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Thursday, November 3, 2016

 

Conference Co-Chairs

BRIAN BROWN is the lead trial counsel for the firm and has successfully litigated several multimillion dollar cases on behalf of clients, including many of the largest in Maryland in regard to contested lead-paint matters.  He has been a trial attorney for almost 30 years and has tried well over 100 tort jury trials. Mr. Brown also has extensive appellate experience, having served as both trial and appellate counsel in many of the leading lead-paint cases in the state.

Mr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ithaca College in 1982 and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1985 and Master of Laws in 1991 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

ELIZABETH SHOST is of counsel at the firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC.  She is a litigation attorney who has spent the last twenty years representing children throughout the State of New York for injuries associated with lead poisoning.  Beginning in 1992 in New York City, she participated on various committees to improve the municipal lead laws and served as a presenter at numerous seminars that focused on legal issues in childhood lead poisoning.  She was also involved within the community, educating parents on lead paint.  Upon moving to Western New York, Ms. Shost has represented over one hundred children in both Rochester and Buffalo while she maintained a branch office for a Boston-based firm.  Ms. Shost continues to represent lead-poisoned children and draws on her years of experience to help children and their families.  Education:  J.D., 1986, Dickinson School of Law; B.A., 1983, English, magna cum laude; Immaculata College.

NICHOLAS A. SZOKOLY joined the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy as a Partner in 2015.  Nick has represented the victims of lead poisoning for the past decade.  His practice includes representation of victims of discrimination, police brutality as well as lead poisoning.  Nick was previously with the Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. in Baltimore, Maryland, and his practice is focused exclusively on the representation of lead-poisoned Plaintiffs.  Working with the other attorneys at the Firm, he has recovered millions of dollars for the victims of childhood lead poisoning. Nick is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, is a former Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the United States District Court of Maryland and the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice and the Maryland State Bar Association.

CHRISTOPHER M. McNALLY co-supervises the team of attorneys handling the defense of both long-term care/nursing home malpractice cases and lead paint cases at the Bodie Firm. Mr. McNally has been an attorney with the Firm since 2006, having spent his career working on large and complex cases with a concentration in the defense of long-term care (LTC) institutions, nurses and caregivers in complex malpractice litigation. Mr. McNally’s practice also focuses on the defense of property owners and insurance carriers in lead paint litigation, and he has an extensive practice in the representation of uninsured property owners in lead paint litigation in Maryland. He has successfully represented both billion-dollar corporations and the underprivileged in numerous litigation matters. Mr. McNally is an AV-Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. McNally is a proud graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson. Mr. McNally is also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (B.A. 1996) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1999). Mr. McNally was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 1999 and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 2000.  Following graduation, Mr. McNally clerked for the Honorable John Carroll Byrnes in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and spent four years working in the defense of legal and medical/nursing professionals in malpractice litigation at Eccleston and Wolf prior to joining the Bodie Firm. Mr. McNally is a member of HFAM, The Beacon Institute, Baltimore County Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Multi-Housing Association and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

ERICA MAGLIOCCA is a partner with the firm Goodell DeVries. She practices in the areas of product liability, toxic torts, general tort liability defense, and the defense of healthcare professionals and institutions against claims of medical malpractice. Ms. Magliocca is responsible for all phases of case management and trial preparation, including the development of liability and causation theories, pleadings and discovery preparation, communication with medical expert witnesses, the taking and defending of depositions, settlement negotiations and court presentations.  Ms. Magliocca participated in the defense of a nationally prominent institution in a large number of pediatric toxic exposure cases. Those cases involved both an environmental research study dealing with lead in inner city homes and a clinical study addressing the consequences of medicating children with elevated blood lead levels. Ms. Magliocca also represents the insureds of general liability carriers with an emphasis on personal injury and premises liability.  Education: St. Mary’s College of Maryland (B.A. 1994), University of Maryland, School of Law (J.D., with Honors, 2000); National Moot Court Team.

