2024 DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar

May 20–22, 2024 | Washington, D.C.

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Gain Insight into the Latest Developments in Drug and Medical Devices!

Register by April 8, 2024, to receive the early bird discounted rate.
View registration information here.

Register for the Seminar

Join us in Washington, D.C. for the 2024 Drug and Medical Device Seminar, the industry’s premier event for networking and learning about the latest developments in drug and medical device litigation. The seminar will cover topics ranging from a panel discussion on the issues raised by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in developing drug and medical devices to an insightful presentation about the history and implications of the Henrietta Lacks settlement. A trial skills presentation and hot topics discussion are also in the mix. Join friends and colleagues in our nation’s Capital for these great educational and networking events!

What You Will Learn:

  • Observe seasoned trial lawyers argue objections/motions in limine on subjects common in drug and device cases.
  • Listen to discussions from outside and in-house counsel concerning emerging liability theories implicated by clinical and sales representatives in medical device litigation.
  • On the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, learn about the current status of personalized medicine.
  • In-house and outside counsel will discuss how to best promote a non-contentious atmosphere and leverage unity to the benefit of all co-defendants in multi-district litigation.
  • Listen to a multi-disciplinary panel (science, medicine, and legal) discuss how to effectively address “bad science” finding its way into publications.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Exploring Washington D.C. in small group networking functions on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Signing up for dine-arounds with other attendees at D.C.’s amazing restaurants.
  • For corporate counsel, discussing issues of concern in the Corporate Counsel Breakout.

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

  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK)
  • Medtronic
  • Stryker

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Drug and Medical Device Committee Leadership

Archibald T. Reeves
Archibald T. Reeves, IV
Program Chair
Jenny A. Covington
Jenny A. Covington
Program Vice Chair
Erik W. Snapp
Erik W. Snapp
Committee Chair
Jennifer Snyder Heis
Jennifer Snyder Heis
Committee Vice Chair
Ted J. McDonald
Ted J. McDonald, III
Law Institute

Join the Drug and Medical Device Committee

Registration Information

Save up to $300 when you register on or before April 8.

Register Today

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Early Bird Registration*
(Now thru Apr. 8)
$1,395 $1,795 $1,715
Regular Registration*
(Apr. 9–May 19)
$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 Drug and Medical Device 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 Event at the XXXXX
Sponsored by: ABC

Date: Wednesday, Month Day from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: XXXXX, Address, City, State


Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Monday, May 20, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
12:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Young Lawyer Blockbuster
3:00 p.m. Practical Demonstration of Mock Objections

This skills presentation will involve both legal arguments and commentary on motions in limine and other objections to the use of evidence at trial.

Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP, Chicago, IL
Lawrence Cook, Venable (Judge), New York, NY
4:00 p.m. Twenty Years of Genomic Science and Implications for Defense Counsel

It is the 20-year anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. We’ve come a long way in those 20 years. Developments and discoveries in genomic science are rapidly expanding with a growing impact on litigation. This presentation will discuss novel legal theories relating to personalized medicine, failure to warn of the need for genetic or genomic testing, and potential causation defenses.

Paige Sensenbrenner, Adams and Reese, New Orleans, LA
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).

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Ted J. McDonald, McDonald Veon, Overland Park, KS
Archibald T. Reeves, IV, McDowell Knight, Mobile, AL
9:15 a.m. Henrietta Lacks Settlement: The Woman, The Litigation, and Lessons for All of Us

This presentation will cover the background of Henrietta Lacks (briefly, although we recommend the book and movie for a more in-depth history!), the lawsuit and similar litigation on behalf of others, what we can all learn from the consent and privacy issues raised through Ms. Lacks’ and other lawsuits, and what it means to your practice today.

Lori B. Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. DRI Insights Quick Hits (Exponent)
11:00 a.m. Fraud, Error, and Ethics Violations: Exposing Bad Science in Litigation

From Wakefield to Dana Farber, journal article retractions are on the rise yet Plaintiffs continue to employ experts to aid in their respective causes. Learn from a journalist and lawyers, who have made their careers ferreting out “bad science.” This roundtable discussion will explore properly building the science case in pharmaceutical and medical device matters, with emphasis on epidemiology and how to spot “bad science."

