2022 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar

November 2–4, 2022 | San Diego, California

Danger Asbestos

Join us this fall in San Diego for DRI’s Asbestos Medicine Seminar!

Connect with leaders in asbestos litigation to further your career and network. Don’t miss DRI’s interactive and informative meeting that brings together industry experts and asbestos litigation practitioners to share their experience and knowledge. Discover emerging trends and groundbreaking developments in the field, including how the role of genetics and cancer causation impact the investigation and outcome of cases. Expert lecturers, panelists, and moderators will provide insight into the most current, best legal practices in asbestos and cosmetic talc litigation. There will also be a basic skills session for practitioners new to litigation.

Attendees will have multiple business development opportunities during breaks, mixers, a cocktail hour, and a special event on the USS Midway. Register today and start planning your trip to explore the wonders of the San Diego area, including: Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Balboa Park, Coronado, La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park!

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Learn more about the worldwide epidemiology of mesothelioma from world-renowned expert, Dr. Julian Peto, and be able to ask him and his esteemed colleagues questions during an open-mic session
  • Details about the new Quick Defense Hits Series where you will gain insight on:
    • Navigating Genetics
    • The PAID Act
    • Asbestos Textile Disease
    • Vetting New Trial Themes
    • Updates on the EPA Chrysotile Risk Assessment
  • The latest scientific developments in the percentage of cancer, in general, that is caused by internal errors in cell replication
  • How to be part of our first diversity initiative installment and take a deep dive into the journeys of diverse attorneys
  • Explore how to protect your client from nuclear verdicts
  • Develop the skills needed to be an effective legal writer that presents a concise argument to courts

Expand Your Network By:

  • Joining us for a special event on the USS Midway to learn, network, and socialize in America’s Finest City!
  • Attending a special breakout session for Young Lawyers
  • Meeting defense counsel from across the United States, In-House attendees, and members of the Insurance industry

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Thank You to DRI's Asbestos Medicine Planning Committee Leadership

Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Program Chair
Bruce T. Bishop
Bruce T. Bishop
Program Co-Vice Chair
Mahsa Kashani Tippins
Mahsa Kashani Tippins
Program Co-Vice Chair
Roman Lifson
Roman Lifson
Law Institute

Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $1,095
Non-Member Pricing: $1,395

DRI Member Pricing: $1,395
Non-Member Pricing: $1,695

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by September 19, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Pricing: $995 per person

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Event at the USS Midway Museum

Sponsored by: Hawkins Parnell & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP

Date: Wednesday, November 2 from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA

Join the Appellate Advocacy, Asbestos Medicine and Managing Partners Seminars and reconnect with your DRI friends Wednesday evening at a networking event aboard the USS Midway sponsored by Hawkins Parnell & Young and Tucker Ellis LLP. It’s only a short walk from the hotel and food and adult beverages will be served! Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of the United States Navy’s most storied ships. Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard the USS Midway Museum and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace. You’ll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.

Agenda with Speakers

Dr. Cristian Tomasetti was briefly listed in error in the 2022 DRI Asbestos Medicine agenda. While an invitation to speak was extended to Dr. Tomasetti, he had not acknowledged receipt of the invitation or replied to the invitation at the time the agenda was initially posted online. Both the title and the abstract posted online for his talk had been drafted without his knowledge and do not reflect his scientific positions. Dr. Tomasetti did not participate in the 2022 Asbestos Medicine seminar.

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
1:00 p.m. Registration
1:45 p.m. Feeling Fin-tastic! How to be an Effective Legal Writer (Joint Session with the Appellate Advocacy Seminar)

This legal writing session is not about key issues like proper grammar, or avoiding the legal logorrhea of excessive wordiness, or active vs. passive voice, or the order of your arguments, or alternatives to common phrases and locutions in legal writing that get in the way more than they guide the reader to the correct result. Those are all important parts of legal writing, and they are covered in many sessions and articles. This session will instead focus on some aspects of legal writing that are undercovered: Table of Contents, Introduction, Conclusion

1. Each of these is or can be very important. And each is sometimes considered an afterthought, something to throw together at the end if the drafting process. That is wrong. More attention to these parts of the brief will make the whole brief better.
2. If time permits, the session will address a few other under-appreciated elements of good legal writing, such as effective use of quotations and citations.
3. This session will not turn a poor writer into an excellent writer. Only time and effort spent writing can do that. This session will, however, give attendees ideas about how to make their briefs more persuasive.

