Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum

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January 24, 2020

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Join leading judges, MDL panelists, practitioners, and scholars from around the country for the 4th annual forum and discuss current cutting edge issues and topics associated with multi-district class actions and mass tort litigation.

Program

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

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
PANEL 1 -  New Waves of Mega Liability Litigation: Lessons Learned from Opioid, Monsanto Roundup and Other Complex Cases

Moderator:
Harley Tropin, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

Judges:
The Honorable Darrin P. Gayles, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida
The Honorable Dan A. Polster, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Practitioners: 
Sheila L. Birnbaum, Dechert, LLP
Michael I. Goldberg, Akerman, LLP
Paul Geller, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
PANEL 2 - MDL—Who Wants One? Plaintiff, Defense and Judicial Perspectives on MDL Pros and Cons

Moderator:
Peter Prieto, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Judge:
The Honorable Catherine D. Perry, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri

Practitioners:
William Blechman, Kenny Nachwalter, PA
John P. Hooper, King & Spalding
David S. Stellings, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Professor:
Sergio Campos, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Keynote, The Conservative Case for Class Actions (U. Chicago Press 2019)

Featuring:

Brian Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School; Author, The Conservative Case for Class Actions (U. Chicago Press 2019)
John H. Beisner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Introductions by:
Robert C. Gilbert, KO Lawyers

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
PANEL 3 - Ethics Issues in Large Scale Litigation:

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Session 1: Ethics in Private Investigations: Doing it Right

Moderator:
David W. Ichel, Professor and arbitrator/ mediator, a previous partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Judges:
The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida
The Honorable William L. Thomas, United States Circuit Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Practitioners:
Samuel A. Danon, Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP
Benjamin J. Widlanski, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
 

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 2: MDL Leadership Ethics Issues

Moderator:

Peter Prieto, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Judges:
The Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr., United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois
The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

Practitioners:
Edith M. Kallas, Whatley Kallas, LLP
Adam Moskowitz, Moskowitz Law Firm
Roland Tellis, Baron & Budd, PC
 

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Break
 

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
PANEL 4 - Hot Topics in Class Actions and MDLs

Moderator:
Lance Harke, Harke Law

Judges:
The Honorable Roy Altman, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida
The Honorable David Proctor, United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama
The Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois

Practitioner:
Valarie B. Greenberg, Akerman, LLP

Professor:
David W. Ichel, Professor and arbitrator/ mediator, a previous partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett


Reception: Immediately following the Forum

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Date & Location

Alumni Center ExteriorDate: Friday, January 24, 2020
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Reception immediately following the Forum)

Location:
University of Miami Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
 

CLE & Certification

CLE: 8.5 general FL CLE credits will be applied for with The Florida Bar
Certification Credits: 8.5 Civil trial and business litigation certification credits will be applied for with The Florida Bar

Hotel

Biltmore

The official forum hotel is the Biltmore Hotel, which offers constituents of the university discounted rates on a first come, first serve basis. Visit us soon for the exclusive Univeristy of Miami promotional code.

 

For Information

For inquiries contact ssegura@law.miami.edu

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