Upcoming DRI Events



  • MEETING Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    2018 Annual Meeting

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

    <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

    DOT Highway Projects Accidents: Who’s Responsible?

    Understanding the myriad players involved in a DOT Construction project and their distinct responsibilities when something goes wrong. You have the owner (DOT), the engineer of record (designs project), the consultants (they oversee the project), and the contractor (who builds it in compliance with bid documents) It’s common that attorneys don’t even realize that so many parties are involved and may or may not be responsible for accidents, mishaps, and defective construction.

  • WEBCAST Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Successfully Managing the Insurer/Employer Relationship

    Employers and their insurers (and other third-party vendors) typically work together in a harmonious fashion to provide a broad range of employee benefits to employees. However, there are numerous traps for the unwary in managing the employer-insurer relationship particularly with the increased regulatory and compliance demands on employers and insurers. It makes sense for the parties to spend time at the front end to properly set expectations and understand the needs of the employer. In doing so, potential conflicts around the following topics can be avoided and/or minimized at claim time.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium

    Hilton Austin Downtown 500 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701

    The Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium is a unique, exceptionally insightful “defense-only” seminar, where defense attorneys and clients share meaningful lessons from the past year. The seminar provides attendees with up-to-date information about plaintiffs’ attorneys, their newest practices and tactics, and suggestions to combat the plaintiffs’ bar’s efforts. Attendees benefit from the private knowledge that led to both victories and losses in the last 12 months.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Asbestos Medicine

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

    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.  Please note the DRI Hotel Block is sold out and attached is a list of hotels near the Hilton Austin. You may periodically check back with the Hilton Austin, as hotel rooms may become available within the DRI Hotel Block.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Construction Law: Boot Camp

    Greenberg Traurig LLP 77 W Wacker Dr STE 3100 Chicago, IL 60601

    Join us for a one-day, in-depth workshop, narrowly focused on key aspects of the construction claims and litigation process. This is an event not to be missed. For more information, contact Lisa Black at lblack@bmslegal.com.

  • WEBCAST Thursday, November 8, 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 Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Law Firm Financials: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The webinar will offer a financial guide to law firm and individual lawyers to better understand key financial metrics and improve profitability. It will include a discussion of such this as understanding cost of services in the law firm context, best practices in internal controls, and will offer practical advice from the partner perspective. We will discuss what metrics are crucial and how to interpret such metrics as profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and capital accounts. We will discuss which financial items are the most telling and how to go through and identify problems and issues quickly.

  • WEBCAST Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Reverse and Mutual Mentoring for Lawyers: The How and Why

    Is reverse mentoring, which is typically thought of as having younger workers help those who are older, and mutual mentoring where younger and older worker mentor one another something that can work with lawyers and law firms? In fact, there are many uses and advantages of reverse and, more importantly, mutual mentoring, especially in the legal profession. This webinar will delve into how and whether more experienced lawyers should not only consider mentoring younger workers, but also having younger workers help and mentor those with more experience. Certainly the benefits for both sides could be enormous, especially considering the disruption occurring in the legal profession, the onslaught of changes that will impact the manner of how we work, and the enhanced need for communication and understating between generations.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Business Management Principles for Lawyers (Fall Session)

    Belmont University, Gordon Inman Conference Center 1515 Wedgewood Avenue 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 Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium

    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel 811 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019

    The DRI 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 will provide exceptional networking events, as well as an opportunity to experience the wonder of New York City during the holiday season!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Professional Liability

    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel 811 7th Avenue, 53rd Street New York, NY 10019

    The 2018 DRI Professional Liability Seminar will provide you with the tools to defend any professional successfully in our current legal climate. With presentations by the most prominent and experienced professional liability lawyers, experts, and insurance professionals in the country, this year’s seminar will again provide attendees with the most up-to-date information regarding new issues, defenses, and strategies. Through the insight, tools, and skills that you will gain at this seminar, we hope to build on DRI’s renowned foundation of success by putting you at the forefront of establishing efficient and creative ways to defend the modern professional.

  • WEBCAST Thursday, December 6, 2018

    California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct

    The California Bar has promulgated a comprehensive revision of its Rules of Professional Conduct—the first of its kind in 29 years. This program will cover the most critical changes and additions to the rules, from conflicts of interest to the duty to supervise and fee issues. The program will also cover how the rules are aligned with and deviate from the ABA Model Rules. Finally the panelists will explain practical aspects of the new rules, and how they may affect the practice of law in California.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Women in the Law

    Hotel Del Coronado 1500 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118

    DRI’s Women in the Law Committee proudly presents this premier educational and networking event designed to bring together women attorneys within corporate legal departments or law firms to connect and grow. We gather distinguished faculty from around the country, including in-house lawyers from some of the most recognized companies in America, experienced and successful trial lawyers, and nationally prominent business and professional coaches. Our superior programming provides concrete tools, real-world data, and experienced-based advice to invigorate our practice, increase our connections, and rise together in our professions and in our communities.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Seminar

    San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel San Antonio, TX 78205

    Join us for the 32nd Annual Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar as we return to the Lone Star State and visit San Antonio. The seminar program is packed full of presentations on timely topics in many different areas affecting government entities, including school shootings, technology in law enforcement departments, discovery, and trial. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Karen Blum are returning with their always insightful presentations on Supreme Court decisions and qualified immunity. Our popular substantive law committee breakout presentations will return this year along with additional breakout sessions on topics that governmental entities commonly face. Finally, look for networking and community service events to attend both during and right after the seminar.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Product Liability Conference

    JW Marriott Austin 110 E. 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701

    Welcome to Austin, the preeminent city for music, food, and fun. To take advantage of the unique location, we tailored this year’s conference to have the most networking events ever at a DRI Product Liability Conference. Check out all the events on the next page! Also, the main stage and SLG presentations are chock-full of dynamic speakers, concentrating on all aspects of defending the product manufacturer, from voir dire to closing arguments, with legal writing and depositions in between—and even a musical production! You do not want to miss it! For the first time ever, conference registration includes a free Product Liability Case Law Update Webinar, presented by the Young Lawyers SLG of the DRI Product Liability Committee.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

    Sheraton New Orleans New Orleans

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Life Health Disability

    Swissotel Chicago