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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Time (Central)Program
11:00 a.m.Registration
11:45 a.m.SLG Lunch-Arounds
11:45 a.m.Women in the Law Luncheon
1:30-3:30 p.m.Meeting of Specialized Litigation Groups - SLG Session 1

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3:30 p.m.Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m.Smaller Networking Events

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6:00 p.m.Networking Reception
9:00 p.m.Networking Event

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SLG Session 1 (Aug. 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.)

1. Automotive & Biomechanics (Joint Session)


Chair | Heather Russell Fine, Tanenbaum Keale, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
In House Chair | Anthony Ruffalo, Honda Canada Inc., Toronto, ON
Vice-Chair | Michael McCaskey, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago, IL


Chair | Quincy Crochet, McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, New Orleans, LA
Vice-Chair | John Halpin, Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC, Milwaukee, WI

Use of Accident Data for Litigation Purposes
Moderator | Quincy Crochet, McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, New Orleans, LA
Christopher J. Bonanti, The Baluster Group, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Ryan Harrington, Exponent, Natick, MA
Pete Leupke, Nissan, Nashville, TN

Beyond Head Injury Criterion: The Role of Rotational Acceleration in Traumatic Brain Injuries
Emily S. Gu, MS, Delta V Biomechanics, Palo Alto, CA

Seatback Litigation – Trending Claims & Testing Update
Sam White, Engineer - Collision Research & Analysis, El Segundo, CA
André M. Lloyd, ESi, Minneapolis, MN


2. Building Products & Chemical and Toxic Tort (Joint Session)


Chair | Kathryn S. Mansfield, Clariant Corporation, Charlotte, NC
Vice-Chair | Rachel Cooper, McMillan LLP, Toronto, ON


Chair | Ryan F. Kenny, Cetrullo, LLP, Boston, MA
Vice-Chair | Rich Baldwin, Foley Hoag, Boston, MA

Practical Advice for Environmental Toxic Tort Cases Involving Building Products
Heather Lynch, Cardno ChemRisk, Boston, MA
Paul LaFata, Dechert LLP, New York, NY
Lincoln Wilson, Dechert LLP, New York, NY


3. Aviation & Mass Torts (Joint Session)


Chair | Catherine Slavin, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Vice-Chair | Laura McGinn, Global Aerospace Inc., Parsippany, NJ


Chair | Holiday Dreessen Powell, Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver, BC
Vice-Chair | Mary Delli Quadri, Gascon LLP, Thomson LLP, Montreal, QC

Current Topics with Aviation Manufacturing General Counsel
Moderator | Laura McGinn, Global Aerospace, Parsippany, NJ
Douglas L. Hensley, GE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH
Allison Kendrick, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Blake Meyen, Textron Aviation, Wichita, KS
Andrea L. Phillips, Rolls-Royce North America, Reston, VA

Retooling in the Era of Coronavirus & the Liability and Compliance Risks that Need to be Hammered Out
Moderator | Mary Delli Quadri, Gascon LLP & Associates, Montreal, Quebec
Sophia L. Lauricella, Sompo International, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, August 20, 2021

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

Roman Lifson, Christian and Barton, LLP, Richmond, VA
Lindsay Lorimer, McMillan LLP, Toronto, ON
8:15 a.m.Use of Data from Wearables in Product Liability Claims

Hands-on training on the scope of real-time data collected by devices, how data is stored and what can be retrieved from wearables. This session will provide technical expertise, industry insight and judicial perspective on how this data can be used, its inherent limitations and the framework necessary to establish admissibility.

Sarah Jane Dobson, Kennedy’s LLP, London, UK

Gavin W. Manes, Avansic, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Hope T. Cannon, Magistrate Judge, U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola, FL
Jane Elphick, International Commercial Counsel, Fitbit, San Francisco, CA
9:15 a.m.We Provided A Warning, The User Didn’t Follow It - Open and Shut Case, Right?

Every litigator knows it can be challenging to defend a failure to warn claim when your client didn’t provide a warning. But what if your client provided a warning - a big, colorful, readable, understandable warning? This presentation will review potential pitfalls, including the challenges of warnings that don’t match consumer desires and expectations, how product information can undermine your warnings case, and how a warning's case can be a design case in disguise.

