HB is proud to announce The Honorable James F. Holderman, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will deliver the keynote address at Too Big to Litigate?: A Judicial and Lawyers Forum on the New Paradigm of Cost-Driven Litigation Strategies, on November 9 in Chicago.

Chief Judge Holderman will discuss “Mega Litigation, Its Impact on the Courts, the Profession and Clients,” during the opening session of the program chaired by Hon. Janice M. Symchych (former), now a neutral at JAMS. Hon. Symchych is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge and former Deputy General Counsel at Medtronic.

Chief Judge James F. Holderman has been a United States District Judge in Chicago since 1985, and has been the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois since July 1, 2006. During his more than twenty-five years on the bench, Chief Judge Holderman has presided over numerous cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. Before his appointment to the United States District Court, Chief Judge Holderman was a partner in the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now SNR Denton), where he specialized in federal court litigation throughout the United States. Before his years in private practice, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago. Chief Judge Holderman teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy: Intellectual Property as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, and as an Adjunct Professor and one of the James C. Wood Distinguished Lecturers in Intellectual Property at the University of Illinois College of Law.

In 2004, Chief Judge Holderman received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award presented by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Chief Judge Holderman chairs the ABA’s Commission on the American Jury, is a founding member of the ongoing Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, and currently sits on the seven-member board of the Federal Judicial Center, which is chaired by Chief Justice John Roberts and is the education and research arm of the federal judicial system in the United States.

Chief Judge Holderman is the current president of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Science in 1968, and a J.D. in 1971, both from the University of Illinois.

HB’s Too Big to Litigate?: A Judicial and Lawyers’ Forum on the New Paradigm of Cost-Driven Litigation Strategies will be held November 9, 2012, at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. For more information and registration call 484-324-2755 x212 or email Brownie Bokelman. Complimentary seats are available for in-house counsel and members of the judiciary.