Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation

Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation


Continuing Legal Education: This program has been approved for general CLE credits in the state of Illinois. Out-of-state participants may use their Illinois CLE certificate to self-apply for credit in their state.

Program Agenda

March 8, 2023

8 a.m. - Breakfast

8:45–9 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction

Adam Hoeflich, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago

9–10:15 a.m. - Litigation Issues that Keep In-House Counsel Up at Night

Session Chair
Rebecca Bacon, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago

Brooke Cucinella, Global Head of Litigation & Regulatory Inquiries, Citadel LLC, New York City
Courtney Enloe, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Antitrust EHS/Product Stewardship, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions Counsel, 3M, St. Paul, MN
Michael Freeman, Vice President Head of Litigation, Employment, and Regulatory Law, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Deerfield, IL
Hal Merck, Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Global Litigation, McDonald's Corporation, Chicago
Brennan Torregrossa, Senior Vice President, Litigation, Employment, Digital, and Privacy, GSK plc, Philadelphia

10:15–10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30–11:45 a.m. - The Texas Two Step: Interaction of Bankruptcy and Mass Torts

Session Chair
Sergio Campos, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration, University of Miami School of Law, Miami

Mark Cheffo, Dechert LLP, New York City 
Leigh O'Dell, Beasley Allen, Montgomery, AL 
Samir Parikh, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR 
The Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
The Honorable Brendan L. Shannon, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

11:45–12 p.m. - Break

12–1:15 p.m. - Interview of Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan by Karen Dunn

The Honorable Sri Srinivasan, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Karen Dunn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, DC

1:15–1:30 p.m. - Break

1:30–2:45 p.m. - Critical Legal Motions and Appeals

Session Chair
Archis Parasharami, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, DC

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco
The Honorable Robert Dow Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois and Counselor to the Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Chicago
Theodore Frank, Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute, Washington, DC
Joseph Petrosinelli, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC
The Honorable Amy St. Eve, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago

2:45–3 p.m. - Break

3–4:15 p.m. - Current Issues and Best Practices for MDL and Complex Litigation Trials

Session Chair
Stacy Maione, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago

The Honorable Karen K. Caldwell, United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Christa Cottrell, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Sean Gallagher, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago
The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach, FL
Aimee Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

4:15 p.m. - Program Concludes

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Sergio Campos
University of Miami Law School

Hon. Robert Dow Jr.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Karen Dunn
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Abbe Gluck
Yale Law School

Joseph Petrosinelli
Williams & Connolly LLP

Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Hon. Amy J. St. Eve
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit