DRI has recently revised its Counsel Meeting Incentives as a consideration of the difficult economic times and to aid corporations that may have restrictions on discretionary travel. As long as a company has 5 registered attendees meet with it at a DRI Seminar or the DRI Annual Meeting, DRI will pay for meeting space, complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting, 2 nights’ hotel accommodations, and airfare for one corporate representative. In addition, DRI has developed a “credit” system whereby companies can earn additional credits to offset other costs associated with the meeting. The number of credits earned is based on the number of registered attendees. These credits may be used to cover the cost of additional corporate attendees, audio-visual, etc.
DRI's Annual Meeting is currently scheduled for October 7-11, 2009 in Chicago. It presents terrific networking opportunities among business leaders and their attorneys. There are fabulous social events, top notch CLE and outstanding blockbuster speakers. DRI expects to have over 1,100 attendees. The DRI Annual Meeting might create a low-cost, high incentive way to bring a company's national counsel together for an hour or more to discuss issues important to the company.
A counsel meeting affords the opportunity to meet with all counsel who represent the company from around the country in one central location. It is an excellent opportunity to explain company philosophy, address pressing issues, and answer questions.
If you or a client have any questions on the new counsel program, please feel free to contact me. I encourage all DRI members to pass this information along, especially outside counsel. I have personally found that my clients are very appreciative of the information.
Daniel W. Gerber
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Chair - Counsel Meeting Task Force
Counsel Meeting Chair - Annual Meeting Steering Committee