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Social media poses risks for employers if not properly managed.

Today social media is endemic throughout every aspect of our lives. We all know generally that it provides businesses with opportunities to reach markets faster & more broadly than ever before.

But do you know how to manage the risks?

On April 14, 2014, join the SVForum Marketing and Social Media SIG for a discussion of the latest legal developments with Paul Cowie, Partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

Topics addressed will include:

  • Who owns your social media - the company or the employee?
  • Whose Twitter followers are they anyway?
  • How to protect trade secrets in the age of social media and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
  • Defamation – “I didn’t authorize that post!”  How can businesses limit such risks?
  • Can I fire an employee for Facebook posts? What does the NLRB say?
  • How to manage employee privacy expectations and ownership of social media?


During this Meetup, Paul Cowie, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, will share his experience and case studies on the key implications of doing business in the age of social media.

About the Speaker:

Paul Cowie is Partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, in the the Labor and Employment Practice Group based in Palo Alto.

Paul focuses on defense work for technology and emerging growth companies related to a wide range of employment disputes, including BYOD, social media, executive agreements, discrimination, independent contractors, workplace violence, harassment, wrongful termination and whistle-blower complaints.

He is also a leader in gamification to engage employees in the workplace. Paul works extensively in the area of single plaintiff and class actions, wage & hour compliance, founder disputes, and workplace investigations.

He counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including assignment of intellectual property, privacy, cyber-security and protection of trade secrets. In addition, Paul has significant company formation and M&A experience and has worked closely with clients in structuring corporate transactions to minimize employment-related risks and to maximize the value of the transaction from an employment perspective.

Before practicing in the US, Mr. Cowie practiced in the UK for approximately five years, representing and advising employers at all stages of employment litigation, including as lead counsel in UK Employment Tribunals.

Mr. Cowie has drafted hundreds of employment contracts, dozens of settlement agreements, negotiated warranties and indemnities in corporate transactions and is very familiar with the challenges faced by companies expanding into in the US.

Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Location: Detati Digital Marketing 265 Caspian Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94089


6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Pizza & Refreshments

7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements & Introduction

7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Presentation with Q&A

8:15 - 8:45 p.m. Networking

Cost:$20 at the door for non-SVForum members No charge for SVForum members


For More: Read Publications and News from Paul Cowie on the topic here.

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