JENNIFER DOMINELLI has a solid foundation as a litigator and partner in Flink Smith’s insurance defense practice. Jennifer has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with Flink Smith, having joined on as the firm’s law clerk in 1996, continuing as an associate in 1998 and being named partner in 2006.  Presently, Jennifer concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on toxic tort matters, and in matrimonial and family law and real estate.  She also serves as general counsel to several business people and entities. Jennifer is a 1995 magna cum laude graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York and a 1998 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School of Union University. Upon graduation from law school, Jennifer was presented the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Family Law. She is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

 


8:15 | Discovery: In Hot Pursuit of Summary Judgment

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ERICA MAGLIOCCA, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

 

 

ZACH SCHLEIN joined Bodie, Dolina, Hobbs, Friddell & Grenzer, P.C. in 2013 as an associate attorney. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, including the defense of property owners and insurance carriers in lead paint litigation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Schlein served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John J. Nagle III on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Mr. Schlein also previously served as a legal intern to the Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Mr. Schlein is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2012). While in law school, Mr. Schlein served as an Associate Comments Editor on the University of Baltimore Law Review. Mr. Schlein also gained considerable litigation experience as a Rule 16 attorney in the University’s Civil Advocacy Clinic, where he represented individuals in cases involving the denial of unemployment insurance benefits and landlord-tenant disputes.

Prior to law school, Mr. Schlein attended Towson University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2009).


LEAH BARRON
received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  She is admitted to practice in Maryland and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  Ms. Barron has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous other state and federal courts.

Ms. Barron has focused her legal career on representing individuals and communities who have been harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals and substances.  Recently she was the Environmental Team Leader at a nationally-renowned plaintiffs’ firm representing communities in environmental class action lawsuits.  Ms. Barron has been named a Top 40 under 40 trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Ms. Barron has also served on the boards for the Charles Village Civic Association and the YMCA Youth and Government program.


9:15  a.m. | Summary Judgment MotionSkirting the Pitfalls

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BRIAN BROWN, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

 

 

 

HON. JOHN J. ARK is a Monroe County Supreme Court Justice, elected, 1994 to 2007 and re-elected, 2008 to 2021. With 28 years of judicial experience, fourteen as a Brighton Town Justice and fourteen as a New York State Supreme Court Justice, Justice John J. Ark has presided over tens of thousands of cases, including nearly two dozen homicides, has 15 decisions officially reported, has served on several select judicial committees, including the New York State Commission on Drugs and the Courts, and is Chair of the Monroe County Jury Board. For five years, Justice Ark served as the Supervising Judge of the Seventh Judicial District Matrimonial Part, where he oversaw the disposition of nearly 10,000 divorces. In the process of seeking re-election to New York State Supreme Court, Justice Ark is the first Seventh Judicial District Justice to be rated “highly qualified” by the Monroe County Bar Association, “highly qualified” by the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys and “highly qualified” by the Rochester Black Bar Association.  Education: Bucknell University, B.A, 1967; Syracuse University, M.B.A., 1971; S.U.N.Y at Buffalo, J.D., 1972.

HON. JULIE R. RUBIN has been an Associate Judge in Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, since January 9, 2013. She has been a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Judicial Council, since 2015. She was a member of the Peer Review Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission, 2008-13 and Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 2009-13. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, November 25, 1972. Attended Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Maryland; Mount Holyoke College, B.A. (history & spanish), cum laude, 1995; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1998. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1998; District of Columbia Bar, 1999; Pennsylvania Bar, 2008; New York Bar, 2010. Asper Fellow with Judge Marvin J. Garbis, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1998. Associate, Shapiro & Olander, P.A., 1998-2000. Partner, Astrachan Gunst Thomas Rubin, P.C., 2005-13 (associate, 2000-05; vice-president, 2008-13). Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association; Baltimore City Bar Association (bench bar committee, 2008-); Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (board of directors, 2010-). Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003-; University of Baltimore, 2008; University of Baltimore School of Law, 2009. Board of Trustees, Alumnae Association, Bryn Mawr School, 2002-08 (president, 2006-08). Mentor, Baltimore Girls’ Schools Leadership Coalition, 2003-07. Board of Trustees, Bryn Mawr School, 2006-15 (chair, 2011-14). Member, Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, 2008-11 (legislative committee, 2008-09). Board of Directors, CollegeBound Foundation, 2008-. Member, Serjeants’ Inn Law Club, 2009-. Board of Directors, Baltimore Humane Society, 2010-11. Member, Legal Committee, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., 2010-13. Co-host, Midday on the Law with Dan Rodricks, WYPR 88.1 FM, 2010-13. Board of Trustees, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, 2010-. Board of Directors, Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), 2013-. Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2010. Top 50 Women in Maryland Under 40, Daily Record,2010. Very Important Professional, Daily Record, 2011. Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2014.
SCOTT NEVIN The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl

CONSTANTINE THEMELIS is a partner with the firm Goodell DeVries.  In his practice, he is responsible for all aspects of civil litigation, from inception through trial and post-trial proceedings.  He represents insurance companies and property owners in complex toxic tort claims alleging permanent injury to children exposed to lead paint.  His practice is also devoted to product liability cases.  He serves as a member of our national trial team representing Crown Equipment Corporation in connection with litigation alleging design defects of material-handling equipment.  Additionally, Mr. Themelis represents the insureds of general liability carriers in the defense of automobile and premises liability cases.  After graduation from law school, Mr. Themelis served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  Following his clerkship, Mr. Themelis worked as an associate for the Law Offices of H. Barritt Peterson, Jr. & Associates where he handled a variety of insurance defense matters.  During this time, Mr. Themelis tried to verdict dozens of jury trials and successfully argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Education: Loyola College of Baltimore (B.A., cum laude, 1999), University of Baltimore, School of Law (J.D. 2002).

ANNE JOYNT is a Junior Partner at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC. She joined the firm in 2005, and she represents people who have suffered injuries as a result of exposure to asbestos, as well as those affected by childhood lead poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products. Ms. Joynt also represents clients in pursuing recovery against bankrupt defendants responsible for the manufacture or distribution of asbestos-containing products.  She is also an experienced appellate attorney.  Education:  B.A., 2002, English and Spanish, magna cum laude, State University of New York at Geneseo; J.D., 2005, SUNY Buffalo Law School; Served as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review; Inductee, Order of Barristers, 2005.

 

GARY H. ABELSON is a partner in the firm of Barclay Damon.  Gary has spent his entire career concentrating his practice in all aspects of insurance litigation, representing carriers and their insureds in all types of matters. In recent years, Gary has focused on catastrophic injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries as a result of automobile accidents and industrial accidents. In addition, Gary has also been involved in significant lead paint litigation representing landlords in claims of exposure of children to lead at rental properties. He is outside counsel to numerous national insurance companies representing their insureds in all types of litigated matters. He defends landlords in numerous lead paint lawsuits claiming cognitive and behavioral issues to children throughout Upstate New York, represents hotels, restaurants and sports venues regarding injury claims of patrons, defends catastrophic injury cases involving allegations of traumatic brain injuries as a result of automobile accidents and construction claims. Education: Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1975; Hobart College, B.A., cum laude, 1972.


11:30  a.m. | Leveraging ADR for Your Client

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CHRISTOPHER McNALLY, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

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lunn-robertHON. ROBERT J. LUNN (ret.) is presently a partner in the law firm of Trevett, Cristo, Salzer and Andolina, in Rochester, NY, and has worked extensively in the area of mediation, consulting and arbitration.  Justice Lunn served as an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County in 1976 and 1977 and was in private practice through 1994, when he was elected to State Supreme Court.  Justice Lunn is a past member of the New York Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.  He has lectured on trial matters for the New York State Bar Association and local bar associations.  In his private practice and prior to being elected to the Supreme Court bench, he had a general practice with an emphasis in personal injury litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  In August 2005, he was appointed by New York Governor Pataki to the Appellate Division, Second Department and in December, 2006 he was appointed by the Governor to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.  Throughout his 14-year term, Justice Lunn was described as a caring, thoughtful and effective jurist, who earned high marks by the Bar Association for his knowledge of the law, judicial demeanor and thorough preparation.  His decisions have been characterized as well-reasoned and timely.  It was not uncommon for the Judge to receive an unsolicited letter of praise from litigants and jurors who spent time in his courtroom.  He is a contributing author to three publications by Thompson Reuters (formerly West) and a biweekly columnist for the Daily Record.  In 2008, he was rated “highly qualified” by the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys and the Rochester Black Bar Association.  Justice Lunn received his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1974 and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester in 1969.

JEFFREY TRUEMAN is the Director of Civil ADR for the Baltimore City Circuit Court, where he administers and conducts civil pretrial settlement conferences. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and is an LL.M candidate at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. Over the last 12 years, Jeff has conducted over 750 mediations and settlement conferences in a wide variety of civil matters for the district and circuit courts of Maryland, the EEOC, and private parties disillusioned and disheartened over real estate deals that turned sour.


