Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

Click on upcoming seminars and webinars to see what's events are coming soon to DRI.


  • Seminars
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Come down to A-Town with DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee! The seminar will focus on litigation skills from the initial investigation to closing arguments, and everything in between. In addition to the dynamic programming, attendees will have face-to-face learning experiences with in-house counsel during the Fast Pitch Program as well as ample networking opportunities with attorneys from around the country at an Atlanta Braves game and dine-arounds.

  • Seminars
    Atlanta, Georgia

    The retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries have proven to be the backbone of our country and shown remarkable resilience in the face of unparalleled challenges. Litigation Lawyers will hear from industry experts on how to adapt to the needs as they have shifted over the past two years. This seminar will focus on the crucial perspective of those experiencing the day-to-day in the industry – keeping premises safe and secure, dealing with third parties, managing employees and their needs and more. We look forward to welcoming everyone back!

  • Webinars
    Navigating the various and sometimes overlapping intellectual property rights and protections can be difficult for any litigator advising their client in a dispute, especially when that dispute involves rights held personally by an individually.

    The panel will discuss common themes in intellectual property litigation across the variety of related disciplines, including the right of publicity and recent legal changes related to a person's "name image and likeness", copyright issues affecting artists and those litigating with them, and unique trademark aspects of IP litigation related to individuals - such as the right to use one's name as a trademark.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Whether due to civil unrest, storm damage, extensions of statutes of limitation or COVID-19, or other events that result in a large number of claims, pressure is being placed on insurers by governors, state legislatures and departments of insurance to pay these claims in an expedited manner. This presentation will explore the issues and impact of public pressure and government action on insurers when presented with catastrophes, and explain how carriers can ensure claims are adjusted and fairly paid.

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

    DRI’s Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Seminar is in person in 2022! Join us at the foremost conference for life, health, and disability practitioners to learn from top-notch faculty and exchange ideas about the latest developments in the law and industry. The 2022 program includes discussions on COVID-19-related disability claims and testing fee disputes, strategies for long-term care litigation and technological innovation effects on the insurance industry, the ever-popular Schmidtke on ERISA, and practical tips for both in-house and outside counsel to avoid litigation and defend claims when they arise. On top of unparalleled education, the seminar offers a wide array of networking opportunities, where you can build your book of business while enjoying Nashville with long-standing friends and new contacts. Activities include everything from a book club and public service project to small networking activities and a Young Lawyers after-dinner event. Bring your cowboy boots and stay over Friday night for a show at the Grand Ole Opry!

  • Seminars
    Denver, Colorado

    Join us in the Mile High City as we reconnect in person for the first time in two years! The nation’s best employment law seminar, DRI’s 45th annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar, brings together leading management-side employment and labor attorneys, in-house counsel, human resources professionals and EPLI representatives from throughout the US and Canada. Always intensely practical, with invaluable education sessions, this seminar is indispensable for experienced practitioners as well as those new to labor and employment law. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and professionals in the labor and employment arena!

  • Seminars
    Denver, Colorado

    The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 17th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo in Denver, Colorado. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from and network with in-house counsel and potential referral sources. You will learn the importance of wellness and self-care and the nuts and bolts of business development both externally and internally. You will also participate in discussions on how law firm leaders and corporate law departments are handling the new, remote environment in the post-pandemic world and how it is affecting the recruitment and retention of diverse talent. Come join us in Denver!

  • Webinars
    Affirmative action was put in place by way of President Lyndon Johnson's Executive Order of 1965. Ever since President Johnson entered the Order, issues related to affirmative action have made their way to the United States Supreme Court several times. In 2022, the Court is poised to take up the issue of affirmative action again when it considers two pending cases related to college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

    This program will provide an analysis of the history and evolution of affirmative action and will address the possible impact of the forthcoming Supreme Court rulings. Finally, the program will address what possible impacts the Supreme Court's rulings may have on inclusion & diversity efforts.

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

    Do you want to know what the future of trucking is bringing? This seminar is focused on how the trucking industry is becoming smarter, faster, and better, and what attorneys, claims professionals, and industry representatives can do to get the edge and stem the tide of nuclear verdicts. Presentations include a discussion of the current and future landscape of trucking technology from insiders at the forefront of these developments. They will explain how technology can impact your case, as well as when your motor vehicle accident suddenly becomes a products liability claim. Attendees will hear about smarter ways to effectively represent the trucking industry, either in settlement of cases or at trial, and reimagining the attorney/adjuster relationship to the benefit of our industry clients. Also hear about new and continuing tort reform efforts from the people spearheading a push for a more equitable legal system for the trucking community.

  • Webinars
    This webinar will equip trial lawyers to handle the challenging task of cross-examining a plaintiff claiming significant injury. Defense counsel is between a rock and a hard place: push too hard in the wrong way and create sympathy for the plaintiff; hold back too much and the defense fails to point out critical flaws in the plaintiff's case. Plaintiff's counsel is always ready to exploit this dilemma. Our panel of veterans will discuss when to opt for a deposition-focused or trial-focused approach, how to prepare for either, and an appropriate tone to discredit the plaintiff's testimony without engendering jury sympathy.