Erica James, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Tampa, FL
Ivan Oransky, M.D., Founder of Retraction Watch Blog, New York, NY
Nathan Schachtman, UB Greensfelder, Cincinnati, OH
12:30 p.m. DRI Cares: Blessings in a Backpack

Click here for details on Blessings in a Backpack.
12:30 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch

Join the Employment and Labor Law Seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none!
1:30 p.m. Corporate Counsel Breakout ^

^ Open only to in-house counsel of pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
2:00 p.m. Defending Manufacturers and Their Representatives from Newer Tech-Based Liability Theories

As technological innovation in the medical device space continues to rapidly expand, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives are more frequently involved in providing both physician training and technical support in the operating room during surgical procedures. While this can be a tremendous benefit for patients, companies are also facing lawsuits involving non-traditional claims/theories. Hear from practitioners who have defended against newer tech-based liability theories as they discuss ways our clients can proactively mitigate/minimize exposure going forward.

Meghan Kelly, Orrick, Los Angeles, CA
Tanya Rolo, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Michelle Tessier, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
3:00 p.m. Drug and Medical Device Committee Meeting (open to all)
3:30 p.m. Networking Opportunities

Sign up for one of these options and start building your connections and developing relationships! More information coming soon.

Local Small Group Outings (Examples below depending on location):
1. Walking tours
2. Local Tours
3. Segways/Electric Bikes
4. Cooking Class
5. Pedal Pub
4:30 p.m. Affinity Group Activities

More information coming soon.
1. DRI for Life
2. Trivia Group
3. Book Club
4. Corporate Counsel Breakout
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Jenny Covington, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Minneapolis, MN
9:10 a.m. Artificial Intelligence (AI): The Future is Now

This presentation discusses the current landscape of AI used in business and litigation, both pros and cons, and explores how AI and machine learning are transforming both development and FDA regulation of medical devices. There will also be a discussion of strategies to guide clients through the new business challenges posed by these fast-paced changes.

Michelle Fujimoto, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Orange County, CA
Elizabeth Groves, Exponent, Menlo Park, CA
Jennifer Steinmetz, Tucker Ellis, Cleveland, OH
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. Hot Topics

In honor of the seminar being back in Washington DC, hot topics will focus on key Supreme Court decisions over the past year and their applicability in lower Courts and/or effect on government agencies including Mallory, Purdue Pharma and updates re Chevron Deference. In addition, a brief update on the offensive use of collateral estoppel will be provided.

Nilda Isidro, Greenberg Traurig, New York, NY
Paige Sharpe, Arnold & Porter, New York, NY
Tiffany Engsell, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ
11:25 a.m. Topic: Managing the Co-Defendant Relationships (Ethics)

Sometimes the best defense is a unified one.  Hear from an in-house lawyer and experienced mass tort defense lawyers about the importance of Co-Defendant coordination, relationships and team work.

Connie Matteo, Pfizer, New York, NY
Sierra Elizabeth, Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles, CA
Stephen C. Matthews, DLA Piper, Short Hills, NJ
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, DC 20009. Take advantage of the group rate of $290.00 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 April 21, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after April 21 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD 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


DRI's Drug and Medical Device Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Arnold & Porter
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
BRG logo Berkeley Research Group
Carlton Fields Celebrating 120 Years
Exponent logo
Faegre Drinker
GT Greenberg Traurig
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC Counselors at Law
LMI Litigation Management Inc
Morgan Lewis
NJL Nilan Johnson Lewis
Nelson Mullins
Nutter Uncommon Law
QG&T Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC 
RedGrave LLP Information Matters
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Stites & Harbison Attorneys
Troutman Pepper
Tucker Ellis | LLP
UB Greensfelder logo
Venable LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

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 Tuesday, May 21. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Washington, D.C. community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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