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Our Eighth Annual!

HB is proud to be working once again with Judge Corodemus, a highly regarded and intelligent leader who dedicates herself to bringing complex claims to resolution and, in this case, educating practitioners not only with her insights, but with those shared by many of the finest litigators, trial attorneys, experts and neutrals in the field today.

Why We Do This

Because mass tort practitioners have a genuine need for sophisticated updates and insights from true leaders from both sides of the bar and from the bench. They tell us they like the “reality-based back and forth” between plaintiffs and defendants, the serious involvement of the judges, and the ability to interact with the faculty and other members of the audience. One told us that if she could only attend one mass tort event, it would be this one. A long-time hallmark of this event is the significant representation of leading women practitioners, neutrals and judges.

Monday, April 23, 2018


7:30 | Registration & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Program Chair
Judge Marina Corodemus (ret.)
Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master
Corodemus & Corodemus LLC
JAMS New York Neutral

Cybersecurity in Mass Tort Cases
Best Practices for Handling Massive Troves of Sensitive Data

Multiple cybersecurity issues arise that are unique to mass tort cases, especially those involving massive amounts of HIPPA data around medical records, and data protection requirements that the Plaintiff and Defense bars should exercise in protecting data especially in mass tort cases. This panel will examine these from the perspective of lawyers, solution providers, neutrals, and CISOs. The panel will offer insights and best practices for the plaintiff and defense bar to consider when dealing with these situations. The panel will also discuss the rapidly evolving ethical obligations of lawyers and the impact on future litigations of cyber-attacks similar to that experienced by DLA, Deloitte, and dozens of other top firms and providers.

Daniel B. Garrie,
JAMS – moderator
David Cass, Global Chief Security Officer, IBM Cloud
Ariana J. Tadler, Partner, Milberg LLP
Peter A. Halprin, MCIArb, Anderson Kill P.C.

Mass Torts Year in Review
With Prof. Catherine M. Sharkey

This learned law professor will provide an overview and insights with regard to the spate of high-impact appellate decisions that have been handed down in significant mass tort actions in the past 18 months.

Professor Catherine M. Sharkey
Crystal Eastman Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

10:15 | Break

Improving Client Control
How Technology Can Bring Order to Chaos

With online mass tort databases,  how you collaborate and coordinate with litigants beyond your firm is being revolutionized. This panel will discuss how to use data to your advantage and why it’s important to collect and organize information electronically about your case from day one. They will offer best practices on connecting the dots, that is, working with disaggregated people on a mass dispute. On the subject of “Designer Case Collection,” you will learn about using state of the art technology to build plaintiff profiles. Finally, they will discuss how to best keep plaintiffs informed and updated.

Judge Helen E. Freedman (ret.),
Neutral and Case Manager, JAMS, Panel Chair
William J. Beausoleil, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Edward J. Bell, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group
Sindhu S. Daniel, Shareholder, Baron & Budd P.C.

Special Damages Issues:
Lessons From Large Mass Tort & Catastrophic Environmental Claims Resolutions

Extraordinary Injury Funds, or “EIF” programs, are widely applied in large mass tort settlements. What can we learn from cases involving pharmaceutical or medical devices? The panel will share their insights on this critical topic, as well as the calculation of economic losses in a settlement context, drawing on lessons learned from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the BP Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program, and other economic loss settlements. The will close with a discussion of punitive damages in the context of large tort and environmental claims resolutions.

Judge Marina Corodemus (ret.),
Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master, Corodemus & Corodemus LLC and JAMS New York Neutral, Panel and Program Chair
Philip R. Strunk, Partner, BrownGreer PLC
Adam M. Slater, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC
Douglas R. Marvin, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

12:00 | Lunch

Mass Tort’s New Frontier

In its BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell decision, the Supreme Court held that its general jurisdiction holding in Daimler AG v. Bauman wasn’t limited to only certain types of claims. Shortly after that the high court handed down its much-anticipated jurisdiction ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, a win for defendants who had argued against litigation in states in which they are neither incorporated nor do business. Hear what these attorneys, including a well-known former U.S. Magistrate Judge, have to say about this critical aspect of mass tort law.