Steve Hall, Applied Safety and Ergonomics, San Francisco, CA
Ruth Gates, Nissan, Franklin, TN
Jacob Crawford, Lyft, Nashville, TN
10:00 a.m.Refreshment Break/Community Service
10:00 a.m.Corporate Counsel Breakout

For in-house counsel and claims professionals only.
10:30 a.m.Ethics, Lies and Videotape

Join your colleagues in viewing scenes from movies to explore, analyze, and compare "reel" life with common ethical issues and the Rules of Professional Conduct. How many gavels will the movie receive? How many ethical violations can Hollywood exploit?

Neal McBrayer, Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Nashville, TN
Ed Lanquist, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, Nashville, TN
11:45 a.m.Lunch (On your own)

SLG Dine-Arounds
1:15 p.m.Fireside Chat with Commissioner Feldman

Insight from Commissioner Feldman on how the CPSC is regulating newly emerging and innovative products, direction on areas of focus for the CPSC and practical guidance on how to work collaboratively with the CPSC and avoid surprises.

Joe Mohovoric, ESI, Chicago, IL 
Commissioner Peter Feldman, CPSC, Washington, DC
2:15 p.m.Practical Tips for the Products Lawyer

Effective trial lawyers learn best from one another. William Gage will address specific visual tactics at trial, including co-opting plaintiff's visual techniques, using a burden-of-proof chart, using an effective warnings graphic, and emphasizing key jury instructions in closing. Finally, he will discuss the power of "unfolding" the case’s drama to the jury.

William Gage, Butler Snow, LLP, Jackson, MS
3:00 p.m.Refreshment Break/Community Service
3:30 p.m.Remote Depositions: Establishing a Real Presence in a Virtual Environment

Technological innovation, cost sensitivities and COVID-19 have all contributed to the rise in the use of remote depositions. These types of depositions are not new to some areas of litigation yet have raised new issues for product liability attorneys including whether a virtual deposition is the best opportunity for the client, which platforms and techniques are best for the particular deposition and the best practices for rules of engagement for all participants related to experts and exhibits.

Emily Skow, Ph.D., Exponent, Philadelphia, PA 
Nicole Brunson, Arrival, Charlotte, NC
Jennifer Collins, Womble Bond Dickinson, Atlanta, GA
4:45 p.m.Five Mistakes at Mediation

Litigation myths suggesting our adversarial system is analogous to sports or war mislead us into thinking a "good" settlement leaves everyone unhappy. Learn how avoiding five mistakes can reverse this thinking and leave both parties happy to agree.

Sidney Kanazawa, ADR, Los Angeles, CA
Keven Drummond Eiber, MTD Inc., Cleveland, OH
Ian Botnick, JCI, Milwaukee, WI
5:30 p.m.Product Liability Committee Meeting (Open to all)
6:00 p.m.Networking Reception

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Time (Central)Program
7:00 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m.SLG Session 2

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10:00 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:30-12:30 p.m.SLG Session 3

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12:30 p.m.Adjourn

SLG Session 2 (Aug. 21, 8:00–10:00 a.m.)

1. Agricultural Construction Mining and Industrial Equipment (ACMIE) & Scaffolding, Cranes & Aerial Devices (SCAD) (Joint Session)


Chair | D. Christopher RobinsonFrost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville, KY
Vice-Chair | JP Gatto, HKM, St. Paul, MN


Chair | D. Craig York, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Louisville, KY
Vice-Chair | Kat CarringtonButler Snow, LLP, Ridgeland, MS

Lessons from Trial: Trying a $250 Million Product Liability Case in Cook County
Tony Monaco, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
Mike McCaskey, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL

Lessons Learned: Manufacturing in a Post-COVID World
Raymond Jamieson, Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee, WI
John Leshinski, The Raymond Corporation, Greene, NY


2. Consumer Goods and Business Equipment & Food Law (Joint Session)


Chair | David L. Campbell, Bowman Brooke LLP, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Vice-Chair | Katie Fillmore, Butler Snow, Austin, TX


Chair | Jennifer Snyder Heis, Ulmer Berne, Cincinnati, OH
Vice-Chair | Shannon Nessier, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA

Practical Guidance for the Food and Consumer Products Industries: Avoiding False & Misleading Advertising
Richard Fama, Cozen O'Connor, New York, NY

Who Has the Ball: Jurisdictional Delineation Between Federal Health & Safety Agencies
Moderator | Mike Gentine, Keller & Heckman LLP, Washington, D.C.
Carol Cave, Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Agency

