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Why DRI? Members Share Their Favorite Perks

Updated February 13, 2024

Discover the perks of DRI membership! Hear from members about networking, seminars, and authentic connections.

DRI is a global network of civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel you can turn to for professional support and referrals. It's truly one of the best investments you can make in your career . . . and it's too good not to be shared!

Here’s what our members have to say about their favorite parts of DRI membership and what they’re looking forward to in 2023.

What is your favorite part about attending DRI seminars?

“I have only attended one DRI seminar so far, but I met a host of awesome people and made some really great connections.”

— Christine E. Westberg Dorn, Partner at Mooney, Lenaghan, Westberg Dorn, L.L.C.

“[It] always and forever will be reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.”

— Toyja E. Kelley, Partner at Locke Lord LLP

High-quality presentations and information; making friends and networking.”

—Daniel L. Lindstrom, Shareholder at Jacobsen, Orr, Lindstrom & Holbrook, P.C., L.L.O.

The people.”

—Fred E. (Trey) Bourn III, Partner at Butler Snow LLP

What are you most looking forward to this year at DRI?

“DRI somehow has managed to be composed of the most authentic attorneys I have ever come across in such a large setting. Throughout my 23-year career, I have attended many seminars, but never felt as welcome as I did when I first started attending DRI seminars”

— Stacy L. Douglas, Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Everett Dorey LLP

“I am super excited for the Annual Meeting to be in my home state of Texas and adopted hometown of San Antonio. I was a boarding student in high school in San Antonio and I am looking forward to seeing my DRI friends enjoy a city that I love so much.

— Toyja E. Kelley, Partner at Locke Lord LLP

“Reconnecting with peers/networking”

— Brandon M. Pellegrino, Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP

“Seeing old friends and meeting new ones.”

— Catherine Ava Leatherwood, Attorney at Rogers Townsend

“Conferences and speaking in them.”

— Kennard Davis, Associate at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

What is DRI?

DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality, balanced, and excellent service to their clients and corporations.

These resources include:

DRI members can also join 29 substantive law committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice.

Want to learn more about how DRI can benefit your practice?
Visit our membership page for details.

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