2022 DRI Product Liability Conference

February 2–4, 2022 | Las Vegas, Nevada

DRI Product Liability

Join DRI’s Product Liability Committee in Vegas!

Enjoy the bright lights of Las Vegas with DRI’s Product Liability Committee! This seminar will focus on product liability challenges in the face of an ever-changing landscape. Attend top-notch programming, stemming from collaboration with DRI’s 18 Specialized Litigation Groups. Educational topics range from how Right-to-Repair legislation is impacting product safety to a jury’s mindset after the past two years.

View registration information here, and make sure to register by January 17 for the best pricing!

What You Will Learn:

  • Memory recall challenges from your own witnesses
  • How Right-to-Repair legislation is impacting product safety
  • Creative solutions for COVID-impacted dockets
  • Elements of style impacting opening statements and closing arguments
  • Insight on jury mindset following the past two years

Expand Your Network By:

  • Connecting with attendees and sponsors at our premier networking event
  • Attending multiple networking receptions and unique off-site experiences
  • Taking advantage of DRI’s Ambassador Program, if you're a first-time attendee

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Thank You to DRI's Product Liability Committee Leadership

Rick Griffin
Rick Griffin
Program Chair
Chip Adams
Chip Adams
Program Vice Chair
Gretchen N. Miller
Gretchen N. Miller
Committee Chair
Fred E. (Trey) Bourn III
Fred E. (Trey) Bourn III
Committee Vice Chair
Roman Lifson
Roman Lifson
Law Institute
Carmen Toledo
Carmen Toledo
Board Liaison

Join the Product Liability Committee

Registration Information

EARLY REGISTRATION*
DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

REGULAR REGISTRATION*
DRI Member Pricing: $1,295
Non-Member Pricing: $1,595

GOVERNMENT
Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by January 17, 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.

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Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. SLG Lunch-Arounds
11:30 a.m. Diversity and Inclusion Luncheon

More details to come.
1:00 p.m. Meetings of Specialized Litigation Groups (SLG) Session 1

For more details, click on the "SLG Session 1" tab.
3:00 p.m. Product Liability Committee Meeting (open to all)
3:45 p.m. Small Networking Events

More details to come.
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, February 3, 2022

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

Roman Lifson, Christian and Barton, LLP, Richmond, VA
Rick Griffin, Martin Pringle, Wichita, KS
8:15 a.m. SCOTUS Insights

Mr. Phillips will discuss the effect on the Court of the three relatively recent appointments to the Court, recent trends in the law and how they are affected by the new Justices' arrival. Mr. Phillips will also talk about the 2021 Term and provide his thoughts about some of the important cases the Court will decide between now and July 1, 2022.

Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC
9:15 a.m. Ethics Presentation - Extremely Ethical

Shedding light on ethical conundrums presented by comically extreme film shorts from Jeff Curran.

Jeff Curran, Gable Gotwals, Oklahoma City, OK
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break & Community Service
10:15 a.m. Corporate Counsel Breakout (for in-house counsel and claims professional only)
10:45 a.m. QUICK HIT: Managing Case Resolution with Crowded post-COVID Court Dockets

Time for Creative Solutions? The TV show, Money Court, rose as a creative avenue for dispute resolution (with an entertainment value bonus!), but resolving today’s over-crowded pandemic court dockets will re-quire some creative approaches. What can we do to help our clients minimize their litigation burdens?

Katie S. Phang, Phang Feldman, Miami, FL
11:15 a.m. Safety Concerns with Right to Repair

Panel discussion introducing Right to Repair concepts, legislation, and liability concerns facing manufacturers concerned with safety risks resulting from third-party repair.

Tera Rica Murdock, VP of Legal Affairs, Sunrise Medical, Nashville, TN
12:00 p.m. SLG Dine-Arounds Lunches

More details to come.
12:00 p.m. Women in the Law Luncheon

More details to come.
1:30 p.m. Fallibility of Memory Recall in Context of Litigation

Highlighting the fallibility of human memory particularly in the context of litigation, with a focus on the reliability of a corporate witnesses' memory in contrast to plaintiff's witnesses argued to have unreliable memories. Tips related to attacking the reliability of plaintiff's witnesses' memory and shoring up the re-liability of corporate witnesses. Finally, this presentation will discuss how memory issues affect jurors and strategies to make your trial presentation more accurately memorable to those jurors.

Dan Long, Quarles & Brady, LLP, Indianapolis, IN
Rachel York Colangelo, Magna Legal Services, New York, NY
Brian Mims, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Tadano, Houston, TX
2:15 p.m. QUICK HIT: Connecting with Juries - Making the Most Complicated Simple

Jerry W. Blackwell, Blackwell Burke, Minneapolis, MN
2:45 p.m. Product Liability Trial Tactics – Elements and Style

Dynamic opening and closing statements from two highly experienced trial lawyers, based on [sample] fact pattern, along with an in-depth discussion of effective elements and style of presentation designed to captivate and persuade juries.

