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DRI Means Business at the 2022 Annual Meeting

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Thank you to everybody who joined the 2022 DRI Annual Meeting! Stay tuned for a full feature of the meeting in the January issue of For The Defense.

Until then, enjoy these highlights! See how attendees:

Participated in Networking Events


Learned From Phenomenal Guest Speakers, Including President & CEO of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization Alex Dimitrief, Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin, and SCOTUS Expert Tom Dupree


Participated in DRI For Life Activities, Including the DRI for Life Rocky Steps Run/Walk Challenge

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Earned CLE On The Go

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And Enjoyed Being Part of the DRI Community!

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DRI Leadership News

DRI Announces Second Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, National & Regional Directors at 2022 Annual Meeting

At the 2022 DRI Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, October 25–28, the DRI Board of Directors elected four individuals to join them as national directors (each serving three-year terms), as well as the next DRI second vice president and secretary–treasurer. Four new regional directors were also selected, and they will serve three-year terms.

Thank you to the Nominating Committee, chaired this year by DRI Past President John F. Kuppens, for its work during the 2022 DRI Elections.

Congratulations to the individuals below for their appointments.


  • R. Jeffrey Lowe, Kightlinger & Gray LLP, New Albany, Indiana


  • Kathy J. Maus, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, Tallahassee, Florida


  • Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dessi N. Day, Greene & Roberts LLP, San Diego, California
  • Catherine Ava Leatherwood, Rogers Townsend, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Barclay Wong, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP, Carmel, Indiana


  • Michael L. Dailey, Schmidt Dailey & O'Neill LLC, Baltimore, Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Renée Welze Livingston, Livingston Law Firm, Walnut Creek, California, Pacific Region
  • Christopher J. Pyles, Sulloway & Hollis PLLC, Concord, New Hampshire, Northeast Region
  • Tanner Walls, Moye White LLC, Denver, Colorado, Mid Region

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DRI Committee News

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Substantive Law Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs!

The following members were appointed or reappointed as Chair or Vice Chair of their respective committees. The 2022-23 term began at the end of the Annual Meeting.

Joining any of DRI’s 29 committees is a great way to engage with the DRI Community, enhance your career, and grow your network. DRI is committed to providing its members with not only the highest quality educational experience and top-notch written resources, but also the best opportunity to network with pre-eminent defense lawyers. We encourage you to make the most of your DRI membership and join one or more committees and get involved.

To get started, visit the Committee Listings, select the committee you're interested in, and click "Join Committee."


  • David M. Goodman, Chair
  • Peter D. Cantone, Vice Chair


  • Sarah Elizabeth Spencer, Chair
  • Adam W. Hofmann, Vice Chair


  • Tracy Lynn Morris, Chair
  • Matthew G. Berard, Vice Chair


  • Dwight W. Stone, II, Chair
  • Peter A. Lauricella, Vice Chair


  • Danielle M. Waltz, Chair
  • Andrew R. Ferguson, Vice Chair


  • Morgan J. Milner, Chair
  • Aleksandra Zivanovic, First Vice Chair
  • Michael K. Callahan, Second Vice Chair
  • Peter Alan Querubin, Third Vice Chair


  • Brent J. Arnold, Chair
  • Colton Driver, Vice Chair


  • Stacy Lynne Douglas, Chair
  • Gary L. Howard, Vice Chair


  • Katie Chandler, Chair
  • Peter Bredin, Vice Chair


  • Sheila S. Boston, Chair
  • Erik W. Snapp, Vice Chair


  • Gordon Hill, Chair
  • Helen R. Holden, Vice Chair


  • Michael J. Weber, Chair
  • Aaron G. Weishaar, Vice Chair


  • Ryan M. Kunhart, Chair
  • Monté L. Williams, Vice Chair


  • Jonathan L. Schwartz, Chair
  • Melanie C. Lockett, Vice Chair


  • Brian K. Brookey, Chair
  • Rachael L. Rodman, Vice Chair


  • Richik Sarkar, Chair
  • Robert M. Duncan, Jr., Vice Chair


  • Mario J. Delano, Chair
  • Audrey K. Bentz, Vice Chair


  • Jennifer A. Naber, Chair
  • Alyssa Johnson, Vice Chair


  • Michelle Thurber Czapski, Chair
  • Sarah J. Delaney, Vice Chair
  • Kyle N. Kirby, Corporate Vice Chair
  • Logan Gould, Corporate Vice Chair


