PHILADELPHIA – May 14, 2010 – Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an international leader in environmental protection efforts, has joined the faculty of “Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage,” a legal conference scheduled for June 24-25, 2010, in Atlanta, Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences LLC, announced.

“We are proud to have Robert F. Kennedy Jr. join our prestigious faculty of attorneys, from leading law firms, who are experts on legal and insurance coverage issues surrounding environmental contamination and toxic tort litigation,” Hagy said. “The Deepwater Horizon spill has already triggered nearly 100 lawsuits from deaths, injuries, property damage and economic losses. Our faculty will help attendees sort through the many liability and insurance issues these claims present.”

Interested parties can register and see details at

Insurance coverage attorneys Lorelie Masters of Jenner & Block, Washington, D.C. and Philip Silverberg of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York, join plaintiff litigators Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Echsner Rafferty & Proctor, Pensacola, Fla., and Perry Weitz of Weitz & Luxenberg of New York as the chairs of HB’s “Oil in the Gulf” conference.  A defense chair will be announced.

Faculty members include Richard Rosenblum, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio; Christopher Kende, Cozen O’Connor, New York; Selena Linde, Dickstein Shapiro, Washington, D.C.; Allan Kanner, Kanner & Whiteley, New Orleans; Kali Bracey, Jenner & Block, Washington, D.C.; Ira Gottlieb, McCarter & English, Newark, N.J.; Robert (Buzz) Hines, Farella Braun & Martel, San Francisco; Christopher Marraro, Howrey, Washington, D.C.; Robert McKee, Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss, New York; Carey Child, Chadbourne & Parke, Washington, D.C.; Nancy Sher Cohen, Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles; Scott Seaman of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, Chicago; Laura Foggan, Wiley Rein & Fielding; Gary Mason, Mason Law Firm, Washington, D.C.; John Shugrue, Reed Smith, Chicago.   Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is with Kennedy & Madonna in Hurley, N.Y. and will deliver a keynote address.

HB Litigation Conferences’ upcoming program, “Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage,” is scheduled for June 24-25, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta. Those interested in attending can register for the program at or by calling (484) 324-2755.

Hagy is former publisher of Mealey Publications and a vice president at LexisNexis. His partner, Sharon Boothe, is the founding director of Mealey’s Conferences. They formed HB Litigation Conferences LLC in December 2008 after acquiring the Mealey’s Conference assets.


Brownie Bokelman

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