Join us for this 6th annual event, where leading judges, MDL panelists, practitioners, and scholars from around the country discuss current cutting edge issues and topics associated with multi-district class actions and mass tort litigation.
2022 In-Person Conference
Friday, January 28, 2022
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
University of Miami, Shalala Student Center
Credits applied for in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
2022 Panels and Speakers
The Honorable Michael Hanzman, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
The Intersection of Class Actions and Arbitration
This panel will explore recent developments in the world of complex mass actions in arbitration. Discussion points will include analysis of the recent “mass arbitration” litigation model for consumer and employment disputes, international mass/class arbitrations, and more.
The Honorable Roy K. Altman, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Rachel Furst, Partner, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
Maria Glover, Professor of law, Georgetown Law
Eckhard Hellbeck, Counsel, White & Case
Moderated by Tal J. Lifshitz, JD '12, Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
Multidistrict Litigation (“MDLs”): A Judicial Perspective
This panel of federal district court judges will discuss the oversight and management of MDLs, including some of the innovative methods they have used to select leadership and to ensure the efficient and effective handling of cases, and the potential enactment of new rules for MDLs.
The Honorable Federico A. Moreno, JD '78, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Honorable R. David Proctor, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Moderated by Peter Prieto, JD '85, Partner, Podhurst Orseck
Resolution Issues in Class Actions and Mass Torts
This panel is made up of plaintiff and defense lawyers, experts, academics, judges, and mediators who will look at innovative methods of settling class actions and mass torts, including handling competing cases, objectors, injunctive relief, fees, and judicial scrutiny of the settlement approval process.
The Honorable Raag Singhal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Vanderbilt Law School
Lance August Harke, JD '90, Mediator and Arbitrator, Upchurch Watson White & Max
Matthew Weinshall, JD '10, Partner, Podhurst Orseck
Moderated by Sergio Campos, Professor of Law, Miami Law
Fred Friendly Seminar
A “Fred Friendly” seminar tests gripping dilemmas drawn from real life events. The Seminar will feature a panel representing virtually every outlook on the issue at hand, including the best and nationally renowned plaintiffs and defense counsel, a preeminent court appointed Receiver, the President of a public interest organization, a national insurance/coverage expert and a member of the national media. The participants will be assigned roles in "the hypothetical" - a situation that brings the issue down to human scale. By introducing twists and turns in the hypothetical story line, the moderator will force the Panelists to take a hard look at their own beliefs and listen to the points of view of those who disagree.
The Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
F. Paul Bland, Jr., Executive Director, Public Justice
Paul J. Geller, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Michael I. Goldberg, Partner, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Akerman
Javier A. Lopez, Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
William “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Esq., President, Merlin Law Group
Michael Mora, Daily Business Review
Michael R. Pennington, Partner, Bradley
Chris Seeger, Partner, Seeger Weiss
Moderated by Adam M. Moskowitz, JD '93, Managing Partner, The Moskowitz Law Firm
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