Welcome Letter

Everything is bigger in Texas, including this year’s Annual Meeting! Please join us in San Antonio from October 25–27 for the civil defense bar’s biggest event of the year. This year’s program is shaping up to be better than ever, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek.

We are thrilled to bring you to historic San Antonio—home of the Alamo, the River Walk, and one of two North American UNESCO cities of gastronomy. It is the perfect backdrop for this year’s event. Don’t miss out on spending time in this charming city with your DRI community.

Here’s what you can look forward to at this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • The chance to experience first-class networking opportunities in new and exciting ways, including our signature networking event on Thursday evening and an unforgettable closing celebration on Friday night.
  • Incredible keynote speakers and blockbuster education addressing topics that impact the civil trial bar defense space.
  • The return of the popular CLE on the GO. Earn CLE credit and network while enjoying the many sights of San Antonio. There will also be many additional opportunities to connect with peers through substantive law committee gatherings, DRI Cares activities, and DRI for Life events.
  • The chance to engage with leaders in the civil defense space. Make lifelong connections and friends while expanding your knowledge and positioning yourself as a thought leader.

The DRI 2023 Annual Meeting is a terrific opportunity to connect with future clients and secure referrals across multiple practice areas while engaging with hundreds of civil defense attorneys and clients from across the country. With several days of networking and relationship-building, this meeting is dedicated to promoting meaningful interactions to make it easy for you to meet other attendees.

We are committed to bringing real value to you, your practice, and your firm through engaging programming and activities. This meeting is the flagship conference for DRI and the entire civil defense bar community. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio this fall!

Sara M. Turner

Sara M. Turner
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
Birmingham, AL

Sara M. Turner is an attorney in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. She is the chair of DRI's 2023 Annual Meeting.

Patrick J. Sweeney

Patrick J. Sweeney
Sweeney & Sheehan
Philadelphia, PA

Patrick J. Sweeney is a partner at Sweeney & Sheehan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is DRI’s president-elect and officer liaison of DRI's 2023 Annual Meeting.