2024 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar

November 6–8, 2024
Caesars Palace | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Go "All In" and Join Us in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!

DRI members can register now through August 8 and save up to $500 thanks to exclusive, limited-time Early Access Registration!
Everyone can take advantage of Early Bird Registration starting August 9 through September 23. View registration information here.

This year’s seminar will bring together a superb lineup of medical and scientific experts, top-tier litigators, and timely topics. Plus, enjoy unforgettable events designed to promote insightful discussions and meaningful networking opportunities.

What You Will Learn:

  • The science behind memory.
  • The medical perspective about diagnoses and how genetics factor into non-smoking lung cancer and mesothelioma cases.
  • Union knowledge of the hazards of asbestos.
  • The latest EPA updates.
  • Lessons learned in asbestos and talc trials from top litigators.
  • How to use artificial intelligence in your everyday practice without compromising client data.
  • The different experiences of Hispanic and Latino attorneys in the third installment of our multi-year diversity initiative.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Attending the much-anticipated Golf Tournament on Tuesday, November 5.
  • Forging connections through the Premier Networking Reception, included with your registration fee.
  • Joining the two special breakout sessions for young lawyers and those who practice in talc litigation.
  • Meeting defense counsel from across the US, in-house attendees, and members of the Insurance industry.
  • Exploring the trails of Red Rock Canyon—just 30 minutes from Caesar’s Palace—on Friday after the seminar.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • Eaton Corporation
  • Rheem Manufacturing

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Asbestos Medicine Planning Leadership

Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Program Chair
Bruce T. Bishop
Bruce T. Bishop
Program Co-Vice Chair
Mahsa Kashani Tippins
Mahsa Kashani Tippins
Program Co-Vice Chair
Roman Lifson
Roman Lifson
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Registration Information

DRI members can register now through August 8 and save up to $500 thanks to exclusive, limited-time Early Access Registration! Don't miss this limited-time opportunity to secure your spot before other registrants, and at the lowest price.

DRI Members Register Now!

Non-Member Registration Options:

  • Become a member today for early access by clicking "Join DRI Today." See what people are saying about DRI and find the right membership for your needs.
  • Click "Get Notified" to get updates on the seminar so you don't miss out.
  • Early Bird Registration opens for everyone starting August 9.
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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Member Only Early Access
(Now thru Aug. 8)
$1,195 Not Offered Not Offered
Early Bird Registration*
(Aug. 9–Sept. 23)
$1,395 $1,795 $1,715
Regular Registration*
(Sept. 24–Nov. 5)
$1,595 $1,995 $1,915
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
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 want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you 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: ABC

Date: TBD from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: TBD


Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Golf Outing (Tuesday, November 5, 2024)

More information to come.

Doug Simek, Hawkins Parnell & Young, Dallas, TX
Robert C. Manlowe, Williams Kastner, Seattle, WA

Wednesday, November 6, 2024

Time (Pacific) Program
12:00 p.m. Registration Opens
2:00 p.m. Diversity Initiative – The Hispanic and Latino American Lawyer (Joint Session with Appellate Advocacy)

In part three of our multi-year diversity initiative, the panel will take a deep dive into what it means to be a Hispanic American or Latino American lawyer at a defense law firm. Our panelists will share their backgrounds and take us through the challenges and triumphs that made them the strong, resilient, and successful attorneys that you see today. The goal of this discussion is to continue creating a thought-provoking discussion that promotes a positive outlook and respectful interactions between all attorneys.

Jonathan Terrell, KCIC, Washington, D.C.
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DCo LLC, Nashville, TN

Eduardo J. Medina, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Miami, FL
Lucia V. Pazos, MG+M Law, Miami, FL
Edward Ulloa, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Kirsten M. Castañeda, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson, Dallas, TX
3:00 p.m. Recent Trends, Verdicts and Lessons Learned (Joint Session with Appellate Advocacy)

The panel will analyze litigation trends, recent verdicts taken in asbestos and talc litigation, share the lessons learned, and provide ideas on successful paths forward.

Michelle Potter, KCIC, Washington, D.C.
Carrie S. Lin, MG+M Law, San Francisco, CA
Michael A. Brown, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Baltimore, MD
Chris Massenburg, MG+M Law, New Orleans, LA
4:00 p.m. Corporate Witness Preparation

This session will explore the personal knowledge challenges corporate witnesses face today and help you strategize how to find a witness for companies that no longer exist.

Anthony J. Sbarra, Segal McCambridge, Boston, MA
Dr. Marissa Beyers, Trial Behavior Consulting, Los Angeles, CA
5:00 p.m. Asbestos Medicine Inaugural Committee Meeting (open to all)
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, November 7, 2024

Time (Pacific) Program
8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Roman Lifson, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA
Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA
8:45 a.m. The Science of Memory

Dr. Deryn Strange is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and an expert on the malleability of memory. Her research focuses on: (1) the causes and consequences of distorted memories for traumatic events; (2) the techniques that elicit false personal or collective memories and whether those false memories can be corrected; and (3) the legal implications of memory distortion. Dr. Strange’s presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of the science of memory and how to identify and address unscientific, but widely held, theories about memory that plaintiffs often advance in litigation.

Dr. Deryn Strange, Ph.D., John Jay College, New York, NY
9:45 a.m. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Enhanced Legal Practice

Join us for an insightful presentation on the transformative impact of artificial intelligence in the legal profession.

Heather H. Neubauer, Meagher & Geer, PLLC, Minneapolis, MN
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. The 10 Most Outrageous Misdiagnoses of Mesothelioma I Have Encountered: What Can We Learn from These Cases?

