HB is proud to announce The Honorable John R. Tunheim, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota, will participate on two sessions at its upcoming Food, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Forum, a legal education program designed to provide practical insights for attorneys litigating claims relating to food, drug and medical device products.

On April 23, Judge Tunheim will discuss Resolving Claims and Mass Torts on a panel moderated by Brad Drew of PACE Claims Services, along with co-panelists Elizabeth Grande, Garretson Resolution Group, Tara Sutton, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP; Drew Falkenstein, Marler Clark Attorneys at Law, L.L.P., PS; and Scott Elder, Alston & Bird LLP. Judge Tunheim will also participate in a Judicial and In-House Roundtable on April 24, discussing ADR, Class Actions and MDLs, along with Kenneth Odza, Corporate Counsel – Food Safety, Kellogg Company and Hon. Janice Symchych (Ret.), JAMS.

Hon. John R. Tunheim was nominated by President William Clinton, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and took the oath of office on December 29, 1995. He succeeded Judge Donald D. Alsop, who took senior status.

From 1994 – 1998, he was appointed by President Clinton and served as the Chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency in charge of declassifying the government records of the Kennedy assassination. For his work in opening government records, he received the 1999 James Madison Award from the Coalition on Government Information.

He is the former Chair of the United States Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM). He was President in 2007-2008 and is a long time member of the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society, an organization devoted to justice system improvements in the areas of judicial ethics, merit selection of judges, juror comprehension and avoiding wrongful convictions. Judge Tunheim is also a member and former Board member of the Federal Judges Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

HB’s Food, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Forum will be held April 23-24, 2012 at The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis. The faculty includes senior in-house counsel from Target, Cook Group, Hormel Foods, Kellogg, General Mills, Zimmer, and Cargill.

Topics include: Recent regulatory developments; responding to government enforcement actions; resolving claims and mass torts; advertising, labeling and consumer fraud class actions; claims and recalls; recent Supreme Court decisions; crisis management; calculating and presenting damages; judicial insights; and in-house perspectives.

For more information or to register, contact Brownie Bokelman at (484) 324-2755 x212.


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