Bob’s fellow panelists were Dr. iur. Anja Martin, a sports lawyer in Munich and a member of the German Football Association Ethics Committee; Ronan O’Laoire, Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Peter van Veen, Director, Business Integrity Programme, Transparency International; and Karena Vleck, most recently Legal & Governance Director, Rugby Football Union (England).
The subject of Bob’s presentation was how good governance can enhance integrity in sport. Bob has deep experience in this area having been Chairman of a national governing body that instituted governance reform, USA Rugby, in 2006 and again in 2015, as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee when it undertook governance reform in 2003, and as a member of the World Rugby Executive Committee when it passed governance changes in 2016.
In his 33 years as a trial lawyer, Robert P. (Bob) Latham has distinguished himself in multiple areas. He has developed nationally recognized expertise in the areas of media law and intellectual property litigation and chairs both practice areas at Jackson Walker. At the same time, his trial practice involves complex commercial disputes as well as unfair competition, securities, probate, employment, professional negligence, banking, construction, real estate, product liability, telecommunications, energy, international, and class action matters.
As well as a trial lawyer, Bob is a published author and columnist, and a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. He has spoken on matters related to the rights of free speech, technology and intellectual property litigation, advocacy and litigation strategy, dispute resolution and sports – from Antwerp to Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro to Glasgow, and Florida to Seattle. His publications sometimes take a humorous look at the legal profession.