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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Time (Central)Program
6:00 p.m.Registration & Networking Reception

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time (Central)Program
7:00 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.Welcome and Introduction

Jennifer Snyder Heis, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati, OH
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA
8:10 a.m.Worldwide Incidents of Mesothelioma as it Relates to Fiber Types

Julian Peto, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
9:10 a.m.Mesothelioma in Young Plaintiffs

David Weill, M.D., Weill Consulting Group, New Orleans, LA
10:00 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:25 a.m.Creative Methods of Investigating Cases and How to Use that Evidence at Trial

Social media, cell phone tracking data, advanced Google searches, and other sources of publicly available information are a very real part of our lives. Ms. Oliver and Ms. Lehman will discuss how to creatively obtain information and how to lay the evidentiary foundation to have that information admitted into evidence at trial.

Allison Oliver, Smith & Carson, Atlanta, GA
Kathryn S. Lehman, King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA
11:15 a.m.Update and Overview of Talc Litigation

This overview will include recent developments in the talc litigation including trials, verdicts and trends, as well as hot topics relating to the FDA’s position on talc and the definition of asbestos and elongated mineral particles.

Gary D. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield, Los Angeles, CA
11:30 a.m.Lunch

Lunch arounds will be offered. More details to come!
12:00 p.m.Young Lawyers Lunch

Join us at the round table with experts to learn what information is most helpful for the experts to evaluate the exposures and causation.

Amanda Burns
, Cardno ChemRisk, Brooklyn, NY
1:00–3:45 p.m.Young Lawyers Breakout Session

For more information, please click on the tab "Young Lawyers Breakout Session".
1:15–3:45 p.m.Talc Breakout Session

For more information, please click on the tab "Talc Breakout Session".
1:15 p.m.Crisis Management and Media Relations in Asbestos Litigation

Mr. Parnell will explore the influence of plaintiff-based advertising and how it can severely impact the height of recent verdicts.

Albert H. (Al) Parnell, Albert H. Parnell PC, Atlanta, GA
2:05 p.m.A Material Issue: Challenging Plaintiff’s Material Scientist

Mr. Greene will identify ways to challenge testimony and opinions offered by plaintiff's material scientists about your client’s products.

Kevin P. Greene, Willcox Savage, Norfolk, VA
2:45 p.m.40 Years of Shaping Tort Law: The Impact of Key Asbestos Opinions on the Course of Tort Law in the United States

A single asbestos appellate decision can shape the course of tort litigation across jurisdictions and through decades. Ms. Oberg and Mr. Lloyd will examine how the defense has exploited wins and adapted to losses in key areas such as causation standards, legal duty, class action settlements, and damages.

Lisa L. Oberg, Husch Blackwell, San Francisco, CA
Neil Lloyd, Schiff Hardin, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Lee, Husch Blackwell, San Francisco, CA
3:35 p.m.Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m.50 Years of Asbestos Litigation – A Historical Assessment of Each Decade

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
Albert H. (Al) Parnell, Albert H. Parnell PC, Atlanta, CA

Thomas W. Tardy III, Maron Marvel, Ridgeland, MS
John M. Fitzpatrick, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, Denver, CO
Edward J. McCambridge, Segal McCambridge, Chicago, IL
Gary D. Elliston, DeHay & Elliston, Dallas, TX
James H. Powers, The Powers Law Firm, Houston, TX
Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Cetrulo LLP, Boston, MA
Sharla J. Frost, Houston, TX
4:00 p.m.Breakouts
Room A: Attorneys Coming Together to Collaborate and Share Substantive Updates

Industrial Products (i.e., Boilers, Pumps, Valves, etc.)
Erik D. Nadolink, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Denver, CO

Friction Products (i.e., Brakes, Clutches, Gaskets in Various Equipment, etc.)
Anthony Sbarra, Jr., Hermes Netburn, Boston, MA
Janika Polk, Kuchler Polk Weiner, New Orleans, LA
Room B: Insurance Industry

Stacy Harman, Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, OH
Marsharee Wilcox, Brandywine, Philadelphia, PA
Bridget G. Longoria, Resolute, Philadelphia, PA
Graham Loxley, Armour, London, UK
Amanda Webber, Allianz, Petaluma, CA
Richard Merritt, The Hartford, Hartford, CT
Matthew T. Williams, Nationwide, Wausau, WI
Dale Andrews, Riverstone, Manchester, NH
Cristen Forster, Travelers, Centennial, CO
Room D: Women Practicing in the Law in the 2020s: Have We Come as Far as We Think?

