Event Recap: Coffee & Conversations

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Fredrikson this Monday, January 29 for Coffee & Conversations. Attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast spread and helpful, applicable insights from Fredrikson’s panel of lawyers.

Much of the conversation, facilitated by John Pickerill and Courtney Thompson, centered around AI. Steve Helland walked us through a wide variety of topics regarding the increased use and prevalence of artificial intelligence – best practices for integrating AI into workflows and strategy; navigating risk tolerance and clearance; how privacy laws are impacting the use of AI; and how agencies can leverage the ever-growing suite of AI tools in compliance with advertising standards.

We also dove into many of the recent updates in Minnesota employment law. Ashley Thronson spoke in depth on the new requirements regarding paid sick leave, paid family leave, salary transparency, and non-compete agreements. Event attendees asked questions about compliance based on company size, how these laws impact independent contractors, and how laws are interpreted and applied when companies have decentralized teams across multiple states or countries.

Photo of attendees at Fredrikson law listening to a panel of speakers.

Event Reviews

“I really like Fredrikson’s presentations. They’re good at putting together relevant topics and speaking in easily understandable ways.”

“It was a really great presentation! I loved how it not only applied to the advertising and creative industry, but also recruiting and corporate worlds.”

About the Presenters

Courtney A. H. Thompson is a shareholder at Fredrikson and will be moderating the conversation. Courtney focuses her practice at the intersection of business transactions and intellectual property protection.

Steve Helland is chair of Fredrikson’s Technology & Data Group. Steve advises agencies, brands and other clients on the thoughtful use of Artificial Intelligence, including tools such as ChatGPT, Bard, Bing and MidJourney.

Ashley Thronson is a shareholder at Fredrikson in our Employment Law Group. Ashley’s practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. She provides end-to-end employment law services, partnering with businesses and their leaders on compliance questions and defending them if litigation arises.

John Pickerill is a shareholder in Fredrikson’s Trademark, Marketing, and Advertising Group. John is a trademark and advertising attorney, with a specific emphasis on social media legal issues.