John Fitzpatrick, Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donell, LLP, Denver, CO
Orlando R. Richmond, Sr., Butler Snow, Jackson, MS
3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m. Changing Tides and Steady Streams in the Jury Panel

This presentation will provide a guide through the changing jury panel dynamic and will provide real-time feedback and potential juror reaction to the Product Liability Trial Tactics substantive opening and closing statements provided in the prior presentation.

Chris Dominic, Tsongas, Portland, OR
Alexis Knutson, Tsongas, Portland, OR
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
9:00 p.m. Premier Networking Event: Commonwealth

Join attendees from the Product Liability Conference, Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, and Litigation Skills Seminar for a premier networking event at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy a unique venue with an iconic rooftop showcasing downtown Fremont Street views. Build your book of business and reconnect with colleagues while enjoying “Old World” Las Vegas at its best!

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by January 27, 2022.

*The cost is $100 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Meetings of Specialized Litigation Groups (SLG) Session 2

For more details, click on the "SLG Session 2" tab.
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. Meetings of Specialized Litigation Groups (SLG) Session 3

For more details, click on the "SLG Session 3" tab.
12:30 p.m. Adjourn

SLG Session 1 (Wednesday 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

1. DIGITAL EVIDENCE AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES & TRIAL TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGY (Joint Session)

DIGITAL EVIDENCE AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Chair | Matthew D. Gurbach, Bricker & Eckler, LLP, Cleveland, OH
Vice Chair | James M. Dedman, IV, Gallivan White & Boyd, Charlotte, NC

TRIAL TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGY
Chair | Juan Ortega, Sirote, Mobile, AL
Vice Chair | Jeffrey Warren, Bowman Brooke, Mobile, AL

Post-Apocalypse Social Media – Maximizing Discovery and Business Opportunities in our New Abnormal
Moderator | Matthew D. Gurbach, Bricker & Eckler, LLP, Cleveland, OH

Juries in a (Post) Pandemic World
Moderator | Juan Ortega, Sirote, Mobile, AL
Dr. Christina Marinakis, Litigation Insights, Inc., Baltimore, MD

2. CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS & MANUFACTURER’S RISK (Joint Session)

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

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

Should Manufacturers Include AAP Best Practice Recommendations with Their Products?
Raina Shah, M.S.E., C.P.S.M., CPE, Applied Safety & Ergonomics, Ann Arbor, MI
Richard Cassetta, M.S.E., C.P.S.M., CPE, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, St. Louis, MO

Litigation Risks and Issues Arising from New CPSC Standards Regarding Safe-Sleep and the Safe Sleep for Babies Act
Kelly Mariotti, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Perri Koll, Connell Foley, Newark, NJ
Cheryl Possenti, Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo, NY

3. FIRE SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL (Joint Session)

FIRE SCIENCE
Chair | Andrew Stead, McMillan LLP, Calgary, AB
Vice Chair | Allison Waase, Kaufman Borgeest, Valhalla

INTERNATIONAL 
Chair | Ryan Krushelnitzky, Field Law, Edmonton, AB
Vice Chair | Livia Mine, Veirano, Rio de Janeiro

Fire Scene Investigations for the 21st Century: Techniques and Technologies for Investigating a Scene
Jeff Sefton, Cintas, Cincinnati, OH
Tom Long, Exponent, Baltimore, MD
Greg Reynolds, Johnson Controls, Boynton Beach, FL

4. YOUNG LAWYERS BREAKOUT

Chair | Pamela Kaplan, TK Trial, Newark, NJ
Vice Chair | Xan Flowers, Butler Snow, Birmingham, AL

Nuts and Bolts of Identifying, Retaining, Prepping, and Defending Experts – Tips for Young Lawyers to Take Charge and Show Initiative During the Process
Matthew Bown, Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., Boston, MA
Jay Mattappally, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC, New Orleans, LA

Navigating Multi-District Litigation – A Primer on What to do if you find Yourself in an MDL, and Transferring Cases to an MDL
Kelly Calder Mowen, Orndorff Mowen PLLC, Scott Depot, WV

Medical Device Clearances - The Judiciary’s Shifting Stance on Medical Device Clearances, and How it will Impact Medical Device Trials
Christian Castile, Reed Smith, Philadelphia, PA

SLG Session 2 (Friday 8:00–10:00 a.m.)

