Upcoming DRI Events



  • WEBCAST Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Can Insolvency and Lost Profits Coexist?

    It is not uncommon to see a financially distressed plaintiff suing for lost profits asserting the acts of a defendant were causal. We will discuss if and how insolvency can impact proximate cause or intervening cause assertions. We will discuss insolvency in both contract and tort damages, as well as how several courts analyzed the issue, including a dissent.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

    Loews Chicago Hotel 455 North Park Drive Chicago, IL 60611 UNITED STATES

    Recent developments in technology have spurred issues never before imagined. Cyber threats now include not just hacking, but ransomware attacks, social engineering, and other schemes. Advanced technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies bring a world of questions to previously traditional structures in marketing, banking, and sales. Interconnected and “smart” devices create new concerns about privacy within the “Internet of Things” (IOT), especially in the healthcare world. And autonomous vehicles, once available only to the Jetsons, are now a reality that bring with them a host of concerns that demand the attention of cyber professionals. Governmental regulations on data privacy and security are responding to these new issues and evolving every day. The seminar will appeal to a diverse audience of professionals: in-house counsel, firm attorneys, IT personnel, insurance professionals, and anyone who must understand developments in cybersecurity and data privacy law.

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Trucking Experts 101: The Trucking Attorney’s “Toolbox”

    This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will address common types of experts used in trucking litigation, how to locate an appropriate expert for your case, and when to use an expert. Panelists will also discuss the selection and use of experts from the time that counsel first gets “the call,” through the discovery period and trial, from identifying and agreeing upon the scope of work, effective use of trucking experts to develop case themes and defenses, crafting demonstratives that work, common “expert pitfalls,” and preparing for Daubert or Frye challenges. We will discuss the trucking attorney’s toolbox of possible experts to retain, including the use of accident reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers,human factors experts, trucking safety experts, and others.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference

    Loews Chicago Hotel 455 North Park Drive Chicago, IL 60611 UNITED STATES

    DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar, which has been providing gold-standard legal education for over five decades, proudly presents this unique program specifically for managing partners and law firm leaders. The conference is open only to DRI members. The keynote address will be by Eric A. Seeger, Principal, Altman Weil Inc., Willow Grove, PA, an accomplished expert. During the program you will also have the opportunity to hear from and network with leading authorities from Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks and more! So, join us at Loews Chicago Hotel, one of Chicago’s finest meeting venues, for a high-value experience with those who most clearly understand your challenges and are, therefore, best able to provide you with solutions.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Fire Science and Litigation

    Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 UNITED STATES

    With four controlled burns the week before the seminar and a flashover burn demonstration the day before, we are literally burning down the house to make this an exciting and relevant seminar. It will take fire science and litigation techniques into the real world, using photographs, video, and data from controlled burns, incorporating them into presentations about fire behavior, fires involving products found in home and office environments, and trial tactics to manage technical and graphic evidence. This seminar is for new and experienced attorneys and will help with every fire case on your docket.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Nursing Home / ALF Litigation

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel 500 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 UNITED STATES

    “Kick it up a notch” and join providers, insurers, and top litigators in the “Big Easy” for this can’t miss summit meeting on the not-so-easy critical issues affecting the management of risk and the litigation of aging services claims across the country. Numerous national providers will again host panel counsel meetings, making the 2018 conference an unparalleled educational and networking opportunity for all those professionals involved in the defense of long-term care claims. And there is no better time to visit the exciting city of New Orleans than during its tercentennial celebration! Laissez les bons temps roulez!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Defending Drug and Medical Device Litigation

    Sidley Austin LLP 1 South Dearborn, 37th Floor Chicago, IL 60603

    The DRI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Primer has long been lauded by companies and outside counsel alike as the perfect training for junior defense lawyers. For only $250, attendees will learn in an informal classroom style from leading experts in the field. No other training is as comprehensive or cost-effective. Join us—or pass the brochure along to others in your firm who may benefit from this program!

  • WEBCAST Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Dumb Things: Eminently Avoidable Legal Ethics Mishaps

    The presentation will cover various examples of dumb things lawyers do and explains how firms can avoid obvious mistakes arising from unthinking action or inaction (the low-hanging fruit of risk avoidance).

