Past Complex Litigation Conferences

Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, 2016

375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60611

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Participants

Co-Chairs

  • 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

 Members of the Federal Judiciary

 Members of the Academy

 Members of the Media

 Private Industry Participants

  • Allison K. Chock, Bentham IMF
  • Catharine E. Gillespie, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
  • Travis D. Lenkner, Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC
  • Dan McGuire, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • Lisbeth A. Warren, Johnson & Johnson

 Private Practice Lawyers

Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

9:00 am - Registration opens and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am - Opening Remarks

10:15 am - "The Role and Importance of Proportionality in Complex Litigation"

This panel will discuss the recent amendments to the federal rules and how they apply in complex litigation, including how MDL courts should consider proportionality and cost-shifting.

  • Honorable John G. Koeltl, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Professor Robert G. Bone, University of Texas School of Law
  • Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
  • Catharine E. Gillespie, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Abby M. Mollen, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Atrium

1:15 pm - Keynote An Interview with Chief Judge Diane P. Wood

  • Interviewer: Linda T. Coberly, Winston & Strawn LLP

2:30 pm - "Emergence of Litigation Financing in Complex Litigation"

This panel will discuss the role of litigation financing (for both personal injury and commercial matters) in complex litigation and how it is affecting complex litigation in the United States.

  • Allison K. Chock, Bentham IMF
  • Michael D. Fishbein, Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman
  • Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Travis D. Lenkner, Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC
  • Reed S. Oslan, P.C., Kirkland & Ellis LLP

3:45 pm - Coffee & Tea Break

4:00 pm -"Critical Legal Issues in Contemporary Litigation"

This panel will discuss how current legal issues and the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice affect the landscape of complex litigation.

  • Honorable Gary Feinerman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Honorable Richard Tallman, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Professor Adam Hoeflich, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Professor James E. Pfander, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Kannon K. Shanmugam, Williams & Connolly LLP

5:30 pm - Reception in Rubloff Atrium

7:00 pm - Dinner at The Casino Club for participants

Dinner Speaker - Jaime L. Dodge: "The Role of the Judiciary in Private and Public Settlements"

Day 2: Thursday, November 17, 2016

9:00 am - "Are Bellwethers an Effective Way of Resolving Group Litigation?"

This panel will discuss whether bellwethers remain an effective way of resolving group and multi-jurisdiction litigation, or whether i) skewed early trials or ii) seriatim dismissal of plaintiffs make it preferable to utilize other mechanisms. 

  • Honorable David R. Herndon, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Philip S. Beck, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Douglas R. Marvin, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Christopher A. Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Lisbeth A. Warren, Johnson & Johnson

10:15 am - Coffee & Tea Break

10:30 am - "Interplay Among Courts, the Parties, Counsel, and Media in High Stakes Litigation"

This panel will discuss how media focus is affecting how parties, counsel, and the courts approach complex litigation. The panel will include members of the media in addition to a federal judge and practitioners.

  • Honorable Amy St. Eve, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Robert A. Clifford, Clifford Law Offices PC
  • Alison Frankel, Thomson Reuters
  • Roger Parloff, Fortune Magazine
  • Reid Schar, Jenner & Block
  • Dan McGuire, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

12:00 pm - Lunch in the Atrium

1:30 pm - "Current Ethical Issues in Complex Litigation"

This panel will focus on ethical issues that parties and the courts face in complex litigation, including how to obtain closure consistent with the ethical proscription against restrictions on practice.

  • Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Dianne M. Nast, NastLaw LLC
  • Christopher A. Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Catherine S. Duval, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

3:00 pm - "Current Issues in Class Actions"

This panel will discuss current issues in class actions, including the appropriate role of the ascertainability inquiry, Daubert proceedings and the role of motion in practice, manageability and the role of a trial plan, and the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings on how trial courts should manage class actions.

  • Honorable John Z. Lee, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Professor Martin H. Redish, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Sheila L. Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Jonathan D. Selbin, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. This conference has been approved for a total of 10.5 CLE credit hours, including pending approval for 1.5 professional responsibility CLE credit hours, in the state of Illinois.