2021 Retail and Hospitality Virtual Seminar Agenda

Retail and Hospitality Virtual Seminar April 28-29, 2021

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
11:00–11:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Ann H. MacDonald, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL
J. Richard Moore, Bleeke Dillon Crandall, Indianapolis, IN
Megan S. Peterson, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP, New Orleans, LA
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Liability for Criminal Acts, Pt 1: Trafficking of Persons

Overview of pertinent state and federal statutory and caselaw involving claims for human/sex trafficking.  Additionally, will provide information on strategies employed by plaintiff’s counsel, consolidation of cases in multi-district litigation (or not), and applicable statutes of limitations.

Ian R. Beliveaux, Donato, Brown, Pool & Moehlmann, PLLC, Houston, TX
12:15–12:25 p.m. Break
12:25–1:25 p.m. Preserving Issues for Appeal

The best trial lawyers live in the moment while thinking ahead to a potential appeal. This presentation goes beyond basics to discuss the most effective strategies and recent case law.

Elissa B. Haynes, Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP, Atlanta, GA
Prashant Kolluri, Assistant U.S. Attorney, N.D. Illinois, Chicago, IL
1:25–1:35 p.m. Break
1:35–2:25 p.m. Ask the Magic 8-Ball: A Glimpse into the Post-COVID World for F&B Operators

This session will explore how F&B operators around the United States successfully adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss what new practices might linger into the future, and vision-cast as to how F&B will look to guests when things return to "normal."

David T. Denney, Denney Law Group, Dallas, TX
2:25–2:35 p.m. Break
2:35–3:00 p.m. Retail and Hospitality Committee Meeting
Ann H. MacDonald, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL 
Christian Steigmaier, Collins & Lacy PC, Columbia, SC
3:00–3:30 p.m. SLG Roundtable / Networking

Premises Liability/Negligent Security
Eileen E. Buholtz, Connors Corcoran & Buholtz PLLC, Rochester, NY
Kurtis R. McManus, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, Valhalla, NY

Food Safety/Dram Shop
Michelle L. Harden, Messner Reeves LLP, Denver, CO

Karen R. Glickstein, Jackson Lewis PC, Overland Park, KS
Jacqueline R. Guesno, Jackson Lewis PC, Denver, CO 

Laura Canada Lewis, Canada Lewis & Associates, Frisco, TX 
Bryan P. Couch, Connell Foley LLP, Newark, NJ
3:30–3:40 p.m. Break
3:40–4:40 p.m. Liability for Criminal Acts, Part 2

The presentation will discuss how to better spot human trafficking, what is being done to combat it, and identify the changing legal landscape affecting labor trafficking in the supply chain and sex trafficking in the context of premises liability.

Brittany Harvey, Senior General Liability Litigation Adjuster, Denver, CO
Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, PhD, Freedom Light, Alexandria, VA
Marisa A. Trasatti, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Baltimore, MD
4:40 p.m. Adjourn & Thank You

Megan S. Peterson, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP, New Orleans, LA

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
9:00–9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Christian Steigmaier, Collins & Lacy PC, Columbia, SC 
Jason T. Vuchinich, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC, Atlanta, GA 
9:10–9:20 a.m. DRI FOR LIFE: Guided Coffee Meditation

Claire E. Parsons, Adams Law PLLC, Covington, KY
9:20–10:20 a.m. Discrimination in Jury Selection: Batson Challenges in the Modern Era

Learn how to spot (and avoid) discrimination during voir dire in civil jury trials and how to prepare for or defend against a Batson challenge.

Eddie L. Holiday, III, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Coral Gables, FL
Shawn Y. Libman, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Coral Gables, FL
10:20–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11:30 a.m. Litigating Injury Claims Involving Minors

Hospitality companies, and in particular theme park owners and operators, face a disproportionate number of claims made on behalf of minors. Seasoned counsel will discuss how in-house counsel and outside litigators can best adapt to defend those claims in court and in the public arena.

Richard J. (Rich) Keating, Jr., Swanson Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago IL

Eric L. Reichenberger, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin PC, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Joseph B. (Joe) Pereles, Drury Hotels Company LLC, St. Louis, MO
11:30–11:40 a.m. Break
11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m. Diversity in the Legal Profession: Who Bears the Responsibility?

Diversity is more than a talking point; it is a call to action. As clients and shareholders demand more diverse representation among the attorneys who represent them, law firms must take steps to be sure the legal profession more appropriately reflects those it represents.

Peter Barr, Rack Room Shoes, Charlotte, NC
Angela Matherly, Belk, Inc., Charlotte, NC
12:40 p.m. Thank you and Adjourn

Christian Steigmaier, Collins & Lacy PC, Columbia, SC

DRI Cares

Central Texas Food Bank

Each year the DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee hosts and fundraiser for a local organization. This year we have chosen the Central Texas Food Bank to help those who may have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

When faced with hunger, it's difficult to prepare for the unexpected. The Central Texas Food Bank believes in providing comprehensive support to address urgent issues, and to ensure that our neighbors have the tools and information needed to access food and other programs through our network, now or whenever they find themselves in need. A gift today helps ensure the Food Bank's shelves are stocked so they can respond when needed most. Every donation matters and every dollar helps. Donate today!