• Seminars
    Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference
    The Gwen
    Chicago, IL

    DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar has been providing gold standard legal education for over five decades and TheRemsenGroup is renowned for its annual managing partner conferences in Atlanta. Because of the popularity of our inaugural conference in 2016, we have again joined together in 2017 to present at our second conference geared exclusively to managing partners of the defense bar. The conference is open only to DRI members.
    New this year will be two in-depth, 2–3 hour, single-topic workshops conducted the afternoon before the Friday conference. Attendees can select either of two sessions: “Using Data and Metrics to Enhance Profitability” or “Planning a Successful Firm Culture: Developing and Implementing a Strategic Plan for Your Firm.” The keynote address will be by Bill Carter, President and CEO, ALM Media Properties LLC, New York, an accomplished expert in the digital and legal services industry. ALM is a leading provider of news and information for the legal markets with brands that include the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Law.com, LegalTech, and the National Law Journal. His address will be followed by a panel of defense bar experts.
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  • Webinars & Webcasts
    Cybersecurity and Regulatory Issues for Drugs and Medical Devices
    Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers encounter constant threats and challenges. One serious threat is a breach of cybersecurity during the product life cycle and/or during postmarket management. Other challenges to industry include patient-focused drug development, labeling of biosimilars, and regulations for medical device software, among others. The FDA recently issued guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.
    The FDA is also considering guidance on other key regulatory drug and device issues. Register now for this informative webinar to learn from two top FDA regulatory lawyers who will assist you in better understanding these critical issues.
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  • Webinars & Webcasts
    Business and Development Marketing Series: Creating an Online Presence and Using Social Media to Enhance Business Development Activity
    This interactive webinar will discuss how to use social media to create an online presence, make and maintain contacts with current clients, as well as identify and research potential clients, and generally develop new business. Attendees will understand how to navigate social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and others, and avoid liabilities that can arise from online marketing, including false advertising or inadvertently advertising in other markets. Finally, you will learn the benefits of organizational websites like IDC’s and DRI’s, including creating and maintaining a profile and online marketing.
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  • Annual Meeting
    2017 Annual Meeting
    Join us for DRI's 2017 Annual Meeting October 4-8, at Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel. We have planned a week of spectacular keynote speakers, cutting-edge CLE presentations, and plenty of networking events-- all just for you.

    Click here to watch the 2017 DRI Annual Meeting video.
    Those who attend will have the following opportunities:

    *Experience outstanding educational programming on timely topics to include the ever-changing world and developing legal topics to stay ahead of the game.

    *Earn up to 12.0 hours of CLE credit including up to 3.0 hours of ethics credit.

    *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.

    *Strengthen old relationships and develop new ones while networking with over 1,000 of your peers.
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  • Seminars
    Deposition Institute
    Veritex
    Chicago, IL

    DRI is proud to present its fourth annual Deposition Institute. DRI recognizes that depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and experts largely dictate a litigator’s success in each case. Depositions inform defense lawyers in seeking summary judgment, obtaining a favorable outcome at mediation, leveraging for outright case dismissal, or, once at trial, critically impeaching a witness on cross-examination. Notwithstanding the importance of this skill set, emerging litigators often receive inadequate deposition training. Law schools routinely conduct trial advocacy classes, but they rarely provide deposition skills training. Likewise, in-firm mentor programs produce uneven success in the deposition training arena, with one study indicating that as many as 57 percent of lawyers take their first deposition without any training.

    Designed specifically for the blossoming defense 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 an experienced team leader 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.

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  • Seminars
    DRI Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 

    On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, DRI will offer a new, special program which will extend the reach and content of the DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar. This exclusive program is limited to asbestos defense counsel, their staff, and their clients.

    Experts in the field will address:

    - 2017 National Asbestos Trends (where cases have been and are being filed)
    - Bringing the Asbestos Trusts Into the Litigation…More Frequently
    - OSHA and the Role of the Employer as the Empty Chair
    - The Importance of the Plaintiff Deposition

    Moderated by: Evelyn Fletcher Davis, Albert H. Parnell, Tom Radcliffe and David Speziali

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  • Seminars
    Northeast Regional Claims Conference

    Hilton Hartford
    Hartford, CT

    This one-day regional seminar is designed for in-house insurer counsel, claim professionals and their managers, and outside defense counsel in the Northeast who primarily handle insurance coverage matters or property and casualty claims. DRI will host a networking luncheon with moderated table discussions so you can discuss what matters most to you. The program will be submitted for CE and CLE credit.

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  • Seminars
    Asbestos Medicine
    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV

    The 2017 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar will feature speakers, participants, and attendees who are the “face cards” of the nation’s top asbestos litigation law firms, “high roller” expert witnesses of academia and research companies, and “pit bosses” of insurance companies and corporations. The best practices, most current developments, and emerging trends and strategies will be shared and developed at the industry’s seminal defense conference. Don’t check on this bet, but go “all in” and connect, learn, exchange, and discuss with all the sharps in the asbestos world!
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  • Seminars
    Bootcamp for New Life, Health and Disability Lawyers
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
    Chicago, IL

    The DRI Life, Health Disability Committee is once again sponsoring a program for lawyers who are new to the practice. The program will be taught by highly experienced attorneys and will be aimed at providing a basic understanding of the concepts applicable to life, health and disability litigation. This program receives rave reviews each year it is held. Young lawyers and older lawyers who are new to the practice or who wish to brush up on their skills are encouraged to attend! To encourage the classroom atmosphere, registration will be limited to 50 persons.
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  • Seminars
    Professional Liability
    The DRI Professional Liability Seminar provides information that will be useful to all attorneys and insurers involved in representing professionals in malpractice actions. This year’s program will discuss emerging issues affecting a broad spectrum of professionals, as well as particular issues facing specific areas of practice. 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. Come join us in New York City for great CLE and wonderful networking opportunities.

    Sheraton New York Times Square
    New York, NY
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  • Seminars
    Insurance Coverage & Practice Symposium
    DRI’s Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium is the foremost educational event for insurance executives, claims professionals, and outside counsel who specialize in insurance coverage. This year’s symposium will once again offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty of insurance industry leaders, experts, and coverage lawyers on emerging issues, recent court rulings, national trends, and the future of insurance coverage law. In addition, the symposium provides exceptional networking events, as well as an opportunity to experience the wonder of New York City during the holiday season!
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  • Seminars
    Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute
    Swissôtel
    Chicago, IL