2022 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar

November 2–4, 2022 | San Diego, California

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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, and make sure to register by September 19 for the best pricing!

What You Will Learn:

  • 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
  • How to protect your client from nuclear verdicts
  • 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).

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Networking Events

Premier Networking Event at the USS Midway Museum

Sponsored by: Hawkins Parnell & Young

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. 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

*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. Adjourn
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

Click here for more details.

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, Oakland, 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!
12:30 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakout Session (12:30–4:00 p.m.)

For more details, click on the "Young Lawyers and Talc Litigation Breakouts Thursday" tab.
1:30 p.m. Talc Litigation Breakout Session (1:30–3:50 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
3:15 p.m. A Good Beach Day Keeps the Doctor Away: The Significant Percentage of Cancer in General, Including Mesothelioma, are Not Caused by Environmental Factors, but Internal Errors in Cell Replication

Cristian Tomasetti, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
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

Friday, November 4, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
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

Alice Sacks Johnston, Schnader, Pittsburgh, PA
9:20 a.m. I Can Sea Clearly Now: How to Identify Ethical Violations and Work with Your Client to Resolve Them

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: Vetting New Trial Themes

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

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

Eric T. Hawkins, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Eric K. Falk, Rawle & Henderson, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
Clancy B. Cornwall, McCaffery & Associates, Inc., Hanover, MD
Christopher P. Herfel, McCaffery & Associates, Inc., Hanover, MD

Young Lawyers and Talc Litigation Breakouts (Thursday 12:30–4:00 p.m.)

Young Lawyers - 12:30–4:00 p.m.

Time (Pacific) Session Description
12:30 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
1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Whitney K. Barrows, CMBG3, Boston, MA
1:35 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
2:20 p.m. Salty and Sweet: Historic Uses of Asbestos

Kurt Rasmussen, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, Kansas City, MO
3:15 p.m. Long Time, No Sea: Asbestos Use and Why it’s So Hard to Replace

Rachel Maines, Columbia University, New York, NY
4:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakout Adjourn

Talc Litigation - 1:30–3:50 p.m.

Time (Pacific) Session Description
1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks

Edward R. Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA
1:35 p.m. Having a Whale of a Time: Epidemiology Update in Talc

Julie Goodman, Gradient, Canton, MA
2:20 p.m. Beach, Please! So You Know Asbestos: Can You Hit the Ground Running in Talc Litigation?

Eric Cook, Willcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA
2:50 p.m. Keep Palm and Carry On: FDA Interagency Task Force / FDA / Counting Criteria Issues

Kevin Hynes, King & Spalding, New York, NY
3:20 p.m. Namast’ay at the Beach: Jurisdictional Roundup – Current State of Talc

Morgan W. Tovey, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, San Francisco, CA
3:50 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

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

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)

David Warren, 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 Trial Sanctions Against Plaintiffs’ Counsel and Their Pro Hac Issues

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

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
Room B PULSE Studies

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 EPA Cross Examination

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

On Demand

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

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101. Take advantage of the group rate of $289.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by October 3, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

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 hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

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