Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum


Friday, April 23, 2021
1:30 PM EST - 4:30 PM EST

This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

Join leading judges, MDL panelists, practitioners, and scholars from around the country for the 5th annual forum, to be held virtually via zoom this year,
and discuss current cutting edge issues and topics associated with multi-district class actions and mass tort litigation.

Registration: $79.00
Complimentary registration for students and Public Interest Attorneys.


CLE & Certification Information

CLE credits applied for in Florida, Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

Approved CLE Credits:
Florida Bar CLE: 3.0 General CLE Credits, including 1.5 in ethics;
Certification Credits - 3.0 Credits in Civil Trial

Alabama State Bar CLE: 2.5 General CLE Credits, including 1.3 in ethics

Georgia Bar CLE: 1.0 General CLE Credit, including 1.0 in ethics

New Jersey and New York CLE: Florida is an approved jurisdiction in the states of NJ and NY. In accordance with this policy, MCAF CLE has been approved in Florida and will therefore qualify for Continuing Legal Education credit in NJ and NY through reciprocity.


1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.: Welcome

Anthony E. Varona

Dean Varona

Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law


1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Opening Remarks

Aaron S. Podhurst

Aaron Podhurst

Partner, Podhurst Orseck P.A.


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panel 1- Do’s and Don’ts of Moving for and Defending Class Certification
(Click here for Panel 1 Materials)

A panel of distinguished judges and premier plaintiff and defense counsel will share and discuss perspectives regarding effective litigation tactics and strategies for handling class certification, how experiences in recent litigation can inform future litigation and judicial review, and cutting edge legal and ethical issues impacting such litigation.


Tal J. Lifshitz, J.D. '12

Tal J. Lifshitz

Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP



The Honorable Roy K. Altman

Judge Altman

United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida


The Honorable Beth Bloom, J.D. '88

Judge Bloom

United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida


The Honorable R. David Proctor

Judge Proctor

United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama



Amanda Groves

Amanda Groves

Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLP


Peter Prieto, J.D. '85

Peter Prieto

Partner, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.


3:00 p.m.: Break


3:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Panel 2- Hot Topics in Class Actions and MDL

(Click here for Panel 2 Materials)

A panel of distinguished jurists, practitioners, and academic scholars will participate in a lively discussion of the latest trends and developments in class action and MDL litigation, including updates on significant COVID-related litigation, standing and damage issues, and recent developments in incentive payments to class action representatives, among other hot topics.


Lance Harke, J.D. '90

Lance Harke

Partner, Harke PA



The Honorable Amy J. St. Eve

Judge St. Eve

United States Circuit Court Judge, Seventh Circuit


The Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr.

Judge Dow

United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois



Robert C. Gilbert, J.D. '85

Robert Gilbert

Partner, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert


Steven C. Marks, J.D. '85

Steve Marks

Partner, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.


Dwayne Robinson

Dwayne Robinson

Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton



Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick

Professor of Law and Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise,
Vanderbilt Law School; Author, The Conservative Case for Class Actions (U. Chicago Press 2019)


4:25 p.m.: Closing Remarks




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Thank you to our sponsors


Harke PA Kozyak Tropen and Throckmorton Podhurst Orsek


Epiq Huntington Rust Kinsella Consulting Media


Heffler Iberia Bank


AB Data Angeion FedArb
KCC Veritext Legal Solutions Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito
  Zebersky Payne

To encourage frank discussions, the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule:
“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”