• On-Demand
    Defending Lead Cases: Strategies and Tactics for a Trending Toxic Tort
    Personal injury claims from lead exposure involve very serious allegations of permanent brain injuries to children
    with huge damage claims. Fueled by the Flint, Michigan, crisis, lead lawsuits are rapidly expanding from lead paint
    claims to alleged lead exposure from drinking water, groundwater, soil, and airborne media. This presentation will
    highlight the leading cases and current exposure and causation theories. The panel of experienced lead defense
    trial lawyers will explain the legal and scientific defenses to lead claims and damages. We will also review the
    complex web of statues and regulations governing lead and how clients can limit risk of lead claims.
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    Identifying Risky Clients at the Outset

    This webinar is complimentary for all to attend!

    This presentation will touch on many different aspects of identifying risky clients, such
    as different types of risky clients, red flags for identifying risky clients, and types of risky
    cases. This presentation will also discuss ways to protect the firm through use of various
    client communication letters.

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    What Small and Mid-Sized Firms Need to Know About What Clients Want
    As the business of law is evolving, it is critical for small and mid-sized law firms to use of all the weapons in their arsenals, including associates, to attract and retain clients. Listen to the voice of the customer explain why customers hire these firms, what they look for in these firms, as well as how to obtain, retain, and expand (and maybe win back) those relationships. We will also discuss the need to understand your business, techniques to increase your business, and how to engage reluctant marketers at your firm.
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    Unintentionally False Eyewitness Testimony

    In May 2015, a suspect who attacked an NYPD officer with a hammer was shot by police in the middle of the day, on a crowded New York City street. There were many eyewitnesses to the incident. Almost all of the witness reports were incorrect. Several people inaccurately reported that the police officers shot an unarmed man while he was on the ground and handcuffed. The incident was recorded on surveillance video, which documents that the suspect attacked one of the officers with a hammer and that officer’s partner shot the man. Why is eyewitness memory flawed? How can attorneys use psychology to explore and explain issues common to eyewitness testimony throughout trial? This presentation explores the psychology of memory and techniques specific to addressing these issues starting with jury selection. Particular attention is paid to difficult witnesses including children, the elderly, and victims of sexual assault.

     

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  • Seminars
    Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium

    Hilton Austin Downtown
    Austin, TX

    The Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium is a unique, exceptionally insightful “defense-only” seminar, where defense attorneys and clients share meaningful lessons from the past year. The seminar provides attendees with up-to-date information about plaintiffs’ attorneys, their newest practices and tactics, and suggestions to combat the plaintiffs’ bar’s efforts. Attendees benefit from the private knowledge that led to both victories and losses in the last 12 months.

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    Asbestos Medicine

    Hilton Austin Downtown
    Austin, TX

    Pack your boots and two-step south by southwest to Austin for DRI’s 2018 Asbestos Medicine Seminar! This seminar brings together the finest litigators with the top experts in medicine and science to provide an insightful and interactive event. With presentations on the latest in asbestos and talc litigation and the application of knowledge to case work-up, this seminar is a must for practitioners of all levels. No trip to the “live music capital of the world” would be complete without mixing songwriting talent with litigation skills. Attendees will enjoy lively networking receptions, where business development is the name of the game. You’ll depart with invaluable information to keep you at the forefront of asbestos and talc defense

     

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    Construction Law: Boot Camp

    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Chicago, IL

    Join us for a one-day, in-depth workshop, narrowly focused on key aspects of the construction claims and litigation process. This is an event not to be missed. For more information, contact Lisa Black at lblack@bmslegal.com.

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  • Webinars & Webcasts
    Product Defects and Technology-Driven Investigations
    This presentation will discuss the types of matters, the investigative methods employed,
    and the technology utilized by forensic mechanical engineers during product liability
    investigations. Specific case examples and practical applications will also be provided.
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    Law Firm Financials: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    The webinar will offer a financial guide to law firm and individual lawyers to better understand key financial metrics and improve profitability. It will include a discussion of such this as understanding cost of services in the law firm context, best practices in internal controls, and will offer practical advice from the partner perspective. We will discuss what metrics are crucial and how to interpret such metrics as profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and capital accounts. We will discuss which financial items are the most telling and how to go through and identify problems and issues quickly.
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    Reverse and Mutual Mentoring for Lawyers: The How and Why
    Is reverse mentoring, which is typically thought of as having younger workers help those who are older, and mutual mentoring where younger and older worker mentor one another something that can work with lawyers and law firms? In fact, there are many uses and advantages of reverse and, more importantly, mutual mentoring, especially in the legal profession. This webinar will delve into how and whether more experienced lawyers should not only consider mentoring younger workers, but also having younger workers help and mentor those with more experience. Certainly the benefits for both sides could be enormous, especially considering the disruption occurring in the legal profession, the onslaught of changes that will impact the manner of how we work, and the enhanced need for communication and understating between generations.
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    Business Management Principles for Lawyers (Fall Session)
    Belmont University
    Nashville, TN

    Successful general counsel understand, intuitively, that the corporate client needs and wants more than great legal advice. Being a good lawyer at your company is just “table stakes.” The business leaders of the organization rely on their lawyers to be strategic partners, and in-house counsel who can deliver that service will distinguish themselves readily. To become that trusted business advisor, in-house counsel must impart legal advice based on a sophisticated understanding of the business. That requires fundamental building blocks, including principles of financial performance, operations management, strategic thinking, and successful leadership, all based on a solid core of business ethics. The small group setting of this seminar will allow you to explore these topics in an interactive format, learning both from the faculty as well as your in-house counsel colleagues across different industries.
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    Professional Liability
    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
    New York, NY
    
    The 2018 DRI Professional Liability Seminar will provide you with the tools to defend any professional successfully in our current legal climate. With presentations by the most prominent and experienced professional liability lawyers, experts, and insurance professionals in the country, this year’s seminar will again provide attendees with the most up-to-date information regarding new issues, defenses, and strategies. Through the insight, tools, and skills that you will gain at this seminar, we hope to build on DRI’s renowned foundation of success by putting you at the forefront of establishing efficient and creative ways to defend the modern professional.
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    Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium
    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
    New York, NY

    The DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium is the foremost educational event for insurance executives, claims professionals, and outside counsel who specialize in insurance coverage. This year’s symposium will once again offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty of insurance industry leaders, experts, and coverage lawyers on emerging issues, recent court rulings, national trends, and the future of insurance coverage law. In addition, the symposium will provide exceptional networking events, as well as an opportunity to experience the wonder of New York City during the holiday season!
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  • Webinars & Webcasts
    Strategic Discovery in Construction Cases: Framing Effective Inquiries, Furnishing Necessary Responses and Budgeting for Cost Control
    This webinar will explore the most effective ways to develop a discovery strategy for construction cases. We will identify the primary project witnesses, facts and data; how to draft effective interrogatories and document requests with a focus on key events and milestones during projects; constructing a meaningful electronically stored information protocol for the exchange of email and other digital records; and concerns for preserving privileged communications. We will also compare discovery strategies depending on whether the dispute is in arbitration or courts of law. The advent of digital record keeping has dramatically increased the burden of discovery in litigation. Parties to disputes and their counsel need to evaluate the scope of discovery early in a dispute and to create a discovery budget and plan for success. The presenter has drawn upon decades of investigation experiences< to apply his best evaluative practices to the rapidly changing digital age.
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    Applications of Mechanical Testing and Visualization in Medical Litigation
    While medical opinions may be used to substantiate or refute claims, they are subjective
    based upon surgical experience, procedural comfort and training of the medical expert.
    This program will address the use of data driven testing in patient specific scenarios to
    acquire test results related to the performance of medical devices and the visualization
    methods available in conveying this message to a jury. The program will highlight several
    testing and visualization case examples with practical application to litigation scenarios.
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    California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Need to Know
    The California Bar has promulgated a comprehensive revision of its Rules of Professional Conduct—the first of its kind in 29 years. This program will cover the most critical changes and additions to the rules, from conflicts of interest to the duty to supervise and fee issues. The program will also cover how the rules are aligned with and deviate from the ABA Model Rules. Finally the panelists will explain practical aspects of the new rules, and how they may affect the practice of law in California.
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    Ethically Maneuvering the “Eighteen Wheels of Justice”
    This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will explore ethical issues arising in cases involving commercial motor vehicle crashes, stemming from the unique relationship between motor carriers, drivers, owner/operators, freight forwarders, brokers, and insurers. This webinar will discuss the importance of defining who the “client” is and how to navigate ethical problems when interacting with drivers and motor carrier personnel. The speakers will discuss identifying and handling conflicts of interest arising in trucking cases, information sharing and confidentiality, attorney competence, and
    considerations of fairness in aggressively defending your trucking client.
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    Women in the Law

    Hotel Del Coronado
    1500 Orange Avenue
    Coronado, CA 92118

    DRI’s Women in the Law Committee proudly presents this premier educational and networking event designed to bring together women attorneys within corporate legal departments or law firms to connect and grow. We gather distinguished faculty from around the country, including in-house lawyers from some of the most recognized companies in America, experienced and successful trial lawyers, and nationally prominent business and professional coaches. Our superior programming provides concrete tools, real-world data, and experienced-based advice to invigorate our practice, increase our connections, and rise together in our professions and in our communities.

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    Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Seminar
    Join us for the 32nd Annual Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar as we return to the Lone Star State and visit San Antonio. The seminar program is packed full of presentations on timely topics in many different areas affecting government entities, including school shootings, technology in law enforcement departments, discovery, and trial. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Karen Blum are returning with their always insightful presentations on Supreme Court decisions and qualified immunity. Our popular substantive law committee breakout presentations will return this year along with additional breakout sessions on topics that governmental entities commonly face. Finally, look for networking and community service events to attend both during and right after the seminar.
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    Product Liability

    JW Marriott Austin
    Austin, TX

    Welcome to Austin, the preeminent city for music, food, and fun. To take advantage of the unique location, we tailored this year’s conference to have the most networking events ever at a DRI Product Liability Conference. Check out all the events on the next page! Also, the main stage and SLG presentations are chock-full of dynamic speakers, concentrating on all aspects of defending the product manufacturer, from voir dire to closing arguments, with legal writing and depositions in between—and even a musical production! You do not want to miss it! For the first time ever, conference registration includes a free Product Liability Case Law Update Webinar, presented by the Young Lawyers SLG of the DRI Product Liability Committee.

     

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