Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum

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, took place on March 11, 2022.

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2022 Approved CLE Credits

  • Alabama: 7.0 general credit hours
  • California: 7.0 general credit hours
  • Florida: 7.0 general credit hours (2.0 Ethics), 7.0 Civil Trial certification 
  • Georgia: 5.5 general credit hours (1.5 Ethics, 4 Trial)
  • Illinois: 6.00 general credit hours
  • New Jersey and New York: As FL is an approved jurisdiction in NJ and NY,
    CLEs will qualify for CLE credit in NJ and NY through reciprocity.
  • Pennsylvania: 7.0 general credit hours (1.5 Ethics)

2022 Location

Lakeside Village, University of Miami
1280 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

2022 Program

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: 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

Lawrence D. Silverman, Partner, Litigation, Akerman
Moderated by Tal J. Lifshitz, JD '12, Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel 2: Fred Friendly Seminar to Explore All Facets and Roles in “the hypothetical”

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 District Judge, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
F. Paul Bland, Jr., Executive Director, Public Justice
Michael I. Goldberg, Partner, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Akerman
Javier A. Lopez, Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
Traci T. McKee, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Michael Mora, Daily Business Review
Christopher A. Seeger, Partner, Seeger Weiss
Moderated by Adam M. Moskowitz, JD '93, Managing Partner, The Moskowitz Law Firm

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH KEYNOTE: A conversation with The Honorable Michael A. Hanzman, Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, led by Harley Tropin, JD '77, Founder and Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and David Ichel, Mediator and Arbitrator, X-Dispute LLC. 

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Panel 3: 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 Charles R. Breyer, Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
The Honorable Federico A. Moreno, JD '78, Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Honorable R. David Proctor, District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Moderated by Peter Prieto, JD '85, Partner, Podhurst Orseck

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Panel 4: 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, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Vanderbilt Law School
Enjoliqué Aytch Lett, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
David S. Stellings, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Matthew Weinshall, JD '10, Partner, Podhurst Orseck
Moderated by Sergio J. Campos, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception 

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