2023 DRI Business and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference

April 26–28, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana

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Join Us in the Big Easy and Engage with Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Leaders!

The practice of law is changing, from where we practice to how we preserve and present evidence. At DRI’s Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Super Conference, you will learn about generational differences impacting the practice of law, issues in front of the Supreme Court and the anticipated effects of future rulings, the sweeping changes affecting restrictive covenants, and much, much more. Our featured experts will cover a wide range of issues affecting the modern litigator in an informative and interactive setting. Come reconnect, recharge, and leave reenergized about your practice.

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What You Will Learn:

  • How generational differences affect the modern jury pool and how to account for these differences in jury selection and case presentation
  • The status of trade secret litigation across the country with the enforceability of non-compete agreements in flux and the potential for sanctions for improper threat of non-compete violations
  • An overview of the Supreme Court, including recent rulings and predictions on upcoming cases
  • Understanding how to address data breach investigations
  • Working with in-house counsel on navigating privilege issues
  • Tips from the Bench

Expand Your Network By:

  • Attending the Thursday onsite luncheon (included in your seminar registration)
  • Excursions and Events: Explore the city and get to know your fellow DRI members in a smaller group setting
  • Participate in small group networking activities

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Thank You to DRI's Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Committees Leadership

Shannon M. Bell
Shannon M. Bell
Business Litigation Program Chair
Mark A. Ludolph
Mark A. Ludolph
Business Litigation Program Vice Chair
Dwight W. Stone
Dwight W. Stone
Commercial Litigation Committee Chair
Peter A. Lauricella
Peter Lauricella
Commercial Litigation Committee Vice Chair
Todd Presnell
Todd Presnell
Business Litigation Law Institute
Crystal T. Broughan
Crystal T. Broughan
IP Litigation Program Chair
Nicholas B. Clifford
Nicholas B. Clifford
IP Litigation Program Vice Chair
Brian K. Brookey
Brian K. Brookey
IP Litigation Committee Chair
Rachael L. Rodman
Rachael L. Rodman
IP Litigation Committee Vice Chair
M. Re Knack
Re Knack
IP Litigation Law Institute

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Join the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee

Registration Information

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  Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,395 $1,695
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $995/person $995/person
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**Group registration is for registering 4 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 Reception | Creole Queen
Sponsored by: Beveridge & Diamond PC, Carlton Fields, Husch Blackwell LLP, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels LLC, King & Spalding, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Robinson + Cole LLP

Date: Thursday, April 27 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (Guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each.)
Location: Creole Queen, 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA

Join the Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Life, Health, and Disability, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law committees for a networking event as we savor a taste of New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Even though the Creole Queen would have been right at home among the steamboats of 1850's New Orleans, passengers of that era could never have conceived of a paddle-wheeler with her luxury, comfort, and safety.

Please note the boat will stay dockside for continuous boarding and will offer light appetizers and beverages. The entrance to the Creole Queen is at the Poydras Street dock at Spanish Plaza, located behind the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Time (Central) Program Location
1:00 p.m. Registration
2:00-5:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakouts

See session list below.
2:00 p.m. Tips for Standing Out to In-House Counsel as a Young Lawyer

Client service is foundational to private practice, and as outside counsel, we find ourselves frequently dealing with and answering to in-house counsel for our corporate clients. For young lawyers, standing out to your clients is essential to career progression. Please join us for an informal Q&A with a former litigator who now serves as in-house counsel in New Orleans, where we will discuss how young lawyers can best serve their corporate clients and receive tips on building effective client relationships.

Bryan Shapiro, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Dante Alessandri, Pine Gate Renewables, New Orleans, LA

3:00 p.m. Troubleshooting Ethics Problems While Working Remotely

One of the clearest lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that remote work is here to stay. While remote work expands our potential to serve our clients while maintaining a healthy work-life balance, it also presents potential pitfalls. This presentation will discuss frequently occurring ethics issues that arise in the course of remote work, from remote deposition practices to maintaining client privacy.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA

4:00 p.m. Dos and Don’ts of Effective Mediation Advocacy

Nearly every business litigation case will, at some point, proceed to mediation, but effective mediation advocacy and negotiation skills are often overlooked in training programs for young lawyers. This panel will focus on successful strategies throughout the mediation process, from preparation to presentation to the mediator to the negotiation itself. We will also discuss specific ways young lawyers can contribute to a successful mediation process even if they themselves are playing a supporting role.

Marta-Ann Schnabel, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC, New Orleans, LA
Shannon M. Bell, Kelly Law Partners, Denver, CO

5:30 p.m. Jump Start Your Seminar Networking Experience (Meet and Greet)

Whether you’re a new member, non-member, seasoned attendee, or in-house counsel, join committee leaders and your fellow attendees to learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities this week.

6:00 p.m. Networking/Cocktail Hour

7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Time (Central) Program Location
8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service
8:30 a.m. Coffee & Conversations

The early bird gets the most out of this networking session. Get to know fellow early risers in the group over a cup of coffee. Rise, shine, caffeinate and connect!
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Business Litigation
Todd Presnell, Bradley, Nashville,TN
Shannon M. Bell, Kelly Law Partners, LLC, Denver, CO

Intellectual Property Litigation
Re Knack, Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC, Seattle, WA
Crystal Broughan, Marks Gray, P.A., Jacksonville, FL

9:15 a.m. Breakouts (choose one)
Business Litigation
Navigating Privilege Issues and Related Ethics Issues in the In-House Setting

In-house counsel face myriad privilege and ethical issues—some obvious and others obscured –in their daily practice. Judges often visualize in-house lawyers as wearing business rather than legal hats, company employees involve in-house lawyers for no discernable legal reason, and whether the privilege protects communications with affiliates generates questions of the attorney-client relationship and the unauthorized practice of law. This panel discussion with lawyers on the frontlines of these issues will identify and offer practical solutions for in-house lawyers—and the outside counsel with whom they work.

Kristin Herber, Under Armour, Baltimore, MD
Hadiya Claxton, McIlhenny Company, New Orleans, LA
Todd Presnell, Bradley, Nashville, TN

Intellectual Property
Protecting IP in the United States and Abroad

Join us to learn about the roles the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRC) play in protecting the intellectual property rights of U.S. citizens and businesses.

Steven Aitken, Legal Advisor Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.
Mike Ball, Division Chief for Intellectual Property and Commercial Fraud, National
Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center)
, Washington, D.C.

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. Joint Presentation with Intellectual Property and Business Litigation
Post Practice Paths: Football Club Owner vs. Life as a Public Servant

A conversation with Lesli Harris, an IP lawyer now New Orleans City Council Member and Robert Couhig, a commercial litigator now investor in innovative startups and owner an English football club. Ms. Harris and Mr. Couhig will share the lessons and special skills they learned from the practice of law to help us find and engage in our lifetime passion project.

Lesli Harris, New Orleans City Council Member, New Orleans, LA
Robert E. Couhig, III, Couhig Partners, LLC, New Orleans, LA

11:30 a.m. Joint Session with Intellectual Property and Business Litigation
Hold onto Your Trade Secrets: The Winds of Change are Howling Around Employee Noncompete Agreements

Nearly sixty percent of employees who change jobs admit to stealing trade secrets on their way out the door. The harm to the economy and innovation caused by the misappropriation is so great that it led to the near unanimous passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, establishing a federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation. Yet, in the name of enhancing employee mobility, the key agreements designed to protect trade secrets — employee noncompete and nondisclosure agreements — are under attack in legislatures across the country, in Congress, and at the Federal Trade Commission. This presentation will explore this dilemma and the steps companies can take to protect their trade secrets in the face of recent and anticipated regulation favoring employee mobility over the protection of trade secrets.

Russell Beck, Beck Reed Riden LLP, Boston, MA

12:30 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion Lunch (Joint with Business Litigation / Intellectual Property Litigation / Life, Health, Disability and ERISA seminars)

This is a can’t miss event! Join us as we welcome the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Brown will discuss changes made at all levels of the courthouse to ensure that the public enters the doors to a welcoming and inclusive environment. All are welcome! So, grab a colleague (or two) and walk on over for the on-site lunch, networking opportunity and keynote presentation. We look forward to seeing you there!

1:30 p.m. DRI Cares Project - HandsOn New Orleans (Joint Effort with Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar)

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2:00 p.m. Breakouts (choose one)

Business Litigation
The Modern Jury Pool: Generational, Social and Cultural Dynamics and How They Impact Voir Dire and the Presentation of Your Case

Come join this must-see presentation by Dr. Silas Lee and Dr. Ann Greeley for an in-depth exploration of the way cultural influences, socio-economic influences, and generational influences affect the way today’s juror processes and responds to information. This presentation will address everything from understanding the differences in language used by various generations to inherent bias individuals bring based on their different experiences and expectations. Both theoretical analyses and practical, real world tips will be presented.

Ann Greeley, Ph.D., DecisionQuest, Vice President Northeast Division
Dr. Silas Lee, Dr. Silas Lee & Associates, New Orleans, LA

Intellectual Property
Maximizing Voir Dire in IP Cases

Intellectual property cases require special voir dire skills due to the complexities of the case issues and the jurors’ unfamiliarity with them. This seminar will review best practices for jury selection to maximize time constraints and other factors. Tips for asking the right questions, to learn as much as possible from the venire members, will be discussed. The seminar is designed to be interactive; questions from attendees are encouraged.

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D., Magnus Research Consultants, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL

3:00 p.m. Commercial Litigation Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
3:30 p.m. Commercial Litigation Small Group Networking Opportunities

Sign Ups Forthcoming.

3:30 p.m. Intellectual Property
What You Need to Know about the Copyright Claims Board, the First Small Claims Copyright Tribunal in the US, Including When You Should Not opt Out of CCB Claims

If you’ve received a claim that was filed against your client in the Copyright Claims Board (CCB), you probably have a lot of questions, starting with “What is this, and what do I do now?” In short, the CCB is a voluntary forum housed in the U.S. Copyright Office to resolve copyright disputes involving claims up to $30,000 and is a new alternative to federal court. So, what should you do? Participating in a CCB proceeding is voluntary, and both parties must agree to participate; however, there are important benefits you should consider when deciding whether to participate, including cost, time, and experienced decision makers. Suzy Wilson, General Counsel and Associate Register of the Copyright Office, will discuss these benefits and more, as well as the circumstances when the CCB may not be the right tribunal for your client.

Suzanne (Suzy) Wilson, US Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.
5:00 p.m. Intellectual Property Litigation Committee Business Meeting

One hour meeting celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee - let the good times roll!
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception | Creole Queen
Sponsored by: Beveridge & Diamond PC, Carlton Fields, Husch Blackwell LLP, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels LLC, King & Spalding, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Robinson + Cole LLP

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7:00 p.m. Commercial Litigation Torts Dinner/Dine Arounds

Sign ups forthcoming.

8:00 p.m. DRI Intellectual Property After Hours

Friday, April 28, 2023

Time (Central) Program Location
8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Mark Ludolph, Heyl Royster, Peoria, IL
Nicholas Clifford, Tucker Ellis, LLP, St. Louis, MO
9:10 a.m. Business Litigation
Overview of the Current Supreme Court: Recent Rulings, Effects, Predictions, and a History of Leaks

The 2021 and 2022 terms of the Supreme Court of the United States have seen significant changes and even a controversial leak. These rulings have already had significant impact on Americans and laws are changing all over the country as a result. This panel will explore recent SCOTUS decisions, preview upcoming cases, and discuss the history of leaks from the Supreme Court.

Thomas C. Galligan, LSU, New Orleans, LA
Caprice Roberts, LSU, New Orleans, LA
Amy Gajda, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

Intellectual Property
Cross-Border Trademark Use: Limitations and Restrictions

Cross border trademark use and the trademark rights generated by such use are not always clear cut. Learn how recent trademark decisions imposing limitations and restrictions on cross-border trademark rights affect our clients’ rights.

Peter Henein, Henein Hutchinson Robitaille LLP, Toronto, Canada

10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Breakouts (choose one)
Business Litigation
Ethical Internal Investigations: A Data Breach Case Study

Although many internal investigations are conducted quietly, ethical considerations cannot die in darkness. Devising a strategy to address potential ethical issues minimizes client risk and bolsters the investigation's credibility. Critically, all counsel must be mindful of future court or regulatory scrutiny, and in-house counsel must especially consider whether their dual role jeopardizes the attorney-client privilege or vitiates the work product doctrine. This presentation will use a data breach as a case study and discuss best practices in handling domestic and international internal investigations; highlighting recent case law to help counsel avoid potential pitfalls and becoming the next cautionary tale.

