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  • SEMINAR Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Appellate Advocacy

    Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E McCormick Pkwy Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    Experienced appellate practitioners, in-house counsel, and occasional appellate advocates alike will benefit from a distinguished faculty of judges, in-house counsel, and leading practitioners providing valuable insight on every stage of the appeal, from seeking discretionary review, staying the trial court decision, considering settlement, and arguing your best case. The live oral argument will provide concrete examples of how to persuade your panel and respond to questions in a high-level appeal. Other speakers will address broad, important topics, such as using predictive skills to assess options on appeal, handling the arbitration appeal, obtaining discretionary review in federal courts, obtaining stays in non-monetary cases, and growing your appellate practice.

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Relying on Chemical Fingerprinting (Webinar)

    The webinar will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will focus on the technical aspects of relying chemical fingerprinting to delineate different contaminant plumes. Specifically, the presentation will focus on PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, chlorinated solvents, and 1,4 dioxane. Part 2 will evaluate how courts have treated this particular technique in terms of allowing it into evidence as an expert opinion. The webinar will also provide a case study to demonstrate how this technique can be used at a contaminated property to delineate two co-mingled plumes.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Women in the Law

    Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia 4949 E Lincoln Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    DRI’s Women in the Law Seminar is designed to maximize the legal skills and business acumen of women who work either within corporate legal departments or at law firms. The program tackles legal issues and emerging trends that keep clients up at night and provides concrete practice pointers that will enable in-house lawyers and their outside counsel to partner for success. At the same time, this seminar provides education and career coaching to empower women lawyers to define their optimal career paths and then strive for and attain higher positions within their organizations. This seminar boasts distinguished faculty from around the country, including in-house lawyers from some of the most recognized companies in the world, experienced trial lawyers, and nationally recognized thought leaders on professional development and leadership issues unique to women lawyers. Please join us in Scottsdale to learn from our outstanding speakers and network with colleagues and in-house counsel from

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Risk Shifting in Construction Litigation

    In every construction accident or construction defect case, contractors, subcontractors, and their insurers fight to shift the risk of loss to each other. This webcast will explore the latest law concerning the use of contribution actions, indemnity agreements, and additional insured endorsements used in the battle to shift the risk of loss.

  • WEBCAST Thursday, February 25, 2016

    Medicare Secondary Payer Act: Case Law Update

    The Medicare Secondary Payer statute and regulations are anything but straightforward and consistent. In recent years, the courts have interpreted and enforced the Act, sometimes with alarming inconsistency. To help navigate the MSP minefield, DRI’s MSP Task Force is presenting an up-to-date synopsis of MSP case law.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Trial Tactics

    The Camby, Autograph Collection Hotel 2401 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016

    In today’s legal landscape, effective communication and persuasion skills are imperative tools for successful defense litigators. From client interactions, to defense themes and development of your story, this seminar will help enhance your ability to communicate effectively, think outside the box, and persuade— both inside and outside the courtroom. Set in the prestigious Biltmore area of Phoenix, this conference will feature highly interactive, cutting-edge content and provide attendees with excellent opportunities to network with potential clients and industry-leading attorneys. Come join the Trial Tactics Committee to practice your negotiation skills, learn how to use improv techniques in the courtroom, and enjoy the humorous, thought provoking presentation of an Emmy-award winning lawyer, writer, and television producer. This is one seminar you won’t want to miss!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Medical Liability and Health Care Law

    New Orleans Marriott 555 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

    DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar will bring you up to date on emerging topics and trends in medical liability and health care law. An accomplished faculty of attorneys, physicians, and claims professionals presents cutting-edge topics, covering everything from corporate medical liability issues to technology in medicine and law to regulatory audits and licensure actions, while also providing excellent networking opportunities.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

    The Roosevelt Hotel 130 Roosevelt Way New Orleans, LA 70112

    Come back to New Orleans for another great Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar! Listen, learn, and interact with some of the finest, most experienced litigators, in-house counsel, judges, regulators, journalists, and medical and scientific practitioners as they discuss the latest legal, medical, and scientific developments. Use what you learn to take your practice to the next level, all while networking with colleagues, clients, experts, and friends, new and old, at the beautiful and historic Roosevelt Hotel.

  • SEMINAR Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Business Management Principles for Lawyers

    Gordon Inman Conference Center at Belmont University 1900 Belmont Blvd Nashville, TN 37212

    Successful general counsel understand, intuitively, that the corporate client needs and wants more than great legal advice. Being a good lawyer at your company is just “table stakes.” The business leaders of the organization rely on their lawyers to be strategic partners, and in-house counsel who can deliver that service will distinguish themselves readily. To become that trusted business advisor, in-house counsel must impart legal advice based on a sophisticated understanding of the business. That requires fundamental building blocks, including principles of financial performance, operations management, strategic thinking, and successful leadership, all based on a solid core of business ethics. The small group setting of this seminar will allow you to explore these topics in an interactive format, learning both from the faculty as well as your in-house counsel colleagues across different industries.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

    Loews Chicago Hotel 455 N Park Dr Chicago, IL 60611

    The Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute is DRI’s flagship seminar for coverage counsel, defense counsel, and claims professionals. Each spring in Chicago, DRI assembles outstanding speakers from industry and private practice to provide insight and guidance about current and relevant issues we face in our insurance defense practices. On Wednesday, the program will include a roundtable discussion for in-house counsel and claims professionals only, to be followed by a networking reception with outside counsel. On Thursday, we will explore the evolution of independent counsel, the ethics of claim handling, and much more. On Friday, we will present a dual track focusing on coverage and claims issues. Please join us for compelling education and networking opportunities in the Windy City.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

    Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601

    DRI’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar, the gold standard in CLE and networking in the industry, returns to its roots in the vibrant city of Chicago. The 2016 seminar promises to be better than ever. Three days of top-shelf programming kick off with Wednesday breakout sessions that attendees can tailor to their own practices. Plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday are loaded with practical tips and the legal updates that every life, health and disability practitioner must know, presented by industry notables, including in-house counsel. Learn how to handle the effects of “big data,” “bad agents,” and ERISA remand successfully and how an insurer can foil fraud. No LHD&E Seminar would be complete without a presentation by Mark Schmidtke, one of the country’s leading ERISA lawyers, and there will be two full hours of ethics credit to boot! Elevate your practice by not only learning from the best, but socializing with them as well.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Trucking Law

    Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601

    Join us for DRI's 2016 Trucking Law Seminar at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. This program is designed to educate both the seasoned industry professional, as well as those new to trucking. The presentations will include a live tractor demonstration, new technologies penetrating the industry, how to pick a trucking jury and various hot-topic trucking risk issues. This conference is a "must attend" for persons who manage trucking risks and defend trucking claims.

  • SEMINAR Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Deposition Institute

    Veritext Legal Solutions 1 N. Franklin St. #3000 Chicago, IL 60606

    Designed specifically for the blossoming defense trial lawyer, this intensive three-day program fills the deposition training void. Students will attend a series of entertaining, informative, and interactive lectures covering all aspects of deposition taking. They will observe live deposition demonstrations conducted by experienced defense trial lawyers. And, utilizing small groups and a low faculty-to-student ratio, students will apply these lessons while participating in workshops providing hands-on training in taking and defending party and expert depositions, dealing with difficult witnesses and adversary counsel, and preparing witnesses for depositions—all under the tutelage of a faculty member and utilizing a litigation fact pattern designed to make the experience as real as possible. Students will depart with court reporter transcripts and videos of their workshop depositions, a new network of trial lawyer colleagues, and, most importantly, improved deposition skills.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Employment and Labor Law

    Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol 701 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78701

    DRI’s 39th annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar is the preeminent educational and networking event for management-side labor and employment attorneys, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and EPLI representatives. Always intensely practical, and accompanied by superior written materials, this seminar is a “must-attend” for experienced practitioners, as well as those who are just getting started in labor and employment law. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and professionals in the labor and employment arena.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Intellectual Property Litigation

    Hilton Nashville Downtown 121 Fourth Avenue South Nashville, TN 37201

    This seminar will provide IP practitioners and litigators with timely updates on critical areas of intellectual property law, including new developments in the patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret laws. Presentations from in-house counsel working in a variety of cutting-edge and traditional industries will offer unique perspectives on how economic realities drive litigation and IP enforcement decisions. This year’s program offers expanded networking and educational opportunities because the DRI Commercial Litigation Committee’s seminar will be held simultaneously at the same hotel. You are welcome to attend any session at either seminar, but your CLE credits will be offered via your IP Litigation Seminar registration.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Business Litigation

    Hilton Nashville Downtown 121 Fourth Avenue South Nashville, TN 37201

    The DRI Commercial Litigation Committee is excited to present this seminar—held for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee—which is sure to set a new standard for excellence. Combining the newest legal developments with best practices that will raise your business litigation game, this seminar will offer both the “steak” of meaty litigation topics with the “sizzle” of one of America’s most vibrant cities. Join our group of distinguished in-house counsel for leading corporations, prominent trial lawyers, and experienced experts, who will be sharing practical tips, strategic insights, fresh legal developments, and litigation skills that will prove useful immediately and for the long term. This year’s program again offers “two for the price of one.” Simultaneously at the same hotel, intellectual property litigation colleagues will be discussing issues at the forefront of IP litigation. And as added bonuses, a Young Lawyers Breakout and In-house Counsel Breakout Session are included.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Retail and Hospitality Litigation

    Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park 200 N. Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60601

    DRI’s 2016 Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar is a cutting-edge seminar for defense attorneys, corporate counsel, risk managers, and claims professionals who focus on retail and hospitality. Join industry thought leaders, colleagues, and friends in one of America’s most vibrant cities for two days of engaging and candid presentations and discussions covering the spectrum of legal issues facing the retail and hospitality sectors. Not only will attendees experience a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity, the seminar provides excellent networking opportunities for all attendees.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Drug and Medical Device

    Chicago Marriott Downtown 540 North Michigan Chicago, IL 60611

    Attend the 2016 DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar and hear presentations by over 10 in-house counsel, Honorable Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the deans of the drug and medical device defense bar. This seminar is the leading educational and networking opportunity for drug and medical device practitioners. Connect with clients and colleagues and hear cutting-edge presentations. We hope that you will join us in Chicago!

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Construction Law

    Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St New Orleans, LA 70130

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution

    Hilton Vienna Plaza Schottenring 11 A- 1010 VIENNA AUSTRIA

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Diversity for Success

    Fairmont Chicago 200 N Columbus Dr Chicago, IL 60601

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Young Lawyers

    Encore at the Wynn 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Class Actions

    JW Marriott Washington, DC 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.