2023 DRI Talc Litigation Seminar

August 16–18, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

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Grow your Understanding of Changes in Talc Litigation Strategy!

Join us in our nation’s capital for the 2023 DRI Talc Litigation Seminar, taking place on August 16-18 at the Washington Hilton in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. This seminar will include panel counsel meetings, a Premier Networking Reception, and timely education sessions from industry experts from across the nation. If you are interested in the strategies of plaintiffs’ firms in trying talc cases, the scientific issues of cosmetic talc litigation, and new and evolving challenges to plaintiffs’ experts and their theories, this is a seminar you will not want to miss!

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

What You Will Learn:

  • The difference between the FDA’s product testing and recommendations of the IWGAC white paper.
  • A discussion of recent developments in the area of receiverships and their impact on talc litigation.
  • Recent talc verdicts and what we have learned.
  • Updates on the status of the ovarian cancer litigation.
  • Potential future challenges to William Longo’s methodology.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Connecting with attendees during our Premier Networking Reception.
  • Attending our informal Quick Hit sessions.
  • Building your client and defense bar network through small group and dine-around opportunities.

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Thank You to DRI's Talc Litigation Committee Leadership

Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Program Chair
Bruce T. Bishop
Bruce Bishop
Program Vice Chair
Ed Ulloa
Ed Ulloa
Program Vice Chair
Caroline Tinsley
Caroline Tinsley
Program Vice Chair
Todd Presnell
Todd Presnell
Law Institute


Registration Information

Save up to $500 when you register on or before July 17!

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Early Bird Registration* $1,195 $1,395
Regular Registration* $1,395 $1,695
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095/person $1,095/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.

*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 Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Date: Thursday, August 17 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar; all attendees must be 21+ (guest tickets are $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each.)
Location: Heights Courtyard at the Washington Hilton

Join the Senior Living, Fire Science, Strictly Automotive, and Talc Litigation Seminars for a relaxing evening at the Heights Courtyard, an outdoor plaza off the lobby level of the Washington Hilton. Complement your networking with cocktails, soft drinks, wine, assorted beers, and light appetizers.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Time (Eastern) Program Location
1:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Mesothelioma Among Women – Analysis of Various Exposures

Emily Goswami, MS,CIH, Roux, Oakland, CA

4:00 p.m. Wheel of Fortune: Juror Perceptions in Talc Cases and Effective Voir Dire Strategies

An interactive session regarding the trends concerning juror impressions of critical issues influencing talc litigation, including JNJ settlement, multi-party cases, high-publicity cases, and attorney advertisements. This session will address how to best uncover those jurors with a predisposed bias on these issues during voir dire.

Christina Marinakis, Psy.D., J.D., IMS Consulting & Expert Services, Los Angeles, CA
Caroline Tinsley, Tucker Ellis, St. Louis, MO

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, August 17, 2023

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

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

Todd Presnell, Bradley, Nashville, TN
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA

9:15 a.m. Liquid Separation Method and William Longo

A discussion of the motions and arguments related to the production of the heavy liquid separation SOPS of William Longo and the effect it will have future Daubert challenges to Longo’s methodology.

Ed Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. Examining the Difference Between the FDA’s Product Testing and the Recommendations of the IWGAC White Paper

This session will include a lively discussion about the differences between the FDA product testing and the recommendations of the IWGAC white paper as well as an update on the status of each.

Jonathan Cooper, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, OH
Michael K. Peterson, Gradient, Seattle, WA

11:30 a.m. Updates on the Challenges to Plaintiffs’ Experts

How plaintiff’s experts created literature to support their theories and flaws in those articles as revealed in the NC federal Bell decision and LTL lawsuits against those experts: Dr. Moline, Dr. Emory, Dr. Kradin and Dr. Maddox. This discussion will provide an update on the status of the investigation into underlying publications, recent testimony and Daubert challenges to these experts.

Robert Thackston, Lathrop GPM, Dallas, TX
Janelle N. Winters, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford PC, New York, NY

12:30 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch

Join the Strictly Automotive, Fire Science, and Senior Living and Long-Term Care and Litigation Seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none.

DRI Cares | Blessings in a Backpack

On your way into lunch, support Blessings in a Backpack, DRI Cares and the DRI Foundation by filling a bag with food for a child experiencing food insecurity in our community. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of children and families all over our country and in this local community.

Click here for details.
2:00 p.m. Quick Hit 1: EPA Risk Assessment

A quick summary of recent developments, including the status of EPA’s proposed chrysotile ban, the Dement/Loomis published commentary arguing no use of amphibole at the Marshville, NC, asbestos textile plant which served as the foundation of the EPA chrysotile assessment, and the status of EPA’s Phase two (“Legacy Exposures”) Risk Assessment.

Bruce Bishop, Wilcox & Savage P.C., Norfolk, VA

2:20 p.m. Quick Hit 2: Emerging out of Bankruptcy

A discussion of companies recently coming out of bankruptcy and the effect on them and the litigation.

Edward P. Abbot, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, New York, NY

2:40 p.m. Quick Hit 3: Industrial Talc

Current trends related to suing industrial talc defendants.

Tom Radcliffe, Dehay & Elliston, LLP, Baltimore, MD

3:00 p.m. Quick Hit 4: Pleurodesis Litigation

Pleurodesis is a palliative procedure used to prevent pleural effusions in those suffering from several forms of end-stage cancer, including mesothelioma. This will be a discussion surrounding this procedure and recent litigation.

Michael J. Cahalane, Cetrulo LLP, Boston, MA

3:30 p.m. Small Group Networking Opportunities

Sign up for one of these options and start building your connections and developing relationships! More details to come.
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception
Sponsored by Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Click here for details.

Friday, August 18, 2023

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

Caroline M. Tinsley, Tucker Ellis LLP, Saint Louis, MO
Ed Ulloa, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Los Angeles, CA

9:10 a.m. Ovarian Cancer Update

Update on the status of this litigation and science as we know it today.

10:10 a.m. Coffee Break

10:25 a.m. Defunct or Not Really: Update on Receivership and Revival Issues and Impact on Talc Litigation

A discussion of recent developments in the area of receiverships, revival of defunct entities, and their impact on talc litigation and what to expect moving forward.

Edward A. Smallwood, Post & Schell, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA

11:25 a.m. Recent Talc Verdicts and What we Learned

A discussion of recent talc trials, their verdicts, and what we can learn from trial counsel.

Eric D. Cook, Wilcox Savage, P.C., Norfolk, VA
Peter Mularczyk, London Fischer, Los Angeles, CA
Robert H. Berkes, Berkes Crane Santana & Spangler LLP, Los Angeles, CA

12:25 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Take advantage of the group rate of $219.00 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 July 18, 2023, to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after July 18 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to 9.50 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

Talc Litigation CLE by State


DRI's Talc Litigation Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

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 our four August seminars 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. Your donation will help purchase food to feed 500 children in the Washington, D.C. area. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, August 17th. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the D.C. area.

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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.

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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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