verizon Wireless

Interviewed by: Mark Brennan, Partner, Hogan Lovells

3:05 – 3:45 p.m.

The Brain | Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence

  • Caroline McCaffrey, General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs, Clarifai, Inc.
  • Donna Haddad, Special Counsel, IBM
  • Michael O’Brien, Partner, Wilson Elser

Moderated by: Tom Pierson, President & CEO, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

3:45 – 4:05 p.m.

The Network | Conversation on Blockchain

  • Amy Davine Kim, Global Policy Director & General Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Evan Daniels, Assistant Attorney General, State of Arizona
4:05 – 4:25 p.m.

The Horizon | TED Talk on What’s Next

  • Ryan Calo, School of Law Associate Professor, University of Washington
4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception


Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA