2022 DRI Annual Meeting

October 25–28, 2022 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Don’t miss the event of the year for civil defense attorneys AND IN-HOUSE COUNSEL - Join DRI in Philadelphia this Fall!

The DRI Annual Meeting is fast approaching and you won’t want to miss out! Join DRI to connect with the most influential civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel from across the country, expand your knowledge base with cutting-edge education, engage with our passionate legal community, celebrate past achievements and future goals with friends, and explore historic Philadelphia. We look forward to seeing you in the City of Brotherly Love!

This is your time to hear from blockbuster speakers on relevant legal issues and how they may impact the businesses you represent, including:

  • President & CEO of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization, Alex Dimitrief, who will discuss the new standards that were set for client service during the pandemic
  • Bestselling author on happiness and human nature, Gretchen Rubin, who will interview on how it’s possible to practice law and practice happiness in a post-pandemic world
  • SCOTUS expert Tom Dupree who will go over recent high profile SCOTUS decisions and preview upcoming cases to be decided this term

DRI Means Business, so we’ve expanded the opportunities at our Annual Meeting to further enhance your knowledge base and increase your meaningful connections. Don’t miss the opportunity to fortify established relationships and nurture new ones while networking with more than 600 civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel at this year’s Annual Meeting.

Take a chance and get more involved in your field—join your substantive law committee colleagues to discuss hot topics in your practice area, plus partake in networking activities designed to grow your leadership skills and business development opportunities.

Don’t miss this week of enrichment. Peruse the brochure to learn about the Annual Meeting’s offerings, including education, networking, and opportunities to give back to the community. See you in Philly!

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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Registration Information

Registration fee includes admission to all CLE programs, all nonticketed events, CLE on to Go on Thursday, 4-hours of additional On-Demand CLE post meetings, networking receptions, access to the DRI App, and more!

Register Now!

  Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,325 $1,625
Government $725 $1,025
In-House Counsel & Claims Executive $230 $530
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $925/person $925/person

Not a DRI Member? No Problem!

If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing, learn more about our many member benefits and join.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Keynote Speakers

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity, in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. In her work, she draws from cutting-edge science, the wisdom of the ages, lessons from popular culture, and her own experiences to explore how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive and creative.

Session: Finding Happiness in Life & Law
Thursday, October 27 9:00–10:30 a.m.
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Debbie Epstein Henry

Debbie Epstein Henry

Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author, public speaker and podcast host on careers, workplace dynamics, women and law. Debbie is the co-founder of Bliss Lawyers, a majority women-owned company that employed hundreds of attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house legal department and law firm clients. In 2020, Debbie also launched a podcast called Inspiration Loves Company where she interviews prominent guests on how to do better and be better at life, work and everything in-between.

Session: Finding Happiness in Life & Law
Thursday, October 27 9:00–10:30 a.m.
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Alex Dimitrief

Alex Dimitrief

Alex Dimitrief is an experienced C-suite leader, general counsel and trial lawyer who has collaborated extensively with dozens of law firms around the world to steer varied global businesses through a wide range of complex legal challenges. He is a champion of lawyers and the important roles that law firms and legal departments play in promoting integrity, civilized discourse and the rule of law.

As a partner at Zeughauser Group, Alex advises law firm leaders and general counsel and speaks on topics that he is especially passionate about, including leadership, diversity and inclusion, talent development and expanding and deepening strategic relationships between law firms and their clients. Alex can offer valuable and practical perspectives drawn from a unique combination of 20 years as a senior partner at a leading global law firm and over ten years as a leader of the world’s largest in-house legal department that consistently ranked as one of the largest global procurers of law firm and consulting services. He publishes frequently and is a sought-after speaker at law firm and legal department retreats, leadership meetings and high-profile industry events.

Session: "The New Normal" Facing Law Firms
Friday, October 28 8:50–10:00 a.m.
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Hotel Information

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street (guest entrance at 1200 Filbert Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.625.2900

Network with other attendees and exhibitors also staying at the hotel! DRI has secured a limited number of rooms at discounted group rates. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the Annual Meeting. Please make your room reservations online at dri.org or directly with the hotel, and be sure to mention the DRI 2022 Annual Meeting to be eligible for this special rate: $289 Single/Double Occupancy

It's not too late to make your hotel reservations at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Secure your room by Tuesday, October 4, to guarantee these rates. Rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If room block capacity is reached on or before October 4, the DRI rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available. All reservations require a credit card guarantee or a deposit of the first night’s room and tax. This deposit is nonrefundable if canceled within 72 hours of the arrival date.

Reserve Your Room Online

Airline Travel Information

DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI Annual Meeting attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908 or via email at travelrequestht@dt.com.

If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

The Annual Meeting has been approved for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 7.00 hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit. Accreditation has been requested from every state with MCLE requirements. Refer to the CLE grid in the DRI App for details when completing your meeting evaluation and CLE.

Annual Meeting CLE Grid by State (PDF)

NEW IN 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs are Included with Your Annual Meeting registration! Information on how to access your free content will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting.

CLE Learning Speaker Audience

CLE on the GO

Thursday 4:40–6:00 p.m.

Grab your cell phone and put on your walking shoes and join fellow attendees for a chance to earn CLE while exploring some of the fabulous local sights as part of a guided group tour. This session will feature discussions by various DRI substantive law committees with local historic landmarks serving as the starting point for some of the hot legal issues of the day! This session is not eligible for accreditation in all jurisdictions. Please check the CLE grid for states that have approved credit. If your schedule does not permit you to participate in this activity on Thursday, you may do it at your leisure on your own while in Philadelphia or from home. CLE on the GO is included in your registration fee, go to www.dri.org to register.

Sponsors

Thank You to Our Signature Sponsors

Baker Tilly LawyerGuard Lightfoot

DRI's 2022 Annual Meeting is Proudly Sponsored By

Arnett Law Group Baker Donelson Baker Tilly Bradley B&C Burch and Cracchiolo Butler|Snow Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig Campbell Trial Lawyers 20 2002-2022 Chartwell Law Christian & Barton LLP Attorneys at Law CB Coughlin Betke LLP DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies Ltd. Dinsmore Legal Counsel Ellis Winters Exponent logo
Hanson Bridgett Hermes Netburn Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law Hollingsworth LLP Litigation Matters Houston Harbaugh Attorneys at Law Jackson Kelly PLLC JS | Held
Kightlinger Gray LawyerGuard
Leader Berkon Colao & Silverstein LLP Lightfoot MGC Insurance Defense
Nall & Miller LLP Nelson Mullins Ogden Murphy Wallace Attorneys Plunkett Cooney Porter | Hedges Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC Attorneys at Law Preg O'Donnell & Gillett Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt S-E-A Know. Spilman Thomas & Battle Sweeney & Sheehan Attorneys at Law Thompson Hine US Legal Support The Power of Commitment

Thank you to our Official Supporters: Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Physician Life Care Planning, Warner Norcross + Judd

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

Exhibit Showcase

Exhibit Showcase Mingle

Wednesday through Friday, October 26–28

Maximize your time at the Annual Meeting by visiting the Exhibit Showcase! Mingle with exhibitors, friends, and colleagues. Discover new technologies, products, and services geared toward assisting you in representing your clients and building your practice.

A new feature this year will be the DRI Showcase Theater where you can listen in on short educational offerings on Thursday and Friday. These informative and unique programs will be designed to give you take aways you can use every day in your practice.

DRI will host many activities and networking opportunities in the Exhibit Showcase throughout the week including registration, lunches on Thursday and Friday, and the DRI Hub where you can learn about DRI membership, educational resources, The Center for Law and Public Policy, and much more. We will again host the First & Second Timers Reception followed by the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. We will offer daily DRI Cares activities and are partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Philadelphia. We encourage you to visit the Exhibit showcase daily and explore the exhibits, network with your peers, and have fun!

If you’re interested in sponsoring DRI’s 2022 Annual Meeting or having a booth, please contact John Stults at jstults@dri.org.

Showcase Schedule

Fill Out the Sponsorship/Exhibit Form

Service Project: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

Wednesday through Friday, October 26-28
Hosted by: The DRI Foundation DRI Cares Committee

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) logo

DRI Cares is delighted to be partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region for this year’s Annual Meeting. New this year, we are providing multiple opportunities for our members to participate in several philanthropic activities - all benefiting this fantastic organization. DRI Cares would love to see everyone’s support. Be on the lookout for on-site information with the times and locations for these opportunities!

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Their two Ronald McDonald House programs provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals, and vital supportive services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care.

The first Ronald McDonald House was born in Philadelphia on October 15, 1974. Working as a pediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the 1970s, Dr. Audrey E. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. Through her efforts and the generosity of many donors, Ronald McDonald House has grown from a single idea to the model for over 375 Houses worldwide.

Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities to learn how you can become involved.

DRI Foundation Fundraiser Benefiting NFJE

The National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) DRI Foundation DRI Cares DRI for Life

The DRI Foundation is again holding a sweepstakes at the Annual Meeting that will support The National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE). The NFJE supports a strong, independent, responsive judiciary by providing officers of the courts with educational programs and other tools to enable them to perform at their highest level.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to buy tickets for a chance to win one of eight fabulous prizes. You can purchase tickets when registering for the annual meeting. The more tickets you have the more likely you are to win!

Ticket purchasing options available: $50 (two tickets) or $100 (five tickets)

Fundraiser Prizes and Details

DRI for Life Rocky Steps Run/Walk Challenge

DRI Foundation DRI for Life

Join the DRI for Life Rocky Steps Run/Walk Challenge! Before the Annual Meeting, you’ll run or walk 24.7 miles on your schedule. Then, on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 a.m., we’ll run/walk from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel to the Rocky Steps. Are you up for the challenge? Sign up today.

Rocky Steps Run/Walk Challenge Details

Meeting Information

Counsel Meetings

DRI’s counsel meetings incentive program provides corporations and insurance carriers with the opportunity to meet with their invited counsel. DRI’s program makes it easy and enticing for companies to hold counsel meetings at the Annual Meeting. A complete schedule of counsel meetings will be distributed onsite. To find out more about the DRI member incentive program or how your company can benefit from the counsel meetings incentive program, please contact the Meeting Services Department at lsykes@dri.org.

Substantive Law Committee Meetings

Wednesday 3:00–4:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30–3:00 p.m. and 3:15–4:45 p.m., Friday 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Attend meetings hosted by the 29 individual Substantive Law Committees (“Substantive Law Committees”). The Committee meetings are open to all Annual Meeting attendees – even if you’ve never joined DRI or one of the Substantive Law Committees. Everyone is truly welcome. See list of Substantive Law Committees by day.

Each Substantive Law Committee Meeting Offers: an overview of the Committee’s initiatives and ways YOU can get involved, an opportunity for YOU to network with current members of the Substantive Law Committee and its Steering Committee, an avenue to expand YOUR client development and business referral sources.

Weather

The average high temperature in October is 67ºF; however, the nights can be cooler averaging a temperature of 52ºF. A jacket or coat is recommended.

Meeting Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate for all DRI functions, except casual attire is encouraged for the Thursday night Evening at the National Constitution Center event sponsored by LawyerGuard, and cocktail attire is proper for the Closing Celebration and All-Star Band Bash sponsored by Lightfoot, Franklin & White on Friday night.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Please visit DRI's Event Terms for the Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or custservice@dri.org.