Don Willenburg, GRSM LLP, San Francisco, CA
2:45 p.m. Blockbuster Session: Riding the Intuitive Wave: The Science of Deciding (Joint Session with the Appellate Advocacy Seminar)

From homo rationalis to heuristics: hear how modern social science and behavioral economic studies have changed our understanding of logic, reasoning, and human decision making, including our understanding of judicial decisions.

Professor Jeffrey J. Rachlinski, J.D., Ph.D., Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m. Who Likes Shady Beaches? Proper Conduct is Part of a Lawyer’s Ethical Duty So No One Gets Caught in a Riptide

The panel will have a lively discussion on how to skillfully ride the ethical wave (best practices) when it comes to remote work, conducting remote depositions and guarding against unethical behavior, avoiding conflicts with multiple representations and voicing opinions on social media.

Jennifer E. Watson, Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, PC, Pittsburgh, PA
Caroline Tinsley, Tucker Ellis LLP, St. Louis, MO
David C. Marshall, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA
5:00 p.m. Open Mic Session with Doctors Julian Peto, Victor Roggli, Andrey Korchevskiy and Julie Goodman

Come and participate in an informal question and answer/discussion session with these notable experts.

Dr. Julian Peto, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Victor Roggli, M.D., Duke School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Andrey Korchevskiy, Ph.D., DABT, CIH, C&IH, Inc., Wheat Ridge, CO
Julie Goodman, Ph.D., DABT, FACE, ATS, Gradient, Boston, MA
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. Shell-abrate Good Times! The USS Midway Event (includes food)
Sponsored by: Hawkins Parnell & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Roman Lifson, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA
8:10 a.m. Talk to the Sand: The Over-Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

Dr. Pavlisko will discuss an analysis of 311 cases with diagnostic pitfalls.

Elizabeth N. Pavlisko, M.D., Duke School of Medicine, Durham, NC
8:55 a.m. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wave: No Safe Threshold?

Claims by plaintiffs and government regulators that there is no safe dose of exposure to asbestos are based upon the linear no threshold model of carcinogenesis. The model has been bereft of validity since it was originally proposed in the 1920s relating to radiation, but not any other carcinogen. Today, established science contradicts the very underpinnings of the model.

Mark G. Zellmer, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis, MO
9:40 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:10 a.m. Shore is Nice! Quick Defense Hits Series: Navigating Genetics, the PAID Act, and Asbestos Textile Disease

This presentation will update you on three important developments. We’ll discuss the latest knowledge about how genetics influence the development of asbestos diseases and how to use that knowledge in your cases. We’ll explain how the 2021 PAID Act requires CMS to identify a Medicare beneficiary’s enrollment in Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) plans and the mechanics, benefits and flaws of the Act. Last, we will discuss how the EPA’s 2020 analysis of asbestos textile disease is used by plaintiffs in friction cases.

Barrye Panepinto Miyagi, Taylor Porter, Baton Rouge, LA
Dyanna Ballou, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, Kansas City, MO
Kelvin Wyles, Husch Blackwell, Los Angeles, CA
10:55 a.m. Seas the Day: How to Obtain Appellate Relief When Trial Judges Won’t Render Decisions

This presentation will explore what avenues are available to practitioners when a trial judge is reluctant to or won’t rule on motions. Join our presenters as they discuss recent developments in their respective jurisdictions and throughout the country that provide litigators with more options when encountering such obstacles at the trial court level.

Jon B. Orndorff, Orndorff Mowen PLLC, Scott Depot, West Virginia
Don Willenburg, GRSM LLP, San Francisco, CA
11:30 a.m. Lunch

Lunch-arounds will be offered. More details to come!
12:15 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakout Session (12:15–3:10 p.m.)

For more details, click on the "Young Lawyers and Talc Litigation Breakouts Thursday" tab.
12:50 p.m. Talc Litigation Breakout Session (12:50–3:10 p.m.)

