General Counsels Forum (Invite-only)

Connect with retail general counsel

The General Counsels Forum is open exclusively to the most senior legal officers among NRF's retail membership. This forum provides members with the opportunity to share strategy and ideas for addressing cutting-edge legal and management issues of concern to retail law departments.

The forum provides certificates of attendance for CLE, when applicable, to help members seeking credit from specific state bars. The forum also connects members with law firms that can offer CLE credit.

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Join us for the California Retail Law Summit

September 16, 2024
Napa Valley, California

Get ahead of the most pressing issues impacting retailers operating in California. Join NRF and the California Retailers Association (CRA) September 16, 2024 in beautiful Napa Valley to connect with retail peers, learn tactics and share insights. Designed specifically to tackle the unique legal and regulatory challenges faced by retailers operating in California, this annual event is a must-attend for retail in-house counsel.

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The forum meets twice a year. Meetings provide the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, share information and best practices, and network with other GCs and industry leaders. In addition, members are welcome to join the NRF Workforce & Operations Benchmarking conference call on Mondays.


The NRF General Counsels Forum extends invitations to the most senior legal officers within NRF retail member companies, such as the senior counsel, general counsel, chief legal officer, senior executive, SVP or EVP. 

*Although this council is invite-only, we always encourage senior leaders to inquire

How to get involved:

To join the NRF General Counsel Forum or learn more about NRF’s legal-related resources contact Stephanie Martz, NRF’s chief administrative officer and general counsel.

The NRF General Counsels Forum extends invitations to the most senior legal officers within NRF retail member companies, such as the senior counsel, general counsel, chief legal officer, senior executive, SVP or EVP.

Not sure about your company membership status? Please contact to learn more.


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