Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation

Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, 2017

This conference will focus on critical legal, ethical, financial, and political issues that affect high-profile litigation.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Rubloff 150
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60611

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. We welcome you to request an invitation by contacting Laura Dimitrijevic, Faculty Events Manager.  

This program has been approved for a total of 8 general CLE credit hours in the state of Illinois.


  • Adam L. Hoeflich, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Abby M. Mollen, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Three Ways to Register

Online: Register online
Phone: Call 312-503-4801
Email: Email Laura Dimitrijevic, Faculty Events Manager


Wednesday, November 29

9:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks
Professors Adam L. Hoeflich and Abby M. Mollen

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Interplay Among Courts, the Parties, and Media During the Trump Presidency
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Alison Frankel, Thomson Reuters
Josh Gerstein, POLITICO
Carrie Johnson, NPR
Andrew J. Pincus, Mayer Brown LLP
Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

11:45 a.m. - Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch
An interview of Tom Sager, Retired General Counsel of DuPont and Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, by Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Critical Legal Issues in Contemporary Litigation
Linda T. Coberly, Winston & Strawn LLP
Honorable Gary Feinerman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt Law School
Professor Abby M. Mollen, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, LLP

3:15 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Current Issues in Multijurisdiction Litigation
Professor Lynn A. Baker, University of Texas School of Law
Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Leslie M. Smith, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

4:45 p.m. - Reception

5:30 p.m. - Dinner at The Casino Club for panelists

Thursday, November 30

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Current Issues in the Trial of Complex Matters
Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Christopher A. Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
Lisa Warren, Johnson & Johnson
Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

10:15 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - The Interaction of Independent Investigations and Complex Litigation
Sean M. Berkowitz, Latham & Watkins LLP
Brian Ellis, Danaher
Mark Filip, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Daniel D. Rubinstein, Winston & Strawn LLP
Jonathan R. Streeter, Dechert LLP

12:00 p.m. - Lunch
Keynote: An Interview of The Honorable David S. Tatel, by Carter G. Phillips, Sidley Austin LLP

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Current Issues in Class Actions
Michael T. Brody, Jenner & Block
Perry Elizabeth Cooper, Bloomberg BNA
Catharine E. Gillespie, DuPont
Professor Samuel Issacharoff, New York University School of Law
Jonathan D. Selbin, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodates are available at the Cambria Chicago. Call the hotel directly at 312-787-6000 and reference the “NWU Complex Litigation Conference” block for rates and availability. 


For questions, contact Laura Dimitrijevic, Faculty Events Manager.