General Counsel Committee

Leaders Meetings Upcoming Events

Mission Statement
The mission of the General Counsel Committee is to foster networking opportunities and the exchange of business, leadership and legal information for NVTC general counsels and provide mentoring in legal areas for emerging technology companies. This Committee will provide a legal forum for technology companies in the Northern Virginia business community.

Engage the NVTC membership to offer increased knowledge, networking, and leadership opportunities for the general counsels representing NVTC members.

Target Audience:
Technology companies with well established general counsel offices; small to medium sized technology companies with relatively new in-house general counsel and emerging technology companies too small to have in-house counsel.

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Committee Leaders

Brett Coffee
Computer Systems Center Incorporated (CSCI)

Board Liaison
Scott Hommer
(703) 760-1858


Committee Meetings - Northern Virginia Technology Council To Be Announced
Upcoming Events

May 21, 2014
Protecting Your Company From Danger Abroad: Issues To Be Wary Of When Doing Business Internationally
Registration: 7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Networking
Meeting: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Program
The Ritz- Carlton
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean , VA

Protecting Your Company From Danger Abroad: Issues To Be Wary Of When Doing Business Internationally

Please join your NVTC colleagues for an executive briefing on essential issues for any company that is doing business on foreign shores. Nearly every technology company will find something useful in this 90-minute presentation, as international issues are increasingly affecting businesses across the region and C-level actors need to be informed to make the right calls. Our panel of experts will address:

  • IP issues you might encounter around the globe - if you thought learning Mandarin was tough, try the different approaches to intellectual property in different countries! Knowing some of the basic differences and advanced issues can save face for your company, not to mention money and opportunity.
  • Government trade and support - the committee has invited a special guest from the government who can discuss how the government trade apparatus is set up to help your company, and what you need to know about when the government gets involved in international trade issues.
  • Export control issues - many companies unwittingly cross the line of an export control violation without even realizing it might be an issue. How can your company avoid being entangled in these issues, and what happens if you end up having one nonetheless? A lot of attention is being paid to these issues, and you should be aware of potential issues before they arise.
This event will be useful for not only general counsel, but also in-house counsel and senior executives at companies that rely on their intellectual property as part of their business model. Attend the event to learn how your company might be affected, and how new opportunities are being created overseas while honing in on techniques for maximum protection and saving a lot of money and headaches.


Stephen E. Belisle, Partner, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto


Justin J. Oliver, Partner, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto


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