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CHICAGO – September 14, 2012 – Citing the myriad challenges facing the courts and companies by massive complex litigation, Hon. Janice M. Symchych, former U.S. Magistrate Judge and former Deputy General Counsel at Medtronic, Inc., has assembled a faculty of sitting and former federal judges, in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies, and partners from leading law firms, to tackle disputes that she characterizes as “too big to litigate.”

Among the judges on the faculty are Chief U.S. Judge James F. Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the District of Columbia, and former U.S. District Judge James M. Rosenbaum.  Judges Symchych and Rosenbaum now serve as neutrals at JAMS, the world’s largest private alternative dispute resolution provider.

Corporate perspectives will be presented by Microsoft Assistant General Counsel David Killough, Medtronic VP & Chief Litigation Counsel Rita A. McConnell, and 3M Assistant GC Mary Cullen Yeager.

Law firm speakers include:  Lori G. Cohen, Esq., Greenburg Traurig; Stephen Weisbrod, Esq., Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley; Daniel L. Ring, Esq., Mayer Brown; Craig Wildfang, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; Michael K. Brown, Esq., Reed Smith.  Other experts are John A. Walker, principal, Deloitte Forensics; and Brian Ingram, head of Litigation Technology Consulting, LexisNexis.

Tom Hagy, CEO of conference producer HB Litigation Conferences, announced the program will take place at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business’ Gleacher Center on Nov. 9, 2012.  This event will be free to in-house counsel and judges, Hagy added.

“We were most inspired by Judge Symchych’s passion for taking on such an important topic that impacts the judicial system, corporations, law firms, and individuals who seek efficient and effective resolution of disputes that can drag on for years, postponing appropriate remedies, and zapping the resources of everyone involved,” Hagy said.  “Judge Symchych’s background on the bench and with a major corporation makes her particularly qualified to lead such an event.”

“We have arrived at a critical juncture where the judiciary and counsel need to find effective ways to navigate the new paradigm of cost-driven approaches to litigation strategy,” Symchych said.  “Our faculty will comprise thought leaders who will come at the challenge from a variety of perspectives and present ways to move forward with mega litigation in the future.”

In addition to a roadmap for meeting these challenges, Symchych developed the agenda to discuss the impact of mega disputes on the courts, the legal profession and the parties in litigation; the internal demand at corporations to control costs; how leading trial lawyers have navigated these challenges; how law firm business models have or need to be adapted; how to put a lid on the explosion in e-discovery costs; and how to improve the likelihood of settlement.

The title of the event is “Too Big to Litigate?  A Judicial and Lawyers’ Forum on the New Paradigm of Cost-Driven Litigation Strategies,” and will take place at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Gleacher Center on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

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Founded in 1979, JAMS comprises a prestigious bank of neutrals who specialize in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial.  JAMS has more than 280 full-time neutrals, including retired judges and attorneys with proven track records.

 HB Litigation Conferences LLC is a nationally certified provider of continuing legal education focusing on complex torts and insurance litigation. HB also produces seminars, webinars and other content in multimedia for and in collaboration with companies and law firms.   HB is formerly Mealey’s Conferences.