Diane Fleming Averell is a principal of Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC in Morristown, New Jersey. Her practice focuses on product liability, toxic tort, and mass tort litigation. Over the last decade, she has defended products ranging from over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals to personal care products, cosmetics, industrial chemicals, petroleum products, handheld power equipment, and tobacco products. In 2018, Ms. Averell was recognized as one of NJBiz's Best Fifty Women in Business. Ms. Averell serves as the Chair of DRI's Women in the Law Committee.
James R. (Jay) Courie is a Founding Member and the Managing Member of MGC. He represents businesses and individuals in a variety of matters including contract negotiations, employment matters, business development and strategic planning. As Managing Member, Jay devotes much of his time and energy to the evolving business of law. He is a frequent speaker on Law Firm Management topics including metrics, growth, governance, alternative fees and strategic planning. Jay also leads a dedicated team of lawyers and professionals at MGC Sports, representing both coaches and players in team negotiations, endorsement opportunities and NCAA matters. Jay is an NFL Players Association certified agent, as well as a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. In his spare time, Jay can be found cheering on the Clemson Tigers and spending time with his three children.
Claire Eagan has been with Uber Technologies since August 2016 and currently oversees all high exposure cases and claims in the northeast region of the United States while providing insurance litigation advice and perspective to the business to help inform Uber's safety policies, tech developments, and messaging. She actively manages the tri-part relationship between Uber, its insurance partners, and outside defense counsel in order to ensure efficient claims management and litigation handling with consistency within her own region and nationwide. Prior to joining the ever-growing legal team at Uber, Claire worked in private practice in Chicago, Illinois where she focused on insurance defense and insurance coverage litigation with clients ranging from small local businesses to global brands.
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. has been defending businesses, health care providers and individuals for over thirty five years with Jackson Kelly PLLC. He has substantial experience litigating and trying serious injury and wrongful death actions related to various industries from coal to power to health care. He has frequently argued in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Tom is the President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, a member of the DRI Board of Directors and a past President of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He graduated with honors from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1983. At Jackson Kelly, Tom has chaired the firm's Litigation and Health Care groups and the Associates' Committee, and is currently on the firm's Compensation Committee. He is a frequent speaker on healthcare, trial practice and litigation and civil justice reform issues.
William J. Josten is the Manager of Legal Industry Analytics for the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. Bill's work focuses primarily on issues related to law firm profitability and law firm/client relationships. During his time with Thomson Reuters, Bill has also worked as a pricing and profitability consultant, helping firms evaluate their cost recovery strategy, and providing insight into some of the innovative approaches firms are using to change the ways costs are recovered and matters are priced. Bill has worked in account management for large law firms and as a Reference Attorney, and prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Bill was an attorney in private practice as well as a law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Toyja E. Kelley is a partner in the law firm of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP in Baltimore. His areas of concentration include commercial, construction and insurance coverage litigation, and the defense of manufacturers in product liability litigation. Mr. Kelley is the chair of his firm's Recruitment Committee and a member of its Diversity Committee. He is the DRI President.
Brian Kennel is an experienced management consultant with more than 20 years of experience in law and professional management and consulting. As a former legal administrator for a large commercial law. Brian understands the opportunities and challenges that exist for lawyers and law. Brian has also held leadership positions in small and large companies, with a concentration in professional and management services. His combined legal and business acumen make him uniquely qualified to recommend and implement solutions that are practical and financially sound.
John F. Kuppens is a litigation partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Columbia, South Carolina office. He has experience in consumer product risk prevention and regulatory counseling, product liability litigation, commercial litigation, and state procurement matters.. Mr. Kuppens is the DRI Immediate Past President. He is a past Chair of DRI's Product Liability Committee. He is also a former chair of the DRI Young Lawyers Committee. Mr. Kuppens is a member of the IADC (Trial Academy faculty, 2007), the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (past Executive Committee Member), and the ABA.
Mark Lanterman is the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services. Before entering the private sector, Mark was a member of the U. S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce. Mark has 28 years of security and forensic experience and has testified in over 2000 cases. Mark is faculty for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, the University of Minnesota and the Mitchell Hamline Law School. Mark is also a professor in the cybersecurity program at the St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mark completed his postgrad studies in cybersecurity at Harvard University and is certified as a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS) by the Department of Homeland Security. Mark is a member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
Amy L. Miletich a founding member of the Denver, Colorado firm Miletich PC, has been defending employers for over 20 years. Her practice is focused on employment law matters, civil litigation and insurance law. She has been a frequent speaker on employment-related topics and has published several articles on employment law. In 2014, Ms. Miletich was elected a National Director for DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. She is a former Chair of DRI's Employment and Labor Law Committee.Ms. Miletich has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer every year since 2007 in employment defense. She has been named one of the Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. She is AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Miletich serves as a section vice-chair for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel's Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Committee.
Stacy Linn Moon is a shareholder in F&B Law Firm, P.C., in Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Moon practices in the areas of government liability; municipal liability; insurance defense; employment law; construction contracts and law; commercial litigation; and civil litigation, and she is an experienced litigator, having tried cases in diverse subject areas, including personal injury cases, section 1983 claims, and construction and other commercial litigation matters. She is AV-rated and admitted to practice law in Alabama state courts, all federal courts within the State of Alabama, and the 11th United States Circuit Court. She is active in DRI, and is currently chair of the Law Practice Management Committee. She is also active in the Employment Law, Government Liability, and Trial Tactics Committees. Ms. Moon is also a member of Alabama Defense Lawyers' Association and the Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association.
Lana A. Olson is a partner at the litigation-only boutique law firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She focuses primarily on product liability, catastrophic/personal injury, business and toxic torts litigation. In addition to her normal litigation practice, Ms. Olson serves as Assistant General Counsel for a leading heavy truck component distributor. She is a member of the DRI Board of Directors and was the Chair of the DRI Women in the Law Committee from 2013 to 2015.
Mark A. Rowe serves as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer for Techtronic Industries Power Equipment and its North American subsidiaries. TTI Power Equipment is a subsidiary of Hong Kong based Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd. and is a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of power tools, outdoor power equipment and related accessories in the home improvement, repair and construction industries. TTI distributes products under a variety of world renown brands including but not limited to Ryobi®, Homelite®, Ridgid®, Stok® and Hart®.
Joy H. Rush was recently named the Chief Executive Officer of the International Legal Technology Association. Throughout her career, Ms. Rush has leveraged technology to support and advance the practice of law. After more than three decades serving in a variety of technology roles at Global 20 firm Sidley Austin, she joined Litera Microsystems in 2014 as Vice President of Client Development. She has been a volunteer leader in a number of legal technology organizations, including ALISM, and the Washington Perfectionists, and she was a member of both the WordPerfect and Microsoft Legal Advisory Councils. Joy is a regular speaker and writer on a variety of leadership and technology issues.
Marta-Ann Schnabel is the managing director of O'Bryon & Schnabel, LLC. She was the first woman president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. She is currently the DRI State Rep for Louisiana, Vice-Chair of the LPM Committee, and a member of the Center for Law and Public Policy. Marta is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and as one of the 25 Top Women Lawyers in Louisiana for many years running.
Holly Sharp is a Certified Public Accountant and Director with LaPorte CPAs & Business Consultants. She is an adjunct professor of taxation at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics. She received a Master's of Science in Tax Accounting from the University of New Orleans in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tulane University in 1979. She authored the 2013 AICPA Practice Aid Measuring Damages Involving Individuals and was one of the co-authors of the 2015 AICPA Practice Aid Attaining Reasonable Certainty in Economic Damages Calculations.
Marci Krufka Taylor is strategy consultant for professional services firms, corporate law departments and high growth companies. She advises clients on strategy, marketing and management issues, client relations programs and professional development. Marci also provides leadership, marketing and business development coaching to lawyers and executives and conducts mindfulness training programs for lawyers and legal organizations.Prior to launching Mantra Partner in 2015, Marci served as the Director, Marketing Operations for an AmLaw100 firm. In that role, she was responsible for the management of the marketing operations team, key firm marketing initiatives and marketing and business development efforts for the firm's 180+ lawyer Business Law Section. She worked on the firm's brand refresh, headed the project management on the firm's multiple new web sites and led the firm's client satisfaction program.
Craig A. Thompson is a partner at Venable LLP, and a seasoned trial lawyer with over 20 years' experience trying civil cases before federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has served as national trial counsel, coordinating counsel and as a subject-matter team member for national and international corporations and manufacturers. Craig was recently recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by Benchmark Litigation, and is listed in Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of DRI, the Product Liability Advisory Council, and an elected member of ABOTA. Craig is president-elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC's members hail from six continents, 51 countries and territories, and all 50 U.S. states. He also serves on the board of trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. At Venable, Mr. Thompson is a member of the firm's board of directors and the former chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.
John C. Trimble is the Firm Counsel and former managing partner of the 36 lawyer Indianapolis law firm of Lewis Wagner, LLP. He is a member of DRI, IADC, and FDCC, and is a member and Past President of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. John has received DRI's Fred H. Sievert Outstanding Defense Bar Leader Award, and has served on the DRI Board of Directors. He is the immediate past Chair of the DRI Law Practice Management Committee and is currently Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of FDCC. He is also a recent past President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. John enjoys consulting and strategic planning for bar associations and law firms. His practice is devoted to the defense of catastrophic and complex claims in Indiana and elsewhere.
Marc E. Williams is the Office Managing Partner of the West Virginia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he serves as a Team Leader and as Co-hair of the firm's Consumer, Mechanical and Products Practice Group. His practice focuses on class actions, mass torts, products liability and commercial litigation. He has had primary responsibility for over 100 trials and appeals during his career. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as President of DRI, lawyers for Civil Justice and the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.
Benjamin F. Wilson is Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He serves as lead counsel for corporations, cities and local government agencies in a broad range of environmental cases. Mr. Wilson received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College.