2023 DRI International Seminar Zürich

19–20 June 2023 | Zürich, Switzerland

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Connect with DRI in Zürich to Stay Current on Legal Developments!

Join us for the first DRI International Seminar in four years to reconnect with members and new contacts in Zürich. The international disputes landscape is becoming more complex, and there are significant changes ahead, particularly for tech companies operating in Europe, as well as the rapid growth of class action regimes globally. We will be joined by lawyers and in-house counsel to discuss the hot topics and current legal developments in cross-border litigation with a focus on class actions, product liability, developments in e-discovery, and the use of legal tech in litigation. We will end with a lively and interactive panel session discussing the future of work in law firms and the seminal topic of preserving well-being in the new world of hybrid working.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Hot topics in cross-border litigation and class actions.
  • Current legal developments in the European product liability regime.
  • Latest news on the use of legal tech in litigation.
  • Top tips for ensuring well-being in the workplace.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Reconnecting with friends and colleagues from around the world.
  • Meeting new contacts and networking with leading in-house lawyers.
  • Joining the DRI International business meeting to discuss plans for the year ahead.

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Thank You to DRI's International Committee Leadership

Dieter Hofmann
Dieter Hofmann
Walder Wyss, Zürich, Switzerland
Program Chair
Philipp Behrendt
Philipp Behrendt
Taylor Wessing LLP, Hamburg, Germany
Program Vice Chair
Katie Chandler
Katie Chandler
Taylor Wessing LLP, London, England
Committee Chair
Peter Bredin
Peter Bredin
Dillon Eustace LLP, Dublin, Ireland
Committee Vice Chair
Todd Presnell
Todd Presnell
Law Institute

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Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $795 USD $1,095 USD
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $695 USD/person $695 USD/person
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**Group registration is for registering four 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, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Monday, 19 June 2023

Time (CEST) Program Location
18:00 Cocktail Reception
20:00 Group Networking Dinner (details to come)

22:00 Post-Dinner Event (details to come)

Tuesday, 20 June 2023

Time (CEST) Program Location
08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome and Introductions

Katie Chandler, Taylor Wessing LLP, London, England
Laura Emmett, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP, Toronto, Canada
Dieter Hofmann, Walder Wyss, Zürich, Switzerland

09:10 Developments in European, US and UK Class Action Regimes

The Representative Actions Directive goes live in 2023. It will alter the consumer redress landscape in the EU, introducing a new regime of collective actions for breaches of consumer rights legislation across a range of areas including data protection, product liability and financial services. Our panel will discuss what the Directive means for clients and lawyers defending mass harm litigation and will share insights from their experience of existing regimes in the US, Canada and UK.

Peter Bredin, Dillon Eustace, Dublin, Ireland

Hakim Boularbah, Loyens & Loeff, Brussels, Belgium
Sarah-Jane Dobson, Kennedys, London, England
Glenn Zakaib, BLG, Toronto, Canada
Igor Makedonsky, Proximus, Brussels, Belgium

10:15 Refreshment Break
10:45 Developments in European Product Liability Law

On 28 September 2022, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revised product liability directive. This proposal is another step to modernize European product liability laws. For the first time, software will be defined as a product and consequently the proposal also provides for liability for data loss. This proposal seeks to protect the interests of European consumers. This panel will discuss whether these changes are actually required and what manufactures will have to fear when placing products on the European market.

Philipp Behrendt, Taylor Wessing, Hamburg, Germany

Edward Turtle, Cooley, London, England
Charles Cohen, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York, New York
Ewa Rutkowska, Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński, Warsaw, Poland

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Disclosure/Discovery – Deploying Technology to Alleviate the Burden

Product claims are rarely confined to a single jurisdiction. Disclosure/discovery rules vary greatly between jurisdictions but regardless of the duty imposed on a party in a particular court, collecting and reviewing documents to prepare a robust defense is universal. In this panel, experts from around the world will be discussing how existing and emerging technologies can be deployed to ensure that key documents are identified quickly and cost efficiently, particularly in light of new regulations and directives which may increase the burden of discovery on companies.

Michael Byrne, Matheson, Dublin, Ireland

Bas Sluijsmans, Forcyd, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Edward Spencer, Taylor Wessing LLP, London, England
Jerry Lay, FTI Consulting, Zürich, Switzerland
Natalie Prescott, Fulgent Genetics, San Diego, California
Manav Alagh, Siemens, Munich, Germany

14:30 Refreshment Break

15:00 The Future of Work

Join a lively and dynamic panel discussion on the "way we work" post COVID-19 and the challenges law firms face in this new world particularly managing junior lawyers. We will provide practical tips to improve resilience in the workplace and improve working environments with expert input from our well-being guru who might expect some audience participation so be prepared to get moving!

Susan Gunter, Dutton Brock LLP, Toronto, Canada

Oliver Kunz, Walder Wyss, Zürich, Switzerland
Catherine Leatherwood, Rogers Townsend, Columbia, South Carolina
Marta-Ann Schnabel, O’Bryon Schnabel PLC, New Orleans, Louisiana
Amy Ellingham-Pope, Become the Change, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

16:15 Refreshment Break

16:30 DRI International Business Meeting

17:30 Reception

19:00 Dinner (details to come)

Headquarters Hotel Information

No official hotel block or guest room rates have been contracted for this seminar. There are several hotels in the area around Walder Wyss Ltd. Guest rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis at prevailing rates at the time of booking.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

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NEW in 2023 – Four 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. Access to these on-demand programs will expire 30 days after the seminar ends.

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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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