  • Christopher B. Turney, Chair
  • Pamela Newsom Lee, Vice Chair


  • Laura D. Eschleman, Chair
  • Erika L. Amarante, Vice Chair


  • Gretchen N. Miller, Chair
  • Fred E. Bourn (Trey), III, Vice Chair


  • Jonathan R. Harwood, Chair
  • Zandra E. Foley, Vice Chair


  • Ann H. MacDonald, Chair
  • Megan S. Peterson, Vice Chair


  • Jennifer L. Dlugosz, Chair
  • Roy D. Prather, III, Vice Chair


  • Terrence L. Graves, Chair
  • Bradford G. Hughes, Vice Chair


  • Sandra J. Wunderlich, Chair
  • C. Meade Hartfield, Vice Chair


  • Robert D. Stokes, Chair
  • Debra Doby, Vice Chair


  • Brett A. Tarver, Chair
  • Emily M. Ruzic, First Vice Chair
  • Thomas H. Wyatt, Second Vice Chair

THE Center for Law and Public Policy

Amicus Update: The Center Files Brief in the Eighth Circuit on the Removal of Cases Involving COVID-19 Liability

The court of appeals will consider whether tort cases against healthcare providers and nursing homes may be removed to federal court.

On November 4, 2022, The DRI Center for Law and Public Policy (The Center) submitted an amicus brief in support of several skilled-nursing-facility operators in Cagle v. NHC Healthcare-Maryland Heights, LLC, No. 22-2757 (8th Cir.).  After the plaintiff’s father passed away from COVID-19 in a nursing home, the plaintiff filed a petition in Missouri state court, alleging that the defendants acted negligently by, for instance, failing to monitor their staff’s use of personal protective equipment, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and quarantine residents with symptoms of COVID-19.

The defendants removed to federal court, asserting, among other things, that complete preemption under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, 42 U.S.C. § 247d-6d, conferred federal jurisdiction.  The district court, however, remanded to state court, reasoning that the PREP Act was not implicated because defendants’ alleged failures did not relate to the use of “covered countermeasures” under the Act.  Defendants appealed to the Eighth Circuit.

In its amicus brief, The Center argued that the PREP Act provides an exclusive federal cause of action; that the plaintiff’s claims necessarily implicated defendants’ administration or use of covered countermeasures; and that those claims therefore could only be federal.  The Center also warned that rulings ignoring the PREP Act’s clear preemptive force, like the district court’s decision, will lead to a patchwork of state-court decisions on PREP Act immunity.  The Center accordingly urged that the Eighth Circuit reverse. 

The Center’s brief was authored by Willy Jay, Andrew Kim, and Rohini Tashima of Goodwin Procter in Washington, D.C.

The Center Supports DTCWV’s Efforts to Improve Rules of Civil Procedure

Last month, The DRI Center for Law and Public Policy submitted a comment to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia’s clerk’s office in support of the comment filed by the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV), which encouraged the court to revise the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure to include language similar to that in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 (b)(1). DTCWV’s comment advocated to add language to allow to search for relevant evidence

proportional to the needs of the case, considering the importance of the issues at stake in the action, the amount in controversy, the parties' relative access to relevant information, the parties' resources, the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues, and whether the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit.

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The Center applauds the efforts to bring the West Virginia civil rules closer in their wording to the federal civil rules.  DRI members practice in both courts and when the rules are identical or quite similar it is easier for them to manage their cases in both systems.

Sign up to receive updates and news about The DRI Center for Law and Public Policy.

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Running a successful law firm has never been more challenging, so we have curated a portfolio of high-impact programs to reach, influence, and engage the legal space.

Increase your firm’s profile and tap into our audience to reach and influence the largest community of civil defense professionals as they look to shape the future of the civil defense bar.

Learn more at www.dri.org/EnterpriseSolutions.



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Court & Counsel: The DRI Blog is designed to complement your legal practice with relevant, high-quality, and original content tailored to lawyers and law firms.

The first four blog posts are available now! Including:

Bookmark the homepage and check back monthly for a new post!


