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Upcoming DRI Events



  • WEBCAST Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    The Employment Litigation Defense Playbook: Phase 1

    Fact Investigation, Pleadings, and Early Motions

    This is the first webcast of a three-part series presented by DRI’s Employment and Labor Law Committee focusing on pretrial strategies specific to the defense of employment litigation. Phase I of the series will cover practical strategies for defense counsel handling the initial phase of a lawsuit involving employment-related claims. Our speakers will address recommended approaches for successfully handling initial fact investigations, ensuring the preservation of potentially relevant evidence, preparing responsive pleadings, including affirmative defenses, and making the most of early dispositive motions.

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Insurance 101: The Duty to Defend

    This webcast will provide an overview of the duty to defend, discussing what the duty to defend is (in contrast to the duty to indemnify), when the duty to defend is triggered, and what issues arise from a carrier’s breach of the duty to defend. This webcast will also discuss issues surrounding the duty to defend under a reservation of rights, including issues arising from the use of independent counsel.

  • WEBCAST Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    The Employment Litigation Defense Playbook: Phase 2

    Initial Disclosures and Discovery

    This is the second webcast of a three-part series presented by DRI’s Employment and Labor Law Committee focusing on pretrial strategies specific to the defense of employment litigation. Phase II of the series will address best practices for navigating discovery in a typical employment law case. Our speakers will discuss practical strategies for complying with the initial disclosure requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, propounding and responding to written discovery requests and third-party subpoenas, deposing the plaintiff, defending depositions of company witnesses and Rule 30(b)(6) designees, and managing discovery concerning expert witnesses.

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Insurance 101: Insurance Policies

    Insurance 101: What You Always Wanted to Know About Insurance Policies

    This webcast will provide an overview of the different types of insurance policies available to individuals and commercial entities. It will also address “how to read” a policy, common policy provisions, how to differentiate between tort and coverage issues, how to approach and unravel coverage questions, and rules of interpretation and construction.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Class Actions

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

    Class action litigation looms large as a potential threat to corporate defendants around the world and has captured the attention of the public, the court system, and litigants alike. In this cutting-edge seminar, learn from experts about recent developments in the law, strategy, and the best practices for successfully defending class cases. Esteemed Supreme Court advocates, experienced in-house counsel, members of the judiciary, and master practitioners from around the globe will share their insights into every aspect of class action litigation—from removal to appeal and everything in between. Management of the class case outside of the courtroom will also be explored in sessions on financial incentives driving these cases, bellwether mediation, and optimizing media relations.

  • WEBCAST Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    The Employment Litigation Defense Playbook: Phase 3

    Discovery Disputes, Summary Judgment Motions, and Mediation

    This is the third webcast of a three-part series presented by DRI’s Employment and Labor Law Committee focusing on pretrial strategies specific to the defense of employment litigation. Phase III of the series will cover recommended approaches to motion practice—including discovery-related motions and summary judgment proceedings—and participating in mediation. Our speakers will address best practices for addressing discovery disputes, bringing and opposing motions to compel discovery, moving for sanctions related to discovery abuse, advancing a successful summary judgment argument, and making the most of mediation.

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Insurance 101: Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

    This webcast will provide an overview of the litigation of insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits. It will address the nature of claims typically asserted, the parties, venue, jurisdiction, motion practice, and overall strategic considerations that typically come into play.

  • SEMINAR Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    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, September 9, 2015

    Construction Law

    The Venetian/Palazzo Resort Hotel 3355 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109

    This year's program is an exceptional learning and networking opportunity that focuses on the practitioner seeking to stay abreast of industry trends, hone the skills necessary to maintain a competitive advantage in contract construction and litigation, and collaborate with other industry professionals. We have assembled a group of widely recognized industry professionals who will share their expertise in a variety of entertaining formats. Topics include a discussion of legislative trends, effective contract language to capture the parties’ actual intent and transfer risk, strategies for defending cases under OCIP and CCIP, integration of social media into a successful litigation strategy, and emerging trends in insurance coverage. The program will also feature a practical look at construction scheduling and an advanced tutorial on construction documents that routinely appear in litigation.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Nursing Home/ALF Litigation

    The Venetian/Palazzo Resort Hotel 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109

    The excitement never stops in Las Vegas, and the same can be said for this year's DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar! In addition to a fantastic location and unsurpassed business development opportunities, the 2015 seminar offers cutting-edge presentations that address current "real world" issues. Attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel, claims specialists, providers, and other professionals involved in the defense of claims against long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and other aging services providers across the country will not want to miss this preeminent seminar. Combining top-notch education and networking in an extraordinary city like Las Vegas makes the 2015 DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar a "must attend" event.