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

    Sponsored by J.S. Held

    Video cameras capture important events connected to civil and criminal matters on a regular basis. With an ever-increasing number of cameras recording these events, there are instances when more than one camera is capturing the event at the same time from different vantages. Information contained in these additional cameras can aid in understanding key moments of the event. Incorporating video from multiple cameras for analysis of these events often requires synchronization of the videos. This research investigates methods of synchronization and the reliability of these methods. Video from body-worn cameras, dash mounted cameras, surveillance cameras, drone, and cell phone cameras was assessed. Audio video synchronization and issues related to synchronizing one video to another including frame rates and temporal drift were evaluated. The results describe the accuracy with which these videos can be synchronized using various methods.

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by J.S. Held

    Some of the most common collision scenarios accident reconstructionists encounter involve vehicles impacting the side of left turning tractor trailers. Determining how long it takes heavy trucks to turn is key to ultimately understanding whether other vehicles could have avoided collisions with the heavy trucks. The research presented here comprises many hours of live recordings and observations of real-world events which capture the characteristics of heavy truck movement in intersections. This naturalistic study analyzed when trucks turn, how they turn, the paths they take, and the time and speed needed for them to complete turns safely.

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.

  • Seminars
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Join us for DRI’s annual Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Seminar - April 6–8, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Committee will present a dynamic program providing attendees with the opportunity to learn from and interact with preeminent experts on issues important to attorneys practicing governmental liability and civil rights law today. You will hear the latest issues being addressed in conditions of confinement cases, hear from those involved in the front line of policing protests, and learn about the developing trends in Titles VI, VII and IX cases. Dean Karen Blum’s popular segment on qualified immunity will be back, along with Tom Dupree’s insightful report on the rulings at the Supreme Court. As always, attendees will have networking opportunities to exchange ideas with the faculty and other experienced litigators.

  • Webinars
    This webinar will discuss the difficulties that can ensue when an employer/plan sponsor mishandles enrollment, including the failure to obtain evidence of insurability when required, deducting premimiums when there are no coverage in place for the individual or misrepresenting available benefits or coverage. We will address the division of responsibilities, the ability of agency law, recourse for mistakes made as well as waiver and estoppel issues under state and ERISA laws.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Trucking losses may involve novel coverage issues which require attorneys and claims adjusters to be knowledgeable of the evaluation process required to identify key facts and make proper coverage and liability decisions. 

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

    Renowned in-house counsel from NASA, the FBI, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as judges, and trial attorneys from across the country will meet in Houston, Texas, March 21-23, 2022 for the 2022 DRI Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference. Along with cutting-edge and timely topical presentations, the conference offers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect, network with industry counsel and preeminent attorneys, and hear two keynotes: “The Rewards of Building Meaningful Relationships” and “Challenges of Being a Transgender High Profile Trial Attorney.” You’ll also be able to attend breakout sessions in the areas of cybersecurity/data breach, class actions, government enforcement/corporate compliance, and more.

  • Seminars
    Houston, Texas

    What is on the horizon for the insurance industry? Join DRI in Houston, TX for its 2022 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, March 21-23, 2022, to find out! Hear from experts about how you can place your practice at the forefront of the future of insurance coverage, and delve into hot topics like cybersecurity, firm management in a post-COVID world, and more. Plus, expand your book of business while enjoying the city of Houston during networking events, dine-arounds, and more. From NASA’s Johnson Space Center to the Museum District, consisting of nineteen museums, galleries, and community spaces, the city of Houston truly has it all! We hope to see you there!

  • Webinars
    In this webinar we cover the importance of reviewing recorded prison calls to properly defend against Section 1983 claims of police misconduct and in particular reverse conviction and malicious prosecution lawsuits.  We will share real cases where our systematic review of prison calls led to the outright dismissal of high exposure lawsuits.

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

    DRI's Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee heads to Atlanta, March 14-16, 2022. Join us to obtain the latest information in toxic tort and environmental law to keep your practice on the cutting edge. This premier gathering for the defense bar brings you the latest litigation, science, and regulatory developments.

  • Webinars

    Recent events have demonstrated that communication is desperately needed to understand differing perspectives, experiences and views, so that we can discuss important issues with respect, honesty, grace and courage. Nowhere is this more needed than the relationship between law enforcement and the communities which they serve. DRI’s Protect and Serve Task Force will host a Virtual Town Hall on March 3, 2022, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with an impressive and diverse panel discussing the hard and important issues surrounding police-community relations, police reforms and community expectations. The town hall is offered free of charge and will include the following panelists:

    Bernard Parks, Former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Former Councilmember, Los Angeles City Council

    Shawn Brokos, Director of Community Security, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

    Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

    Susan M. Lin, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP, Philadelphia, PA

    Isaiah Thomas, Councilmember, At-Large, Philadelphia City Council

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.