2024 DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar

May 20–22, 2024
Washington Hilton | Washington, D.C.

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

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

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 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 Reception
Sponsored by: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Dechert LLP, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Greenberg Traurig, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels LLC, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Nutter, Reed Smith LLP, Segal McCambrige Singer & Mahoney, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Tucker Ellis LLP, UB Greensfelder LLP, Venable LLP

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

Join the Drug and Medical Device and Employment and Labor Law Seminars for a relaxing evening at the Heights Courtyard, an outdoor plaza off the lobby level of the Washington Hilton. Complement your networking with a DRI mocktail, cocktails, wine, soft drinks, assorted beers, and passed appetizers.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Young Lawyer Blockbuster (Monday 3:00–5:00 p.m.)

Time (Eastern) Program
3:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

Taryn Harper, Greenberg Traurig, Atlanta, GA
Michael Leard, Nutter, Boston, MA
3:05 p.m. Lessons from the Front Lines: Off-Label Marketing for Medical Devices

Our panelists will explore lessons learned from past litigations, how FDA action may drive litigation, and how in-house and outside counsel can work together to reduce litigation risk through good communication practices.

Jennifer Roma, Cynosure, LLC, Boston, MA
Jocelyn Wiesner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
3:20 p.m. Managing Bellwether Discovery: Expectations, Challenges, and Tips from the Trenches

Participating in bellwether discovery is a bread-and-butter experience for associates in the mass tort field. Hear from in-house and outside counsel on what to expect and how best to manage the challenges of the bellwether discovery process.

Michelle Tessier, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
Elie Biel, Faegre Drinker, Minneapolis, MN
3:40 p.m. Trial Tips for Young Lawyers

This presentation will focus on tips and tricks for young lawyers serving on the trial team.

Frederick King, Troutman Pepper, Atlanta, GA
Torrey Peterson, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, MO
4:00 p.m. Recent Developments in US and European Product Liability Litigation

Join our panelists for a discussion of recent updates in product liability litigation in the US and abroad, including the amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, efforts by the US plaintiffs’ bar to sidestep traditional theories of liability, and class action reform and other overhauls to the European Union product liability regime.

Ellie Norris, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dallas, TX
Shannon Proctor, Hollingsworth, Washington, D.C.
Edward Turtle, Cooley, London, UK
4:20 p.m. A View from In-House

Don’t miss the in-house perspective on how to survive and thrive as a young lawyer on the case team.

Michael Leard, Nutter, Boston, MA

Michelle Tessier, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
Lauren Ingegneri, Corza Medical, Westwood, MA
Earyn Thornton, Organon, Jersey City, NJ
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Alicia Grant, Norton Rose Fulbright, San Antonio, TX

Small Group Networking Opportunities (Tuesday)

Georgetown Walking Tour
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person
Capacity: 20 people
Sign up for the Georgetown tour!

Georgetown's shady lanes and cobblestone streets reflect another side of the Capital city. It is Washington's historic neighborhood, where Presidents lived when they were Congressmen, where the Founding Fathers laid out the plans for the city on a tavern bar top, where women broke barriers, and where Black neighbors developed a tight-knit community despite prejudice. This tour covers history, architecture, and the stories of Georgetown's over 200 years of residents. Learn more about Georgetown.

National Portrait Gallery
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Capacity: 20 people
Sign up for the National Portrait Gallery tour!

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery Permanent Collection. This tour offers an introduction to the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection and building history through the lens of portraiture, biography, and history. Our volunteer docents will share visitor favorites and permanent collection standouts. Learn about familiar faces from American history and encounter some new ones! Learn more about National Portrait Gallery.

Ford's Theatre - Walking Tour to White House
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person
Capacity: 30 people
Sign up for the Ford's Theatre tour!

On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford's Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Learn more about Ford's Theatre.

Bus Tour of National Mall and D.C. Sites
Time: 3:45–5:45 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person
Capacity: 39 people
Sign up for the National Mall & D.C. Sites tour!

Join us in discovering the best of the nation's capital. We will explore the city's most prominent landmarks and sights along the National Mall. Our expert guides will share the history, fun facts, and secrets stories about our city's most famous sites. The rich history of Washington, D.C. goes beyond the monuments and memorials and our guides are prepared to share their vast knowledge of the Federal City nestled next to the Potomac River. Learn more about National Mall and D.C. Sites.

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.
To contact the hotel directly, call 202-483-3000.

The DRI room block at the Washington Hilton 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 conference and have not secured a hotel reservation, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**. Book online or call 800.559.3186 for assistance; for International callers 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 9.50 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 1 hour of Ethics (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.

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

Arnold & Porter
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Blakes Canadian Lawyers
BLG Borden Ladner Gervais
BRG logo Berkeley Research Group
Carlton Fields Celebrating 120 Years
Epiq Logo
Exponent logo
Faegre Drinker
GT Greenberg Traurig
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC Counselors at Law
Jackson Kelly PLLC
KCIC Be Certain
King & Spalding
LMI Litigation Management Inc
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC Lawyer
Morgan Lewis
NJL Nilan Johnson Lewis
Nelson Mullins
Norton Rose Fulbright
Nutter Uncommon Law
QG&T Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
RedGrave LLP Information Matters
ReedSmith Driving Progress Through Partnership
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

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