||Registration & Coffee Service
Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
||Welcome and Introductions
Roman Lifson, Christian and Barton, LLP, Richmond, VA
Heather A. Bub, Amundsen Davis, LLC, St. Louis, MO
||Case Valuation & Mediation – Tips from a Poker Player
Learn how game theory can impact mediation strategies, including case valuation, from the perspective of this panel, consisting of outside counsel, in-house counsel, and a mediator. One presenter, a former professional poker player, has found his experience to be invaluable to his current law practice.
Chris Fitzgerald, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, Boston, MA
Nate Walker, Husqvarna Group, Charlotte, NC
Hon. Sandy Brook, Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc., Denver, CO
||Quick Hit: Bringing Science to Jury Testing
From Professor Bernard Chao’s research applying social science insights and experimental methods to test jury decision-making, learn the effectiveness of different damages arguments and how particular evidence, as well as jury instructions, can impact a jury’s decision making.
Prof. Bernard Chao, University of Denver School of Law, Denver, CO
||How to Lose a Client in 10 Ways
You have clients – now how do you keep them? Gain insight from a panel of experienced in-house counsel and insurance adjusters, which goes beyond the obvious advice on how to keep your clients happy, and learn how to become an indispensable partner with your clients.
Eric Probst, Schindler Elevator Corporation, Morristown, NJ
Hernan Lacuesta, Sompo International Insurance, Los Angeles, CA
Jodi Oley, State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, IL
Craig Dupen, Kubota, Grapevine, TX
||Quick Hit: TBIs – Real or Just in Someone’s Head?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims have become more prevalent than ever and, now, serve to increase verdict potential and settlement value of cases. Hear how the plaintiffs’ bar is finding new ways to try and get around scans that do not show evidence of brain injury and learn strategies for defending against these claims.
Anthony J. Novak, Larson King, LLP, Saint Paul, MN
||To Infinity & Beyond! The New Frontiers of Product Liability
In the ever-changing landscape of smart products and online marketplaces, product liability claims are evolving. Through the expansion of existing theories of liability, the law’s definition of what constitutes a "product," and the Court’s interpretation of "who" can be held liable, reports of product liability litigation's "death has been greatly exaggerated."
Amy Fischer, Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, OK
Scott Maidment, McMillan LLP, Toronto, Canada
Gretchen Miller, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Chicago, IL
||DRI Cares - Blessings in a Backpack
On your way to lunch, support Blessings in a Backpack, DRI Cares, and the DRI Foundation by filling a bag with food for a child experiencing food insecurity in our community. Feed a child before you feed yourself to make a difference in the lives of children and families all over our country and in this local community.
||DRI Networking Lunch
Join attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none.
||Corporate Counsel Breakout (for In-House Counsel and Claims Professionals only)
||How to Be a Courtroom Jedi – Insights from the Bench on Using the Force of Persuasion
Have you ever wondered what Judges find to be particularly effective? Without having to travel to Dagobah, gain insight from members of the Bench that will help take your practice to the next galaxy (not so far, far away).
Marsha Piccone, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Denver, CO
Justice Sandra Corbett, Alberta Court of Justice, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hon. Regina Rodriguez, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO
||Quick Hit: ChatGBT in the Legal Realm: Transforming the Landscape of Legal Assistance
To use, or not to use ChatGPT in the legal realm? By now, everyone knows the pros: efficiency and cost savings. What about the risks, though: liability, concerns with sharing confidential information, potential for bias, etc. Learn why law schools are teaching students how to use it, why some law firms are instituting policies prohibiting its use, and why client billing guidelines may someday require it to be used.
Ricardo Woods, Burr Forman LLP, Mobile, AL
||Building the Evidentiary Foundation to Reconstruct Reality
Now more than ever technology, in reliance on data from various sources, can help reconstruct an accident when an incident was not witnessed or when witnesses prove unreliable. This presentation will educate attorneys on what types of data are relevant to request during discovery and how to build a foundation for this data (and, ultimately, the reconstruction) to be admissible at trial.
Edderek (Beau) Cole, Butler Snow, Ridgeland, MS
Charles A. Fox, PhD, ESi, Peachtree Corners, GA
Brian L. Mims, Tadano America Corporation, Willis, TX
||You’ve Been Warned! The Future Is Coming for Labels
As more product warning labels and instructions are being provided to consumers in digital format (via QR codes, YouTube videos, and even TikTok), juries are left to determine what is (or is not) compliant with the applicable standards. Learn more about the best practices for manufacturers to communicate with consumers about product warnings and instructions in this digital age.
Tara Amenson, S-E-A, Ltd., Columbus, OH
Mohamed Bakry, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, PA
||Premier Networking Reception
Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).