Richik Sarkar, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cleveland, OH
Brent J. Arnold, Gowling WLG, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Intellectual Property
Warhol, NFTs, and Patent Forum Shopping: The Latest Emerging Issues in IP

Approximately 12,000 intellectual property cases are filed in federal court each year. This panel will address the essential issues that practicing attorneys must know to navigate the complex world of IP including the recent SCOTUS copyright transformative use case (Warhol), NFTs and the metaverse, patent litigation, and other topics.

Jana Farmer, Wilson Elser, White Plains, NY
Olivera Medenica, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, New York, NY
Jeremy Bock, Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA

11:30 a.m. Breakouts (choose one)

Business Litigation
Pro-tips from the Bench

An interactive presentation addressing all aspects of the courtroom from motion practice, oral arguments, voir dire, pre-trial conferences, settlement conferences, trial, professionalism, and all other interactions with the Court from the differing aspects of a state court judge and a federal court judge. This presentation will give insight as to the core factors that influence the way a judge rules in a case and tips to improve your litigation skills.

Kennard B. Davis, Baker Donelson, New Orleans, LA

Senior Judge Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Judge Reese, Orleans Parish Civil District Judge, New Orleans, LA

Intellectual Property
“A Streetcar Named Disaster? Conflicts and Mistakes in the IP Practice”

Participate in an interactive session and learn best practices for loss prevention through discussion of thorny issues that uniquely arise in many IP litigation matters.

Rawn Reinhard, Senior Loss Prevention Counsel at Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Chicago, IL
Warren Bleeker, Lewis Roca, Glendale, CA

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is now sold out on select dates. Please use the link below to reserve a room outside of the DRI block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside or an available nearby hotel.

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CLE Information

Earn up to 11.50 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE), including one (1) hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Business and IP Litigation CLE by State


DRI's Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference is proudly sponsored by:

ADJ Alexander Dubose Jefferson Appellate Counsel
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Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law
Lewis Roca Marks Gray Miller & Martin PLLC
Tucker Ellis | LLP
Ulmer Attorneys
Wilson Elser

Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

HandsOn New Orleans

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Stop by and help do some good in New Orleans!  We are teaming up with HandsOn New Orleans on Thursday, April 27th to put together hygiene kits to benefit New Orleans’ homeless population. Volunteers are needed—so please join us in helping the community while visiting with friends and colleagues. If you would like to support this great cause, please donate to the DRI Foundation using the link or QR code below. The DRI Foundation will donate the funds to HandsOn New Orleans. We appreciate your support!

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NEW in 2023 – 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 hours that have been approved by each jurisdiction and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

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Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Invisible or Mixed-Visible Diversity – Combatting Bias

Often diversity programs and initiatives are focused on visible traits such as gender or race, but bias exists related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and some disabilities that are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to address these biases and to create an environment where those with invisible or mixed-visible diversity can operate at the highest level.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN

Law Practice Management Credit

Succession Planning: Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail

Succession planning is considered one of the most pressing issues facing not only law firms but also clients. Senior partners are working into their golden years and can sometimes be reluctant to engage in a succession plan, but clients want to know that there is a plan for the transition of their work without interruption. Join us to learn:

  1. the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
  2. how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
  3. how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
  4. strategies for implementing a successful succession plan.

Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA
Matthew Cairns, Textron Inc., Providence, RI
Elizabeth M. Brotten, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant, Birmingham, AL


Technology, Ethics & Remote Work: What You Need to Know Now

The Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence and diligence require all lawyers to keep abreast of changes in technology. This webinar will provide you with tips and information on new issues related to technology and the practice of law, including the challenges of the remote work environment. You will learn the ethics and professionalism considerations when using technology in your practice and your ethical duties when it comes to “keeping abreast of changes” in technology.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Lessons for Lawyers from the Science of Well Being

This presentation will focus on the practical steps that we can take as individuals to improve well-being, drawing on recent research from cognitive science and beginning with the preface that happiness can be learned and applied. Specifically, we will provide an evidence-based arsenal of practical tools that lawyers can apply in their own lives to improve their well-being.

Emma Ross, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL
Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL

Other Information

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