Ellen Relkin
, Practice Group Co-Chair, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Robert S. Peck, President, Center for Constitutional Rights
Heidi Levine, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Alan E. Rothman, Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP – invited

Rule 53 Myth vs. Reality
Lightning Round Review

Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, Of Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Using Data Analytics in Litigation Strategy:
The Numbers Don’t Lie

Using analytics as a tool to analyze historical data on similar cases will aid lawyers in better forecasting liabilities and outcomes. Analytical data also provides defendants with a strong guideline in terms of claims evaluation. Can you calculate if the company can settle? Predictive analytics as a particularly useful tool in demonstrating to an arbitrator or mediator the rationality of the defendant’s valuation and/or the unreasonableness of the plaintiff’s valuation. This kind of work is done in many contexts, such as legal finance and developing litigation budgets. Join our panel for valuable insights in this developing field.

Judge Richard A. Levie (ret.),
Neutral and Case Manager, JAMS, Panel Chair
Mark T. Eveland, President & CEO, Verus Claims Services LLC
Mari Henry Leigh, Founder, Mari Henry Leigh & Associates, LLC and Leigh-galese Legal Cost Consulting

3:15 | Break


Post-Settlement Considerations:
The Devil is in the Details

Allocations. Liens. Loans. Special needs trusts. Qualified Settlement Funds. Our panelists come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and will share their insights and best practices for effectively navigating your case after resolution is achieved.

Cathy Yanni
, Special Master,  JAMS
Matthew L. Garretson, Founder & CEO, Garretson Resolution Group
Brenda S. Fulmer, Partner, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley P.A.
Michael Tanenbaum, Chair, Tanenbaum Keale LLP
John T. Bair, Founder & Member, Milestone Consulting LLC
Sara E. Schramm, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley P.C.

4:15 | Ethics

Sheila L. Birnbaum,
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Robin L. Greenwald, Practice Group Chair, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Wendy R. Fleishman, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP

5:15 | Reception


What they are saying about the Forum

“Accessibility to Great Minds”

“Mass Torts Judicial Forum with Hon. Marina Corodemus presented by HB Litigation Conferences is a ‘go-to’ for lawyers seeking to learn current practical tips and about updates in the law from top advocates and neutrals in the ever evolving mass torts space. Each year, the smart, witty, ‘tell-it-how-it-is’ Judge Corodemus partners up with [HB’s] Tom Hagy and his team to offer a deep dive into the law with a complex hypothetical to anchor the full-day discussion. The conference is bookmarked on many top lawyers’ calendars.”

Ariana J. Tadler
Milberg LLP

“It’s not often we have the honor of working with someone for 25 years.   The first time I met Judge Corodemus  I was standing before her in her courtroom, a nervous third-year law student arguing a motion.  I recall the presence she had and how much I wanted to make an impression upon her and win for my client.  Well, I didn’t win the motion, but imagine my joy at her asking me  to speak at her conference 25 years later.  I have attended this program several times in the past and am always impressed with the content, the presentation and the speakers.  To have been included with this superior echelon of  nationwide leaders – a majority of whom were women – was a tremendous honor.  Judge Corodemus is truly a mainstay in the field who continues to give back to the practice.”

Vicki J. Maniatis
Sanders Phillips Grossman LLC

“[T]he sophisticated level of discussion between the plaintiff and defense bar and the dynamic presentation format attracts a highly engaged audience. Both panelists and attendees come away with significant insights and new understanding about the hottest topics in the mass tort field.”

Kelly S. Crawford
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP

“I have been honored to attend and speak at Judge Corodemus’ mass tort conferences for several years now.  The depth and breadth of the discussions involving plaintiff and defense counsel as well as judges is unparalleled.”

Brenda S. Fulmer
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.

“I look forward to attending Judge Corodemus’ Mass Tort conference every year – it is an opportunity for lawyers from ‘both sides of the v’ to come together, build better relationships and interact with judges. Last year I was particularly impressed with how many strong women were featured on the panels – it was very inspiring!”

Kelly E. Jones
HarrisBeach PLLC

“Lien Resolution Group was honored to sponsor the Mass Torts Judicial Forum with Judge Corodemus hosted by HB Litigation.  The Judicial Forum was truly a wonderful event where some of the biggest and brightest mass tort lawyers, judges and influencers came together to discuss issues ranging from settlement to personal jurisdiction and other mass tort related hot topics.  The high caliber of speakers, accessibility to these great minds, and detailed subject matters discussed in such an intimate setting was great.  A big thank you to the speakers and conference organizers for arranging such a terrific forum.”

Brett Newman
Lien Resolution Group