This month marks the second annual DRI New Lawyer November. This month, we’re asking you to encourage your new associates to join DRI.  

When associates join DRI by November 30 for only $185 a year (40% off the individual membership rate) with code DRINLN2022, they will receive: 

  • A FREE registration to a DRI Seminar of their choice (~$1,000 in value) 

  • A complimentary copy of "The Associate's Handbook: A Resource for Aspiring Trial Lawyers" 

  • As well as all the other amazing benefits of DRI membership

And, when you refer a member, you will receive 100 DRI Dividends Points which can be redeemed for Advocate Certificates and more! 

So, what are you waiting for? Encourage your new lawyers to sign up for a DRI membership today! 

Let them know some of the reasons why you’re a DRI member

As the leading organization for the civil defense community, DRI offers innovative programming, a vibrant membership community, a robust online library of content and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the legal profession. Help share that with your new associates today.


Inaugural International Day of Service | Thank You

This October, the DRI Foundation, along with participating state, local and national defense organizations (SLNDOs), held its first International Day of Service. The Foundation asked SLNDOs to hold a service project of their choice, irrespective of size or scope, anytime during the month of October. Participation gave SLNDOs the chance to give back to the community; strengthen relationships with DRI members and SLNDOs across the nation; assist in membership development; and generate positive publicity.

Thank you to the following organizations for their participation in the DRI Foundation's Inaugural International Day of Service.

  • ADLA
  • ADC
  • CDL
  • CDLA
  • DTCI
  • IADC
  • IDC
  • IDCA
  • KDC
  • MassDLA
  • MDLA
  • MODL
  • NDCA
  • OADC - OK
  • OADC – OR
  • PDI
  • PADC
  • DCRI
  • TDLA
  • UDLA
  • VADA
  • WDC
  • DLAW

DRI is committed to giving back to DRI members, their communities, and the cities in which DRI holds seminars. That’s why we started The DRI Foundation. The DRI Foundation was built to make a difference. It helps raise proceeds that fund and foster initiatives that make a difference, including diversity programs, healthy living programming, and more. 

The DRI Foundation consists of two volunteer-led committees: DRI Cares and DRI for Life. DRI Cares helps members engage with local communities through fundraising and volunteer activities while DRI for Life helps members lead healthy, balanced, and productive lives through wellness activities, support programs, and mentoring. 

Examples of programs supported by the DRI Foundation include but not limited to: 

  • Member attorney support programs 

  • Healthy living programming and activities at seminars and other events 

  • Community service projects 

  • Disaster recovery 

  • Support for the judicial system 

  • Promote and support diversity programs and initiatives 

In addition to the International Day of Service, DRI Committees host a variety of events and fundraisers to support organizations in need. A few of those events include: 

  • A spin-cycle class held by the Young Lawyers Committee where registration fee proceeds were donated to Canine Assistants. This event was spearheaded by the Young Lawyer’s Wellness sub-committee and saw 25 riders raise approximately $700 in support of Canine Assistants. 

  • A drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted by the Trucking Law Committee. This committee raised over $1,000 in one day during their November virtual seminar and plans to continue to work with Make-A-Wish to raise funds to help children diagnosed with qualifying conditions. 

  • An event to sort and package medical supplies to help Project C.U.R.E. hosted by the Employment & Labor Law Committee. The committee sorted and packaged, stocked inventory, prepared materials for shipment, and loaded containers during their seminar. 

The DRI Foundation, DRI Cares Committee was recently featured on CBS News Philadelphia during DRI’s 2022 Annual Meeting. The DRI Foundation DRI Cares Committee is proud to have partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, which supports families of seriously ill children. Annual Meeting attendees worked to help children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House by putting together kits that included toiletries, coloring books, and more. 

So, what can you do to help? 

On November 29th, The Foundation will celebrate The International Day of Giving. By donating to the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE), you can help the NFJE provide officers of the courts with educational programs and other tools that enable them to perform at their highest level.  

Through donations to The DRI Foundation, DRI and its members have been able to make a tangible impact on the well-being of the legal community and beyond. We thank you for joining us in supporting the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence. 

Read more about the DRI Foundation’s work at the 2022 Annual Meeting in the DRI Cares portion of The Voice.

