2024 DRI Boot Camp for New Life, Health, and Disability Lawyers

July 24–25, 2024
DRI Headquarters | Chicago, Illinois

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Build a Solid Foundation in Life, Health, and Disability Litigation!

Limited seating - reserve your spot today!
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The DRI Life, Health, and Disability Committee is once again sponsoring a program aimed at providing a basic understanding of the concepts applicable to life, health, and disability litigation. The program, which receives rave reviews each year it is held, will be taught by highly experienced attorneys who collectively have decades of experience litigating life, health, disability, and ERISA disputes throughout the United States. Even though the content is geared to lawyers who are new to the practice, lawyers of any age who wish to brush up on their skills are also encouraged to attend! Young lawyers in particular who want to meet colleagues practicing throughout the country will find this to be an excellent marketing opportunity.

Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from a classroom atmosphere that will be limited to 50 people.

What You Will Learn:

  • Basic policy provisions in individual and group life insurance.
  • Basic policy provisions in individual and group disability insurance.
  • ERISA basics as they apply to life, health, and disability litigation.
  • Strategy for defense of life, health, and disability litigation.

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 Life, Health, and Disability Committee Leadership

Mark E. Schmidtke
Mark E. Schmidtke
Program Co-Chair
Brooks Magratten
Brooks Magratten
Program Co-Chair
Michelle Thurber Czapski
Michelle Czapski
Committee Chair
Sarah J. Delaney
Sarah Delaney
Committee Vice Chair

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Registration Information

Limited seating - reserve your spot today

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Regular Registration* $495 $795 $715
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 Boot Camp for New Life, Health, and Disability Lawyers. 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.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Time (Central) Program
5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 
6:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

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

Thursday, July 25, 2024

Time (Central) Program
8:00 a.m. Registration and Assorted Pastries/Coffee
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Michelle Czapski, Bodman, Detroit, MI
8:40 a.m. Disability Insurance Basics

Learn the differences between group and individual disability insurance policy clauses, defenses, and bad faith.

Rebecca Bryant, Dearborn Life Insurance Company, Chicago, IL
Kristina Holmstrom, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Phoenix, AZ
9:40 a.m. Life Insurance Basics

Discussion of life insurance coverage, insurable interest, STOLI and accidental death coverage.

Elizabeth G. Doolin, Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC, Chicago, IL
Julie F. Wall, Chittendon, Murday & Novotny LLC, Chicago, IL
10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:40 a.m. Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Basics

Discussion of group accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy clauses, bases for claims, and defenses.

Brooks Magratten, Pierce Atwood LLP, Providence, RI
E. Ford Stephens, Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond, VA
11:30 a.m. Analyzing the Claim File and Preparing for Litigation

Practical tips for the ERISA life, health, and disability defense lawyer.

Byrne J. Decker, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Portland, ME
Joshua Bachrach, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia, PA
12:30 p.m. Lunch (on-site)
1:00 p.m. Discovery Issues and Strategies

Learn how to analyze and respond to discovery issues in life, health, and disability litigation.

Jason A. James, Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Moheeb H. Murray, Bush Seyferth PLLC, Detroit, MI
1:50 p.m. ERISA Litigation Primer

Discussion of the substantive and procedural legal issues that apply in ERISA-governed life, health, and disability litigation.

Mark E. Schmidtke, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Valparaiso, IN
2:50 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Health Insurance and Self-Funded Health Plans

Discussion of the basic terms and coverage issues that arise in medical and health plan disputes.

James L. Griffith, Jr., Reger, Rizzo, Darnell LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Brian D. Bolton, Funk & Bolton, Baltimore, MD
3:45 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

This event will be held at DRI Headquarters, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606.

DRI has secured a discounted rate for seminar attendees at two Hyatt properties conveniently located in The Loop. To book your room at a discount rate, please access the links below..

CLE Information

Earn up to 6.25 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.

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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 14. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Phoenix 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.