For more details, click on the "Young Lawyers and Talc Litigation Breakouts Thursday" tab.
1:30 p.m. Sun of a Beach: Nuclear Verdicts

A number of psychological factors and social trends, leveraged by savvy plaintiff attorneys, seem to explain the troubling upsurge in massive verdicts. Luckily, understanding the underlying problems also offers some solutions for defendants looking to fight back. In this session, Dr. Christina Marinakis explores the many factors that have led to nuclear verdicts in asbestos and other products cases and presents real-world examples of how trial lawyers have learned to overcome them. Through specific pre-trial, voir dire, and trial techniques, Dr. Marinakis provides an arsenal of tools to help corporate defendants avoid making headlines.

Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D., Litigation Insights, Los Angeles, CA
2:15 p.m. I Don’t Want to be Tide Down: Diversity Initiative: First Installment – Missing Conversations About Diversity and Moving the Discussion to the Main Stage

The whole country has taken important steps to grow in its commitment to diversity and inclusion over the last 2 ½ years. Acknowledging that different groups within the diversity spectrum have their own unique experiences and stories, and believing that important conversations around diversity are frequently avoided or missing, this year we are moving our consideration of diversity and inclusion to the main stage. In the first installment of our diversity initiative, we will take a deep look at the experiences of black defense lawyers and their journeys to success. We will have an honest to goodness discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of various diversity initiatives. Which initiatives fall into the category of performative justice? Which initiatives bring under-represented talent to the table? Is it reasonable to assume all people of a specific minority race are disadvantaged? Does Critical Race Theory promote justice or plant seeds of negativity and doubt in minorities? The goal of the panelists and moderators is to create a thought-provoking discussion that promotes empowering and strengthening our nation’s youth and young adults through positivity and resilience. The session will consist of curated mini-talks by our panelists followed by a panel discussion of important questions from our moderators and the audience.

Jonathan Terrell, KCIC, Washington, D.C.
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DCo LLC, Nashville, TN

Jeanette Riggins, MG+M LLP, New Orleans, LA
Monica Williams Monroe, Tucker Ellis LLP, San Francisco, CA
Vanessa Merassaint, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Orlando, FL
Anthony L. Springfield, Polsinelli, Kansas City, MO
Ben Thames, GRSM, St. Louis, MO
3:15 p.m. Worldwide Epidemiology of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma rates and trends vary widely between different countries, reflecting historical differences in the use of amphibole asbestos and when it ended. For example, the ratio of British to Polish male mesothelioma rates is now 8.5 above age 75 but 0.8 below age 55, and by 2050 rates in Britain and Poland will be similar at all ages. The US and Britain used similar amounts of chrysotile per head but the US used far less amphibole, and the mesothelioma rate is 5 times higher in Britain than in the US.

Dr. Julian Peto, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Institute of Cancer Research, UK
4:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:15 p.m. Breakout Session (4:15-5:45 p.m.)

For more details, click on the "Breakouts Thursday" tab.
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
8:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Networking Event at Gaslamp

Following the Evening Reception, join the Young Lawyers Committee at Lou & Mickey’s world-famous restaurant & cocktail lounge in the center of the historic Gaslamp Quarter at 8:00 p.m.

To reserve seats for you and your colleagues, email Brianna Bailey

Check out the menu

Friday, November 4, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
6:30 a.m. DRI for Life - Sunrise Yoga

Start your morning off right with sunrise yoga at the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park on Friday, November 4th at 6:30 a.m. Young Lawyer Liaison Brett Fountain will lead the 25-minute group yoga session. To reserve your yoga mat on the waterfront, email Brett Fountain.
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Women's Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Announcements

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DCo LLC, Nashville, TN
8:35 a.m. It’s Time for Some Beach Therapy: Navigating Through Product ID in the Form of Dying Declarations

Asbestos litigation has evolved over the decades, and so has the dying declaration exception to the hearsay rule. However, has the exception morphed so much that a dying declaration now constitutes admissible evidence of a terminally ill person’s exposure to asbestos? In this session, Claire Weglarz and Alice Johnston discuss dying declarations as a form of product-identification in the context of asbestos wrongful death cases. The discussion will highlight the history of the dying declaration exception, how courts have received the exception in the context of toxic tort cases, and strategies for protecting your client when a product-identification dying declaration surfaces.