1:45  p.m. | Homing in on Water Science—An Expert’s Perspective

DIANE TRAINOR, Ph.D., C.I.E is an Occupational Safety and Health Expert with Robson Forensic. She is an expert in pesticide misapplication and environmental contamination cases involving chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides. She conducts air sampling for chlorinated pesticides (specifically termiticides, including chlordane, heptachlor, aldrin, dieldrin) and formaldehyde in homes. She handles environmental contamination of property and contents and understands and applies methods of decontamination to be used to decontaminate private homes and commercial buildings for pesticide contamination and heating oil spills. She studies the health effects of exposure to chlorinated pesticides and indoor air quality concerns. Diane prepares Phase I environmental site assessments, performs stack sampling on commercial exhaust stacks, noise surveys to evaluate production noise and compliance with the community noise standard, air sampling surveys to evaluate indoor and outdoor levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, oxygen, formaldehyde, lead, asbestos, silica, most metals, variety of pesticides (specifically chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides), organic vapors, dust, industrial solvents, including benzene, toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene, methyl ethyl ketone, and methylene chloride. She has conducted indoor air quality surveys to evaluate employee complaints including: odors, exposure to dust, exposure to asbestos, poor air quality, sick building syndrome, molds, metal exposure, and organic vapor exposure, specifically organic solvents; performed water, wastewater, and soil sampling to determine compliance with local, state, and federal standards. She has collected samples from a variety of industries, both grab and composite sampling. She has evaluated municipal incinerator ash for metal content and potential worker exposure,  prepared air permit applications for commercial printing presses, heating units, and photographic equipment, conducted annual Right to Know surveys for numerous industries, performed hazardous waste compliance surveys in a variety of different industries and conducted environmental audits at Fortune 500 companies to evaluate need for pollution liability.

donald-foxDONALD FOX, Ph.D. is a highly credentialed internationally-recognized toxicology researcher, educator and lecturer with broad training, expertise and experience in the field of toxicology specifically in the disciplines of neurotoxicology, ocular toxicology, retinal toxicology, environmental and occupational toxicology, pharmacology and human health assessment. He has spent 35+ years studying the adverse effects of chemical, biological and physical agents on living organisms. Dr. Fox applies his broad expertise in toxicology as well as his specific expertise in neurotoxicology and ocular toxicology towards causation analysis, resolving disputes relating to exposure to chemical, environmental and occupational toxicants; adverse prescription and recreational drug events; and adverse alcohol events.

Dr. Fox earned his Ph.D. degree in Toxicology with a specialization in neurotoxicology from The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Environmental Health (Kettering Labs) and completed post-doctorate training at the University of California Davis in neurotoxicology and retinal cell biology. He was a Professor of Vision Science, Biology and Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston where he taught and conducted both basic science and toxicological research for 35+ years. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS) and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He has received numerous teaching, research and career awards such as: the Inaugural Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the SOT Ocular Toxicology Specialty Section, Frank R. Blood Award from SOT for best paper published in SOT journal, University of Houston Research Excellence Award, Prominent Teaching Professor at University of Houston Award, and a City of Houston Proclamation for Outstanding Service to the University.

He lectured on neurotoxicology and ocular toxicology at the Mid-American Toxicology Course, which is the premier course that prepares professionals for diplomate certification in toxicology, for 20 years. He is an active member in many professional societies including the Society of Toxicology (SOT), where he served as an elected member of SOT Council, and as elected President of the SOT Neurotoxicology Specialty Section; ATS, where he serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors; International Neurotoxicology Association (INA), where he served as elected President; the International Union of Toxicologists (IUTOX), where he served as an elected Councilor; and ARVO, where he served as elected Chair of Retinal Cell Biology Program Committee. Dr. Fox has served on numerous national and international advisory committees including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Toxicology Program, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He serves or has served as Associate Editor for four different toxicology and vision science journals and he sits on the editorial boards of four toxicology journals. Don has published 100+ research papers, book chapters, proceedings, reviews and technical reports, and he has received numerous research grants from NIH supporting his research efforts.


