The Sedona Conference WG12 Annual Meeting 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 8:30am to Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1:00pm

Location: Phoenix, AZ – Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Registration is now open for the 2021 Annual Meeting of The Sedona Conference Working Group 12 (WG12) on Trade Secrets to be held in person at The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona on December 13-14.  The meeting will be preceded by a welcome reception on Sunday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Session Information

The primary focus of this meeting will be for our current WG12 drafting teams to lead a document-based dialogue to obtain member comment and advance the following draft commentaries toward publication for public comment:

  • Governance and Management of Trade Secrets
  • Monetary Remedies in Trade Secret Disputes

and also to form and launch the following commentary drafting team efforts:

  • What Can and Cannot Be a Protectable Trade Secret?
  • Sharing Trade Secrets With Other Organizations
  • Forensic Issues in Trade Secret Disputes
  • Getting In and Staying Out of Trouble: Ethical Issues in Trade Secret Cases

The timed agenda is below.  Please check back later for a more detailed agenda and confirmed dialogue leaders.

Please join the dialobue and help us ensure that each of our forthcoming commentaries reflects the consensus, nonpartisan approach of The Sedona Conference.

Hotel Reservation Information:

We have obtained a favorable group rate at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix of $249 per night (plus tax) for single and double occupancy rooms for a limited block of rooms on the nights of December 12 &13, 2021.  For those who wish to arrive early, leave late, or otherwise extend their stay, the group rate is available for three nights preceding and three nights following the dates of the room block, but subject to availability of run of house rooms.  Accordingly, if you wish to book for additional nights, you should do so as soon as possible.  This block of rooms will be held until November 21, 2021, after which the rooms will be made available to the general public.  Reservation information will be provided in your meeting registration confirmation email.     


The Sedona Conference will seek CLE accreditation for this meeting in selected jurisdictions, as dictated by attendance.   

Health and Safety Protocols

The Sedona Conference will follow all federal, state, and local health and safety protocols in effect at the time and place of the meeting. Here is a link to the enhanced cleaning and safety protocols currently in place at The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix:  The seating at the WG12 meeting will be spread out and take full advantage of the size of the meeting room. In addition to various sanitation measures, The Sedona Conference will provide color-coded lanyards for your name tag that will signify your comfort level with social interaction at the meeting. GREEN: I am open to shaking hands and conversation in less than 6 feet proximity while still respecting personal space; YELLOW: I welcome conversation but prefer extra personal space, so please keep your distance and don't touch. RED: Please converse and keep at least 6 feet of distance from me and don't touch. 

Paul Hastings LLP

New York, NY, USA

James Pooley PLC

Menlo Park, CA, USA

WG12 Annual Meeting 2021 Agenda

DAY 1 - Monday, December 13 
Time Session Panelists
7:30 — 8:30 Breakfast & Registration       
8:30 — 8:45 Welcome and Introductions Almeling, Cundiff, Pooley, Weinlein
8:45 — 10:15 [Panel 1] What Can and Cannot Be a Protectable Trade Secret  
10:15 — 10:30 Morning Break  
10:30 — 12:00

[Panel 2] Sharing Trade Secrets With Other Organizations


12:00 — 2:00 Lunch  
2:00 — 3:30

[Panel 3] Forensic Issues in Trade Secret Disputes

3:30 — 3:45 Afternoon Break  
3:45 — 5:15 [Panel 4] Monetary Remedies in Trade Secret Disputes  
DAY 2 - Tuesday, December 14
Time Session Panelists
7:30 — 8:30 Breakfast & Registration      
8:30 — 10:00 [Panel 5] Getting In and Staying Out of Trouble: Ethical Issues in Trade Secret Cases  
10:00 — 10:15 Morning Break  
10:15 — 11:30

[Panel 6] Governance and Management of Trade Secrets 

11:30 — 1:00 [Panel 7] Judicial Roundtable  
1:00 — 1:05 Closing Statements Weinlein
1:05 — 2:00 Grab and Go Lunch (provided)