• Seminars

    Join DRI and the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee at this "must-see" virtual program. In addition to being able to virtually network with toxic tort and environmental lawyers from across the U.S., you'll be able to hear speakers address disasters through the lens of Environmental Justice, recent developments in jurisdiction and removability, the ethics of baseless science, and updates in asbestos and lead litigation, and more.

    The registration rate is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    Join your fellow Young Lawyers as we reunite in person for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was a year to forget but one we’ll always remember. This year’s seminar will help you reset, realign, and refocus on becoming a better person, a better team-member, and a better advocate for yourselves and your clients. Our Wednesday Enneagram Networking Workshop will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a person while deeply connecting with your colleagues. The seminar programming then checks all the boxes, focusing on inclusivity while including business development and pretrial and trial skills presentations. And, as always, experience the incredible value of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, in person, in the Twin Cities!

  • Webinars

    Mock trying a case is a powerful tool that can show you how a jury may respond to your themes, arguments, and witnesses at trial. With courts anticipating a backlog of trials due to COVID-19, there will be an added push to resolve cases and virtual mock trials can be used to assist in settlement efforts.  Hear from a panel of seasoned attorneys/industry professionals about deciding which cases to mock try, effective ways to prepare for and present evidence and witnesses to a mock jury (both in person and virtually), and how you can use the information gleaned from your mock trial to either settle or prepare your case for trial.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars

    This Webinar will explore legal theories and standards that courts may employ when considering torts occurring during gig-economy transactions. The use of gig economy platforms, markets in which individuals obtain services or rent assets from each other using technology platforms, has grown at an explosive rate. Torts arising during gig economy transactions are becoming a regular occurrence. It will be essential that litigators and risk managers understand the legal theories that may be used to allocate tort liability in the event of an accident or injury.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars

    What’s the difference between a copyright and a trademark? What types of patents exist, and what rights do they convey? What is a trade secret, and how can I make sure my clients take the right steps to protect information they want to keep secret? This webinar will answer these questions, and provide additional practical information about the basics of intellectual property law.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    This three-day program will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in insurance coverage; gain valuable insight into the handling of complex coverage disputes in this new environment; hone skills in evaluating defense obligations; network with claims professionals and counsel; and much more. This must-attend program is a necessary event for every insurance law practitioner and claims professional.

  • Seminars

    Bad faith lawsuits raise some of the most difficult and potentially high-exposure claims faced by insurance companies today. DRI’s Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar is the foremost educational event for insurance executives, claims professionals, and outside counsel who specialize in bad faith insurance litigation. This year’s program will once again offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage with in-house professionals who manage bad faith litigation, as well as outside counsel and industry consultants involved with the defense of these claims. You will also have the opportunity to participate in exceptional networking and community service events, all while experiencing the sights and sounds of Chicago this summer!
  • Webinars

    The final judgment rule is a well-accepted tenant of appellate procedural law. Federal courts of appeal have appellate jurisdiction over only “final decisions of the district courts. A final decision is one which ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment. In multi-party cases, it is not uncommon for orders on dispositive motions to adjudicate fewer than all pending causes of action. Such orders can tempt litigants and attorneys into the procedural trap of “manufactured finality”: the decision to dismiss by voluntary stipulation outstanding claims as a way to make an “end-run” around the final judgment rule. The problem arises where parties attempt to have their appeal heard while simultaneously saving for another day, post-appeal, the adjudication of other issues and claims in the case. Engaging in this "procedural sleight-of-hand" creates a dangerous situation where a litigant can lose both the right to appeal and the right to pursue further proceedings in the district court, thereby being deprived of any remedy at all.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    DRI’s 2021 Litigation Skills Seminar will feature litigation skills workshops on four phases of litigation. Watch some of the best trial lawyers in the country litigate Walker v. Brewster & Safe Security, a case arising out of the paralysis of a five-year-old child, who was accidentally shot by his half-brother at a college basketball game.

    Mock litigation sessions will include learning cutting-edge techniques for preparing a corporate representative for deposition; how to depose difficult and sympathetic fact witnesses/parties; how to cross-examine well-trained experts on liability and damages; and how to handle oral argument on a motion for summary judgment. These interactive, hands-on sessions will provide members of the audience with a unique opportunity to improve their skills.

  • Seminars

    Join your peers for DRI's 2021 Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar. The annual two-day seminar will be the committee’s first in-person seminar after the COVID-19 quarantine. Therefore, the seminar will focus on COVID-19 and its effects upon the United States and the health care community. Don't miss your chance to expand your knowledge and your network at this premier event!

  • Webinars

    The Aviation Law Committee, Aviation Products SLG, and the Women in the Law Committee are pleased to propose a webinar of all women litigators that explores how to try a products case in the new COVID/virtual world. This webinar will explore how to handle both a virtual trial or an in-person trial that requires social distancing and masks. Our esteemed panelists have experience in this new world of trials and will provide experience and insights to help defense counsel as well as in house attorneys structure their arguments and presentations to get the most benefit and biggest impact to the jury. Our panelists have experience with aviation, automotive, and premises liability so this webinar should appeal to many members. Further, we have secured a jury consultant that will be able to provide her real-world experience and recommendations.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    Join us in Nashville, Tennessee for the 34th annual Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar. This year’s seminar will address the legal landscape after the global pandemic of COVID-19. We will hear about how the pandemic impacted government entities and what is being done about it. We will also have an honest discussion with high ranking current and former law enforcement officers of color – they will address whether the race of the defendant officer is a relevant factor that should not be avoided when developing the defense strategy. We will once again hear about the most relevant cases heard by the SCOTUS by nationally recognized legal scholars. Additionally, if you have struggled with preparing a witness, struggle no more. We will learn from a prominent witness and jury consultant on how to turn a poor witness into a star. What you hear could save your case. Indeed, this year we are not only taking on cutting edge topics, but we are discussing cutting edge issues, e.g., transgender inmates, student bullying and suicide, unconscious bias just to name a few. Of course, in addition to outstanding programing, you will also have plenty of time to interact with clients, colleagues, and friends. We will see you in Nashville.

  • Seminars

    Join us for Products 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee, previously known as the "Athens of the South" before becoming Music City—home of major record labels, country music, hot chicken and the late Johnny Cash! Once again, we will have many opportunities for networking in great spots throughout this wonderful city. Combined with presentations on best practices and strategies for remote depositions, insights from CPSC Commissioner Feldman on innovation and regulation, tips on how to co-opt the plaintiff’s visual aids for your case and the usual diverse and interesting sessions from our Specialized Litigation Groups, this is a program you will not want to miss!

  • Webinars

    Do you ever wonder how in the world other lawyers seem to draw in one new client after another? If so, you’re not alone. It’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about business development. For some, business development comes easy, but others have no idea where to start. Hear from two resourceful, ambitious, and self-made lawyers about the steps they took to establish their unique brand, develop a marketing strategy aimed at attracting a specific type of client, attract and pitch to prospective clients, and keep new clients happy.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    More details to come.

  • Webinars

    This program will discuss the increasing problem of data breaches in the healthcare industry and the most common and costly type of litigation brought in response – a class action initiated by affected individuals or entities.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    Don’t miss the chance to learn about a variety of topics at this seminar, including key issues with fire protection systems and emerging fire hazards in the marijuana industry; hear in-house counsel discuss litigation trends and use of outside counsel; improve awareness of legal ethics issues when working with experts; and much more.
  • Seminars

    Join DRI's Strictly Automotive Specialized Litigation Group in Washington D.C. to emerge in sophisticated discussions with leading motor vehicle manufacturers and suppliers on the everchanging industry. Attendees have the opportunity to discover the future of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric, fully electric, and hydrogen fuel cell; implications of the new THOR anthropomorphic test device and its impact on the defense of seatback cases; explore new ways to use jury psychology and mock jury research to enhance trial strategies; and much more.
  • Webinars

    Alternative fee arrangements provide opportunities to achieve budget certainty, promote efficiency, and better align the incentives of in-house legal departments with their outside counsel. They have been used successfully in complex litigations of all kinds, from high stakes trials to major deals to years-long multi-district litigation. But, challenges may still arise. This presentation will give in-house legal counsel an overview of alternative fee arrangements, and an introduction to how and when to successfully use alternative fee arrangements.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars

    Join us for two great days of learning and networking for healthcare providers, defense attorneys, in-house counsel, claims specialists, insurance brokers, and other professionals involved in the defense of senior housing providers across the country. This year we will hear from medical experts about new developments in the understanding of frailty and hear from insiders on the latest trends in assisted living. With our panel counsel meetings, Women in the Law lunch, and our fundraiser for not-for-profit organizations supporting the elderly and disabled, there will be plenty of time to connect and collaborate. Register now to ensure your spot!