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DRI Foundation Recognizes NFJE Sweepstakes, SLC Challenge, and Law Student Diversity Scholarship Winners

The DRI Foundation had a lot to celebrate during the 2022 DRI Annual Meeting!

We would like to recognize the following winners and award recipients.

NFJE Sweepstakes & SLC Challenge Winners

The DRI Foundation once again held a sweepstakes at the Annual Meeting that supported the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence. The NFJE supports a strong, independent, responsive judiciary by providing officers of the courts with educational programs and other tools to enable them to perform at their highest level. 

DRI substantive Law committees (SLCs) participated in the SLC Challenge to support the sweepstakes. SLCs were placed into one of three groups (organized by size) and competed against each other to see who could raise the most funds.

We are proud to announce that we raised $22,566 from the SLC Challenge and $11,500 from the sweepstakes tickets, allowing us to donate $34,066 to the NFJE! Thank you to all who participated.

This year's SLC Challenge winners included:

  • Insurance Law
  • Construction Law
  • Life, Health and Disability

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(Pictured, L to R: Insurance Law Committee Chair Jonathan L. Schwartz, Construction Law Committee Chair Danielle M. Waltz, and Life, Health and Disability Committee Chair Michelle Thurber Czapski)

This year's NFJE Sweepstakes winners included:

  • David A. Anderson: Away Carry-on Travel Luggage ($295 value) 
  • Emily Coughlin: Yeti Tundra Cooler ($325 value)
  • Amy Mass: Oculus Quest -- VR Headset ($349 value)
  • Jill Rice: Blue Apron Meals Gift Card ($500 value) 
  • Steve Plunkett: Aviator Nation Clothing ($500 value)
  • Lori O’Tool: Christian Louboutin Shoes (up to $800 value)
  • Laura Emmett: Broadway Theater Package ($1,000 value)
  • Joseph McFadden: Peloton Bike ($1,200 value)

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the three recipients of DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. 

  • Madelyn Cox-Guerra, University of Minnesota Law School ($10,000 scholarship)
  • Ester Mendez, Southwestern Law School ($5,000 scholarship)
  • Nyeema Haigler, Wayne State University Law School ($5,000 scholarship)


(Pictured, L to R: DRI Foundation President Matt Keris. Ester Mendez, Nyeema Haigler, and DRI '21-'22 President Douglas Burrell)

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DRI Veterans Spotlight

Celebrating Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

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As we celebrate Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, DRI is proud to honor its members who are Veterans.

DRI would like to thank and recognize these members for all that they have done to go beyond the call of duty to ensure our continued freedom. We are grateful to you for all your sacrifices.

During the 2022 DRI Annual Meeting, the DRI Veterans Committee convened to catch up and share stories! Thank you to those who participated in this event during our Annual Meeting. We appreciate your continued contribution to our organization. 

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DRI Committee News

Trucking Law Committee Launches 2022 Podcast Series

DRI's Trucking Law Committee is excited to launch its 2022 Podcast Series, titled (Most) Everything I Need to Handle Truck Accident Claims, My Kids are Learning in School.

The 10-episode series is available now on the DRI website.
Check out a quick summary of the first three episodes:

DRI Trucking Law (Most) Everything I Need to Handle Series: Episode 1
On the first episode of the podcast series, “(Most) Everything I Need to Handle Truck Accident Claims, My Kids are Learning in School,” Blair Cash and Jaynee Tyler explore a maxim that we have all learned since we were young kids – Sharing is Caring. What does it mean? How will it help you in your practice? Is it just sharing deposition transcripts of experts and briefs on nuanced areas of the law, or is it more? Tune in to find out.

DRI Trucking Law (Most) Everything I Need to Handle Series: Episode 2
Blair Cash, Nick Rauch, and Jaynee Tyler are joined by Al Dunn from SEA, Ltd. Al is a Senior Mechanical Engineer specializing in accident reconstruction, vehicle dynamics, brake systems, braking and stability evaluations, and ABS system performance. Al shows his knowledge and helps us understand the ABCs of accident reconstruction and rapid response in addition to telling us about some new and emerging technologies. Al’s insight is perfect to help trucking lawyers of all ages and experience levels, getting us to learn how to Walk Before You Run.

