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Michael S. Melbinger of Winston & Strawn LLP to Speak at KC’s Understanding Ethics for the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Attorney Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 23, 2011 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced that Michael S. Melbinger, Partner, Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, Winston & Strawn LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Understanding Ethics for the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Attorney Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled on January 20, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. (For more details about the event and to register, please visit:

Event Synopsis:

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practitioners regularly are presented with several ethical issues especially those relating to conflicts of interest, attorney-client privilege and attorney work product protection. Preserving the privilege in today's highly inter-connected and digital working environment presents growing challenges.

The Knowledge Group is assembling a panel of speaker experts and thought leaders to help walk you through the following issues in a two-hour webcast:

- Introduction
- Handling the inherent conflict of interest for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Counsel
- Independent legal counsel provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act
- The fiduciary exception to Attorney-client privilege
- Recent cases relating to work product doctrine, particularly in benefit claims and IRS audits
- Negligent loss of privilege through disclosure
- E-discovery issues in preserving the privilege
- Data security issues
- Recent developments on Attorney Client Privilege and the work product doctrine
- Threat to work product protection presented by Textron and other recent decisions
- Up-to-the-minute regulatory updates

About Michael S. Melbinger

Mike Melbinger is a partner in the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, and chair of the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at both the University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.

Mike is the author of the CCH treatise Executive Compensation, now in its Second Edition, the American Bankers Association’s Compliance Guide to Employee Benefit Trusts, and more than 75 articles on executive compensation and employee benefits topics. He is also the author of “Melbinger's Compensation Blog" for, the oldest and most widely read blog on the topic.

Mike practices exclusively in the area of executive compensation and employee benefit issues for corporations, partnerships, executives, boards of directors and fiduciaries. He also handles the benefits and compensation issues in litigation, bankruptcy, change in control, and public offering situations.

About Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys among 15 offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. The Firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sector. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. Its mission is to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webcasts that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format.

The organization brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts to study the impact of changes and emerging trends. Hear from leading government officials/regulators, key thought leaders, and industry experts objectively analyze the latest trends and issues and their impact on industries. For further details, please visit the organization’s website:

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