Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

  • Seminars
    Chicago, IL

    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!

  • Seminars
    Las Vegas, NV

    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
    Las Vegas, NV

    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!

  • Seminars
    Nashville, TN

    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!

  • Seminars
    Nashville, TN

    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
    Chicago, IL

    DRI's Law Practice Management Committee, with support from the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel, is pleased to host the 2021 Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference in Chicago. Whether you currently hold a management role in your firm or you aspire to be a firm leader, this conference offers an innovative and interactive program to help you master the challenges you face. Current and future leaders of law firms of all sizes will benefit from frank discussions and explorations of successful strategies for the present practice climate. From reviewing business basics to institutionalizing business development to serving clients in the "new normal," these two days in the Windy City are sure to have a positive impact on your firm's bottom line.

  • Seminars
    Washington, D.C.

    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
    Washington, D.C.

    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; explore new ways to use jury psychology and mock jury research to enhance trial strategies; and much more.

  • Seminars
    Las Vegas, NV

    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 networking receptions, there will be plenty of time to connect and collaborate.

  • Seminars
    Virtual Seminar

    Throughout the United States and the world, legislators are regularly updating data protection and privacy laws in an (arguably futile) attempt to keep up with changes in technology. The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee’s first-ever virtual seminar will provide an overview of important data protection and privacy concepts and review data protection and privacy obligations imposed by state and global laws and regulations. Topics include: how to comply with the challenging and ever-changing data protection and privacy laws; the use of Artificial Intelligence for making decisions that may have discriminatory patterns embedded within them; and data protection and class action trends centering on the use of biometrics, the Internet of Things and other trends in technology that impact privacy. The virtual seminar will conclude with a networking event.

    If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.
  • Seminars
    New Orleans, LA
    This 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 plaintiff attorneys and their newest practices and tactics and suggestions to combat the plaintiff effort. The defense attendees benefit from the private knowledge that led to both victories and losses in the last 12 months.
  • Seminars
    New Orleans, LA

    This dynamic seminar allows attendees to interact and learn from preeminent experts and asbestos litigation practitioners on groundbreaking developments in the role of genetics impact the investigation and outcome of cases. Lecturers, panelists, and moderators will provide insight on the role of genetics in mesothelioma cases; learn from a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge; and the latest scientific developments in asbestos and talc medicine and epidemiology; and more.

    Register by October 5 to receive the early registration rate: $1,095 for DRI members and $1,295 for non-members. If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.
  • Seminars
    Virtual Seminar
    The DRI Life, Health, and Disability Committee is once again sponsoring a program for lawyers who are new to the practice. The program will be taught by highly experienced attorneys and will be aimed at providing a basic understanding of the concepts applicable to life, health, and disability litigation. This program receives rave reviews each year it is held. Young lawyers and older lawyers who are new to the practice or who wish to brush up on their skills are encouraged to attend!
  • Seminars
    Columbus, OH

    After the COVID-19 work-from-home marathon and necessary social distancing, DRI invites you to Columbus, Ohio, to network in person as we all get used to the “new normal” and get back to business. Our program will address cutting edge insurance coverage issues including those arising from sexual abuse claims in the wake of extended statutes of limitations, thorny trigger issues for property damage claims, permissive use in auto liability claims, and an update on the Restatement of Liability Coverage. A highlight of the program will be a presentation on claims arising out of COVID-19 and the various coverage claims policyholders are making. Don’t miss this chance to learn the latest on these topics and meet with other insurance coverage professionals.

    Register by October 11 to receive the early registration rate: $695 for DRI members and $795 for non-members. If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.