2023 DRI Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar

November 15–17, 2023 | Austin, Texas

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Stay Current on Issues Facing the Retail and Hospitality Legal Space!

Join us for the 2023 Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar in Austin, Texas—a vibrant and eclectic city with a thriving music scene, a diverse population, and a beautiful downtown with a wide variety of dining and entertainment options! The seminar will feature insight by leading experts on the latest legal issues facing the retail and hospitality industries. This is a great opportunity for lawyers, retail and hospitality operators, vendors, claims professionals, and insurers to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in the law, as well as learn how to effectively manage risk in their practice.

"The best retail and hospitality meeting in the country."
Christian Stegmaier, Collins & Lacy PC

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What You Will Learn:

  • Generative AI: Learn about how retail and hospitality companies are adapting, assessing risk, and asking more of their outside counsel.
  • Protecting and Maintaining Good Relationships between the carrier and counsel: Learn how to avoid pitfalls and instead build and maintain strong relationships with your carrier and counsel.
  • Tort Reform: Gain a better understanding of the recent developments in Florida tort reform and how they will affect litigation all over the country.
  • Enhancing the Customer Experience: Find out the secrets to creating a cultural phenomenon in a retail setting and the legal challenges that come with it.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Reuniting with old friends and trusted colleagues at the “must attend” Retail and Hospitality Law Seminar.
  • Meeting new friends and developing relationships within the retail and hospitality legal space at one of the many engaging networking events planned during the seminar.
  • Having fun in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World!

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Thank You to DRI's Retail and Hospitality Litigation Committee

Christian Stegmaier
Christian Stegmaier
Program Chair
Shawn Y. Libman
Shawn Y. Libman
Program Vice Chair
Megan Peterson
Megan S. Peterson
Committee Chair
Joseph C. Megariotis
Joseph C. Megariotis
Committee Vice Chair
Tillman J. Breckenridge
Tillman J. Breckenridge
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Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Non-Member Bundle ^
Regular Registration* $1,395 $1,695 $1,695
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

Not a DRI Member? Select the Non-Member Bundle and Save!

^ Not a DRI Member and new to DRI? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle and receive up to 9 months of membership when you register for the DRI Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar. You’ll be able to add this special offer to your cart at check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

Learn more about membership at DRI and get started on your DRI journey today!

*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.

**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).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Reception
Sponsored by Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP

Date: Thursday, November 16 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Price: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: Moontower Hall at the Austin Marriott Downtown

Get ready for a night of unparalleled networking at our Premier Networking Reception, happening at the stunning Moontower Hall at the Austin Marriott Downtown. This exclusive event on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals in a relaxed and engaging setting. Please join us for an unforgettable evening filled with live music from Eric Preston Hall, refreshing cocktails, wine, soft drinks, assorted beers, delectable appetizers, and the chance to mingle with attendees from the Retail and Hospitality Seminar and Asbestos Medicine Seminar.

Eric Preston Hall is a singer/songwriter and front man for the award-winning metal band Ceremony of Darkness, who’s 4th album was released in March of 2023. The music of Ceremony of Darkness has been featured on television shows including American Gods and Blindspot, and in the movie The Incredible Jessica James. Ceremony of Darkness’ first album "13" won Best Metal Album in the Independent Music Awards. Eric is also a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys).

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Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Austin Marriott Downtown is now sold out. Please use the link below to reserve a room at a nearby available hotel.

Alternative Hotels

If you are planning on attending the seminar and have not secured a hotel reservation, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**.

**aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

CLE Information

Earn up to 6.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE), including one (1) hour of Ethics from this seminar.

Retail and Hospitality CLE by State


DRI's Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

American Arbitration Association logo Collins Lacy Attorneys at Law Elevate logo
Hartline Barger LLP Rimkus Consulting Group Inc
Simon Pergaine Smith & Redfearn LLP

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

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, November 16th. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Austin community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack


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

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or custservice@dri.org.