Hemp-Derived CBD in Food & Consumer Products: State and Federal Requirements
Elizabeth Bain, Williams Kastner, Portland, OR
Melissa K. Roeder, Foley & Mansfield, Seattle, WA


3. Hand and Power Tools & Recreational Products (Joint Session)


Chair | Patrick P. Clyder, Swanson, Marting & Bell LLP, Chicago, IL
Vice-Chair | Suzanne Galvin, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, MO


Chair | Chris Jackson, Dinsmore, Lexington, KY
Vice-Chair | Jared Hawk, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Thomson LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

What's the deets: Case Law Update on Developments in Personal Jurisdiction and Daubert
Ryan Clarke, Lewis Thomason, Nashville, TN

Frenemies: Manufacturers and Dealers: Partnering for Successful Defense of a Product Liability Claim
Matt Cairns, Textron, Providence, RI
Daniel Bauch, Bowman and Brooke, Los Angeles, CA
Carl Pesce, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, MO

Mediation in the Time of Corona - A Panel on Mediation Post-COVID-19
Ryan Stiles, Polaris Inc., Hudson, WI
Mark Hickok, Director of Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Brookfield, WI
Steve Dunn, Miles Mediation & Arbitration, Charlotte, NC
Sam Terzich, Executive Vice President, Director, GB Specialty, Gallagher Bassett, Chicago, IL

SLG Session 3 (Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

1. Digital Evidence and Emerging Technologies & Trial Techniques and Technology (Joint Session)


Chair | Charles S. Painter, Ericksen Arbuthnot, Sacramento, CA
Vice-Chair | Matthew D. Gurbach, Bricker & Eckler, LLP, Cleveland, OH


Chair | Juan Ortega, Sirote, Mobile, AL
Vice-Chair | Jeffrey Warren, Bowman Brooke, Mobile, AL

Outside the Courtroom - Technology and Advocacy
Moderator | Donald Vilfer, Digital Evidence Ventures, Roseville, CA

In the Courtroom


2. Children's Products & Manufacturer's Risk (Joint Session)


Chair | Dannel Duddy, Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond, VA
In-House Chair | Amy Blakenship, GoodBaby International, Dayton, OH
Vice-Chair | Rachel Remke, Schiff Hardin, Chicago, IL


Chair | Chris Horkins, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto, ON
In-House Chair | Marie-Claude Simard, Bombardier, Quebec, QC
Vice-Chair | Jason Gagnon, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Hartford, CT

New Technology to Better Communicate Warnings and Instructions
Ken Ross, Bowman & Brooke, Midway, UT
Paul Ratcliffe, Attentive Law Group, Ashburn, VA

Social Media Influencers: Manufacturers’ Exposure to Risk and FDA Regulation Based on Social Media Endorsements
Caitlyn Vetter, Frost Brown Todd, Columbus, OH

Collaborative Case Investigations: The Art of Virtual Inspections
Amy Blankenship, Goodbaby, Dayton, OH
Dennis B. Brickman, P.E., ESI, Aurora, IL
Charles A. Fox, Ph.D., ESI, Ames, IA


3. Fire Science & International (Joint Session)


Chair | Kathryn Regier, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C., Kansas City, MO
Vice-Chair | Andrew Stead, McMillan LLP, Calgary, AB


Chair | Jonathan L.S. Hodes, Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver, BC
Vice-Chair | Ryan Krushelnitzky, Field Law, Edmonton, AB

New Fire Hazards Related to the Marijuana Industry
Zachary J. Jason, PE, CFI, CFEI, AEI Corporation, Littleton, CO
Melissa K. Roeder, Foley Mansfield, Seattle, WA


4. Young Lawyers Breakout

Chair | Catherine Kopiec, Rogers Townsend, Columbia, SC
Vice-Chair | Pamela Kaplan, Tanenbaum Keale LLP, New Jersey, NY

Litigation by iPad: How to be a Tech Whiz In and Out of the Courtroom
Brett Tarver, Troutman Sanders, Atlanta, GA

Products Motions in Federal Court
Jason Avelar, Wilson Turner Kosmo, San Diego, CA

How to Address Ever-Expanding and Amorphous Product Liability Claims
Kali Book, Goodell Devries Leech & Dann LLP, Baltimore, MD
Margaret O'Neill, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Philadelphia, PA