Alice Sacks Johnston, Schnader, Pittsburgh, PA
Claire Weglarz, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA
9:20 a.m. I Can Sea Clearly Now: Secret Autopsies in Asbestos Litigation and the Ultimate Sanction - A Case Study

This is a case study of a lawsuit in which a secret autopsy was withheld from the defense counsel by a plaintiff and her attorneys up to the day the trial court struck the complaint, dismissed the lawsuit, held the Plaintiff and her attorneys in contempt and awarded monetary sanctions. It will review the civil rules, statutes and case law that brought the trial court to award the ultimate sanction. Finally, it will recommend practices that will help protect a client in the event of willful and intentional discovery violations by a party and/or the attorneys.

Jose E. Gaitan, The Gaitan Group PLLC, Seattle, WA
10:20 a.m. Chronological Trends in the Causation of Malignant Mesothelioma: Fiber Analysis of 619 Cases Over Four Decades

Dr. Roggli and colleagues analyzed lung tissue from more than 600 cases of malignant mesothelioma over the last four decades. The current study examines trends in patient age, gender, tumor site, histological type, presence of pleural plaques and asbestosis, and compares these demographic features with the asbestos content of lung tissue. There is a significant trend in decreasing concentrations of asbestos fiber types over time with an increasing percentage of cases not related to asbestos exposure. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Victor Roggli, M.D., Duke School of Medicine, Durham, NC
11:05 a.m. Beach You to It: Quick Defense Hits Series: Who Tells Your Story? Highlighting the Fallacies in Plaintiff’s Product Identification

As asbestos litigation grows older, we have seen an ever-increasing number of lawsuits brought by individuals claiming exposure to asbestos from defendants' products in the last few decades alone—so-called "late-exposure cases." Regardless of jurisdiction, a defendant in a late-exposure case must make every effort to quickly and accurately educate the jury at trial concerning the landscape of federal, state, and local asbestos-specific laws and regulations in place before and during the claimed exposure period; indeed, the jury’s understanding of these laws and regulations is often vital to a defendant’s ability to defeat (or at least to cast doubt on) a plaintiff’s product identification.

Vincent J. Palmiotto, Clyde & Co., Baltimore, MD
11:25 a.m. Life’s a Beach: Quick Defense Hits Series: Update on the EPA/TSCA Chrysotile Risk Assessment

The latest on chrysotile PART I and Legacy Part II Risk evaluations and Rule Making on the Proposed Chrysotile Ban & Reporting Requirements.

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
11:45 a.m. Seminar Concludes
12:30 p.m. Extra Session
Happiness Comes in Waves: Expert Guided Walking Tour of the USS Midway (MUST PURCHASE TICKET)

Come and join us for a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the U.S.S. Midway. The captivating tour will guide you through the hanger, flight deck, and even below deck, where you will see and experience what it was like to serve in the U.S. Navy. We will relive history as we will discuss the ship’s service history and the vital products and equipment used to power and operate the ship. The Midway is an aircraft carrier built by Newport News Shipyard and launched in 1945. During its service, the Midway was home to over 4,000 officers and sailors. The Midway was vital in the Cold War, but also played a key role with operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and around the world. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992 and operated as museum since 2004.

We look forward to you joining us! Click here to RSVP and Purchase Tickets

Edward R. Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Eric K. Falk, Rawle & Henderson, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
Clancy B. Cornwall, McCaffery & Associates, Inc., Hanover, MD
Christopher P. Herfel, McCaffery & Associates, Inc., Hanover, MD

Thursday's Young Lawyers (12:15–3:10 p.m.) and Talc Litigation Breakouts (12:50–3:10 p.m.)

Young Lawyers - 12:15–3:10 p.m.