DRI Trucking Law (Most) Everything I Need to Handle Series: Episode 3
Blair Cash and Jaynee Tyler are joined by a very special guest, Meghan Hvizdos, the Director of Claims for Daseke, Inc. In this episode, they explore a maxim that we have all learned since we were young kids – Play By The Rules. But it’s not always that simple. Join Blair, Jaynee, and Meghan as they discuss what rules are best for defense counsel to follow in order to best serve the industry and achieve the best outcome for their clients, all while following the rules - even the unwritten ones.

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DRI Member John B. Stewart Secures Win in Negligence Case

Following a five-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation, a federal jury sitting in Boston answered “no” to the first jury verdict question whether the defendant snow removal contractor was negligent, ending the case. The defendant was represented by John B. Stewart, of Murphy|Stewart|McCarthy, P.A., in Springfield, MA. The case was Nadeau v. Hunter Lawn Care, LLC, Civil Action No. 20-cv-11167-ADB.

The Plaintiff had sought personal injury damages for his broken ankle, and loss of consortium damages on behalf of his five-year-old son.  Before trial, the parties had mediated the case through the court mediation program with a U.S. Magistrate Judge, but that proceeding ended with the parties far apart.  Trial took place between May 10-15, 2022.

In Plaintiff’s opening statement, counsel said she would return at closing argument and ask for an award of $300,000 to $500,000.  This presented a dilemma, since objecting would draw more attention to this, along with the attendant costs of being seen by the jury as trying to keep something from them.  An admonition of counsel by the Court, it was thought, would do more harm than good.  A mistrial motion was unlikely to be well-taken.  Eventually, a defense motion to prohibit the Plaintiff from asking for a specific figure in pain and suffering damages based on Davis v. Browning-Ferris Indus., Inc., 898 F.2d 836, 837-838 (1st Cir. 1990), or to make a per diem or other mathematical formula argument, make personal opinion or golden rule arguments, was brought to the Court, which ruled counsel could not make those sorts of arguments in closing.

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DRI Member and Traub Lieberman Partner Lisa Rolle Obtains Complete Defense Verdict and Dismissal in Favor of Motor Carrier Company

On October 6, 2022, following a seven-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Traub Lieberman Partner Lisa Rolle obtained a complete defense verdict and dismissal in favor of a Motor Carrier Company (the “Company”) and its employee, a tractor trailer driver (the “Driver”). The Plaintiff claimed injury on November 20, 2017 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer owned by the Company and operated by the Driver made a left turn in front of Plaintiff at the intersection of 116th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. As a result of the accident, Plaintiff claimed to have sustained injuries to bilateral knees, neck, and back, which required four surgeries:  left knee arthroscopy, right knee arthroscopy, two level cervical fusion, and single level lumbar fusion.  The Plaintiff claimed more than $1.5 million in medical expenses. Following a seven-day trial, an eight-person jury unanimously found that the Driver was not negligent. The settlement demand before trial was $3 million. The offer was $300,000.

Jackson v. Crete Carrier Corp. and Michael Garner SDNY 20-v-01269 Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang

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DRI Member News

Congratulations to DRI Members for Their Achievements

President Joseph R. Biden has awarded DRI member Joseph M. Hanna (DRI member since 2005) the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest civil volunteerism award presented. Joseph has volunteered his time and talents to help U.S. servicemen and women find recreation and rehabilitation from injuries through the game of golf via Bunkers in Baghdad, the nonprofit organization he established. Since 2008, Bunkers has collected and shipped 13 million golf balls and 1 million clubs to U.S. soldiers, veterans, and wounded warriors in 75 countries and all 50 states. Joseph has also been elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, continuing his service on the ABA’s governing body which he joined last year.


Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC,  managing principal and DRI member Diana C. Manning has been honored by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) with the Trial Bar Award. Manning was presented with the Award at the 54th Annual Trial Bar Awards on October 13, 2022. Diana has been a DRI member since 2011.


Environmental law and litigation firm Beveridge & Diamond added 3 new DRI members as associates.  Clirae Bourke (Washington DC), who supports clients across industry sectors in a variety of matters relating to corporate social responsibility, supply chains, and product stewardship. Graham Pough (Austin, TX), who helps clients navigate litigation in citizen suits, class actions, and enforcement resolutions.  Also, Amanda Thompson (Washington DC) who helps clients navigate issues arising under CERCLA, NEPA, and the Endangered Species Act. She also has experience working with environmental justice, extended producer responsibility, and climate change matters.  Clirae, Graham, and Amada joined DRI in 2021.