Janet MacDonell, Deutsch Kerrigan, Covington, LA
Jessica Burgasser, Wilbraham Lawler & Buba, Buffalo, NY
Shundra Crumpton Manning, Bradley, Nashville, TN
Webinar: Maritime Law: How to Use it to Your Benefit

Brian J. Schneider, Hawkins Parnell & Young, Richmond, VA
5:00 p.m.Breakouts
Room A: Attorneys Coming Together to Collaborate and Share Substantive Updates

Construction Products (i.e., Joint Compounds, Roofing, Building Materials, etc.)
Ryan S. Cobbs, Carlton Fields, West Palm Beach, FL

Flipping the Switch and Illuminating Powerful Electrical Product Defenses
Molly McKay Williams, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, Portland, OR
Room B: In-House

Brad W. Stoll, Konecranes, Springfield, OH
Charles D. Price, Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH
John W. Lebold, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, OH
Room D: A Quantitative Asbestos Risk Assessment: Is it Welcome in the Courtroom?

Kevin P. Greene, Willcox Savage, Norfolk, VA

Andrey Korchevsky, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc., Arvada, CO
Webinar: The Next Asbestos Bankruptcy Wave? The Impact of Bankruptcies on the Tort System

Peter Kelso, Roux Associates, Arlington, VA
Holland Sullivan, Financial Asset Recovery Analytics, New York, NY
Frederick C. Schaefer, Nationwide Indemnity, Wausau, WI
Paul Slater, General Electric, Fairfield, CT
6:00 p.m.Networking Reception

Young Lawyers Breakout Session (Nov. 4, 1:00–3:45 p.m.)

Time (Central)Program
1:00 p.m.Opening Remarks and Introductions

Whitney K. Barrows, Melick & Porter LLP, Boston, MA
1:05 p.m.You Found It, Now What? The Strategy Behind Testing Historical Industrial Products

Craig Waksler, Eckert Seamans, Boston, MA
Kelly Scribner-Tuttle, Ph.D, CIH, CTEH, Dallas, TX
2:00 p.m.How to Prepare for an Expert Deposition?

Amber B. Barlow, Deutsch Kerrigan, New Orleans, LA
Alyson Walker Lotman, Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA
2:45 p.m.Fraudulent Claims and Conduct

Jeanne F. Loftis, Bullivant Houser, Portland, OR
Kevin E. Hexstall, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, PA
3:15 p.m.Strengthening Resilience Through Mindfulness

Hon. Paul Bacigalupo, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA

Talc Breakout Session (Nov. 4, 1:15–3:45 p.m.)

Time (Central)Program
1:15 p.m.Opening Remarks; Cosmetic Talc Battlegrounds: Testing Methodologies and Counterfeits

Edward R. Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1:55 p.m.Cosmetic Talc: Epidemiology Update

Michael A. Pichini, Goodell DeVries, Baltimore, MD
2:35 p.m.Using Science to Rebut Plaintiff’s Evolving Theories of Liability in Cosmetic Talc Cases

Gary D. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield, Los Angeles, CA
3:20 p.m.Cosmetic Talc: State of the Art

Robert A. Rich, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, Oakland, CA

Friday, November 5, 2021

Time (Central)Program
7:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Women's Breakfast
8:30 a.m.Announcements

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DeHay & Elliston, LLP, Walnut Creek, CA
8:35 a.m.When Advocacy Goes Too Far: What is the Difference Between “Good Trouble” and Just Plain “Trouble”?

Ms. Green will discuss how to make sure your desire to be an advocate does not violate the rules of professional conduct.

Jennifer Green, DeHay & Elliston LLP, Dallas, TX
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DeHay & Elliston LLP, Walnut Creek, CA
9:35 a.m.A Juror’s Changed Thinking Post-Covid and Their View of Science

Susan G. Fillichio, Esq., Fillichio & Hastings, El Segundo, CA
10:25 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:40 a.m.Confessions of an Expert

Victor Roggli, M.D., Duke School of Medicine, Durham, NC
11:30 a.m.EPA, Regulatory and Governmental Developments Under Current Administration, and Countering Same

Mr. Bishop will provide a timely update on the EPA/TSCA Risk Assessment.

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
Robert Manlowe, Williams Kastner Gibbs, Seattle, WA
12:15 p.m.Non-Smoking Lung Cancer, Asbestos and Causation

Dr. Feingold will discuss the growing important of non-smoking lung cancers, particularly among young people, and address the epidemiology, pathology and genetics of such cancers.

Allan Feingold, M.D., Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL
1:00 p.m.Seminar Conclusion and Adjourn

Registration and Hotel/Travel Information


DRI Member Pricing: $1,095
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $1,195
Non-Member Pricing: $1,395

DRI Member Pricing: $795
Non-Member Pricing: $795

Register by October 5, 2021 to receive the early registration rate. If you wish to have your name appear on the registration list distributed at the seminar and receive the course materials in advance, DRI must receive your registration by October 5, 2021. Registrations received after October 5, 2021 will be processed on-site.

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


Hotel and Travel

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