Time (Pacific) Session Description
12:15 p.m. Coffee and Conversations: The World is Your Oyster

You've gotten your feet wet in asbestos litigation. Now it's time to jump in the water and get answers to the questions you've been wanting to ask! What should I know about the history of asbestos litigation and products that used to be identified? How easy is it to perform a clutch replacement? Can you shed light on the difference between relined and remanufactured brakes? Tropic like it's hot and have a whale of a time at this year's Coffee and Conversations where you can gain knowledge, make connections, and delve into best practices that will make you litigate like a rockstar.

Jessica J. Burgasser, Wilbraham Lawler & Buba, Buffalo, NY
12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Whitney K. Barrows, CMBG3, Boston, MA
12:50 p.m. Tropic Like it’s Hot: How to Tee Up for Trial

A crash course in trial preparation for young lawyers. This session will discuss trial preparation strategy regarding witnesses, motions in limine, and exhibits; and how to maximize discovery tactics for effective pre-trial motion practice. We can also walk through a pre-trial check list.

Clare S. Millette, Cosmich Simmons & Brown, PLLC, Jackson, MS
Edderek L. (Beau) Cole, Butler Snow, Jackson, MS
1:35 p.m. Salty and Sweet: Historic Uses of Asbestos

Kurt Rasmussen, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, Kansas City, MO
2:25 p.m. Long Time, No Sea: Asbestos Use and Why it’s So Hard to Replace

Rachel Maines, Columbia University, New York, NY
3:10 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakout Adjourn

Talc Litigation - 12:50–3:10 p.m.

Time (Pacific) Session Description
12:50 p.m. Opening Remarks

Edward R. Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA
12:55 p.m. Having a Whale of a Time: Epidemiology Update in Talc

Julie Goodman, Ph.D., DABT, FACE, ATS, Gradient, Boston, MA
1:40 p.m. Beach, Please! So You Know Asbestos: Can You Hit the Ground Running in Talc Litigation?

Eric Cook, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
2:10 p.m. Keep Palm and Carry On: FDA Interagency Task Force / FDA / Counting Criteria Issues

Kevin Hynes, King & Spalding, New York, NY
2:40 p.m. Flat Earth Surfing Championship: Asbestos in Talcum Powder: Fact or Fiction

Morgan W. Tovey, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, San Francisco, CA
3:10 p.m. Talc Litigation Breakout Adjourn

Breakouts (Thursday 4:15–5:45 p.m.)

Breakout 4:15–4:55 p.m.

Room Session Description
Main Stage Shark Infested Waters: Cross-Examination of Common Plaintiff Experts

This presentation will look at a cross-section of experts involved in pathology, pulmonology, occupational medicine, state-of-the-art and industrial hygiene. The panel reviews the background, qualifications, and what to expect on direct for the various experts as well as potential wins and pitfalls on cross-examination.

Julie Nord Friedman, Rawle & Henderson LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
David Ongaro, Ongaro PC, San Francisco, CA
Robert A. Rich, GRSM LLP, Oakland, CA
Room A Marketing - Finding More Fish in the Sea

This presentation will focus on how to find new business, retain new business and keep clients engaged and positive with their legal counsel. The panel will discuss the methods of locating sources for new business and evaluating what works for future business retention and what may cause clients to look elsewhere for representation.

Sharla J. Frost, Houston, TX
Bashi J. Buba, Wilbraham Lawler & Buba, PC, Philadelphia, PA
Room B Preparing Defense Expert Witnesses

This presentation will look at experts in multiple disciplines routinely retained in the litigation. The panel will review the best practices to prepare experts for deposition and trial, with a focus on common 'gotchas' by plaintiffs' counsel.

L. Lucy Willson, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
Vincent J. Palmiotto, Clyde & Co., Baltimore, MD
Joseph B. Dioszeghy, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, Kansas City, MO
Room C Insurance Industry Panel (Open to Defense Counsel)

Alexandra Nassopoulos, Resolute Management, Boston, MA
Frederick Schaefer, Nationwide, Wausau, WI
Jay Surdukowki, The Riverstone Group, Concord, NH
Amanda Webber, Allianz, Petaluma, CA
Thomas W. Edgington, Travelers, Hartford CT
Room D Biting the Snake: the Pros and Cons of Seeking Sanctions Against or Opposing Pro Hacs of Plaintiffs’ Counsel

Some plaintiff’s counsel engage in a pattern of misconduct. Some defendants have successfully opposed plaintiff’s pro hac vice motions or sought sanctions for violations of courts' orders. Come participate in this interactive discussion of potential sanctions.

