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First Friday Luncheon: BCPWN Member Panel -- Business Law Essentials

  • 04/05/2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Savini, 168 W Crescent Avenue, Allendale, NJ 07401


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BCPWN Member Panel: Business Law Essentials 

Do you have a full understanding of New Jersey sick pay and paid family leave laws?

Are you considering a patent, trademark or copyright for your business (but not sure of what the process entails?)

Wondering what exactly is involved in a litigation process, and how to protect and prevent your company from getting there?

These questions, and more, will be explored in depth at our BCPWN April Member Panel, which will focus on various aspects of Business Law including Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation -- presented by attorneys who are BCPWN members.  Attendees will learn:

  • Practical takeaways about the rights and responsibilities of New Jersey employers, managers, and employees.
  • What exactly is “intellectual property,” how intellectual property can be a valuable business asset and how to obtain and protect their intellectual property.
  • Strategies for keeping your company out of litigation and tips for how to handle litigation if your company is sued. 
  • How to protect your company with the right insurance.

Meet our Panelists:

Robyn Wapner, Employment Attorney

Law Offices of Robyn Wapner

Robyn has nearly 20 years of experience advising business clients and human resource professionals on the full gamut of labor and employment laws across the US.  Robyn brings a practical and personalized approach to ensuring clients achieve their business goals while remaining compliant with all applicable laws. Areas of expertise include guiding employers through thorny disciplinary and termination issues, implementing workable policies and procedures, training managers and human resource professionals, and conducting internal investigations.

Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999, Robyn practiced commercial litigation and employment law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, and then Goodwin Procter LLP, both in New York City, before leaving private practice to become in-house employment counsel at Tiffany & Co.  There she was ultimately promoted to Vice President and Associate General Counsel. In 2015, after twelve years at Tiffany and ready for a new challenge, Robyn accepted the role of Managing Counsel – Employment Law at Computershare, a global financial services company, which she held until opening her own private practice earlier this year.  

Robyn is thrilled to be a part of the Bergen County Women’s Professional Network community, and cherishes the support of this remarkable group of women entrepreneurs and executives.  She is excited to bring her enthusiasm, passion, and wealth of pragmatic, business-minded labor and employment law experience to employers of all sizes in New Jersey and New York.

Elizabeth Barnhard, Of Counsel

Leason Ellis, LLP

Elizabeth Barnhard is a senior intellectual property attorney who works closely with clients to build strong patent, trademark and copyright portfolios to protect new inventions, products, brands and business good will. She is experienced in patent, trademark and copyright preparation and prosecution and litigation, intellectual property due diligence, licensing and other types of agreements, and patentability, validity and infringement opinions.  Ms. Barnhard works with clients to get issues resolved expeditiously so they can focus on growing their businesses.

Valerie A. Vladyka, Counsel

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP

Valerie A. Vladyka, Esq. is Counsel to the firm. She is an accomplished litigator with over twenty-seven (27) years of experience representing small to mid-size businesses in both business/commercial disputes and insurance defense claims.  Ms. Vladyka has been recognized for several years by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers”  for Insurance Coverage.  Ms. Vladyka’s diverse professional, business, and civic affiliations also include her active involvement in the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court where she serves as a Master and mentors newly admitted attorneys.  She is also currently a participant in Bergen LEADS, a leadership program in Bergen County.  


Schenck Price Smith & King LLP is an 85-attorney law firm based in Florham Park, with offices in Paramus, Sparta and New York City. Established in 1912, the firm has grown to become one of the 20 largest law firms in New Jersey, with a full range of practices, serving businesses and individuals.  For more than 100 years, our firm has represented commercial businesses, individuals, public institutions, and charitable organizations with excellence and integrity.  In addition to their expertise and experience as legal practitioners, our attorneys have served in positions of leadership in public institutions, as well as community and charitable organizations.  The firm has over twenty-five (25) Practice Groups that specialize in various areas of the law including:  Banking and Finance; Corporate and Business Law; Elder and Special Needs; Estate Planning; Estate and Trust Litigation; Construction Law; Health Care Law; Insurance Coverage and Commercial Litigation.

Cancellations can be accepted in writing up to 72 business hours prior to the event. No refunds will be issued after that point.

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