1. AUTOMOTIVE & BIOMECHANICS (Joint Session)

AUTOMOTIVE
Chair | Heather Russell Fine, Tanenbaum Keale LLP, Berwyn, PA
In-House Chair | Anthony Ruffalo, Honda Canada Inc., Toronto, ON
Vice Chair | Elizabeth Moyo, Porter Wright, Columbus, OH

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

Future Directions for AV Litigation – Alternative Seating Arrangements: What the Crash Test Data Shows
Lauren Eichaker, Ph.D., CAISS, S-E-A, Columbus, OH
Carolyn Roberts, Ph.D., Arrival, Charlottesville, VA
Peter Querubin, TM Claims Services, Inc., Plano, TX

Front Center Airbags in High-Speed Lateral Impacts: Considerations for Product Liability Litigation
Liz Rapp van Roden, Ph.D., Exponent, Philadelphia, PA
Tanya Scarbrough, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Dallas, TX
Yesenia Cardenas, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Plano, TX

2. BUILDING PRODUCTS & CHEMICAL AND TOXIC TORT (Joint Session)

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

CHEMICAL AND TOXIC TORT
Chair | Ryan F. Kenny, Cetrullo, LLP, Boston, MA
Vice Chair | Rich Baldwin, Foley Hoag, Boston, MA

COVID-19 Risks Associated with HVAC Systems
Ian Botnick, Johnson Controls, Naperville, IL

3. AVIATION & MASS TORTS (Joint Session)

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

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

The New Frontier: Technologies and Products on the Edge
Robert Scholl, Textron eAviation Division, Wichita, KS
Bridget McGraw, General Counsel, GE Additive 3-D, Cincinnati, OH
Daniel Ridlon, Perkins Coie, Seattle, WA
Sondra Barbour, General Counsel, United Launch Alliance, Centennial, CO

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

SLG Session 3 (Friday 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

1. AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION MINING AND INDUSTRIAL EQIPMENT (ACMIE) & SCAFFOLDING, CRANES & AERIAL DEVICES (SCAD) (Joint Session)

AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION MINING AND INDUSTRIAL EQIPMENT (ACMIE)
Chair | Kristen Dennison, Littleton Park, Philadelphia, PA

SCAFFOLDING, CRANES & AERIAL DEVICES (SCAD)
Chair | Kat Carrington, Butler Snow, LLP, Jackson, MS
Vice Chair | Brandon Myers, McCoy Leavitt Laskey, Albuquerque, NM

The Standard Has Changed; Now What?
Raymond D. Jamieson, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, WI
John Leshinski, The Raymond Corporation, Ithaca, NY
John Hunter, Deer & Company, Moline, IL
Dr. Vijay Saraf, Exponent, Menlo Park, CA

Going Electric!
Amy Gray, ESi, Doral, FL

SCAD/ACMIE Case Law Update
Frank Carson, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Columbus, OH

2. CONSUMER GOODS AND BUSINESS EQUIPMENT & FOOD LAW (Joint Session)

CONSUMER GOODS AND BUSINESS EQUIPMENT
Chair | Katie Fillmore, Duane Morris, Austin, TX
Vice Chair | Isaac Messmore, Bowman and Brooke, Minneapolis, MN

FOOD LAW
Chair |  Shannon Nessier, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA
Vice Chair | Mike Gentine, Keller and Heckman, Washington DC

Pants On Fire – Defending Vape Pen Battery Fires
Mark D. Katz, Baty Otto Coronado, Kansas City, MO

Health Risks and Warnings in Everyday Life: Spinach Recalls, Rare Steaks, Cotton Swabs, and Face Masks
Caroline Crump, Ph.D., Exponent, Irvine, CA

3. HAND AND POWER TOOLS & RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS (Joint Session)

HAND AND POWER TOOLS
Chair | Suzanne Galvin, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, MO
Vice Chair | Andrei Pascu, McMillan LLP, Toronto

RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS
Chair | Chris Jackson, Dinsmore, Lexington, KY
Vice Chair | Jared Hawk, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Pittsburgh, PA

Case Law Update

Electrification Panel
Mark Hickock, Milwaukee Tools, Milwaukee, WI
Samuel Sudler, S-E-A, Glen Burnie, MD
Adam Fogarty, S-E-A, Rolling Meadows, IL

Trial Recap
Jeff Williams, Riley Safer, San Francisco, CA
Mark Rowe, Techtronic, Anderson, SC

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Caesars Palace, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Take advantage of the group rate of $199.00 Single/Double (plus a $39.00 resort fee per room per night) 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 January 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 13.00 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Product Liability CLE Grid (PDF)

Sponsors

DRI's Product Liability Conference is proudly sponsored by:

DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies Ltd.
Envista Forensics
ESi
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Rimkus Consulting Group Inc
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If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

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