If you have a recent achievement or recognition, you would like featured, email your news to membership@dri.org. Please note that DRI reserves the right to review all accomplishments to ensure they are adequate for publishing. All submissions will be reviewed for relevance and compliance with DRI’s mission.  Submissions may be edited to conform with our standards, and space limitations.

Seminar Spotlight

All Aboard the USS Midway!

Attendees of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Seminar, Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference, and Asbestos Medicine Seminar enjoyed a Premier Networking Event at the USS Midway Museum, sponsored by Hawkins Parnell & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP. Check out photos from the event below!

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SLDOs Name Officers for 2022-2023 Term

Four DRI members have been named officers for the upcoming 2022-2023 leadership term in their State and Local Defense Organization (SLDO) during the month of October.

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys elected:

  • Julie Palmer as President (Julie has been a DRI member since 2003),
  • James A. Cales III as President-Elect (James has been a DRI member since 1999),
  • Matthew E. Kelley as Secretary (Matthew joined as of this year),
  • Lindsay Rollins as Treasurer (Lindsay is a member since 2012).

DRI Cares

DRI Cares at Philadelphia Annual Meeting benefits RMHC Philly

By Rebecca Nickelson and Carolyn Husmann, partners at Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska in St. Louis

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DRI Cares was proud to help Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region during the DRI Annual Meeting in October. DRI Cares projects resulted in 2,200 kits being assembled to help families seeking help from RMHC. DRI Cares had events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during receptions at Annual Meeting, which included making hygiene kits, fun kits and spa kits for the families. Over 25 of DRI’s Substantive Law Committees helped put together fun kits for children ranging in age from ages 3-18. Plus, several members of DRI made cards for the organization to distribute as well.

RMHC of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Their two Ronald McDonald House programs provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals, and vital supportive services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. Their three Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs extend the support of their Houses into the hospital setting and offer a quiet respite space for families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.  They also provide a summer camp for kids with cancer and a mobile dental health clinic for underserved children.

The first Ronald McDonald House was born in Philadelphia on October 15, 1974.  Working as a pediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the 1970s, Dr. Audrey E. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. She knew there had to be a better way and envisioned a house where families could stay during these stressful and uncertain times.  Thanks to some collaboration and the generosity of dedicated donors, the Ronald McDonald House has grown from a single idea to the model for over 375 Houses worldwide.

Visit www.RMHCphilly.org for more information.

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New Members and Advocates

DRI Welcomes the Following Members and Advocates:

New Members:
  • W. Bradley Sorrells, Charleston, WV
  • Jack D. Lapidus, Washington, DC
  • Amber Michele Brock, Oklahoma City, OK
  • M. James Maley, Jr., Collingswood, NJ
  • Christine Magarian, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fallon E. Martin, Buffalo, NY
  • Charlie Quigg, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Gayle Ketchie, San Francisco, CA
  • Madeleine Pfefferle, Raleigh, NC
  • Adam Ketner Strider, Charleston, WV 
  • Graham S. Butler, Staunton, VA
  • Brianna Ariel Bailey, Jackson, MS
  • Jacob Ryan Agee, Carmel, IN
  • David J. Byassee, San Clemente, CA
  • Gerond J. Lawrence, Atlanta, GA
  • William Travis Vest, Nashville, TN
  • Robert Scott Sparks, Raleigh, NC
  • Frederick King, Atlanta, GA
  • Brigham Warf, Morgantown, WV
  • Peter Meggers, Hartford, CT
  • Jim Putnam, Columbia, MO
  • Ryan Robert McBride, Scranton, PA
  • Marie Maurice, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Thais Passerieu, Tampa, FL
  • Terri Sutton, Seattle, WA
  • Angela Marie Wood, Houston, TX
  • Cara Nelson, Buffalo, NY
  • Madeline Mahugh, Portland, OR
  • Jaaonne Jackson, McDonough, GA
  • Sarah DeAgostino, New York, NY
  • Hillard Mitchell Sterling, Chicago, IL
  • Kristen L. Ferries, Denver, CO
  • Stephanie Cook, Roanoke, VA
  • Christian J. Ferlan, Atlanta, GA
  • Alexandra Leigh Sorenson, Kansas City, MO
  • David A. Kowalski, Troy, MI
  • Anna Pearl Kirkpatrick, Tampa, FL
  • Connor L. Cantrell, Denver, CO
  • Elissa Boyd, Portland, OR
  • Melanie Persich, Milwaukee, WI
  • Valerie Moss Andrews, New Orleans, LA
  • Kevin S. Brady, Southfield, MI
  • Ramsey Michael Kaddoura, Saint Louis, MO
  • John Austin Tully, Birmingham, AL
  • Charles D. Liebman, New York, NY
  • Catherine C. Joseph, Lexington, KY
  • Shivang Gandhi, New York, NY
  • Kathleen A. McCarthy, Saint Louis, MO
  • Meryl Gardynik, Novi, MI
  • Daira S. Waldenberg, Seattle, WA
  • Julia Wood, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christian E. Nagy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael Bryne, Dublin, , Ireland
  • Michael J. O'Connor, Harleysville, PA
  • William Parra, New York, NY
  • Gabriella Petrillo, New York, NY
  • John Knisely, Billings, MT
  • Yilmaz Turkeri, Seattle, WA
  • Olubunmi T. Kusimo-Frazier, Charleston, WV
  • Meaghan Kelsey Maus, Tampa, FL
  • Jessica Roe, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lindsay C. Lee, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael Sanders, Chicago, IL
  • Charity Wood, Atlanta, GA
  • Martin Tully, Chicago, IL

  • Clare S. Millette, Jackson, MS
  • Edward P. Abbot, New York, NY
  • Ryan J. Lucinski, Buffalo, NY
  • James M. Weiss, Raleigh, NC
  • Jillian D. House, Lexington, KY
  • Kevin Clayton Baltz, Nashville, TN
  • Daniel E. Bryer, New York, NY
  • Lisa J. Black, Elmsford, NY
  • Matthew G. Moffett, Atlanta, GA
  • Steven S. Reilley, Houston, TX
  • Vicki M. Smith, Portland, OR
  • John M. Nunnally, Raleigh, NC
  • Melinda S. Kollross, Chicago, IL
  • Lawrence Klein, New York, NY
  • Matthew T. Nelson, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Theresa R. Wardon, Denver, CO

DRI Education

Upcoming Seminars & Webinars

2022 Professional Liability Seminar
December 7–9, 2022 | New York City, New York
Before COVID-19 hit, Bostock v. Clayton County was decided, and a billion dollars became the new million dollars, times were different. At the Professional Liability Seminar explore some of the significant changes—and similarities—in professional liability claims in 2022, 2023, and beyond.

2022 Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium
December 7–9, 2022 | New York City, New York
The insurance industry is changing. And we want to help you keep up. Attend DRI's Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium and learn about the biggest challenges and opportunities facing our industry.

2023 Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Seminar
January 23–25, 2023 | Las Vegas, Nevada 
Attend the 2023 Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Seminar and gain invaluable information and tools to represent your governmental clients. You will also have opportunities to network and exchange ideas, techniques, and winning strategies with experienced litigators and insurance professionals.

2023 Women in the Law Seminar
January 23–25, 2023 | Las Vegas, Nevada
Attend the 2023 Women in the Law Seminar and benefit from a variety of workshops, CLE sessions, and networking opportunities designed to help women attorneys and their supporters take control of their professional development and prioritize their health and wellness.

2023 Construction Law Seminar
Las Vegas, Nevada
The future of construction defense is happening now. Join the DRI Construction Law Committee in Las Vegas as we share thoughts and strategies for advancing the defense construction practice moving forward.

2023 Litigation Skills Seminar

Critical Ethical Issues in Emergency Accident Response
Ethics and Technology
November 30 | 11 a.m. CST

Defending the Labor Curve
December 7 | 11 a.m. CST

Carbon Monoxide: How the Misuse of Common Equipment Can Be Deadly
December 13 | 12 p.m. CST
Sponsored by Exponent

Quote of the Month

"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." — Ray Bradbury