  • WEBCAST Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Counseling Drug and Medical Device Companies

    Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers encounter numerous risks that, if not handled properly, could lead to litigation. Risks include the challenges of properly marketing products, complying with numerous regulations, and emerging adverse events. Mass tort litigation, and challenges based on the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute among others, pose perpetual risks along with handling the erosion of time tested defenses such as the learned intermediary doctrine. With an evershifting tide, it is important to stay current on these topics. Register now to learn from top attorneys whose focus is watching for and defending against these risks.

  • WEBCAST Thursday, September 20, 2018

    MSP Best Practices for Claims Professionals

    Best practices in the Medicare world continue to evolve! While this program updates of our traditional “best practices” program, speakers will spend significant time of new tips based on current events in the MSP world. Attendees will learn cutting edge MSP risk management techniques from attorneys who are highly skilled in MSP issues. Both speakers are former chairs of DRI’s MSP Task Force, and bring together their experience addressing conditional payment exposure, Medicare Set-Aside (or future medical) exposure, and Section 111 reporting questions. After 90 minutes, your organization will be better protected from the federal government by implementing their advice.

  • MEETING Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    2018 Annual Meeting

    San Francisco Marriott Marquis 780 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 UNITED STATES

    <p style="color:red;"><b>MUST LOGIN or CREATE ACCOUNT TO REGISTER</b></p> <p>Join us for DRI's 2018 Annual Meeting October 17-21, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. We have planned a week of spectacular keynote speakers, cutting-edge CLE presentations, and plenty of networking events-- all just for you.</p> <a style="color:blue" href="https://video214.com/play/t8P5RMmGfhmIBAviRlyvEQ/s/dark"> Click here</a> to watch the 2018 DRI Annual Meeting video. <p>Those who attend will have the following opportunities:</p><ul> <br>*Experience outstanding educational programming on timely topics to include the ever-changing world and developing legal topics to stay ahead of the game.<br><br> *Earn up to 12.0 hours of CLE credit including up to 3.0 hours of ethics credit.<br> <br> *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.<br> <br> *Strengthen old relationships and develop new ones while networking with over 1,000 of your peers.</br> <br>The registration fee is fully refundable for cancellations received on or before <b>August 21, 2018</b>. Cancellations received between <b>August 22</b> and <b>September 19</b> will receive a refund, less a $200 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after <b>September 19.</b> All cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing. Substitutions may be made at any time without charge. All refunds will be processed and mailed within four weeks of the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.</br>

  • WEBCAST Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Building Information Modeling (BIM)

    BIM is a process that continues to evolve with the addition of contemporary tools available to construction managers. CAD programs automated many of the tasks that used by be done by hand and drawing board as well as integrated the complexities architect and engineering drawings. Two dimensional renderings of design are output of such CAD programs. 3D scanning can bring infinite detail to an object and be incorporated into the BIM model. Finally, project management software creates a timeline for underlying tasks and job completion. As of 2007, Government funded construction projects must utilize Building Information Modeling. As a result, new technologies and tools must be embraced by owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and all the various sub?contractors. It should be no surprise that there may be challenges to this implementation. Already BIM is being used as a resource in litigation. Its design, operation, and history of implementation is critical.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Asbestos Medicine

    Hilton Austin Hotel 500 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701 UNITED STATES

    Pack your boots and two-step south by southwest to Austin for DRI’s 2018 Asbestos Medicine Seminar! This seminar brings together the finest litigators with the top experts in medicine and science to provide an insightful and interactive event. With presentations on the latest in asbestos and talc litigation and the application of knowledge to case work-up, this seminar is a must for practitioners of all levels. No trip to the “live music capital of the world” would be complete without mixing songwriting talent with litigation skills. Attendees will enjoy lively networking receptions, where business development is the name of the game. You’ll depart with invaluable information to keep you at the forefront of asbestos and talc defense.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Business Management Principles for Lawyers (Fall Session)

    Belmont University Nashville, TN UNITED STATES

    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.