  • MEETING Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    2015 Annual Meeting

    Marriott Wardman Park 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20008

    Join us for DRI's 2015 Annual Meeting October 7 - 11, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. We have planned a week of spectacular keynote speakers, cutting-edge CLE presentations, and plenty of networking events-- all just for you.

    Those who attend will have the following opportunities:
    œ Hear keynote remarks from leading experts on leadership, presidential politics, and today's changing world. œ Attend CLE programming on developing legal topics to stay ahead of the game.
    œ Earn up to 12 hours of CLE credit including 3.3 hours of ethics credit.
    œ Strengthen old relationships and develop new ones while networking with over 1,000 defense attorneys and in-house counsel during the week's activities.
    œ Get involved-- join your substantive law committee colleagues for committee business meetings and dine-arounds designed to provide you with leadership and business development opportunities.
    œ And much more!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Asbestos Medicine

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109

    DRI's 2015 Asbestos Medicine Seminar will be an interactive, dynamic, and informative event that will bring together preeminent asbestos litigation practitioners and experts to share their experiences and knowledge. Lecturers, panelists, and moderators will provide insight into the most current best legal practices. You will be updated on developments in the medical and scientific fields specific to defending asbestos litigation. There will be opportunities to engage with other attendees in spirited and educational discussions about the issues. Attendance at DRI's Asbestos Medicine seminar is essential for those of all experience levels to remain abreast of developing legal, medical, and strategic trends that will directly impact success in defending asbestos cases.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Data Breach and Privacy Law

    InterContinental 505 North Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611

    Reports of new cyber-attacks and the enormous costs associated with responding to those events continue to make daily headlines. Companies ranging from small "mom & pop" stores to Fortune 100 corporations must remain diligent against these types of attacks. Those companies and their outside counsel must understand the best practices to prevent an intrusion into their systems, how to respond if an intrusion occurs, and what to do if the intrusion results in a data breach. This seminar will focus on all aspects of the life cycle of a security incident - beginning with how to better understand the exposure your company, law firm or client faces and then address how to prevent, respond to, and manage the costs associated with a cyber-security attack. Attendees will participate in real world scenarios presented by outside counsel and cyber-security experts and learn the steps that must be taken when a breach occurs.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Strictly Automotive

    Sheraton Nashville Downtown 623 Union St Nashville, TN 37219

    This industry-focused seminar will delve into the pressing issues faced by clients and outside counsel in the regulatory, warranty, and litigation environment. The seminar will offer you the opportunity to interact with and learn from those on the front lines of these issues. Attendees will benefit not only from the ability to learn from experienced counsel and experts, but also from the numerous opportunities to participate in the networking and social events accompanying the seminar. If all, or even part, of your practice entails the defense of automotive product liability or warranty matters, this is a must-attend event in Music City as we gather in Nashville to chart our path to defend this industry into the future.

  • SEMINAR Friday, November 13, 2015

    Boot Camp for New Life, Health and Disability Lawyers

    Chicago, IL

    Detailed information regarding this seminar is not yet available.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Insurance Coverage & Practice Symposium

    Marriott Marquis New York 1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036

    DRI's Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium continues its tradition as the premier educational event on the subject of insurance coverage, offering an unparalleled opportunity to hear from a distinguished faculty of lawyers and insurance industry leaders on emerging issues, recent court rulings, and national trends. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen the tools you need to compete successfully and to network with industry leaders and experienced coverage lawyers from across the country, all in the midst of New York City decked out for the holiday season!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Professional Liability

    Marriott Marquis New York 1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036

    DRI's Professional Liability Seminar provides information that will be useful to all attorneys and insurers involved in representing professionals in malpractice actions. Learn about the emerging issues shaping the professional liability landscape, along with the particular issues facing specific practice lines. In addition to the top quality educational programs, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with professional liability claims personnel, experts and defense counsel from across the country.