Victor L. Roggli, M.D., Duke School of Medicine, Durham, NC
11:20 a.m. Unveiling Secrets: Weaving the Fabric of Investigation to Settle Cases and Win at Trial

In this presentation, seasoned litigator Robin Silver & Expert investigator Joseph Jones will discuss how to effectively conduct investigation throughout the litigation lifecycle. Practical case studies will be presented on how investigations should be leveraged to locate deeply hidden facts which can change the trajectory of your case. Special emphasis will be given to the unique challenges and opportunities surrounding the use of social media in trials, including proper preservation, how to authenticate and lay the foundation for this game changing evidence.

Robin Silver, Miles & Stockbridge, Baltimore, MD
Joseph Jones, Bosco Legal Services, Inc., Riverside, CA
12:30 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch

Join all seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none.
2:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Breakout

Click on "Young Lawyers Breakout" tab for details.
2:00 p.m. Talc Breakout

Click on "Talc Breakout" tab for details.
2:00 p.m. Non-Smoking Lung Cancer and Genetics

Allan Feingold, M.D., Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL
Stasha Novakovic, M.D., Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL
3:00 p.m. Genetics and Mesothelioma

Suresh H. Moolgavkar, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Exponent, Bellevue, WA
3:00 p.m. Insurance Roundtable (open to Defense Counsel)

Frederick Schaefer, Nationwide, Wausau, WI
Alexandra Nassopoulos, Resolute Management, Boston, MA
Jay Surdukowski, The Riverstone Group, Concord, NH
Amanda Webber, Allianz, Petaluma, CA
3:50 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Main Stage Quick Hits Series (4:00–5:00 p.m.)
Quick Hits 1: Litigating Claims with Foreign Residents

Robert C. Manlowe, Williams Kastner, Seattle, WA
4:20 p.m. Quick Hits 2: Sources Behind the EPA Regulations

Kurt L. Rasmussen, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, Kansas City, MO
4:40 p.m. Quick Hits 3: EPA Update #1

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox & Savage P.C., Norfolk, VA
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

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

Friday, November 8, 2024

Time (Pacific) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Bruce T. Bishop, Willcox Savage P.C., Norfolk, VA
Mahsa Kashani Tippins, DCo LLC, Nashville, TN
9:10 a.m. Appellate Trends: Spotlight on Failure to Warn Cases (Joint Session with Appellate Advocacy)

In this joint session with the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, the panelists will explore developing issues and trends in product liability for failure-to-warn claims, offering insights from the trial and appellate bars, as well as industry.

Robert Wise, Nelson Mullins, Richmond, VA
Rory D. Cosgrove, Carney Badley Spellman PS, Seattle, WA

Rachel T. Reynolds, Wilson Elser, Seattle, WA
Beverly M. Bond, Gordon Rees, Dallas, TX
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. Union Knowledge of the Hazards of Asbestos

Gary D. Elliston, DeHay & Elliston LLP, Dallas, TX
11:10 a.m. Genetics and Litigation: Understanding the Significance of Test Results; Strategies and Best Practices for the Pursuit of Relevant Genetic Testing and Information

This session will discuss the significance of various types of genetic tests commonly found in medical records and consider effective strategies to overcome systemic challenges to the pursuit of highly relevant genetic testing and results.

Kevin P. Greene, Willcox & Savage P.C., Norfolk, VA
Kelvin Wyles, Husch Blackwell LLP, Los Angeles, CA
12:00 p.m. Ethics Session: Duty in Receiverships

Edward A. Smallwood, Post & Schell PC, Pittsburgh, PA
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

Young Lawyers Breakout (Thursday 2:00–5:00 p.m.)

Time (Pacific) Program
2:00 p.m. Associate’s Role in Trial

Heather S. Kirkpatrick, DeHay & Elliston, Walnut Creek, CA
Bina Ghanaat, Hugo Parker, San Francisco, CA
3:00 p.m. Demonstration: Showing Young Lawyers How to Get Business

Carol G. Snider, Barclay Damon, Buffalo, NY
Jay Evans, Segal McCambridge, Pittsburgh, PA
Nicholas Fox, Mack Trucks, Inc. (Volvo Group North America, LLC), Greensboro, NC
4:00 p.m. Knowing Your Dealer, Playing the Cards You are Dealt, and Knowing When to Hold ‘Em

Young lawyers will learn how to navigate the unique relationships developed in repeat complex tort cases, and how to best conduct themselves in high-stress litigation scenarios.

Jason Elam, Gay Jones & Kuhn PLLC, New Orleans, LA
S. Christopher Collier, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Atlanta, GA
5:00 p.m. Breakout Adjourn

Talc Breakout (Thursday 2:00–5:00 p.m.)

Time (Pacific) Program
2:00 p.m. Defending the Ultra-Trace Case

Eric D. Cook, Willcox & Savage, Norfolk, VA
2:50 p.m. Roundtable Discussion of Recent Talc Trials

Michael A. Brown, Nelson Mullins, Baltimore, MD
Khaled Taqi-Eddin, Hawkin Parnell & Young, San Francisco, CA
3:40 p.m. Geology Presentation

Erik DiMarco, Gordon Rees Scully & Mansukhani, New York, NY
4:05 p.m. PLM Analysis of Talc for Chrysotile Asbestos

Kevin Hynes, King & Spalding, New York, NY
4:30 p.m. Asbestos Exposure from Cosmetic Facial Makeup Products

Mary T. McKelvey, Polsinelli, Los Angeles, CA
5:00 p.m. Breakout Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
To contact the hotel directly, call 866.227.5938.

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Caesars Palace. Take advantage of the group rate of $249.00 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 October 14, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after October 14 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

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

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

CLE Late Fees


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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 7. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Las Vegas community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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