Amanda M. Cialkowski, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, Minneapolis, MN

Breakout 5:00–5:45 p.m.

Room Session Description
Main Stage Shark Infested Waters: Cross-Examination of Common Plaintiff Experts

This presentation will look at a cross-section of experts involved in pathology, pulmonology, occupational medicine, state-of-the-art and industrial hygiene. The panel reviews the background, qualifications, and what to expect on direct for the various experts as well as potential wins and pitfalls on cross-examination.

Julie Nord Friedman, Rawle & Henderson LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
David Ongaro, Ongaro PC, San Francisco, CA
Robert A. Rich, GRSM LLP, Oakland, CA
Room A Exiting Asbestos Litigation: An Alternative to Bankruptcy

Everything you always wanted to know about "selling" asbestos liability but were afraid to ask. This panel will examine the process and considerations of ring-fencing and selling corporate defendant asbestos liability to third parties as an alternative to bankruptcy. The panel will discuss the market and key considerations and lessons for buyers and sellers regarding restructuring, valuing, and executing alternative risk transactions.

Michelle S. Logan, Enstar Group, Southfield, MI
Bradley Drew, Pace Claims, Hamilton, NJ
Kip Makuc, Pace Claims, Hamilton, NJ
John H. Bae, Thompson Hine LLP, New York, NY
Dade R. Nigro, Global Risk Capital LLC, Jacksonville, FL
Room B PULSE Studies

The PULSE platform empowers clients to understand, the venue, the venire and the value of cases, and test out themes, in a way no other form of social science research has been able to before. This presentation will share the results of an actual survey conducted in the San Diego Metropolitan Area in the days leading up to this conference. This audience will be the first to hear these timely results and how the data from this PULSE survey and PULSE surveys like it can be applied to preparing and trying cases more effectively. Big Data-Big Advantage!

Stuart Simon, American Jury Centers, Hailey, ID
Bob Christie, Christie Law Group, Seattle, WA
Room C In-House and Corporate Counsel

Humma S. Siddiqi, Toyota North America, Dallas, TX
John W. Lebold, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, OH
Charles D. Price, Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Room D Effective EPA Cross Examination

This presentation will address recent EPA publications on chrysotile asbestos including how to debunk, unravel, and handle these issues during cross-examination and at trial.

Johan D. Flynn, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Denver, CO
David A. Shaw, Williams Kastner, Seattle, WA


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

The DRI room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt has now sold out. Please feel free to use the link below to reserve a room outside of the DRI block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt or at an available nearby hotel.

Find a Nearby Hotel and Reserve your Room

Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 12.75 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 2 hours of ethics credit from this seminar.

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DRI's Asbestos Medicine Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Thank you to our Official Supporter: Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips LLP

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DRI Cares

Solutions for ChangeDRI is honored to partner with Solutions for Change, solving family homelessness - one family, one community at a time. Right now, 20 million people are stuck in The Churn in the United States—including millions of stressed parents and children without a stable place to grow. Since they opened their doors in 1999, they have seen how homelessness and poverty trap people in a cycle of hardship, temporary relief, and dependency. This cycle called The Churn—it’s a costly and futile cycle that captures the most vulnerable and keeps them and their loved ones trapped. The goal is to teach people to fight The Churn, and help them overcome to live happy, independent lives.

Please join us on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 for a DRI Cares: DRI Community Service Project on-site at the hotel. We will assemble Thanksgiving Meal Kits for the families staying in their placement building. Kits will include: Gift card for purchase of a turkey, Stuffing, Mashed potatoes, Cranberry sauce, Gravy, 2 cans veggies and Desert mix. In order to make the meal kits, we will have to raise over $2,000 and anything over will go to the organization as a donation.

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  4. Select from one of the gift amounts or set your own amount. The default value is $100.
  5. Select “Asbestos Medicine” from "My SLC/Region" dropdown box.
  6. Click “Submit Donation.”
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  8. Enter your credit card information and click “Submit Order” once all required information is entered.


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