 2:30  p.m. | Battling it Out in the In Limine Hearing

JENNIFER DOMINELLI, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

HON. JULIE R. RUBIN (see above biography)

BRIAN BROWN, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

frank_daily-2016FRANK F. DAILY centers his practice on litigation, primarily on products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage and regulatory matters, and personal injury matters. He received his undergraduate degree at Duke University (B.A. 1981) and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis (1984). Mr. Daily is a member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Bar Association of Baltimore County, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. He served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of Baltimore City in 1992-1993 and Chair of the Judiciary Committee from 1993-1996. Mr. Daily served on the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors from 1993-1995. Mr. Daily has lectured extensively in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense and claims handling, and lead paint litigation. Mr. Daily is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has tried over one hundred jury trials. He has been designated a ”Super Lawyer” since 2008 by a local publication.

 

 


4:15 p.m.| Don’t Leave Without Your Ethics

ismay200JEANIE ISMAY focuses her practice on toxic torts. Her litigation experience includes construction defect, personal injury, subrogation, insurance coverage, and lead paint claims. She has tried cases in federal and state court, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. Ms. Ismay previously worked in the litigation department of a Baltimore law firm for nearly a decade. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Seibert in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Ms. Ismay is a member of the Maryland State Bar and the United States Court for the District of Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and the Baltimore County Bar Association. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar’s Ethics Committee.
 Ms. Ismay received her B.A. in English Literature from West Virginia University and her Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore in 1999. When she is not practicing law, she enjoys running, leading her Girl Scout Troop, teaching Sunday school, and singing with the Baltimore Bach Choir where she serves on the Board of Directors.

CHRISTOPHER GUETTI of Flink Smith initially concentrated on insurance defense work, but rapidly expanded his practice into various legal matters presented by the firm’s clients, including plaintiff’s personal injury, real estate, vehicle and traffic and criminal defense matters.  A large portion of his practice also focuses on toxic torts, including lead and chemicals, for both defendants and persons who have been exposed to such substances.  Chris has also dedicated to the firm’s active matrimonial and family practice.  Most recently, he has completed collaborative practice and mediation training, to offer clients a more diverse range of options in solving what can be the most difficult and emotional issue in their lives. Collaborative practice uses the assistance of various mental health and financial experts to provide the services the parties need.  It combines the use of these experts with the dedication and commitment of the parties, to come to a more personal and healthy resolution of the dispute.  Surprisingly, this can all be accomplished at a reduced cost to the potential litigants.  Chris has taken cases to trial in the personal injury, matrimonial and family law fields.  He is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Chris has lectured for both the New York State Bar Association and National Business Institute on various personal injury topics. Chris is a proud graduate of La Salle Institute, a military preparatory school in Troy, New York, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  After completing some graduate work, he decided to change his focus to the practice of law, attending Albany Law School of Union University.  During his tenure, he interned with the NYS Department of Health’s Medicaid Fraud Division and Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau.  He also worked with the New York State Bar Association in the publications and CLE units, while also clerking with a personal injury firm.  Soon thereafter, his practice focus changed when he became interested in personal injury law, and after joining a local firm dedicated to personal injury and family law, he assumed considerable responsibility for the firm’s matters, including the firm’s appellate practice in those practice areas. Chris is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, its Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the New York Trial Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2016

 8:30 a.m. | Water Woes—How to Litigate Them

NICHOLAS SZOKOLY, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

HON. PAULA XINIS was born in 1968 in Mineola, New York. Judge Xinis attended Vassar College and the University of Virginia where she graduated with Highest Distinction in 1991 with a B.A. degree. Judge Xinis obtained her J.D. in 1997 from the Yale Law School. Judge Xinis clerked from 1997 to 1998 for the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She then joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. There, Judge Xinis served as the Research and Writing Attorney Supervisor from 2008 to 2011, and as the Director of Training from 2006 to 2011. Judge Xinis also served as faculty for national and regional training programs sponsored by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Defender Services Division Training Branch. Judge Xinis has lectured on such topics as Effective Sentencing Mitigation, Amendments to the United States Sentencing Guidelines, and Appellate Advocacy. Judge Xinis also taught Appellate Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in the spring of 2000. In 2011, Judge Xinis joined the Baltimore firm of Murphy Falcon & Murphy as a Senior Trial attorney and became a partner in June of 2013. There, Judge Xinis handled complex civil actions as well as mass and class actions in state and federal court. On March 26, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Xinis to serve as a United States District Judge. The Senate confirmed Judge Xinis’s nomination on May 16, 2016. Judge Xinis has served on the Board of Governors for the Federal Bar Association since 2005, and as Board Treasurer from 2011 through 2015. Judge Xinis previously served on the Merit Selection Committee for United States Magistrate Judges from 2003 to 2007. She has also served as a Complaint Examiner for the Office of Police Complaints for the District of Columbia from 2005 to 2011. Judge Xinis has been a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference since 2009.

