2024 DRI Business and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference

March 20–22, 2024
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ben Franklin bridge Philadelphia Philly

Engage with Leaders in Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Law!

Business and intellectual property litigation are being pursued in an ever-evolving world impacted by social media, artificial intelligence, and other rapidly developing technologies. In this fast-paced litigation environment, attorneys face new challenges and pressures both in the courtroom and in their personal lives. This conference will provide strategies for successfully navigating these issues.

What You Will Learn:

  • Tips from the bench for business and intellectual property (IP) litigators, such as how to educate a “lay” jury on complex technologies for patent cases.
  • How to effectively utilize social media in business litigation.
  • The ins and outs of sports law.
  • Risks attorneys face from substance abuse and how to seek help.
  • Recent developments in personal jurisdiction and expert evidence, as well as how to handle “bad faith” trademarks.
  • How artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting traditional copyright and right of publicity concepts and what to do about it.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Attending receptions and a networking luncheon with co-located seminar attendees from Life, Health, Disability and ERISA, and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law.
  • Participate in sessions regarding commercial litigation and IP litigation, with a joint session with the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law seminar.
  • Exploring Philadelphia with fellow attendees while earning CLE On the Go.

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

  • TBD

*Subject to change

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

Commercial Litigation

Mark A. Ludolph
Mark A. Ludolph
Program Chair
Patrick McDowell
Patrick McDowell
Program Vice Chair
Peter A. Lauricella
Peter A. Lauricella
Committee Chair
Shannon M. Bell
Shannon M. Bell
Committee Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean
Law Institute

Join the Commercial Litigation Committee

Intellectual Property Litigation

Nicholas B. Clifford
Nicholas B. Clifford
Program Chair
Steven Kennedy
Steven Kennedy
Program Vice Chair
Brian K. Brookey
Brian K. Brookey
Committee Chair
Rachael L. Rodman
Rachael L. Rodman
Committee Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean
Law Institute

Join the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee

Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
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 Business and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference. 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 Event
Sponsored by: Beveridge & Diamond PC, Carlton Fields PA, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Robinson + Cole LLP, Sidley Austin LLP

Date: Thursday, March 21 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets available to purchase)
Location: Salon H at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Please join us at this year’s Premier Networking Reception, where connections are forged, opportunities are unlocked, and success is within reach. After Thursday’s enriching educational content, it's time to unwind and connect with like-minded professionals. Picture yourself in a vibrant atmosphere, making meaningful connections, while savoring tasty appetizers and enjoying an open bar. Whether you prefer a refreshing mocktail or a classic cocktail, our bartenders are here to cater to your preferences. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to expand your professional circle, exchange ideas, and create lasting connections. Join us at the Premier Networking Event with your fellow seminar attendees and begin the journey to propel your career to new heights!

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

View Schedule with Room Locations

Young Lawyers Breakout (Wednesday 2:30–5:30 p.m.)

Time (Eastern) Program
2:30 p.m. Boilerplate Contract Language Dos and Don’ts

Learn common pitfalls associated with drafting and litigating standard contract language and tips for discovering and addressing problems in boilerplate language before they begin.

Shannon M. Bell, Kelly Law Partners LLC, Denver, CO
3:30 p.m. In-House Counsel’s Expectations on Outside Counsel’s Use of AI

Hear from in-house counsel about how AI may impact the relationship between in-house legal teams and their outside counsel and get in house counsel’s perspective about their expectations for their outside counsel to integrate AI in the future.

Jason J. Moreira, Troutman Pepper, Princeton, NJ

Vanessa Benincasa, Senior Counsel, Evolv, Boston, MA
Rinat Shangeeta, Twilio, Inc, Trenton, NJ
4:30 p.m.

First Impressions and Elevator Pitches: The Art of Leaving a Positive Impact

Young lawyers face the dual challenge of perfecting their substantive skills while also creating relationships with colleagues, current and potential clients. First impressions happen quickly – people assess us within just a few minutes. As such, it is critical that we are strategic in what we say and how we act when meeting new people.

In this interactive workshop, you will:

  1. Learn the formula to create a strong elevator pitch.
  2. Draft and refine your elevator pitch.
  3. Practice your elevator pitch on your colleagues.
  4. Identify the challenges in networking and meeting new people.
  5. Acquire actionable strategies on how to make positive first impressions.
Gail J. Cummings, JD, MSS, LCSW, Executive Coach for Lawyers, Philadelphia, PA
Ryan J. Levan, JD, Partner, Dailey LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
To contact the hotel directly, call 215-625-2900.

The DRI room block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is now closed. 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**. Book online or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance; for International callers 1-619-546-5773

**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 11.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) From this seminar.

View CLE Credit by State

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

CLE on the GO

Date: Thursday, March 21 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. EDT
CLE credit: 1.0

Grab your cell phone, put on your walking shoes, and join fellow attendees for a chance to earn CLE while exploring some of the fabulous local sights of Philadelphia. This session will feature discussions by various DRI substantive law committees with local historical landmarks serving as the starting point for some of the hot legal issues of the day! If your schedule does not permit you to participate in this activity on Thursday afternoon, you may do it at your leisure on your own while in Philadelphia, or even from home. This event offers on-demand CLE credit in jurisdictions where it was approved.

See the CLE grid closer to the seminar to see if your state has approved credit. Please note if you participated in CLE on the GO during the 2023 Annual Meeting, you would not receive CLE credit for this session.


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

ADJ Alexander Dubose Jefferson Appellate Counsel Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney
Cassels Digital Evidence Group LLC
Dinsmore Legal Counsel EisnerAmper Exponent logo
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law
Houston Harbaugh Attorneys at Law Lewis Roca Marks Gray Miller & Martin PLLC Polsinelli Stout logo Tucker Ellis | LLP Wilson Elser

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, March 21. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Philadelphia community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

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.