SAN FRANCISCO — Litigation and insurance coverage claims involving alleged personal injuries and property damage from drywall imported from China is the focus of a half-day seminar 7:30am to12:30pm on July 28, 2009 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California San Francisco. The event will also be webcast.

The conference producer, HB Litigation Conferences LLC, has selected two chairmen to ensure plaintiff and defense balance. Ervin Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Eidson of Coral Gables, Fla., has emerged as a leading plaintiffs’ representative in the litigation and will serve as co-chair. The defense chair will be Jan Douglas Atlas, Esq. of Adorno & Yoss LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Titled “Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update,” this fully accredited program will discuss legal theories, expert witnesses, other potential sources of problems, alleged health concerns, scientific and medical opinions, likely defendants, property claims, remediation and removal, the status of the MDL, insurance issues and disputes over trigger exclusions, “additional insureds,” and more, plus special issues involving foreign defendants, and anticipated Daubert disputes.

To date, speakers include: Kali Bracey, Esq. of Jenner & Block LLP; Christopher Borders, Esq. of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Russ Herman, Esq. of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P- recently named as the Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Federal MDL; Frederick Longer, Esq. of Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman; Barbara Manis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Building Health Sciences, a division of The NMAS Group; John Mullen, Sr., Esq. of Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst; Paul Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Principal, Soil Water Air Protection Enterprise (SWAPE); Patrick Schoenburg, Esq. of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP; Eric Winegar, PhD, QEP, Principal, Applied Measurement Science; and Philip Watters, P.E., MBA, LEED® AP, Senior Vice President, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

The price to attend in-person or via webcast is $595. In-house counsel at insurance companies receive a 30% discount. A limited number of press passes are available.

More information, including a free article covering one of HB’s recent teleconferences on drywall litigation, can be found in the conferences section of

Complete recordings and materials of two recent teleconferences and a recent full-day conference are now available from HB on CD.

Anyone interested in registering for the July 28 Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update or purchasing previous recordings should contact HB by email at, call the company at (484) 324-2755 x200, or visit the conference web page at

HB Litigation Conferences LLC is an independent, nationally accredited provider of multi-media legal programs covering mass torts such as asbestos, lead paint and benzene litigation, pharmaceutical products liability, insurance, reinsurance, financial, and construction defect litigation.