FRANK CITERA is Co-Chair of the firm’s Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the Chicago Litigation Practice. Frank has over 30 years of experience defending toxic tort actions, and other complex litigation in both federal and state courts. He has tried many cases to verdict, including an action by the Government to enforce a unilateral administrative order, an allocation case among potentially responsible parties, and a complex product liability, wrongful death case. He has been described by Legal 500 as being “renowned for his toxic tort and product liability work.” Frank defends class actions for companies from virtually all industries and business sectors. He has been an architect of strategies to defeat class certification and has obtained favorable results across the country on a host of claims, including mass tort, product liability, unfair competition, consumer protection, and breach of contract/warranty claims. He regularly handles multi-state consumer class actions and often serves as national coordinating counsel for companies facing multidistrict and overlapping class action proceedings.  Frank also counsels clients on risk management and product safety matters for both consumer and industrial products. In this capacity, he has been responsible for matters pending before various federal and state agencies and committees regulating the importation and sale of goods in the United States, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee, the State of California Department of Justice, and the Illinois Attorney General’s office. In connection with these efforts, Frank counseled clients on crisis management and crisis communications. He has participated in a briefing before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Subcommittee on Oversights and Investigations regarding the safety of certain products intended for children. Frank has written and spoken extensively on class action litigation, product safety issues, and claims for medical monitoring. Frank is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having argued many appeals in state and federal appellate courts. Additionally, Frank has substantial experience in bankruptcy litigation, having represented debtors-in possession in a broad range of disputes, as well as lenders, landlords, and trade creditors in bankruptcy litigation matters.


9:30 a.m. | Closing Arguments—Bringing it All Home With Finesse

ERICA MAGLIOCCA, moderator (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

THOMAS J. CULLEN, Jr. has been a partner at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland since 1993. His practice is focused in products liability and toxic tort defense. Mr. Cullen has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical and industrial product industries for over 20 years. He has taken cases to trial in over 15 states and represented clients as National Trial Counsel across the country. Mr. Cullen has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, and 2009 in the field of product liability and toxic tort defense. In 2008, Mr. Cullen received the Maryland Leadership in Law Award for his commitment to leadership and mentoring in the State of Maryland. As part of the national trial counsel defense team for Bayer, Mr. Cullen represented Bayer in litigation involving hemophiliacs claiming exposure to HIV and the contraction of AIDS and hepatitis from the administration of blood factor concentrates. His responsibilities included the supervision of a team of associates, nurses and paralegals in the management and defense of over 150 individual actions pending in over 15 states as well as a multi-district litigation and a national class action. He also participated in the development of legal and medical defenses and trial strategy, and developed experts in the fields of hematology, virology, hepatology, infectious diseases and regulatory affairs. He continues to represent Bayer as trial counsel in PPA litigation and actions involving alleged injuries due to the use of prescription medicines in jurisdictions across the country. Mr. Cullen has extensive experience in toxic tort and lead paint litigation, serving as Maryland trial counsel for insurers providing coverage to landlords and property management companies involved in litigation alleging permanent injury to children exposed to lead paint. Mr. Cullen, as lead trial counsel, has taken several cases to verdict in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Cullen has also represented clients in cases alleging injurious exposure to carbon monoxide, various chemicals and pesticides.  Education: University of Memphis (B.A. 1984), University of Memphis (J.D., with Honors, 1987).

NICHOLAS SZOKOLY  (see above biography for this conference co-chair)


11:00 a.m. | Deliberation—An Open Discussion with Consultants and  ‘Jurors’

CHRISTINA MARINAKIS began her career in trial consulting in 2010 after over a decade of research, study, and applied practice in law and psychology. Education: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Widener University; J.D., summa cum laude, Widener University School of Law; M.A., Clinical Psychology Widener University; B.S., Bioscience Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University.

 

DAVID ALBRIGHT graduated from Harvard College, B.A., 1978 and Georgetown University Law Center, J. D. , 1981. He served as President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 2007 – 2008 and has been President, Law Offices of David F. Albright, Jr., P.A., since 2012.

 

 

 

 

CHRIS McNALLY (see above biography for this conference co-chair)

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