Co-hosted by the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and Ballard Spahr LLP.

When a public company suffers a major financial or operational incident, such as a financial restatement, allegations of corporate wrongdoing, mass tort, FDA rejection, product recall or another existential event, it can present significant financial and reputational risks on multiple fronts, such as shareholder suits, class actions, conflicts with auditors, and governmental investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the SEC and other federal and state agencies.

Such events present unique and complex challenges. In many instances the company’s independent directors will have a critical role in addressing such events. In some cases, the independent directors will have complete oversight of the company’s response to an existential event. This program will address:

  • the responsibilities of independent directors in such a situation;
  • best practices for properly discharging the fiduciary duty owed to the company; and
  • the role of independent directors in conjunction with audit committees and special litigation committees.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

8:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET [Registration, continental breakfast, program and lunch]

CLE Credits: This program is approved for 2.0 Ethics CLE credits in CA, DE, NY, & PA; and 2.4 NJ Ethics CLE credits. Uniform Certificates of Attendance will also be provided for the purpose of seeking CLE credit in other jurisdictions.

 For the health and safety of our employees, clients, and friends, Ballard Spahr requires that attendees at our events and programs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and we will require proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to attend any Ballard Spahr event or program.


Justin P. Klein
Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance,
University of Delaware

 David L. Axelrod
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

 John C. Grugan
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

 Timothy D. Katsiff
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

David J. Margules
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

 Kahlil C. Williams
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP  Stacie L. Roberts
Vice President, Corporate Governance, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

M. Norman Goldberger
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

April Hamlin
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Laura E. Krabill
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Jessica Case Watt
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Co-hosted by the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and Ballard Spahr LLP, this presentation provided a comprehensive guide to the decisive role independent directors play in these crisis situations.


Crisis At the Company Agenda
Crisis At the Company Presentation Slides
Crisis At the Company Handout
Crisis At the Company Cases and Articles
Crisis At the Company Panelist Profiles